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Scranton’s Menzingers join inaugural Sea.Hear.Now Festival with Jack Johnson, Incubus, Social Distortion, and more

Scranton’s Menzingers join inaugural Sea.Hear.Now Festival with Jack Johnson, Incubus, Social Distortion, and more
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From a press release:

The inaugural Sea.Hear.Now Festival in New Jersey has announced its initial lineup featuring headliners Jack Johnson and Incubus, along with performances from Social Distortion, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Brandi Carlile, Milky Chance, Blondie, Kaleo, The Front Bottoms, Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls, and Scranton punk band The Menzingers.

With feet in the sand, fans will enjoy music on the beach with more than 25 bands on three stages at North Beach Asbury Park and Bradley Park on Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30.

The stellar lineup also includes Highly Suspect, SOJA, Langhorne Slim & The Lost at Last Band, G. Love & Special Sauce, Deer Tick, Twin Peaks, Rayland Baxter, Nicole Atkins, Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket, Jesse Malin, The Parlor Mob, The Battery Electric, Tangiers Blues Band, Deal Casino, and more to be announced. The Menzingers are listed fairly high up on the festival poster (seen below) above many notable acts, showing just how far the local band has grown since they signed to Epitaph Records and relocated to Philadelphia.

In addition, Sea.Hear.Now will also bring music fans unique art and surf culture experiences. Legendary rock photographer, filmmaker, and Jersey Shore native Danny Clinch will recreate his Transparent Gallery space and showcase his collection of iconic images of artists on the lineup.

“Sea.Hear.Now is a longtime dream of ours, to have our musician, surfer, and artist friends come to Asbury Park this September to play some music, ride some waves, and make some art,” Clinch said.

“We come from the Jersey Shore and we believe in Asbury Park. It is one of the coolest beach cities in America, if not the world. We are ready to go!”

Professional surfers like Sam Hammer, Balaram Stack, Rob Kelly, Mike Gleason, Quincy Davis, Andrew Gesler, Pat Schmidt, Clay Pollioni, Tom Ihnken, Cassidy McClain, and more will take their talents to the water for Expression Sessions and more throughout the weekend. Fans can also anticipate special performances and surprises throughout the weekend, with more TBA.

Two-day general admission tickets and two-day VIP tickets are on sale now for $100 and $329, respectively, plus fees, at VIP tickets include access to the VIP lounge with relaxed seating, shade, and premium air-conditioned restrooms, complimentary snacks, complimentary select beverages, and more.

The inaugural Sea.Hear.Now Festival is produced by Danny Clinch of Between the Sets and C3 Presents, the team behind Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Shaky Festivals, and more.

The Menzingers are performing at several festivals this summer, including Boston Calling on Friday, May 25 and Governors Ball at Randall’s Island Park in New York City on Saturday, June 2.

The quartet returned to their hometown area last February for an acoustic album release show for their latest Epitaph Records release, “After the Party,” in Wilkes-Barre. They also made their television debut on “Last Call with Carson Daly” on NBC, headlined their own national tour and the Project Pabst Music Festival in Philadelphia, and toured with The Offspring and Sublime with Rome in 2017, capping the year off with the seventh annual NEPA Holiday Show at the Scranton Cultural Center on Dec. 16.

Read NEPA Scene’s review and see photos of The Menzingers headlining the NEPA Holiday Show last year here.

Photo of The Menzingers by Keith Perks/1120 Studios