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Ocean City has a diverse array of musical programs set for the Music Pier:

The multi talented Eddie Shiffler will star in a Rock Concert featuring some of the best, new talent on the East Coast at the Music Pier on Friday, May 9. A native of Ocean City, Shiffler is a singer, songwriter, musician whose new band, “Green Language,” will introduce its first album, “Of the Birds” during the show.

The concert is set from 6 to 10:30 p.m. in the Pier Auditorium, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The album will feature all new sound tracks written by Shiffler whose musical career spans 18 years with concerts in New York and throughout the country. Green Language will play all the tracks on the new album during the concert. Of the Birds will be available that evening on download cards and limited edition CDs.

 

Shiffler will host the show, front his band and perform select songs from his 18 year career between acts. Other bands scheduled to play include The Rivals from Phildephia, Hounds Basket and Bad Look from New York and the Out Lips and Almost Heroes from Ocean City. Artwork will be on display by Anna Vosberg, Aaron Jamison, Ivy Chaya Wilson and others. Admission is $10 at the door. All ages are welcome. For information, access www.reverbnation.com/greenlanguage or call (347) 813-5090.

The Somers Point Jazz Society will bring the Grammy winning Arturo O’Farill Latin Jazz Big Band to the Music Pier on May 17.. The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is led by pianist, composer, director Arturo O’Farill who brings together the drama of big band jazz, the culture of Latin American Music and eighteen of the world’s most accomplished jazz musicians. The Bands “Song for Chico” won the Grammy for the best Jazz Album of the Year in 2008 and the group has received many Grammy nominations.

Show time is 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $20 for  Somers Point Jazz Society members, $25 for non members until May 15. Purchase on line at www.spjazz.org/shop or by mail from the Somers Point Jazz Society, PO Box 329, Somers Point, N.J. 08244. Tickets will be available at the door, Society members, $25, non members $30. Call (609) 927-6677 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..            

The Somers Point Jazz Society continues to bring an excellent Jazz program to the Ocean City Library throughout the   year and sponsors continuous programs throughout the area. Check its website www.spjazz.org.

On Sat., May 24 starting 7 p.m. at the Music Pier Linda Gentille, will present a Memorial Day Weekend Concert “America,” with the Jersey Shore Pops Orchestra. This will be a tribute to “the great American Heroes” who inspired millions.” The music of John Philip Sousa, Glenn Miller, Lee Greenwood, Gershwin, Irving Berlin, George M. Cohan and Walt Disney will be featured.

Tickets are $25-$40, children $20. For tickets, call 1-800-838-3006 or (609) 628-4544. For more information, access www.JerseyShorePops.org.               

The schedule for the City’s Monday Night Concert Series has just been released. Tickets will go on sale at the City’s Music Pier Box Office on Sat., May 24 at 9 a.m. (cash and check only) or are available now at Ticketmaster.com (fees apply). On June 30 it’s “Get The Led Out” with an outstanding tribute to Led Zeppelin $35; on July 7 it’s “Zappa Plays Zappa”  with Zappa’s son Dweezil following in his father’s footsteps, $35 ; on July 14 it’s the David Bromberg Quintet, $35; on July 21 it’s the popular Bacon Brothers with TV and movie star Kevin Bacon, $35; on July 28, The Machine perform Pink Floyd, $35; on Aug. 4th it’s G. Love and Special Sauce, $35; on Aug. 11th the Indigo Girls perform, $37. All shows begin 7:30 p.m. For more information visit www.ocnj.us or call (609) 525-9300 Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The Ocean City Pops Orchestra tickets will be available on Sat. May 17 starting 9 a.m. when the Music Pier Box Office opens for the season. You will find the complete show schedule on www.ocnj.us. You can also count on a series of outstanding musical programs from the Ocean City Theatre Company throughout the year. For information access www.oceancitytheatrecompany.com or call (609) 398-1118.   

(May 23) Business Person’s Plunge: This ocean dunk featuring folks in their business attire, many carrying briefcases, some in their company uniforms, plus company mascots, etc. has evolved into a major event for Ocean City. It is preceded by the turning of a key at noon on the 9th St. Beach opposite the Music Pier to “open the Ocean” by City officials and lifeguards emceed by former City lifeguard and City Historian Fred Miller.

Following the key turning, the Ocean City High School Band plays Pomp and Circumstance and then a flag bearing John Walton, organizer of the plunge, leads a colorful contingent into the Atlantic Ocean.

The action begins at noon on Fri., May 23. Here is the latest report from John listing what participants will lug into the Atlantic: Tony Wilson of Wilson Plumbing will carry a wrench and a plunger; Bubs Toys of Stainton’s Downtown will launch floatable Ocean toys; Little Miss New Jersey and her dad, Mike Jamison, will form a dynamic Mortgage Company duo; Chickie and Pete’s mascot, “Crabby,” will make its plunge debut. Wonder Bear and Shriver’s Taffy are among the other mascots that will participate.

The Ocean City Theatre Company will present a capsule of skits depicting upcoming productions; Doug Jewell, the Air Circus pirate, will sound his bugle; Frank McCall will usher fellow Exchange Club members into the surf; “Houser” will represent Century 21 and the Real Estate Industry; first timer, Jane Custer will promote her new business, “Call Waiting” and carry a giant house key into the sea; Martin Z. Mollusk will escort Chamber members to the water’s edge; Eleven year old Jack Cleary and his grandpa, Tom, will represent their publishing Company; Hank Glaser of Shriver’s will dunk with suit, tie and briefcase; Ray Garman will lead his Super Food crew into the White Caps and Trash Buster, the City’s Canned Crusader, will plod across the sand. This is just a sample for your edification.

 (May 14) The 14th Annual John R. Elliott Be A Hero Golf Tournament and Evening Dinner Auction will be held at the Sand Barrens Golf Club, Swainton, Exit 13 off the Garden State Parkway. For information, call (609) 626-3880. All proceeds benefit the John R. Elliott Foundation for Designated Drivers.

(May 17) The American Assn. Heart Walk: Registration begins 9 a.m. at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk. Walk starts 10:30 a.m.

(May 18) Run, Walk, Swim, the OCNJ Triathlon/Duathlon: ¼ mile Pool Swim, 2 m Run, 16 mile Bike, 2 Mile Run, Plus a Kid’s Course 1/8mile swim, 1m run, 8 mile Bike, 1 mile run. Pool Swim start 6 a.m-8 a.m.  Run, Bike, Run starts

9 a.m. $50 Tri-Du, $25 Kid’s Course. For more information call (609) -525-9317 or access www.ocnj.us/Race-Events

(May 24) 2014 Standup4SEALS “Get In the Fight” Beach Challenge on the Ocean City Beach. Race as a team or individuals. Race consists of three simultaneous events: The Stand Up and Paddle Ocean City Challenge, a Seal Team approved Obstacle Course Challenge and a Kids Fun Run as well as a Patriot’s Ceremony to honor our veterans and fallen warriors. All proceeds go to One Team One Fight, an official charity of the Navy Seals Foundation and the Travis Manion Foundation. All activities are held on the 8th St. Beach starting 7:30 a.m. Teams and individuals interested can access registration information at www.StandUP4SEALS.com or call (609) 228-5770.  

REMINDER: (May 10) Cape May County Postal Drive to benefit the Ocean City food Cupboard. Leave non-perishable foods by your mailbox. You can drop off food at O.C. Post Office, 8th and Ocean Ave., M-F 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. or Sat.,

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or at the Food Cupboard, 501 E 8th St. (St.Peters) M-F 1 pm.-3 p.m.

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