Mike Askin will perform songs from his recent EP on June 16

BY ABBY REINHARD THE COAST STAR

COURTESY OF MIKE ASKIN

Mike Askin will be holding his CD release at InfoAge this Friday, June16. Doors open at 8 p.m.

WALL TOWNSHIP — InfoAge Science History Learning Center [InfoAge] will host a CD release for local musician Michael Askin on Friday, June 16.

Doors will open at 8 p.m. on Friday, with the show beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Keith McCarthy, of local band The Sunday Blues, will be opening for Mr. Askin.

“Mike approached me a couple of months ago to discuss the possibility of using the InfoAge venue for his CD release. There are numerous options elsewhere, but this is a wonderful, brand-new alternative venue and he wanted to help us with our emerging music scene,” said Chris Krebs, volunteer and live music fundraiser coordinator.

According to Mr. Krebs, volunteers have been planning for months, and the show will be held in the large multi-purpose room at InfoAge, 2201 Marconi Road, which is turned into a pop-up theater.

Mr. Askin, of Long Branch, has been performing up and down the Jersey Shore, notably in Asbury Park and Belmar.

He will be releasing a five-song EP entitled, “The Road by the River,” at Friday night’s event.

“It’s a project I’ve been working on for about a year, and I’m finally done with it, so I’m just going to have a show to celebrate the release and hopefully have a lot of friends and family there as well,” Mr. Askin said of the event.

The album is primarily a solo album, however, Mr. Askin noted his producer, Kurt Reil, assisted in playing instruments on the CD, including backing vocals.

Mr. Askin has been involved in music since his childhood. He recalls listening to Beatles records and considers music “a good way to channel frustrations and emotions in a positive way.”

Admission to the event is $5 per person. Thirty percent of proceeds from admission will go toward InfoAge, 501[c][3] nonprofit. Mr. Askin’s CDs will also be for-sale for $5 each.

“This is a great opportunity for the local community to come out and experience local original music and to get to know all the other things going on at InfoAge. Local musicians are encouraged to attend and get to know us and find out about performance opportunities.”

According to Mr. Askin, he is feeling a mix of emotions leading up to the event.

“I’m excited, I haven’t performed this stuff with a full band yet. So in addition to being a little nervous, I’m also excited because I think it sounds good, and I think people are really going to like it,” Mr. Askin said.

Abby Reinhard can be reached at reporter@thecoaststar.com or 732-223-0076 Ext 17.