North to Shore (N2S), New Jersey’s three-week, three-city festival returns for the second year in Asbury Park, Atlantic City and Newark from June 10 -30. N2S, the brainchild of Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy is designed to highlight New Jersey culture, creativity and diversity.

The festival kicks off in Asbury Park on June 10th at The Wonder Bar. The line-up includes Happy Monday’s presents: Renee Maskin, Blush, The Hard Maybes & The Foes of Fern. The following evening Alexander Simone and Whodat? Live Crew will perform at Watermark as part of their annual Soul in the Park 2 celebration of soul, hip-hop, funk and dance.

Noteworthy events taking place on June 12th, include Gary Clark Jr. at The Stony Pony Summer Stage and SAOSIN at The Asbury Lanes. The N2S Official Selection recommendation for this day is ‘A Crane House Garden of Verses’ described as “an evening celebrating poetry, essays and writers who articulate the feelings we cannot quite put into words,” features readings from three Asbury Park Reporters: Kerry Margaret Butch, Lorraine Stone and Maureen Nevin.

The N2S Showcase Stage on June 14th, 3-11:30 pm takes place in the Grand Arcade at Convention Hall. The event is free and features Des & The Swagmatics, The Mercury Brothers, Space & The Goodstock Jamband, Jake Thistle, Joe Miller, Mike Montrey Band & Dave Vargo, Myster-e Edutainment, Johnny Nameless, Chris Rockwell, DJ Rockwell, DJ Adam Jay, shopping, food & giveaways.

The event moves to Atlantic City June 17-23, and then to Newark June 24-30, featuring top name artists such as Kevin Hart, The B-52’s, Gabriel Iglesias, Frankie Valli and Stephen Colbert, as well as film screenings, live podcasts, and panel discussions.

Governor Phil Murphy at the Stone Pony podium. Credit: North to Shore Festival

For tickets and a detailed list of Asbury Park events, see Music City, NJ: Asbury Park Partners with North to Shore. For a full list of events of the entire Festival, see Festival goers buying two or more tickets are entitled to a 25% discount off New Jersey Transport. Coupons and codes can be found on the N2S website.  All events can be followed on ‘Follow the Festival’ on Instagram, X, Facebook, and TikTok.

N2S is sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). NJPAC has provided over $367,000 in direct grants to participating artists, nonprofits, small businesses and art organizations.   A portion of the tickets to select events support Growing Health Pantries, a partnership of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Community Foodbank of New Jersey, Foodbank of South Jersey, Fulfill, Mercer Street Friends, Norwescap, and Feeding America.

Brenda Hamlet is a journalist covering trends in the media and arts. Brenda lives in Asbury Park and teaches writing at Kean University. Her contributions will focus on the state of the Arts in Asbury Park.

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