Who’s on tap?

The Wonder Bar is a favorite stop for seasoned bands and where up­-and­-comers can make their mark. Check out who’s slated to take the stage. And don’t forget to check back, because new shows are being added all the time.

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  • Brooklyn Brewery Afterparty

    Brooklyn Brewery Afterparty

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    Just because the Asbury Park Beerfest is done for the day doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop. Keep the good times coming at the Official Brooklyn Brewery Afterparty at the WB on January 25th at 10:30 PM, right after the the last Beerfest session of the day.

    Swing by to enjoy beer specials for Brooklyn Lager, The Stonewall Inn IPA and Bel Air Sour as well as door prizes and swag giveaways. SoulShine will be providing the soundtrack with classic rock hits, and the best part of all? There’s no cover for the party to stop you from joining in on the fun.

     

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    No cover (21+ up admitted)

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    Wonder Bar
    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • Cosmic Wonder Jam

    Cosmic Wonder Jam

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    Cosmic Wonder Jam
    Wonder Jam Sundays return with the Jersey Shore’s hottest classic rock jam band, the Cosmic Jerry Band. The WB opens at noon. $5 cover starts at 3, music from 4 to 8 pm.

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    $5 starting at 3 pm

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

    Damn the Torpedoes

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    Damn the Torpedoes
    Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
    An evening of Tom Petty hits and favorites with NJ’s own DTT. This band really rocks with spot on musical detail and a full career retrospective show.

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

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    Wonder Bar
    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • Diomede Donovan Band

    Diomede Donovan Band

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    Saturday February 1, 2020
    Diomede Donovan Band
    Mark Diomede and Dan Donovan bring on the jam with Skip Vangelas from Dark Star Orchestra on bass and Jeff Pearlman from Panama Dead on keys. It’s a night of Grateful Dead family music with some classic rock gems and originals sprinkled into a two-set, three-hour plus show.

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    $10

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    Wonder Bar
    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • Giraffes, Tango Machina

    Giraffes, Tango Machina

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    Giraffes, Tango Machina, Tiki Torture, Fetal Rage

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    $5

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    Wonder Bar
    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • Gods, Garcia Peoples, Wreaths

    Gods, Garcia Peoples, Wreaths

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    Gods, Garcia Peoples, Wreaths

    It’s been a small, happy wonder to watch Garcia Peoples transmit themselves to the outside world. From up close, they’re almost too omnipresent to keep track of, playing frequently, and out watching shows around Brooklyn on nearly any other given night. Honing their chops first at their respective parents’ places, playing until they had to unplug for the night, Arakaki and Malach would inevitably retire to the 7-11 parking lot. There, they pieced together the emerging jams, fragments, verses, and other stray ideas they had yet to write, until–at least in the Garciaverse–they coalesced into distinct albums. Then they just had to record them. As of this writing, they’re only one album behind. Like a road map with constantly changing coordinates, the Garcias’ master plan is only barely that, but they plunge into the next territory with an infectious enthusiasm

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    $12 in advance (plus applicable surcharges), $13 at the door

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    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • Michigan Rattlers

    Michigan Rattlers

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    Michigan Rattlers
    with special guest Brent Cowles

    Lifelong friends and deep-north natives, musical group Michigan Rattlers play heavy-hearted folk-rock with an aching dose of Midwestern nice. Graham Young (guitar), Adam Reed (upright bass), and Christian Wilder (piano) began writing music and performing together in their Northern Michigan high school.
    “Petoskey is a small place. Beautiful, but secluded. It’s hard to start a musical career in a place where there are more deer than people.”
    Still, they regularly played every bar, cafe, and stage in town, developing a musical chemistry informed by the likes of AC/DC, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Seger and more.
    After a few years apart, Reed and Young settled down in Los Angeles, recorded a short demo, and began playing locally. The demo found its way into the hands of super-producer Johnny K (Plain White T’s, 3 Doors Down), and they cut the bulk of their first EP at NRG Studios in just one day.
    “My favorite music is recorded that way,” continues Reed. “You get in a room, plug in, and cut songs live. The energy of the recording comes directly from the physical performance, and it puts the listener into that specific time and place.”
    This self-titled Michigan Rattlers EP attracted glowing reviews from No Depression, Bluegrass Situation, B3 Science, and Rolling Stone, who named the band one of their “Ten New Country Artists You Need To Know” in 2016. They spent the rest of that year and much of the next touring in support of this release.
    In September 2017, pianist Christian Wilder was added to the band’s lineup. Now a trio, the group headed into the studio to record their newest EP, Wasting the Meaning. Comprised of three cover songs, the project was conceived as a way to explore deeper into the recording process and pay homage to some of their favorite songwriters.

