Sorensen’s miraculous guitar makes triumphant return to Asbury boardwalk

Sorensen’s miraculous guitar makes triumphant return to Asbury boardwalk

Stringbean’s magical 1958 Gretsch hollow body guitar made its triumphant return to the Asbury Park boardwalk tonight.

Kenny “Stringbean” Sorensen and his band the Stalkers had their usual Monday night appearance outside Langosta Lounge, a gig they’ve played for the past five summers. Read More

Garden State Film Festival may skip Asbury for A.C.

Garden State Film Festival may skip Asbury for A.C.

The word is out that the Garden State Film Festival is looking to leave Asbury Park and move down to Atlantic City. Apparently, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority [CRDA] in the gambling mecca has been courting the festival.

“We’re exploring possibilities with other municipalities,” Diane Raver, executive director of the Garden State Film Festival, told the Asbury Park Press about moving down to Atlantic City. “They’re inviting us to come their way and we feel very fortunate that they see the event value in our event.” Read More

Report: Stringbean’s vintage guitar and amp recovered

The Asbury Park Sun website, a sister site of Asbury Overheard, reported today that the vintage guitar and amplifier stolen in Asbury Park from area musician Kenny “Stringbean” Sorensen has been recovered in Ocean Township.

Still missing is Sorensen’s van which was also stolen and contained the equipment. Also not recovered are harmonicas and various cords. Read More

Sorensen guitar and gear stolen — along with van powered by cooking oil

Sorensen guitar and gear stolen — along with van powered by cooking oil

Someone stole all of Stringbean’s gear.

Stringbean, of course, is Kenny Sorensen. He’s shown above with his band Stringbean and the Stalkers in front of Langosta Lounge on the Asbury boardwalk.

This is not a good story. We’re talking about the theft of a fabulous 1958 Gretsch hollowbody electric guitar [below], a vintage Ampeg amp and various harmonicas, mics and cables. Be on the lookout. Read More

The Bastardization of Tillie

The Bastardization of Tillie

Sometimes I feel like Asbury Park has become one big Bruce gift shop — but Bruce-mania is upstaged by another Asbury celeb.

Tillie has managed to put his face on literally EVERYTHING. Some things are expected, like postcards or framed photos of the Wonderbar, but there is plenty of evidence supporting my theory that too many people are trying to get a piece of the Tillie-pie.

Here are some of my favorites:

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Another Asbury summer with Kenny ‘Stringbean’ Sorensen

Another Asbury summer with Kenny ‘Stringbean’ Sorensen

It’s the fifth summer for the weekly Monday night boardwalk appearances of bluesman Kenny Sorensen and his Stringbean and the Stalkers.

From their perch outside of Marilyn Schlossbach’s Langosta Lounge and her new Libby’s Beach Shack, the band reels off the fast and the slow — all while looking out on the Atlantic Ocean. Read More

Tour buses and trailers invade waterfront for day

Tour buses and trailers invade waterfront for day

Wondering what’s the deal with all of those trailers and tour buses parked around the Berkeley Hotel on Monday?

Production and crew members of the Vans Warped Tour have booked a block of rooms for the day to take advantage of hot showers and an even hotter day in Asbury Park. The tour played PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel last night and is headed out to Virginia Beach, VA tonight for tomorrow’s show. Read More