Check out The Saint for the Hot New Sounds on the Jersey Shore

The Saint:  bar with a mission?

Though not as old as the Stone Pony, having been founded at the end of 1994, the Saint still competes as a real force in small live music venues. It even has a mission: "to present and preserve live original music at the Jersey Shore".

"Live", of course, is a given at a rock bar, but the emphasis here is on "original". New, edgy groups are playing their own stuff and the crowds are lovin' it. With bands like the DOOBIE DECIBEL SYSTEM, MOONALICE * SOLAR CIRCUS, bands from as close as New Brunswick New Jersey to as far as San Francisco you get fresh new compositions that feel like rock should feel.

Who ever heard of a rock bar having a mission, but hey, there it is. The key words here are live, original music. If you don't run with the pack and you would rather discover your kind of music on your own by scouting out new artists, this is your kind of place.

A great location right at the heart of Asbury Park, this is the epitome of a music club that specializes in great local acts, although you will get some far flung visitors on tour; the Saint has featured rock superstars such as Creed, Jewel and Incubus. But there are often three different shows per night, so you definitely get your beer's worth.

Not just the music

 This club is all about the sound, with a monitor mix that projects the musicians in your face. But the people scene is great too - there's a hot crowd and you can get decent drink or you can choose from 20 different beer brands. The cover is cheap ($8-$10) and there are always beer specials going on. Local clubs like this are the place to hear great music and meet great people, without breaking the bank.

Is Bruce's "It's so hard to be a Saint in this City" talking about this place? Who knows, but the next Boss is more than likely to come from nitty gritty clubs like this. If you are someone who really wants to keep up with the pulse of the local, soon to be famous music scene, you'll will want to check out the live acts that appear at this club nightly. There is something going on every night and you might be there for the next great discovery.

See for yourself at The Saint.

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