For the last two years in a row, its possible that the best assignment I've gotten was covering the Salty Dog Cruise, a sailing punk rock festival headlined by Flogging Molly. Our friends The Bouncing Souls were aboard this year, as well as NOFX, Less than Jake, The Voodoo Glow Skulls, The English Beat, The Skalites, the Bunny Gang, and a few thousand scurvy pirates and wenches. We had some good time on that rocking ship.
After weeks of work preparing for the Hop Sauce Festival here on LBI last weekend, I am pumped to just go enjoy Punk Rock Bowling this weekend in Asbury Park. Who's playing? Ah.... just The Descendants, Dag Nasty, Agnostic Front, Flag, H2O, The Slackers, 88 Fingers Louie, and my boys The Scandals. Damn, this is going to be a good weekend. For a complete guide, check the advance I wrote up for The Aquarian. I'm told there's bowling too.
The Jetty Rock Foundation continues to amaze. With the money raised at last year's Hop Sauce Festival, the JRF just purchased 50 iPads to be used at the Ethel Jacobsen and LBI Grade School. They also made a $5,000 donation to the Beach Haven Elementary School for new computers. As the president of the JRF, Ann helped bring this all together. Superintendent Karen T. McKeon set aside a room in each of the EJ and LBI Grade Schools as the new Jetty Tech Labs. The walls of these are adorned by Ann's photos that were designed by Jetty to be inspirational posters, printed by Typestries.
“These children are members of our community, and if we can nurture the education in our own backyard and promote the ‘pay it forward’ mentality, then we can only have a better community for the future,” Coen said, adding she personally feels education should be at the fore of American thinking, and budgetary cuts to education shortchange the potential of future community and national leaders.
The first artist reception at the Ann Coen Gallery is in the books. It was an insane week of painting, planting, power washing, preparing, and hanging our first ever show Caught in the Act. But it was also a pleasure to spend time with such a legendary and humble photographer in Ken Salerno.
“The Pope,” as he is known here, still won’t let us refer to him as an artist, but his documentation of the punk and hardcore scene in New Jersey going back over 30 years was truly amazing. Shown in conjunction with Steve Tozzi’s “Riot on the Dance Floor: The story of City Gardens and Randy Now,” at the Lighthouse International Film Festival, we are very grateful of how many who came to see the film also checked out Salerno’s work. We're thankful for Randy who helped promote the exhibit and want to congratulate Tozzi on a fantastic New Jersey premiere. Caught in the Act will hang through Thursday, June 12 and we will have digital files available upon request for the rest of the summer. Please contact the gallery if you are interested in purchasing one of the limited prints or skate decks.