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REVIEW: Jen Chapin at the Saint with Divine Sign and Kasey Sheik

By Gary Wien


(ASBURY PARK, NJ) - On July 20th, the Saint welcomed back Jen Chapin to Asbury Park. She not only brought her husband Stephen Crump with her but her new baby was in the house as well! Supporting her on the bill was All Things New, Kasey Sheik and Divine Sign. It was one of the most anticipated shows of the summer at the Saint and it was worth the wait.

All Things New kicked off the evening with an interesting blend of rock, funk and 80s beats. The band shows promise as they straddle the line between jam band and straight rock and roll. They seemed to be at their best when they just let loose as they did with their next to last number. It was a nice free-flowing jam that was perfect for a hot summer night.

Jen Chapin followed with songs largely from her new album, Ready, which was released in July. She ran through tracks from the CD like "Strip It Bare", "Election Day", "Ready", "Goodbye", and "Let It Show". Cuts from 2004's Linger included "Little Hours" and "Manchild".

Chapin's music is a wonderful blend of jazz, folk and rock and roll. It's too jazzy to be called rock but a bit too rock to satisfy jazz purists. But together it's unmistakable. Jen is not just another member of a famous musical family, she is truly a brilliant and unique artist in her own right and the band is the perfect compliment to her words. Between the steady bass and the slick guitar solos, the music is sultry, sexy and timeless.

I've gotta say that I simply love watching Stephen Crump play his upright bass. His mouth never stops working - humming off the notes about to come. It's almost as if the notes are out there floating in the air just waiting for him to grab them and bring them back down to Earth.

Some highlights from the set included "Goodbye" - a song about moving on from the beach home her family owned for over 30 years; "Let It Show" - about her new child who is currently on tour with her. Showing the natural instincts of a performer, the baby let out a big cry heard across the club when mentioned from the stage; performances of "Manchild" and "Little Hours" from her last album and "Election Day".

"A lot of crazy things have happened in the last 5 years," said Jen Chapin before launching into "Election Day". "I'm talking about torturing people in the name of freedom. We're not allowed to talk about such things. Don't watch what you say!"

Kasey Sheik and her band were up next. The band plays bawls out rock and roll with Kasey belting away on vocals.

"I'm from Brick," she said. "Is anybody here from Brick? Nobody's ever from Brick. It's like nobody's ever from Florida." But to prove her Brick cred she wore the t-shirt from her youth soccer days in the township -- a shirt that once came down to her legs now barely fit her.

Kasey, sister of Duncan Sheik, has an almost operatic voice that contrasts well with the rock and roll backbeat behind her. The band plays throughout the tri-state area and will almost certainly be playing more dates along the Shore in the future. Be sure to check them out when they return.

Closing out the night was Divine Sign.

Ever since they added members to become a full-fledged band, Divine Sign's music has grown from the harmonies of Kerri and Lindsay into a top-notch rock band. The music is bigger and more powerful than when performed as a duo. Some songs will flat out surprise longtime fans of the duo. The addition of thundering bass, drums and lead guitar virtually renders the songs as brand new.

If you've only seen Divine Sign perform as a duo you need to see just how different the full band sound is.

To see photos from the show, go to:
http://www.upstagemagazine.com/photos/photos.php?directory=JenChapin2006
And, in this case, different is good? very good.



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(NEWARK, NJ) -- Bright Brain Productions, the leading entertainment company based in California announced the “Arijit Singh LIVE Tour” in 12 cities all across the U.S. This is the first of its kind and largest tour done by Arijit Singh or any Indian artist. The tour beings on April 5 and travels through major U.S. cities culminating on May 5.  The tour stops at Prudential Center in Newark on Saturday, April 13 at 7:00pm.
Light of Day's Main Event To Be Broadcast Live at McLoone's Supper Club
(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- If you couldn't get tickets for the fabled "main event" of the 2019 Light of Day Winterfest, you have another chance see the show.  For the first time in the 19-year history of the festival, the "main event", the star-studded “Bob’s Birthday Bash” on January 19th (a show that has long sold out), will be broadcast live via fiber optic cable at McLoone's Supper Club in Asbury Park.
Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts To Hold Winter Open House On January 27
(BERKELEY HEIGHTS) -- Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) will host a Winter Open House on Sunday, January 27 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. The free event is open to the public and will be held at the Performing Arts School (PAS) located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights.
Billy Idol and Steve Stevens To Perform At Count Basie Center For The Arts
(RED BANK, NJ) -- Billy Idol and Steve Stevens, one of rock’s most iconic and enduring duos, will hit the road this March for their first ever tour performing as a duo: Turned On, Tuned In and Unplugged. The Billy Idol/Steve Stevens tour comes to The Count Basie Center for the Arts on Thursday, April 4th.
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(NEWARK, NJ) -- The 37th Annual McDonald’s Gospelfest returns to the Prudential Center on Saturday, May 11 for the gospel event of the year. This year's event will honor and celebrate the life and legacy of the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin with an All-Star cast. The 5:00pm to 7:00pm portion of the evening will feature a rising stars competition for all ages and cultures in categories including Soloists, Choirs, Praise Dancers, Singing Groups, Gospel Comedians, Gospel Poets and Gospel Rappers. The gospel concert, beginning at 7:00pm, will feature some of the most renowned gospel artists in music history with the goal of spreading love, peace and joy to all races, nationalities and beliefs.


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"He Totally Wowed Us!" John Oates LIVE! at SOPAC
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“Tons of Fun!” The Glenn Miller Orchestra LIVE! at the Grunin Center
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Event calendar
Friday, Jan 18, 2019


MUSIC

John Forster at the Minstrel @ Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown - 7:30pm

David Massengill - Folk Concert @ Christ Congregation Church, Princeton - 8:00pm

SAL "THE VOICE" VALENTINETTI @ Mainstage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 8:00pm

The Elvis Birthday Bash @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 7:30pm


THEATRE

"Apple Season" by E.M. Lewis @ New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch - 8:00pm

Annie Jr. @ The Oakes Center, Summit - 7:30pm

Some Girl(s) @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 8:00pm







COMEDY

Big Apple Comedy Club @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 8:00pm


MISC

The Jason Bishop Show to Benefit CASA @ Pfleeger Concert Hall, Rowan University, Glassboro - 7:00pm

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