Live bands.
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WELCOME TO
THE WONDER BAR

The Wonder Bar is a true classic in Asbury Park, known for great live music, tasty food and the world famous Yappy Hour—where dogs run the show.

YAPPY
HOUR

Why should humans should have all the fun? We welcome dogs big and small, young and old to run around and get off the leash for a few hours.

MENU

As you can tell, we’re not your usual beach bar. Our menu features favorites like burgers, fries and wings, and offers a taste of the unexpected, too.

UPCOMING
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  • Kanak, Vakili Band & The Cynz

    Kanak, Vakili Band & The Cynz

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    Kanak, Vakili Band & The Cynz

    Rooted in the rich traditions of American rock ‘n’ roll, Kanak has become a force to be reckoned with, leaving audiences craving more while challenging the norms of the music industry. Fronted by enigmatic singer/songwriter Tom Kanach, Kanak’s sonic onslaught weaves together a tapestry of influences, seamlessly blending the rebellious spirit of The Kinks, the raw energy of Nirvana, and the punk ethos of Dead Boys, among others. Their music pays homage to the groundbreaking bands that have shattered expectations and societal limitations, paving the way for a sound that is both familiar and uniquely their own.

    To witness Kanak live is to experience a musical time bomb, exploding with the first note and captivating the audience with insanely catchy melodies. The performance is a journey of intense energy, building up to explosive crescendos that leave the listener craving more. Kanak’s live shows are a testament to their commitment to delivering an unforgettable experience, transcending the boundaries of conventional rock performances.

    Vakili Band is a New Jersey-based alt rock band whose sound is described as “an electric blend of rock, soul & psychedelia” (Under The Radar) and “a full-on, revival-style, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds-meets the Pretenders, rock ‘n’ roll band” (Magnet Magazine). Charismatic frontwoman Lily Vakili finds the sweet spot in a nexus formed by Patti Smith’s loose-limbed punk swagger, Grace Slick’s inviting psychedelia, and the full-throated howl of Brittany Howard. Vakili Band’s latest studio album, Honey (2023), landed on multiple Apple Music playlists and exemplifies the collaborative bacchanalia of a band that’s honed their distinctive sound in the studio as well as on tour up and down the East Coast. In the words of The Aquarian “If you love Vakili Band like we do, you have to see them live… [and] see them crush the live stage!”

    Doors: 8pm
    Show: 9pm

    21+

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  • Glenn Alexander & Shadowland

    Glenn Alexander & Shadowland

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    Glenn Alexander & Shadowland
    featuring the Asbury Jukes Horns & Oria

    Glenn Alexander is best known as lead guitarist of New Jersey’s famed Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, his other band

    Glenn will be joined on stage at the WB by his daughter Oria and the Jukes horn section: Chris Anderson, John Isley and Neal Pawley. This show will feature some Shadowland originals a few Jukes tunes, and lots of Glenn’s upbeat signature bluesy roots rock ‘n’ roll to keep the party Jukin’ all night!

    “Alexander himself is a bit of a shadowy phantom. Raised on southern rock and midwest blues, he’s studied jazz and progressive rock and plays the six-string like a feral beast … Shadowland (the album) has flavors of Memphis, Chicago, Jersey City, all in the mix. It’s blues rock, but then again not. It’s Southern rock, but then again more. It’s rock and roll, slathered in funky soul with a machine-gun guitar at its forefront. It’s Glenn Alexander and company at their very best, and it absolutely should be in your collection.” J.D. Nash – American Blues Scene

    Doors 8:00 pm
    Showtime 8:30pm

    21 and up

    Price

    $22.00 ADVANCE/$25.00 DAY OF SHOW (plus applicable service charges)

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  • Happy Mondays

    Happy Mondays

    Olivia Bec Band, Bristler, Zachary West & the Good Grief

    at the Wonder Bar
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    HAPPY MONDAYS

    Happy Mondays return to the Wonder Bar with free live music by local and national artists, plus food & drink specials.

