Jammin’ For The Big Easy


September 30, 2005


“Jammin’ For The Big Easy”- a city-wide effort to help survivors of Hurricane
Katrina- is uniting businesses, residents, musicians, and churches in a way the
city has not seen in a long time and events planned for Saturday and Sunday,
Oct. 8 & 9 are expected to raise money and collect goods for those
displaced by the devastating storm.

“It seems that for every one person we called to ask for help in putting
the events together, three people would call back to offer assistance. These
were mostly people from Asbury Park- every race, religion, sexual orientation
and income level, young and old, they just wanted to do something, said Donna
Juliano, president of the Merchants Guild of Asbury Park, “For the people of
this community, ‘doing nothing’ was simply not an option”

“We are very proud and happy with the
residents of Asbury Park and other
communities in the way they are all coming together for this relief effort,”
she said.

Jammin’ For The Big
Easy, organized by The Merchants Guild of Asbury Park and Chapman Productions,
will kick off Saturday morning Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. with a prayer vigil by local churches at the “Big Easy Stage” at Press
Plaza in downtown Asbury

Following the vigil live entertainment will
begin with “Asbury Voices”- a local choir formed for the relief effort- and
live music will continue through the day until 6 p.m. Music will continue at
the “Big Easy Stage” on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Asbury Park’s
legendary nightclubs and music venues will host benefit concerts and a limited
of “Big Easy Passes” will be on sale at for $25 beginning Oct. 1 at
that allow the bearer entry into the following participating clubs on Saturday,
Oct. 8: Asbury Lanes, The Circuit, Crossroads, El Lobo Negro, Harry’s, The
Saint, The Stone Pony, The Wonder Bar and also to Convention Hall on Sunday,
Oct. 9 for “Jazzin’ For The Big Easy.” More information about the Convention
Hall concert will be announced soon. “Big Easy Passes” are available now at
Cornucpoia, 630 Mattison Ave. and will be at the MGAP booth in Press
Plaza on October 8.

For a list of
bands, events and other information go to www.asburyguild.com

Downtown merchants
are also sponsoring a music-related Scavenger Hunt on Saturday. Shops will play
music or display related material of a specific artist or band throughout the
day. Shoppers can purchase a game card for $5 at Apart Gallery, 531
  Bangs Ave. and match the participating shop to the
artist or band. The grand prize is a $1,000 downtown shopping spree. Many
businesses will also donate a portion of their sales that weekend to hurricane
relief efforts.

A silent auction
with items donated by local merchants and artists will also be held on both
days at Genesis Realty, 568 Cookman Avenue.

The public is also
being asked to drop off items for Hurricane Katrina survivors to Fitness
Lifestyles, 614 Cookman Avenue.
Items can be dropped off Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Items most needed are canned food,
disposable diapers, baby food and school supplies. For a larger list of items
needed go to the MGAP web site Reed Trucking,
with an office in Asbury Park, will
transport the supplies to the New Orleans
area where they will be distributed to those most in need by the Salvation

Big Joe Henry and
NJ 101.5 will host a kick-off celebration at The Wonder Bar, Fifth
  & Ocean Ave.on Tuesday, October 4 from 4 p.m. until 7
p.m. Jammin’ T-shirts, Big
Easy Passes
and Big Apple To Go Circus Tickets will be available for sale.

Special Jammin’
For The Big Easy t-shirts will be on sale for $15 at various locations and
special discounted tickets to “The Big Apple Circus: Circus To Go” have been
donated by Asbury Partners and are on sale at a discounted price of only $10
for the Saturday, October 8 show at 1 p.m. in the Paramount Theatre on the
boardwalk. Money from the tickets goes directly to the hurricane relief effort.
For a list of stores selling the tickets and for a more go to the Merchant
Guild web site or telephone Antic Hay Books at 732-774-4590.



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