go nakedExpect lots of bared shoulders and flexed pecs when the annual Go Naked and Check Yourself fundraiser comes to the Downtown Sunday. (Photo above by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

go naked 1 2011It’s an event that has at its heart a life-and-death mission — although there’s plenty of wiggle-and-jiggle room for a healthy dose of fun and flirty.

It’s the fundraiser known as Go Naked and Check Yourself — the fourth annual edition of which takes to the  Downtown on Sunday, the latest in a series that’s collected over $35,000 toward raising awareness of detectable forms of cancer and promoting simple self-examination procedures.

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Jake TavillRFH senior Jake Tavill celebrates the release of his debut solo recording INDIGO CHILD — and on a school night, yet — during a Sunday night multi-bill upside The Downtown.

When we first met Jake Tavill in the paperless pages of redbankgreen, he was an 11 year old actor platooning in the role of Young MacDuff — and under the direction of the usually wordless wizard of mischief TELLER, no less — in Two River Theater’s bloody-good production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Now a 17 year old senior at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, the native Rumsonite has focused in recent years on making music — honing his keyboard skills, finding his singing voice, and writing songs that draw inspiration from the work of classic rockers, bluesmen and R&B masters who made their mark long before he was born. As detailed here in a recent redbankgreen profile, the result was Indigo Child — a fully fleshed and professionally recorded set of songs that our Music Desk described as “loaded with funky beats, horn arrangements and mellow vocals.”

This Sunday evening, after the last of Red Bank’s Halloween Parade revelers has scurried back to home and hearth, Jake Tavill commandeers the second floor of The Downtown for an album release party that includes several of his fellow local musicians, and the live debut of the really-big Indigo Child Big Band.

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Docs of Rock 2The Docs of Rock — a band of moonlighting medical professionals and educators, led by retired Ranney School Headmaster Emeritus and guitarist Dr. Lawrence Sykoff, Ed.D. (right) — take it Downtown on Sunday for a fundraiser supporting Lunch Break of Red Bank.

The singer is a practitioner in veterinary dentistry (Kristin Scott, D.V.M.). On keyboards we’ve got the feelgood sounds of a specialist in interventional pain management (Scott Woska, M.D.). The rhythm section consists of an orthopedic surgeon on the fat ‘n funky bottom (David Lessing, M.D.), and a dermatologist on the skins (Ken Grossman, M.D.).

They’re all at the head of the class, in a school of rock presided over by guitarist Dr. Larry Sykoff, Ed.D. — who’s apparently having the time of his life since retiring as headmaster of Ranney School.

Together they’re the Docs of Rock, and this Sunday evening, August 10, they’ll be helping the Red Bank-based nonprofit Lunch Break celebrate more than 31 years of service to the community, with a public-invited party at The Downtown.

Scheduled for 7 to 10 pm , it’s a serious night of fun for Lunch Break, the borough-based nonprofit whose executive director Gwen Love said, “Many people think Lunch Break is just a soup kitchen, but we are so much more.”

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