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John Luraschi, Jersey Shore Rocker, Loses Battle To Cancer

By Gary Wien


The history of Jersey Shore rock and roll would be incomplete without the name John Luraschi. One of the "Creators of SOAP (sounds of Asbury Park)", Luraschi passed away on August 12, 2009 after a long battle with cancer.

Luraschi had been involved in the Asbury Park music scene since the late 1960s. He was one of the regulars at the legendary Upstage Club on Cookman Avenue. Notable bands of his include Cahoots, Whistler & The Wheels, Boccigalupe and the Bad Boys, and Steel Mill.

While battling Stage IV cancer in 2008 and in between chemotherapy cycles, Luraschi began recording "The End Of The Road". This was John's debut CD, which was released in the first half of 2009.

Luraschi will be remembered for his work as one of the pioneers of the Asbury Park music scene. Fans can visit a tribute to John on Myspace at:
http://www.myspace.com/tributetojohn


Gary Wien has been covering the arts since 2001 and has had work published with Jersey Arts, Elmore Magazine, Princeton Magazine, Backstreets and other publications. He is a three-time winner of the Asbury Music Award for Top Music Journalist and the author of Beyond the Palace (the first book on the history of rock and roll in Asbury Park) and Are You Listening? The Top 100 Albums of 2001-2010 by New Jersey Artists. In addition, he runs New Jersey Stage and the online radio station The Penguin Rocks. He can be contacted at gary@newjerseystage.com.


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Event calendar
Sunday, Jan 26, 2020


MUSIC


G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 6:00pm


Benefit for Leonia High School f/ Leonia Chamber Musicians @ Leonia United Methodist Church, Leonia - 5:00pm

Classical Mystery Tour: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 3:00pm

Billy Hector, Blues in the Loft @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 7:00pm

Adelphi Chamber Ensemble @ Teaneck Public Library, teaneck - 2:00pm

Junior Watson @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:00pm

The Metropolitan Opera: Wozzeck Encore @ Pollak Theatre @ Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 1:00pm






THEATRE


Pygmalion [#NotMyFairLady] @ Black Box Performing Arts Center, Englewood - 2:00pm

All Shook Up @ George Frey Center for Arts/Fair Lawn Community Center, Fair Lawn, NJ - 2:00pm

Sweet Charity @ The Ritz Theatre, Haddon Twp - 2:00pm

Brighton Beach Memoirs @ Algonquin Arts Theatre, Manasquan - 3:00pm


DANCE


Nai Ni Chen Chinese New Year Celebration, Year of the Golden Rat @ Victoria Theater @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 2:00pm


FILM


New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2020 Screening @ Voorhees Hall #105, New Brunswick - 7:00pm


MISC


JACKSON GALAXY @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 7:00pm

Chocolate, Wine and More @ iPlay America, Freehold - 12:00pm

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