LONG BRANCH: With a lot of summer left, and temps in the mid-80s, there's still plenty of great music and entertainment to enjoy in the city, as a lawn full of Jazz and Blues Foundation fans will attest.
The show was Mimi Nowak and her Project band and vocalists, top scale performers the crowd loved.
Staring off with funk R&B she had the beat and the heat of the evening. Her style was true funky sound with traditional rhythm, if there is such a thing in R&B. Her change over to soulful blues was announced. The first few bars was all the fans needed to encourage her to let it all hang out.
It was a loose crowd, swaying to the music, kids bouncing to it as well. A hula-hooper caught the beat and rotated to the rhythm, joined by a young admirer who merged with her in hooping.
The Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation sponsors the events with the city's Urban Enterprise developers.
The Foundation has been doing well with their 50-50 fundraising. Winners have been taking home $500 to $600 a night at West End on Sunday, and at Pier Village on Thursday nights.
"Good luck," a ticket seller smiled as a fan grabbed a strip of chances.