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.
One of the show’s most unique collaborations – the mash-up of Shady Street Show Band with Des & the Swagmatics in 2018 – is back again to close out the show on December 29. Tickets on sale November 19 at the Stone Pony box office, Ticketmaster or through bands performing. A special Black Friday Sale from November 19 through 27, available only through this website, features a limited number of discounted 2-day tickets bundled with our hot new WAWY merch!
“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 2021 event includes charitable contributions to Asbury Park African-American Music Project and the Asbury Park Dinner Table. AP-AMP (http://www.asburyamp.org), is dedicated to preserving and celebrating Asbury Park’s African-American rich music history, which includes restoring the historic Turf Club on Springwood Avenue. Asbury Park Dinner Table (http://www.asburyparkdinnertable.org), founded during the pandemic crisis, supports families in need of food assistance, while also supporting the economic well-being of local restaurants with the staff and capacity to deliver meals.
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.