ASBURY PARK, NJ — Now in its 14th year, the Beach Music Studios Holiday Party keeps on going, and even more importantly, it keeps on giving.
A standing-room-only crowd enjoyed an afternoon extravaganza on December 2 at The Stone Pony that featured a toy drive to benefit area children, a scholarship award to a deserving student, as well as the makings of any memorable festive event — music of the season and a visit from Santa himself.
Beach Music Studios owner Danny White and his band, along with some “friends,” kicked off the party with a set of holiday tunes. White also shared with the audience a live rendition of their song, “Maybe We’ll Be Fine,” which was featured in the final episode of Netflix’s “House of Cards.”
As children crowded around the stage, Santa emerged from back stage to hand out candy and then jumped into the crowd to make way for a promising star: Belmar Elementary School eighth-grader Chris Clara, the recipient of the 2019 BMC scholarship.
The 14-year-old, who has been singing since the third grade, will receive one year of one-on-one private lessons and an instrument of choice — in this case a cordless microphone to help him prepare for his audition to attend the Red Bank Regional’s Performing Arts Academy next school year.
Then it was back to the music with rousing performances from a showcase of rising young stars: the talented 8 to 18-year-old members of the Beach Music Rock Band and other students from Belmar-based Beach Music Studios. And to the enjoyment of their family members and friends who came out on a rainy Sunday, they did not disappoint.