West Side of Asbury Park NJ gets spotlight

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Back in the day, a night at the Turf Club in Asbury Park was a time to party.

Deejay Gregg Bouie knows this — he used to spin and perform at the Springwood Avenue nightclub.

“When they came they were ready to dance,” Bouie said. “That was the thing at the Turf Club — you came to party.”

Echoes of Turf Club glory — and, perhaps, a glimpse of the venue’s future — are part of the North to Shore Festival, which takes over Asbury Park venues this week.

Bouie will spin the hits he played at the Turf Club in the ’70s and ’80s at the Old School Dance Party from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Springwood Avenue Park. It follows the all-day Juneteenth celebration at the park.

Fred King on trumpet with Kyle Hicks on drums at the Turf Club in Asbury Park.

The Dorian Parreott Jazz Quintet will play the Vintage Turf Club Show: A Celebration of Springwood Avenue on Friday, June 16, inside the Turf Club itself.

The Westside Wednesday: An Evening of Springwood Avenue Art will feature the photography of Connie Freestone, and art by Charles Trott and Asbury Park kids that celebrates the spirit of the Turf Club, Springwood Avenue and Asbury Park music history. The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, at the city’s library, 500 First Ave.

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