Whip It Good on the Jersey Shore with Carl Gentry


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Get him in shape this weekend at Asbury Park.

You can at “Whip It Good!” 80s new wave rock revue with Carl Gentry and Friends on Saturday November 19th at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club on the Asbury Park promenade.

Think of it as an early ’80s mixtape performed live by some of the best musicians around.

“It’s the sound of the new wave,” Gentry said. “The keyboards and the themes that they had, there was this little new wave twitch. They’re rock songs, which is cool, but before everything really became big in the 80s, including the hair.

It was the music that accompanied the birth of MTV – which aired music videos instead of continuous episodes of “Wild ‘N Out”.

“It’s basically me coming home from school or college or 9th grade, coming home and turning the TV on downstairs and it would be one after another of each of these groups,” said Gentry. “It’s a real passion project for all of us in the group. We are all at the same time in our fifties. This music was so great.

Expect to hear music from bands like the Cars, Squeeze, A Flock of Seagulls, Joe Jackson, Madness, Adam Ant, Gary Numan, the Clash, the Romantics, Modern English, Devo and more. New wave refers to bands, many of them British, that emerged in the late 70s and early 80s and were inspired by punk rock.

The Gentry group includes Arne Wendt, who performed with Jon Bon Jovi’s Kings of Suburbia; Muddy Shews (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes); and Chris O’Hara (Drama Drama). Alas, no Bon Jovi songs — not enough new waves, Gentry said.

Go: “Whip it good!” with Carl Gentry and Friends, 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, Tim McLoone’s Supper Club, Asbury Park Boardwalk, $39.95; timmcloonessupperclub.com.

David Sancious in Red Bank

If you’ve ever wondered why the E Street Band is called the E Street Band, it’s because former band member David Sancious lived on E Street in Belmar.

Sancious returns to the Jersey Shore with a show Friday, January 6, 2023 at the Vogel Theater inside the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank. The evening, entitled “An Evening with David Sancious”, is presented by the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University and the Basie Center.

Will Calhoun, drummer for Living Color and multi-Grammy, will join Sancious on stage.

“I’m really happy to be returning to the Jersey Shore,” Sancious said in a statement. “Performing under the banner of the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music makes the show even more rewarding for me.”

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Sancious has played with his own band, Tone, as well as Peter Gabriel, Sting, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Seal and many more.

“We are proud to present David Sancious in concert, marking the Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music’s first public program in 2023,” Archives Director Eileen Chapman said in a statement. “David’s contributions to the E Street Band in the early 70s are well known, and his recordings as a solo artist are highly regarded.”

Tickets start at $49. Visit thebasie.org for more information.

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Jersey Shore native Chris Jordan covers entertainment and reporting for USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]

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