BELMAR, NJ — With the setting sun over Silver Lake as a stunning backdrop, the Sixth Annual Belmar Music Festival drew hundreds to the beachfront on August 30 for an evening of home-grown entertainment.
Festival-goers brought their beach chairs and blankets, and turned the sandy alcove next to the new Taylor Pavilion into a “pop-up” musical venue, as four local bands turned that section of the Fifth Avenue boardwalk into their stage.
With clear skies, a slight ocean breeze and mild temperatures, the weather was in sharp contrast to the previous day when soaking rains and high winds forced festival organizer Danny White to move the event to the following evening.
Everyone in attendance couldn’t have been more pleased with that decision, as Danny White & Band kicked off the festival as people continued to stream onto the boardwalk and beach for the evening show.
In addition to performances by two other seasoned local favorites — The Sunday Blues and Shore Blue — the festival showcased the Beach Music Rock Band, known by its acronym BMRB, whose members are students at White’s Beach Music Studios in Belmar.
First to take the stage was BMRB! Opening Act — the band’s younger group composed of 8- to 11-year-olds — followed by the BMRB! Headliners, featuring its 14- to 17-year-old musicians.
While the first 100 festival-goers received a free T-shirt to commemorate the event, donations were welcome to support Beach Music Studios’ annual scholarship program. Each year, Beach Music awards two Belmar Elementary School students with scholarships that provide them with one year of free music lessons and a musical instrument. For more information and a scholarship application, visit the Beach Music Studios website.
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