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Music, Food, Fun, Travel: Let the Good Times Roll! Live this Saturday and every Saturday at high noon on WPG 1450AM 95.5FM Listen to:  Current Podcast  - prior podcasts *System Requirements May Apply to Stream Live

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We want to thank our friend “GB Butrus” for sending this very warm and nostalgic remembrance, a picture of dearly departed and beloved, Eddie Hitzel, with Carmen Marotta, Chef Richard Spurlock and Geogrio Butrus, at a time when we were doing exactly what we all love to do: get together and eat & party!

Some of my finest times on the radio were cohosting with Eddie. He helped us put together the first Jersey Gumbo Festival; and after the great fun and success we had at The Jersey Gumbo Festival July 10th, 2023 at The Point in Somers Point, we have really enjoyed the relationships that have been rekindled with great chefs like Robert Levenson at Resorts; Philip Gormley at Smithville; Demetrius Haronis at The Tropicana; Chef David Goldstein, winner of Jersey Gumbo this year, from The American Culinary Federation; our newest fresh “Seafood Pop Up” friends at the Somers Point Beach concerts, PJ Buckets with their two locations in Ventor and Ocean City; our new culinary star at Galloway Casual Dining, Chef Nico Karamanis ; and dear friends Joe and Walter Gregory.

The Tony Mart family is really enjoying our promotion of these culinary professionals, and “we want to make you hungry” as Eddie would say, for Jersey Gumbo Festival Monday July 8th, 2024.


January 25, 2024

The Number One Outdoor Concert Series in the United States, the AtlantiCare Concerts on the Beach in Somers Point will start less than five months from now on June 14, 2024, and that won’t be long!

We want everyone to consider sponsoring the concert series with their business/ profession and friends. Two families can join together to offer a $500 sponsorship or get together with businesses and friends to sponsor the concerts presenting so much for everyone this summer.

Starting June 14 hot emerging roots rock, Americana artists who are creating tremendous excitement at concert series and festivals around the country, Bywater Call will bring their Canadian Big Band and fresh Southern Soul Sound to start us with a bang.

On June 21, our Jersey Shore Rock ‘n Soul Guitar Hero will lead the of the greatest groups in New Jersey, Billy Walton Band with Destinee Monroe to celebrate the start of summer.

It will be everybody’s favorite party dance band doing rock ‘n’ roll, disco, dance and plenty of funky up-to-date sounds with the entertaining and tightly professional Dane Anthony Band on Friday, 28 June.

For the first time ever Somers Point will celebrate one of the greatest moments in its history on the Fourth of July as the world famous John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band come to perform the legacy of “Eddie and Cruisers” the original soundtrack these artists wrote and recorded “Dark Side”, “Tender Years” and all the songs that made the movie famous.

Fireworks everywhere and Cruisers sounds in the air!

The very next night, July 5th, Mardi Gras in July takes off with one of the world’s greatest Cajun fiddlers and Bourbon St. entertainers, Waylon Thibodeaux staring with New Orleans Piano Professor, Ben Levin and his band on Friday night and a repeat party with Billy Walton and Destinee Monroe on Monday, July 8, starting at 3 PM when Tony Mart celebrates “Jersey Gumbo Cookoff and Music Festival” at the gorgeous tropical tiki bar, “The Point” on the historic Somers Point Bayfront.

There’s a doubleheader on July 12 when renown artist from movies and off Broadway, Dana Fuchs, brings her fabulous roots, rockin band and treats the audience to her world class songs before a new show entitled “The Girls Can’t Help It” unleashes Patty Balbo in a tribute to the women of rock ‘n’ roll from the 60’s to today!

The last two weekends of July feature two major headline performances, never before contemplated at even this great 31 Year Concert Series.

On July 19, one of the world’s top roots rock, and Funk bands, the Phantom Blues Band, who have played with everyone from Taj Mahal to BB, King and Bonnie Raitt, are joined by one of the world’s, best blue eyed soul singers, Curtis Salgado, “The Man Who Taught the Blues to the Blues Brothers.

At the peak of the summer season on July 26 the Tony Mart Legacy Last Waltz, will feature great national headliners from New Orleans and around the world in a rendition of the Martin Scorsese, classic film “The Last Waltz” which captured the final concert by The Band after they left Tony Mart’s and Somers Point in 1965 to perform for the final time with Bob Dylan on Thanksgiving 1976.

You’ll hear the music performed by Van Morrison, Neal Young, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Ronnie Hawkins, Muddy Waters, Dr. John, Bob Dylan and The Band in the movie!

After that, the national stars just roll through the summer from there, on August 2nd the tremendously popular, Nashville, producer and songwriter, Tom Hambridge, performs the music he wrote and produced for Susan Tedeschi, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, and Buddy Guy to name just a few.

On the 16th, Somers Point will again celebrate its legacy with “70’s night at Tony Mart’s” starring “Wildflower” a funky, disco party band with two members that actually played in Tony Mart’s and one of Jersey’s Best Springsteen tributes, The E Street Shuffle, who tore it up on the Beach in 2023.

Waiting for confirmation from Miami and Jamaica we are hoping to once again present one of the greatest and most popular reggae bands in the world, Third World, on the Beach August 9 and we already have confirmed one of the top blues rockers in the world, Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, for the Friday of Labor Day weekend, August 30.

As is appropriate the entire summer season ends on Good Old Days weekend, Friday, 6 September when we’ll throw a colossal rock ‘n roll dance party with both the Tony Mart All-Stars and the popular, excellent rock ‘n’ roll party band, “red“.

