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A promo video recaps the history of the annual Bobfest salute to Bob Dylan, which returns to the Count Basie Theatre Thursday night.

When he first offered an impromptu birthday toast to Bob Dylan during a 1999 set at the old Downtown Café in Red Bank, Jersey Shore “saloon singer” supreme Pat Guadagno didn’t harbor any thoughts of making Bobfest an annual thing, let alone an ever-expanding phenomenon with a life and passionate following all its own.

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Pat_GuadagnoPat Guadagno saddles up his Tired Horse for the 16th annual Dylan’s birthday celebration concert BOBFEST, Thursday night at the Count Basie. 

When Jersey Shore “saloon singer” supreme Pat Guadagno brings his annual Bobfest concert back to Red Bank on Thursday, May 22, it’ll more than merely mark the birthday of Bob Dylan, the American original who turns 73 years “Forever Young” this Saturday.

The 8 pm event will be celebrating its own sweet sixteenth edition — its third consecutive turn at the Count Basie Theatre, hallowed home to several other musical birthday salutes (Sinatra, Elvis), and the ‘fest’s venue of choice since it outgrew the 350 seat mainstage of Two River Theater.

Here in 2014, the tribute that began life as an impromptu toast at the old Downtown Cafe will be reuniting Guadagno with his all-Shore dreamteam band known for this occasion as Tired Horse — and for the first time offering up a golden-anniversary twist on the now-traditional sets of Dylan signatures and secret treasures.

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Shore troubador Pat Guadagno returns to the Count Basie Theatre Thursday for the 2013 edition of the Bob Dylan birthday bash known as BOBFEST. (photo by John Posada)


Like the grandest and most history-steeped Chuck E. Cheese on the planet, the Count Basie Theatre has been the setting for some special birthday parties across the years — including crowdpleasing annual tributes to Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.

Beginning in May 2012, the Basie boards have also played host to a homegrown event that honors a decidedly still-alive-and-kicking music icon: Bobfest, a salute to Bob Dylan‘s birthday created by and starring Monmouth County’s own Pat Guadagno.

It’s a logical progression for the springtime tradition that began life in 1999 as an impromptu birthday-boy toast to Dylan at the old Downtown Cafe — and evolved from a loose jam at various local taverns to a tightly constructed stage extravaganza that spent six years in residence at the Two River Theater.

Having attracted international attention from diehard Dylanites — and having outgrown the 350 seats of Two River’s mainstage Rechnitz Theater  — Guadagno moved Bobfest a couple of blocks east to the Count’s place last year. This Thursday night — on the eve of the 72nd birthday of the former Robert Zimmerman — the self-described “saloon singer” of 1,001 tap rooms and watering holes returns to Red Bank with his allstar combo Tired Horse, for the 15th edition of a project that he characterizes as “not a tribute — a celebration, and a really polished show.”

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The festival flickers to life with “Morris from America” on the big screen at the Count Basie Theatre. Here’s the trailer.

indie street logo 2Day One of the first-ever Indie Street Film Festival gets underway in Red Bank Wednesday, kicking off five days of heaven for movie lovers.

The opening day schedule is light, with one just one film lighting up the giant silver screen of the Count Basie Theatre and two parties. But the festival shifts into high gear Thursday with daylong screenings and other events at five venues, and keeps up the pace through Saturday before winding down Sunday.

Check in with redbankgreen throughout the week for festival coverage and next-day schedules with tons of trailers to help you decide which darkened room to bring your popcorn to. Meantime, here’s the first-day lineup:

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Pat Guadagno John PosadaPat Guadagno (above) celebrates Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday on the Count Basie stage, while Arlan Feiles (below) takes it to the patio, during Thursday night’s 18th annual “Bobfest.” (Top photo by John Posada)

Arlan FeilesDon’t look now, but Tuesday marks the milestone 75th birthday of Bob Dylan, the American original whose distinctive songcraft and famously Neverending Tour have served as voice and inspiration to a generation and then some.

