|| Convention Hall
Die "Asbury Park Convention Hall" wurde im Jahre 1930
eröffnet und bietet Platz für knapp 3.600 Zuschauer. Die Fassade
ist denkmalgeschützt und wurde ins "National Register of
Historic Places" aufgenommen. Unter anderem traten hier die
Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, The Who, Pink Floyd und Stevie Wonder
auf. Offizielle Homepage: http://theasburyparkboardwalk.com/
Rock and roll has been a mainstay at Convention Hall since
the 1950s. On June 30, 1956, a concert by Frankie Lymon
& The Teenagers at the Hall ended prematurely when a
fistfight in the audience erupted into a full scale riot.
Three people were stabbed and then-Mayor Roland J. Hines
threatened a city-wide ban on rock and roll performances.
The ban never came to pass. In the mid-1960s, promoter Moe
Septee started booking rock acts at Convention Hall, including
some bands who would go on to achieve legendary status.
Between 1965 and 1975, Septee booked The Beach Boys, James
Brown, The Byrds, Ray Charles, The Dave Clark Five, The
Doors, The J. Geils Band, Herman’s Hermits, Janis Joplin,
Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, Pink
Floyd, and The Who, among many others. Led Zeppelin played
Convention Hall the evening of August 16, 1969, after their
manager, Peter Grant, rejected an invitation to Woodstock.
Joe Cocker opened for Led Zeppelin that night, before riding
up to Bethel, New York for his opening slot on the festival's
third and final (scheduled) day.
Concerts at Convention Hall continued even after Septee's
retirement. In the 1980s and 1990s, acts such as Peter Gabriel,
Elvis Costello, The Clash, No Doubt, and The Goo Goo Dolls
played the hall. During the 2000s, acts have included
Papa Roach, 50 Cent, and Dream Theater. By this time, Convention
Hall had neither heating nor air conditioning.
Beginning in the late 1990s Convention Hall gained a strong
association with Bruce Springsteen, He held rehearsals for
upcoming tours there (with fans standing outside to get
early ideas of what the shows would bring), some ticketed
public rehearsal shows, and several December holiday shows
in conjunction with The Max Weinberg 7. The large lighted
sign on the top of Convention Hall now reads
from Asbury Park", in reference to Springsteen's 1973 debut
album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.
An dieser Stelle wurde das Cover für die amerikanische
Singleveröffentlichung von "Hungry Heart" geschossen.
The boardwalk in Asbury Park is in the process of revitalization
and has recently been connected to the neighboring town
of Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Asbury Park boasts a one mile
long Boardwalk which is located 60 miles south of New York
City, and about 90 minutes north of Atlantic City. Asbury
Park is the birth home of Bruce Springsteen, Danny Devito
and Jack Nicholson. Like the Phoenix rising from the
Asbury Park is in the middle of a major redevelopment project
right now. The Queen of the northern Jersey Shore is about
to return to its former place of glory! Once known as the
"Crown Jewel" of the Jersey Shore, Asbury Park is really
going to try to make a comeback, and should be near finished
by 2009. Try to catch it while the old buildings still
like “Madame Marie’s” brightly painted fortune telling booth
made famous by Bruce Springsteen. The old Casino Pier is
closed. It once contained a skating rink, roller derby,
and amusements. The Casino has been a backdrop for the “Soprano’s”
TV show and in the movie “City by the Sea.” In the next
few years, the city promises shops, arcades, and goodie
stands. 2007 brings new excitement as the boardwalk undergoes
refurbishing. Several entrepreneurs have already opened
new shops on the boardwalk, taking advantage of rent concessions
to move into the old pavilions lining the boardwalk. On
the first Saturday of every month, Asbury Park's downtown
art galleries, home design studios, restaurants, antique
shops, and clothing boutiques remain open throughout the
evening, serving Hors d’œuvres and offering
to showcase the city's residential and commercial
||Berkley Carteret Hotel
Ein achtstöckliger Hotelbau aus den 1920er Jahren. Mittlerweile wurden viele Suiten
als Wohnungen verkauft. Das Haus wurde 1985 zu einem 4 Sterne
Hotel ausgebaut. Offizielle Homepage: http://www.berkeleyhotelnj.com/
The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel. All the splendor and glamour
of a bygone era has been restored and waiting for you. Discover
the old charm and sophisticated character of the Jersey
