For the second year in a row Thanksgiving Eve in Asbury Park was windy and rainy. And for the fifth year in a row, fans came out in droves to The Stone Pony on Thanksgiving Eve where Toms River band River City Extension hosted their Fifth Annual Simple Gifts – Home for the Holidays show. The concert is a homecoming show for River City Extension as well as the opening bands. It is a time for the bands to play a show for their local fans before everyone settles in for the Thanksgiving feast.
The show gave fans a chance to see the band’s new line up after undergoing some changes in advance of their upcoming new record Deliverance. The album, the band’s first since 2012’s brilliant Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger, will be released March 10. If this show is any indication the new record will be amazing. The new line-up sounded excellent and they brought the house down as usual.
Another Toms River band opened the show who we are pretty excited about. Prehistoric Forest (above) just released an awesome record and we were thrilled to catch them live at this show. Lead singer Vince Matthews is a charismatic front man who engages easily with the audience. In fact he seemed to appreciate that I shouted out “Clash” when he quoted a few lines of “The Magnificent Seven”. Hopefully we get to catch them live again soon.
Ed Tang & the Chops is from right there in Asbury Park so they had a lot of fans in the audience. The Americana folk rock group had mad energy onstage and really got the local crowd going. It didn’t hurt that they also played a bad ass cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?”
Were were stoked to finally get another chance to see gods. Given the busy schedule of the guys (members also play in The Parlor Mob and Black Jesuses), the last time we saw them was at the Punch Out Cancer benefit at The Saint early this year. We really like the psychedelic, spacey guitar driven tunes the band rocks out.
Here are our pictures from a wonderful evening of local music.
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