Schedule announced for Big Man’s Birthday Bash

Big Man's Birthday Bash

The seventh annual Big Man’s Birthday Bash, honoring the late Clarence Clemons, will take place at two New Jersey venues this weekend.

In honor of the 77th anniversary of Clarence Clemons’ birth — the E Street Band saxophonist was born on Jan. 11, 1942, and died in 2011, at the age of 69 — Jersey musicians will honor him with two concerts under the banner The Seventh Annual Big Man’s Birthday Bash.

The Bash will take place Jan. 11 at the Headliner in Neptune, and Jan. 12 at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como. Clemons’ son Nick Clemons and his Nick Clemons Band will be among the performers at both shows, and another one of Clemons’ four sons, Jarod Clemons, will also perform at Bar Anticipation.

Proceeds will go to the CFC Loud N Clear Corporation, which supports those suffering from addiction, and The Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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The Headliner show will have a jam/Grateful Dead theme. (Clarence Clemons jammed with the Dead, on occasion.) Here is the schedule:

5 p.m.: Woodfish
5:45 p.m.: Pat Roddy Band
7:30 p.m.: Nick Clemons Band
8:30 p.m.: Waiting on Mongo
9:30 p.m.: Secret Sound
10:30 p.m.: Splintered Sunlight
12:30 a.m.: Jam set

The Bar Anticipation show will have a more traditional Jersey Shore club music theme, with a main stage as well as a second, acoustic stage. Here is the schedule:


1:30 p.m.: Brue Crew
2 p.m.: Moroccan Sheepherders
3:20 p.m.: Colossal Street Jam
4:20 p.m.: The Nick Clemons Band
4:40 p.m.: Jarod Clemons
6 p.m.: Matt O’Ree Band
6:55 p.m.: Mr. LoveJoy (with Tommy Jannarone)
8 p.m.: The Bob Polding Band
8:40 p.m.: Rich Meyer Show
9:05 p.m.: The Big Man Bash All-Stars with Eddie Testa, JoBonanno, Lisa Sherman, J.T. Bowen, Joe Bezzone, Phil DeZago, Killer Joe Ferraro, “The Philly Elvis” Nick Ferraro, Rachel Wise, Bob Polding, Tony Perruso, Tommy Meares, Tommy LaBella, Mark Leimbach, Bill Winters, Bill D, Ed Horne, Ilya Stemkovsky, Rosemary Havron

2:40 p.m.: Taylor Davis
4 p.m.: Andy Russo and Deedee Pie
5 p.m.: Taylor Tote
6 p.m.: Carl Gentry
7 p.m.: Elk, Ward, Manzo Trio
7:50 p.m.: Rich Meyer

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