New Jersey Stage logo
New Jersey Stage Menu

Makin Waves Scene Report with ROCK New Brunswick, Oysterfest, Brighton Bar and more

By Bob Makin

originally published: 09/06/2018

Makin Waves Scene Report with ROCK New Brunswick, Oysterfest, Brighton Bar and moreHub City Sounds: ROCK New Brunswick returns Sept. 8 to Boyd Park. DESIGN BY MATT MANY

Also featured this week are Pepperwine, Colossal Street Jam, “A Celebration of the Jersey Sound,” Revolutionary Rewind and Nonstop Show Group.

Hub City Sounds: ROCK New Brunswick returns to New Brunswick’s Boyd Park on Sept. 8 with an array of local talent. The fifth annual fest dedicated to the local New Brunswick and New Jersey original music scenes will feature Hub City Stompers, Doc Hopper, Pleased Youth, Sharief Hobley, Silent Knight, Nalani & Sarina, Experiment 34, Professor Caveman, SusBus, Hong Kong Graffiti, Nanja Young and Priyya on two continuous side-by-side stages. Throughout the fun-filled, family-friendly event The Circus Place will perform acrobatics and other circus feats. Plenty of food will be available for all to enjoy.

After the festival, DJs DRKBXT and Kojak will spin phat soul-funk vinyl nuggets at Fatto Americano. The jammin’ after party also will feature the new restaurants’ fabulous thin-crust pizza. 

Also this weekend, Hub City Sounds, the seventh annual summer concert series of New Brunswick Cultural Center and its many partners, will feature the third annual Indo-American Festival on Sept. 9 also in Boyd Park. Also very much a yoga festival, event highlights also will include mouthwatering treats, live music, and theatrical performances inspired by the rich culture and traditions from India …

Another tasty festival happening this weekend is Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce’s annual Oysterfest, featuring some of the Jersey Shore’s best seafood and live music. In Bradley Park behind Convention Hall, three days of food will feature more than 25 vendors, including Local 130 Seafood, The Tiger’s Tail, Tasty Trolley, Ike’s Famous Crabcakes, Bistro Red Bank, Empanada Guy, Torta Truck, Louie Linguine, King of Rock-n-Roll Treats, Tony’s Clam Bar, Sweet Concessions, Simply Southern, Kona Ice, Bluepoint Brewing Co., Asbury Park Brewery, Tavernello wine and more. The music menu will serve up Lakehouse Music Academy, original E Street Band drummer Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez, and The Cold Seas on Sept. 7; Renee Maskin, Run for Cover, Kate and the Melonheads, Pride, Tiki Torture, and Waiting on Mongo, Sept. 8, and Karen Lee Jazz Duo, The Unknowns, Jimmy Shoez and the Magooz, Chris Brown, and Des and the Swagmatics on Sept. 9 …

Some really hot shows coming up at The Brighton Bar in Long Branch. The Queers will be back there on Sept. 6 with Jack & the Me Offs opening. Solace, featuring Tommy Southard of Godspeed, one of the greatest Brighton bands ever, will rock on Sept. 8. The all-star Split Squad, featuring members of Blondie, Fleshtones, Plimsouls, and Baseball Project will come through on Sept. 9. Jigs & the Pigs, The Cynz and Animals Masks also are on that bill. Other great Brighton shows include The Vibrators, Sept. 21; Harley Flanagan of The Cro-Mags, Sept. 28, and Backyard Superheroes’ East Coast Skamic-Con featuring No Such Noise, King Django, Joker's Republic , P-Funk North, The Upfux, Behind Deadlines, The Schwam, Molly Rhythm, Nerd Surge, The Penniless Loafers, Disposable, The Nameless and Ill Rendition. With the exception of Hub City Stompers and Bigger Thomas, that’s a who’s who of Jersey ska, all to celebrate Backyard Superheroes’ latest album … 

Pepperwine have a new record out, their first full-length effort, “Bright Ideas,” and a hot show to go with it on Oct. 6 at Asbury Lanes with Taylor Tote Band and Nalani & Sarina entitled “Power of Females.” Now that’s what I call a bright idea. In the meantime, they’ll perform in support of the follow-up to the 2016 EP, “Future Habits,” on Sept. 8, Doylestown (Pa.) Arts Festival; Sept. 22, The Ladybug Festival, Milford, Del., and Sept. 29, Soupstock Music Festival, Veterans Memorial Park, Shelton, Conn. Look for a Makin Waves Interview with Pepperwine to preview “Power of Females” soon …

