With Dave Matthews Band taking 2017 off, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds are taking advantage of the free time by touring as an acoustic duo once again. The band have already announced two tour dates in Texas, a destination event at the Barcelo Maya in Rivera Maya, MX (home to Phish: Riviera Maya and Los Muertos con Queso), and a fifteen-date European tour in the Spring. Today, the duo added sixteen summer tour dates in the United States that will take them to many of the same amphitheaters that they normally occupy when performing with Dave Matthews Band.The tour kicks off on May 3rd in Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre, and will take them across up and down the East Coast with a few dates in the South and the Midwest. There will be two-night stands in Nashville at the Ascend Amphitheater, Philadelphia at The Mann Center, Chicago at Northerly Island, and Saratoga Springs at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The tour will come to a close on June 18th with a show in Columbia, MD at Merriweather Post Pavilion.See below for a full list of tour dates for Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds. There will be an online pre-sale for Warehouse members on Thursday, January 19th, and tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 10th. For more information, click here.Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds – 2017 Tour DatesNorth American Dates1/25 Sugar Land, TX Smart Financial Center1/26 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre2/23-25 Riviera Maya, MX Barceló Maya Beach (all-inclusive concert vacation)5/3 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre5/6 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheatre5/7 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheatre5/31 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park6/2 Philadelphia, PA The Mann Center6/3 Philadelphia, PA The Mann Center6/4 Canandaigua, NY CMAC6/6 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater6/7 Holmdel, NY PNC Bank Arts Center6/10 Chicago, IL Northerly Island6/11 Chicago, IL Northerly Island6/13 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre6/14 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center6/16 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center6/17 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center6/18 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post PavilionEuropean Dates3/20 London, England Eventim Apollo3/21 London, England Eventim Apollo3/23 Dublin, EI Olympia Theatre3/25 Groningen, NL De Oosterpoort3/26 Amsterdam, NL AFAS Live (Heineken Music Hall)3/27 Köln, DE Palladium3/29 Copenhagen, DK Royal Arena3/30 Berlin, DE Columbiahalle4/1 Vienna, AT Wiener Konzerthaus4/2 Prague, CZ Forum Karlin4/4 Torino, IT Teatro Colosseo4/6 Padova, IT Gran Teatro Geox4/7 Milan, IT Teatro Arcimboldi4/10 Lisbon, PT Coliseu Lisboa4/11 Porto, PT Coliseu Porto
A memorial plaque at Riverside Gardens Park placed in remembrance of Red Bank resident Mark Hemschoot. Joe McGrath of the Red Bank Elks Lodge recalls the events of Sept. 11, 2001, during the ceremony at Riverside gardens park. Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna speaks during the Sept. 11 remembrance at Riverside Gardens Park, home to the borough’s monument and garden area that honors residents who died on Sept. 11, 2001. The ceremony was sponsored by the Red Bank Elks Lodge No. 233. Members of the Red Bank Elks Lodge No. 233 and The Chorus of the Atlantic (in blue shirts) remember the victims of 9/11 on the 11th anniversary of the attacks. The column of light to remember those lost on Sept. 11, 2001 as viewed from Atlantic Highlands.