Shore's most unique hotel, with spectacular views of the
Atlantic Ocean. Step into a bygone era of this historic
oceanfront hotel with its 250 oversized guest rooms and
luxury suites. Accommodations offer all the comforts expected
from a Grand Hotel. Newly renovated Grand Ballrooms, set
the stage for an unforgettable celebration, whether a cozy
cocktail party, storybook wedding or high tech convention,
with over 30,000 square feet. The Asbury Park Convention
Hall and Paramount Theatre are located directly across the
street with 50,000 square feet of flexible convention
Come and relive the glory days of yesteryear and famous
|| Sunset Lounge / The Aztec
||The Wonder Bar
Eine berüchtigte Biertränke im Herzen der Stadt. Einst soll der
Tresen der längste der Welt gewesen sein. Die Bar existiert immer
noch und trägt heute den Namen "Lance & Debbies Wonderbar". Offizielle
The Wonder Bar is Asbury's newest NFL football destination. Make it your home on Sundays and on Monday nights. Sunday NFL action starts at 1 pm with 12 TVs along with food and drink specials and giveaways from Coors Light. Monday night also makes for a great football night at the Wonder Bar with a free halftime buffet and drink
||The Fast Lane
In diesem Club hat Jon Bon Jovi seine ersten Auftritt vor Publikum
absolviert. Bruce Springsteen spielte 1982 mit der "Beaver
Browne Band" im "Fast Lane". In der Nachbarschaft ist
eine Bowlingbar namens "Asbury Lanes" zu finden.
Ein Tex-Mex Restaurant mit Bühne und Bar.
Inhaberin des "Tempels der Weissheit" war Marie Castello (25.05.1915 – 27.06.2008), der selbsternannten "Gypsy Queen of the Boardwalk". Zu ihren berühmtesten Klienten zählte nicht nur Bruce Springsteen, sondern auch Ray Charles, Woody Allen, Perry
Como, Diane Keaton, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Elliott Gould, Gorilla
Monsoon, Vic Damone und Diahann Carroll.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN REMEMBERS MADAM MARIE
Back in the day when I was a fixture on the Asbury Park
boardwalk, I’d often stop and talk to Madam Marie as she
sat on her folding chair outside the Temple of Knowledge.
I’d sit across from her on the metal guard rail bordering
the beach, and watched as she led the day trippers into
the small back room where she would unlock a few of the
mysteries of their future. She always told me mine looked
pretty good – she was right. The world has lost enough mystery
as it is – we need our fortunetellers. We send our condolences
out to her family who’ve carried on her tradition. Over
here on E Street, we will miss her - Bruce Springsteen Interview
Rockerkneipe. Auch unter dem Namen "One Sane Man" bekannt.
Prince / Gon Shin / Xanadu
Drei Namen, eine Kneipe. Wechselte oft den Besitzer und war früher
ein Surfertreffpunkt. Bruce Springsteen hat im "Student
Prince" einige Konzerte gespielt. Wenn man den Gerüchten
Glauben schenken darf, soll er im Student Prince einst Clarence
Clemons getroffen haben. Während der 1980er Jahre wurde der Club
verkauft und in "Xanadu" umbenannt. Bruce Springsteen traf
sich oft im "Xanadu" mit Freunden und Bandkollegen.
Ausserdem feierte die erste Singleauskopplung aus "Born in the
USA" im Xanadu ihre Weltpremiere. Bruce Springsteen brachte im
Frühsommer des Jahres 1998 eine Promopressung von "Dancing in
the Dark" in den Club und bat den DJ, den Song kurzerhand
One night we were playing in Asbury Park. I'd heard The
Bruce Springsteen Band was nearby at a club called The Student
Prince and on a break between sets I walked over there.
On-stage, Bruce used to tell different versions of this
story but I'm a Baptist, remember, so this is the truth.
A rainy, windy night it was, and when I opened the door
the whole thing flew off its hinges and blew away down the
street. The band were on-stage, but staring at me framed
in the doorway. And maybe that did make Bruce a little nervous
because I just said, "I want to play with your band," and
he said, "Sure, you do anything you want." The first song
we did was an early version of "Spirit In The Night". Bruce
and I looked at each other and didn't say anything, we just
knew. We knew we were the missing links in each other's
lives. He was what I'd been searching for. In one way he
was just a scrawny little kid. But he was a visionary. He
wanted to follow his dream. So from then on I was part of
history - Clarence Clemons Interview
Restaurant und Bar.
||The Stone Pony
Bruce Springsteens Heimat. Der legendäre Musikclub zählt noch
heute zu den angesagtesten Locations in Asbury Park, NJ.
