Grateful Dead Night at BlueClaws, beer dinner, and more things to do at the Jersey Shore

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Deadheads and minor league baseball fans find common ground this weekend as the Jersey Shore BlueClaws host the return of the incredibly popular Grateful Dead night at ShoreTown Ballpark in Lakewood on Saturday night.

Grateful Dead tribute band Splintered Sunlight kicks off the festivities with a show starting at 6:15 in the stadium’s Sand Bar, part of the Bell’s Brewery BlueClaws Summer Concert Series. At 7:05 p.m., the BlueClaws take on the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

Themed food and drink specials will be available during the game, including the Terrapin Station Cheesesteak at the Phillies Stand on the concourse behind section 108. The park’s Blue Wave Bar and Sand Bar will offer drinks, including the Eyes of the World (Captain Morgan and ginger ale) and Scarlet Begonias (Tito’s vodka, lemonade and iced tea).

The Beary Jerry Burger will be at the Blue Wave Bar, and ShoreTown Soft Serve will offer the Cherry Garcia sundae with fruity pebbles, a cherry and whipped cream.

There will be Grateful Dead-themed promotions during the game, and a special one-night-only T-shirt available for purchase. Howard Wiener will be selling copies of his books in the Sand Bar, with a portion of the sales supporting BlueClaws Charities.

Go: Grateful Dead Night at the Jersey Shore BlueClaws, 6:15 p.m. Saturday, ShoreTown Ball Park, 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood, $16;

Icarus Brewing beer dinner at Blu Grotto

Icarus Brewing of Lakewood is bringing the brews to Blu Grotto in Oceanport. The brewery and restaurant are teaming up for a five-course beer dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The meal will feature different Icarus beers paired with Blu Grotto offerings, such as miso-glazed Patagonian toothfish served with Icarus’ Decimate rice lager with lemongrass.

Go: Icarus Brewing beer dinner at Blu Grotto, 200 Port Au Peck Ave., Oceanport, $95 per person plus tax and gratuity; 732-571-7900,

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Soul in Asbury Park

Alexander Simone and the Whodat? Crew will bring a whole lot of soul to the Asbury Park Boardwalk when they perform Saturday at Langosta Lounge.
Alexander Simone and the Whodat? Crew will bring a whole lot of soul to the Asbury Park Boardwalk when they perform Saturday at Langosta Lounge.

In 1967, the Music Explosion sang about a “Little Bit O'Soul.”

In 2022, Alexander Simone and the Whodat? Crew will bring a whole lot of soul to the Asbury Park Boardwalk when they perform Saturday at Langosta Lounge.

“We're bringing the soul circuit,” Simone said. “This show is going to be different.”

Jermaine Holmes, Fred Soul, Zal Walton and “many more” will be joining Simone on stage.

Holmes, a New Brunswick native, has backed D’Angelo, Pete Rock and more.

“There's never been a show like this in the area,” said Simone, the grandson of the great Nina Simone. “This show is about the movement.”

Go: Alexander Simone and the Whodat? Crew with Friends, 8 p.m. Saturday, Langosta Lounge, Boardwalk, Asbury Park, free.

Constantine Maroulis celebrates Foreigner and Journey at Axelrod

Do you want to know what love is? Will you never stop believin’? Then the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal Park is the place to be this weekend, as “American Idol” favorite Constantine Maroulis celebrates the work of both Journey and Foreigner at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Maroulis, a Tony nominee for his work in the classic rock jukebox musical “Rock of Ages,” promised in a statement that “Foreigners Journey” will feature “celebrating all the great tunes from ‘Rock of Ages,’ Foreigner, Journey, some Queen, some Toto and some surprises along the way. It’s gonna be awesome!”

Go: Constantine Maroulis’ “Foreigners Journey,” 8 p.m. Thursday, Axelrod Performing Arts Center, 100 Grant Ave., Deal Park, $45 in advance, $50 at the door;

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Sunset shopping cruise on the Navesink River

Taking a sunset cruise down the Navesink River on a Friday night, enjoying food, drinks and shopping?

Bayshore Bazaar, in partnership with local travel blogger Bayshore + Beyond, will be hosting their first cruise, which leaves from the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Marina at 6:30 p.m. (boarding starts at 6).

The three-hour cruise is a 21+ event, with shopping from 10 local vendors, like Hannah Moon Candle Co. and Gaby’s Confections. There will be hors d’oeuvres and desserts by Cookie & Crumb; a complimentary cocktail hour with tastings from Muckleyeye; a nautical-themed photo station with a professional photographer; and a dance floor to boogie down on.

The Teal Cruises ship is an 80-foot Festiva yacht, with two decks, two restrooms, a dining room, retractable sun roof and bar. Tickets are $85 per person and can be purchased here.

Go: 2 Simon Lake Drive, Atlantic Highlands; 908-601-7345,

'Collective Identity' on display at the Monmouth Museum

Fair Haven-based artist Kathleen Beausoleil debuts "Collective Identity," her first solo show at the Monmouth Museum, this weekend.

Opening Saturday and on display through Sept. 18, “Collective Identity” is a set of works looking at recent moments of protest, with the majority of the works documenting events that happened in Monmouth County.

“It’s been my experience that as much as people need their privacy, people also need other people to be happy and accepted and fulfilled,” Beausoleil said in a statement. “They also need other people to project their grievances and rally around a common enemy. It’s a sense of belonging that people seek, both in our microcosmic home lives and within our macrocosmic social lives."

Go: “Collective Identity” by Kathleen Beausoleil, on display starting Saturday, Monmouth Museum, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft section of Middletown, on the campus of Brookdale Community College, $10;

LBIF showcases works by members, faculty and students

The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences hosts its annual member, student and faculty exhibition starting Saturday.

Following an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, the exhibition runs through Tuesday, Sept. 5. The collection of work was juried by Julie Langsam, associate professor at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick.

Go: Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, 120 Long Beach Blvd., Loveladies; 609-494-1241,

Gabriela Laracca and Chris Jordan contributed to this story.

This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Jersey Shore things to do includes Grateful Dead Night at BlueClaws