Event: Remember Jones on the Summer Stage
Funny thing…..I’ve photographed Remember Jones (real name Anthony D’Amato) twice, but never doing what he does, arguably, the best.)
I first met and photographed last summer, when he was my first subject for my Musicians & The Mosaic project.
And then I photographed him during a full-dress rehearsal for his turn in Jekyll & Hyde.
But what Remember Jones really is is a frontman and a bandleader and a showman and an entertainer to the nth degree.
In short, he’s an incredible performer. As is his whole band – the keyboard players, the drummer, the guitarist and bass player, the horn section, and backup singers.
All working together, singing original works and reworking other songs to make them their own.
I got to see them first and and up close on Saturday, when they opened for Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.
What a way to open a beautiful night in Asbury Park! The sun was still high and it was quite warm. Remember and his band raised the temps some more thought with their performance.
At one point, he did recommend to both his stage mates and the packed audience to drink some water…”Need to stay hydrated,” he said. They all took a break to swig some water.
Then it was back to movin’ and shakin’ and playin’ and dancing.
And, overseeing it all was my buddy, Zack Sander. He’s Remember Jones’ production man and tour manager. He’s been busy this summer, for sure!
I’m finding that, while diverse, the Asbury Park music scene is very intertwined.
I photographed Mark Masefield and Ian Gray earlier this year at the Wonder Bar when they sat in with Dan Amato and the Sentimental Gentleman. I photographed Roshan last summer when he played with The Front Bottoms (he’s their touring key boardist).
After his set, Remember came off stage and got a hug from Asbury Park resident and member of Styx, Glenn Burtnik.
Later, Remember would duet with Southside, and then Roshan and the horns would all, jump on stage with Southside and the Jukes to truly cap the evening.
Between Remember kicking it off and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes bringing it all home during their 2-hour set, it was a special, wonderful night for all in Asbury Park.
Well, maybe not for all. Caught this scene ’round midnight as I may my way back to my truck.
Beautiful VW bus…beautiful boards…but alas…
© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2018