Live bands.
Beach vibes.
Furry friends.

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, sniff some butts and get off the leash for a few hours.

MENU

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

UPCOMING
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  • JoBonanno & the Godsons of Soul

    JoBonanno & the Godsons of Soul

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    JOBONANNO & THE GODSONS OF SOUL
    Doors 8 pm
    Show 8:30 pm

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    $15 in advance (plus applicable surcharges)

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    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • CANCELLED: Rock Bottom

    CANCELLED: Rock Bottom

    New Jersey’s Premiere Party Band

    at the Wonder Bar
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    CANCELLED:
    ROCK BOTTOM

    New Jersey’s Premiere Party Band

    Watch for new date soon

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  • Consider the Source

    Consider the Source

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    Sci-fi fusion trio Consider the Source defy easy categorization. If intergalactic energy beings, upon their initiation into an order of whirling dervishes, built a pan-dimensional booty-shaking engine powered by psychedelic math…it would sound like a cut-rate CTS cover band. With their blend of progressive rock and improvisatory jazz, soaked in Indian and Middle Eastern styles, CTS blends disparate elements into an utterly original whole. A relentless touring schedule has earned them a fervent following around the world, with fans ranging from jam-band hippies to corpse-painted headbangers.

    Their latest album, You Are Literally a Metaphor, is the culmination of a fifteen-year musical journey. Packed with the same fury and dazzling virtuosity of their previous work, Metaphor is also a portrait of three musicians reaching new levels of maturity.

    From the bluesy swing of “When You’ve Loved and Lost Like Frankie Has” to the ethereal electro-synths of “Sketches From a Blind Man”, CTS’s minimalist pop instincts stand shoulder-to-shoulder with progressive metal and freewheeling improvisation in a true expression of their omnivorous musicality. Three of Metaphor’s nine songs are Eastern European traditionals, but could easily be mistaken for the band’s original tunes, so singular has their sound become. CTS retain their signature fiery maximalism while pushing the hooky, anthemic songwriting to the forefront. Bassist John Ferrara’s new Taurus bass pedals and guitarist Gabriel Marin’s new custom Vigier double-neck guitar add new dimensions to the band’s already diverse sound.

    This is an album born of comfort and growth. In the five years since World War Trio, the band has toured extensively, Marin and Ferrara have released side projects, and drummer/percussionist Jeff Mann has gone from a relative newcomer to a road-hardened veteran. After all this time, CTS knows how to create space for each other, how to finish each other’s musical thoughts and sentences, how to think as three individuals but speak with one voice. You Are Literally a Metaphor is a statement of confidence, an assertion of identity from a band with no reservations and nothing to prove.

    CTS have performed in a half-dozen countries across three continents. They have shared the stage with a wide variety of artists, including: Victor Wooten, King Crimson Projekt, Wyclef Jean, Ozric Tentacles, Soulive, The Disco Biscuits, Papadosio, Turkuaz, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Wayne Krantz and many others. They have performed at festivals and events including: Electric Forest, Peach Fest, Gathering of the Vibes, Resonance, Summercamp, Shakori Hills, ProgDay, and Progtober.

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    $13 in advance plus applicable surcharges, $15 at the door

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  • Big Bang Baby

    Big Bang Baby

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    BIG BANG BABY

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    $15 in advance (plus applicable surcharges), $20 at the door

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  • Sensational Soul Cruisers

    Sensational Soul Cruisers

    Screamin' Steve's Birthday Bash

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    The Sensational Soul Cruisers
    Special Sunday Concert Event with Friends
    Screamin’ Steve’s Birthday Bash
    Doors 6:30 pm
    Show 7 pm

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    $25  per person general admission, $35  per person at tables (1 table of 6 and 5 tables of 4 sold as tables), plus applicable surcharges

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  • Norman Seldin’s Big Band

    Norman Seldin’s Big Band

    Sounds of New Orleans Tribute Show

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    Stormin’ Norman Seldin’s Big Band
    Sounds of New Orleans Tribute Show

    Join us for a night of New Orleans flavored music: Fats Domino, Big Joe Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, John Prine and more. Norman Seldin returns with a stellar eleven piece band, including Dueling Pianos with Ryan Gregg, Pam McCoy, Vicky Warne, Tom Timko and five saxes!

