The Beatles reign supreme in Beatles vs. Stones

Matthew Stephen and The Sweet Action performed Rolling Stones classics. CAITLYN BAHRENBURG/THE COAST STAR
BELMAR — The Wag stole the show at the Beatles vs. Stones battle of the bands concert Saturday, but the real winner was Rose’s Fund, a local animal charity that received over $500 in donations from the crowd. Hosted by Musicians on a Mission and Belmar Tourism, the annual summer concert pairs local musicians with charities for an evening of classic music and selfless giving. “Our mission is to … create connections, to inspire giving and to support local musicians and local charities,” said Musicians on a Mission co-founder Jenny Woods. In the four years that the concert has been held, over $2,000 has been raised for local charities, according to Chris Krebs, who helped organize the event. This year, local favorite The Wag, representing The Beatles, faced off against newcomer Matthew Stephen and the Sweet Action, who perfectly personified the Rolling Stones. “The scene is so killer,” Mr. Krebs said. While the musicians of Matthew Stephen and the Sweet Action gave it their all, even wearing a fur coat and tight jeans a la Stones frontman Mic Jagger, The Wag pulled through with the win, capturing the audience with classic Beatles tunes.
The Wag were victorious in this year’s Beatles vs. Stones concert. CAITLYN BAHRENBURG/THE COAST STAR
But according to Alicia Van Sant, at the end of the day — or the show, as the case may be — it’s all about the charity. “The music is incredibly fun, who doesn’t love The Beatles, who doesn’t love the Stones? But more importantly it’s a for a charity, and it’s always a different charity, and I’m so excited that this time it’s for an animal charity, because that’s something special to me, but we love to give back,” Ms. Van Sant said.

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