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

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    Wonder Bar
    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • Bobby Bandiera Band

    Bobby Bandiera Band

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    Special Valentines Party with Bobby Bandiera Band at The Wonder Bar!
    Come join us on this special night to dance to the music of one of New Jersey’s greatest bands
    with special guest Stella Mrowicki, along with DJ Lee Mrowicki

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

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  • Motel Radio

    Motel Radio

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    Motel Radio
    with special guests Beauty
    Juno Dunes

    Harmony is king in Motel Radio. The four piece, dual front man indie band from New Orleans builds silky, melodic guitar waves for their stacked vocals to surf across. Breezy yet intentional, pop-minded yet psychedelic; their tunes are as likely to stick with young songwriters as they are veteran deadheads.

    In New Orleans, music wafts through the windows night and day. From the sidesticking second lines to the croons of the troubadours on Royal Street, Motel Radio draws inspiration from the sounds of their home city while adding their own indie flair to the pot. The group spent a year writing and recording their debut full-length Siesta Del Sol with producer, engineer, and neighbor Eric Heigle. They split time between Heigle’s studio (Wix Mix Productions) and their own home studio a block away to produce the dynamic 10 song LP, which was released in July.

    The album title “Siesta Del Sol “ was derived from a jukebox song the band heard at a bar in Marfa, TX during their first tour of the west coast. It was a nostalgic and defining moment for the group: four musicians who had started as college roommates simultaneously felt a cosmic emotion and awareness of what they’d been building together. They realized they were chasing something bigger than themselves as they continued their journey west.

    The band has played festivals across the U.S. (New Orleans Jazz Fest, Firefly Festival, Voodoo, and SXSW to name a few), and opened for artists like Kurt Vile, Moon Taxi, Drive By Truckers, Dylan LeBlanc and Summer Salt.

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

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    Wonder Bar
    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • Joe Jack Talcum of Dead Milkmen

    Joe Jack Talcum of Dead Milkmen

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    Joe Jack Talcum (of Dead Milkmen)
    The Mega Yeah
    Erotic Novels and Nervous Triggers

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    $8 in advance (plus applicable charges), $10 at the door

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    Wonder Bar
    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • theNEWDEAL

    theNEWDEAL

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    theNEWDEAL

    With over 1400 legendary late nights, sold-out clubs and triumphant festivals under their belts, theNEWDEAL returns with a passion in 2019 with ‘TND3’ – the third incarnation of the renowned live electronica trio: Jamie Shields (keyboards), Dan Kurtz (bass), and new drummer Davide Di Renzo.

    The band’s evolution through three drummers has now brought theNEWDEAL closer to its original direction. “With Davide, it’s a bit like ‘coming back home’, as he was the drummer that inspired our original direction back in 1998 when the three of us played an impromptu gig together in Guelph, Ontario.  Each of the band’s drummers has brought something unique to theNEWDEAL, and with Davide we’re reaching back to move forward with the organic-infused improvisation that has long-inspired a big part of theNEWDEAL sound,” explains keyboardist Jamie Shields.

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

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    Wonder Bar
    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • Longwave

    Longwave

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    Longwave

    Longwave formed at the dawn of the New York indie rock resurgence in 1999. The Brooklyn-based band’s first release was the indie distributed Endsongs.

    The band then signed to RCA Records where it released the Dave Fridmann-produced The Strangest Things. Longwave followed up with an EP, Life Of The Party, which was produced by Fridmann and future producer of The National, Peter Katis. The band would enlist John Leckie (Radiohead, XTC, and Stone Roses) to helm the production for the full length a There’s A Fire. In 2008 Longwave released Secrets Are Sinister, which Katis produced, through Original Signal Recordings.

    To support these releases the band toured throughout the world sharing billing domestically and overseas with their friends The Strokes. They’ve also toured with The National, The Vines, The Doves, bloc party, Blue October, and Kasabian among others.

    The band released a single and video, “Stay With Me”, followed by a new album.

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

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    Wonder Bar
    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • The Dude Ranch

    The Dude Ranch

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    The Dude Ranch
    Blink-182 Tribute

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    $10 in advance (plus applicable surcharges)

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    Wonder Bar
    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • Waynard Scheller and Rainbow Full of Sound

    Waynard Scheller and Rainbow Full of Sound

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    Waynard Scheller and Rainbow Full of Sound
    Playing the music of the Grateful Dead from the Europe 72 three-record set

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    $16 in advance (plus applicable surcharges), $20 at the door

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    Wonder Bar
    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • Sensational Soul Cruisers

    Sensational Soul Cruisers

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    Sensational Soul Cruisers 

    The Sensational Soul Cruisers are not just another 11-man vocal harmony group with horns. While it is still sometimes possible to find a band featuring a similar line up of instruments, it is unlikely that you will ever find another that performs with as much energy, passion, and talent as these guys. From their humble beginnings rehearsing at the chicken coops on Route 33 to the basement of the Cycle Shop on Throckmorton Street, this band has come a long way from its “Eddie and the Cruisers” days to become one of Jersey’s best kept secrets. Under the tutelage of legendary Jersey Shore sax player Screamin’ Steve Barlotta, who has been the captain of this fantastic soul cruise for over 20 years, has catapulted this band from the recesses of a dingy basement to over 200 performances a year while capturing the true essence of the Jersey Shore sound and its true R&B roots.

