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ppbjbf doug dennis jewel tonesJersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation Summer Series of Festivals Kicks off in Point Pleasant Borough with Live Music, Food and Fun for All Ages

Saturday, June 20, 2015, Riverfront Park, River Rd., Point Pleasant Borough, N.J., 12– 8 p.m.

Red Bank, NJ  – The Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation’s (JSJBF) Summer Series of Festivals, voted “Favorite Music Festival” this year in the JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards, kicks off with the Point Pleasant Borough Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 12 -8 p.m. at Riverfront Park, located on the corner of Maxon Avenue and River Road in Point Pleasant Borough, N.J.

Thousands are anticipated to turn out for a day of live performances by talented jazz and blues musicians, food, crafters and sponsor exhibits, a beer and wine garden, and activities for the entire family. The festival is rain or shine, free to the public, dog friendly and all ages are welcome to attend.

Other festivals in the series will be held in Asbury Park on Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 12 – 8 p.m. at Bradley Park, located at 5th and Ocean Avenue, and in Long Branch on Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 12 – 10 p.m. followed by fireworks at The Great Lawn on the Boardwalk, located on Cooper Ave. Each year, sponsor donations from the Summer Series of Festivals raise essential funds for the nonprofit Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation’s operational expenses.  

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“Our award-winning summer festival has been entertaining jazz and blues fans on the Jersey Shore for more than 25 years,” said Festival organizer Dennis Eschbach. “We attract thousands of visitors of all ages. Thanks to the support of our musicians, volunteers, sponsors and host towns, we’re able to keep jazz and blues music alive and rolling in the region.”

Point Pleasant Borough Jazz and Blues Festival headliner is Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones featuring Dennis Gruenling. Eastside Detroit native Doug Deming, now hailing from Florida’s Gulf Coast, has garnered widespread attention for his deft guitar work and memorable songwriting. With a nod to the likes of T-Bone Walker and Charlie Christian, as well as Luther Tucker and Robert Jr. Lockwood, Doug leaves his own mark whether swinging on the big jazz box, or playing straight up blues on the solid body Fender guitar. With more than a decade of touring and recording to his credit, Doug has earned his position alongside today’s heavies on the blues scene. Leading his band, The Jewel Tones, Doug continues to bring noteworthy traditional and original roots music to his audiences.

Dennis Gruenling is one of the most innovative harmonica players on the scene. For the past twenty years, Dennis has played with many of the top blues acts such as Snooky Pryor, Pinetop Perkins, A.C. Reed, Nappy Brown, and Homesick James, as well as his own original jump blues outfit “Jump Time.” For years critics and musicians worldwide have been praising how he blends both the blues harmonica and swing saxophone traditions, as he pioneers a whole new sound and direction for the harp. He has been named “Best Modern Blues Harmonica Player” by Real Blues Magazine for three years in a row.

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