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Charles Bradley did something pretty unexpected at the end of his set at the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival at the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park on Saturday , June 10.
He tossed roses out to the audience. Not exactly a punk rock thing to do?
“I’m going to take it home, dry it and frame it,” said fan Jenny Talbot of Philadelphia, clutching her rose.
Bradley, wearing a sequined shirt and pants, dazzled the crowd with his soulful and note-perfect stylings of a type of music who’s DNA goes straight to early James Brown and pre-”Shaft” Isaac Hayes. The mid-tempo romp “Lovin’ You, Baby” dazzled, thanks to the accents of Bradley’s backing band, the Extraordinaires.
Bradley, 68, has a backstory of homelessness and playing small clubs for decades before getting national attention with the 2011 release of “No Time for Dreaming” on Daptone Records.
He was diagnosed with stomach cancer last year.
“They found the cancer in me but I beat it with your love,” said Bradley from the stage. “Now I’m going to come with the music you never heard before. I love you every much.”
It was all very punk to Talbot.
“He is soul, pain, anger; so much is in his past and you feel it when he sings,” Talbot said. “That’s punk.”
So punk is less about a style of music and more about an attitude. The Specials played their classic second wave ska at the show, which opened the Summer Stage season. The band didn’t spare the hits, starting with their 1981 hit “Ghost Town.”
They got a little political, too.
“Although I’m not qualified to say this, hands up is you think Donald Trump is a right (blank),” said frontman Terry Hall to the crowd of approximately 1,500.
Hands went up. There were more than a few anti-Trump shirts and jackets in the crowd.
This is the second year for the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival in Asbury Park. The sound on the summer stage, especially for the Specials and Charles Bradley sets, was pristine. The fest has so far made for a very colorful weekend on the boardwalk with fans sporting plaid, spikes and generally attention-grabbing gear. Shows also took place inside the Pony and at the House of Independents on Cookman Avenue. Unofficial festival events were also staged at several city venues.
This is the second year of the festival in Asbury Park. It was founded in 1999 in Las Vegas.
“I’ve always heard about (the festival) growing up with punk rock but I couldn’t afford to go to Vegas, so when I heard it was coming to Asbury I was stoked about it,” said Joel Parsons, 33 of Atlantic City. “Punk rock shows don’t happen much at the Shore so when I found out this was happening, it’s like a pairing of two things I love: New Jersey and punk rock.”
Jersey punk was represented with dynamic set from the Denville-based Blanks 77 Friday, June 9 inside the Stone Pony.
Blanks 77 guitarist Renee Wasted dazzles on the fine line between virtuosity and punk rock rawness — she’s one of the best players at the fest. Dez Cadena of Black Flag and the Misfits joined the Keyport-based Jon Caspi and the First Gun at a non-sanctioned festival show at the Asbury Park Yacht Club on Saturday night..
The crowd exploded when Cadena sang a few back Flag Classics, including “Louie Louie.” They kept it up for the First Gun song, “Sun.”
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Later on Saturday, New York City hardcore punk legends Sick of It All made their Stone Pony debut inside the club. The band brought up Pete Tabbot of the Bridgewater punk band Vision to pay tribute to his late bandmate, Dave Franklin, who died in January at the age of 47.
They performed Vision’s “The Kids Still Have A Lot To Say.”
“We miss Dave every day,” said Sick of It All lead singer Lou Koller.
The festival continues on Sunday, June 11 with performances by the NOFX, the Buzzcocks, Lifetime and more on the Stone Pony Summer Stage.
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