The Stone Pony hosted a New Years Eve party that brought some of the best 90s music to life. Presented by Dark City Entertainment and Promotions, the event dubbed Another 90s New Years saw some of the hottest local bands performing the songs of such decade favorites as Oasis, Alice in Chains and Smashing Pumpkins.
First up was Hightstown band and one of the hottest up-and-coming NJ bands YJY who took on Britpop favorite Oasis. To our eternal regret we arrived too late to catch this early start but were old they were awesome. I didn’t see any black eyes on Dave and Steve Sachs so I assume they didn’t get into a brawl like brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher used to.
Next up Dan Matthews from The Black Clouds really nailed alternative favorites The Pixies. He was joined by Dentist guitarist/vocalist Emily Bornemann on bass, Chemtrail drummer Chris Lukens and Joe Harvard on guitar. Frank Black aka Black Francis would have been proud.
After this set Bob Paulos of Gay Guy/Straight Guy and Eric Rudic of The Cold Seas joined Matthews on stage for a spirited Motorhead tribute. They played a killer “Ace of Spades”. If you missed it you missed quite a performance.
As Alice in Chains was one of Alice’s favorite bands we were really looking forward to the set from Accidental Seabirds. They did not disappoint. Lead singer Jesse Lee Herdman positively channeled AIC singer Layne Staley. A big part of Alice in Chains were the harmonies and if you know Accidental Seabirds they are the perfect choice here. A very moving set. We were talking with Jesse for a bit after the set and lots of people came up to him to say how good the set was.
Hometown band Lost in Society really got the crowd moving covering California punks The Offspring. They also covered one of my all time favorite bands back at the Convention Hell show on Halloween, The Clash.
The Cold Seas covered Smashing Pumpkins and their set was one of the most popular of the night. The crowd sang along with most of the songs that included “1979” and “Bullet with Butterfly Wings”. This band has really impressed us every time we see them and here is no exception. Check out their recent release the excellent Afterglow.
After the countdown to the new year it was time for Matt Wade who played a bunch of 90s one hit wonders like Harvey Danger’s “Flagpole Sitta” and The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony”.
It was another amazing night from Dark City Entertainment and Promotions. Christine Feola continues to put on the best shows in the Asbury Park area. Can’t wait to see what 2016 brings.
All photos courtesy of Jeff Crespi Rocks.
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