Asbury Park, NJ is known throughout the music world as the birthplace of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and the Stone Pony, a smaller music venue located one block from the beach that has welcomes some of Jersey’s brightest emerging artists over the decades. Now it seems that the Stone Pony will have some competition this summer, when the town’s former bowling alley, Asbury Lanes, reopens for a summer full of concerts ranging from Kurt Vile and The Violators and Bishop Briggs to punk rockers Black Lips and rapper Lupe Fiasco, just to name a few.
As Billboard reports, Asbury Lanes is scheduled to reopen its doors late next month on May 25, just in time for the busy Memorial Day weekend crowds expected to spend the holiday at the Jersey Shore. At the time of the announcement on Monday, the new bowling alley/concert venue also has artists including Allah-Las, Phoebe Bridgers, Tennis, Thursday and Railroad Earth all scheduled to perform when it reopens in late May.
The venue initially opened back in the 1960s, and closed its doors in the fall of 2015. The building has since undergone extensive renovations in hopes of reopening as one of the premiere entertainment locations along the bustling Jersey Shore every summer. Construction improvements on the building, which is located just a few blocks north of Stone Pony at 209 4th Ave, have allowed it to increase its concert capacity to 600, and expanded simple safety features such as more entrance/exit doors.
"There’s no flash,” said Anda Andrei, the creative lead for the Asbury Park's larger redevelopment project. “No one wants it too polished. This is a meaningful building.”
David Bowd, a local investor and business owner with a hand in Asbury Park's waterfront redevelopment, also added, “We want to build on the Lanes musical heritage and celebrate the venue’s transformation. We have purposefully handpicked a mix of local and national acts -- many of the bands are returning to once again perform at the venue, while new artists are ready to bring [the Lanes] into the future.”
Concerts at Asbury Lanes will be booked and marketed by Bowery Presents, the New York metro area promoter which is responsible for managing venues like The Music Hall of Williamsburg, Terminal 5 and Brooklyn Steel.
The full schedule of announced events can be reference in full below.
May 25 – The Cold Seas, Wyland (Click here for tickets)
May 30 – Sandy Mack All Star Jam
June 3 – Dark City Strings, Levy & the Oaks, Thee Idea Men (Click here for tickets)
June 8 – The Shady Street Show Band, Quincy Mumford and The Reason Why, Pepperwine (Click here for tickets)
June 12 – Kurt Vile and the Violators (Click here for tickets)
June 13 – Tennis (Click here for tickets)
June 16 – Turtle Soup, Waiting On Mongo, Psychotic Submarines (Click here for tickets)
June 19 – Bishop Briggs (Click here for tickets)
June 29 – Railroad Earth (Click here for tickets)
June 30 – Railroad Earth (Click here for tickets)
July 1 – Lupe Fiasco (Click here for tickets)
July 6 – Maxi Priest (Click here for tickets)
July 26 – Black Lips (Click here for tickets)
July 29 – Tyler Childers (Click here for tickets)
July 31 – Phoebe Bridgers (Click here for tickets)
August 16 – Sparta (Click here for tickets)
August 18 – Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (Click here for tickets)
August 22 – Allah-Las (Click here for tickets)
August 23 – Thursday (Click here for tickets)
August 24 – Thursday (Click here for tickets)
TICKETS GO ON SALE, THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH AT 12PM EASTERN TIME. Many more shows announcements to come! Click the link to find out more #asburylanes #bowerypresents https://t.co/YPXvzfU5zb pic.twitter.com/Lxgj2Wgym4— Asbury Lanes (@asburylanes) April 10, 2018