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

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    Wonder Bar
    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • The Dales

    The Dales

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    THE DALES

    Drew Lawrence – vocals and keyboard
    Preston Pope – vocals, guitar
    Jackie Tozzi – vocals

    “These days, more than ever, we all need a reason to feel upbeat and optimistic. This is our way of helping us get there.”

    That’s Drew Lawrence, co-founder, singer/songwriter and keyboard player of the California-based band The Dales, sharing some insights into Easy Times, the band’s aptly named new EP and follow up to Marie, their critically acclaimed debut. Where that album shared a story of heartache and hardship in the wake of a personal tragedy, Easy Times changes its tune, both literally and figuratively. The melodies are as alluring, irresistable and accessible as always, but there’s a decided sense of optimism and exuberance ringing through these five carefully crafted songs, each of which offers an assured antidote for troubled times.

    Produced by The Dales, Easy Times is, as Lawrence describes it, all about affirmation and encouragement, a soundtrack that urges the listener to get on with the business of life and not get bogged down in disappointment and hard times.

    In their determination to return to their roots, the band recently reemerged as a trio. Allowing them to focus on the essence of the songs themselves and emphasize their tight-knit harmonies, a key component of their seminal sound.

    Singer/guitarist Preston Pope, who along with Lawrence and new Dales member, singer Jackie Tozzi makes up the band’s creative core, offered his take on the transition. “We tried a few different angles with this record,” he reflects. “It was a challenge and at times, it felt like we were searching in the dark. Ultimately we made a determined decision to strip things to an essential additives and simply go back to basics — that is, melodies and lyrics that convey a more hopeful view of life and its possibilities.”

    That’s evident in each of the songs on Easy Times, from the easy, amiable and unhurried sway of the title track and Turner’s gently comforting vocals that grace the closing “Careful,” to the three songs sandwiched in-between — the quiet and considered “Coming All In,” the soothing and yet sedate “If I Got You” and “Homesick,” a song bound with a genuine folk finesse.

    Lawrence offers his own impressions of these songs. “Easy Times,” he says, “is about realizing that a challenging time in a relationship has passed, and that after going through all the turmoil the connection can become even stronger than before.” He describes “Homesick” as a summer anthem of sorts, “a bit of wistful reflection on being back in Washington state this summer, a place my wife and I consider home, and written from the perspective of all the people that care for us up there and wish we would return.”

    The song ”Careful” is, in his words, “A heartfelt plea to a lover urging them not to be reckless with their trust… and to stop substance abuse in the process.”

    Still, the most provocative song in the set may well be “Coming On In,” which was written as a  letter to management in response to their urging the band to give their all to this project. “It’s our answer to their urging,” he says.

    Then again, that’s been the intent since the beginning in 2016 when Lawrence, a veteran best-selling songwriter whose credits include co-writes with Christina Perri and Jars of Hearts, connected with Pope who he had known over a dozen years, having played together in several groups over that particular period.

    “We were always the only two survivors of the bands we were in,” Lawrence laughs. “Bands tend to have a lot of drama and sometimes you feel like you’re lucky to come out alive.”

    That they have. Parade raved that their “Incredible multi-part vocal harmony reminiscent of CSN is punctuated by a simple guitar and piano arrangement that emphasizes the fabulous musicianship of this group.”  Cryptic Rock declared, “The Dales are definitely a group to watch for. Their back-to-basics, beautiful Americana/Roots approach to musical storytelling and sincere songwriting is refreshing, delicate, and wonderfully supported by those to die for vocal harmonies. Which all just means that those who love a good, sincere song are going to love The Dales!”

    In fact, the love has been coming ever since the band’s inception. Various national outlets, NPR among them, took notice. Grammy-nominated producer Jerry Streeter (The Lumineers, Brandi Carlile) was so impressed with the band that he signed on to produce The Dales’ debut. Continued touring has taken them across the country headlining shows and sharing the stages with such acts as Marc Broussard, White Buffalo and Cris Jacobs.

    Now, with Easy Times on the horizon, The Dales are eagerly embracing a new phase in their career.

