Tony Mart Rock 'n' Roll Series
Where: St. Joseph's School Auditorium, Somers Point
When: Saturday, June 6, 7-11pm
Details: Tickets are available at the door for $20, or in advance by calling 334-7140 or 432-0871. The evening includes three live shows, dancing and dinner. Dr. Bobby Fingers, Bobby Campanell, and Howard Isaacson and his band will provide the entertainment, all to benefit the Knights of Columbus and to celebrate the "songs that made Somers Point famous."
Music: The show will feature favorites from the area including "Rock around the Clock" by Billy Haley and Del Shannon's "Runaway." Other songs include those from the 1982 classic Eddie and the Cruisers, which was filmed in Somers Point and those from the band Levon and the Hawks, who performed in Somers Point at Tony Mart's in 1965 before hitting the road with Bob Dylan.
Producer Says: "It's about four decades of rock 'n' roll. Some of the most famous people in the world played in Somers Point -- people who are in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame," says Tony Mart event producer Carmen Marotta. "Because of this, we're going all the way back and celebrating people like Bill Haley; Bob Dylan; even Earth, Wind and Fire."
The six-piece band took the stage at the HofBrau Hotel in Wildwood in the summer of 1954 and threw a fashion changeup at the crowd. ....
About two weeks remain in a 12-month matching grant challenge between the Gateway Playhouse and Shore Medical Center — both located on Bay Avenue in Somers Point — to help the Gateway raise funds for renovations and a reopening.
Levon and the Hawks were about to hit the stage when the band’s bass player, Rick Danko, seemed to be missing. When Frye discovered that Danko was in an Ocean City jail — busted for smoking marijuana — he had the sergeant of police in Somers Point, Lyn Bader, contact the Ocean City Police Department and persuade them to let Danko come to Tony Mart’s so the band could perform.
“The location was the key. A beautiful backdrop of the bay, with all types of boats cruising past, and the Ocean City skyline [across the bay].”
The Gateway Playhouse in Somers Point was founded in 1910 and moved to its current 280-seat location at Bay and Higbee avenues in the early 1920s. It was purchased by the City of Somers Point in 2006 and has been closed since that time pending much-needed renovations.
If you’re a real food fan, ask to sit in the left rear section. Here you’ll be afforded a peek at the kitchen staff, through a screened service portal, as they prepare your meal.
You might be surprised to hear Andrew Latz refer to his new Somers Point restaurant as a “return to Bay Avenue.”
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