Celebrate July 4th weekend with concerts and shows playing at the Jersey Shore

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Looking for a show with bang this Fourth of July weekend?

The Willie Nile and Fantastic Cat show at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, should do the trick. Nile, a New Yorker whose considered a local when he comes to the Jersey Shore, will play his classics and new stuff from his latest album, “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”

“I'm so proud of this album,” said Nile in a statement. “It was born of a pandemic nightmare, but I think that it offers hope, and passion, for better days to come. That’s what I need, as a person and an artist.”

Fantastic Cat is a new outfit featuring Mike Montali of Hollis Brown, Anthony D'Amato, Don DiLego of Jesse Malin's band, and Brian Dunne. The group's debut album, “The Very Best Of Fantastic Cat,” is out July 29.

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Go: Willie Nile and Fantastic Cat, 8 p.m. Sunday, July 3, Wonder Bar, 1213 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park. $32 in advance/$37 at the door. wonderbarasburypark.com.

Stone Pony Summer Stage take 5

Get locked in at the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park this July 4th weekend.

The Summer Stage is hosting the Black Crowes on Thursday, June 30; Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Friday, July 1; Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes with the Jake Clemons Band, Saturday, July 2; Flogging Molly and the Interrupters, Sunday, July 3; and Phil Lesh & Friends on Monday, July 4.

Lesh, a founding member of the Grateful Dead, will play with Griffin and Taylor Goldsmith, Trevor Menear, Lee Pardini, Grahame Lesh and Nicki Bluhm at the Pony. Rateliff & the Night Sweats, who play upbeat retro R&B, are making their Summer Stage debut. 

Go: Stone Pony Summer Stage, Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park. stoneponyonline.com.

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Michael Kay at Bar A

Put me in coach, I'm ready to play.

The sports-themed “The Michael Kay Show” of ESPN 98.7 and YES fame is coming to Bar Anticipation in Lake Como at 1 p.m. Friday, July 1, to talk all things Yankees and more. Hawthorne native Don La Greca and DJ Peter Rosenberg will be along for the ride, and Brian Kirk and the Jirks will provide the tunes.

In other words, Bar A becomes Bay Kay. The show is free but you can VIP upgrade for the unlimited barbecue and more.

Go: The Michael Kay Show, 1 p.m. Friday, July 1, Bar Anticipation, 703 16th Ave., Lake Como. Free. bar-a.com.

Crowds dancing and enjoying themselves in 2018 at DJ Louie DeVito's Dance Factory at the Asbury Park Convention Hall.
Crowds dancing and enjoying themselves in 2018 at DJ Louie DeVito's Dance Factory at the Asbury Park Convention Hall.

Louie DeVito classics

It's not Fourth of July weekend at the Jersey Shore unless Louie DeVito is spinning.

The Jersey deejay will be at Headliner in Neptune for DeVito's “Dance Factory” in the main room. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 2. The night's going to feature, what else, DeVito classics.

“Playing good music, reading the crowd, giving them what they want – that’s what it’s all about,” says DeVito on louiedevito.net.

Go: Louie DeVito's Dance Factory, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 2, Headliner, 1401 Route 35, Neptune. $20. headlineroasis.com.       

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Billy Hector on the boardwalk

This is not a drill.   

The Billy Hector Electric Experience is coming Friday, July 1, to Langosta Lounge in Asbury Park.

Report to the dance floor.

That's the word from Hector, a Jersey Shore six-string legend who plays the blues and beyond.

Next door on Friday at the adjacent Asbury Park Yacht Club is Captain Atom Worth, spinning Yacht Rock and more.

Go: Billy Hector Electric Experience, 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 1, Langosta Lounge, Boardwalk, Asbury Park. Free. www.langostalounge.com.

3AM Tokyo on LBI

If it's 3AM Tokyo, it's time to party at Bird and Betty's in Beach Haven.

3AM Tokyo, the high energy hip-pop group, is bringing the party back to Bird and Betty's at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 2. They're rollin' in with a new single, “We Rollin',” which adds to their original kickers, “Can We Kick It” and “I Like It.”

Go: 3AM Tokyo, 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 2, Bird and Betty's, 529 Dock Road, Beach Haven. birdandbettys.com.

New Kids on the Block in Atlantic City

The members of the New Kids on the Block are not so new anymore, but that's not stopping them or their fans. The group's Mixtape Tour 2022 plays at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at the Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena in Atlantic City.

Rick Astley, Salt-N-Pepa and En Vogue are also on the bill.

New Kids on the Block are coming to Atlantic City.
New Kids on the Block are coming to Atlantic City.

“Do you know what they said back then? They said you were a bunch of dumb little girls who didn’t know how to do anything except to scream loud,” said New Kid Donnie Wahlberg at the group’s July 2019 show at the Prudential Center in Newark. “Didn’t they realize what you would become when you grew up? You became mothers and teachers and doctors ... and senators and congresswomen and queens! All that and you still know how to scream really (blanking) loud!”

Go: New Kids on the Block Mixtape Tour 2022, 8 p.m. Sunday, July 3, Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena, Atlantic City. Starting at $99. hardrockhotelatlanticcity.com.

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Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; cjordan@app.com.

This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Jersey Shore July 4th concerts and shows playing this weekend