December 29 & 30, 2023 at the Wonder Bar!

Asbury Park’s local music community prides itself on having a diverse, collaborative and supportive indie music scene. This annual year-end event features performances from 20+ acts, plus celebratory toasts, charitable auctions & contributions, and unique guest collaborations plus a passionate audience of live music lovers!!! We cap off a full year of great live shows – appreciated more this year than any other – with the ultimate 2-day after party.

Founded in 2017, the event gets bigger and better every year. Even with the challenges of 2020, the event included a socially-distanced live audience plus a livestream as performances alternated between Asbury Lanes and the Clinch Transparent Gallery. Now the Wonderful Year show returns to its traditional home at the Wonder Bar. As always, the music will be non-stop as we alternate between the Spotlight Stage and the Band Stage from 7pm until 12:30am each night. The music spans many genres and features new acts alongside more established performers, reflecting the current sounds of Asbury Park. Over the past few years, the event has raised thousands of dollars in charitable contributions.

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Shady Street Show Band + Des & the Swagmatics, WAWY 2018

“We have to give props to anyone willing to go through with an event called ‘What A Wonderful Year’ after the mess we’ve gone through in 2020.”

Jason Thompson, Tri-City News, November 2020

The 2023 event includes a charitable contribution tThe Project Matters. The Project Matters ( helps schools and struggling musicians with instruments, business advice and financial support to sustain their livelihood.

Don’t miss the fun as the community comes together for Asbury Park’s final festival of the year. Check out photos and videos from past years.