Armenians Return to Asbury 2016

Return to Asbury is hitting the beach for its FIFTH YEAR in a row!

For Armenian Americans on the East Coast in the 1950s and 60s, Asbury Park, New Jersey was THE place to come together on summer weekends. Days were spent on the beach and in the ocean, and at night everyone would gather at the Hye Hotel, the Van Hotel, the Sunset Lounge and the Hye-Da-Way kef room. Friends and families crowded the boardwalk, and the sounds of the oud and doumbek filled the air.

With Return to Asbury 2016, we’re bringing back this summer tradition — in perfect symmetry with the historic beach town of Asbury Park, which is currently in the midst of its own exciting rebirth! Come run away to the beach with us!


Return to Asbury 2016 Kef on the Beach will feature music by:


Shant Massoyan: Guitar/Vocal

Raffi Massoyan: Oud/Drums

Raffi Rachdouni: Keyboard


Steven S. Vosbikian: Clarinet/Zurna/Vocals

Vicken Makouchian: Keyboards

Markos Shahbazyan: Drums/Dhol

Staying through the weekend? No problem! We have secured a discounted room rate of $240.00 per night at the The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, just call: (732) 776-6700.

Tickets to all events can be purchased here.

Because of restrictions with the venues, tickets CANNOT be sold at the door. There are NO REFUNDS once tickets have been purchased. Please plan ahead!

Have a story or photo to share from the past? Please submit them at

All proceeds to benefit Armenian music education, specifically to buy Armenian school children musical instruments and keep the Kef going well into the future!

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Florida Armenians invites you to join us and fellow Armenians on the beach! We hope you can make it!


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Posted on July 29, 2016, in Arts & Culture, Events, General Update and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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