Celebrating 50 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll and The Stone Pony’s Milestone Anniversary
Join us tonight as we kick off The Stone Pony’s 50th Anniversary in style! Jack and Caroline extend a warm welcome to all music lovers, old and new, as we celebrate five decades of rock ‘n’ roll history at Cheers to 50!
Tonight’s festivities will feature a special DJ set by none other than the original Pony house DJ, DJ Lee! Get ready to dance the night away as DJ Lee spins an electrifying mix of tunes that span the decades, from classic rock anthems to chart-topping hits. Let’s groove to the sounds that have defined The Stone Pony over the years!
And the best part? Admission is absolutely FREE! That’s right—come one, come all and join us for an evening of drinks, music, dancing, and fun as we celebrate this momentous occasion together.
Sip on your favorite beverage from our fully stocked bar, mingle with fellow music enthusiasts, hit the dance floor and let loose to the beats of DJ Lee, and indulge in delicious eats from our on-site food vendors.
Whether you’re a longtime fan of The Stone Pony or a newcomer looking to experience the magic for the first time, tonight’s event promises to be an unforgettable celebration filled with camaraderie, nostalgia, and good vibes.
So gather your friends, spread the word, and join us tonight as we raise a glass and say cheers to 50 years of rock ‘n’ roll history at The Stone Pony! Let’s make memories that will last a lifetime. See you there!
The Stone Pony—an institution that has played an integral role in shaping the music landscape for the past five decades. As the venue celebrates its 50th anniversary, music enthusiasts from far and wide gather to pay homage to this legendary establishment.
The anticipation is palpable as the doors of The Stone Pony swing open at noon, welcoming guests to an afternoon filled with nostalgia, camaraderie, and a celebration of music history. Excited chatter fills the air as fans, musicians, and music aficionados alike eagerly make their way inside, eager to partake in the festivities.
At 1 pm, the main event commences—a panel discussion presented by the Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music. The esteemed panel features an array of luminaries, including Stone Pony founder Jack Roig, legendary area musicians, concert promoters, music writers, and other noteworthy members of the music community who have played a pivotal role in shaping the history of this iconic venue.
As the panelists take their seats onstage, a hush falls over the crowd, anticipation hanging in the air like a melody waiting to be sung. With a warm welcome from the moderator, the panelists begin to share intimate stories and memories from the past 50 years of The Stone Pony’s illustrious history.
Jack Roig, the visionary behind The Stone Pony, reminisces about the early days of the venue—the humble beginnings, the struggles, and the triumphs that ultimately led to its legendary status. Legendary area musicians take turns sharing anecdotes from their time performing on The Stone Pony’s stage, recounting memorable gigs, backstage shenanigans, and the indelible bond shared among musicians and fans alike.
Concert promoters and music writers provide valuable insight into the inner workings of The Stone Pony, shedding light on the behind-the-scenes efforts that went into curating unforgettable performances and nurturing a vibrant music community. Together, the panelists paint a vivid picture of The Stone Pony’s evolution over the past five decades, highlighting its enduring legacy as a cultural touchstone and a beacon of musical innovation.
As the panel discussion draws to a close, the audience erupts into applause, their hearts filled with gratitude for the invaluable contributions of those who have helped shape The Stone Pony’s storied history. With smiles on their faces and memories etched in their hearts, guests linger in the venue, soaking in the atmosphere and reflecting on the profound impact of The Stone Pony on their lives and the music world at large.
As the sun sets over Asbury Park, casting a golden glow upon The Stone Pony’s iconic facade, one thing is abundantly clear—this legendary venue will continue to inspire and captivate music lovers for generations to come, ensuring that its legacy endures for another 50 years and beyond.
Decades of Rock: The Stone Pony 50th Anniversary Celebration
1970s performed by Karmic Juggernaut
1980s performed by Des and the Swagmatics
1990s performed by Lost in Society
2000s performed by Foes of Fern
Each act performing the hits of their decade
Saturday marks a momentous occasion—the 50th Anniversary Celebration of this iconic venue, and music enthusiasts from far and wide gather to pay homage to five decades of rock ‘n’ roll history.
The stage is set, the lights are dimmed, and the air is electric with excitement as the crowd eagerly awaits the start of Decades of Rock—a special tribute concert featuring four bands, each representing a different decade of The Stone Pony’s storied past.
