Anthony “Dancing Tony” Susco, Founder of the Rock-it DocketIf you’ve been to a party, a rock concert, a big art opening or even a park sporting event in Jersey City over the past 10 years, there’s an excellent chance that Susco had a hand in it. He has acted as the booking agent of Groove on Grove, the music series that has brought rock and jazz to the Downtown PATH station plaza. He’s organized Shangri-La, a summer pop festival that took advantage of the beauty of the underutilized Owen Grundy Pier, which juts out into the Hudson River and offers breathtaking views of both New York and the Exchange Place skyline. He’s managed two of Jersey City’s most imaginative bands — the freewheeling Thomas Francis Takes His Chances and the visionary American Watercolor Movement. He has been major domo of the town’s ongoing Sunday volleyball game, and deejay at bars and parties all over the city.
His events are imaginative and take advantage of the possibilities of the distinctive Jersey City landscape: The pre-Halloween Ghost of Uncle Joe’s (named after a much-missed downtown rock club) has attracted hundreds to Harsimus Park cemetery for a now-annual night of music, food, walking tours and dress-up, and raised thousands of dollars for the cemetery’s historical preservation campaign. Excerpt reprinted from NJ.COM