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Lords of 52nd Street To Benefit SRF Suicide Prevention Research and Training Project At Monmouth University

originally published: 10/29/2017

Lords of 52nd Street To Benefit SRF Suicide Prevention Research and Training Project At Monmouth University

(WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- The Lords of 52nd Street, the legendary members of the Billy Joel band, will bring the famous sounds of the “Piano Man” to Monmouth University in a concert benefitting the School of Social Work’s SRF Suicide Prevention Research and Training Project. The performance will be held on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7:30pm in the university’s Pollak Theatre, in West Long Branch, New Jersey. 

Lords members Liberty DeVitto, drummer, Russell Javors, guitarist, and Richie Cannata, saxophonist and keyboardist, imprinted their now-iconic sound on the runaway hits of Joel in the 1970s and 1980s. The band recorded and toured the world with Joel for more than a decade performing at some of the most famous venues on earth. The band members, along with the late bass guitarist DougStegmeyer, recorded Joel’s Turnstiles album before teaming up with the legendary producer Phil Ramone to record the smash hit, RIAA diamond certified (10x platinum) album The Stranger, which spawned multiple No.1 singles including Only The Good Die Young and Just The Way You Are. They continued to create many other successful albums including 52nd StreetGlass HousesThe Nylon Curtain.

In 2014, Javors, Cannata, and DeVitto (and Stegmeyer, posthumously) were inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. At that time, they decided to reunite after a 30-year separation and began performing in front of live audiences together. Many fans have declared that the Lords’ live performances sound just like the original recordings with Billy Joel and the band continues to astound audiences from around the world!

According to lore, Joel and Ramone started calling the quartet “the Lords of 52nd Street” during the recording of The Stranger. Playing alongside the three living Lords will be David Clark, Ken Cino, Doug Kistner and Malcolm Gold.

The Lords of 52nd Street are excited to be partnering with the SRF Suicide Prevention Project at Monmouth to help bring attention to how to save lives.  The band has been personally impacted by the loss of their bandmate, Doug Stegmeyer.  Liberty Devitto stated “I miss Doug every day. My hope is that by getting to the kids early, we can prevent this kind of problem for future generations. I hope that our involvement with this show and this great charity, we can get to someone who thinks there is no other option, because there is always another option.”

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The show will open with a performance by New Jersey native Matt McAndrew, a singer songwriter who has drawn critical acclaim after his appearances on the NBC talent competition, “The Voice.”  His single, Wasted Love, debuted at No. 14 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, the highest mark ever achieved by a “The Voice” artist.

The SRF Project at Monmouth works to prevent suicide by providing training and education to those who are in a position to help prevent suicide such as parents, coaches, mentors, school counselors and mental health professionals.  The SRF Project recently held its first event, Youth Suicide Prevention: Using the Media to Begin the Conversation, attended by more than 300 individuals from across the state.  The next conference, in early 2018, will advance the conversation by educating clinical professionals on suicide risk assessment and management techniques.

The proceeds from the concert will be used to develop and disseminate training materials to help people identify when a person is at risk for suicide and what to do and say if they are concerned.  The initial focus will be on the development of training materials for sports coaches in all year-round sport facilities (i.e. clubs/AAU programs).  

Tickets for this benefit concert are available online at or by calling the box office at 732-263-6889. Tickets range in price from $40 to $100.  

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(UNION, NJ) -- Going strong after more than 45 years, Grammy Award winner The Manhattan Transfer, with tenor vocals from Kean University alumnus Alan Paul '71, will captivate Kean Stage audiences with their distinctive four-part harmonies at Enlow Recital Hall on Sunday, September 30 at 3:00pm.
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(PRINCETON, NJ) -- On Friday, September 21, 2018 at 7:30pm, 10-time GRAMMY award-winning artist Bobby McFerrin launches Princeton University Concerts’ (“PUC”) 125th Anniversary Season in a special event performance at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. The concert will feature McFerrin alongside members of his a cappella group Gimme5 in a program titled “ Circlesongs ” -- an evening of spontaneous music-making through shared improvised sound, in a language growing out of tribal chant and sacred music. 
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(PRINCETON, NJ) -- The Dryden Ensemble will present a Bach Cantata Fest on Saturday, October 20 at 7:30pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, Pennsylvania, and on Sunday, October 21 at 3:00pm at Miller Chapel, located on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary, 64 Mercer Street, Princeton, New Jersey. Tickets are $25 for general admission and free to students with an ID. They may be purchased at the door or online at

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(BRANCHBURG, NJ) -- Raritan Valley Community College presents Aiken & Friends Fest, North Branch on Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22.  The three-day event will feature a number of different musical shows by Mike Aiken, as well as other solo artists and groups.  
Virtuoso Jazz Violinist Jean-Luc Ponty LIVE! at the Newton Theatre
It’s a warm but lovely Aug. 23, 2018 evening here in Newton, NJ. After enjoying some hand-dipped Cliff’s ice cream from the window at Hayek Market, we march up Spring Street looking forward to hearing some world-class jazz at one of the Garden State’s favorite concert venues, The Newton Theatre.
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Event calendar
Thursday, Sep 20, 2018


ELI YOUNG BAND WITH CODY BRYAN @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

CELTIC THUNDER X @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 8:00pm

Lost 80's Live @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm

Citizen Cope @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 8:00pm

ICON 2018: ELIMINATION ROUND 2 @ Hamilton Stage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 8:00pm

Linda Eder @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm


Souvenir @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

East Lynne Theater Company presents SILENT SKY @ First Presbyterian Church (Cape May), Cape May - 8:00pm

The Shuck @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 7:30pm

Auditions for Seussical at CDC Theatre @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 7:00pm

Playhouse 22's Third-Thursday Play Reading Series @ Playhouse 22, East Brunswick - 7:30pm

West End Festival of the Arts- Opening Reception @ West End Arts Center, Long Branch - 6:00pm

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 8:00pm

Brick City @ Premiere Stages at Kean University, Union - 8:00pm


New Jersey Film Festival @ Ruth Adams Building #001, New Brunswick - 6:00pm


Crybaby Matinee: The Triplets of Belleville @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 11:00am

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