The Asbury Park Music Foundation will once again host free concerts three days a week for the summer. The three series bring different styles of music so there is something for everyone. Music Mondays at Springwood Park has diverse styles including Soul, Funk, R&B, Hip Hop and Jazz. The Asbury Park Live series on Wednesdays features emerging local bands and the Asbury Park Concert Band brings a big band sound to the Boardwalk every Thursday. These 28 shows are supported by sponsors whose generosity brings the community together for free live music while also raising money for youth music education.
Music Mondays at Springwood Park
These free concerts take place at the Springwood Avenue Park located between Atkins and Union Avenues every Monday from June 24th through August 27h (the final show is a Tuesday). The main acts include local favorites Waiting on Mongo, JT Bowen & the Mighty Kings of Soul, the Soul Cruisers and many others. Opening acts will include many of the youth music groups sponsored by the Asbury Park Music Foundation youth initiatives and scholarships through Lakehouse Music Academy. Now entering its 4th season, last year’s series attracted over 4,000 attendees for 10 weekly shows.
This year will include a farmer’s market provided by Community Greenmarket Organizers in collaboration with Interfaith Neighbors and the Mayor’s Health & Wellness Committee to promote healthy food choices and living. Vendors will include Kula Urban Farm and Dean’s Market. Kula Café will be providing food inside as well as outdoor café seating and a to-go menu for visitors to the concerts.
Shows start at 6 pm with free parking and easy access by train or bike. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. In the event of rain, shows will move to the Asbury Park train station (announced on the APMF Facebook page and Instagram).
The series is part of Asbury Park Music Foundation’s commitment to unite our community, support local musicians and inspire youth with live music. Our sponsors, committed to these same goals, include Interfaith Neighbors, Spring Lake 5K, Asbury Park Press, Madison Marquette, NJ Natural Gas, Mullin Foundation, Arrow Limousine, Rockrete Recycling, Diane Turton, Realtors, Asbury Audio and the City of Asbury Park.
Mondays, starting at 6 pm:
6/24 Dorian Parreott’s All Stars
7/1 Layonne Holmes & the Motor City Review
7/8 Louis Prima, Jr. Band
7/15 Mighty Kings of Soul with JT Bowen
7/22 Des & the Swagmatics
7/29 Al Covington Band
8/5 Waiting on Mongo
8/19 Sandy Mack’s All Stars – Grateful for Motown
8/27* Sensational Soul Cruisers / (*Tuesday show)
Asbury Park Live
Wednesdays throughout the summer will be filled with music on the Asbury Park Boardwalk at the First Avenue Green located next to Watermark and Mogo. The series feature fan favorites and emerging bands. Each show opens with two sets by youth bands from Lakehouse Music Academy, many of which feature scholarship students supported by the Asbury Park Music Foundation.
Sponsors include Mogo, Watermark, Pepsi, Ansell Grimm & Aaron, Stone Pony, Lakehouse Music Academy, Asbury Park Food Commissary, 1st Constitution Bank, Live Music Loyalty, Asbury Park Distilling, Makin Waves, Pucker and Crepe Shop. The generosity of these sponsors not only provides free concerts but also a donation to APMF. Last year, the sponsorships funded a Latin Experience Youth Music Camp to be held in the summer at Lakehouse Music Academy. This year, money raised from the summer series provides under-served youth from the community with scholarships to the special Songwriters Summer Camp. This 2-week camp run by Lakehouse Music Academy is the premier camp of the summer. We provide access to kids who would otherwise not be able to attend.
Wednesdays, starting at 6:30 pm
6/26 Sonic Blume / The Vaughns
7/3 Dark City Strings / Jackson Pines
7/10 Waiting on Mongo / Alexander Simone & WhoDat!
7/24 Black Suburbia Music Group / Blaise / Pamela Flores
7/31 Latewaves / Well Wisher / The Extensions
8/7 The Vansaders / The Tide Bends / Sunshine Spazz
8/14 Rachel Ann Dobken / The Mercury Brothers
8/21 Vendetta Rose / B. Wood & Company
8/28 Connor Bracken & The Mother Leeds Band / Shoobies /
Asbury Park Concert Band
The famous Asbury Park Concert Band will entertain visitors for its 74th season with musicians from all over the state participating. The band plays programs with different themes including Broadway, patriotic, and big band jazz music. Another feature of the band is the special Children’s Concerts performed throughout the summer where talented students play with the band for part of the concert.
The free shows are held on the Asbury Park Boardwalk at 5th Avenue near Convention Hall. This series is sponsored by Investors Bank Foundation and the American Federation of Musicians. A special seated section is provided courtesy of Madison Marquette.
Thursdays, starting at 7 pm
July 3 – Patriotic and American Music
July 11 -Music by the Numbers (Children’s Concert)
July 18 – Jazz Night
July 25 – Broadway on Parade (Children’s Concert)
August 1 – TV Time
August 8 – Dorian Parreott’s All Stars
August 15 – Movie Time (Children’s Concert)
August 22 – More Broadway
August 29 – Music from Around the World /Salute to the Armed Forces (Children’s Concert)
About Asbury Park Music Foundation
The Asbury Park Music Foundation provides music-based programs, events, and resources that generate opportunities for our youth, artists and community to succeed and build on Asbury Park’s legacy as a thriving, music-rich city by the sea. Funds raised by APMF support youth music programs, including in-school music classes, after-school music programs and scholarships for under-served youth to attend the Lakehouse Academy.