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Asbury Park to Celebrate ‘A Very Asbury Holiday Show’

Asbury Park will celebrate the true spirit of the holiday season with the second annual holiday concert, “A Very Asbury Holiday Show” on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park.

The show –which sold out last year–will include the very best of Asbury Park’s musical elves of Christmas past, present and future, according to Eileen Chapman, APMF board member and one of the organizers of the holiday concert.

“Some of these outstanding musicians of various ages and backgrounds will be sharing a microphone for their very first time on the Paramount stage,” she said.

Adds performer Pat Roddy: “This annual event supports the surrounding community in so many ways; from fostering live music collaborations, to benefitting charities that help local families and individuals and by encouraging visitors to go to Asbury Park’s exceptional shops, restaurants, art galleries and music venues.”

Presented by the Asbury Park Music Foundation, the bill is stacked with talent, including recently inducted New Jersey Hall of Famer Jim Babjak of The Smithereens, Everett Bradley’s Holidelic, Pat Roddy, deSoL, Gene Cornish (Rascals), Carmine Appice, Lance Larson, Jaquita Mays, Lisa Lowell, Williams Honor, Bobby Mahoney, Pat Guadagno, Deseree Spinks, Emily Grove, Layonne Holmes, JT Bowen, Eddie Testa, Jillian Rhys McCoy, Billy Hector, Joel Krauss, Alexis Krauss (Sleigh Bells), Anthony Krizan (Spin Doctors), CC Coletti (Meatloaf) and many more to be announced.

Musical Director Tony Perruso will lead an all-star band featuring Greg Mayo, Graham Maby, Tony Shanahan , Rich Scanella, Arne Wendt, Tommy LaBella and Tom Meares with members of Kings of Suburbia, Moroccan Sheepherders and Shady Street Show Band.

Also appearing at the show:  Michelle Charlesworth from WABC News in New York.

Proceeds from the show will  benefit The Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County, The Mercy Center, Asbury Park Music Foundation’s Youth Initiative and Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Monmouth County. Last year’s sellout show raised thousands of dollars for each of the selected charities and hundreds of gifts were collected for the Asbury Park Toy Drive.

Tickets for the December 8 th A Very Asbury Holiday Show begin at $29 are available through Ticketmaster: or the Stone Pony box office.  The concert begins at 7 p.m. and the ticket includes entry to a special after-party show at the Wonder Bar. Visit for more information.
Additionally: The Asbury Park Toy Drive organization will be collecting unwrapped toys in the lobby of the Paramount Theatre on the evening of the concert