In modern pop culture, it seems that New Jersey���s cultural contribution has been reduced to stereotypes on reality television, but the state has produced many esteemed musicians, such as Frank Sinatra and Lauren Hill. One of America���s greatest composers of all time, Count Basie, has a theater named after him in his hometown of Red Bank. Here are a few cities that have kept music alive in New Jersey:
For locals, Asbury Park and music are practically interchangeable. This Monmouth County city boasts many historic music venues, such as The Saint and Chico’s House of Jazz. Asbury Lanes is a vintage bowling alley and bar that typically showcases touring and local punk rock bands, such as New Jersey natives The Bouncing Souls. The Convention Hall�� has been a staple on tour schedules for all sorts of rock bands. Emerging local acts still frequent the Wonder Bar. This venue sports a mural of the grinning Asbury Park icon Tillie, which is a tribute to the famed original murals on the Palace Amusements building. Perhaps the most highly lauded venue of Asbury Park is a music venue called The Stone Pony, which has been around since the 70s.
This city is the home of Rutgers University and a bustling underground music community. Local Rutgers events such as Rutgersfest showcase live music for the student body. But this music scene has also been bolstered by a collection of residential basement shows from do-it-yourself punk bands with little or no initial mainstream affiliation. The Gaslight Anthem and Streetlight Manifesto are among some of the best bands to emerge from New Brunswick.
Maxwell���s is one of Hoboken���s greatest places to see live music. The club was a pivotal venue during the developing waves of punk, grunge and indie rock. It has earned a reputation for being one of the best clubs in the New York metropolitan area. Hoboken is also, of course, home to Frank Sinatra — a scrappy youngster who became the idol of ���bobby soxers��� nationwide and had one of the greatest voices of the century. Although Hoboken is a far cry from the rough neighborhood Sinatra knew as a kid, if you walk around the neighborhood, you will see Sinatra���s influence everywhere.