Jacko Monahan, musician, poet,band booker and NJ music scene stalwart in need of some serious help. Working the door at The Brighton Bar for 30 years doesn't come with Medical Benefits! Please Help!
100% of all funds collected with go directly to Jack & his family!!!
For all those times he helped your band out and gave you the last 20 dollars he had in his pocket or threw a free beers your way at the end of the night it is time to give back!
Below is the article written by Chris Jordan from the Asbury Park Press if you don't already know all the details:
Friends and fans are rallying behind Jersey Shore icon Jack “Jacko” Monahan, who is battling necrotizing fasctitis, or the flesh-eating disease, said close friend and former bandmate Jim Hogan of Asbury Park.
Monahan, 62, is conscious and in an undisclosed hospital.
“He was talking about Scottish independence — he’s always talking about something topical, which is a good sign,” said Hogan of Monahan’s condition.
Monahan is a former member of dozens of area bands, including Dirge, Fatal Rage and Mau- Mau Tsunami, but he’s perhaps even better known as the long-time booker, doorman and truth seeker of the Brighton Bar in Long Branch. During his tenure at the Brighton, he was the barrel-chested figure at the door who nurtured an army of local and regional bands inside, as well as art and poetry scenes, from the ‘80s through the ‘00s.
“Jacko had poetry shows on Sundays, all Sunday afternoon it was a matinee,” said Ron Johnston, aka the Mighty Ron, of Toms River. “Nobody was doing poetry shows when Jacko was doing them.”
Johnston is one of the administrators of the Jack “Jacko” Monahan Appreciation Page on Facebook, which has more than 700 likes.
Monahan’s guiding hand helped Brighton stoner rockers Monster Magnet, Nudeswirl, Godspeed and Daisycutter become forces on the national stage starting in the late ‘80s. It was a distinctive scene — a harder sound of the Jersey Shore removed from the R&B-based rock of Asbury Park — that still echoes to this day.
“He’s been the center of the whole Shore scene for decades, always working for the bands and treating people good and trying to do the right thing,” said Tommy Southard, a former member of Godspeed and current member of Solace. “He’s always been, since day one, underground and true to himself and the artists, and he’s always been supporting the underground.”
Monahan and the Brighton Bar eventually parted ways and more recently he’s been booking shows at EJ’s Tavern on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights.
“It’s a good time to send well wishes,” said Hogan, who was introduced to his wife, Reg, by Monahan. “Say something positive and let people know that you care about this guy who did these things. We’re all wishing him to get well.”
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