In many ways, The Stone Pony put Asbury Park’s storied music scene on the map by offering artistic salvation to those famed and beloved boardwalkers that made our city by the sea a musical hotbed…and this weekend, as the internationally renown house of Rock N’ Roll worship celebrates its 38th year of open doors and endearing memories, artists of both the old guard and the new school that’ve made their bones within will return home to pay homage.
Tonight, as the Boss and company are prepping for a new world tour, and openly dismissing their future support of President Obama (a political move to endear Springsteen to fans upset by his former backing of the incumbent candidate perhaps?), the collectives almost carbon copy, The B Street Band, will yet again take to the Pony’s planks and perform a series of classic tracks that will undoubtedly recall fond memories of yesteryear while inducing congregation-wide sing alongs. But not before The Upstage Band, featuring Sonny Kenn and Vini Lopez (Steel Mill, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band) open the evening…doors are at 7:30 with a cover of $20 to be paid upon admission.
On Saturday night local guitar maestro Bobby Bandiera (Cats On A Smooth Surface) will play a highly anticipated set at 9:30 p.m. with with support from the Pony’s current house band, and owners of SIMGE’s 9th favorite album of 2011, Outside The Box. An opening acoustic set will be performed by Asbury’s own Laura Crisci. Doors are at 7:30 p.m. with a cover of $20 to be paid upon admission.