April’s Youth Open Mic featured a special guest of sorts turn out in the form of music students from Ocean County Music in Point Pleasant Beach. They brought four 3 piece bands of youth musicians and one 5 piece band of adult students to entertain and enliven us, along with our regulars, and to enjoy for themselves Red Bank’s historic Anthony Reckless house.
The Sunday after Easter marked the return of Sandy Mack’s signature event, Harpin’ Help at Bar A. After two years of cancellations due to the pandemic, Sandy had assembled eight electric and seven acoustic acts to perform between 12:30 and 9pm. The Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation, the Reformation Community Food Pantry of West Long Branch and the Keyport Ministerium Food Pantry shared in the food and monetary donations from the local music lovers who attended.