The lineup of live music acts in Brigantine slated for this month and into the summer spans genres from doo-wop to big band, blues, soul, reggae and rock.
Things kick off Friday, June 9, with the return of the South Philly-based a-cappella group Relatives By Appointment at St. George’s Pub at the corner of the Brigantine Towne Center off Harbor Beach Boulevard. The group performs doo-wop hits and songs from the ’50s through the ’90s including rock, R&B and soul. The quintet features Brigantine resident Anthony Borzillo along with Frank Morelli, Bob Dacri, Angelo “Fazz” Fasulo and Ted Ziffer.
The show is part of a free Friday evening series that starts after a 5-7 p.m. “happy hour” that offers two-for-one appetizers. Also back at the pub after a March debut is country music artist Kevin Dale, who will perform 7 p.m. June 24. Dale, 44, is a musician from the steel-mill and coal-mining town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania who mixes modern country hits by Eric Church, Zac Brown, Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson with old-school artists such as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, occasionally adding his original songs to the set list.
St. George’s has four straight nights of free live music scheduled for June 29-July 2 as part of its Independence Day celebration. South Jersey staples and classic-rock specialists Paul Tozz (June 29), Mike Chet Beck (June 30) and Mike Maggio (July 1) will pave the way for reggae sensation SensaMotion Sunday, July 2. The a seven-piece Atlantic City-based ensemble has opened for such reggae kingpins as the Wailers, Israel Vibration, Tribal Seeds, Barrington Levy and Ky-Mani Marley.
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The next two Brigantine Community Education and Recreation free concert series shows feature CER regulars that continue in tribute to their recently lost leaders, Bob Ferris and Herb “Bubba Mac” Birch. Ferris died in December, and Birch on May 16. The Bob Ferris Big Band takes the Brigantine North Middle School stage 7 p.m. Thursday, June 22, performing big-band and swing-era standards by renowned crooners such as Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin, and band leaders such as Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. The Bubba Mac Blues Band plays 7 p.m. Thursday, July 13 at the North Middle School, 301 E. Evans Blvd.
Laguna Grill & Rum Bar, 1400 Ocean Ave., will hold its inaugural Rockin’ Blues Festival starting 2 p.m. Sunday, June 11 on the beach with seven groups performing into the night. Headlining the festival is Ted Horowitz of the Bronx, New York, better known by his stage name Popa Chubby. The blues-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist and his band will follow the Michael Allman band, fronted by the son of recently departed rock legend Gregg Allman; longtime Philly-area favorite and guitar virtuoso Flamin’ Harry and his band; South Jersey’s own Billy Walton Band, fronted by the group’s namesake plus Steve Guyger, Crisbie and Husky Burnette.
Longtime northern New Jersey-based favorite the Smithereens are scheduled to play a free show Sunday, June 25 at Laguna Grill at a time to be announced.