Trafalgar Releasing have announced the worldwide theatrical release of Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock n Roll, in cinemas on 22 May (US release 22 & 29 May)*.
The film tells the story of the long troubled town of Asbury Park, and how the power of music can unite a divided community. A once storied seaside resort, Asbury Park erupted in flames during a summer of civil unrest, crippling the town for the next 45 years and reducing it to a state of urban blight. A town literally divided by a set of railroad tracks, the riot destroyed the fabled Westside jazz and blues scene, but from the flames of the burning city emerged the iconic Jersey sound.
Asbury Park returns native sons Steven Van Zandt, Southside Johnny Lyon, David Sancious and Bruce Springsteen to the legendary Upstage, the psychedelic after hours club where they got their start, featuring never before seen interviews and performances. Shuttered for four and a half decades, the Upstage remains a perfect time capsule of the Club, which united both sides of the tracks in Asbury and acted as a crucible for young talent. Now, as Asbury Park enjoys its long awaited renaissance, it is music, which has brought it back from the dead.
This major theatrical event will also include a bonus feature of never before seen footage, as Van Zandt, Southside Johnny, Springsteen and the Upstage All-Stars play a now legendary concert to a sold out Paramount Theater and trade guitar licks with the future of music in Asbury, a group of 11-year-old rockers who prove the best days for the town may just lie ahead.
Director, Tom Jones has said on the release: “It has taken Asbury Park five decades to rise up and stand on the brink of being something better than ever before. We should all listen to the wisdom of lessons learned the hard way and the music which fuelled the revival.”
Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock n Roll will premiere at The Asbury Park Music & Film Festival on 28th April before arriving in cinemas around the world on 22nd May 2019.
The film is produced in association with Jersey Mike’s, which allows all profits worldwide to be dedicated to supporting and creating music education programs for wide distribution.
Kymberli Frueh, SVP of Acquisitions for Trafalgar Releasing added: “Asbury Park has had such an influence on the American music scene and culture which has now impacted the whole world. The significant talent that has come from this Jersey town and the way they have come together to support each other and the community is impressive. We are excited to bring this amazing event to cinemas around the world and give audiences everywhere the chance to experience the magic of Asbury Park.”