The iconic venue first opened as a bowling alley in the 1960s, and was later transformed into a music venue that primarily booked alternative acts including: The Bouncing Souls, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, and Mick Jones of The Clash. But after 50 years, the establishment was in danger of closing, or even demolition, after structural and mechanical issues worsened. The venue officially closed in October of 2015 for renovations.
Now, over two years later, Asbury Lanes is arguably better than ever; the renewed space will allow for more than double its original capacity of 300, and one entrance has been increased to three. Plus, the venue will boast state-of-the-art bowling facilities that include an exclusive new pin-setting system. The renovations were handled by Anda Andrei, the creative lead for the entire Asbury Park redevelopment project, and architect Dominic Kozerski of New York’s bonetti/kozerski.
“There’s no flash,” Andrei said in the press release. “No one wants it too polished. This is a meaningful building.” She added that the space will still be the "fun, open and wild Lanes everyone loves, except we won’t have to worry that it might cave in."
David Bowd of Salt Hotels, part owner in and operator of The Asbury Hotel -- iStar's multi-billion-dollar redevelopment along Asbury Park's waterfront --will operate the Lanes, and spearhead local programming and the Food and Beverage department for the diner.
"We want to build on the Lanes musical heritage and celebrate the venue’s transformation,” Bowd said. “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 [the Lanes] into the future.”
Check out the entire lineup below:
May 25 – The Cold Seas // Wyland
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