Review: The Stone Pony
It’s a definite must for any present day band looking for a venue with lots of recognition, but one that’s within the realm of possibility to play. When you’re first starting, MSG might be just slightly out of reach, but a great place to start, that’s a step up from your small NY pub scene, is SP. Plus the big Stone Pony backdrop will be great for your footage and promo pics when you show them to anyone who knows anything about music.
After it opened in 1974, the Stone Pony launched careers of East Coast bands big and small, inclusive of names like Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi. The name for sure has cache, and walking into the venue, seeing the rows and rows of signed guitars bedecking the walls from all the greats, it just reaffirms the awesomeness that comes along with this venue.
In the summertime Asbury Park is packed to the gills with beach goers and the drunken laughter of bar hopping music lovers. On a chilly November evening, the boardwalk is desolate and slightly creepy, but the quiet blank stone walls of SP is nothing like the energetic interior. The staff are incredibly friendly and welcoming, and the place manages to balance big rock club, and intimate venue all at the same time. For the people who want to listen to tunes and grab a smoke in the back, or spend the night more causally at a table among friends, or for those looking to hang by the bar or get up close and personal with the band, you can find your crowd.
The excitement is palpable, the stage is sizable, the drinks aren’t skimpy, and the music is damn good.