When you grow up in New Jersey, you come of age at the Jersey Shore. That's where you get introduced to some of the greatest memories of your life. Those memories, when you're old enough (or could pass for being old enough), usually took place at a bar with an incredible band playing. The more you drank, the more incredible they became.

All kidding aside, some of the greatest bar bands to ever play played at the Jersey Shore. We're not an easy crowd, and these groups were more than up to the task.

If you grew up around Asbury Park, you were treated to one hell of a music scene. This featured not only Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny, but so many others which can be seen here in the incredible documentary, Asbury Park Riot, Redemption, and Rock n Roll", which is narrated by our own, Big Joe Henry.

(Photo: Library of Congress; P&P)
(Photo: Library of Congress; P&P)

But there is so much more to the shore. My mother met my father in the Chatterbox in Seaside Heights. I carried on that tradition in next-generation seeing bands like "Salty Dog" whose singer and guitarist, Paul Venier, I would later work with in comedy. There was also Trigger, Bystander, Sam the Band, and so many others.

Last year, I asked I wrote about New Jersey's best bar bands from back in the day, and the best place to see them. Here are some more:

Salvation, The Pinch, and the Eddie Testa Band.

Nicholas G. Koontz

Twisted Sister at the Fountain Casino

Michelle Trevelise Vitali

I have 3! Cats on a Smooth Surface at The Stone Pony, LaBamba and the Hubcaps at The Stone Pony, and Kinderhook at the Royal Manor North.

Cindy Sivak

Bystander Band (Photo: Steve Eccles)
Bystander Band  (Photo: Steve Eccles)

Bystander..Ship Wheel Brielle

Jim Brown

Witness ----- rock and roll's finest at .... wtf was name of that place in Wildwood?

Pat McCloskey

The Fabulous Greaseband at Joe Pop’s Shore Bar on LBI.

Len Moore

The Party Dolls

Keith Vena

The Good Rats - Anywhere

Steven Keller

Southern Cross band!!

Jimmy Palumbo


Jerry Rubino

The Nerds at TradeWinds in SeaBrite

Rob Brooklyn

Fun band called Truc of America. Played Wildwood and Cape May late 70s and 80s<

Rich Pawlak

Dead End Kids at The Galaxy

Danny Robbins

David Christopher Band, David Christopher

Bob Palio

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