There’s a little Kurt VILE to go with your Willie NILE…an overhauled ENGINE of passionate punkery, and some warmed-up ELTON from pop-cultural pre-history…mixed-doubles TENNIS served up at the Lanes, and a surprisingly “secret” scene sounding off down on the island of ST.JOHN’S. We’ve got your recommended rundown of happenings in and near Asbury town, right here/ right now…and we’ve got your FULL complement of music, movie, art, theater and MORE, exclusively in the printed pages of Asbury Park’s fightin’ weekly, The COASTER!
SOUNDS: Early Elton at House of Indies
Long before the platform boots and peacock glam of the Yellow Brick Road/Capt. Fantastic era, a relatively shy pop performer named Reg Dwight re-invented himself as Elton John, and furnished the fireworks through a sophisticated songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin, plus a series of passionately purveyed studio albums that have stood the test of time. With the unique contribution to the tribute-bandscape known as Early Elton, Asbury Jukes keyboardist Jeff Kazee joins with bass-playing bandmate John Conte and Fab Faux drummer Rich Pagano for an experience that channels those 60s/70s signatures — especially the WABC-FM concert released as the stripped-down and seminal live album 11-17-70 — in fantastic fashion. The trio makes a house call to the House of Independents for a 7:30 pm Friday set for which tix ($30) can be reserved at houseofindependents.com — or from the official box office ‘cross Cookman Ave at Lola’s European Cafe. Continue reading