Die Ursprünge des "Stone Pony" gehen bis ins Jahre 1922
zurück. Damals eröffneten John und Ida Jacobs an der Ocean
Avenue / Ecke Second Avenue eine Pommes- und Hot Dog Bude.
Schon im nächsten Sommer gründete Familie Jacobs an gleicher
Stelle das Familienrestaurant "Mrs. Jay's" mit angeschlossenem
Biergarten. In den frühen 1970er Jahren wurde das Restaurant
von Schwiegersohn Murray Weiner verkauft. Die neuen Besitzer
renovierten das in die Jahre gekommene Gebäude und gründeten
den "Stone Pony" Club.
"The club has already earned its place in history
as one of rock 'n' roll's great venues. Most rock critics
and historians that I come in contact with on a regular
basis feel that The Stone Pony is one of the greatest rock
clubs of all time." Robert Santelli - Vizepräsident
Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame
Inn / The Zoo / Hullabalo
Treffpunkt vieler Bands. Auch Bruce Springsteen war an den
Wochenenden in dieser Bar anzutreffen.
Billardkneipe in der direkten Nachbarschaft zum Stone Pony. Wenn man
die Strasse überquert, findet man sich am Asbury Boardwalk
||Pink Flamingo Motel
Motel und Bar. Bruce Springsteen spielte zwei Konzerte im "Pink
Motel is one of Asbury Park's longest operating motels;
serving guests since the 1950s! It is of the retro design
that motels at the Jersey Shore are famous for!
Hotel mit über 100 Zimmern. Die Herberge wurde in den 1960er Jahren
eröffnet und vor einigen Jahren restauriert.
Offizielle Homepage: http://www.asburyempress.com/
Setting the standard for Asbury Park, the Empress Hotel
has 101 rooms in a glorious oceanfront setting. Across the
street from the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent to historic
Ocean Grove, the hotel offers views of the beach, Wesley
Lake, and oversized pool. Sunbathing or jogging, shopping
or swimming, the Empress is the perfect access point for
the boardwalk, beach, revitalized shopping district, and
dozens of area attractions. Poolside Tiki huts, Club Paradise
a world-class dance club, and customized professional service
offer everything for a relaxing getaway or the perfect
At the Empress Asbury Park, the royal
Das "Bermuda Dreieck" an der Cookman Avenue zählte zu den
angesagtesten Adressen in Asbury Park. In der Nachbarschaft war
ausserdem ein Pornokino zu finden.
Neben dem "Bermuda Triangle" gab es ausserdem das Outbound. In der Bar
gab es ebenfalls eine Bühne.
Striplokal und Nightclub neben dem örtlichen Pornokino.
Das Spielkasino neben dem "Carousel House" wurde in den
1920er Jahren eröffnet und 2007 abgerissen.
Mehr Infos: http://www.laffinthedark.com/articles/Asbury/asburypark/intro.html
Am südlichen Ende der Kingsley Street, zwischen der Lake und der
Cookman Avenue gab es bis 2004 eine grosse Parkanlage mit
Karussells, Schiessbuden und Kneipen. Nach fast 100 Jahren wurde der
Offizielle Homepage: http://www.palaceamusements.com/
Bar und Restaurant. Im Keller wurde 1970 die erste Disco in New
Jersey eröffnet. Treffpunkt der örtlichen Schwulen- und
community existed in Asbury Park as far back as the 1940s
during World War II . It flourished discretely even during
the McCarthy era in the 1950s . Gay life became more open
during the sixties and seventies with such bars as The Blue
Note, the Chez-Elle, Danny's, the M&K bar (at two locations
on Cookman Avenue), Archies, PJ's, the El Moroccan Room,
the Albion Hotel, the Hudson Hotel, Boots, the Atlantis,
Teddy's, the Bond Street, and the Owl and the Pussycat.
