Musical Mondays at Ocean City Pier

Dave Mason really rocked the Ocean City Music Pier this week during a one-night engagement that was part of a season-long Monday night concert series, which began in June with a Led Zeppelin tribute band called Get The Led Out and will eventually feature the likes of the Marshall Tucker Band, Leon Russell, and Jay & the Americans.

The Music Pier, on the Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace, is a great venue for live performance. The 1928 art deco-style music hall built on the ocean-side of the boardwalk, features various attractions throughout the summer, including the Miss New Jersey Pageant and weekly concerts by the Ocean City Pops Orchestra.

But the place really rocks when performers like Mason, 67, come to town.

The founding member of the band Traffic, singer-songwriter guitarist Mason was still feelin’ alright as he played us his tunes, something that seemed to make our mostly over 40 crowd happy. He certainly did not disappoint and with a two-piece backup group he ripped through old favorites such as “All Along the Watchtower,” “Dear Mr. Fantasy” and his biggest hit, “We Just Disagree.” He also played songs from one of his newer albums, 26 Letters, including a particular soulful tune called “How Do I Get to Heaven.” The lyrics were written by his former Traffic band mate Jim Capaldi just weeks before he died in 2005. Mason found the song among Capaldi’s belongings and reworked the music to create the moody, heartfelt tune.

Upcoming shows in the Monday night rock series, which begin at 7:30 p.m., include: Jars of Clay on July 15; Hot Tuna on July 22; Leon Russell on July 29; the Marshall Tucker Band on Aug. 5; Rusted Root on Aug. 12; and Jay and the Americans on Aug. 19. Tickets are $37.50 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office. More information may be obtained by calling 609-525-9300.