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"Just Before the Dawn" Documentary Tells The Story of The Upstage Club

originally published: 03/16/2017

"Just Before the Dawn" Documentary Tells The Story of The Upstage Club

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- One of the most legendary clubs in Asbury Park music history was only open for a few years, didn't serve booze, and was literally open all night long until the early hours of the morning.  During its brief era, it helped musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Bill Chinnock, Southside Johnny, David Sancious, Little Steven Van Zandt and many more hone their talent live on stage.  A new documentary entitled Just Before the Dawn will tell the story of the Upstage Club - a venue that was as important as any in the world.  The film will have its World Premiere on Friday, April 21 at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park during the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival.

The screening will followed by a question & answer session with the film’s director, Tom Jones.  The night will conclude with an all-star jam session to include E Street Band members David Sancious, Ernest Carter and Vini Lopez along with Sonny Kenn, Ricky DeSarno, Joe Petillo, Richard Blackwell, Albee Tellone, Chris Plunkett, Paul Whistler, Billy Ryan, Gerry Carboy, Tommy Labella and the Lakehouse Jr. Pros. Jeff Kazee, current member of the Asbury Jukes, will serve as the night’s music director. More special guests are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets are now available by visiting www.apmff.com and at the Stone Pony box office.

The Upstage was a historic rock club located on Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park from 1968-1971. The club, opened by Tom and Margaret Potter, would become the venue where young artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, Southside Johnny Lyon, Garry Tallent, Danny Federici and others would jam together for hours lasting until dawn.  Stories about the club kick off the book, Beyond the Palace, by music journalist Gary Wien.

"This is where it all began," wrote Wien to start the book.  "Musicians gathered each night at a club on the corner of Cookman Avenue and Bond Street that was set on top of a Thom McAn shoe store.  The Upstage brought the sights of San Francisco psychedelia and the sounds of Greenwich Village together in an endless array of all night jam sessions, which attracted the best young musicians in the area."



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Just Before the Dawn, directed by Tom Jones, will include exclusive interviews with many musicians who helped create the aura of the Upstage.  The film will also take a unique look at Asbury Park in the 1970’s and how race riots would impact the city for years to come.

“When we started making Just Before the Dawn, we thought we were making a film about a single place, the Upstage, and the young kids who played there and went on to stardom,” said Tom Jones. “What we found was so much more...a story that affects all of us about a town that has learned some hard lessons and has something to tell the rest of us about hope, strength and our future.”

The Paramount Theatre is located on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, NJ.





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Sunday, Nov 18, 2018


MUSIC

Allen Stone @ House of Independents, Asbury Park - 8:00pm

IN MEMORY OF BOB COLYARD @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 11:00am

Gypsy Jazz Brunch with Pyrenesia and Max Hansen Buffet @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 11:00am

Dorthaan's Place: Eric Alexander Quartet @ NICO KITCHEN + BAR @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 11:00am and 1:00pm

Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition: SASSY Awards @ Victoria Theater @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 3:00pm

Rachel Barton Pine plays Paganini @ Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton - 4:00pm

Max Weinberg’s Jukebox @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 7:00pm

Bolshoi Ballet: La Sylphide @ Pollak Theatre @ Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 3:00pm







THEATRE

Annie @ Broad Street United Methodist Church, Burlington - 2:00pm

An Actor's Carol @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm

Annie @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 3:00pm

Apples In Winter @ Centenary Stage Company - Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center, Hackettstown - 2:00pm

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 3:00pm

Billy Bishop Goes to War @ Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, Morristown - 2:00pm

ELF THE MUSICAL @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 7:00pm

Pinocchio @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 3:00pm

Kiss Me Kate @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 2:00pm

Phoenix Productions Presents: The Hunchback of Notre Dame @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 3:00pm

Heathers, The Musical High School Edition @ Pebble Players, Oakes Center, Summit - 2:00pm

Junie B. Jones The Musical at Black Box PAC @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 11:00am

The Drowsy Chaperone @ Lauren K. Woods Theatre at Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 3:00pm


DANCE

JCTC Dance: Up Close & Personal @ White Eagle Hall, Jersey City - 4:00pm

NJDTE "The Nutcracker" Storytime & Performance @ New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, Summit - 4:00pm


KIDS

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 1:00pm

ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA JR. @ Ridgewood Ave School Theater, Glen Ridge - 1:00pm


LECTURE

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