Although the oldest gay bar on the east coast is reputed
to be the A-House in Provincetown, Asbury Park's M&K
was the first in NJ to offer a " disco dance" venue during
the 1970s , complete with dj booth.
||The Upstage Club
/ Green Mermaid Cafe
Heimat von "Still Mill" und der "Bruce Springsteen
Band". Bruce Springsteen kannte die Inhaber Margarete und Tom
Potter und durfte die Lagerräume für Jamsessions nutzen. "The
Upstage Club" schloss im Jahre 1971 seine Pforten. "The
Green Mermaid Cafe" war im ersten bzw. zweiten Obergeschoss des
Gebäudes in der Cookman Avenue beheimatet.
Bruce Springsteen besuchte den Club nach 40 langen Jahren wieder. Am
24. März 2011 schlenderte er in Gesellschaft des jetzigen Besitzers
Richard Yorkowitz durch die Clubräume an der Cookman Avenue (siehe Bericht).
Mermaid Café was opened in downtown Asbury Park, NJ on the
corner of Cookman Ave. and Bond Ave. in the late 60’s as
a result of several factors. Tom and Margaret Potter had
a successful beauty shop business as well as numerous other
projects and ventures around town when a small adversity
struck their family. Tom developed an allergic reaction
to hair dye and other various chemicals common to the hairdresser
on his hands. This meant he had to find alternate means
Meanwhile his wife Margaret had a band known as The
They used to meet at the potter’s apartment above the beauty
shop to practice weekly. On a regular basis Tom and Margaret
had many friends and local musicians over to their home
for BBQ and jam sessions that lasted way into the early
mornings. The huge crowds that gathered at their home eventually
got to be to big for the apartment to handle and then Tom
realized what he could do. He soon spoke with the Owner/Operator
of the three-story building that housed the Thom McCann
shoe store, located next door to his apartment and beauty
shop at 700 Cookman Ave., about leasing the second floor
above the shoe store for a Café.
After squaring away all the legalities that night the band
met for rehearsal at he potter’s apartment. Tom gathered
everyone together including Margaret and asked them what
they thought about his idea for a café where folks could
come and listen to music and order coffee, teas, and other
various foods. Following a short conversation about the
pros and cons the group admitted that would be a great place
to have. Then as Distractions Band member Joe Petillo tells
us “ Tom, said:’ Well rehearsal is cancelled for tonight!
I just signed the lease and we are all gonna go next door
and paint, I already have all the paint, brushes and ladders
ready!!’” And that was the beginning of THE GREEN MERMAID
CAFÉ. As the popularity spread the second floor soon became
too small without sufficient dancing room. It bled over
to the leasing of and expansion into the third floor and
a whole new section was born dedicated to hardcore ROCK
AND ROLL and DANCING! That was the birth of THE UPSTAGE
CLUB! AND THE REST IS HISTORY!
I finally got to see the inside of The Upstage in Asbury Park.
For years I had looked up at the outside of the building at 702 Cookman Avenue and wondered what it was like behind those
One the second and third floor was where Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny Lyon, Steve Van Zandt, Vini Lopez and many others had gotten their musical start in Asbury Park in the late 1960s.
As a child, I passed by the building on the southwest corner of Bond Street and Cookman Avenue many
times, my mother telling me "that's where the hippies hang out" when we were on shopping trips to Asbury Park.
It was about 10 years later that I learned who those "hippies" were and that this building had an historical
The Upstage closed in 1971 and the second and third floors of 702 Cookman Avenue have been pretty much sealed off from public view ever
Different shoe stores, under a few different names, operated on the frist floor. . But the second and third floors were shut off from the rest of the
I've taken many tour groups to the building. We've stood on the outside and I told them this is where Bruce Springsteen really started in Asbury Park, not at the Stone Pony (it didn't open until 1974). This was where Bruce met future bandmates Danny
Federici, Garry Tallent, Vini Lopez, David Sancious and Southside Johnny. He had met Steve Van Zandt in
Middletown, but those two spent many a night playing together here at the
On the second floor was the Green Mermaid cafe. The music was mainly on the third floor where Bruce jammed many
nights. I have seen so many pictures of Bruce, Southsdie, Van Zandt,
Federici, Lopez and others playing at what was known as
"Upstage University" where musicians jammed until 5 a.m..
But I never had the opportunity to go inside the building. A few friends did in the late 1990s, paying the then-owner of the first-floor shoe store $100 each to see what was
inside. They told me stories of the psychedelic paintings and bright murals still on the wall and the stage still there on the third
fllor. They showed me pictures they took.