    “We’ve redefined ourselves as astute observers, Lawrence suggests. “Maybe that’s our role going forward, to give hope and encouragement at a time we need it most. Maybe it’s a mark of maturity. Whatever the case, we think we’ve found our niche.”

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    $10 in advance (plus applicable surcharges), $15 at the door

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    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • The Hails x Rare Creatures x Little Bird

    The Hails x Rare Creatures x Little Bird

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    The Hails x Rare Creatures x Little Bird

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

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  • Gods, Native Sun, The Muckers, Sunshine Spazz

    Gods, Native Sun, The Muckers, Sunshine Spazz

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    Gods, Native Sun, The Muckers, Sunshine Spazz

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    $10 in advance (plus applicable surcharges), $15 at the door

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    Wonder Bar
    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • White Reaper

    White Reaper

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    White Reaper
    Tour 2020
    with Young Guv
    Buddy Crime
    White Reaper’s Tony Esposito (guitar/vocals), Ryan Hater (keyboards), Sam Wilkerson (bass), Nick Wilkerson (drums), and Hunter Thompson (guitar) have been living on the road, performing headline shows and supporting some of their idols – The Killers, Spoon, and Weezer. The band has also been making rounds in the festival circuit with stops at Lollapalooza, ACL, and CalJam. This summer, the Kentucky boys did a run of U.S. headline dates and performed their inaugural sets at the UK’s Reading and Leeds festivals.

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    $17 in advance (plus applicable surcharges), $20 at the door

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    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • Daniel Donato

    Daniel Donato

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    DANIEL DONATO
    #COSMIC COUNTRY
    INTO THIS DECADE

    Instrumentalists bear the burden of communicating musical ideas without the aid of lyrics or storytelling proper. For many years, that’s how 2018 Americana Award nominee Daniel Donato operated as the guitarist for Nashville acts like The Wild Feathers, Paul Cauthen and The Don Kelley Band.

    From age 14, Donato has developed his brand of crisp, soulful, on-the-edge telecaster picking under bar lights, honing his skills and proving his mettle within the city’s prominent live music scene. All the while, a growing love of songwriting mirrored the pace of his ever-improving guitar chops.

    Now, a short three years after his departure from Kelley’s classic country outfit, the 23-year-old is signed to William Morris Endeavors as an artist with a docket of jam-ready country and bluegrass songs. Backed by his three-piece “Cosmic Country Band” – cosmic country is a catch-all term for experimental roots music, often assisted by electronic sounds – Donato stands at the frontier of his career with characteristic intrepidity, no longer bounded by the expressive limitations of his instrument.

    His strident voice and explorative songwriting carry his music into new territory, offering bold ideas to his fan base while staying true to what drew them to him in the first place: a palpable love of music delivered through excelled craft. With one eye on the night’s gig and another on the ages, Donato is continuing his journey down country music’s long and winding road, leaving no stone unturned.

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    Tickets: $10 in advance (plus applicable surcharges), $12 at the door

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  • Muscadine Bloodline

    Muscadine Bloodline

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    There’s a new force making major waves in country music, Muscadine Bloodline. Proud natives of Mobile Alabama, Gary Stanton and Charlie Muncaster started Muscadine Bloodline in early 2016. From the first time they took stage, Nashville started talking… so now, with two Billboard charting critically acclaimed EPs under their belt, it’s no surprise the rest of the music world is quickly catching on. The duo’s reputation for high-energy live experiences has resulted in a schedule full of shows spanning from coast to coast. Charlie’s contemporary vocals complimented by Gary’s harmonies and masterful guitar licks make MB a powerfully refreshing mix of talent, passion and unfiltered authenticity. Infamously undaunted by the big stage, their sound intertwines the brash irreverence of early southern rockers with the seductive quality of ’90s country love songs. Captivating hooks heard in songs like “Movin’ On” and the aggressively anthemic “WD-40” stand as a testament to MB’s wide ranging music-making capability. Every song and every show is a moving experience but at the same time, unmistakably Muscadine Bloodline.

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

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  • Uli Jon Roth

    Uli Jon Roth

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    Uli Jon Roth
    Interstellar Sky Guitar World Tour

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    $30 in advance (plus applicable surcharges), $35 at the door

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    Wonder Bar
    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • DeSol

    DeSol

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    Due to the overwhelming response to their DeSol reunion show, the band will return to the Wonder Bar stage for a special two-night appearance Sat., May 30 at 8 pm (21+) and Sun., May 31 at 6 pm (special all-ages early show).

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

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  • DeSol

    DeSol

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    Due to the overwhelming response to their DeSol reunion show, the band will return to the Wonder Bar stage for a special two-night appearance Sat., May 30 at 8 pm (21+) and Sun., May 31 at 6 pm (special all-ages early show).

    Price

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

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    Wonder Bar
    1213 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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