    June 24: Olivia Bec Band, Bristler, Zachary West & the Good Grief

    Doors at 7 pm
    21+ admitted

    Price

    FREE! (21+ admitted)

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  • Octave Cat with Fungkshui

    Octave Cat with Fungkshui

    Asbury Jams

    at the Wonder Bar
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    Nectar’s presents ASBURY JAMS

    OCTAVE CAT
    with FUNGKSHUI

    Octave Cat is a trio of Eli Winderman (Dopapod – keyboards), Jesse Miller (Lotus – bass/modular synth) and Charlie Patierno (drums). The music ranges from stripped down jazz-grooves to analog synth dance music. Influences such as Herbie Hancock jazz-funk and Four Tet electronica can be heard. Octave Cat pushes the jazz and jam boundaries by incorporating elements of electronica and in doing so they have carved out their own unique musical space.

    21+

    Doors: 7 pm
    Showtime: 8 pm

    Price

    $15 plus applicable surcharges

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    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • Joe D’Urso 60th Birthday Bash

    Joe D’Urso 60th Birthday Bash

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    The Light of Day Foundation in association with Cannataro Family Capital Partners and UMT Presents present
    JOE D’URSO’s 60th BIRTHDAY BASH BENEFIT

    JOE D’URSO & STONE CARAVAN
    THE BILLY WALTON BAND
    JAKE THISTLE BAND
    plus special guests during JD&SC’s closing set

    Benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association of New York and The Light of Day Foundation

    Door 8:00 PM
    Show 8:30 PM

    21+ admitted

    Price

    $31.50 advance (plus applicable service charges), $31.50 at the door

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    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • LowDown Brass Band

    LowDown Brass Band

    Kyle Sparkman

    at the Wonder Bar
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    LowDown Brass Band
    Kyle Sparkman

    The LowDown Brass Band is a uniquely strong representation of Chicago music culture. Providing a modern take on soul, funk, hip hop, and jazz, this multifaceted all-horn band boasts freedom through the art of their craft, whilst gaining critical acclaim from The Gazette, Fame Magazine, The Chicago Reader and more.

    LowDown kick started 2023 with the release of the sun-drenched soul and jazz-infused single Call Me. It was followed by the summer release of Take Me Away, which is a club inspired dance floor lover’s track.

    This next single So Long mellows the atmosphere and is a classic hip hop heartbreaker. So Long uses 808, horns, and the story telling of MC Billa Camp and singer Shane Jonas. Let’s take a pause on the dance floor and reflect on the long winter ahead. There is warmth in the flow.

    LowDown maintains a constant performing and touring schedule, blessing every venue with their unique blend across multiple genres, and showcasing their ability to amplify the energy of any room with their positive and infectious spirit.

    LowDown Brass Band has built a highly-impressive discography, accumulating over 1.1 million streams across Spotify alone with notable performances at Cotai Jazz Fest, The Montreal Jazz Festival, Winnipeg Folk Fest, SummerCamp, Vancouver Jazz Fest, Folk Alliance, Green River Fest, Chicago Jazz Fest, Aspen Jazz Fest, Mile of Music, Alaska’s infamous Salmon Fest, and opening runs with Galactic, Rebirth Brass, Bon Jovi, and others.

    LowDown’s next record will be released in the Spring of 2024 and is titled Citizens of the World. LowDown is repped by the Fata Booking Agency (USA and International), Paquin Booking (Canada), and Liberty Music PR (UK). Their music has been featured on Hulu’s Cruel Summer and is also on the Nintendo Switch’s Dec 2023 release Super Crazy Rhythm Castle.

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    On a stormy night in Philadelphia with Parliament-Funkadelic blasting in the background, Kyle Sparkman was thrust into this world with a raging-red bushel of hair and an electric guitar in his hands.

    His live show – energetic. His lyrics – prophetic. His fashion sense – pathetic.

    Once described as “Mac Demarco, John Frusciante, Tom Misch, and disco all rolled into one”, Kyle is on a mission to pollute the world’s hearts and minds with an accessibly groovy brand of guitar-driven rock that blends funk, jazz, psychedelia, & more.

    “Neon Fever Dream Home” is Kyle’s sophomore album – six tracks of sonic splendor running the gamut from crunchy funk rock to groovy disco-jazz and everywhere in between.

    21+

    Doors at 7 pm

    Show at 8 pm

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    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • The E Street Shuffle

    The E Street Shuffle

    Born in the USA 40th Anniversary Tribute

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    The E Street Shuffle
    Born in the USA 40th Anniversary Tribute
    The E Street Shuffle is Asbury Park’s own Springsteen tribute band with the most accurate vocal and musical show there is! Join us for this BORN IN THE USA 40TH Anniversary Tribute at the Wonder Bar! A night of Bruce tunes to rock into the 4th of July with a big Wonder Bar celebration! Two set show at 8:00pm.