In the case of Pat Guadagno, a lifelong admiration for Dylan’s words and music inspired the Jersey Shore “saloon singer” supreme to forge his own lasting contribution to the legend of the Bard of Hibbing, Minnesota — a highly anticipated annual event called Bobfest, which returns to Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre for its 18th edition Thursday.

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GuadagnoMcCarthyMcCoyShore music evergreens Pat Guadagno, Dave McCarthy and Pam McCoy team up for the first show in a free August concert series in Little Silver. Taylor Tote, below, takes the outdoor stage on August 23.

TaylorWho says August is “the Sunday of months?” Many of the season’s signature delights are still in full force — and even still getting underway, as witness a Sunday evening slate of free concerts that take place at Little Silver’s Borough Field.

Sponsored by Little Silver Recreation and held behind the municipal building at 480 Prospect Avenue, the monthlong series keynotes this Sunday with a one-time appearance by a “saloon singer” supergroup of sorts, each of whose three headline attractions have been fan-favorite fixtures around the watering holes of the Shore music scene for a generation and then-some.

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Big Pink PatMusic from BIG PINK (Arne Wendt, Bob Burger, Sal Boyd, Glen Burtnik) is on the bill, as Pat Guadagno (right) saddles up his Tired Horse for the 17th annual Dylan’s birthday celebration concert BOBFEST, Thursday night at the Count Basie. 

They’ll be bringing the Bob – as they have each year since 1999, when Jersey Shore “saloon singer” supreme Pat Guadagno first offered an impromptu birthday toast to his musical hero Bob Dylan, during a set at the old Downtown Café.

When the benefit tribute concert known as Bobfest takes the stage of the Count Basie Theatre for its 17th annual edition Thursday, it’ll also be bringing the Band – the legendary combo that collaborated with Dylan on some of the master’s most epochal recordings and tours, and whose own spun-off career climaxed with the milestone Last Waltz concert and film in the late 1970s. More to the point, they’ll be bringing Big Pink, the Band tribute project that unites globetrotting Jersey rock ambassador Glen Burtnik with frequent collaborators Bob Burger, Arne Wendt and Sal Boyd for a set that conjures the best time-tested tunes from Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm and company.

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rb bird 1 061313Under the musical direction of Jeff MacPherson — seen here with a dove friend at his Red Bank home in 2013 — a flock of local musicians, including Pat Guadagno, below, pays tribut to the Eagles with the annual Twilight Concert at St. George’s in Rumson Saturday. 

patguadagnobobfestaThe season-spanning month of March, with its slow but inexorable forward-march toward the promise of longer days and languid twilights, has quietly nurtured a tradition that doesn’t always make the short-list of events here on the Greater Green. But savvy Shore area music fans know to mark it on their calendars.

Returning to St. George’s by the River Episcopal Church in Rumson for its 19th annual edition, the 2015 Twilight Concert commandeers that local landmark for an evening of rock-for-a-good-cause on Saturday.

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The orchestra seats have been covered in plastic at the Count Basie for tonight’s appearance by fruit-smashing comedian Gallagher. Still: pity the housekeeping crew. Troubador Pat Guadagno, below, is at Jamian’s Saturday. (Click to enlarge)

Friday, August 8:

SHREWSBURY: Take a ride over to the Monmouth County Eastern Branch Library as big rigs from Shrewsbury Public Works line up for touch-a-truck. Big Truck Day is both kid and adult friendly, and begins at 11 a.m. 1001 Route 35 North.

SHREWSBURY: The Master Gardeners of Monmouth County demonstrate vermicompost, using worms to make nutrient-rich soil at the Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch. The compost demonstration begins at 11 a.m. 1001 Route 35 North.

MIDDLETOWN: The Manga Club gets a special visit from voice actress Michele Knotz – voice of May in Pokémon as well as video games, audio books and more – at the Middletown Main Library. J*Con: A Manga Club Special Event, features food, games, anime, manga, prizes, cosplay, as well as a Q&A with the manga star. Register in advance online, the event begins at 12:30 p.m. 55 New Monmouth Road.