Protecting the Coast and Tourism “After Sandy you couldsee the difference betweenthe areas of town where thedunes were maintained andmoney was invested andthe areas where that mon-ey wasn’t spent. We need todo the right thing to protectall of our coastal communi-ties,” Perry said. But pending before theLegislature are bills that aimto double the cap on fundingto $50 million annually. Margot Walsh, JSP executive director, said bill A-826 has stalled in the state Assembly, but she is encouraged by the recent advancement of bill S-1614 out of the state’s Environment and Energy Committee and into the Budget and Appropriations Committee. The next step would be a move to the state Senate for a vote. Perry and Walsh agreethat providing additionalfunding to protect the shoreis a move that will protect a$20 billion coastal tourismindustry in the state. A 200-foot-tall tide gate at Pews Creek is still being completed. It will be an automated lift gate model complete with 20-by-22-foot steel panels that can be clamped shut to keep stormwaters at bay. “Since Sandy there’sbeen a lot more work to do,and not just in the Bayshorearea, but for all of the state’sbeaches and coastal towns.And expenses for thesemaintenance projects haveincreased tremendously.It’s time for the fund to beincreased as well,” Walshsaid. “The resiliency of our coastline is critical to the future of our state’s economy, job growth, infrastructure, tourism and business development,” Walsh added. “The cost-share partnership with the Army Corps has provided a return on investment of billions in federal dollars for beach restoration and maintenance projects. And the beaches and shore directly account for $20 billion of New Jersey’s $44 billion tourism spending economy.” The most visible piece of the Port Monmouth Flood Control Project is a 200-foot-tall, automated tide gate at Pews Creek, complete with 20-by-22-foot steel panels that can be closed to keep stormwater from spreading.Photo by Chris Rotolo The Shore Protection Fund was established in 1992 following a series of destructive nor’easters that caused damage to properties from high winds and coastal flooding. The initial bill authorized $15 million to be transferred from the state’s real estate transfer tax and dedicated to beach and dune-erosion projects, as well as other shore protections measures. That annual cap bank was increased to $25 million in 1998 and has not been increased since. “I’m completely on board,” O’Scanlon said. “Our shoreline is the most valuable asset in Monmouth County, and one that is easy to take for granted. I understand that residents are pushing for increased funding and I stand with them.” Sen. Declan O’Scanlon(R-13) pledged to supportthe bill. MIDDLETOWN – For two decades, the amount of money annually dedicated to the state’s Shore Protection Fund has remained steady at $25 million. The fund was established to protect property owners from coastal storm damage, erosion and sea level rise. Another major aspect of the project is a retaining wall with a mechanized road closure gate at the entrance to the Monmouth Cove Marina.Photo by Chris Rotolo A long flood wall and road closure gate near Port Monmouth Road and the Monmouth Cove Marina, and the installation of interior drainage/pump systems near Port Monmouth’s two major creeks are also in place. Already completed is the replenishment of the beach-front area and fishing pier near the historic Bayshore Waterfront Park. Additionally, concrete groins have been constructed to run perpendicular to the beach and extend into the bay. A series of levees, flood walls and pumping stations have been built as well. The bill also created a cost-share partnership among the state of New Jersey, its coastal municipalities and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to engage in shore protection projects, including beach restoration and maintenance. The legislation is the work of the Monmouth County-based group Jersey Shore Partnership (JSP). At their March 18 meeting, the Middletown Township Committee expressed its support for increasing the cap with a resolution citing the need to fund necessary projects following the devastation of Super Storm Sandy. “We have to do all we can to ensure the protection of our residents and their in- vestments,” Perry said. “We can’t allow taxpayer dollars to go toward restoring the shore and raising homes, and then ignore a long-term plan to protect those investments,” he said. “Over the past 20 years the state has seen its fair share of impactful storms, and Middletown has beared the brunt of the last two, in Sandy and Irene,” said Middletown Mayor Tony Perry. “We’re going on seven years since Sandy and the government and taxpayers have made large investments, not only to protect our homes, but to prevent the erosion of our beaches. Now is an appropriate time to protect those investments.” Shore protection measures are also critical for transportation, as seen in the wake of Super Storm Sandy when massive damage was done to state routes 36, 35 and 34. Jersey Shore Partnership is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that advocates for stable funding for coastal protection efforts, as well as beach replenishment initiatives. Aid For Projects Both Big and Small Stewart Farrell, director of the Coastal Research Center at Stockton University, said the fund-sharing partnership goes beyond smaller beach-filling and replenishment projects. It also helps fund large-scale endeavors like the $115 million flood control project underway in Middletown’s Port Monmouth section, which is now in its second phase. Completion is expected in 2022.