Saturday, June 3, 2023
5:00 – 8:00 PM

Blackbird Commons
131 Atkins Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ


The Asbury Park African-American Music Project (AP-AMP) Inc. celebrates the stories of Springwood Avenue in Asbury Park, New Jersey. 

A volunteer-run, community-driven project, we invite you to share your story and get involved.

The mission of AP-AMP is to:

  • share the music, cultural heritage and stories of Springwood Avenue through oral histories, research, writing, and programs
  • develop accessible resources that reflect Asbury Park’s African American music heritage for the City of Asbury Park and others to use as a basis for interpretive heritage projects 
  • address a lack of representation in traditional historic resources and give voice to the stories of Asbury Park’s African American community
  • engage all who live in and visit Asbury Park in the active exploration, interpretation, understanding, and preservation of Asbury Park African American cultural heritage

Past Events

Tuesdays at the Turf
Summer 2022
Concert Series

Thanks to everyone for a fantastic Summer 2022 at the Turf Club!

Learn more about the Turf Club ↗

Photo: Conni Freestone

Jazz Cocktail Sip

Thanks to everyone who attended our Jazz Cocktail Sip on June 5, 2022! The event was held in the garden of Blackbird Commons (131 Atkins Ave.), down the street from the Turf Club. The evening featured live jazz by the Jimmy Givens Trio, southern food, cocktails, and the Turf Club Story!

Photos by Conni Freestone

Thank you to our Event sponsors:


Research and Interviews

Since the beginning of AP-AMP in 2017, we have filmed interviews with locals musicians and community members who were part of the music scene on Springwood Avenue.

Other research activities includes recreating historic maps of Springwood Avenue and collecting photographs.

Our oral history interviews and photographs are held at the Bruce Springsteen Archives at Monmouth University, and online through our Digital Museum.

Interview with AP-AMP in progress.
Members of the AP-AMP Team.
Our online research collection includes historical photographs, exclusive interviews with the people who were part of the Springwood Avenue music scene, and much more.

Youth and Community Education

We are proud to partner with the Asbury Park Public School District, the Asbury Park Public Library, and other community partners to offer educational events and cross-curricular lesson plans dedicated to the history of Asbury Park’s African-American community.

Youth education programs at the Asbury Park Public Library.
Learning more about the African-American music history of Asbury Park by browse through scrapbooks and historic memorabilia.
Asbury Park students learn about the Turf Club, a historic music venue on Springwood Avenue.
AP-AMP presentation for local students at the Asbury Park Public Library.


Help AP-AMP preserve the Turf Club,
the last remaining structure that housed one of Springwood Avenue’s celebrated music spots, and create a community venue for music and culture.

The Turf Club, August 2020
Photo: Conni Freestone

New Jersey Council for the Humanities
“Adaptation & Innovation: COVID-19 Response Grants in New Jersey

NBC New York Live:
“Neighborhood Hot Spot: Asbury Park’s African American Music Project”

Thank you to everyone who joined us on June 21 for the official Launch Party for the Asbury Park African-American Music Project (AP-AMP) Inc.!

Special thanks to the Danny Clinch Transparent Gallery for hosting the event, and to the musicians who donated their time and talents!

And thank you to New Jersey Natural Gas for presenting us with a $5,000 Challenge Grant check!

Photos: Conni Freestone

Funding for the Asbury Park African-American Music Project is provided in part by:

  • Telling the Full History Fund — a program from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and made possible through the National Endowment for the Humanities’ American Rescue Plan Humanities Grantmaking for Organizations
  • A Wild Tonic
  • African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, a program from the National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Anserve Inc.
  • Asbury Band Aid
  • Asbury Park Arts Council
  • Asbury Park Distilling Co.
  • Beach Haus Brewery
  • FirstEnergy Foundation
  • New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of cultural affairs within the Department of State
  • New Jersey Natural Gas
  • New Jersey Council for the Humanities
  • Monmouth Arts
  • Monmouth County Historical Commission through funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission and the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders
  • Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  • Walmart Giving
  • Vin Gopal Civic Association
  • Individual supporters


You can find a few short videos that share some of these stories on YouTube: Asbury Park African American Music Heritage Project 

For more information, please email us: apaamhp@gmail.com

or write to us:
Asbury Park African-American Music Project Inc.
PO Box 485
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Board of Directors:

Jennifer Souder
Yvonne Clayton
Kathleen Melgar
Melissa Keeling
Phil Unger

Advisory Committee:

Bruce Booker
Ruben Bray
Charles Trott