The Saint (music venue)
Airborne Toxic Event plays the Saint
|Address||601 Main Street|
|Location||Asbury Park, New Jersey|
|Genre(s)||acoustic rock, alternative rock, blues, electronic, folk, garage, groove, hard rock, indie, punk, reggae, rock, surf|
|Opened||November 18, 1994|
"Saint Radio" Concert Preview Website
The Saint is a music venue located in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It is reminiscent of places like The Cellar Door in Washington, DC, CBGB's (now defunct), CB's 313 Gallery (next to CBGB's), and The Living Room in New York City and features live, original music. The Saint opened on November 18, 1994. It is owned by Scott Stamper, co-founder (along with Gordon Brown) of the Wave Gathering Music Festival.
The Saint was an early site of the annual Asbury Music Awards ceremony founded by Stamper in collaboration with Pete Mantas. The awards ceremony, modeled after the Grammy Awards, features the presentation of awards between performances of live, original music. The event was originally called "The Golden T-Bird Awards" and was first held in 1993 at a small club on Main Street called the T-Bird Cafe. The awards ceremony was later moved to The Saint and renamed "The Asbury Music Awards" in 1995. When the event's attendance exceeded The Saint's capacity, the ceremony was rotated among larger venues, including The Fastlane, The Tradewinds, and The Stone Pony. The Saint remains a co-sponsor of the event. The Saint has been credited with helping to keep the local music scene alive when newspapers said that the heyday of live music was over, and even The Stone Pony intermittently closed. It has been described as a landmark, the bedrock of the Asbury Park music scene, and an important venue for introducing emerging artists. It has also been described as Asbury Park's "rock n’roll version of “Cheers,” where musicians and fans hang out together and everybody does know your name."
The Saint showcases a variety of new and well-known, local, national, and international acts that are touring through the region. The club is more of a concert venue than a bar, and has been described by music critics as one of the top five rock clubs in New Jersey. Like The Cellar Door, The Saint has recording capability. The nature of the acts and links to their websites are posted on the Saint's website so that potential patrons can preview them. Some of the bands will also perform on 90.5 The Night, Brookdale Public Radio before they play the Saint. The shows designated "Asbury Cafe" are acoustic, seated shows during which talking is not permitted while the acts are playing. Age, attire, and nature of the audience varies with the bands, but is generally eclectic.
Some notable acts who have performed there include Airborne Toxic Event, Nicole Atkins, Ben Folds Five, Bif Naked, Tracy Bonham, Cake, Cannibal Corpse, Ryan Cassata, Jen Chapin, Cowboy Mouth, Creed, Kimya Dawson, Deftones, The Duke Spirit, Everlast, Robert Hazard, HelenaMaria, Hoobastank, Incubus, Jewel, Freedy Johnston, Joydrop, Keith Kenny, Kings of Leon, The Lemonheads, Sean Lennon and Kemp Muhl with their band The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Tony Levin, Toby Lightman, L.P., Matthew Good Band, Anne McCue, Shannon McNally, Mod Fun, Moe, Allie Moss, Mucky Pup, Leona Naess, Mieka Pauley, The Pierces, Rachel Platten, Joey Ramone, Maia Sharp, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, April Smith and the Great Picture Show, Scars on 45, String Cheese Incident, Stereophonics, Kasim Sultan, Tegan and Sara, The The, The Trashcan Sinatras, and Wussy.
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