RED BANK: TOTE’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG

TaylorSinger-songwriter Taylor Tote — seen working on “Superman” in the studio — debuts her new EP and video on the stage of Two River Theater, this Friday night. (Photo ©Right Stuff Studios)

You’ve likely seen her out in front of her former band Aardvark Smile, appearing at local music festivals like the Red Bank Riverfest — and since going her own way she’s shared some prominent regional stages with the likes of Southside Johnny, John Cafferty and Val Emmich, and sang the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden. This Friday, February 20, it’s all about the singer and songwriter known as Taylor Tote, as she takes it to Two River Theater for a Taylor-made showcase performance.

It’s a record release party for the Asbury Music Award nominee and aspiring superstar who’s poised to swift-boat that “other” Taylor off her Billboard perch — a full-band set that also boasts a first public peek at her music video “Superman” (a teaser for which can be viewed here). There’s a free gift for all ticket purchasers, too — no, not a Tote bag, but a complimentary copy of the EP.

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RCDS ROCKS OUT FOR SANDY GROUND

BandieraRCDSBon Jovi guitarist and Jersey Shore music legend Bobby Bandiera (center) joined students Anthony Flora, Kyle Ward, Max Kyrillos, Glen Wise, James Ruggiero and Dillon Butler during the recent Rock Out for Sandy Ground Benefit Concert at Rumson Country Day School.

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

The afternoon of Sunday, April 27 was a warm and sunny spring day, but The Rumson Country Day School was also turning up the heat in the Blake Gymnasium, where 250 people assembled for a benefit rock concert. The student-driven benefit was the brainchild of RCDS eighth grader Max Kyrillos, who got the idea from the 12-12-12 relief concert in New York City. Together with a group of fellow RCDS classmates, the student volunteers planned the Students Rock Out for Sandy Ground Benefit Concert, organizing everything from concessions to crowd control, and raised more than $9,000.

Net proceeds will help the Sandy Ground Project to build 26 new playgrounds that are a living memorial to each victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Karen and Joe Burke from the Where Angels Play Foundation were at the event, as well as Mark Jones, Vice President of External Affairs for JCP&L, who presented a check for $1,500. Alumni parent, J. Robert Small, parent of Elizabeth Small ’12, generously offered a matching challenge grant of up to $1,000. Mr. Small started Helping Highlands Survivors, a charity organization that has worked closely with The Sandy Ground Project to raise funds for the Daniel Barden Playground in the Highlands.

Bobby Bandiera of Bon Jovi fame made a special appearance and gave the teen musicians the thrill of playing with a famous rock musician for a great cause. The noted guitarist was also part of another legendary New Jersey band Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. The concert also featured two local teen bands including Max’s band, The Stone Bullets, and Ardvark Smile, a popular local band from Middletown and the musical duo of RCDS teacher Tom Scott and RCDS security officer Tom Mancuso.

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