RED BANK: Dig Into Reading at the craft party hosted at Red Bank Public Library, where kids can create rock paintings and animal fossils. The party lasts from 3 to 4 p.m. 84 West Front Street.

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michaelhurstrbg2By TOM CHESEK

Following a nationwide talent search, Red Bank’s  Two River Theater Company has hired a new managing director — and you read it here Hurst.

Michael Hurst, that is. The Asbury Park resident and Rutgers grad (seen here  in a photo courtesy of Jenelle Kappe Photography) replaces the recently departed Tom Werder as the “nuts ‘n bolts” exec at the Bridge Avenue artspace, and will be taking an active hand in the newly announced 2011-2012 season of entertainments from TRTC.

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patguadagnobobfestaStuck inside of Red Bank with those Bobfest blues again: Pat Guadagno, seen here in a previous Bobfest at Two River Theater, musters his Tired Horses for the 2010 edition of the annual tribute concert. (Photos by Scott D. Longfield)


Before he was picked up by a Long Branch cop on suspicion of snooping around people’s windows last summer, Bob Dylan was beginning to display a certain curiosity about the Jersey Shore and his loyal local fanbase.

With two Shore area concerts in as many summers (at Asbury’s Convention Hall and Lakewood’s FirstEnergy Park), the old master also took part, in a remote way, in a local/national food drive promotion last December, through sales of his most recent disc (the epochal Christmas In The Heart).

But if Dylan’s presence seems to hover over our home turf almost as much as the Boss and the Bonj’, it’s due in large part to the efforts of another local musical linchpin —  Pat Guadagno — and a Red Bank-based tradition that practically begs for the Bard of Hibbing, MN to come peeping in.

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Today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit rolls out the red carpet for a preview of
this week’s Count Basie Theatre Awards, the annual event that honors the best of Monmouth
County’s high school performing arts productions.


We’ll give you the local
color, including the names of the nominees from greater Red Bank area schools
— plus we’ve got an exclusive interview with Siobhan Fallon Hogan, the
TV-movie actress (and Count Basie board member) who should be instantly
recognizable as the bus driver in Forrest Gump, Elaine’s annoying roommate
in Seinfeld, and dozens of other high-profile roles.

But that’s not all: order in the next ten minutes and we’ll throw in,
absolutely free, a look at 2009’s Bobfest, the yearly Bob Dylan
birthday tribute concert organized by and starring favorite Shore saloon
singer Pat Guadagno and his Tired Horses. It’s going on tonight at Two River Theater, and a few tickets are still up for grabs as we post this, so you
know what to do.

Old friends, tomorrow’s talents — they’re all right here, in the pixelated
pages of Red Bank oRBit.

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GuadagnoPat Guadagno will navigate the broad channels of Bob Dylan and Mark Twain this month in separate productions at the TRTC.


Even on a drab, drizzly Monday night, there’s enough of a crowd at The Downtown to force the evening’s featured act to work extra hard to be heard.

Of course, the entertainer’s been at this gig a long time, having held down the Monday fort at the newly reconstructed West Front Street watering hole from its earlier incarnation as the Downtown Café. So if the gentle notes of his extended improv on the Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood” tend not to receive the same attention as the happy-hour conversation, the Yankees-Indians game, the crabcake pops — well, Pat Guadagno doesn’t seem to mind.


“I’m actually looking now for some days off,” the veteran Shore-bred guitarist and vocalist tells redbankgreen afterward. “In this business you spend so much time looking for work, that you never turn it down when it comes to you.”

It’s been a busier stretch than usual for the Monmouth Beach musician, as he prepares to take to the “legitimate” stage for the entire 27-show run of Mark Twain’s A Murder, A Mystery and a Marriage, the new production at Red Bank’s Two River Theater.

And that’s actually the less stressful part of Guadagno’s activities at Two River. On Monday, May 19, he’ll feature in the 2008 edition of Bobfest, the Bob Dylan birthday tribute (the iconic music legend turns 67 on May 24) that he’s presented every year since 1999 — a concert event that’s become an annual spring tradition in Red Bank, and yet another thing for local music fans to feel proprietary about.

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