The Asbury Park music scene is off to a strong start this week with amazing acts and artists in town. Unfortunately some shows are already sold out, but the fact that such high-caliber entertainers are in Asbury to kick off the season says something about the status of this hip Jersey Shore town, voted coolest small town in America.

Asbury Park MusicThis week Dweezil Zappa makes an appearance at the Stone Pony. He brings the Choice Cuts show to Asbury Park honoring his father, the late, great Frank Zappa. The show will likely feature many of the classic Mothers of Invention and Frank Zappa compositions. The music is an exploration through genres featuring rock, pop, jazz, jazz fusion, and orchestral, intricately arranged and performed with an uncanny sense of accuracy.  Doors open at 7:00 PM for the show. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door and can be purchased here. 

Meanwhile, right down the street, the House of Independents will host Built to Spill, an American indie rock band based in Boise, Idaho, United States. The band has released eight full-length albums and influence many current rock bands. Showtime is billed for 8:00. Tickets are available here.

Just two nights later, on Saturday April 28, Sublime with Rome will grace the stage at Convention Hall on the boardwalk in Asbury Park. Sublime with Rome carry on the American ska-punk, reggae tradition of the original Sublime whose singer died in 1996. They will likely perform songs by Sublime and originals with their new singer Rome Ramirez. Sublime with Rome embodies the shore vibe of the Jersey Shore and will undoubtedly be a fun night out in Asbury Park. Showtime starts at 7:30. Tickets can be purchased here. This show is part of the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival. 

On Saturday afternoon, April 28th, John Densmore, drummer of The Doors, will take part in a panel discussion following the world premiere of Break On Thru: A Celebration of Ray Manzarek and The Doors. The event is at 12:45 p.m. at the House of Independents in Asbury Park, NJ.

Densmore will be joined by the film’s director, Justin Kreutzmann, Doors manager Jeff Jampol and other special guests for an in-depth discussion about the making of the documentary and the history of the band. This event is sold out!

Danny Devito will also perform a stand-up act on Saturday evening at 6:00 PM at the Paramount Theatre.  This show is sold out!

Wyclef Jean will be performing at the Stone Pony on Saturday night. Tickets for this event are available through exclusive codes only, at this time.

As if the week wasn’t heady enough, Gov’t Mule will rock Asbury Park on Sunday evening, April 29 at the Paramount Theatre on the boardwalk. The Tangiers Blues Band and Danny Clinch will open up the show as support for the main event. This show is also part of the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival. Tickets are available here. 

Gov’t Mule, featuring legendary Warren Haynes on guitar and vocals, Matt Abts on drums, Danny Louis on keyboards, guitar and backing vocals, and Jorgen Carlsson on bass — released its 10th studio album, “Revolution Come … Revolution Go” in June.

For a complete schedule of the Asbury Park Film and Music Festival click here.

This is just a snapshot of what is to come this summer in Asbury Park. Stay tuned and check with Heady NJ to make sure you stay up-to-date on great events you don’t want to miss.

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