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Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock & Roll

Tom Jones

This is the story of the long troubled town of Asbury Park and how the power of music can unite a people divided. A once storied seaside resort, Asbury Park suffered a race riot on Independence Day 1970, crippling the town for the next 45 years and reducing it to a state of urban blight. A town literally divided by a set of railroad tracks, the riot destroyed the fabled Westside jazz and blues scene but from the flames of the burning city emerged Bruce Springsteen and the fabled Jersey sound.

“…returns Asbury denizens Springsteen, Steve Van Zandt and Southside Johnny Lyon to the legendary Upstage…”

Asbury Park returns Asbury denizens Springsteen, Steve Van Zandt and Southside Johnny Lyon to the legendary Upstage, the psychedelic after hours club where they got their start. Shuttered for four and a half decades, the Upstage remains a perfect time capsule of the Club which united both sides of the tracks in Asbury and acted as a crucible for young talent.

As part of the event, Springsteen, Van Zandt and Southside Johnny play a now legendary concert to a sold out Paramount Theater and trade guitar licks with the future of music in Asbury, a group of 11-year-old rockers who prove the best days for the town may just lie ahead.