    Door 7:00 PM
    Show 8:00 PM

    21 AND UP

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    $20 in advance (plus applicable service charges), $25 at door

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    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • Summer Stage Afterparty

    Summer Stage Afterparty

    Asbury Jams - Official moe. After Party

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    Nectar’s presents ASBURY JAMS

    Official moe. After Party

    Doors 9:30 / Show 11:00

    21+

     

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    $20 plus applicable surcharges

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    Wonder Bar
    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • Damn the Torpedoes

    Damn the Torpedoes

    A Live Tom Petty Concert Experience

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    Damn the Torpedoes
    A Live Tom Petty Concert Experience

    Damn the Torpedoes is the definitive spot-on Petty tribute. Every show is a celebration of everything Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. DTT brings a two-set show of Petty hits and fan favorites. It’s a great live retrospective of the Petty music catalogue and must see show for any Tom Petty fan.

    Doors 8:00 pm
    Showtime 8:30pm

    21 and up

    Price

    $30.00 ADVANCE/ DAY OF SHOW (plus applicable service charges)  

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  • Divided Sky

    Divided Sky

    The Phish Tribute

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    Divided Sky
    The Phish Tribute

    Two set show of Phish favorites!

    Divided Sky is a NJ-based Phish tribute band that has been described as Phish Shred! The band brings the passion, musicianship and unbridled enthusiasm of everything Phish that fans crave in a live show. Join us for a fun night of Phish music with this two-set show.

    Doors 8 pm
    Showtime 8:30 pm

    21 and up

     

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    $20 in advance (plus applicable service charges), $20 day of show

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    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • DJ Pepeloco

    DJ Pepeloco

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    DJ PEPELOCO
    Free Show!
    House, Trance and Cool Dance Music

    Asbury Park’s own DJ PEPELOCO makes her first headline appearance at the Wonder Bar. The dance floor will be open to bring your moves!

    Show 7pm

    Free Admission / 21 and up admitted

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    FREE! (21+ admitted)

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  • Coyote Island + Bombargo

    Coyote Island + Bombargo

    Asbury Jams

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    Nectar’s presents ASBURY JAMS

    COYOTE ISLAND + BOMBARGO

    COYOTE ISLAND

    Equilibrium depends on music. Body, mind, and soul move in a perfect harmony together. Synapses fire and hearts thump in time like a drumbeat. In this respect, the right tune sung at the right moment works like the best kind of natural medicine. Maine-based singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Coyote Island—a.k.a. Mike O’Hehir—recognizes and reveres the restorative potential of songcraft. Mixing folk, reggae, pop, world, cumbia, and psychedelia, he stirs up a sonic elixir meant to invigorate and inspire.

    Reeling in over 10 million streams and counting and packing shows, authentic intention underscores his artistry at all times.

    “There’s a deeper purpose to my music,” affirms Mike. “Its pure healing energy has become apparent to me. We want to travel the world and hopefully be able to reach and, possibly, heal anyone in need..” Growing up in Maine, Mike uncovered his passion for music as a kid. Gravitating to folk, he picked up an acoustic guitar and played as many open mics as possible in between marathon busking sessions. His life twisted and turned geographically and creatively. Eventually, he packed a bag and traded the Northeast for Northern California with adventure and “some soul searching” in mind. Life experiences (and a few psychedelics) incited a spiritual epiphany. With senses heightened, his vision became clear.

    BOMBARGO

    Bombargo is a Canadian based international touring band that drops a vibrant splash of soul over their distinctive ‘vintage-pop’ sound. Well known for bringing unrivaled energy to the stage with sing-along anthems, double-brother harmonies, and a powerful message that combined make for one of the most captivating live shows ever! Frontman Nathan Thoen’s passionate conviction and ‘Jagger-like’ dance moves even impressed billionaire and music industry icon Sir Richard Branson, quoting “I haven’t seen this type of energy since The Rolling Stones!” – and he would know, having personally signed The Rolling Stones to Virgin Records.

