Asbury Park music legend Leon Trent returns to the stage
Asbury Park music legend Leon Trent knows something about entertaining an audience.
After all, he’s been gigs in Jersey Shore and beyond for 60 years.
âI’m as visual as I am musical because I believe presentation is everything,â said Trent, who performs with his Waterfront Duo from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 13 at Bum Rogers Crabhouse in Seaside Park and at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 16, during the Music Mondays series at Springwood Park in Asbury Park. âYou have to give them something to watch – you have to have your audience there.
“I firmly believe that half is there for what they see and the other for what they hear, but you have to have both to be good enough.”
Trent was a star member of the MGM Records record at Asbury Park Broadways in the 1960s, and has performed ever since. James Brown was a friend and Bruce Springsteen is a fan.
âLeon Trent is a great artist,â said Springsteen, who opened for Trent and the Broadways in the ’60s.
Trent used to hang out with Brown. They met in Atlantic City.
âEverything he was accused of being, he was,â said Trent of Brown. âThe number one showman, tough to live with, very controlling, sometimes he wasn’t all up there, the drug thing. But the funny thing about it, in an ironic way, he changed his personality to go with the music – but he still maintained his individuality.
It’s a new era for Trent. His longtime Waterfront Duo partner Eddie Gamble passed away last year. He now performs solo and in the new Waterfront Duo with Al Torre from Toms River.
They are also regulars at Bum Rogers and the Elbow Room at Bradley Beach. The Springwood Park show marks a return to a stage on the West Side of Asbury Park, where the Broadways were founded in the early 1960s. Trent, aka Mr. Excitation of Asbury Park, delivers the goods every time and returns tribute to some of the greats, including Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and James Brown, during his shows.
âMy show isn’t all about music,â Trent said. âThis is what I call entertainment.
Leon Trent and the Waterfront Duo, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, August 13, Bum Rogers Crabhouse, 2207 Central Ave., Seaside Park. Free. bumrogerstavern.com.
Leon Trent and the Waterfront Duo, 6 p.m. Monday August 16, Springwood Park, Springwood Avenue, Asbury Park. Free. asburyparkmusiclives.org.
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Both are DJs, both rose to fame on MTV and both are touring the Jersey Shore this weekend.
What are the chances?
Matt Pinfield, who hosted “120 Minutes” on MTV and MTV2 from the mid-1990s, is filming Saturday August 14 at Saint d’Asbury Park. It’s called the “Welcome Home Matt Pinfield” party, so named as Pinfield is based in California these days.
Pinfield, originally from eastern New Brunswick, made his debut at the old Melody Bar in New Brunswick. You want to know more ? He wrote an autobiography called ‘All the Things I’ve Done: My Crazy, Unlikely Rock Life’.
The Tom Kanach Band will perform live music and Ed Wong and Pete Santiago will also tour.
At the Headliner in Neptune, MTV’s “Jersey Shore” DJ Pauly DelVecchio returns to the club with two shows, Saturday August 14th at 8pm, which sells out, and Sunday August 15th for the club’s “Shorelife” on Sundays . “
It’s a pool party on Sunday and swimsuits are suggested but not required. Pauly D is currently stars in “Jersey Shore Family Vacation” and the upcoming season of “Double Shot at Love”.
The last time he was headlining, he brought in “Jersey Shore” teammates Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Vinny Guadagnino, Angelina Pivarnick and Chris Larangeira, and Teresa Giudice from “The Real Housewives of the New Jersey”.
Welcome to the Matt Pinfield House, 7 p.m. Saturday August 14, The Saint, 601 Main St., Asbury Park. $ 10. thesaintnj.com.
DJ Pauly D, 8 p.m. Saturday August 14 (full) and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday August 15, Headliner Oasis Pool, 1401 route 35 south, Neptune. $ 30. www.headlineroasis.com.
Sundays on the Jersey Shore
Is Sunday the New Saturday on the Jersey Shore?
Asbury Park’s up-and-coming alt-rockers Sonic Blume will have a record-breaking release show for their new feature, âWe’re Drifting Further Apart, Aren’t We?â On Sunday August 15 at Asbury Lanes in Parc of Asbury.
The album is from Shore Points Records and was recorded at Lakehouse Studios in town. It was produced by Erik Kase Romero, who also worked with the Front Bottoms, Lorde and Gaslight Anthem. The current single, “Happy”, is quite grand and awesome.
If you are a fan of rock shoegaze, you will be on board right away. Strange Weekend, Shallow Alcove and Loveseat Pete will open the show on Sunday.
On the street of Asbury Lanes on Sunday, Slowey and the Philadelphia Boats, who play Hawaiian-inspired metallic guitar music, will perform their new album “Set Sail” in its entirety at the Langosta Lounge on the boardwalk.
The show, presented by Hi-Tide Recordings, starts at 7 p.m. and it’s free.
âIt’s not often that we get real Hawaiian music,â Langosta Entertainment director Peter Mantas said via email. âThese guys are a real gem of a group. Their soothing sound will transport you to the shores of Oahu for a unique evening in Asbury Park.
Sonic Blume with Strange Weekend, Shallow Alcove, Loveseat Pete, 7 p.m. Sunday August 15, Asbury Lanes, 209 4th Ave., Asbury Park. $ 15. www.asburylanes.com.
Slowey and the Boats, 7 p.m. Sunday. August 15, Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park. Free. www.langostalounge.com.
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Chris Jordan, originally from the Jersey Shore, covers the entertainment and features of the USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]