"I knew we had to do a reunion some day, and I just realized that it's been 25 years!" says Carmen Marotta, whose family owned the Tony Mart's club in Somers Point for decades. The Bay Avenue institution that once boasted seven bars inside, as well as season after summer season of national pop and rock acts, go-go girls and Jersey Shore revelry, closed in 1982, but Marotta has put together an evening of entertainment that will recall the classic good times had at the club.
Down the road a bit from the original Tony Mart's spot -- where the idle Club Ice now sits -- Stumpo's Italian Grill will host the "25th Anniversary Celebration of Eddie & The Cruisers and the Last Summer - 1982" with a special event this Saturday night, Sept. 8, from 6:30pm to midnight. Local performer Bob Campanell and his band, which features guitarist Danny Eyer, will highlight an interesting line-up of music that will include songs associated with the legendary club. Special guests, who will take part in a live jam session, include renowned Zydeco musician Terrance Simien, as well as young local blues guitarist Patrick Droney and his band, and singer-songwriter (and AC Weekly managing editor) Jeff Schwachter, who'll do a set of songs associated with Bob Dylan and the Hawks. It was at Tony Mart's in the summer of 1965 when Dylan himself phoned the Bay Avenue club to ask the Hawks (later known as the Band) to become his backing group. "The music at Tony Mart's paralleled the evolution of popular music in America," says Marotta, who is currently working on a book about his family's club. Other acts that played the club were Conway Twitty and Mitch Ryder. Portions of the movie Eddie & the Cruisers were also filmed there.
The 25th Anniversary Celebration of Tony Mart's will take place on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Stumpo's Italian Grill, 101 E. Maryland Ave., Somers Point, from 6:30pm-midnight. $10 admission; $25 includes a T-shirt. Call 653-6069 for more information.
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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.
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