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We’re Having A Party… Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes at Martell’s Tiki Bar in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ: Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 1, 2009

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For most of the past twelve summers, Rex and I have made an annual tradition of seeing Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes at Martell’s Tiki Bar in Pt. Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.

We had some portion of the Jukes and La Bamba’s Big Band at our wedding on the beach in September 1998 and at Rex’s 60th birthday party at our house in Mendham a few years ago.

While London and Maddie had the good fortune to see their first concert (Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus Best of Both Worlds Tour at the Prudential Center in Newark NJ in December 2007) before they turned seven, my first concert was Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes at Somerset County College (now Raritan Valley Community College) in 1978, when I was twelve years old.  Having learned proper groupie decorum from late night network TV (who remembers Midnight Special and Don Kirschner’s Rock Concert??), I jumped the stage and grabbed onto bass player Gene Boccia’s leg.  20 years later, not a jealous guy, Rex “looked the other way” and allowed Gene to perform at our wedding reception.  However, not a foolish guy, he requested an alternate for the Juke I dated for a few months in my late 20’s.

Assuming we can find a babysitter on Tuesday night, September 1st, Rex and I will head out to Theresa’s South on Mount Street in Bay Head, NJ, for dinner with some friends, then off to the Tiki Bar!

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