We lift our voices to lift others



Since our CD Release Party on November 6, 2013, we have been a bit quieter than usual. No surprise, since the holiday season suddenly came upon us starting with an early Hanukkah on November 27th, then Thanksgiving on November 28th, and so on…

So, here we are. Another year over, and a hopeful start to the new year with resolutions, goals, and plans. The Downtown All Stars are back on track with 8 months or so to go for our campaign to raise funds for Little Kids Rock. We are getting creative with new ideas for marketing the CD and maybe some fun events in Spring and Summer.

But, before we get to our plans – we’d like to express some thanks for good things that happened with some of our artists between our November 6, 2013 CD Party and today…..

Gil Velazquez
His track “Calling 4 an Answer” which is on the Brights Lights on Broad Street CD, originated from the CD “My Introduction“. Gil has been back in the studio working on his second digital EP release. The second release currently in production follows his first digital EP “Where do we go from here“. A blend of rock with some David Bowie and Pink Floyd influenced textures. His upcoming spring 2014 release is tentatively title “My World” and will be a more tongue-in-check grovin themed release.
♫ My Introduction – Gil Velazquez. Listen @cdbaby
Click to listen to his recent digital EP release

Since the November 6, 2013 Release Party for the Red Bank All Stars, Belmar-based blues/groove/rock band Pepperwine has been busy in all facets of the music world – hours of practice spent breaking in a new drummer; hand making limited edition Pepperwine Swag (t-shirts and sweatshirts); hosting a belated CD release party for their five song EP Mighty Fine; and getting nominated for three Asbury Park Music Awards (best blues/soul band, best female vocals, best keyboardist).

It’s hard to believe but in addition to all of that, the three-pieced Pepperwine have had the time to write and learn many new songs, adding to their ever-growing repertoire of toe-tap-inducing original music. The female-fronted group (Kellie Shane – keys and piano) had a show at the Saint in Asbury Park, NJ on January 25, and have an upcoming show in support of the uber-talented acoustic duo Strumberry Pie on March 20. Keep your eyes peeled and ears open for a soon-to-be-released, brand new original song that Pepperwine is recording at this very moment! For a list of future gigs and everything you need to know about Pepperwine, visit http://www.pepperwinegroove.com

New Year’s Resolution: listen to more Pepperwine.

youtube link:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMFHU8wYx30

Saturday, January 11, was officially Clarence Clemons Day in NJ. In honor of his late father, Nick Clemons held the 2nd Annual CCD Celebration/Big Man’s Fund Benefit, at Martell’s Tiki Bar in Point Pleasant, with this years event reuniting many of the Big Man’s West performers, including some from Clarence’s band The Red Rockers!

VyntEdge was honored to be included in the performance lineup, kicking off the festivities with a 20 min set of Bruce Springsteen songs, their original song, ‘Love Ya Anyway’ where they introduced the Red Bank All Stars CD.

The Two River Times had a photographer on hand to capture the event and submit this report where VyntEdge‘s front woman, Sondra was asked to say a few words about Clarence and how he inspired them as a band.  Give it a read:


The artists who have so generously donated their music for our CD, Bright Lights on Broad Street, are doing some great things and we will be sharing a lot of that with all of you. The CD is still available for sale and download on our website! And remember that you can also donate without making a purchase. Thank you for your continued support, and don’t forget to share us with everyone you know, and keep the generosity flowing!

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