JAZZ & BLUES FEST BUSTS ITSELF IN THREE

stage2The 2009 edition of the festival was the last at Red Bank’s Marine Park, and there are no signs of a return. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival, once a summer staple in Red Bank that was unceremoniously scratched off the calendar and has since been on a wayward journey for a permanent home, is taking the show on the road this year.

After a stint on the pavement at Monmouth Park, the festival’s foundation announced it’s taking a totally different direction — three, actually — making one-day stops over three months in as many towns.

“It is what it is right now,” festival organizer Dennis Eschbach told redbankgreen. “We’re going in a different direction this year.”

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FROM GARAGE, POP’S PLANS TO HIT THE ROAD

pops-extProduce from the vegetable garden outside Pop’s Garage in the Grove West will be used in dishes. (Click to enlarge)

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Pop’s Garage, a popular Mexican restaurant on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, opens its third outlet today in the Grove West shopping center in Shrewsbury.

The taqueria is the seventh in a cluster of varied restaurants owned and run by Marilyn Schlossbach, the brains behind Langosta Lounge, another Mexican place on the boardwalk; Trinity and the Pope, offering Cajun dishes in downtown Asbury; the Dauphin Grille, a seafood spot in that city’s Berkeley hotel, and the casual-themer Labrador Lounge, in Normandy Beach, where the third Pop’s Garage is also located.

But this one represents a breakout for Schlossbach, and not solely because it’s located in a highway shopping center. Along with her partner-brother Rich and husband Scott, Schlossbach created the Shrewsbury Pop’s as a prototype for what they hope will grow to into a national franchise.

redbankgreen caught up with 46-year-old Schlossbach – who is also running for state Assembly as a Democrat in the new 11th District – at a pre-opening party in Shrewsbury last Friday for the scoop on her empire-building plan.

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IN oRBit: A TIGGA, BY THE TALE

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We here at Red Bank oRBit do what we can to create a trustworthy source for timely tips on how and where to spend your discretionary dollars and idle-hour attentions — but who do we turn to for recommendations? People like Lorraine Stone and Rock Wilk — each of them profiled previously in our pixelated pages, and both of them champions of a young poet and spoken word artist named Tylik “TIGGA” Railey.

Born in bred in Asbury Park (and heard in venues ranging from The Inkwell to Brookdale Community College to Nuyorican Poets Cafe to national poetry-slam competitions), Tigga (left) has a lot to say about life in the city where his family has made its home for generations — and this Thursday, he’ll be saying it at The Showroom in an autobiographical multimedia performance piece entitled Photographic Memory.

Equipped with live musical accompaniment by a talented student of Asbury Park High School — and preceded by a special free “warm-up” show — the presentation (sponsored by ArtsCAP and rescheduled from this past December) represents the most ambitious move yet for the self-described “starving artist” of another stripe — and we’ve got the “sabertooth trooth” in an exclusive interview with Tigga, ONLY in Red Bank oRBit!

IN oRBit: WRITERS AND OTHER HOOKERS

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It’s never been an uncommon thing for writers to prostitute themselves. It’s just that, in the strange case of David Henry Sterry, the latter activity served as springboard to the former.

Today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit has an exclusive interview with Sterry (right) — an actor, professor, children’s book collaborator, HuffPost blogger and sports authority who made his first big splash with Chicken, his memoir of a year spent putting himself through college as a 17 year old LA male hooker. The author and editor has also garnered acclaim for the anthology Hos, Hookers, Call Girls and Rent Boys and the how-to guide Putting Your Passion into Print, both of which will be the focus as Sterry visits Asbury Park’s Showroom this Sunday.

For this entry in the BookFLX series, Sterry and a guest panel of “sexperts” will discuss Hos and screen a collection of clips on Hollywood and the Sexworker — after which the publishing-biz specialist will hear book-pitch ideas from the audience in a feature that could only be called Pitchapalooza. We’ve got what you need, right here and all week along, in Red Bank oRBit!

IN oRBit: WEISSGUYS AND GOOD NEIGHBORS

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Today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit looks in on a couple of our favorite restaurants — not so coincidentally run by a couple of our favorite restaurateurs, both of them avid surfers — with an eye toward some special events that they’ll be presenting in the nights to come.

First, we’ll head over to musician-friendly Jamian’s Food and Drink in Red Bank, where some pretty famous faces are expected to be hanging around throughout the month of December. It’s all thanks to another of proprietor Jamian LaViola‘s monthly art exhibits; this one a display of photographs by Mark Weiss (above), the local-dude-made-good who’s long specialized in shooting such stars of arena-scale rock as Jon Bon Jovi, Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith and Kiss.

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Then we take it down to Langosta Lounge on the Asbury boards, scene of a hugely successful Holiday Soup Kitchen event this Thanksgiving past — where owner and tireless driving force Marilyn Schlossbach (right, with niece) plans to celebrate her popular spot’s first birthday this week by giving back to the community once again, in the form of a “fundraiser fiesta” for the Hispanic Affairs and Resource Center. We’ve got pix from Thanx plus the story on Chef Marilyn’s many irons in the fire; served up with a side of the freshest and tastiest events from the coming week — only in Red Bank oRBit.

IN oRBit: A BLUES LEGEND ON THE BOARDS

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Today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit takes it down to Asbury Park, a music town where several generations of blues musicians could tell you a thing or five about the blues — its history, technique and that certain something that draws a line between those who study it and those who live it.

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When Hubert Sumlin comes to town “with a vengeance” on Thursday, the innovative stylist who most famously played guitar lieutenant to Howlin’ Wolf for years will be causing those generations of bluesguys to bow ‘n genuflect. He’ll appear at the lovely Langosta Lounge rather than a place that evokes the southern juke joints and midwest roadhouses of his formative years. In our exclusive interview, we talk to Sumlin about the long road that brought him to this day and place (including a strange case of giggus interruptus that happened right here in Red Bank), and the road that still winds ahead for the 77-year-old legend.

It’s there for your perusal in Red Bank oRBit — the only online source for local arts and entertainment news that lives the blues!