Legendary venue Asbury Lanes announced its initial lineup of artists who will perform at the newly-restored bowling alley-turned music venue in Asbury Park when it reopens its doors this summer.
Kurt Vile and the Violators, Bishop Briggs, Lupe Fiasco, Phoebe Bridgers, Allah-Las, Tennis, and Black Lips are among the first bands confirmed to headline Asbury Lanes. The line-up also includes multiple performances by New Jersey natives Thursday and Railroad Earth, in addition to acts from Sandy Mack, Quincy Mumford and The Reason Why and Pepperwine, all who have deep roots in Asbury Park.
Launching on the heels of the widely successful The Asbury Hotel, Asbury Lanes is part of iStar’s multi-billion-dollar redevelopment along the Asbury Park waterfront. David Bowd of Salt Hotels, part owner in and operator of The Asbury, has been tapped to operate the Lanes, spearheading local programming and F&B for the 24/7 diner.
First opened in the 1960s as an 18-lane bowling alley, Asbury Lanes was transformed into an alternative music and arts venue by the young creatives that flocked to the seaside city in the early 2000s. Over the last decades, the Lanes has hosted musical acts including The Bouncing Souls, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, and Mick Jones of The Clash, among many others.
“Asbury Lanes has played a key role in the rich and storied music history of Asbury Park,” said Mark Shulman, Principal at The Bowery Presents. “When paired with the noteworthy bookings that The Bowery Presents is known for, the reborn Asbury Lanes will become the premier intimate venue for the entire region.”
After a half-century of use, structural and mechanical issues plagued the Lanes, which faced imminent danger of closing – or demolition. With a loving restoration by world-renowned designer Anda Andrei, the creative lead for the entire Asbury Park redevelopment project, and architect Dominic Kozerski of New York’s acclaimed bonetti/kozerski, the team has worked to keep the authentic sense of place while elevating it to one of the top music venues on the East Coast.
“We want to build on the Lanes musical heritage and celebrate the venue’s transformation,” said Bowd. “We have purposefully handpicked a mix of local and national acts – many of the bands are returning to once again perform at the venue, while new artists are ready to bring this venue into the future.”
Asbury Lanes Event Calendar
- May 30 – Sandy Mack All Star Jam
- June 3 – Dark City Strings // Levy & the Oaks // Thee Idea Men
- June 8 – The Shady Street Show Band // Quincy Mumford and The Reason Why // Pepperwine
- June 12 – Kurt Vile and the Violators
- June 13 – Tennis
- June 16 – Turtle Soup // Waiting On Mongo // Psychotic Submarines
- June 19 – Bishop Briggs
- June 29, 30 – Railroad Earth
- July 1 – Lupe Fiasco
- July 6 – Maxi Priest
- July 26 – Black Lips
- July 29 – Tyler Childers
- July 31 – Phoebe Bridgers
- August 16 – Sparta
- August 18 – Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
- August 22 – Allah-Las
- August 23, 24 – Thursday
Tickets for these initial shows will go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 13 at 12:00 p.m. via AsburyLanes.com and BoweryPresents.com, where event information and venue details can be found. AXS is the venue’s exclusive ticketing provider.