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We’re all for a good live music initiative. And in these times of Covid, making many of us shelter in place, seeing live music has been difficult. So Asbury Sunset Presents, a not-for-profit started by Tim Cabrey, an Asbury Park resident in response to said pandemic, decided to create an opportunity for local musicians to play their music in Covid safe outdoor spaces back in our favorite year of 2020. And Cabrey is at it again in 2021 with a new music series for highlighting and providing exposure for musicians all the while generating donations for area non-profits. It’s called the ‘The Watermark Series’ and it runs through March 13.
The series happens every Saturday at 5pm with streaming performances of local New Jersey artists live from Watermark on Asbury Park’s boardwalk. Watermark is one of our favorite spaces in town and no doubt provides the perfect backdrop for this kind of streaming event. If your lucky enough, you could even be one of six audience members who get to see the shows in real life. Guests are chosen at random through submissions via email to AsburySunsetPresent@Gmail.com or via their donations of any amount to support the musicians and participating non-profits via Venmo @ Asbury-Sunset-Present or PayPal @AsburySunsetPresents. No contribution is required for a chance to win. All Covid safety protocols will be in effect including taking the temperature of any artist or guest in the building, masks required and social distancing. They’re on top of the safety protocols as you can see. Audio and video production by Cooper Davis of Super Duper Sounds.
Neither Asbury Sunset Presents or Watermark profit in any way from any revenue generated by donations to the streams. All monies go to the artists and the participating non-profits. So we’ll leave you with the calendar of upcoming live shows. For more information contact TimCabrey@Gmail.com or call (732) 766-2735.
Jake Thistle Sat Feb 13 / 5-6:30pm
Jake Thistle in a Special Performance as part of the Light of Day 2021 Schedule. Based in NJ Jake Thistle, now 16, has entertained audiences across the US and Europe and raised over $100,000 for a variety of charitable organizations. Link to show is https://www.lightofday.org/events/Jake-Thistle--Asbury-Sunset-Presents-The-Watermark-Series-:340. The Foundation’s mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those illnesses, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. The primary fundraising efforts are an annual series of concerts held in Asbury Park. Since its inception in 2000, Light of Day has raised over $5.75 million in the fight to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.
Sean Tobin and The Boardwalk Fire Sat Feb 20 / 5-6pm
In a special premiere of their new EP, St. Patrick’s Day Forever. The EP will feature four songs in anticipation of the 1 yr anniversary of the Covid-19 Lockdown. https://seantobinmusic.com/ Sean’s show also benefits in part The Asbury Park Dinner Table.
The Foes of Fern with guests Lake Champagne Sat Feb 27 / 5-630pm
The Foes of Fern are led by Matt ‘Fern’ Fernicola and will be presenting a special ‘Battle of the Ferns’ with different members of their ever-growing troupe of eclectic musicians each performing a five song set along with interstitial video presentations. Fern’s show benefits in part the Asbury Park Music Foundation whose music programs provide underserved youths with confidence, discipline and relationships that improve their future success and economic mobility https://asburyparkmusiclives.org/
Des and the Swagmatics Sat Mar 6 / 5-6pm
Telegraph Hill Records recording artists Des and the Swagmatics, an Asbury Park based five piece band pack a blend of R&B, Rock, Soul, Funk and Pop, showstoppers everywhere they perform. Des and her band were recently featured in Telegraph Hill’s “What a Wonderful Year’ at the Asbury Lanes. https:// www.desandtheswagmatics.com/ Des and the Swagmatics show also benefits The Asbury Park Music Foundation https://asburyparkmusiclives.org/ Alexander Simone and WHODAT Live Crew Sat Mar 13 / 5-6pm Alexander is the grandson of Nina Simone. Hailing from Asbury Park Alexander is a prolific artist, musician and song writer who learned to play the piano by ear coming up in a religious household. WHODAT present a mix of soul, funk, and R&B music. Their show also benefits The Asbury Park Music Foundation https://asburyparkmusiclives.org/