Event: Soultime Comes To The Summer Stage

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Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes

When you look at the history of the “Asbury Sound,” a few bands are integral parts of that history.

 

Yes, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are right in there, and perhaps the most well known.

There are a host of others, though, and a great list can be found here.

Right there….like REALLY high up there is Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (SSJ from here on out.)

They cut their teeth and made their Jersey Shore sound bones at the same time that Bruce did in the early ’70s. While Springsteen sky-rocketed, SSJ has has a more modest career, perhaps, but are still legends down the Jersey Shore.

This past Saturday evening they returned to their roots, The Stone Pony, to put on their annual 4th of July extravaganza. But this time it was outside on the Summer Stage, where the air was warm and the night was beautiful.

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But by a cool stroke of luck, I was able to get photo access to the pit for the show. It wasn’t until the day of the show that I even knew this happened, all thanks to one of the Jukes, Jeff Kazee, who I recently photographed as part of his Early Elton Trio. (John Conte, another Juke, also is part of EET.)

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Photo passes are notoriously hard to get a) at the Stone Pony and b) for a SSJ show. But Jeff was able to wrangle one for me so by 4 pm Saturday afternoon, I was headed down to Asbury Park.

The afternoon was beautiful. I parked on Grand Ave (didn’t want to feed a meter) and walked the five blocks toward the beach. When I go there, I had to hold my breathe, though, as a little mix up delayed the actual pass getting in my hands.

No matter. I got in, chatted with a few other photographer friends and awaited the opening act.

Now, there’s nothing like a warm, summer evening in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Apparently, a good number of others wanted to experience SSJ at The Stone Pony, too, because the outdoor, SRO venue maxed out at it’s 5,000 limit. In addition, Sirius XM’s E Street Radio was airing the concert live that evening.

On this evening, SSJ and the Jukes brought their Soultime tour to town. Much of New Jersey had been baking under an oppressive heatwave in the days leading up to the show, and by the time Southside hit the stage , the sun was still just starting to go down. Sunglasses were still in order.

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As the sun dipped behind the stage, Southside took off his shades, a breezy trade wind kicked in and the heatwave broke.  By the time Jeff Kazee – in his trademark porkpie hat – and Southside Johnny traded vocals on I Don’t Want To Go Home, the audience didn’t want to go home, either.

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Jeff even played a mean accordion, which was cool to see (and hear).

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Jeff Kazee

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Tom “Goose” Seguso

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John Conte

Evening slid into night, and the bright neon of the nearby Empress Hotel lit up the southside of the Asbury Park boardwalk. There was a slight ripple that The Man may actually show and play with SSJ – again – but it was not to be.

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Still The capacity crowd of nearly 5,000 were happy – happy to be spending a beautiful Asbury Park evening singing and dancing along with Southside Johnny and his Asbury Jukes.

I was happy too…as per the rules, I only got to shoot in the pit for the first three songs. But I tried to make do with what I could using my 70-200 mm lens on the side and other areas. If you want to see more pics from the show, click here.

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Tomorrow…who WAS that opening band??

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 07.07.18

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Was it really just last week that it was June?

Yes, indeed, we’re into July. And just came out of a heatwave.

And yet, the last snowstorm we had still seems fresh in my head.

That’s one of the things I like about living on the East Coast – the change of seasons and the ebbs and flows that go with it.

This past week, I spent so much time down in Asbury Park, I thought they were going to charge me resident taxes.

On Wednesday, the 4th of July, me and the boys went down late morning to check out a sand sculpture that is advertising the upcoming Sea. Hear. Now. Music Festival.

We were all interviewed by a local TV station about it, but only my clip made the air. I need to media train my boys better.

 

We lunch at an outdoor marina cafe in Belmar. Pretty sweet.

Then I was down again on Friday and Saturday evenings, doing portraits, shooting bands, smelling all the great boardwalk food.

In between, it was one of those weird mid-week holiday work weeks where some were in, some were not, and people put on the pretense of working.

Summer in New Jersey.

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This Week’s Links:

What I Read This Week: Tishomingo Blues, Elmore Leonard

What I Watched This Week: Tea In The Sahara video

What I listened To This Week: Daddy Long Legs

Putting Out The Cap Gazette After The Shooting

What is street photography, really?

Q&A With Alex Webb

At this 4th of July parade, it’s survival of the wettest

Three Decades of Life Guards At Jones Beach

Best exchange  this week (on the AP Boardwalk):

Matt, age 6, asks me what that was, pointing to Madame Marie’s Fortune Teller studio as we walked past it.

I tell him she’s a psychic, a fortune teller who can tell you about your life.

Matt says “So she’s like Robin?”

I’m lost.

“Robin?” I say.

Matt: “Yeah, from Batman and Robin. She’s a sidekick, like Robin…”

 

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The Slow Way

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Last week, I drove up to my parents house in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Actually, I did it twice in one week. Did the previous weekend with my family as it had been a while since my kids had seen their Grandma and Pop.

Then went back alone mid-week to attend a doctors appointment.

The trip with my family, we took the interstate, kept the driving quick. The mid-week journey, I meandered up Route 309.

I started doing this a couple of years ago, as documented here.

Then did it in winter.

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Seems like I always find something interesting to shoot on the drives. Of course, that means the trip takes longer but sometimes that’s ok.

What’s the rush?

This time especially. I hit some spitting drizzle and fog.

 

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But also some wonderful leaden skies to make the summer colors pop, like in that second photo. And this one.

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I swear, God puts lone trees out there to see how many times he can make a photographer stop to photograph it, and then chuckles when we do.

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Yes, sometimes the slow way is the way to go.

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Happy 4th of July!

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Happy 4th of July to all my American subscribers and friends!

Our flag has been taking a beating lately, from those that mean well and those that don’t. It’s a symbol of our freedom, but it’s this very freedom that gets assailed when our politicians are hiding behind the very liberties it affords.

But anyway, let’s not get negative on this day.

Instead….what’s more American than a Jersey Girl wearing a Johnny Cash t-shirt strumming her guitar in front of an United States flag in a small-town known as the Crossroads of the Revolution?

That’s Georgia Owen, my very talented neighbor here in Allentown, from our shoot last May.

We didn’t set it up like this. The scene just all came together with the t-shirt, the flag and the guitar.

Find Georgia’s music on Spotify.

Tonight, I won’t be shooting fireworks. I’ll be looking up like everyone else. But if you want to know how to shoot fireworks, what setting to use, just head over to Joe McNally’s blog for his annual post about this.

Required watch/listen for today.

Happy 4th of July!

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