After months of releasing singles, the mighty Colossal Street Jam have released their next record, a five-song EP entitled “Just Take Hold.” In addition to the three singles, the title track, “Mama” (streaming above) and a cover of Sugarloaf’s classic “Green Eyed Lady,” the record includes the psychedelic stomp of “Luck’s Gonna Turn” and the swampy slide of “Tomorrow, I’ll Hang.” The EP follows the band’s internationally successful 2016 comeback LP, “Living Free,” their first after a 20-year hiatus. Colossal will celebrate the release of “Just Take Hold” with a two-set show on Sept. 7 at Langosta Lounge in Asbury Park …

Happening next door to the Colossal show at Asbury Park Yacht Club will be Makin Waves’ “Celebration of the Jersey Sound,” a cross between that trinity of troubadours, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, and some of the punk bands they’ve influenced, such as The Clash, Social Distortion and The Bouncing Souls. Performing will be The Vansaders, The Cryptkeeper Five, Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son, and Chris Brown. I’m looking forward to bopping back and forth between the shows and hanging out with many of my music friends all night. You should come hang …

Revolution Rewind, featuring the great Russell Arcara of Prophet and Edgar Cayce, are back after a brief hiatus due to illness. I’m glad they’re ready to rock the fabled Stone Pony on Sept. 8 opening for the Stevie Nicks tribute band Gypsy. Also featuring members of Acme Boogie Co. and Instant Karma, Revolution Rewind play a great mix of epic classic rock covers from Mott the Hoople to Yes to The Allman Brothers. Spring Wood also will share that Pony bill. Keep a lookout right here in Makin Waves for a makeup date of the Aug. 18 show at Middletown Arts Center that was canceled …

Advertise with New Jersey Stage for $50-$100 per month, click here for info


The Newark International Film Festival selection committee has chosen four short films as official selections to be screened at this year’s event that were made by members of the same Plainfield family: The Macksons. Led by film and television producer Lamar Mackson, his sons, cinematographer Kalani Jimenez-Mackson and director-writer Isaiah Mackson are poised to release their first collaboration together entitled “Heroin(e)” under their production company Nonstop Show Group. “Heroin(e)” is a gritty short feature that follows the story of Silvia, portrayed by Teniece Divya Johnson (“Orange is the New Black”), a heroin addict who has reached her lowest point. After a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger, Silvia gets an opportunity to redeem herself in the eyes of a society that has discarded her as worthless. The film was shot using various locations in Plainfield. The Westfield International Film Festival most recently recognized the film with awards for Best Editing, Actress and Short Film. “Heroin(e)” will screen at the Westfield International Film Festival on Sept. 23. 

Other film projects circulated and co-produced by the Mackson family trio include “Shh,” written by Okema T. Moore, “White Pickett Fence,” written by Jacqueline King Howell, and “Rule #1,” directed by Patrick Coker. All four will screen at Newark International Film Festival from Sept. 6 to 9. “Heroin(e)” also will screen on Oct. 5 at Ocktober Film Festival at the new Stuart Cinemas in Brooklyn and the Baltimore International Black Film Festival, which takes place Oct. 2 to 8.

Bob Makin is the reporter for and a former managing editor of The Aquarian Weekly, which launched this column in 1988. Contact him at And like Makin Waves at



New Jersey Symphony presents Vivaldi's The Four Seasons

Sunday, February 25, 2024 @ 3:00pm
State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
category: music

Click here for full description

Leonia Chamber Musicians Winter Serenade Concert

Sunday, February 25, 2024 @ 3:00pm
Presbyterian Church in Leonia
181 Fort Lee Rd, Leonia, NJ 07605
category: music

Click here for full description

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with special guests The Soul Rebels

Sunday, February 25, 2024 @ 7:00pm
Count Basie Center for the Arts
99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
category: music

Click here for full description

Click here for more events

Listings are available for $10 and included with our banner ad packages.

Click here for more info.



Second Annual American Music Honors Recipients include John Mellencamp, Jackson Browne, Mavis Staples, and Dion DiMucci

(WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- The Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music has announced the honorees of its second annual American Music Honors event, to be held Wednesday, April 24 on the campus of Monmouth University in West Long Branch.

Live Today Love Tomorrow Tour MMXIV features The Alarm, Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel, and the UK's Belouis Some

NJPAC presents Smokey Robinson

PSO Soundtracks Talk: A Celebration of Bulgaria with Maestro Rossen Milanov and Soprano Mariana Karpatova

Click here for more event previews

New Jersey Stage

© 2024 by Wine Time Media, LLC
PO Box 811, Belmar, NJ 07719

Nobody covers the Arts
throughout the Garden State
like New Jersey Stage!

Images used on this site have been sent to us from publicists, artists, and PR firms. If there is a problem with the rights to any image, please contact us and we will look into the matter.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads, and on our RSS feed

Art | Comedy | Dance | Film | Music | Theatre | Ad Rates | About Us | Pitch a Story | Links | Radio Shows | Privacy Policy