Asbury Lanes hip-hop show to benefit AP African-American Music Project

Know your history.

That’s the word from Dane the Beautiful Monster, who performs Friday, Oct. 22, at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park. The We Star Productions benefit show is for the Asbury Park African-American Music Project, which seeks to reclaim the cultural legacy of the city’s West Side.

Local talents Bulletproof Belv, Chris Rockwell, Jason Dmore, Drea and Ryver Bey also will perform in the all hip-hop show. DJ Ronny Rayz will provide the beats. Prizes — including studio time and an HDTV — will be given for the best Halloween costumes.

It’s a fun time for an important cause, Dane said.   

“Anyone who not only understands the value of preserving history and is continuing to have the conversation about history is always going to be near and dear to my heart,” Dane said. “I genuinely think it’s one of the most important things in helping to pass down the culture from elders to contemporaries to the younger generation.”

Dane the Beautiful Monster

The Asbury Park African-American Music Project, or AP-AMP, seeks to share the cultural heritage of the former Springwood Avenue scene through oral histories, virtual lessons, live shows and more.  Springwood Avenue on the West Side of Asbury Park was formerly a vibrant scene where greats of American music like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Fats Waller, Sonny Greer, Lenny Welch, the Broadways, Bobby Thomas of the Orioles, Clarence Clemons and more either came up in or played the avenue’s clubs.

History:How Black music history of forgotten West Side of Asbury Park is being rediscovered

Bulletproof Belv

The music scene on the West Side of the city, which would became a component of the Sound of Asbury Park as performed by Springsteen and others, came to an abrupt halt during the summer of 1970 when civil unrest tore apart Asbury Park and specifically Springwood Avenue.

The cultural legacy of the West Side had been forgotten for decades until the last few years.