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Where the Music Lives

Asbury Park: Where the Music Lives

Asbury Park: Where Music Lives is a new book that traces the history of music in Asbury Park, spanning genres from blues to rock to opera. Filled with anecdotes, analysis, photos, and historical tidbits, the book is a great way to learn some local history.

Many people associate Asbury Park with music, but often don’t go much further than Bruce Springsteen. The city is a mecca for musical talent dating back to 1923 with the earliest known public performance of the then-14-year-old prodigy Count Basie. In 1943, Duke Ellington played Convention Hall, and in 1982, The Clash graced the Hall. In the 90s, Johnny Cash played the Paramount Theatre, and Kayne West played in 2006.

Some of today’s performers include Glen Burtnik, who is always doing impromptu sessions, Nick Clemens (son of Clarence Clemens), and the Light of Day concert and event series. Tickets for Light of Day, a charity event that raises money for Parkinson’s Disease and related illnesses, can be purchased today for its January 2012 start.

Asbury has a great number of venus and places to go for live music experiences. Asbury Park Music has a handy list, including the Stone Pony, Convention Hall/Paramount Theatre, The Saint, Wonder Ball, and more.

To stay up to date with all the happenings in Asbury, sign up to the weekly email newsletter of Tom Gilmour, the Director of Commerce and Economic Development of Asbury Park (aka “Director of Good Times”). Also visit and for the latest performance announcements, news, events, and more!


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