NJ Arts Covers Basie Event

New Jersey Arts, the journal created by former Star-Ledger writer Jay Lustig, writes about the second annual Vanguard Awards at the Count Basie Theatre: “Bobby Bandiera, who has a long history of performing at the Count Basie Theatre–at his Jersey Shore Rock-n-Soul Revue shows, at his charitable Hope Concerts, at Southside Johnny & the Asbury … Continued

George Thorogood, Brian Setzer at The Basie

A group of Rockit students were invited to a meet and greet with veteran rocker George Thorogood. Thorogood headlined the May 27th show at The Count Basie Theatre with rockabilly star Brian Setzer on the bill as well. The kids were treated to autographs and memorabilia…and lots of guitar tips! Photo by Bruce Gallipani

Rockit Plays Light Of Day

For the third straight year, Rockit has taken the stage at the Stone Pony for the Light Of Day Winter Festival which benefits Parkinson’s Disease. New Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen made a special appearance. All the musicians give their time to raise funds for research to benefit those with Parkinson’s, ALS and PSP disease. This … Continued

Rockit & Kick Cancer Overboard Team Up for Donation

Rockit had the honor of presenting a gift cruise to Jake Honig from Howell, New Jersey, who recently had treatment for pediatric cancer. Jake and his parents will sail to Bermuda this winter. The effort was organized by Tom Friedli of Kick Cancer Overboard. Rockit supplied the live music for the annual holiday party, this … Continued

With A Little Steven Help From My Friends

For three hours, on a Friday night, the rock-n-roll capital of the world was Red Bank, New Jersey. A well-stocked audience of fans and patrons alike were treated to a late-sixties retrospect of Age of Aquarian sounds plus a set dedicated to the spirit of Woodstock. Rockit performed renditions of classic songs: “House Of The … Continued

Steven and Maureen Van Zandt In The House

It’s Woodstock Revisited, the Age of Aquarius, that hippy trippy time of summer to celebrate in concert at the Count Basie Theatre. On hand for rehearsals leading up to this special evening were Steven Van Zandt and his wife Maureen. The Van Zandts are being honored at the inaugural Vanguard Awards presented by the Count … Continued

Count Basie Theatre Announces Vanguard Awards

A concert featuring Rockit performing Woodstock & The Age Of Aquarius on Friday, August 22 will benefit the Count Basie Theatre’s Outreach Programs. It will be the inaugural Vanguard Awards which recognizes individuals for their outstanding contribution to arts education in Monmouth County. The Theatre will be honoring four individuals and their organizations for their commitments to the … Continued

Rockit Debuts at Snug Harbor on Staten Island

To usher in the annual SprinklerFest at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Rockit performed at the venerable Staten Island location, marking the debut of the program in New York. The 45-minute set featured vocalists Allison LaRochelle and Christine Meisenhelter on summer classics from Steppenwolf, Heart, Led Zeppelin, and more. Photos by Glen DiCrocco

Rehearsing The Zep

Prior to Rockit’s performance of Led Zeppelin I at the Count Basie Theatre on Sunday, June 22, Asbury Park Press reporter Tom Spader spent some time photographing the young musicians at work. All images by Tom Spader/Asbury Park Press