RACHEL ANA DOBKEN ROCKS THE STONE PONY

Photos & Words by Doug Dresher

July 16, 2021

We couldn’t think of a better choice to open for Nicole Atkins on July 9th at The Stone Pony than Rachel Ana Dobken and her band. They are both New Jersey natives and enjoy a tremendous amount of local support.


Dobken started the set as a three-piece and quickly fell into the rhythm of performing live after the long Covid lay-off. With the addition of a second guitarist, the RAD band quickly moved into full performance mode. As the venue filled, they began to cook and showed us all why she is held in such high regard. By the end of the set, Danny Clinch pulled out his harmonica and the band offered a fine rendition of the Little Walter song “My Babe.”


With the performances of Nicole Atkins and Rachel Ana Dobken opening, the first signs of the post-covid world have emerged as we get set for a summer of Asbury Park rock and roll.


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