2023 Long Branch Jazz and Blues Festival Lineup for This Weekend
The 2023 Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival is ready to roll and will take place this Saturday, August 26 from 1-9 pm on the Great Lawn in Long Branch. The festival celebrates legendary and contemporary jazz and blues music with the annual festival.
It all began in 1985 when a group of musicians, writers, and educators, along with many jazz and blues music fans, produced a music festival at Sandy Hook National Park. Building on the success of that first and several subsequent festivals, and the support of many New Jersey music fans, the grass-roots group officially became the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation a few years later. The foundation’s mission is “To preserve, promote, and perpetuate jazz, blues, and other indigenous music forms here in New Jersey.”
This year’s headliner will be Bronx native and international blues legend Popa Chubby. He’s touring to promote his 2022 release, “Emotional Gangster.”
Vocalist and keyboard player Eliza Neals will bring her band to the Great Lawn stage for the first time ever. She recently performed at the Mustique Blues Festival and sold out shows at Buddy Guy’s Legends club in Chicago. You can expect her to play some songs from her latest album, “Badder to the Bone.”
The Andy Rothstein Band’s jazz fusion will be on display. Last year’s release “Truth Against the World” has gotten much critical acclaim for its original compositions and fantastic musicians.
Anthony Krizan, formally of the Spin Doctors, has been fronting his own band. His original tunes can be found on his “Dust and Bone” album. He’s gotten a lot of attention with some of the songs he wrote in Nashville.
Audra Mariel has been entertaining jazz fans locally for most of her young adult life. Her personal interpretations of the Great American Songbook are inspired and brought to life by her excellent backing band.
Regina Bonelli returns to the blues with her new disc “Truth Hurts,” which features modern soul and vintage blues.
From Woodstock to Coachella: 50 Historic Music Festivals
Before Woodstock and Coachella, the earliest recorded festivals date back to ancient Greece. The Greeks honored the gods by holding competitions in drama, poetry, music, and athletics. To honor Dionysus, the God of wine and ecstasy, the Greeks would hold the festival of Dionysus, which consisted of tragedy and comedy performances. Well-known Greek playwrights, such as Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes, participated in these festivals.
Fast-forward to modern-day, and festivals have survived the test of time to evolve into a mainstream business. Since music is practically free with a minimal subscription-based fee through streaming services, artists can have a hard time making money in record sales. Instead, they financially depend on ticket sales for live performances. This also works in the fan’s favor as more people are looking to spend their money on experiences, such as travel and festivals instead of material goods.
Perhaps the most sought-after music festival experience was Woodstock in 1969. To this day, festival producers and organizers attempt to recreate the peaceful atmosphere of love and music. That event directly shaped the way we experience music: Attending a music festival has become a cultural phenomenon and right of passage that serves as a timestamp of popular music of the moment.
Stacker compiled a gallery of 50 historic music festivals, linking to video coverage of the shows when available. Read on to see if any of the music festivals you attended (or wish you had) made the list.