I finally got the opportunity to see the Upstage last week thanks to Richard Yorkowitz who bought the building last year and hopes to open it up once again so a new generation can hear music in the same spot where so much history was
I climb up the stairs. I think about a 19-year-old Springsteen walking up these same steps in 1968 just trying to prove himself to the local
musicians. There's still posters and paintings on the wall, some look untouched in 40
Last week on E Street Radio on Sirius Satellite Radio, I heard David Sancious tell a story how he met Bruce for the first time right on these very
I take a look at the second floor, where the cafe was. It looks like someone just turned the lights off, closed the door in 1971 and just opened that door again
I start to get chills as I climb to the third floor. This is where is all
I look in, ahh, the stage is on the Cookman Avenue side, I always thought it was the other
direction. I learned something new.
Sure, there's some weather and time releated damage, but you can almost the ghots of the music
I just stand there and take it all in. This is where it happened from m1968 to 1971. Right
here. If this building didn't exist, would we Know Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny as they are
Yorkowitz is working hard to open up the Upstage again. He would like to have it as a music venue with a restaurant but is having resistance from some in Asbury Park.
That's really too bad and unforuntate.
This is a historical site an absolute must-see stop on any Bruce Springsteen tour. This is our version of the Cavern Club where, the Beatles started out in Liverpool.
I hope Richard is successful and can open up the Upstage again. Then so many others can have the chance that I
did, to really see where it all happened
- Text: Stan Goldstein / März 2007 / Nj.com
Das "Howard Johnson Restaurant" wurde im Sommer 1962 eröffnet und in den späten 1980er Jahren geschlossen. Nachdem das Lokal viele Jahre leer stand, wurde es ab 2005 renoviert. Heute trägt das
Art-Deco Gebäude den Namen "Salt Water Beach Cafe". Offizielle
||The Saints Club
Ein relativ neuer Musikclub mit vielen Liveacts und Veranstaltungen.
Offizielle Homepage: http://www.thesaintnj.com/
One of the top small live music venues in the world and
the heart of the Asbury Park music scene, The Saint's mission
is to present and preserve live original music here at the
Located at 601 Main Street in historic Asbury Park, New
Jersey, The Saint is centrally located between New York
City (70 minutes away) and Philadelphia (90 minutes).
Since we opened our doors on November 18, 1994, The Saint
has presented the finest regional, national, and international
touring acts. Our local scene is one of the best in the
country and we often present 2-3 local acts each night in
support of the touring road shows. This intimate venue has
hosted over 300 shows a year since its inception and continues
to welcome both local music fans as well as tourists from
around the world.
National acts who have performed on our stage include Creed,
Jewel, Joey Ramone, Cake, Incubus, Deftones, Everlast, Moe,
Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Cannibal Corpse, Hoobastank, String
Cheese Incident, Matthew Good Band, Cowboy Mouth,
and many more famous and infamous.
Our capacity is 175 with a 14 foot x 14 foot stage. We have
a four-way monitor mix to allow for the highest quality
of sound to ensure that the musicians sound their best at
every show and the fans get to hear a CD-quality live
To those who are above 21 with proper ID, The Saint has
over 20 beers available to enjoy and regular drink
The Saint is always 18 to enter, 21 to drink (proper ID
The Saint is always open to innovative proposals for special
events from promoters or production companies. We are committed
to being an open stage. We also welcome film and television
projects and other media that would like to take advantage
of our distinctive atmosphere. Our walls have a rich history
and plenty of character. We welcome requests for free tours
of the club and to discuss your specific project. Please
call ahead to make an appointment.
Each year, The Asbury Music Company, parent company of the
Saint, presents The Asbury Music Awards. We present over
27 awards to recognize the best talent, music and moments
from the local scene.
The Saint hosts all-ages shows on weekends in association
with JerseyShows.com. Evenings shows are 18 to enter, 21
Thank you to all of the artists, fans, media, record
labels, promoters, agents, managers, and everyone else for supporting
the Saint and we look forward to seeing everyone at the
Einst das beste Hotel der ganzen Stadt. Nachdem die Touristen Asbury
Park den Rücken zugekehrt hatten, wurde das Hotel im Jahre 1989
geschlossen und an die Regierung verkauft. Die Stadtväter
wollten das Hotel renovieren und wiedereröffnen. Leider musste das
Gebäude im März 2008 abgerissen werden. An gleicher Stelle soll
ein Geschäftshaus entstehen.
Mehr Infos: http://drakkar91.com/ap/asbury2006.htm