RED BANK: STREETLIFE OF HOOPS AND DREAMS

hula hooper 1Street Life vertStreetLife veteran Eryka Andrex brings her dazzling hula-hooping act, complete with LED-embedded hoops, back to downtown Red Bank Saturday night as part of RiverCenter’s continuing series of sidewalk entertainments.

Take it here for the complete list of performers and locations. (Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: RIVERCENTER SEEKS LIFERS

the wag 062114StreetLife veteran act the Wag performing on Broad Street in 2014.

Press release from Red Bank RiverCenter

Street Life vertIn an annual call for talent, Red Bank RiverCenter is seeking experienced street performers — musicians, magicians, and other entertainers — to entertain downtown Red Bank this summer.

Entertainers will be selected through open auditions and presented through RiverCenter’s popular StreetLife program, now in its 16th year. Interested artists are invited to take part in auditions beginning 6 pm on Thursday, March 10, at the Count Basie Rehearsal Studio (99 Monmouth Street, 2nd Floor) in Red Bank.

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WEEKEND: EAT, DRINK, SING, SAIL, AND MORE

A promo video for ‘Eat! Drink! Italy!,’ Red Bank restaurateur Victor Rallo’s new TV show, which gets a launch at the Basie Saturday night. Below, a rousing night of patriotic songs fills the First Presbyterian Church at Tower Hill Sunday. (Click to enlarge)

By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO

Friday, July 5:

RED BANK: The Josh Zuckerman Band stops by the Walt Street Pub for an energetic Friday night set. The show beings at 8 p.m. 180 Monmouth Street.

RED BANK: Blues rock  guitarist Matt O’Ree and band perform at Jamians Food & Drink.  The show begins at 8 p.m. 79 Monmouth Street.

SHREWSBURY: Monmouth County Eastern Branch Library hosts a discussion on Treasures of the Monmouth County Parks, including an update on the status of the park system post-Hurricane Sandy for this edition of First Friday for Seniors. The discussion begins at 11 a.m. 1001 Route 35 North.

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SOUNDS ALL OVER TOWN

Red Bank offered a sprawling buffet of delights for music lovers Saturday night as the Brookdale Big Band, right, laid down a smooth bed of Basie, Ellington and other greats at Riverside Gardens Park in a benefit for the borough library, while Attractive Nuisenze, above, and Tri City Jazz, below, were among the handful of acts buskingthe sidewalks  as part of the summerlong StreetLife program. (Click to enlarge)

THIS WEEKEND, CONSIDER TAKING IT INSIDE

Making the most of a warm spring evening, members of Attractive Nuisenze, of Manalapan, got a jump on Red Bank RiverCenter’s StreetLife auditions by setting up outside the Count Basie Theatre Wednesday night. The weather forecast for the weekend is a bit more downbeat, with cooler temperatures and some rain. (Click to enlarge)

POPPING THE QUESTION

Accompanied by a pair of StreetLife performers, a feeble-voiced Steven Galapo proposed to his girlfriend, Nathalie Salem, on Broad Street in Red Bank Saturday night.

Did she say yes? Play the video to find out.

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WANTED: STREETLIFE PERFORMERS

img_6371721Buskers, like this unidentified trio from Streetlife 2009, are warming up their pipes for the 2011. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Dust off yer geetar, groom your rabbit and brush up on your Marcel Marecau gestures. Auditions for StreetLife are right around the corner.

And if you want to be on one of Red Bank’s corners performing this summer, this is your chance to showcase your talent.

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THIS WEEKEND: RED BANK SIDEWALK SALE

sidewalk-sale-2009-2Shoppers on Broad Street, above, and Monmouth Street, below, hunt down bargains at the 2009 edition of the annual sidewalk sale. (Click to enlarge)

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Recession-pinched consumers: this is your weekend.

The 56th annual edition of the Red Bank Sidewalk Sale opens Friday and runs through Sunday.

Racks and tables laden with clothing, footwear, housewares and other merch will offer up a smorgasbord of deals along Broad, Front, Mechanic, White, Wallace and Monmouth Streets, as well as Linden Place and Wharf Avenue.

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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.

ADDING LUNCH TO THE SONIC SMORGASBORD

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From left: Matt Wade, A Cool Blues Duo (featuring Chuck Lambert and Susan Haugenes), Kati Beddow Brower and  Virago pack the Tunes-To-Go, as Red Bank RiverCenter inaugurates a new LunchMusic series at Riverside Gardens.

By TOM CHESEK

If you’re a music fan of eclectic disposition, you’ve come to the right place. In fact, on summertime Saturday nights, a carelessly distracted connoisseur could literally stumble over the next big thing on the streets of Red Bank.

Beginning June 5 and continuing Saturday nights through August (save for July 3’s KaBoom fireworks night), the outdoor mini-concert series known as Red Bank StreetLife returns to the the sidewalks and storefronts of the Basie-birthing borough — an open-air musical bazaar produced and presented (as it’s been each year since 2001) by the folks at Red Bank RiverCenter.

It’s a regular sonic smorgasbord of jazz stylers and blues howlers, folk strummers and world drummers, bell choirs and barbershoppers and more, spotlighting performers who’ve competed for the coveted StreetLife slots in a series of judged auditions, as redbankgreen detailed here in April.

Before all that, however, RiverCenter is serving up an exciting appetizer to the season’s musical menu — an all-new Wednesday lunchtime entertainment series that begins June 2 at noon in Riverside Gardens Park and continues through the month under the name LunchMusic.

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