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SETTING THE STAGE… Truth be told: We are huge Joan Osborne fans.... READ ON

Femmes of Rock is a rock concert with attitude that completely energizes its audiences! Led by violinist and arranger, Nina DiGregorio, it’s just one of several shows presented by Bella Electric Strings, a group of approximately 30 talented musicians based in several US cities who tour as electronic string quartets in a variety of different productions.... READ ON

"We were on the road since May 23, I just got home yesterday," said a relaxed John Corabi of The Dead Daisies as he elaborated on the next leg of their tour and an upcoming August 16 show at Asbury Park, NJ venue House of Independents. "We've got some time off, it feels a bit weird (laughs)."... READ ON

​​​​​​​Makin Waves’ Record of the Week is Asbury Park-based The Vansaders’ highly anticipated “No Matter What” EP produced as part of the impressive stable of Bouncing Souls guitarist Pete Steinkopf’s Little Eden Studios (The Battery Electric, Crazy & the Brains, Hot Blood, Lost in Society). The five-song collection will be followed by a flurry of activity, including record release partiesAug. 11 at Bond Street Complex, Asbury Park, and Aug. 26 at Mill Hill Basement, Trenton, which sandwich a Joe Strummer tribute on Aug. 19 at The Stone Pony.... READ ON

Some artists give the impression they are shooting to win awards; others act like they couldn't give a damn about them.  Rick Barry is definitely the latter, which is funny because he continues to win them. He's won everything from Asbury Music Awards to earning national recognition with wins in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the Unisong International Songwriting Contest.  Earlier this year, he added another to the list - the Akademia Award for "So Soft, So Sweet" which was named Best Americana Song.... READ ON

There’s music in the air this beautiful Thursday, July 27, 2017 evening in pastoral Ocean Grove, NJ. Near the historic Great Auditorium, we hear the happy strains of John Philip Sousa’s “Washington Post” march on bells emanating from a church tower.... READ ON

"I've worked hard at it and it's not easy. You're constantly having to raise the bar to stay relevant, it's a lot of hard work," said legendary performer/composer/songwriter Neil Sedaka as he discussed his long and illustrious career prior to his appearances; August 11 at The State Theater in New Brunswick and August 12 at The Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, NJ. ... READ ON

It’s a scorcher of a summer’s eve as we arrive at Deal Park, NJ’s refreshingly cool Axelrod Performing Arts Center on Thursday, July 20, 2017. As we sit in the venue’s air-conditioned lobby, we come upon guitarist Jimmy Ryan of The Hit Men who invites us inside the auditorium to watch the filming of their new music video, “You Can’t Fight Love.”... READ ON

This week Jeff provides photos of Gin Blossoms on The Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park.... READ ON

This week, Makin Waves chats with the Asbury Park-based indie-rock band Secret Mountain, who have organized a benefit for Planned Parenthood at Asbury Park Music Foundation that is stacked with indie talent.... READ ON

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