Shows, Rock Concert, Battle of Bands set for February

Want to take your special someone to a lovely entertainment program on Valentine’s weekend? We can help you. Want to hear a great rock band that was formed in Ocean City and is returning here for a reunion? No problem. Is a Battle of the Bands your cup of tea? Well we can provide that too. It’s all happening in Ocean City in February.

THE RETURN OF KEYSER SOZE: This popular Ocean City rock band will reunite for one concert only at the Music Pier on Fri., Feb. 20 starting 6 p.m. Led by Ocean City singer-songwriter, Ed Shiffler, Keyser Soze gained exposure in the late 90’s and until a few years ago was playing frequently at such venues as the legendary CBGB’s in New York City, at the ‘Go Go in Los Angeles, in Philadelphia at Doc Watson and the Pontiac Grille where Nirvana played its first national tour and in many clubs in Atlantic City and throughout the area.

Keyser Soze includes Shiffler, Steve Cavaretta, Matt Charles and Andrew Baird, who is flying in from Lake Tahoe for the performance. The band produced four full length albums including Rolanda, which is a Jersey classic, that sold over 1,000 copies. Most of the band’s music can be accessed on line at The group’s single, Legend, was featured on the Cindy Margolis website and the band performed frequently on WXZL and 102.7.

The show features two other bands including Shiffler’s New York City based rock group, The Dangerous Ones and Kickin’ Bear, a popular group of young musicians led by Rob Swift.

The event includes appearances by the Matty D Experience described as a musical and philosophical performance art ceremony and a contemporary dance routine by Christine Morano who has performed throughout the country.

Local graphic artists will show their work in the solarium area of the Music Pier. Admission is $10 at the door. Contact the Public Relations Office, City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., for the availability of advanced tickets.

The BATTLE OF THE BANDS, sponsored by the Ocean City Fine Arts League, is set for the Music Pier on Sat., Feb. 21 at 6 p.m., directed by local musician, Rob Swift. Bands competing include Milk, a Philadelphia based rock group that ensures “that every performance is different than the one before,” One-Two-Three Draw, a popular, new trio of Ocean City High School freshman influenced by Classic Rock who are gaining a reputation throughout the area and The Pedestrians, a veteran South Jersey Rock band formed in 2001 that declare despite changes in personnel “the jam goes on!” Pedestrian plays original and cover numbers. Kickin’ Bear, Rob Swift’s Ocean City Roots Band, will also perform but not be in the competition. They play an eclectic mix of rock, world wide music and R&B that has made them a fixture on the South Jersey music scene.

Local businesses may advertise on a big screen stage set up for a $25 donation. Tickets are $10 in advance at the Ocean City Fine Arts League, 608 Asbury Ave.,             609-814-0308       and $15 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Ocean City Food Cupboard. Call Rob Swift for information at             609-675-8799       or the Fine Arts League at             609-814-0308      .

The Art League will also sponsor the annual OCEAN CITY TALENT SHOW scheduled for Sat., March 14th at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Categories include solo vocalists, singer/songwriter, dance, performance art and duos. All performers should bring backing tracks to the Music Pier if they wish accompaniment. There is a $10 fee to compete. Call Rob Swift at 675-8799 or the Public Relations Office,             609-525-9300      .

As mentioned last week, our Valentine’s-President’s weekend features three events. Entertainment begins on Fri., Feb. 13 when the OCEAN CITY REPRETORY THEATER presents Romance Through the Ages, 7 p.m. at Denovum, 908 Asbury Ave. The program features music and poetry from Robert Burns to the Beatles. The entertainment is followed by a decadent chocolate lovers tasting party. Share a romantic experience with the audience and win a prize. Tickets are $10 at the door.

On Sat., Feb. 14, the OCEAN CITY THEATRE COMPANY presents I Love New York, a cabaret of Broadway Love songs at the Music Pier, directed by Michael Hartman. This is the same, talented group that performs Broadway musicals with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for a chocolate fondue reception with the show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at the door, on the web at www.ocnjus or at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., call            609-525-9300      .

On Feb. 14, the Flanders Hotel, 11th and Boardwalk, is hosting the BIG, LITTLE WEDDING RECEPTION starting 6 p.m. Wedding parties of all sizes, big and small, can join together for a colorful reception at the historic hotel. The unique program includes food and beverage, wedding cake, entertainment, center pieces and photographer for $50 a person plus tax and gratuity. Call             609-398-9998      .

THE OCEAN CITY HIGH SCHOOL BAND is holding its annual Pasta Dinner on Fri., Feb.6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the High School Cafeteria, 6th and Atlantic Ave. Take-outs are available at 4:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults,$5 for children under 12. There will be entertainment by the High School Jazz Band. Proceeds benefit senior scholarships.

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