All in all it’s 14 weeks of the very greatest and diverse entertainment free for your family all summer long. Please make plans to join us and support us bringing sponsors to help present the Number One Concert Series in America.

On the radio show this Saturday, January 27, we’ll welcome Somers Point Beach Concert Committee Member and our fabulous, resident photographer, John Loreaux, as we get excited about all of this and the world renowned musical talent being announced for the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Agreements have been reached with some of the greatest, Devon Allman, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Victor Wainwright, and the Train, John Cafferty and Beaver Brown, The Phantom Blues Band and much more for the Mardi Gras on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City starting June 26, 2024.

We are very pleased to welcome a new chef to the show this week, Chef Dan Huber, Executive Chef at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point, who will share his classic winter menu and Valentine’s treats with us this Saturday, January 27th.

On February 3 we will have many of the great musical artists on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise stopping by as we record a show from Costa Maya, Mexico. We’ll be joined by Somers Point Beach Concert Committee Member, Mike Reilly, and his lovely wife, the Wine Goddess herself, Julia Riley.

On February 10 we’ll have the Crown Prince of the Tony Mart family, Billy Walton, the searingly, talented Jersey shore, rock and soul guitar hero who will be performing on the Beach June 21, Jersey Gumbo on July 8; at The Point Nightclub every Thursday night June 27 through August 31; and at the big classic rock guitar finale on the Boardwalk Wednesday, September 4th in Atlantic City.

Taking time from his touring schedule and his European travels, Billy shares the love and joy of being back where he belongs on the Beach in Somers Point and the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Make plans to party with us every Thursday night at The Point in Somers 7 to 11pm with the full Billy Walton Band as Tony Mart’s Rocks The Point on Thursday nights.

On the serious and professional side on February 10, we will welcome the very informative and valuable analysis from our good friend, Rich Gerber, from Rich Gerber Insurance.

The word on Wall Street is “higher longer“ and the man in Linwood to talk to is our dear friend, Rich Gerber, who has been advising clients and helping them achieve their financial goals for almost 50 years.

With the very timely and attractive new MYGA’S, multi year guaranteed annuities, as well as a brand new line of specially designed index indexed annuities you can lock in and earn at these high rates with safety, Richard represents over 30 of the world’s best, strongest, independent financial institutions.

He will be here talking with us in just 3 weeks on February 10th but you can call him now at 609-653-9100.

Richard will be happy to meet with you and have a cup of coffee or even a glass of wine which he loves so much and knows so well.

On February 17 we will be joined once again by the lovely and vivacious “Grizz“ our dear friend, and marketing, Director, Terry Vizzone, Hill report in from the Presidio section of the “old Pueblo“, Tucson, Arizona, where we are preparing for all of this all summer long. Terry talks about it all and gives everyone valuable insight Into how to rock ‘n’ roll and party down at the shore, Tony March style!

We are also very grateful to welcome one of the finest executive chefs in New Jersey, Chef Philip Gormley, who just blows us away with everything from the very best prime rib and Yorkshire pudding to tuna dishes, fresh fried tomatoes with balsamic glaze over gorgonzola cheese and the legendary signature Smithville chicken pot pie. Don’t wait go to Smithville now! On Monday through Thursday you can enjoy a three course meal there for only $35. A terrific winter special at one of the finest restaurants in New Jersey.

We are able to do so many great free concerts because of the support from the city of Somers Point, the city of Atlantic City, the state of New Jersey and Great Sponsorship. Let’s thank Circle Liquor Store who are immensely generous to the community.

Everyday all the time, Circle Liquor is giving and supporting so many community service organizations, veteran’s organizations, groups helping people with special needs. That’s why Circle Liquor store is the place to enjoy getting ready to party and Let the Good Times Roll.

Stay warm and dry while having fun getting ready to Let the Good Times Roll at the best. independent liquor store in New Jersey, probably the best in America, The Circle Liquor Store, open 9 AM to 10 PM seven days a week when you can enjoy the hospitality and benefit from the guidance of a sincerely helpful, hospitable and knowledgeable staff led by the winemaster himself, Chester Malloy, The Big Guy, JM, the craft beer and seltzer expert, Jordan and “Chet Light” Chester Malloy’s very impressive son.

Let’s not forget all of the hundreds of winter brews and microbrews for the season at Circle and the extensive array of world-class liquors and liquors . . .perfect for NFL Playoffs!

See why Circle Liquor is probably the best independent liquor store in the world and certainly the best in New Jersey. when you visit and take advantage of the vast selection of craft beers, the latest flavored seltzers and “cocktails in a can” as well as over 200 Bourbons, an incredible selection of exotic tequilas, vodka, cognac’s, single malt scotch and single barrel whiskey.

Send us your emails and check everything out at Tonymart.com.

Sign up for this weekly blog and blast to keep up with it all and go to Circle Liquor Store and get ready to party while enjoying the winter wine sale and over 200 bourbons to keep you warm thinking about the summertime celebration!

Let the Good Times Roll!

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With much love and appreciation, we thank you for all that you have done and continue to do to be such an important a part of the Tony Mart Family!



Somers Point Beach Concerts

June 9th - September 8th
Fridays, 7pm - 10pm

Unique, Magical, World Class Concerts
on Small Town Beach.

Morrow Beach, 800 Bay Ave

Mardi Gras Atlantic City

June 28th - September 6th
Wednesdays, 7pm - 10pm

R&B, Funk, Roots & Classic Rock

Kennedy Plaza, Atlantic City Boardwalk

Rockin’ The Point

June 22nd - August 31st
Thursdays, 7pm - 11pm
The Billy Walton Band

998 Bay Ave, Somers Point