Plus Ventnor's Farmer's Market, the Album of the Week and Drew Toonz
Never Forget: Elephant Talk Indie Music Fest
Fast becoming one of the biggest gatherings of independent musicians anywhere, the Elephant Talk Indie Music Festival returns to Atlantic City for the third year this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-5. About 150 bands and solo artists will perform on four stages (indoors, outdoors and upstairs) at Le Grand Fromage (25 Gordon’s Alley, off Pennsylvania Ave.) and about a block over on Virginia Avenue at the Boneyard Bar & Grill. “This year we decided to do the entire thing for charity and continue raising money for the Elephants for Autism cause and the Ozan Music School in Galloway, which gives free lessons to children with autism,” says event organizer Jerry Ryan. The festival starts with a 4pm barbecue Friday at the Fromage’s outdoor stage, then the music kicks off around 5pm at both indoor stages at the Boneyard and Fromage. Friday’s headliners include the bands Zebras and Bulls Fight Tonight!, the Deafening Colors, the Mahlors (pictured above), Position 9 and the Galt Line. It picks back up at noon Saturday and Sunday, going into the wee hours each night. Other participating groups include the Ben Daniels Band, Malcolm Tent, Deardarkhead, Radio Eris, Foul Weathered Friend, Grip of the Gods, Doc Rhythm and plenty more. Performing acoustic at the Fromage’s outdoor stage Saturday and Sunday are Dan Collins, Jared Costa, Andrea Nardello, Jacob Graff, Fleet Walker and others. See a complete list by going to Facebook and searching “elephants for autism fundraiser.” (Click here to visit AC Weekly's Local Music Guide and submit your band for free!) — Ray Schweibert
Ventnor Farmers Market
One of the great things about the summertime is taking advantage of all the fabulous “Jersey Fresh” fruits and veggies available at roadside stands. However, with the price of gas these days, even a trip along the Black Horse Pike might seem less than cost effective when you live on Absecon Island. But here’s some good news for fans of Jersey tomatoes and other fresh local produce. The city of Ventnor has a terrific alternative to a road trip. The Ventnor City Beautification Committee is the sponsor of The Ventnor International Farmers Market every Wednesday, located at Atlantic and Newport Ave. in the St James Church Parking Lot from 3-7pm through September 12, rain or shine. This Farmers Market offers a lot more than Jersey farm fresh fruits and vegetables, it also has fresh caught seafood, freshly baked pies, gluten free baked goods, infused vinegars and oils, Renault Winery products, Tony Boloney’s homemade mozzarella, pizza, pesto, pretzels, teas and honey, jewelry, fine art and handmade soaps. You can enjoy live music as you shop and the market also features food demonstrations and guest speakers. Please keep things green and bring you own shopping bags. — Lori Hoffman
Mingus and Monk Complete Collections (Legacy)
The latest jazz collections in the re-issue label Legacy’s Complete Albums Collections series includes Charles Mingus (The Complete Columbia & RCA Albums) and The Thelonious Monk Quartet (The Complete Columbia Studio and Albums Collection). While the Mingus set includes seven titles on 10 CDs, the Monk box set includes six discs featuring the Columbia output by the legendary pianist, including his albums (each in a cool album-type sleeve with original art and liner notes) Monk’s Dream; Criss-Cross; It’s Monk Time; Monk; Straight, No Chaser and Underground. The Mingus box includes extensive liner notes by Mingus’ widow, Sue Mingus, and the albums Tijuana Moods, Mingus Ah Um, Mingus Dynasty, Alternate Takes, Let My Children Hear Music, Charles Mingus & Friends in Concert and Epitaph. Each set includes some of the best jazz music recorded in the late 1950s to late 1960s. —Jeff Schwachter
“As well as being one of most talented bands I’ve ever seen, what makes [Out of the Beardspace] really great is their commitment to making this world a better place. They’re involved in countless grassroots organizations like this one, and have inspired me to do everything humanly possible to give back in every way.”
All money raised through a $10 cover charge will be divided and dispersed among two non-profit organizations — the Brigantine Marine Mammal Stranding Center and the Ocean City Repertory Theatre — each of which was severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
“I have a nine-year-old son named Jeremy with autism and he’s the driving force behind what I’m doing, not only with this festival but in everyday life."
For the eighth year, 40 of our region’s most dynamic young leaders have been honored by the Greater Atlantic City Jaycees and Atlantic City Weekly.
Justin Pierce opted to strike out on his own and help find places for local, original-material producing musicians to hone their craft in live-audience settings. In doing so, the Port Republic resident recently launched the fledgling promotional/booking company JP Entertainment, which will host its inaugural event on Friday night, Dec. 2, at Le Grand Fromage in Atlantic City.
"My family has a history here that we’re proud of and we’re going to restore. Part of that’s bringing back live music. I try to make it as easy as possible [for musicians]. I’ve got guitar amps, a drum kit, mikes, a full PA system. They’re welcome to use my equipment or bring their own.”
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