    The band began with lead singer Nathan Thoen and guitarist Spencer Chilliak after the two spontaneously met and drove 16 hours to attend Sasquatch Music Festival where they became inspired to start a band. The duo wrote their first song ‘Let It Grow’ during their very first writing session and as part of Bombargo’s debut EP ‘Back on Main’ which would go on to be included in ‘The Top 10 Best Saskatchewan Albums of 2015’ by SaskMusic. This further inspired them to continue writing, touring, and release their first full-length album titled ‘We Are Bombargo’. The group has since evolved into a 7-piece touring band adding Nathan’s brother Anthony Thoen on guitar, additional brothers Matt and Sammy Folkersen on keys and bass respectively, Connor Newton on saxophone, and Niall Cubbon on drums.

    Bombargo went on to receive massive acclaim when pop star icon Taylor Swift added their 2018 single ‘Mr. No Good’ to her Spotify Playlist titled ‘Songs Taylor Loves’ alongside mega artists including Ed Sheeran, Camilla Cabello, and Kendrick Lamar. As the only unsigned band on this star-studded playlist, Bombargo was featured on CBC’s the Q, NME, Exclaim, Fashion, Noisey, People, and Billboard. This success was followed up by the release of their single ‘Oxygen’, which pushed Bombargo into the Canadian Hot AC Top 40 Charts for the first time in the fall of 2019. The band also made its US touring debut in late 2019 with their 33 date ‘North American Dream Tour’ which kicked off with Bombargo playing the sold-out Roughriders Labour Day Classic Half-Time Show to over 33,000 people. The band’s US debut at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, CA gained heavy press coverage including a raving article in Billboard Magazine.

    21+

    Doors: 7 pm
    Showtime: 8 pm

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    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • Bobby Mahoney Record Release Party

    Bobby Mahoney Record Release Party

    Soraia, Idle Wave, Feeny

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    The Underground Garage presents
    Bobby Mahoney “Another Deadbeat Summer” Record Release Party
    featuring Soraia, Idle Wave, Feeny (acoustic) opening at 8:15 pm

    Come celebrate the release of Bobby Mahoney’s new album, “Another Deadbeat Summer”, with Stevie Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool Records!

    “It’s a record that features road-tested songs sharpened and perfected on tour, with stops in New Orleans, Chicago, Miami, Canada and up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Mahoney has spent the last decade honing his live performance, and his prowess has not gone unnoticed. When he wasn’t blowing the roof off dive bars, college basements, and music halls – along with his band, currently consisting of Andrew Saul (guitar), James McIntosh (drums), and Jon Chang-Soon (bass) – he was opening for Against Me!, Frank Turner, Bon Jovi, and Steve Earle. Most recently, Mahoney played The Continental Club in Austin, TX as part of the Wicked Cool Records Rock & Roll Revue for the 2024 South By Southwest festival. Never once did he take those opportunities for granted. He wasn’t just soaking up the adulation of the built-in crowds or moon-facing at his musical mentors. In Mahoney’s own words, “We approach every show as a chance to improve, to learn, and to strengthen our bonds within ourselves and our audiences.” He was going to school and learning what it takes to get ahead in a business that’s as brutal as it is exhilarating.”

    21 AND UP

    Price

    $20 in advance (plus applicable service charges), $25 day of show

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    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • Mystery Skulls

    Mystery Skulls

    'Forever' 10th Anniversary Tour

    at the Wonder Bar
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    Mystery Skulls
    ‘Forever’ 10th Anniversary Tour
    with Snowblood and Thorne

    Mystery Skulls celebrates 10 years of ‘Forever’ with a North American tour spanning more than 25 cities. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Mystery Skulls will be performing ‘Forever’ front to back for the first time ever, in addition to other songs across their releases. VIP packages are available.

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  • Vincent Pastore Birthday

    Vincent Pastore Birthday

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    Vincent Pastore Birthday

    We are celebrating our good friend Vincent Pastore on his 78th birthday… Doors open at 7 PM…Our special friend Ron Brooks will start the evening with the Star-Spangled Banner as we honor our nation followed by Nick Wey and at 8pm The Gangster Squad featuring Vinny Pastore, Tony ‘Boccigalupe’ Amato, Killer Joe, Big Lou, Tommy Buddah Blues, The Baron, Kevin Tooley and Ivan. Tickets are $20.00 and can be bought online plus applicable service charges, at The Stone Pony Box Office or at the door the night of the show.. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Asbury Boardwalk Rescue.

