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Very exciting time of year in Monmouth County for Jazz/Blues enthusiasts and Gays alike!

Friday kicks off the 22nd Annual Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival at Marine Park. While I dig the music, I go more for the BBQ! Some of the best BBQ in NJ is to be had there for sure. I’m hoping to swing by on Friday night. Who’s game?

Sunday marks the 17th Annual Jersey Pride Celebration. As always there will be a parade, live entertainment, and, you guessed it, BBQ!!!!!! I look forward to “coming out” to support my gays! Who’s coming?

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Wave Gathering Festival Asbury ParkASBURY PARK – Last year’s Wave Gathering Emerging Music festival was the largest organized event ever held on the Jersey Shore, showcasing the talents of more than 180 artists at 16 music venues throughout the city and featuring informative music panels and artist interviews highlighting the ever changing music industry.

The event continues to grow along with Asbury Park, and this year will add new venues as performance sites.

Last year’s event drew more than 3,000 people, and showcased emerging artists like Ingrid Michaelson, Nicole Atkins and the Sea, Val Emmich, Earl Greyhound, DESOL, The Ruling Party, and Jenny Owen Youngs, who have continued to build their careers and gone on to major success after playing at Wave Gathering.

The festival also featured the talents of dozens of artists who call Asbury Park their musical home, including Status Green, Readymade Breakup, April Smith and the Great Picture Show, Alex Brumel, Rick Barry and Last Perfect Thing.

Performances at venues on Cookman Avenue and the newly refurbished boardwalk area will continue to be a big part of this year’s festival, to encourage patrons to shop and dine in Asbury Park’s newly re-developed areas.

Submissions from performers are being accepted now and are currently under review.

Past performers from 2006 and 2007 are automatically eligible to submit by sending their requests to info@wavegathering.com

Full weekend badges for Wave Gathering 2008 will be on sale May 1.

For more information, submissions and/ or updates about the festival, go to www.wavegathering.com.

WHAT: The 3rd Annual 2008 Wave Gathering Emerging Music Festival.

WHEN: Friday, June 20, Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22.

WHERE: Various venues in the City of Asbury Park, including nightclubs, restaurants and art galleries

For more information:
www.wavegathering.com
www.myspace.com/wavegathering

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I realized something last night while at the Erasure show @ The Count Basie

I NEED A GAY!

There I was surrounded by hundreds of gay men. My inner fag hag was beaming inside! Some guys near where I was sitting struck up conversation with me, and it was so easy to talk to them. Even though we had just met for the first time, it was like we had known each other forever! I love that about gay men, they are just so friendly and love to chat! Unfortunately these guys were from NYC.

So it hit me like a brick: I need a local gay best friend! No matter where I have lived throughout my life, I have always had a close male friend who happened to be gay. Some of the best times of my life we spent in the company of my gay friends. I don’t have many friends around here, let alone gay friends! It’s a no brainer: I need to find a local gay BFF!

Where does one find a gay? Do I put an ad in one of the local papers? Entitle it “hag seeking fag”? I know Asbury has a few gay clubs, but I never go. Believe it or not, I don’t like going clubbing all the time. I like to do simple stuff, too. Earlier this summer, I attended the Asbury Park Pride Fest, but with such a big event it’s hard to really find a connection with someone.

Next month I’ll be spinning music between acts at the 6th Annual Trenton Capital Rainbowfest. Maybe I’ll find my gay there?

If you’re reading this and you’re gay or you know a gay man who is looking for a “fag hag”, let’s talk! 🙂

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I love Pride Fests. I’ve been to Pride events up and down the east coast… Philly (of course), NYC, Washington DC, Richmond (VA), Binghamton (NY), to name a few. They are always great events. This was my first the Asbury Park Pride fest, though. They really put a lot of effort into it. There was lots to see and do. And of course there was plenty of food and drink to choose from. I had a sausage sandwich, fresh squeezed lemonade, and some zeppoles!!! Yummies.

My pal Mihrimah brought her 7 year old daughter, which I thought was great! There were actually a lot of kids there. Teaching children tolerance early is KEY, in my humble opinion!  They had amusements for the kids: a giant blow up caterpillar to crawl through, a climbing thing, and a big slide.

At one point, Mihrimah and I were approached by a reporter for the Asbury Park Press. He asked us if we’d like to be interviewed. We were like “Totally!” We explained that we were in straight relationships, but are staunch advocates of gay rights and were proud to be there to show our support. Look out for our quotes in tomorrow’s paper. 🙂

Unfortunately, around 2pm it started to mist. By 3pm, it was starting to rain heavily. So I decided to leave. I’m bummed I will miss Debbie (I mean Deborah) Gibson, though. Haha.

Click on the Jim “I’m a Gay American” McGreevey doll below to see the few pictures I took. Enjoy!
Asbury Park NJ Pride Fest Pictures

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We decided not to go back to the Jazz and Blues fest after all.  I don’t think he wanted to deal with the crowds.  Instead he wanted to get a WindMill hot dog!

Windmill Hot DogWindmill Hot Dog

I’m not a huge fan of hot dogs, but I figured since that’s what they are known for I might as well get one.  He got a chili dog.  In my eyes, it’s just your standard hot dog.  He thinks they’re great.  I was not impressed.  It’s not like it’s a Chicago hot dog or anything.  Now those are impressive. 🙂

Anyways… I’m still craving BBQ (again)!

Perhaps the NJ Pride Fest in Asbury Park will have BBQ – because that’s where I’m headed today.  Gotta support my gays!! 🙂  I will take pix and report on it later.

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Asbury Park Day Time

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Asbury Park

I spent some time in Asbury Park today. I drove around Ocean Avenue and parked the car in front of Club Deep. I walked up and down the boardwalk looking for photo opportunities and taking in the fresh ocean air. There were some people meandering along the beach and rocks. I also saw quite a few surfers out in the water taking advantage of the waves.

I also spent some time on Cookman Avenue checking out what it had to offer. Stores of many varieties have taken up shop there. Even though many were closed today, I could feel the collective energy there. It was though in the cool wind I heard a faint chant “We can do it! We can make this a destination town again!” Or, hey, maybe I’m just nuts!  Heh.

In any event, I went into America’s Cup for a warm beverage. I actually struck up a conversation with 2 guys who came in after me. They were long-time AP residents so I had some questions for them particulary how they felt about all the new development. The one guy said “Asbury Park is going through what Red Bank went through 10-15 years ago. Mark my words Asbury Park will be just as nice as Red Bank in a few years, if not better.” It was nice to hear such enthusiasm. He was sure to note that while Asbury Park will definitely have its trendier elements, he feels it will still remain a “common people’s” town. I hope so.

Photos coming soon. 🙂

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