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On the Beach: A Sandy Relief Concert Paramount Theatre/Asbury Park, N.J./Jan. 2, 2013

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The tall chain-link fence along the Asbury Park boardwalk serves as a daily reminder that Hurricane Sandy left its mark on this Jersey Shore community.

Long before Sandy’s unwelcome visit, Jersey-bred musicians Nicole Atkins, Brian Fallon and River City Extension left their mark on Asbury Park. And along with My Morning Jacket (above), Steve Earle and others, they performed at the boardwalk-bordered Paramount Theatre on Jan. 2 to help raise money for storm-recovery efforts.
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My Morning Jacket, led by singer/guitarist Jim James, enhanced its headlining set with moody and sometimes blinding lights.
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The New Orleans-based Preservation Hall Jazz Band had the crowd clapping along to its traditional sounds.
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Steve Earle opened his short solo set with a rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “State Trooper.”
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Sans his Gaslight Anthem mates, Brian Fallon performed an acoustic version of the band’s “Blue Jeans & White T-Shirts,” which makes a reference to Asbury Park’s Cookman Avenue.
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Backed by a bassist and drummer, New Yorker Joseph Arthur bridged the gap between singer/songwriter and the lead guitarist of a power trio.
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Nicole Atkins spoke about growing up along the Jersey Shore prior to playing “Neptune City,” the title track of her 2007 album.
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The Toms River band River City Extension, led by Joe Michelini, brought a healthy dose of Americana to the proceedings.
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The Tangiers Blues Band put a unique spin on Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” and Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime.”

— Text and photos by Chris M. Junior