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The Key Presents: American Trappist

American Trappist | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

It was always about coming home. For Joe Michelini, American Trappist is the natural extension of the scenic route into the self.

When we travelled to Asbury Park together last month, the native New Jersey son was clearly in his element, pointing out landmarks to the both personal and professional. As we’re cleaning up after filming in Asbury’s historic Convention Center Hall, Joe looks wildly around and points up into the stands. “That was my seat. I saw my first concert in this room.”

From The Boss to Trappe, the Convention Hall has played home to countless musicians down through the years. And even as the town that Joe fell in love with as a child has begun to change tangibly and more immaterially, it still remains a sort of sanctuary for the road-worn Michelini. River City Extension died here. American Trappist was born here. The road ends, begins, goes on, comes back. That’s what getting even means.

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Watch Bruce Springsteen join guitarist Steve Van Zandt’s band at Asbury Park Music & Film Festival

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN | deltufophotography.com
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN | deltufophotography.com

Up in Jersey, this weekend’s Asbury Park’s Music & Film Festival housed some important performances from hometown friends and family. On Friday and Saturday, Steve Van Zandt (guitarist of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band) and his band Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul headlined the Paramount Theatre, only to be interrupted by The Boss himself. Crashing the party, Springsteen joined the band in a rendition of Little Richard’s “Lucille” and Zandt’s own “It’s Been A Long Time.” And of course, they killed it.

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