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Jersey Shore Music Festival on July 20th at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, NJ July 8, 2013


What are you doing Saturday July 20th in New Jersey this summer?  If your calendar says anything other than checking out over 50 bands on six stages for only $25, cross it out now and enter the Jersey Shore Music Festival at FirstEnergy Park (Blue Claws Stadium) in Lakewood NJ.  This all-ages event will feature national acts including Papadosio, The Front Bottoms, River City Extension, Brick + Mortar, AER and some of the area’s favorite local acts, including one of NVMP’s favorite bands Echo Movement, to represent all genres of music.  Aside from the music, the Jersey Shore Music Festival will also feature an array of New Jersey’s top artisans, crafters, photographers and restaurants to provide plenty of local flavors.  Children 10 and under are free when accompanied by a paid adult (limit 2 kids/adult).  Kids will also have access to the Dr. Bernard’s Kids Zone which will include bungee runs, an obstacle course, bounce house, inflatable 22-foot slide and more.  VIP passes are available; $75 for Gold VIP, which include free parking and premier viewing access in front of the main stage.  Platinum VIP passes are available for $150 and include same benefits as Gold VIP pass but also a private buffet, cash bar and access to the BlueClaw’s air-conditioned bathrooms and upstairs sports club.  Don’t forget, general admission tickets are only $25!  All tickets are available online and can be purchased at or at the FirstEnergy Park stadium box office.

We were able to ask co-founder Cory Pedalino a few questions about the festival:

NVMP:  What inspired the creation of the Jersey Shore Music Festival?  What sets it apart from other music festivals this summer?
Cory Pedalino (CP):  The creation of the Jersey Shore Music Festival started with an idea from Jersey Shore natives Joe Ciano and his friend Tyler Culley. I was brought on when Joe and I were introduced through a mutual friend. At first, Joe, Tyler and I weren’t sure what the festival would turn out to look like, but as soon as we completed our team with Justin Hoy from Halogen and Matt Burns from Trendkiller, the planning process compounded with hard work set everything into motion. It’s only been within the past 14 months that Jersey Shore Music Festival was born. JSMF sets itself apart from other summer music festivals because it has almost every genre of music represented and there are no corporate sponsors (other than the personal relationships that Joe and I have attained over the years). Plus it is a homegrown event. We already have ideas for plans to host an annual Jersey Shore Music Festival, a winter event and another event TBD every year. We’re keeping a lot close to chest for now but announcements will be made soon.

NVMP:  Is this your first foray into music festivals?  What is your vision for this festival next year, 5 years from now, 10 years from now?
CP:  For Joe and Tyler, I believe it is their first foray into music festivals other than being an attendee. I’ve been working production on festivals for quite some time. I’ve been engulfed and worked in the local Asbury Park music scene since I was 16. Recently, I came off of a long weekend at this year’s Skate and Surf festival working production on the main stage.  I can’t tell you what the vision is for the festival for next year just yet…but I will say it’s going to be bigger and might include an entire weekend of dates. That’s all we’re releasing as of now. We will always include the local bands, artists and vendors in the festival – that is a promise. Some of the best local and regional bands are featured this year on the Harrison/Lakehouse stage.

NVMP:  There is a very eclectic line-up of musicians, how did that come together?
CP: The relationships that Matt, Justin and I have formed and bonded our entire musical careers with is what is featured at this year’s festival.  Aside from discovering new music, what else can your guests enjoy at the festival?

There will be over 200 craft vendors and artists, an assortment of food choices, a Magic Hat party area, a non-profit village, plus a kids’ area with inflatable slides and did I mention that tickets are only $25??? A great deal for a full day of music and entertainment!

NVMP:  What experience do you hope your audience will take away from the Jersey Shore Music Festival?
CP:  A fun-filled party with a ton of amazing local, regional and national talent. And one more thing…for music fans looking for something to do after the festival, we are in the process of solidifying deals with local bars River Rock and PB Shorehouse to run exclusive after parties with shuttles to and from the festival on the hour every hour.

We are very excited to hear Echo Movement will be playing at the Jersey Shore Music Festival!  Nevermind the Posers was at their record release show at The Stony Pony last September for Love and the Human Outreach and can’t wait to hear their progress with the new album!  Echo Movement has decided to lower their carbon footprint for the summer and tour locally, so be sure to see them live at the Jersey Shore Music Festival! 