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    $22 in advance plus applicable surcharges, $25 at the door

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    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • Damn the Torpedoes (Tom Petty Tribute)

    Damn the Torpedoes (Tom Petty Tribute)

    The Live Tom Petty Concert Experience

    at the Wonder Bar
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    DAMN THE TORPEDOES
    The Live Tom Petty Concert Experience
    Two-set show loaded with Tom Petty hits and favorites!

    Over the years, Damn the Torpedoes has evolved with more committed members and a deep understanding of the Tom Petty catalog. The current lineup has been in place for several years and demonstrates the unspoken chemistry that makes a great band. The signature riffs, harmonies and underlying parts of the music are all there, along with some fresh twists that are often inspired in the moment. The resulting performances have audiences smiling, singing, dancing and mourning the loss of this great artist.

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    $20 in advance (plus applicable surcharges), $25 at the door

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  • Pure McCartney

    Pure McCartney

    Paul McCartney Tribute Band

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    PURE McCARTNEY
    Paul McCartney Tribute Band
    Doors at 8 pm
    Show 8:30 pm

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    $12 in advance, $15 at the door (plus applicable surcharges)

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  • Billy Hector Big Band Birthday Bash

    Billy Hector Big Band Birthday Bash

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    Billy Hector Big Band Birthday Bash
    featuring The Midnite Horns, Keys & the Queen
    Doors 8 pm
    Show 8:30 pm

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    $25 in advance (plus applicable surcharges), $30 at the door

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  • The Dude Ranch (Blink-182 Tribute)

    The Dude Ranch (Blink-182 Tribute)

    plus Emo Night Karaoke

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    THE DUDE RANCH
    Blink-182 Tribute
    + Emo Night Karaoke

    What happens when you put together three dudes with musical ability, a love for Blink-182 and a similarly warped sense of humor? You get The Dude Ranch! Consisting of guitarist/vocalist Gerard Canonico, bassist/vocalist Zach Falkow and drummer Micah Cowher, The Dude Ranch will transport you straight back to the late ’90s when the U.S. had three major music festivals and Furbees were still being sold un-ironically. These three jokers are hellbent on accurately recreating the classic music and debauchery of “Mark Tom and Travis Show” era Blink.

    EMO NIGHT KARAOKE

    Old friends from the bands Just Surrender, Young English, Southcott & Thieves and Villains got together and learned almost 100 pop punk/emo songs for you to sing along to! ENK has also became known for doing “album nights” when they play cult classic albums front to back.

    At the show, you can choose your song via the iPad at center stage and song choice is first come first served, so get there early to reserve your favorite. There are several TVs scrolling the lyrics to help you sing along, and groups are encouraged.

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    $10 in advance plus applicable surcharges, $12 at the door

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  • Hollis Brown

    Hollis Brown

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    Hollis Brown
    50 Years of Getting “Loaded”

    Hollis Brown hits the road with a special two-set show celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Velvet Underground’s classic album Loaded. After six straight months of touring to promote the release of their new album, Ozone Park, playing tight opening sets for the likes of Robert Randolph and Vintage Trouble, Hollis Brown is ready to stretch out on stage.

    The Queens-based rock band IS bringing their 50 Years of Getting “Loaded” show to Asbury Park. Following a full set of material from their three albums, Hollis Brown will perform the
    Loaded album in its entirety for the first time on tour.

    “When we were starting out, Loaded was an album that showed us how to write songs, and also how to capture a no-frills energy in our sound. It will be the first time we are performing this show in its entirety, and we can’t wait to hit the stages,” said singer Mike Montali.

