Jersey Rock Feature of the Week: The Jeff Crespi Birthday Bash & Benefit

Rocking The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park on Thursday April 6!

If you’ve been to a local concert in the last several years, you have no doubt been in the same room as Jeff Crespi.  You may have seen him taking photos at one of the many great New Jersey music venues or perhaps you’ve come across his work online. Jeff Crespi is easily one of the most visible people on the local music scene.  He is also one of the most important.  The images Jeff captures and shares provide local bands with an invaluable tool to gain greater exposure. We are very fortunate to have him.

Each year, in honor of his Birthday, Jeff throws a local rock show with proceeds from the event going to the bands on the bill. This year’s Jeff Crespi Birthday Bash features Common Wealth, The Morgan Freemasons,  and Lyons.  The concert will rock the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park on Thursday April 6.

I learned about the event from Jeff while he was shooting our Jersey Rock Showcase Series this Winter.  Since then the meaning and mission of the show have changed considerably.  What was originally intended as a birthday party is now a benefit concert.

Earlier this month, Jeff had to be airlifted for emergency brain surgery.  He’s doing better now, but will be unable to work or drive for at least 6 months.  During that time he will have no income while facing mounting medical bills.  A Go Fund Me page has been established to aid Jeff and his family during this time.  Proceeds from the Jeff Crespi Birthday Bash and Benefit will go directly to the account.

You can access the Go Fund Me page HERE.

Tune to Jersey Rock on 95.9 The Rat on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 11:30 pm to hear the bands that will rock the Jeff Crespi Birthday Bash and Benefit.  Jeff will call in each night to talk about the upcoming show.  Here’s the breakdown for the week:

Tuesday March 28:  The Morgan Freemasons

Wednesday March 29:  Lyons

Thursday March 30:  Commonwealth

See you at The Wonder Bar on Thursday April 6 for The Jeff Crespi Birthday Bash and Benefit!  Doors are at 7pm.  Admission is $10.  This is a 21+ Show.

View Jeff Crespi's awesome Rock photography at!

Check out videos from the bands on the bill below:

Common Wealth "Mend The Pieces":

The Morgan Freemasons LIVE at The Saint:

Lyons LIVE at the Anchor's Bend: