BY ELLIOT STEPHEN COHEN
“I’m here today to help cut this ribbon to make sure that as many people across the region as possible know that summer is here…and we are ready to receive them,” Christie told a crowd of several hundred assembled in front of McLoone’s Supper Club, where ‘60s rocker Tommy James performed earlier in the day.
The Jersey Shore, of course, is still recovering from the October 2012 devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. Christie, 51, who became a national political figure at the time when he was seeking federal aid from President Obama, related how, as a young child, he accompanied his parents to Asbury.
“It gives me such a great sense of pride…that Asbury Park is attracting the businesses and the visitors here as well,” he added. ”People want to see what’s going on down here, and they should…because the things here are pretty good.”
Rock music has become synonymous with this famous seaside resort town since the 1970s, when Bruce Springsteen helped make the Stone Pony a landmark rock club.
During the summer, it’s hard to walk very far on the local boardwalk without hearing some very talented musicians performing.
A partial list of this summer’s great local upcoming concerts include…at the Stone Pony… Lucinda Williams, June 11, Lynyrd Skynyrd, June 14, Matisyaku, June 19, Drive By Truckers, June 27,
and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, on July 3.
Asbury’s neighboring Ocean Grove will host, at its nearly 6000-seat Great Auditorium, a “Doo Wop Extravegana”, June 28, Neil Sedaka, July 19, The Beach Boys, July 26, Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey and Maureen McGovern, August 2, and Kenny Loggins on August 9.