While the festival kicked off Thursday night, Friday night marked the beginning of TSI’s stay, as well as my first time seeing the ocean in almost a year, in Seaside Heights, NJ. It seemed that the back wasn’t as excited to see us, as it was chilly and rainy. We ventured out on the town, making stops at some of the local venues – The Aztec Bar, Jimbo’s, JR’s, Spicy, The Beachcomber, Beach Bar, Jack & Bill’s, Klee’sand Hemingway’s – associated with the festival.
Luckily, the weather was significantly nicer to us Saturday. The beach just isn’t as fun without sun and warmth. This worked out rather well, as Saturday played host to The Beach Stage, which held performances all throughout the afternoon and early evening, ending with a short and somewhat disappointing firework display. Also making our lives easier, the wonderful weather made the TSI band lounge an enjoyable experience for all. Equipped with huge comfy couches, tents, and free pizza and beer, TSI interviewed various bands – such as Lost in Society, Jimmie’s Chicken Shackand Tears of Mars, to name a few – on the beach-facing hotel roof of the Aztec Ocean Resort hotel. We even had to call security to keep out some rowdy hotel guests/festival attendees who wanted in on our little oasis.
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