By Jenny Vickers
Celebrating the post Labor Day season, the second annual late season festival, “Indian Summer”, returns for a second year to the Anchor’s Bend at the Asbury Park Boardwalk. Taking place on Saturday, September 26th and Sunday September 27th, the concert features over a dozen acts, including local favorites Miss TK & The Revenge, Von Mons, and The Ribeye Brothers. Tickets for the music portion of the event are sold at $10 for both days, or a Sunday only ticket for $5.
Indian Summer Co-Founder and organizer Colin Carhart of the psychedelic rock band Wreaths performed at last year’s Indian Summer Fest, and will be performing at this year’s event as well. Says Carhart, “Indian Summer is a celebration of Asbury Park culture. We are about music, the beach and community. Everyone works really hard during the summer to make this place what it is and what it will become. This is the after party to the whole summer as we move into autumn. And what’s better than hanging out with your friends on the beach listening to great music?”
Building on the immense popularity of last year’s event, 2015 is now not only a two day affair, but also includes Saturday night camping on the beach, complete with a beach bonfire. Forty 12’x12’ campsites will be offered on a first come, first served basis at a fee of $30 per site. Location of sites cannot be reserved, and registration for camping is now closed.
Indian Summer not only celebrates the local music culture endemic to Asbury Park, but also the entrepreneurial spirit of local vendors, offering a unique pop-up market in the Grand Arcade on both days of the event. Offerings from a specially curated selection of shops brought to you by the Asbury Park Fall Bazaar.
Event organizer and founder Jennifer Vickers was also a part of last year’s event and is looking forward to this year’s as well: “This is only our third year of the Asbury Park Bazaar and the second year of Indian Summer, so it’s incredible to see how much it’s grown. This year promises to be extra amazing with some really incredible bands, a talented community of artists and vendors, and now a beach brunch, bonfire, and camping! This is going to be one of those weekends you’ll never forget. I am very thankful to be a part of it.”
Musical programming is also organized by Indian Summer Co-Founder Joe Chyb, a local musician and promoter who works in the industry by day. Explaining the homegrown nature of Indian Summer and it’s cast of local participants, Joe elaborates, “I always think of that line from Fight Club, the one about…’We’re the people who cook your food and serve your dinner… We guard you while you’re asleep. We drive the ambulances. We are cooks and taxi drivers…” This is our time to step back, take a breath, enjoy a beer and the beach in each other’s company, and celebrate a summer of hard work well done. This is the party we throw for our friends, family, neighbors and coworkers to just have a good time and see some cool bands.
Indian Summer, in partnership with The Asbury Park Bazaar, is sponsored by: Asbury Park Boardwalk, The Anchor’s Bend, Swoso Studios, Asbury Park Brewery, Russo Music Asbury Park, NOMAD Asbury Park, and ReThink Disposable by Clean Water Action NJ.