RED BANKER FINDS GROOVE IN A SUNNY GANG

Joe Sapienza, center, and Sunny Gang in a brotherly moment. (Click to enlarge)

redbankgreen got this email last week from a proud Red Bank dad, Bill Sapienza, and it’s just too good not to run pretty much verbatim:

My son Joe’s band, Sunny Gang, performed at this year’s Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park on Sunday. Kind of a big deal for him. They even got their picture in Rolling Stone.com along with several other sites.

Joe is a product of the Red Bank school system, and played piano and percussion in the Middle School band, took piano lessons at the Musician’s Studio, and guitar and bass lessons at Monmouth Music.

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BAND ON THE RUN

buskers-071210Members of The Stolen steal some time in Riverside Gardens Park, above, and on Monmouth Street, below. (Top photo by Peter Lindner; click to enlarge)

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While visitors to downtown Red Bank may be used to seeing alfresca StreetLife musicians in the summer, some may have done a double- or triple-take Monday night, thanks to one combo that was seemingly everywhere.

The Old Bridge-based foursome, featuring four guys aged 14 to 17, made a handful of stops, playing a couple of tunes at each location — including Riverside Gardens Park, top, and Monmouth Street, right — before rushing off to the next spot for a few minutes of stolen fame. In fact, when not busking, all four are members of a band called The Stolen.