ABOUT ASBURY PARK VIBES - ASBURY PARK VIBES

WHO WE ARE

Asbury Park Vibes is dedicated to shining a light on the music scene at the Jersey Shore and throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region of the U.S.! We strive to provide show reviews and photographs that capture the true essence and fan experience of each concert.


Our coverage focuses keenly on the artists and venues in legendary Asbury Park, New Jersey, however you'll also catch us promoting events in PA, NY and all throughout NJ! There is nothing better than the energy and vibes you feel when you experience a concert at the Jersey Shore! Thanks for visiting our site! We're sure we'll see you at a concert here very soon!  🤘


DIANE DIMEMMO, FOUNDER & EDITOR

"I’ve lived in New Jersey my whole life and love that there are so many opportunities to attend live music events here. My career path has taken many twists and turns (from music to education to business), but I’ve always needed a creative outlet and photography fills that desire perfectly. I’m in love with the rock and alternative genres and feel most at home when immersed in that crowd.

Although the entire Jersey Shore music scene is legendary in and of itself, the area that holds a special place in my heart is the City of Asbury Park. It’s a living, breathing, dynamic environment that is home to the most talented musicians who crush the stages here night after night. And because of these unique music vibes, artists from all over the world are drawn to perform here as well. When my two passions – music photography and Asbury Park – came together ... Asbury Park Vibes was born! I adore highlighting this musical mecca, sharing the concert experience with others, and helping to promote bands with distinctive portraits and press. Give a shout out if you see me in the pit so we can talk about our shared love of everything rock and roll!!!"

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MELISSA LAWLOR, PHOTOJOURNALIST

"I was born and raised in New Brunswick, NJ surrounded by creativity and the arts. My parents always loved listening to music, so I was exposed to an array of genres from an early age. As my own tastes developed, I found myself drawn to performers who weren’t so mainstream. It was during college, while studying art and photography, that I embraced the punk scene and spent most of my free time “going to shows.” Whether it was in a local VFW Hall, a small club in the tri-state area, or somewhere on Rutgers campus, I was usually there with a camera. I became involved with local bands, working on photo shoots and designing artwork for them. After receiving my BFA in graphic design, I moved in the direction of publishing while always keeping an interest in photography. I currently live in Freehold, NJ and although concert photography still remains my favorite, I also like to incorporate portrait and wildlife work as well. Asbury Park has practically become a second home to me, and to this day you’ll still find me, whether working or in the audience, 'going to shows.' "

GARY MILLER, PHOTOJOURNALIST

"Who’s Gary? We all ask ourselves that at some point don’t we? Well, maybe not “who’s Gary”, but you know what I mean! Currently living in South Jersey, Tabernacle more specifically, I’ve been tinkering with cameras ever since I could remember. What started out as a hobby, has grown into, well, a bigger hobby and since life is all about enjoying yourself, why not take some time to do what you want to do! Sales and Marketing by day, I’m following my dream (the best I can) as much as possible. I’ll shoot anything that catches my eye but mostly landscape, city and concerts are what sparks my interest. I truly believe in telling stories through pictures and I try my best to convey that to my audience of viewers. When I’m not carrying around one of my Sony Pro outfits, I can often be found enjoying the great outdoors, music, hiking, biking, fishing, hunting or just sitting somewhere trying to be inspired. My little kids aren’t so little anymore so I think it may be time to start thinking of “team Gary” and about the next story I can tell!"   


JOHN MATLOSZ, PHOTOJOURNALIST

"I grew up in the electric music scene of Asbury Park, NJ, drumming since the age of 5. As a performer, I am passionate about capturing the thrilling moments artists experience on stage. My interest in concert photography has immensely grown from building relationships with local bands and venues along the Jersey Shore. I am currently studying Music Business at New York University and have since taken my talents to the city. I’m proud to share my passion as a contributor to Asbury Park Vibes! There’s no other place like Asbury Park."


ZACH BELFER, PHOTOJOURNALIST

"My goal every time I go out to shoot is to capture an amazing story through images. Everyone has a story and I want to help get this story out to others. I love music, I listen to it, film it, and photograph it. Through this passion I have established myself as a premiere photographer across our vast music scene. I specialize in capturing the energy and essence of high-profile bands and artists in performance. My photography is a reflection of a deep relationship within a creative community of musicians, artists, and photographers. Some of my earliest live music memories involve Asbury Park; I look forward to assisting in the great tradition that is the Asbury Park music scene."


MARC KOMITO, JOURNALIST

Marc Komito is a high school math teacher and summer camp counselor with a passion for live music. The married father of 2 has since evolved from writing setlists and show notes on the back of Dupree’s Diamond Deadhead News and now loves to recount his live music escapades for others. Marc is a lifelong NJ resident who can be found at live offerings all over the New York Metropolitan area, though the Jersey Shore, and Asbury Park in particular, are his preferred stomping grounds.

DOUG DRESHER, PHOTOJOURNALIST

Born from an existential argument between the modernists and postmodernists, I have found my home with the post-punks and those who love a good slice of pizza. I live in a world of art in the age of mechanical reproduction and the ever-elusive decisive moment. Punctum and Stadium aside, I like to take photographs of people and things to see how they look photographed. While I miss CBGBs, I think Asbury Park is as close as we are ever going to get to making punk whatever we make it to be. The future is unwritten and I owe it all to Mr. Bradley and Mr. Martin. Let us now praise famous men and ask the little prince for his thoughts. Sometimes I'm on the road, but If it wasn’t for the honor of the thing, I’d rather walk. My loving wife supports this albatross of an obsession and my kids put up with me well. BA, MFA, M.Ed., BCEA, Tri-X, and Nikon

LORI STRATTON, JOURNALIST

I’m a music journalist based in Whitmore Lake, Michigan, and have become a regular at live shows in Ann Arbor and metro Detroit. I attend all types of live events for local and national artists across a multitude of genres and enjoy everything from house concerts to arena shows to music festivals. It’s not uncommon for me to travel to other states or countries to see live music. In 2015, I launched my own music blog, The Stratton Setlist, to take an in-depth look at Michigan, regional and national artists and profile their creative evolution in the emerging music scene. I also freelance for several other Ann Arbor-based music, arts and culture publications. Before becoming a music journalist, I spent 20 years working in corporate communications as a writer and editor in the energy, economic development and packaging industries.


SANDRINE DESIDERIO, INDIE MUSIC CONTRIBUTOR

"I had a summer seasonal rental in Avon-by-the-Sea but consistently cabbed over to Asbury Park to catch live original music so decided to invest in a little condo there. I have always been a fan of indie rock and shooting musicians. Decades ago before my show days I had my own B+W darkroom and developed portraits and landscapes. I enjoy capturing the moment and the sharing of what I enjoyed."


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