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Creator of The Sopranos to Take Part in Conversation and Career Retrospective; Dylan Archives V Presented by Bob Dylan Center Set To Return; Female Rock Icon To Open Weekend-Long Festival Taking Place From April 23-26 in Asbury Park, NJ

Asbury Park, NJ (November 18, 2019) –The Asbury Park Music +  Film Festival (APMFF), taking place from April 23-26, 2020 in Asbury Park, NJ, has announced “An Evening With The Sopranos Creator David Chase” on Saturday, April 25 at 7:00pm and performance by Melissa Etheridge on Thursday, April 23 at 7:30pm, both happening at the historic Paramount Theatre.  Dylan Archives V, a Festival staple over the last four years, will make its return on Sunday, April 26 at noon at the House of Independents.

Public onsale for all three events will begin on Friday, November 22 at 10:00am. Ticket prices for “An Evening With The Sopranos Creator David Chase” will range from $25.00-$129.00; Melissa Etheridge from $35.00-$129.00; and Dylan Archives V at $20.00 advance/$25.00 at the door. To purchase tickets, and for more information on performances, film screenings and panels, logon to the Festival’s official website

The not-for-profit APMFF will benefit underserved children in Asbury Park and its surrounding areas by providing music education, instruments and social connection opportunities.

David Chase will appear at The Paramount Theatre on Saturday, April 25 for a career retrospective, highlighting his vision as creator of The Sopranos. The evening will include an in-depth discussion moderated by Deadline Hollywood’s Mike Fleming. The Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner has produced, written, and directed critically acclaimed television shows such as influential Peabody Award-winning HBO drama series The SopranosThe Sopranos, which he created, is the most financially successful series in the history of cable television and is acknowledged as one of the greatest television series of all time.  Chase’s directorial feature film debut, Not Fade Away, was selected as the centerpiece of the 50th NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL in 2012.  The film was a music-driven coming of age story set in suburbia in the ’60s, and was released in by Paramount Pictures in December 2012.   The Many Saints of Newark, Chase’s highly anticipated film prequel to The Sopranos, will be released by Warner Bros. in 2020.

The iconic GRAMMY and Oscar-winning singer/songwriter and activist, Melissa Etheridge will appear at the Paramount Theatre on Thursday, April 23 to kick off the Asbury Park Music + Film Festival to continue her tour, The Medicine Show.  The singer will be performing a variety of fan favorites but will also perform songs from her latest album The Medicine Show. Released on April 12 via Concord Records, The Medicine Show reunited Etheridge with celebrated producer John Shanks for the album which has her sounding as rousing as ever, bringing a new level of artistry to her 15th studio recording.

Dylan Archives V, presented by the Bob Dylan Center, will take place on Sunday, April 26 at the House of Independents. This presentation of rare Bob Dylan performance footage has been critically-acclaimed and a highlight for Festival attendees.

The Festival has already welcomed many music and film heavyweights which include Bruce SpringsteenDanny DeVitoWyclef Jean, The Farrelly Brothers, David Crosby, Cameron Crowe, Don Cheadle, John Densmore, Stevie Van ZandtJakob Dylan (The Wallflowers), Tracy Edwards (Maiden documentary), Robert Trujillo (Metallica)Warren HaynesMichael Franti and Cat Power.

The Festival’s Board of Advisors is comprised of some of the most powerful figures in the film and music industries and includes Co-Chairs Tom Bernard (Sony Pictures Classics), Danny Clinch (Director & Photographer), Tom Donovan (Media Executive) and Adam Block (Amazon Music). In addition, Tom Jones (Halo Group), Josh Braun (Submarine Entertainment), Jim Dowd (NJ Devils Stanley Cup Champion), Eric Eisner (Double E Pictures), Denis Gallagher (Charliewood Pictures), Justin Kreutzmann (Filmmaker), Annie McDonough (Netflix), Jeff Rosen (Manager, Bob Dylan), Rich Russo, Bob Santelli (Grammy Museum), Shelli Sonstein, Michael Uslan (Film/TV Producer) and Jeremy Grunin (Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation) all serve as members of the Board.

The 2020 Asbury Park Music + Film Festival is sponsored by Founding Partners RWJ Barnabas Health and Asbury Park Press, Presenting Partner First Atlantic Federal Credit Union and Sponsors Madison Marquette, World Subaru and the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation.

About Asbury Park Music + Film Festival

The Asbury Park Music + Film Festival provides resources to support music education for underserved youth in and around Asbury Park, New Jersey.  Funding supports the Asbury Park Music Foundation, the Hip Hop Institute and Lakehouse Music Academy programs. APMFF also delivers high-tech music education to students and provides after-school programming at schools in Asbury Park, Long Branch, Red Bank and Bradley Beach. The Festival also supports Lady of Mt. Carmel and the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County. APMFF offers scholarship opportunities and a commitment to musical excellence which affords life-changing experiences.