Residents of Asbury Park gathered together in Springwood Park to stand against hate in the aftermath of the conflicts in Charlottesville.
THOMAS P. COSTELLO
Drop your anchor Friday, Sept. 29 at the Asbury Park Yacht Club on the boardwalk for a night of soft rock and hard partying.
It’s the fifth edition of DJ Atom Worth’s hit Yacht Rock Night.
“The evening is definitely tongue in cheek,” Worth said. “It’s not just the music but we’ll be playing videos, and we bring everyone in on the joke. The way the night is set up, everyone knows what they’re getting. Definitely check any attitude at the door.”
Er, we’ll be getting great music by the likes of Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Toto, Fleetwood Mac, Hall and Oates, and Gino Vannelli, right? Yacht Rock is the term, first used in a 2005 online music parody, for the Southern California soft rock of the late ‘70 and early ‘80s.
“It was a time of excessive drug use,” Worth said. “I equate it to Wall Street in the early ‘80s. Stock brokers were big fans of Yacht Rock. People who wore pastel blazers over a T-shirt, they probably liked Yacht Rock.”
“Like hip-hop, it’s not just the music. It’s about the fashion and the attitude.”
On “Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty. Hold the plank, we’re coming on board.
“Seventies sleaziness (in dress) is encouraged,” Worth said. “We usually get a few people who show up in captain’s hats.”
Pier Fest in Long Branch
The Long Branch waterfront.
Frank Sinatra used to summer there and Bruce Springsteen wrote “Born to Run” there. Then, the Long Branch Pier burned down and things changed. Now, it’s Pier Village, and the third annual Pier Fest is set for noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1 at Festival Plaza.
It’s a new chapter for the Long Branch waterfront.
“I love the Pier Village, with the boardwalk, the beach, the stores and all the great restaurants,” said festival founder Chris Fotache in a statement. “It felt like the perfect location to bring a major outdoor festival in the fall. That is a great time to be at the Jersey Shore.”
Call it Locals Summer. There will be kids activities, vendors, food and drink specials from the Pier Village restaurants and music by Jake Jacobsen, Don Lee and Jenn Karma.
Pier Fest, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, Pier Village,1 Chelsea Ave, Long Branch. Free. www.pierfest.com.
Pig Gig in Scotch Plains
What’s a Pig Gig?
It’s a party headed by Glenn Alexander of Westfield, best known in these parts as a member of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, that features world class blues and soul music and a pig roasting on a spit outside the Scotch Plains Italian-American Hall.
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Only in Joisey, folks.
“The first Pig Gig was really just a house party with a band — Porky was spinning on a spit in Glenn’s backyard on a very cold January night in 2015,” say organizers. “Thanks to a live stream, great feedback and good vibes, the door was open for future Pig Gigs.”
There will be lots of food in addition to what’s on the spit, an open beer and wine bar, and the music of Glenn Alexander and Shadowland and the Lonesome Pines. Don’t be surprised if a Jersey music legend who wears shades all the time shows up and sings a few Asbury Jukes classics.
They’re havin’ a party and it’s for a good cause. Funds raised will go toward the Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation in the memory of Alexander’s nephew, who passed away at the age of 20.
Pig Gig 3 featuring Glenn Alexander and Shadowland, 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, Scotch Plains Italian-American Hall, 1976 Valley Ave, Scotch Plains. $40 in advance and $50 at the door. glennalexander.com.
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DJ ATOM WORTH’S YACHT ROCK NIGHT
WHEN: 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29
WHERE: Asbury Park Yacht Club (adjacent to the Langosta Lounge), boardwalk, Asbury Park
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