Asbury Lanes Hip-Hop Show Benefiting The AP African-American Music Project
Know your story.
That’s the word of Dane the Beautiful Monster, which performs on Friday October 22 at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park. The We Star Productions benefit show is for the Asbury Park African-American Music Project, which seeks to reclaim the cultural heritage of the city’s West Side.
Local talents Bulletproof Belv, Chris Rockwell, Jason Dmore, Drea and Ryver Bey will also perform in the hip-hop show. DJ Ronny Rayz will provide the beats. Prizes – including studio time and an HDTV – will be awarded for the best Halloween costumes.
It’s a fun time for an important cause, said Dane.
âAnyone who not only understands the value of preserving history and continues to have a conversation about history will always be near and dear to my heart,â said Dane. “I sincerely believe this is one of the most important things to help pass the culture on from the ancients to the contemporaries to the younger generation.”
The Asbury Park African-American Music Project, or AP-AMP, seeks to share the cultural heritage of the ancient Springwood Avenue stage through oral histories, virtual lessons, live performances and more. Springwood Avenue on the west side of Asbury Park was once a bustling scene where American music greats like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Fats Waller, Sonny Greer, Lenny Welch, the Broadways, Bobby Thomas of the Orioles, Clarence Clemons and others have come or played in the Avenue clubs.
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The city’s West Side music scene, which would become a component of the Sound of Asbury Park performed by Springsteen and others, came to a screeching halt in the summer of 1970 when civil unrest tore Asbury Park apart and more specifically Springwood Avenue. .
The cultural heritage of the West Side had been forgotten for decades until recent years.
âYou have to have a sense of history,â said Yvonne Clayton, member of Asbury Park City Council, previously to USA Today Network New Jersey. One of the missions of the AP-AMP is to rebuild the Turf Club, the last nightclub on Springwood.
âYou have to know where you’re from, and I believe music feeds your soul,â added Clayton, AP-AMP board member. “Can you imagine what life would be like if you didn’t have music?”
Music can make connections, Dane said.
âWhen you put the instruments together, you put the stories together because the instruments come from different cultures – so there is so much to learn there,â Dane said. âThe history of New Jersey music is incredible considering the size of its state. I think it’s lost for this current generation.
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Dane, aka Dane Henson of Plainfield and Fair Haven, is a leading figure in Jersey’s indie hip-hop scene with a crudely polished and coldly nuanced vocal delivery. Lyrically, he’s a few steps ahead of the pack with brain drops and insightful rhymes.
His latest release is the song and short film “The Wolf,” which recognizes its own Native American roots and highlights the largely forgotten heritage of the state’s original people.
The film was shot at Weequahic Park in Newark. The Weequahic word is Lenni Lenape for âhead of the creek,â according to Essex County Parks. The Lenni Lenape were the Native Americans who lived in New Jersey.
âThe dance I’m doing in the video is a Seminole war dance,â said Dane of âThe Wolf,â which came out this summer. âThese entire parts were once covered by Native Americans. The way the story is shaped in our school systems makes it seem like they’re giving you everything quantitatively from start to finish, but there is so much, so much left out of the actual timeline. But the clues are everywhere. They are literally everywhere.
Visit instagram.com/danethebeautifulmonster for more information on Dane the Beautiful Monster.
The Circuit Series: All-Star Hip-Hop Event, a perk for Asbury Park African-American Music Project, featuring Dane the Beautiful Monster, Bulletproof Belv, Chris Rockwell, Jason Dmore, Drea, Ryver Bey and DJ Ronny Rayz, 8 p.m. Friday, October 22, Asbury Lanes, 209 4th Ave., Asbury Park. $ 15 in advance / $ 20 at the door. www.asburylanes.com.
Screamin ‘Jay Resurrection
The boos, howls, growls and, yes, screamin ‘Jay Hawkins screams on “I Put a Spell on You” make this a very scary song. He certainly captivates listeners in this descent into the abyss of electric blues.
The story is that Hawkins was drunk when he recorded it. Looks like he’s possessed.
âDuring my session they got everyone drunk,â the late Hawkins told Gary James via classicbands.com. âIt was a picnic; I had to do something different with the song.
Guitarist Mike Armando performed with Hawkins in the 1970s. He was on stage in 1976 with Hawkins when he blew himself up performing “I Put a Spell on You” at the Virginia Theater in Alexandria, Virginia.
âIt was scary because the smoke was everywhere and Hawkins was blown off the stage,â Armando told USA Today Network New Jersey.
Hawkins lived to sing another day until his death in 2000 at the age of 70. Armando performs in a tribute to Hawkins in The Resurrection of Screamin ‘Jay Hawkins Band. They play at 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 24 at Randy Now’s Man Cave in Bordentown, right after the town’s Halloween parade.
âIt’s a show, it’s not just music,â Armando said. âThe last time we played we had a coffin inside and the singer, who plays Screamin ‘Jay Hawkins, slowly comes out of the coffin while the drummer does a slow roll, and then we enter Alligator Wine. It’s a lot of scary music.
The Resurrection of Screamin ‘Jay Hawkins Band, 6 p.m. Sunday, October 24, Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown. $ 26. www.mancavenj.com; mjajazz.wixsite.com/screamin-jay-hawkins
Back home from Front Bottoms
The Front Bottoms are coming home.
Well, their home away from home. The Asbury Park band performs Sunday October 24 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville. This is the last show of their fall In Sickness and In Flames tour, and alas, it’s sold out.
Oso Oso and Sydney Sprague are the forerunners.
âWe can’t believe this tour is almost over,â the group said in a social media post. “It meant so much to us to be able to see you again and play these songs.”
The group’s annual Champagne Jam is back this year, but instead of taking place at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, where it’s been held multiple times, it’s now at The Strand in Providence, Rhode Island on December 18. . $ 40 up front, are on sale now via www.thechampagnejam.com.
Concerts at Convention Hall and Paramount Theater have been canceled or moved to other venues since late August, days after Asbury Park issued a notice of default to Madison Marquette, the promenade retail developer of the city, for security and other issues.
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Chris Jordan, originally from the Jersey Shore, covers entertainment and reporting for USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]