The Remember Jones Stone Pony show will feature a new album
Haters take note: Remember Jones is back and ready to kill.
The Jersey Shore pop and soul star, currently in the midst of the ‘wouldn’t you be my hater? TOUR,” will headline the legendary Stone Pony at Asbury Park on Saturday, July 9. Billed as the Summer Slay! Festival, Saturday’s show celebrates the arrival of Jones’ highly anticipated new album, “HAHA, BITCH!” Friday.
Jones, a Brick native born Anthony D’Amato, found a following in the local scene through his theatrical performances of classic full-length albums such as Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” (2006), “Grace” by Jeff Buckley (1994) and, more recently, “Bat Out of Hell” by Meat Loaf (1977) with Max Weinberg of the E Street Band.
But with her latest work, Jones is giving listeners an intimate glimpse into the person behind the hit tributes. After the catchy and captivating singles “Fat Jeans” and “boys+girls+inbetween”, the album tackles strained relationships of personal and professional variety, body image, self-actualization and attachment to social media.
Some of that soul-searching, Jones explained, can be attributed to thinking about the COVID-19 era.
“Everyone felt like you had to tap into your heart and what you wanted out of life and what mattered most to you, and how you represent yourself is really important,” he said. . “I certainly did too, and I knew the next thing I would release had to be a tool so I could get myself as much as possible.”
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Jones has had a busy few months on the Shore stages. He recently appeared as the Teen Angel in Axelrod Performing Arts Center’s “Grease” in Deal, is production supervisor for the new Asbury Park Theater Company’s “American Idiot,” which will run through July 10, and will direct ” Hair” for Phoenix Productions, which runs September 23-25 at the Count Basie Center for the Arts at Red Bank.
The new album has an in-your-face eclecticism that should be recognizable to longtime fans. He’s a living mixtape of sorts, channeling the influences he celebrated on stage into his own deeply personal originals: the staging of Joe Cocker’s “Mad Dogs and Englishmen,” the raw emotional honesty of “808s and Heartbreak by Kanye West and the Haunted Old School. the soul of Winehouse.
“If you’ve seen any of my shows live, it’s not that over the top, that’s how I personally feel,” Jones said. “And I don’t think I’ve ever recorded that and done that in the studio. I think that’s the most authentic thing I’ve released. Really, recording that was a joy from start to finish.”
The title track is bold – as much NOFX as “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”. This is immediately followed on the LP by the heartbreak of “The Fugees The Score”, a lush confessional reminiscent of Springsteen’s ballad at its most lyrical.
Jones celebrates the album with a suitably individualistic Summer Slay. The big night will also feature Quincy Mumford’s Lifted Laboratory, Tor Miller, Zoe Sparks and Levy Okun. The show will be hosted by drag stars Jolina Jasmine, Tastie and Morrigan von Haunt.
The evening will feature giveaways and makeovers with audience participation, while Asbury Park businesses Larry Cadillac Barber Shop and Mutiny BBQ Restaurant will be offering Summer Slay specials on their premises.
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All of which should make for an aggressively funky summer night, the kind of night only this artist could create at this time.
He knows it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s okay.
“I guess it’s in my mind that maybe it’s not for everyone, but I kinda don’t care – which is a good feeling, I guess,” he said. . “I think I cared too much about it in the past. I think I cared so much about it that it kind of kept me in a box… I always feel like I have (have) more to do and I certainly never hit a ceiling. I will continue.
Go: Killing summer! 2022, with Remember Jones, Quincy Mumford’s Lifted Laboratory, Tor Miller, Zoe Sparks and Levy Okun, hosted by Jolina Jasmine, Tastie and Morrigan von Haunt, 6 p.m. Saturday, July 9, Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, 25 $ in advance, $30 at the door; stoneponyonline.com
Contributor: Editor Ilana Keller
Alex Biese has been writing about local and national art, entertainment, culture and current affairs for over 15 years.