Kicking off the night is Karmic Juggernaut, channeling the raw energy and psychedelic vibes of the 1970s. With their mesmerizing grooves and infectious melodies, they transport the audience back in time to an era of free-spirited rebellion and musical exploration.
Next up is Des and the Swagmatics, paying homage to the vibrant sounds of the 1980s. With their infectious blend of funk, soul, and rock, they ignite the stage with a high-energy performance that has the crowd dancing and singing along to all the hits of the decade.
As the night progresses, Lost in Society takes the stage, representing the grunge-infused rock of the 1990s. With their angst-filled anthems and raw, emotional lyrics, they capture the essence of a generation defined by its rebellious spirit and alternative rock sound.
Closing out the evening is Foes of Fern, embodying the gritty, post-punk revival of the 2000s. With their edgy riffs and anthemic choruses, they bring the night to a thrilling conclusion, leaving the crowd buzzing with excitement and nostalgia.
Throughout the night, the bands deliver electrifying performances, each one paying tribute to the unique musical legacy of their respective decades. From the experimental sounds of the 1970s to the infectious pop-rock of the 2000s, Decades of Rock showcases the evolution of music at The Stone Pony and the enduring impact it has had on generations of music lovers.
As the final notes fade into the night, the crowd erupts into applause, their hearts filled with gratitude for five decades of unforgettable music and memories at The Stone Pony. It’s a celebration of the past, present, and future of rock ‘n’ roll—a testament to the enduring legacy of this iconic venue and the power of music to unite and inspire us all.
Due to overwhelming demand, a second show has been added for the highly anticipated event, “Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes Requests from the Hat.” The additional show will take place on Friday, February 16th, adding to the already scheduled performance on February 17th.
This special event promises to be an unforgettable experience as Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes take the stage to perform fan-favorite songs selected directly from the audience’s requests. From beloved classics to hidden gems, the band will delight fans with a dynamic setlist curated in real-time, ensuring a unique and spontaneous concert experience.
The legendary Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes are renowned for their electrifying live performances and signature blend of rock, blues, and soul. With their dynamic stage presence and infectious energy, they have captivated audiences around the world for decades, earning a devoted following of loyal fans.
“Requests from the Hat” is a rare opportunity for fans to actively participate in shaping the concert experience by submitting their song requests directly to the band. Whether it’s a timeless favorite or a deep cut from the band’s extensive catalog, fans have the chance to hear their favorite songs come to life on stage in a truly interactive and immersive setting.
Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this unforgettable musical journey with Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes. Secure your tickets now for the additional show on Friday, February 16th, and get ready to experience the magic of “Requests from the Hat” live
Half a century ago, on February 8th, 1974, music history was made in Asbury Park, New Jersey, as Jack Roig and Butch Pielka opened the doors of The Stone Pony. Today, we stand on the cusp of a monumental milestone as we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of this iconic venue. It is with great pride and excitement that we receive a proclamation from the State of New Jersey, Monmouth County, and the City of Asbury Park, designating February 8th as Stone Pony Day.
As we reflect on the journey we’ve embarked on together over the past five decades, it is truly incredible to reminisce about the unforgettable performances, the legendary musicians, and the countless memories that have graced our stage. From Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny to Jon Bon Jovi and beyond, The Stone Pony has been a cornerstone of live music, fostering a rich tapestry of sounds and stories that have left an indelible mark on music culture.
But beyond the music, The Stone Pony is a testament to the enduring spirit of community and camaraderie. It’s a place where friends gather, where strangers become family, and where the love of music transcends all boundaries. Whether you’ve danced the night away at a concert, shared your favorite memories on social media, proudly worn a Pony t-shirt, or simply spread the word about this legendary venue to family and friends, your unwavering support has been the heartbeat of The Stone Pony’s success.
As we celebrate this milestone anniversary, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you who has contributed to The Stone Pony’s legacy. Your passion, dedication, and enthusiasm have fueled our journey and enriched our story in ways we could have never imagined. Together, we’ve built more than just a music venue; we’ve created a timeless institution that continues to inspire and unite generations of music lovers.
As we look ahead to the next chapter, we are filled with excitement for the future of The Stone Pony and the continued journey we’ll embark on together. So here’s to 50 years of rock ‘n’ roll, memories, and magic—and to many more years of music, laughter, and love at The Stone Pony. Thank you for making The Stone Pony the iconic institution it is today. Let’s raise a toast to the next 50 years of music history in Asbury Park and beyond. Cheers to The Stone Pony!