Published in The Coaster, Asbury Park NJ, November 1 2018
SOUNDS: Anderson East at the Stone Pony
Okay, so his name’s not Anderson East (it’s Michael Anderson; not to be confused with the guy who plays The Man from Another Place in Twin Peaks). And — despite his Nashville base of operations, and his tendency to be romantically linked with contempo-country recording artists — the Alabama native is more akin to a pop/rock/R&B singer who also happens to get nominated for Americana music awards. Whatever categorical pigeonhole he’s deftly dancing around at the moment, there’s no denying that Anderson East has worked his way up to the bigs from the perceived hinterlands of the DIY scene (thanks in no small part to some great exposure on the hit soundtrack to Fifty Shades Darker) — and when he makes his Asbury Park debut this Friday, November 2 behind his latest album Encore, it’ll be Brookdale Public Radio 90.5 The Night (and not Thunder 106) that welcomes him to the Stone Pony stage. Grizzled veteran “Nashville underdog” Travis Meadows makes for an interesting choice of opener for the show that opens the door at 7 pm, with tickets ($20 advance; $25 d.o.s.) still gettable from the box office window or stoneponyonline.com.
SOUNDS: Waterfront Duo at Patrick’s Pub
There’s the Asbury Park music history that gets celebrated in sprawling New York Times stories — and there’s Leon Trent, a man who’s been writing his own personal SOAP saga since long before The Boss ever graced the cover of a dentist-office newsweekly. A west-side wonder and a member of The Broadways — the 1960s Asbury/Neptune vocal group who released two singles on the nationwide MGM label — Trent truly achieved his musical destiny when he formed the eight-piece Waterfront in the 1970s. Known as much for his “fashionable and flashy” sartorial style as for his mastery of the “kick ass funky horn band” sound, the seemingly ageless entertainer continues to cover the waterfront well into the new millennium, transforming a corner of your favorite local watering hole into an arena for some classic R&B stylings (and literally hundreds of decades-spanning pop hits). On Friday night, the format is Duo — and the arena is Patrick’s Pub in Neptune City, the neighborhood tavern located at the Stop & Shop plaza just off Route 35. There’s no cover charge to take in the music — and no stopping the man who “turns a song into a show, and quickly becomes the audience’s onstage friend.”
SOUNDS: Billy Hector Electric Explosion at Langosta
“All I ever wanted was to play guitar for a living,” Billy Hector told us in an interview that appeared in The Coaster this past August. “…and I win!” The Shore blues-rock legend whose career spans some six decades continues to make his presence felt up and down the Shore; both acoustically in settings like the recent Asbury Undergound Art & Music Crawl (as well as a regular gig at Belmar’s Ragin’ Cajun), and in plugged-in contexts that constitute no less than an Electric Explosion. Such is the case on November 3, when Hector, joined by his rhythm section of Sim Cain and Wilbo Wright (and who knows what manner of guests who come in from the cold) get behind the hitching rail of the Langosta Lounge stage for some Saturday night sets that promise to draw from the guitarist’s ever-deepening database of record releases (including the very recent long-player Some Day Baby) and his mapmaker’s mastery of the Chicago blues/ classic rock crossroads. Sounds start at 9:30 pm, with no charge for admission (but plenty of ee-lectrical charge in the air).
SOUNDS: Gypsy Funk Squad at the Yacht Club
The finny faithful who attend the Asbury Park Promenade of Mermaids each year know them as the World Fusion/ Belly Dance Troupe that keynotes and heralds the colorful annual procession atop the boards (and beneath the warm summer sun). But the strolling street performers of NJ’s own Gypsy Funk Squad have also been known to stay put in one place when need be — and on November 3, the eclectically acoustic traveling carnival makes a rare indoor (and autumny-weather) appearance on the boardwalk, when Jack, Ohannes, and their crew of musical mer-persons dry-dock at the AP Yacht Club for some Saturday night sets that kick off at 9:30 pm. It’s a special Black Light Party that’s guaranteed to put a glow in that off-season/ set-the-clocks-back gloom — and there’s no cover charge, as always.
SCENES: Asbury Park Vegan Social
It’s a Fat Cat Fiesta, hosted by one of our favorite creative culinary best-kept-secrets — Crust & Crumble — inside one our favorite downtown hangs, Shoppes at the Arcade (the ever-eclectic mini-mall located between Cookman and Lake Avenues at Bond Street). Going on Sunday afternoon from 12 to 4 pm, the happening offers up an all-vegan Fat Cat Sandwich Bar catered by Chef Luke and his C&C crew, plus a craft beer/ wine tasting, and live music courtesy of Brendan & Chris (pictured) from the sought-after event/party band Enjoy! All this plus a custom t-shirt, for a $45 ticket — with proceeds dedicated to the nonprofit Three Little Kittens Animal Rescue. There’s a Cat Costume Contest and “cat games” as well, so call 732-776-7767 to get social for a kittenly cause.
SOUNDS: Tuesday Night Record Club at Monmouth U
Returning to historic Wilson Auditorium at Monmouth University on November 6 is the Tuesday Night Record Club, the series that offers music fans a chance to share their perspectives and passions on some of the greatest albums of all time, in a listening-party setting (presented in partnership with The Grammy Museum) featuring moderators, guest panelists and fellow fanatics. This time out, the topic is the ultimate white elephant in the room — the 1968 double album THE BEATLES (aka The White Album), itself the subject of an ambitious International Symposium of words, music and activities that runs from November 8-11 on the Monmouth campus (and about which much more to come in this space). Put the headphones down and get sociable; admission to the 7:30 pm keynote event is FREE (register through eventbrite.com), and it’s followed on the schedule by December 4 exploration of David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
None of which is to suggest that we’ve forgotten the sold-out events starring LIFETIME (Saturday night at House of Independents) and ELVIS COSTELLO (Election Night Tuesday at the Paramount Theatre) — they just didn’t seem to need our help! But don’t YOU forget to set those clocks back for a bonus hour in the wee-hours ‘twixt Saturday night and Saturday morning…don’t forget to change the batteries in those smoke alarms…and don’t forget to check the November 1 print edition of THE COASTER, for the deep-dish listings of music, movies, comedy, theater, art, and Sex Toy Bingo (when applicable)!