Turning 30 is a big event in a person’s life. The serious responsibilities of adult life push their way to the forefront. Gone are the days of all night drinking and stumbling into the day job with no sleep, spending $100 on a rare vinyl record instead of fixing the sink and eating 8 White Castle sliders at 1:00 in the morning after a show. Well OK they aren’t really gone. I am eons older than Chris Fox of indie band Ruby Bones and I have been known to do these things.
Fox is a self-professed craft beer lover so Asbury Park Brewery was a perfect choice to celebrate the milestone with family and friends last Saturday.
Ben Resnick opened the night with his brothers giving us three-quarters of Freehold band We’re Ghosts Now. They may have been down one member but you couldn’t notice. The band rocked—powerful and passionate.
Ringwood band Quality Living were up next and their pop infused indie has never sounded better. Along with established tunes like “Alcohol Store,” which debuted on You Don’t Know Jersey last year, they played some new songs they are working on which hinted at great stuff upcoming later this year.
I was unfamiliar with The Ok-Ok’s and shame on me. The Lancaster, PA band absolutely slayed. A mix of alternative, punk and blues their enthusiastic set impressed the entire crowd. I need to see more of this band soon.
The birthday boy and his band Ruby Bones closed out the night and they proved why I try to catch this band every chance I get. They are fresh and fun while delivering some of the best current music I know. Their self-titles debut last year is still in my current rotation.
Pics from contributor Alysa Shuart below:
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