Since the 1970's Ed Austin has developed a reputation as one of the hardest working musicians at the Jersey Shore. With an extensive repertoire of songs from from the 50's through today, Ed can entertain audiences of all ages.
A multi-instrumentalist, Ed Austin started playing in bands in high school. After attending Glassboro State College he worked throughout the tri-state area, playing guitar and bass in several successful bands. On his off nights he would frequently perform around the Point Pleasant area as a solo singer/songwriter and became popular for his interactive approach with audiences.
As the entertainment business changed in the mid 1980's, Ed Austin became one of the first musicians in the area to embrace the new technology that would enable him to become a "One Man Band". Using professionally recorded background tracks, playing electric guitar and incorporating harmony vocals, Ed can produce the authentic sound of a full band.
Ed Austin is also a recording artist for Lucky Star Records and an award winning songwriter. Since 1999 he has released five CDs as a solo artist and recorded three benefit CDs with "Ed Austin and Friends". A respected arranger and recording engineer, Ed continues to produce demos and CDs for local musicians.
In addition, Ed Austin is well known in the area as a music instructor, teaching guitar, bass, piano, banjo, ukulele, harmonica, mandolin and music theory. He maintains a full schedule of students at Clarizio Music Studios in Point Pleasant, NJ.
Ed Austin has achieved a milestone that few musicians will ever see. In 2011 he performed his 1,000th Gig at the Broadway Bar and Grill in PPB, NJ where he has played weekly since 1993! Many musicians would be happy to play 1,000 gigs in their entire career...and Ed has played that many in the same corner of his hometown bar. At last count, 1,066 gigs...
In 2021 Ed retired as Music teacher at St. Peter School in Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ.
Ed Austin's motto is simple: "Find a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life!"
"Music Makes the Party"..and Ed Austin Makes the Music!
When you are having a special event, nothing beats the feeling that a live musician adds. No DJ or "Brother-in-Law with an iPod" can bring the experience of veteran Jersey Shore entertainer Ed Austin.
Ed's repertoire is extensive, featuring:
And specializing in"The Sounds of the Islands"
Ed Austin has decades performing in hundreds of nightclubs, restaurants, honky-tonks and boardwalks, learning the songs that audiences love to hear. Together with his own professionally recorded backing tracks and a Bose sound system, Ed has a masterful command of his guitar and a genuine love of entertaining.
Here are the advantages of a using Ed Austin, "One Man Band"
Controlled Volume - Easily adjustable to the needs of the event and the size of the room.
Limited Space - Very flexible setup takes up very little room ,and requires just one electrical outlet.
Cost Effective - Professional entertainment at less than the expense of a full band.
Customer Service - You deal with me directly, and we can customize your event's needs.
Song Selection - With over five hundred of the favorite songs from the last sixty years, I can play tunes that appeal to all age groups. I also feature recorded music on my breaks for continuous entertainment.
"Always Entertaining...Thoroughly Professional".