ASBURY PARK, N.J.– We are excited to announce that the inaugural event of the Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation will be held at the historic Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel on Saturday, April 28. The evening begins with a ticketed pre-launch cocktail party at 6:30 p.m. Doors open to the public at 7:45 p.m. for the official Foundation launch ceremony with co-founders Susan Pellegrini, Synergy Productions and Tom Gilmour, Director of Economic Development.

               Immediately following, guests will enjoy a screening of the film Asbury Park Musical Memories which documents the musical history of the city from the 1930’s through the 1970’s in the words of those who lived it. Included in this rare footage are interviews with Asbury Park musical icons Billy Brown, Bobby Thomas, The Orioles, Bobby Bandiera, Nicky Addeo, Vini Lopez and Willie Mitchell. A recent screening of the film at the Asbury Park Film Festival was met with enthusiastic reviews from the packed house.

               To promote community involvement, both the film screening and a one-hour meet and greet afterwards with some of the musicians featured in the film will be open to the public free of charge with advance tickets. Dress is casual chic. Complementary tickets are available at City Hall.

               A limited number of tickets are available for a pre-launch cocktail party at 6:30 p.m. at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel. Tickets are $75 per person and are payable by check to: The Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation (APMHF), P.O. Box 1396, Asbury Park, NJ 07712.


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               “The Foundation is doing important work to create a sense of community and raise public awareness about the rich musical heritage of our City,” said Asbury Park Mayor Ed Johnson. “This is an important occasion to celebrate the past, present and future of music in Asbury Park and the city is very pleased to support the Foundation’s inaugural event.”


About The Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation

The mission of the Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation (APMHF) is to record, exhibit and promote the City of Asbury Park’s rich musical heritage – past, present and future – and to contribute to the City’s revitalization by securing Asbury Park as a musical destination. For more information, visit:

About Asbury Park Musical Memories

The Asbury Park Musical Memories oral history project is a collaboration between Synergy Productions, Asbury Park High School and Monmouth University. The goal of this ongoing project is to document the memories of those who have made, witnessed and participated in the musical history of Asbury Park.

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