— As , loads of arts culture has been reintroduced into the shorefront city, renewing it as host to New Jersey’s most lively music scene.
Nowhere else in the state are touring bands so readily available to hear; rooms across the city have seen in uptick in out-of-town musicians passing through, from large venues like The Stone Pony Summer Stage and Convention Hall to small clubs like the Asbury Park Yacht Club and Langosta Lounge filling their schedules.
And now, a chic new rest-stop for bands bolsters Asbury Park even further, as a city full of music-centric locales you can’t find anywhere else in the Garden State.
a beautiful refueling space located inside the city’s visitor’s center at 200 Cookman Ave., offers touring bands not only free laundry and shower services just a block from the beach, but a space to create, relax and re-energize: the place is outfitted with a small yoga/meditation room, an area complete with state-of-the-art recording equipment provided in part by Gibson, and a food room full of healthy snacks, water and coffee drinks, all available free of charge for bands. There are hammocks out back but no beds for overnight lodging.
The Outpost concept was conjured by the New York marketing firm Participation Agency (in collaboration with Asbury’s primary waterfront developer iStar), and launched first in El Paso, Texas earlier this year, drawing a long list of indie artists to hang out en route to other shows, grab what they need for the road and even host private events for fans.
“We want to give back to the creative class while offering a platform on which unique, meaningful exchange can happen between people from all walks of life with varied stories to share,” Outpost co-founder Jessica Resler said.
Though not just any local band can pop in as they please; visits must be booked ahead of time, and are new-coming acts who sell between 300 and 3,000 tickets in a city.
Outpost kicked off its indefinite residency in Asbury Park July 8 with a small, free concert by a blooming electro-pop band from Glen Rock.
It seems these will be the types of artists who will gravitate to the trendy 1,800 square-foot space: smaller acts who need a break from the van and are willing to interact with a few-dozen fans in a setting that overlooks Asbury’s old Casino building and is quick walk to the bustling downtown.
Organizers expect more private and public pop-up events at Outpost to manifest throughout the year — time will tell if any of the big draws playing the Stone Pony Summer Stage this summer and fall, like Rise Against or the Pixies, will check the place out.
Meanwhile an Outpost is already planned for Las Vegas and more are expected to follow. If you are a touring band and wish to visit the Outpost, email Director of Operations Josh Hallbauer at [email protected]
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