Tim McLoone and The Atlantic Coast Band began making music with The Shirleys in 1999, although their affiliation dates back to 1993 through the acclaimed charitable group, Holiday Express. Recognizing a unique musical opportunity, Tim approached Delores Holmes, Layonne Holmes, Amy Broza, and Maureen McCrink about starting a band based on their eclectic and original musical tastes. The result has been a dynamic blend of rhythm and blues, classic rock, country, and Broadway, with a healthy does of “girl group” attitude.
Tim McLoone’s entertainment career has spanned several genres, including a three-year stint as musical director of the Rockefeller Center tree lighting on NBC-TV as well as his “On the Run” interviews during the Emmy Award-winning New York City Marathon TV coverage. The 2003 highlight with Tim’s running the final 16 miles with P. Diddy!
Delores and Layonne Holmes, a mother-daughter due, bring a beautiful harmonic blend and count their backing vocals to Bruce Springsteen’s “City of Ruins” during the national telethon following 9/11 as a career highlight. The vocal interaction with Amy and Maureen give The Shirleys their unmistakable sound. The 10-piece ensemble also includes the superior musicianship of Mark Murphy on bass, Bob Boyd on drums, Roger Taylor on guitar, Steph Munter on sax, and Mike Gribbroek on trumpet.
As to the reason for the band’s success? Tim McLoone states simply: “We love to work together and our audiences know it.”
Thursdays by the Sea Concert Series is presented by the City of Long Branch.