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Asbury Band Aid Aims to Help the Struggling Bands of the Jersey Shore

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The online benefit concert will be held April 20 at 7pm from The Stone Pony and can be seen at www.asburybandaid.com

The Asbury Park music scene -- the bands are hurting. It’s been a year since clubs closed down and touring stopped.

But virtual help is on the way. Asbury Band Aid, an online benefit concert on April 20 at 7pm, will hopefully put some money in their pockets.

Comedian John Poveromo will host the live part of the event from The Stone Pony. The performances were taped a year ago.

He said if you can, “visit asburybandaid.com to donate, all proceeds go directly go to financially assisting the artists that have been directly affected by Covid. There’s also merchandise and stuff like that that’s on the web site, all of that stuff also goes to all of the artists.”

Poveromo, who’s been without tour dates for a year too, said it’s an honor to be asked to host this.

“On the website I think my name is wedged in between Governor Murphy and a senator, Senator Vin Gopal,” he said, “and I only ever assumed that would have happened if I was in really big trouble.”

Poveromo said anytime there’s an event in Asbury Park, the rumors start.

“Everybody’s always like, ‘Springsteen might show up, Springsteen might show up,’ and there’s no indication, you know what I mean, but it’s one of those things you just wind up hearing as the event gets closer, and it’s like, that’s probably not gonna happen.”

With or without Bruce, you can see it all at www.asburybandaid.com. It’s donation-based, all proceeds going to the bands.