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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 2023, 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.


June 7, 2024

It’s customer appreciation day hosted by the Queen of Circle Liquor Store, Jeanette Giemza, and the ever wise and helpful wine master, Chester Malloy, 11 to 4 PM this Saturday at Circle Liquor.

It’ll be a beautiful day to hang out on your way into or out of Circle Liquor Store and enjoy Philly soft pretzels, hotdogs, individual snacks, sodas, water and lots of other free stuff and giveaways served up by famous local people like Dr. Ken Jagger, the man about town dentist, himself.

We will be interviewing all of our friends from there including the wine goddess, Julia Reilly and Mike Reilly with more fabulous, seriously discounted Tuscan and super Tuscan wines available at the Circle Liquor Store this weekend and the coming weeks. Enjoy a snack and a great opportunity to talk to Chet Malloy about these hand-picked Tuscan selections that are both bold white and lighter red as well as some excellent moderate light table wines from Montepulciano and Montalcino. As well as unique wines that the wine goddess has been sampling.

It’s time to celebrate the filming of Eddie and the Cruisers in 1982 at Tony Mart’s in Somers Point. The celebration will center around the filming of a new movie with the working title “Where Eddie Lives“ reliving the fun we all have listening to the music of John Cafferty and enjoying the Jersey Shore rock and soul guitar hero, Billy Walton, who will perform on June 21 following a series of interviews to be held 4-6PM at the Tavern on the Bay, just south of the Somers Point Beach at 800 Bay Ave.

The Beach Concert Committee wishes to warmly and sincerely thank Sam Trocki for allowing us to use the space at that establishment in order for people to give intimate interviews that can be filmed and considered for selection and use in the movie.

We also want to thank Sam Trocki for his generous $2000 Sponsorship and thank Bill Minter for his $1000 check he gave to us at Josie Kelly’s last week. That is the spirit of what we’re doing!

Truly this season we are presenting the most sophisticated and complex musical cultural program in the history of the 31 year leading national concert series.

The diversity will amaze at this incredibly free concert series with 14 shows that include one of the greatest bands in the world, The Phantom Blues Band with special guest stars Curtis Salgado, “The Man Who Taught the Blues to the Blues Brothers”, and the world class Heather “Lit’ Mama” Hardy, funky violinist from Tucson, Arizona by way of New York City.

Of all the shows that have ever been presented on the Beach and the Boardwalk there have been none that will exceed in absolute wonder the show that is the musical rendition of Martin Scorsese movie The Last Waltz about Bob Dylan and The Band and all of their famous guest stars filmed in 1976 just 11 years after Levon and the Hawks left Somers Point.

This year on Wednesday, July 24 in Atlantic City; Somers Point July 26 and for the first time ever Tony Mart Presents the Tony Mart Legacy Last Waltz in Cape May Monday, July 29th. Check the schedule, there are so many that begin immediately following the June 14 opening night featuring Bywater Call, a Tedeschi Trucks style band featuring strong female lead vocals, world-class lead guitar, a horn section and a big keyboard sound in the style of so many of the rock bands from Memphis and the famous “Mad Dogs and Englishman” sound of Leon Russell and Joe Cocker. This is what Somers’s Point is all about!

Following a fabulous Jersey Shore style dance party on Friday, 28 June with the Dane Anthony Band, the summer will become a nonstop party with John Cafferty and Beaver Brown performing on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, Wednesday, July 3, and on the Beach in Somers Point during the filming of the PBS movie on the Fourth of July when you can be a part of it all and still see the fireworks over Ocean City!

Friday night, July 5th is Mardi Gras in July in Somers Point with one of the greatest Cajun fiddlers in the world, Waylon Thibodeaux, and his Bourbon Street entertainment, including Ben Levin and his New Orleans Rhythm and Blues Band and Tony Mart All-Stars, Danny Eyer, Howard Isaacson and Bob Ferguson.

That Mardi Gras show will be performed Friday, 5 July on the Beach and then Monday, July 8th at Jersey Gumbo as part of the most unique Gumbo Cook-off and Louisiana style music festival in New Jersey.

With Circle Liquor Store sponsoring the Tony Mart Cares Café in Atlantic City this will become the focus of the celebration Wednesday night July 17th: “Phantom Red Wine and Funky Phantom Blues“ a celebration of fine Bogle, red blended wine, sangria, and Chardonnay, along with our full beverage garden on the Boardwalk and performance by one of the greatest bands in the world today, the Studio City based recording artists, Phantom Blues Band, featuring multi Grammy award winners, Hall of Fame award winners and multiple regional award winners from all over the country who have recorded some of the greatest music of all time with B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Etta James, Taj Mahal, Herbie Hancock, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Stevie Ray Vaughan and dozens of others.

The guest star that night will be “The Man Who Taught the Blues to the Blues Brothers“, Curtis Salgado and featured instrumentalist will be funky “Lil’ Mama” Heather Hardy on the violin.

The Good Times are Ready to Roll on the Beach over the Fourth of July. Mardi Gras, July 8th and Jersey Gumbo Monday, July 8th on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City June 26th will be opening night featuring one of the greatest bands in the world, the young funky, Americana, rock ‘n’ roll band, Victor Wainwright and the Train.

It’s all happening from now until Labor Day. Take your time, make notes! Try not to miss anything and remember to Let the Good Times Roll!

Donate: Tony Mart Cares, GoFundMe

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 14th - September 6th
Fridays, 7pm - 10pm

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

Morrow Beach, 800 Bay Ave

Mardi Gras on the Boardwalk

June 26th - September 4th
Wednesdays, 7pm - 10pm

R&B, Funk, Roots & Classic Rock

Atlantic City at Kennedy Plaza

Rock The Point

June 27th - August 29th
Thursdays, 6pm - 10pm
The Billy Walton Band

Jersey Gumbo Festival
July 8th 3-11pm

998 Bay Ave, Somers Point