The music scene in New Jersey is in a bit of a renaissance these days. We are fortunate that there are a lot of young, talented bands that have emerged in the last few years that call our state home. Some of the best of these bands will be featured at the first ever Jersey Shore Music Festival.
The event will take place on Saturday July 20th at FirstEnergy Park (BlueClaws Stadium) in Lakewood. Over 50 bands, many from right here in New Jersey, will perform on six stages in an event that will highlight the current state of the local music scene. The Front Bottoms, River City Extension, Only Living Boy and Brick + Mortar are among the New Jersey bands that will be performing.
Founded by Jersey Shore natives Joe Ciano, Cory Pedalino and Tyler Culler, the all ages event aims to bolster the local music and arts scene while celebrating the diversity and merit of the Jersey Shore community. In additional to music the event will also feature an array of the region’s top artisans, craftspeople, restaurants and more.
Organizer Joe Ciano took some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions.
How long was the planning process?
Overall, I’ve been working on this event for the last 2 years. Within the last 15 months, I was able to hire a great team of people who have been working with me 24/7 on the Jersey Shore Music Festival.
How positive has the response from bands been to play the festival?
The response from the bands has been great! I think they are really excited to not only play, but also be apart of an event like this that supports local music. Bands will be able to hang amongst and support their peers.
New Jersey seems to be in a kind of music boom these days with many great groups like The Front Bottoms, River City Extension and Brick + Mortar. Do you agree?
I think the music scene in Jersey is definitely on its way back. We had over 3000 submissions for bands to play the event – it was awesome! I discovered so much great music. Only being able to pick 60 or so bands out of 3k… that was the hardest part of the planning process.
This is an all ages event which you do not see a lot of with many music festivals. How important is it to expose younger kids to good music?
I’ve been pretty lucky to have parents that love music, so I’ve been going to shows for as long as I can remember. I think its extremely important for kids to be exposed to good music. We made it a top priority to make sure we were an all-ages event and I think you can see that reflected in the bands and entertainment we offer.
How are ticket sales going? Do people need to act fast?
It probably wouldn’t be a wise decision to wait till the day of the event.
Obviously you are looking forward to all the bands but are there any you have not seen live before and are excited to catch?
Honestly, all the bands we have on the lineup are awesome and offer something different. I don’t think there is one band in particular that I’m excited for more than another.
Anything else you would like to share?
I just want to say thank you to my staff, the bands, and all our sponsors – without you guys this event couldn’t happen. Also, we are in the process of solidifying our winter event and beginning to work on next year’s Jersey Shore Music Festival. We have some exciting announcements coming in a few weeks.
General admission tickets for the event are $25.00 ($35.00 day of festival) and VIP tickets are $75.00 and $150.00.
You can check out the Jersey Shore Music Festival’s Facebook page here.
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