Local Bands You Should Know About September 2, 2011

By Jake Woodbury Davis

Connecticut.  When you think of good music, slowly infiltrating the ears of desperate high-schoolers, you may think of bands coming out of New York City or LA.  But no, as hard as it is to believe, the nirvana of underground music comes from this small, stupidly wealthy state.  Not only here but also from Massachusetts, and even New Jersey.  This semi New England collective generally falls under the Red Rash Collective,  a group started by the local bands in and around Southington, CT (which, fortunately, is my hometown).  These groups of musicians are no ordinary collection of garage bands but an intense brotherhood of sweet, sweet musical happiness.  The extensive list is as follows:
The Guru (CT)

Dads (NJ)

FigureHead (CT)

Robin Hood (NY)

Glocca Morra (PA)

Jack Tomascak + Segunda Etapa (CT)

Pachangacha (MA)

The Front Bottoms (NY)

Chalk Talk (MA)

High Pop (CT)

Toasted Plastic (NJ)

Hot Mess (MA)

Spook Houses (NJ)

Manners (CT)

Band Name (PA)

Beach Sleepers (NH)

Holiday City (NJ)

Barefeet (CT)

The Helveticas (CT)

Deer Leap (NH)

Old Gray (NH)

NunCunt (CT)

Two Humans (CT)

Braeburn (CT)

The Ferns (CT)

Dix (CT)

The Greek Favourites (PA)

Inflatable Best Friend (MI)

Brown Cow (MI)

Old Yeller (CT)

Young Mountain (NH)

The Worthies (CT)

Empty Houses (NJ)

Babytown Frolics (CT)

Make Wave (MA)

Mer De Blanc (SC)

Centennial (MA)

Maintain Radio Silence (NH)

While I can’t promise that you’ll fall in love with every band on this list, I can almost guarantee that the following bands you read about will cause you to believe that good music isn’t dead, it’s merely hiding in the suburbs of the north-east.  The bands I enjoy the most, and have had the pleasure to attend the shows of, are Two Humans, The Helveticas, Nuncunt and The Guru.  Two Humans, while actually having three members, is a high energy, mildly depressed, indie meets punk meets folk, ear explosion of goodness.  The raspy vocalist Jason Rule can be heard singing of all the wonderful angst, drug abuse and lost love that joyfully accompanies the final years of school.  He is matched by bassist Justin Dubree (also bassist of The Helveticas) and Lucas who is the drummer of this wonderful trio.

The Helveticas, a jazz/dance/punk trio matches the badassery of Two Humans, but in a totally different way.  If you love to dance to songs that have serious rhythm, but are like me and physically incapable of forming dance moves recognizable to humans so you just bounce around awkwardly, this is the band for you.  Nick Charlton, the drummer, has created the only beats in my musical knowledge that are simultaneously jazzy, danceable and punk-ready.  Justin Dubree lays down a groove to be reckoned with.  Finally, guitarist and lead singer Oscar Godoy manages to sound reminiscent of Julian Casablancas while having a truly unique voice all his own.  He lays down a jazz guitar also punk in styling that I’ve never heard before.

Nuncunt, apart from having a truly offensive name, commands attention.  This female duo, one-part piano and one-part drums, is a sucker punch to the face, consisting of piano riot girl punk.  Don’t be fooled by the piano-filled melodies you hear; the words sung are full of venom.  The music you find online has no drums, but in live performances this essential piece gives the band more kick than they already possess in copious amounts.  Standing in front of pianist/vocalist Alex Saraceno I was embarrassed to have a Y chromosome.

Last but surely not least, The Guru.  This is a sound you never knew you wanted, but once heard takes a hold of you like no other drug.  This infectiously upbeat funk and disco-experimentalism pop supernova of music is like nothing you’ve ever heard, with a bizarre lead singer leading the way.  The band’s unusual vocal styling’s and oddball lyrics only make them exude double the charm the instruments provide.  I implore anyone who has ears to buy their album.  Also, they start each show with copious screaming and shouting and they tend to break their instruments at the end.  It doesn’t get any cooler than that.

This was your dose of local underground goodness.  Thanks for reading!