RED BANK: BASIE PLANS DRIVE-IN CONCERT

Jersey shore favorites Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes will play for an audience watching from parked vehicles. (Video by Basie Center. Click to enlarge.)

Darkened by the COVID-19 pandemic, Red Bank’s Count Basie Center for the Arts is taking its act to the track.

The storied venue plans to host a July 11 drive-in concert by  Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes at Monmouth Park in Oceanport on July 11.

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IT’S OFF TO THE RACES FOR RBR BUC BACKERS

BucBacker RacesPictured in the winner’s circle at Monmouth Park are members of the RBR Buc Bucker Foundation, with the winner of last year’s 50/50 and the RBR race winners. The RBR Buc Backer Foundation Day at the Races takes place this year on Sunday, September 21. 

Press release from RBRBBF

On Sunday, September 21, the Red Bank Regional Buc Backer Foundation (RBRBBF) will present the fifth annual “Day at the Races” event at Monmouth Park, 175 Oceanport Avenue in Oceanport. Scheduled from noon to 5 pm at the Monmouth Park Reserved Picnic Area, the family-friendly outing promises a fabulous day of horse racing, good friends, and great food. The event also features a 50-50 and sponsored RBRBBF race, following which the 50/50 winner will have his or her picture taken in the winner’s circle.

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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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BECK CHATS IT UP WITH WESTSIDE GROUP

jen-beckState Senator Jen Beck talked with residents at the West Side Community Group Wednesday night. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

For months, Patrick Hussey has looked out from his Catherine Street home and wished for pavement. The asphalt was torn up as part of the Cedar Crossing construction project, he said, and he’s been told by contractors that there’s no plan to repave the section of road until later this year.

“I’m ready to plant a garden right there in the street in front of my house,” Hussey said.

He hasn’t been able to get a straight answer from local officials about when his street will be repaved, he said, so he took his grievance a couple steps higher up the chain Wednesday night, when State Senator Jen Beck visited the Westside Community Group for her first time since serving on the borough council.

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JAZZ & BLUES: WE DIDN’T ‘HIJACK’ FOOD FEST

sausageFood vendors at the 2009 edition of the Jazz & Blues Festival in Marine Park. (Click to enlarge)

Stung by the way it says it has been characterized recently, the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation has taken to the media to trumpet its virtues and push back against claims that it “hijacked” an event that began as a showcase for Red Bank restaurants.

In the wake of a decision last month by borough restaurateurs and local officials to revive Riverfest, the predecessor event to the former Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival, foundation officials say in a letter distributed to news outlets that they didn’t know they were in a conflict until they read claims that Riverfest proponents had “won” the battle between the two.

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JAZZ & BLUES CROWD MISSES MARINE PARK

jazz-and-bluesFestivalgoers enjoyed dancing in the parking lot, but many missed the banks of Marine Park as the home for the Jazz & Blues Festival. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

For the first time in years, Red Bank’s Marine Park saw no hordes of music lovers — or rain — on the first weekend in June.

That’s because what was once known as the Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival instead set up camp Saturday and Sunday in the parking lot of Monmouth Park in Oceanport, this time under the broader label of the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival.

It isn’t often that redbankgreen ventures beyond the confines of this virtual town square, but considering a landmark event was all but forced to pack up and move to a different venue, a trek to Oceanport to check in with folks to find out what they thought of the 2010 edition of the festival was in order.

The reviews weren’t exactly glowing.

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FOOD FESTIVAL MAY RETURN TO MARINE PARK

marine-park1Marine Park will play host to some sort of summer event next year, officials say. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Business owners and Red Bank officials are in talks to bring back large-scale summer entertainment to Marine Park, the site of a nearly completed sprucing-up job that drove out the Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival for this year’s edition, redbankgreen has learned.

At the top of the wish list: reviving the music expo’s predecessor, a food-oriented event called Riverfest, says George Lyristis, owner of The Bistro at Red Bank.

“We’re in the talking phase,” Lyristis said. “It’s my intention to do anything to make it local again.”

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RED BANK REACTS TO JAZZ & BLUES FEST NEWS

jb-mix-boardHas the sun set on the festival’s run at Marine Park? (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Following our report yesterday that the Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival will decamp to to nearby Monmouth Park racetrack this June and may not return, redbankgreen hit the streets to take the pulse of the people, and asked one question:

What do you think about the festival leaving town for the racetrack this year?

Here’s what we heard:

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