    Hollis Brown Gets Loaded was born out of a 2013 tribute concert to Lou Reed, where they were first asked to perform the seminal 1970 Velvet Underground album live. Alive Naturalsound Records then convinced the band to commit their track-by-track interpretations to vinyl, which they recorded live over two days in a house in the country, for a limited-edition Record Store Day 2014 release. However, the album soon took on a life of its own, with surprise airplay on tastemaker stations like KEXP Seattle and KUT Austin, prompting the label to issue a full physical and digital release. To this day, Hollis Brown’s versions of tracks like “Oh! Sweet Nuthin'” and “Sweet Jane” continue to organically find their way onto streaming playlists, and remain among their top songs on online music services.

    All tickets from the originally scheduled date will be honored.

     

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    $20 in advance (plus applicable surcharges), $22 at the door

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  • Sea.Hear.Now presents White Denim

    Sea.Hear.Now presents White Denim

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    Sea.Hear.Now presents White Denim
    Doors: 8 pm
    Show: 9 pm

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    $22 in advance plus applicable fees, $25 at the door plus applicable fees

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  • Sea.Hear.Now presents Reignwolf

    Sea.Hear.Now presents Reignwolf

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    Sea.Hear.Now presents Reignwolf
    with special guest
    Doors: 10:30 pm
    Show: 11:30 pm

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    $18 in advance plus applicable fees, $20 at the door plus applicable fees

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    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • Kendall Street Company

    Kendall Street Company

    with DeeOhGee and Vintage Pistol

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    Kendall Street Company
    with DeeOhGee and Vintage Pistol

    Kendall Street Company is a jam-alt rock band based out of Charlottesville, Virginia. From late night jam sessions at the University of Virginia to main stages at venues and festivals throughout the country, Kendall Street Company has broken the mold of improvised rock and entered a world of jazz-grass infused psychedelic bliss. The band’s musical style incorporates elements of jam, folk, jazz, funk, and psychedelic rock. They embrace mind-altering riffs as well as soulful and jazzy wit, while remaining true to their folksy songwriting roots.

    “The Space Race” is Kendall Street Company’s first single off their highly anticipated pop-ambient space opera double LP “The Year the Earth Stood Still,” (set to release summer 2021). Recorded in the midst of a pandemic, the record was born as a collective improvisational experiment over a 5 day period in a rural farmhouse studio. With imaginations running wild and sessions lasting through to the wee hours of the morning, the record quickly took on a life of its own as a time capsule of the band’s thoughts, feelings, and creative drive in a year of great uncertainty over their own future, and that of humanity at large.

    Averaging over 100 shows per year since 2013, KSC has performed at festivals such as Lockn’, Roosterwalk, Floydfest, Resonance, and Domefest and has opened for acts such as Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, moe., Papadosio, Umphrey’s McGee, Goose, and Leftover Salmon. All the while, the band has released myriad records, EPs, and singles to national acclaim.

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    $15 in advance plus applicable surcharges, $18 at the door (if available)

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  • Joey Cape

    Joey Cape

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    Joey Cape
    with support from Jose Prieto of MakeWar

    Joey Cape hits the road performing songs from his latest release, A Good Year To Forget, additional cuts from his solo catalog and Lagwagon classics.

    The time Joey Cape spent with his parents over the past year didn’t just allow him to reconnect with them; it also afforded him time to write songs. Because recording studios were shutting down everywhere due to COVID, Cape got creative and turned the “cabana-type thing” he was living in into a home recording studio. “I just decided that if I was going to make a record like this, I should make it in full isolation,” he says. “I have a Murphy bed, so every morning I’d push up the bed, pull out the studio stuff, have some coffee or tea, get out my little chair and off I went.” Despite Cape’s isolation while writing A Good Year To Forget, his fans will hear much more than just a voice, guitar and bass on this record. Indeed, he ended up playing a plethora of instruments when recording the album, including electric and lap steel guitars, piano, mandolin and drums.

