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Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

By Taylor Shields


originally published: 09/13/2021

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Jack Antonoff’s annual New Jersey music festival, Shadow of the City, made its triumphant return this weekend at The Stone Pony Summer Stage to the delight of a roaring sold-out crowd, most of whom had been holding their tickets for nearly two and a half years. After the festival’s multiple postponements due to the pandemic, Antonoff’s band Bleachers took the stage on Saturday night and were ready to, well… “Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night”– the title of the band’s third studio album, released this past July. It’s safe to say their mission was accomplished. The only tears shed were tears of joy, as the band powered through an exuberant 25-song set.

You will be hard-pressed to find a touring band right now that performs the way Bleachers does. A 6-piece group of multi-instrumentalists, Bleachers is a project deeply influenced by the music and stage presence of Bruce Springsteen, complete with horns, drums, and synths– a sound Antonoff proudly boasts as uniquely New Jersey. The Boss himself gave Antonoff and Bleachers his stamp of approval earlier this year, by featuring on the track “Chinatown” off their most recent album. There was no sign of Springsteen in sight on Saturday night, but his influence was very much felt throughout the venue he made famous.

“Here the f**** we are. I don’t know what happens tomorrow, but we’re here tonight!” Antonoff shouted to the crowd, admittedly overwhelmed with emotion, finally getting to perform for who he lovingly refers to as his “people” after so long away from the stage. Bleachers played a jam-packed two-hour set, performing their own songs, as well as covers of The Waterboys’ hit ‘The Whole of the Moon’, Depeche Mode’s ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’, and Tom Waits’ ‘Jersey Girl’, famously covered by Springsteen. Opening for Bleachers were Philly favorites, Japanese Breakfast, Chicago’s Beach Bunny, and singer-songwriter Claud, also from Chicago and supporting Bleachers on their current tour. Earlier in the day, fans were treated to sets from bassist extraordinaire Blu DeTiger and Jersey’s own Long Beard.

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

Shadow of the City directly benefits The Ally Coalition, a non-profit organization founded in 2013 by Antonoff and his sister, fashion designer Rachel Antonoff. The organization works to better the lives of homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth. Previous years’ festivals have included a charity dunk tank and Mario Kart competition that attendees can buy into to compete against Antonoff. For more information on The Ally Coalition, visit theallycoalition.org 



Here are more photos from the festival in order of appearance.

Long Beard

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

 



 

Blu DeTiger

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

 

 



Claude

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

 



Beach Bunny

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival



Japanese Breakfast

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival



Bleachers

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

Recap and Photos from 2021 Shadow of the City Festival

 





 
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Taylor Shields is a live music photographer from the Philadelphia area, covering shows in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. For samples of work and general inquiries, please visit tayshields.com.



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RAIN – A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 @ 7:30pm
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Films That Made Music: Jazz on a Summer's Day

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 @ 7:00pm
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5 S. Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, NJ 08525
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COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY BALLET: BACH TO BOWIE FEATURING BACH 25 AND STARDUST

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 @ 8:00pm
State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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WP Theatre: "Tape" by Stephen Belber

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 @ 7:00pm
Hunziker Black Box Theatre
300 Pompton Rd, Wayne, NJ 07470
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Wednesday, October 20, 2021 @ 7:00pm
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300 Pompton Rd, Wayne, NJ 07470
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JAY LENO

Thursday, October 21, 2021 @ 8:00pm
Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC)
100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
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Your Stage At Any Stage: Open Mic Hosted By Michelle Klein

Thursday, October 21, 2021 @ 8:00pm
Hopewell Theater
5 S. Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, NJ 08525
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Anna Deavere Smith

Thursday, October 21, 2021 @ 11:00am
Grunin Center
1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754
category: community

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Thursday, October 21, 2021 @ 7:00pm
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300 Pompton Rd, Wayne, NJ 07470
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INDIGO GIRLS

Friday, October 22, 2021 @ 8:00pm
Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC)
100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
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Bill Frisell and Tony Scherr Duo

Friday, October 22, 2021 @ 8:00pm
Outpost In The Burbs
40 S Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042
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Remembering Tom Petty: A Night of Music and Stories

Friday, October 22, 2021 @ 8:00pm
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