Published in The Coaster, Asbury Park NJ, August 23 2018

SIGHTS: Wooden Walls ArtWalk on the Asbury boards

The Asbury Park boardwalk is the setting on Thursday, August 23, as two of our favorite figures on the Asbury Park arts scene — Parlor Gallery co-owner and Wooden Walls Project curator Jenn Hampton, plus Paranormal Books & Curiosities proprietor and Asbury Park Tour Company historian Kathy Kelly— team up with the folks at the Red Bank-based nonprofit MonmouthArts for a special edition of the group’s ArtWalk events. Between 5:30 and 7:30 pm, Jenn and Kathy will be the guides for an up-close look at the acclaimed mural project (and a delve into the colorful history of the city’s famed waterfront) that includes an artist meet-’n-greet, access to a temporary installation in the Carousel building, and a post-tour performance art event (on the beach at Second Avenue) by Transformer’s Siren Arts series.

Grab-and-go drinks and snacks will be provided by Asbury Park Yacht Club, and participants get special discounts on exclusive Wooden Walls-themed towels, bags, and other merchandise available from Shelter Home. It’s a fundraiser for the ongoing programs of Monmouth Arts, with a portion of proceeds dedicated to the support of the Wooden Walls Project. Get tickets ($50, or $40 for Monmouth Arts members) online at— and mark your Carousel for 12 noon on Sunday, August 26, when artist Jeffrey Fulvimari is in the iconic roundhouse at the south end of the boards, for a FREE Live Paint Event.

SCREENS: A Bite at the Opera, at the Crane House

Each summer since the 2011 passing of Allenhurst’s Madame Era Tognoli, Frank D’Alessandro of the historic Stephen Crane House (508 Fourth Avenue in AP) has honored the Metro Lyric Opera founder with a free series of Opera On Film events — and TODAY, August 23, the 2018 slate concludes with a “Bite at the Opera” program that couples a 5 pm screening inside the Crane’s newly air-conditioned theater, with a home-cooked light dinner.

This Thursday spotlights Herbert Von Karajan’s 1968 production of Leoncavallo’s canonical classic Pagliacci, with the great Canadian tenor Jon Vickers as the iconic clown. Doors open 4:30 pm, with the film followed by dinner. Refreshments will also be served prior to the screening, which will be preceded by an introductory talk — as well as “bonus features” that include excerpts from the 1947 feature Carnegie Hall, and a live performance! As always, there’s no charge for film or food; donations are appreciated on behalf of the Asbury Park Little League or AP Historical Society, and new friends are welcomed, as a true legendary local is paid tribute at one of the city’s “best kept secret” cultural gems.

SOUNDS: Thursday (for 4 days) at Asbury Lanes

You’ve heard of “six ways to Sunday?” Well, beginning TONIGHT, August 23 and continuing through August 26, the folks at Asbury Lanes bring you Four Ways to Thursday, as the band from ‘Brunswick makes an unprecedented extended residency at the newly re-imagined tenpins taproom. Here in a summer that’s seen high-profile Asbury stands by their neighbors and/or contemporaries Gaslight Anthem and Bouncing Souls, Geoff Rickly and the reunited six-man lineup are marking their 20th anniversary with a tour that alternates sets in which two of their most seminal releases (2001’s breakthrough Full Collapse, and 2003’s big-league debut War All the Time) are re-created from lip to label. While the August 23 and 24 shows are SOLD OUT according to the band’s soc’ media, there are apparently still tickets out there to the 8 pm events on Saturday (Collapse) and Sunday (War) — and available admissions ($35) can be scouted at

SOUNDS: The Doo Wop Project at Axelrod PAC

The five vocalists of The Doo Wop Project weren’t on the scene when groups like The Del Vikings, The Capris and The Belmonts ruled the radio airwaves — but as cast members of some of the most popular jukebox musicals of all time (including “Jersey Boys” and “Motown: The Musical”), the quintet of young Broadway veterans was directly inspired by that first generation of street-lamp serenaders. The men from DWP (Dominic Scaglione Jr., Russell Fischer, Dominic Nolfi, Charl Brown, Dwayne Cooper) boast enough star-wattage talent to light every streetcorner “From Here to Eternity”  — and when they take the stage of Axelrod Performing Arts Center TONIGHT, August 23, they’ll be bringing the audience on a musical adventure that ranges from spot-on recreations of vintage hits (Dion’s “ I Wonder Why,” The Flamingos’ “I Only Have Eyes For You”), to reimaginings of songs from the 1980s (Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel”) and the new millennium (Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie,” Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours”). Tickets for the 8 pm show ($47-$52) at