    “I almost made a solo record alone,” he laughs. “But that great fun you have in collaborating with other people in the studio is just priceless. There’s always something positive you can find-something of redeeming value in an experience where there’s a struggle of suffering. I played everything because I reached a point where I realized that’s something I’d have to hold onto if it was going to be the record I wanted and set out to make. It forced things to be very basic, but I’m okay with that.”

    A Good Year To Forget seeks to find the positive in the negatives to become a record of pure triumphant beauty. Hushed and haunted, there’s an almost Nick Drake-ian poignancy to these 12 songs, especially on the wistful The Poetry Of Our Mistakes. Come Home, a song inspired directly by the words his mother had spoken on the phone, is a beautifully melancholic, slightly folky tune full of hurt and longing that also manages to be reassuring at the same time. Elsewhere, Under the Doormat is a harrowingly beautiful ode to a lost love of the past. Check Your Ego at the Door is a ballroom lament steeped in timelessness, while Fictional is a scornful take on the false images and lives that proliferate on social media.

    “By any standard, 2020 was a bad year,” Cape says. “This record has truly distilled my own experience of the past year, what I’ve learned and what I’ve felt. It feels right and I’m very proud of the result.”

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    $18 in advance (plus applicable surcharges), $20 at the door

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  • Little Stranger

    Little Stranger

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    LITTLE STRANGER

    Born and raised in Philly, crash landed in Charleston, Kevin and John Shields are breaking into previously uncharted waters with their quirky indie hip-hop group, Little Stranger. Between John’s melodic singer-songwriter magnetism, Kevin’s in-your-face delivery, and an overall undeniable groove, this duo is sure to get any audience up and moving. Stylistically reminiscent of Gorillaz and Odelay-era Beck, Little Stranger delivers a fresh take on melodic hip-hop. Every track brings the uniqueness and strangeness that their name implies.

    For the past few years, the duo has perfected their live performance by playing over 100 shows per year prior to the coronavirus shutdown. The group also puts a big focus on creating arresting visual experiences through their music videos, their own eccentric television program (LSTV), and in-house graphics. Between their out-of-the-box creative endeavors and an ever-increasing arsenal of new tunes, Little Stranger is poised to make 2021 another slam dunk.

     

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    $15 in advance (plus applicable surcharges), $20 at the door

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  • I Am The Avalanche

    I Am The Avalanche

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    I Am The Avalanche

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    $16 in advance plus applicable surcharges, $18 at the door

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  • Will Hoge

    Will Hoge

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    For two decades, Will Hoge has carried the torch for American rock & roll, carving out his own blue-collar sound rooted in amplified guitars, melodic hooks, southern soul, and rootsy stomp. It’s a sound that nods to the best moments of the past — the punch of Tom Petty’s anthems; the countrified twang of Buck Owens’ singing; the raw, greasy cool of the Rolling Stones — while still pushing forward into new territory, with Hoge’s storytelling and larger-than-life voice leading the charge.

    Trends come and go. Yet Will Hoge remains a mainstay of the Americana landscape, hitting the road year after year, turning new pages of a career whose twists and turns — including Number One hits, a near-death experience, major-label record deals, and hard-won independence — sound like stuff of some long-lost movie script.

    Maybe that’s why Tiny Little Movies, his eleventh album, feels so cinematic. Recorded alongside Hoge’s band of road warriors, the album brims with the same electric energy that fuels his shows. These are songs for highways, hotels, the heartland, and those all-too-brief moments at home, glued together by self-reflective lyrics that find Hoge making peace with life, love, and the long ladder that leads to success.

    “Dealing with anxiety is a bit of a constant for me,” the songwriter admits. “I spent years worried about things falling apart — personally, musically, emotionally, financially, you name it. As I’ve gotten better at my life, there’s a moment of realizing that this is it. It is where it is supposed to be. So I’ve been looking around, embracing the good and the bad, hoping to change what I can, and accepting the things I can’t.”

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    $15 in advance (plus applicable surcharges), $18 at the door

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