Author: Rachel Disipio '20
Monmouth University’s student-run record label, Blue Hawk Records, will hold it's first public showcase at House of Independents in Asbury Park, NJ on December 8th to celebrate the release of their 11th compilation album, Volume 11.
“This is the kind of initiative we want our students to take,” says director of Monmouth’s music industry program, Joe Rapolla. “House of Independents is an important new venue in the vibrant Asbury Park music scene. Producing and marketing shows in a professional capacity, applying the skills and training they get at the university, and showcasing their talent adds to our students’ real-world experiences that equip them for life after Monmouth.”
Artists performing in the showcase include the five acts featured on Volume 11: Indie-Rock bands The Nooks and Malibu, soulful soloists Tim DiDomenico and Kristen Wilczewski, and pop/R&B lyricist Jack "Jacke Tripp" Haber. Pop-punk band The Carousers, and solo artist Antonio Gonzales, both acts that were featured on past compilation albums, will also make an appearance in the Blue Hawk showcase.
Album Cover Art by Nicole Govel '18
Each single on Volume 11 was recorded at Lakehouse Recording Studios in Asbury Park, as per their partnership with Monmouth University and Blue Hawk Records. “Recording at Lakehouse is such a privilege,” says senior Olivia Rohlfs of The Nooks. “My band was granted access to one of the best recording studios in the state all because the Blue Hawk team sees potential in our original music.”
Volume 11, whose title is inspired by the cult-classic movie, Spinal Tap, will be available for streaming and digital download on December 6th. Monmouth students are invited to attend a release show held in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center at 2:45 PM that day. Tickets for the House of Independents showcase are available for $8 on House of Independents’ website and can be purchased the day of show for $10. A portion of the proceeds will support student programming.