SOUNDS: Dashboard Confessional at Stoney Summerstage

A blockbuster act from the golden age of Emo and a popular draw up Jersey way, Chris Carrabba and his FLA-based Dashboard Confessional continue to work their 2018 release Crooked Shadows — their first new album in nearly a decade — with a major coast-to-coast “Summer Ever After Tour” that brings them to the sun-kist SummerStage of the Stone Pony on Sunday, August 26. The young veterans of All Time Low and the one-dude force of nature known as gnash are along for the ride, in the event that opens its gates at 5 pm. Available tickets (ranging from $40 to $120) are at — and after the show, all attendees are welcome as the Shoobies play a special late set inside the famous club.

STAGES: A Midsummer Night’s Ballet at Axelrod PAC

The maiden production of the newly established Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater — the first professional ballet company in Monmouth County — A Midsummer Night’s Dream brings the delightful combination of Shakespeare’s most kinetic comedy (of manipulative fairy-folk, frenetic lovers, rude mechanicals, and actorly egos) with the music of Felix Mendelssohn to the APAC’s Vogel Auditorium in Deal Park. Directed and choreographed by company founder Gabriel Chajnik, and featuring a cast of professionals and students highlighted by Anne Sandefur and Garrett McCann (pictured), the seasonally appropriate excursion into enchanted territory boasts a 20-piece orchestra under the baton of Jason Tramm of Ocean Grove, with 8 pm performances on Wednesday and Thursday, August 29 and 30. Tickets ($35 adults; senior and student discounts) reserved at

SOUNDS: Glenn Hughes at the Stone Pony

He was a member of Deep Purple in the mid-1970s, as bassist and backing vocalist (future Whitesnake whippersnapper David Coverdale was lead singer at the time) — and he even made the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the Purple-people company he’s kept. But when British hard rock/metal journeyman Glenn Hughes takes the Stone Pony stage with his “Classic Deep Purple Live” set this coming Tuesday, August 28, he’ll be channeling the many different editions of the institution that brought us, at various times, “Smoke on the Water,” “Highway Star,” Hush,” and “Burn” (and whose roster has featured the likes of Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, and Tommy Bolin). The self-proclaimed “Voice of Rock”  — who even served a stint as frontman of Black Sabbath — commands the mic and paints the place Purple during a 7 pm event for which tickets ($23) can be had at


Done here? To paraphrase the immortal Corporal Agarn of F Troop fame, “WHO says I’m done?” There’s more in store throughout the wiggly week, as THURSDAY, AUGUST 23 sees the Stone Pony return of Badfish (above), the “Tribute to Sublime” that’s arguably become bigger than that thing what hath been paid tribute to thereof…the Pony’s the attraction again on FRIDAY when the power-trio paladins of King’s X (below) make an encore area appearance, even as ukelele ubermeister Jim Boggia returns to downtown’s boxcar berthplace of rock and roll The Saint, for another in his “Bruce Off Broadway” transmutations of Springsteen signatures to a more modestly scaled (and popularly priced) context. It’s back to the SummerStage on SATURDAY, as the Bleachers help illuminate a Shadow of the City package bill, here Where the City Meets the Sea. SUNDAY promises another opportunity to take it topside to the Salvation Lounge at The Asbury Hotel, with the panormaic views augmented this time by Audra Mariel and A Real Human Jazz Bandcontinuing in a jazzbo vein, The Mayor’s Players — that occasional combo led by drummer and former Asbury Park hizzoner Kevin Sanders — appears on a bill with The Sensational Soul Cruisers, as the free series of Music Mondays events does it one more time…this time on TUESDAY…at Springwood Park. WEDNESDAY offers up another chance to take the “Asbury LIVE” series of free open-air concerts at the AP boardwalk’s First Avenue “Green” (this time with Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son, plus Levy and the Oaks).  No chance whatesoever to catch one’s breath, as each THURSDAY brings a new edition of THE COASTER, equipped as it is with the full rundown of listings on music, movies, theater, comedy and that ever-inscrutable MORE.