OCEAN TOWNSHIP, NJ — Several years ago, a monthly show called Twisted Covers helped bridge the gap between Asbury Park’s popular rock and roll scene and its emerging coffeehouse artists.   For three years, local musicians offered their unique takes on songs by well known artists from The Rolling Stones to The Replacements and everything in between.  One of the most popular shows in the history of the series featured local artists covering other local artists.  Nearly three years after the last Twisted Covers show, a third installment of “Locals Covering Locals” will take place to help raise money and food for the local food bank.

The show will take place Sunday, March 4th from 3:00pm until 8:00pm at the Green Planet Coffee Co. located at 731 Route 35 in Ocean Township (near the Asbury circle).  Admission is free, but people are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations and/or monetary donations for the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

“The first time we held a ‘Locals Covering Locals’ show I was pretty nervous,” recalled music journalist Gary Wien, the host of the series.  “I remember thinking it would either be a pure train wreck or something truly amazing.  Thankfully, it was the latter.”

Many Twisted Covers alumni  are scheduled to perform including Anthony Walker, George Wirth, The Sunday Blues, Keith Monacchio, Catherine Wacha, Emily Grove, and Michael Brett (who was the inspiration and driving force behind the return of the show.)

Those making their Twisted Covers debut include Jerzy Jung & Michael Askin, Beannacht, Kevin John Allen, we are., Dan Hall, Mikael Lewis, Jim Mill, Joe Miller, Rich Genoval, Jeff & Elaine, Gerald Edward, Jenny Woods, Carol Barbieri, Mike Chick, Frank Lombardi, Cat Cosentino, and Michael Dante Summonte.


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“One of the best things about Twisted Covers was how the show introduced a lot of people to artists they had never seen before,” said Wien.  “More than 100 different musicians performed at the Twisted Covers shows during its run and it’s great to see so many new artists getting a chance to be part of it.  If anybody has ever wondered how strong the New Jersey music scene is, this show will remove all doubt.”

Local artists whose songs are being covered include Michael Brett, George Wirth, Anthony Walker, Arlan Feiles, Lightning Jar, Michael Askin, River City Extension, Give Me Static, Sheli Aarden, Jim Crawford, Grand Alto, Cat Cosentino, Melissa Anthony, Emily Grove, Jon Lepree, Janey Todd, Matt Kay, Accidental Seabirds, we are., Rick Barry, Danny White, Peter Prasa, Tommy Fuller, Jerzy Jung, and Gerald Edward.

To see the songs scheduled to be performed, visit http://www.TwistedCovers.com

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...