    Door 7:00 PM

    Show 7:20 PM

    21 AND UP

    Price

    $20 in advance (plus applicable service charges), $20 at the door

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  • The Nth Power

    The Nth Power

    Asbury Jams

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    Nectar’s presents ASBURY JAMS

    An Evening with THE NTH POWER

    The Nth Power believes in the healing power of music. This all-pro alignment of sharp and seasoned musical vets delivers a transcendent blend of soul, funk, rock and rhythm and blues with multi-part vocal harmonies and songs that inspire audiences to dance, groove, make love or just stand there with goose bumps.

    The band’s electric live performances have been flooring audiences ever since the group formed in New Orleans during an impromptu jam during Jazzfest nearly a decade ago. After an EP, studio album and two live albums, the band returned in 2021 in support of their second full-length studio release, Reverence, which was featured on the first-round nominations ballot for the 2022 Grammy Awards.

    The Nth Power hails from diverse musical backgrounds, races and creeds, but the universal language of love and its power to change lives is the thread that binds them. The trio features drummer Nikki Glaspie, whose credentials include Beyonce, Maceo Parker, Dumpstaphunk and countless more; guitarist and lead vocalist Nick Cassarino, known best for his previous work with Jennifer Hartswick and Big Daddy Kane; and bassist Nate Edgar of reggae giant John Brown’s Body.

    21+

    Doors: 7 pm
    Showtime: 8 pm

    Price

    $10 plus applicable surcharges

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  • The Counterfeiters

    The Counterfeiters

    with live band karaoke

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    The Counterfeiters
    Ultimate Party Band
    with live band karaoke during the show!

    Join us at the Wonder Bar for a special version of live band karaoke! The Counterfeiters will have the audience on their feet participating and screaming for more. Along with the band’s awesome Top 40 party mix, how much Karaoke depends on how good some of the audience members are when they sing with the band. This is a fun interactive show format. The Counterfeiters will turn some fans into real live rock stars. Featuring state-of-the-art sound, flatscreen lyrics, and the most diverse repertoire in the business; everything from disco to R&B to hip hop to hair bands to yacht rock to country. Grab a few friends, jump on stage, and get ready to rock the house like you never have before with the best backing band, complete entertainers that will keep the house rocking!

    Door 8:00 PM
    Show 8:30 PM

    21 AND UP

    Price

    $10 in advance (plus applicable service charges), $12 at the door

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    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers

    Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers

    Can’t Outrun A Memory Record Release Show

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    Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers
    Can’t Outrun A Memory Record Release Show

    About the album, Joe states, “The songs on this record, my 23rd, look back on a very turbulent period in my life, 1968, when I bought my first Fender Telecaster guitar. The making of this record had a whole lot of bumps and bruises along the way but we persevered. We were on a mission and the band was and is playing at its peak.”

    JOE GRUSHECKY is a true rock ‘n’ roll survivor, the talented singer, songwriter, and guitarist first bursting onto the scene in 1979 with his band the Iron City Houserockers and their critically-acclaimed debut album, Love’s So Tough. By the time the band released a follow-up in 1980’s Have A Good Time But Get Out Alive, Grushecky had sharpened his songwriting skills to a razor’s edge, and his intelligent blue-collar anthems mixed muscular, guitar-driven rock with elements of blues and soul like nobody before or since. After two more albums that earned great reviews but sold few copies, the Iron City Houserockers called it a day. Grushecky, a Pittsburgh native, returned home to Steeltown and resumed his day job as a teacher working with at-risk youth, a position that he has pretty much held ever since. He stayed out of music for the better part of a decade, returning with a new band – Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers and released the acclaimed Swimming With The Sharks album.
    Forty four years and many albums later, Joe Grushecky and his band The Houserockers are still rocking, playing the rock ‘n roll bars that are still open, at an age where many musicians have retired, collecting social security checks. He hasn’t had a label deal in 35 years, Grushecky and the Houserockers are going it on their own, braving the tidal changes that have assaulted the music industry by rocking harder. Through the years, Grushecky has continued to hone his craft as a blue collar, working man’s songwriter and even with the help of his friend Bruce Springsteen, fame and fortune have eluded him, he remains committed to music as a powerful creative force. The release of his new record CAN’T OUTRUN A MEMORY marks the 23rd album of his storied career!

    Showtime 8:30pm

    21 and up

     

    Price

    $31.50 in advance (plus applicable surcharges), $37 at the door

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    Wonder Bar
    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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