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JAZZ & BLUES TOO HOT TO HANDLE

jazzblues-2011-1jazzblues-2011-2Torrid heat and humidity, with temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, made the early hours of the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival at the Middletown Arts Center a hard sell Saturday afternoon.

Formerly held in Marine Park in Red Bank, the festival this year splits its venues between Middletown, Long Branch and Asbury Park over three months. (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL LEAVING RED BANK FOR RACETRACK; RETURN IN 2011 UNCERTAIN

deanna-bogartDeanna Bogart performs at the 2009 edition of the storied music festival. (Click to enlarge)

It’s official: the Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival is leaving town, for this year at least.

The annual three-day event, which traditionally draws tens of thousands of visitors, and at least one good downpour, to the natural amphitheater in Red Bank’s Marine Park, is packing up and moving to Monmouth Park racetrack, forced out by a riverside construction project that town officials couldn’t guarantee would be finished in time for the early June event.

This year’s edition has been pared down to two days — Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6 — and rechristened as the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival. It will be held in a parking lot just outside the the entrance to the Oceanport horse-racing mecca.

Whether the festival returns to Red Bank is unknown, organizers tell redbankgreen.
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