LINCROFT: CLEARWATER FLOWS AT BROOKDALE

Jody Joseph and her band close out the musical entertainment on the Seeger Stage when the 42nd annual Clearwater Festival returns to the Brookdale campus this weekend.

The Clearwater Festival is a “party with a purpose,” in the words of Ben Forest, environmental policy/coalitions liaison for the Red Bank-based nonprofit New Jersey Friends of Clearwater. And when the purpose is the care of the coast that’s our home, the mission remains the main attraction of the environmental awareness fair, which returns to Brookdale Community College for its 42nd annual edition this Saturday and Sunday.

But still — what a party!

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JOSEPH: 1 LEGEND, 1 COAT, MANY COLORS

jodyjoJody Joseph — just being Jody in this case — brings her tribute to Janis Joplin and Stevie Nicks to the Brookdale PAC stage for an ambitious encore, even as she readies her first concert of inspirational tunes this weekend in Shrewsbury.

By TOM CHESEK

In a 2009 interview that appeared on our satellite site Red Bank oRBit, Jody Joseph described her latest project as “the most insane thing I’ve ever tried to pull off” — an ambitious, three-part concert event involving multiple wardrobe changes, guest dancers and a very real apprehension “that I’ll spin right off the edge of the stage and land in the VIP seats.”

The event, which debuted last year at the Paramount in Asbury Park, was One Legend, One Diva, One Woman, a custom crafted showcase in which the locally legendary singer, songwriter and music teacher — a performer we promptly branded The Hardest Working Woman in Shore Business — augmented a set of her own songs by stepping into bluesy character as Janis Joplin, as well as stepping into the formidable boots of Stevie Nicks.

The diminutive dynamo — whose musical pedigree features direct bloodline links to arena football mogul Jon Bon Jovi AND to ultimate pop heartthrob Mario Lanza — has announced that she’ll be bringing her tour de force triptych back to the boards in September, this time to the Performing Arts Center on the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College. Before all that, of course, she’ll be maintaining her usual busy schedule of gigs — with a little something special offered up to fans old and new this Sunday, at one of the greater Red Bank area’s most historic locales.

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