Fifty years ago, Jack Roig and Butch Pielka opened the doors of The Stone Pony. We are marking our 50th anniversary this year and received proclamations from the State of New Jersey, Monmouth County and the City of Asbury Park declaring Feb. 8 as Stone Pony Day. We are excited to celebrate this monumental milestone with you all year long!
It is incredible to reflect on the journey we’ve embarked on together over five decades. From the unforgettable performances that have graced our stage to the countless memories created by loyal fans like you, every moment has been a testament to the enduring spirit of live music.
As we commemorate this special occasion, we want to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude to you. Your unwavering support has been the driving force behind The Stone Pony’s success, and we are deeply grateful for your loyalty and enthusiasm.
Whether you’ve attended concerts, shared your favorite memories on social, worn a Pony t-shirt, double tapped one of our social posts or simply spread the word about the Pony to family and friends, your contribution has played a vital role in shaping our history.
As we look ahead to the next chapter, we’re filled with excitement for the future of the Pony and the continued journey we’ll embark on together. Thank you for making The Stone Pony the iconic institution it is today.
Cheers to 50 years of unforgettable music, memories, and moments shared at The Stone Pony…and many more to come.
Check back for exciting new updates throughout the year.
50th Anniversary Merchandise
Crafted to mark 5 decades of music at The Stone Pony, it’s more than just a garment; it’s a tribute to the years we’ve shared.
This year the Pony is partnering with Stevie Van Zandt’s nonprofit, TeachRock.org, which offers meaningful lesson plans at no cost to teachers, students, and families, inspiring deeper learning and understanding through the power of music.
Your donation will support TeachRock’s new partnership with Asbury Park Middle School.
Cheers to 50 Party
A toast to 50 incredible years of music, memories and magic at The Stone Pony with original owner Jack Roig and current General Manager Caroline O’Toole, while original house DJ Lee Mrowicki played the Pony’s greatest hits.
The Parlor Mob
Asbury Park’s The Parlor Mob reunited to join us in celebration of The Stone Pony 50th Anniversary kickoff weekend.
Spotlighting 50 Legendary Years of Music Memories
Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music presented an intimate panel of Stone Pony “historians”, including founder Jack Roig, legendary area musicians, concert promoters, music writers, and other noteworthy members of the music community. All were instrumental in creating the history of this iconic music club, sharing personal stories and memories from the past 50 years.
Decades of Rock
Local favorites rocked through 50 Years of the Pony, marking our anniversary weekend with a special show. Each act performed hits of their decade:
1970s – Karmic Juggernaut
1980s – Des & The Swagmatics
1990s – Lost in Society
2000s – Foes of Fern
Annual Anniversary Show: Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes
February 16 & 17
Led by the charismatic Southside Johnny, the Jukes have graced the Stone Pony’s stage numerous times throughout its 50-years, leaving a mark on its rich musical history. From energetic live performances to the creation of timeless anthems, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes have been integral to The Stone Pony’s narrative, embodying the spirit and soul of Asbury Park’s vibrant music scene.