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jon-and-bruce.JPGEGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J.⎯A cross-generational lineup of Jersey Shore music scene all-stars including the top two grossing acts of 2008 Bruce Springsteen, who made a surprise appearance, and Bon Jovi, as well as Southside Johnny Lyon, Nicole Atkins, the Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon, Bobby Bandiera and Gary U.S. Bonds rocked the 1,400-seat Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ in late December for The Hope Concert IV, an annual event benefiting those in need throughout New Jersey. This year, the concert proceeds were dispersed to the Parker Family Health Center in Red Bank and the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

ACIR Professional, Egg Harbor Township, NJ provided sound and production for the event included a Yamaha PM5000 at front of house and a Yamaha PM5D for monitors. The sound company also provided 10 WorxAudio V-8 self powered line array boxes, two WorxAudio X5, five cell line array boxes, 2 Worx Audio 215S subs 2×15, four ACIR Pro 2118s Subs 2×18, two Meyers Sound front fills UPA’s, and 22 ACIR Pro 2115 stage monitors. Yamaha T3n amplifiers provided monitor power.

“The system sounded amazing,? states John Grasso, co-owner of ACIR Professional. “All the performers seemed very pleased.?

In addition to the PM5000, front of house gear included two Avalon 737s, two Drawmer Quad Gates, 10 dbx units, tc5000, two Yamaha REV 5s. Wireless mics provided were AT Artist Elite 5000 Series. A Whirwind 48×10 snake was also used.

Bon Jovi engineer Obie Obrian manned the PM5000 at front of house, while John Grasso manned the console for Bruce Springsteen and Gary US Bonds. Jack Kosa mixed front of house of Holiday Express. ACIR Pro co-owner Ed DiBona provided the monitor mix for all bands. Grasso functioned as head systems tech, with crew including Brian Thomason and Jim O’Hara. “The surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen was a highlight,? adds DiBona. “The energy level from all of the performers was off the charts, and one of the most powerful shows I’ve ever been involved in.?

For more information on ACIR Professional, telephone 609-677-5500 or visit


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