LONG BRANCH, NJ - This year’s Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival series moves “down the shore” to the next town on the schedule, Long Branch. The performance stage in Long Branch will be at The Great Lawn (on the Boardwalk) at Cooper Avenue from 12pm to 9:30pm on Saturday, August 27, presenting six bands, and featuring Lionel Young Band, winner of the 2011 International Blues Challenge.
The Festival begins at noon with the following bands playing at these times:
1:00-2:00 - JSJBF Youth Project Band
2:15-2:45 - Gary Cavico (solo)
3:00-4:00 - Andy Rothstein & Friends
4:15-5:15 - The Gina Fox Band
5:30-6:30 - NY Blues Project
6:45-7:45 - Jonny B & The Bluesblazers
8:00-9:30 – Headliner: Lionel Young Band
The Festival continues to be free and open to the public, offering kids’ activities, the beach, and fireworks at 9:30pm. The Festival is a rain or shine event.
Fans of the driven, classically trained Young, love his distinctive brand of blues on the electric violin. His show features not only Young originals and his smooth vocals, but also showcases interpretations of blues classics by Willie Dixon, Lead Belly and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The LIONEL YOUNG BAND, winners of numerous awards for best in and around the Colorado region, won the 2011 International Blues Challenge (IBC) band competition, and when added to his victory at the 2008 IBC in the solo-duo category, that makes Lionel Young the first double champion in the history of the IBC.
The Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation, which produced the Red Bank Jazz and Blues Festival for many years, has turned the Festival into a summer long series that now spreads the fun to three different towns. The final event in the Festival series will be the Asbury Park Blues Festival on September 17, with Headliner: The Pat Karwan Band. More information can be found online at www.jerseyshorefestival.org .