NEW YEARS EVE! HOUSE OF INDEPENDENTS: Rockabilly Bash! The Cultural Spark in Asbury Park

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Swinging Sixteen!
A Roaring Rockabilly Sock Hop!


Featuring Live Music from


Tickets: $30.00

Includes 2 drinks, Live Music, DJ,

Champagne Toast, Big Screen Ball-Drop
+21 and over

HOUSE OF INDEPENDENTS scorches wtih a swinging sixteen roaring Rockabilly sock hop to kickstart  2016! Put on your party pants and rebel rock those dancing feet. Ring in the New Year at Asbury Park’s ultimate Rockabilly House Party! A $30 ticket buys you  an excluisve champagne toast with THE GAS HOUSE GORILLAS and so much more, including 2 drinks, DJ’s, ample room to dance, and the biggest screen ball-drop in town! Visit House of Independents for more information.
GAS HOUSE GORILLAS In 2003 Rick Fink started a band with the express purpose of defying category. Early on, the Gas House Gorillas became a virtual who’s-who of the Rockabilly, Swing and Blues community, sort of a wise-guy Jump Blues band from Hell. Crusher Carmean, the well-known front man of the band Crescent City Maulers joined early on and found a permanent home. From the beginning, the band built a solid reputation through constant touring and fearless take-no-prisoners performances. As the years went by, the band continued to hone it’s high-energy Roots Rock approach with a more Punk aesthetic, creating a sound all their own and gaining an ever growing and devoted fan base. Summer 2013 saw the release of Punk Americana on Lanark Records, which became the #1 and #2 most downloaded album in the country, competing against national and international recording artists. In 2015 the band decided to ditch the horn and become a quartet. The result was an even more muscular musical assault. Rounding out the current lineup are Oscar Rodriguez on guitar and Eddie Everett on drums. The fruits of this configuration can be heard on the band’s upcoming album SHUT UP! on Stoopid Brute Records™. You will find Big Band Swing, Rockabilly Rave Ups, Hard Core Punk and even sweet Pop music standing side by side under one roof. GHG consider this to be their greatest achievement and the best representative of what this band is about. The Gorillas will continue to bring smiles to the masses as they joke, cajole and crowd-surf their way into 2016 with a vengeance.
Asbury Park’s HOUSE OF INDEPENDENTS located at 572 Cookman Avenue has become downtown’s premiere live entertainment venue through an eclectic mix of theatre, dance, film, comedy, oddities, late night fare, and, of course, the music that has placed Asbury on the global radar. Located in the heart of downtown, House has made a home for emerging and established culture renaissancing Cookman’s Arts District through a wellspring of gay, concrete and established culture.
House of Independents celebrates this spirit wtih a stage that salutes both legendary and emerging artists with venue opening performances by John Waters, Henry Rollins, Coney Island Circus Sideshow, Walking Dead’s Emily Kinney, New York’s avant-garde puppet theatre Lone Wolf Tribe (2016), Philadelphia’s award-winning Junk Dance (22 & 23 Jan), Puddles Pity Party (9 Jan), The Light of Day Foundation concert Sweet Little Sixteen Kickoff featuring Dramarama, Jill Hennessy, Willie Nile, The Billy Walton Band (14 Jan), comedic headliners from The Stress Factory, Farmers market weekends from Asbury Fresh (28 Nov, 5 Dec, 12 Dec), Light of Day Winterfest concerts with Remember Jones (15 Jan) performing the entire Amy Winehouse album Back to Black and Steve Forbert (16 Jan), Offseaon poetry with music (13 Feb), oddiites direct from the iconic Asbury Lanes, the heart-stirring holiday classic A Christmas Carol (16-20 Dec), and many more surprises.

MEDIA Interested media who wish to learn more, arrange an interview with House of Independents Founder Morgan Sackman, or schedule a tour of the facility contact WORKHOUSE, CEO Adam Nelson via [email protected] or telephone +1 212. 645. 8006 RENTALS booking, and technical advance contact House of Independence David J. Cruse by telephone +1 732. 673. 9605 or via email [email protected]

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DRAMARAMA is a Los Angeles based alternative rock band always fronted by singer-songwriter John Easdale. The band was formed in New Jersey in 1982 and disbanded in 1994. The band formally reunited in 2004 following an appearance on VH1’s Bands Reunited reality show. Amid renewed interest since the Bands Reunited episode and a large-scale appearance at KROQ-FM’s annual Inland Invasion festival concert (attended by more than 78,000 fans), Dramarama has since been touring nationally. In 2005 they released a new, full-length studio CD titled Everybody Dies. The current band consists of original members Peter Wood (guitar) and Mark Englert (guitar) along with longtime members Mike Davis (bass) and Tony Snow (drums). Dramarama has recorded new material that remains unreleased as of 2015.

JILL HENNESSY is a Canadian born actress, model and musician best known for het staring roles in TV’s Law and Order (as Claire Kinkaid) and Crossing Jordan (as Jordan Cavanaugh). She began her musical career before becoming a model or an actress, busking on the streets of Toronto. She has recorded 2 albums “I Do” and “Ghost In My Head” (2009). Springsteen biographer and Sirius XM Radio DJ Dave Marsh wrote about “ Ghost In My Head”, “Jill’s raised her own standard, and delivered completely on things that were maybe only a promise on the first record. The songs are as deep and beautiful as always… Such a command of good songs! Brava!”

WILLIE NILE is a Buffalo raised American singer-songwriter. In 1980 Nile released his self-titled debut album which according to one critic remains “one of the most thrilling post-Byrds folk-rock albums of all time”. His early career was interrupted by various problems, but he eventually returned to recording and performing in the US and Europe, establishing himself as a respected singer-songwriter. The Buffalo News said that their hometown troubadour’s “Streets of New York” (2006), “House of a Thousand Guitars” (2009) and “The Innocent Ones” that included the blazing anthem One Guitar (2010); stand as “three of the finest recordings to ever straddle the worlds of “singer/songwriter” fare and good ol’street-tough rock ‘n’ roll”. In 2013 Willie released arguably his best album to date, “American Ride” followed by an album of piano centered recordings “If I Was A River”. On May 28th, 2015, at the Best Buy Theatre in Times Square, Willie joined Bruce Springsteen, Joan Jett, Roger Daltry and Billy Idol at the 11th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert to honor Pete Townsend for his commitment to helping musicians with addictions. Willie Nile is an artist to be reckoned with, who is at the peak of his powers.

THE WEEKLINGS is an Asbury Park based quartet that perform original Beatles inspired power pop as well as lesser known Beatles material with infectious passion and enthusiasm. Consisting of Glen Burtnik (Lefty), Bob Burger (Zeek), John Merjave (Rocky) and Dave Anthony (Ramblin’ Dave) they have, as individual professional musicians and songwriters, appeared and collaborated with many high profile national artists.

THE BILLY WALTON BAND Fronted by former Asbury Jukes guitarist Billy Walton, The Billy Walton Band’s sound is a combination of hard blues reminiscent of Hendrix, Clapton and Vaughn mixed with a healthy dose of Warren Hayes and Derrick Trucks. Walton has always been an explosive performer with jaw dropping talent but with the addition of bassist William Paris, Richie Taz on sax, Ian Gray on trombone and drummer Johnny D’Angelo the Billy Walton Band churns out a singular brand of funky blues that has deep roots in both the jam band musical tradition as well as the Jersey shore Walton has cut his teeth on.

THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION utilizes the power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses such as PSP and ALS within our lifetime. The Foundation’s mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those illnesses, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. Gifts to the Light of Day Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc. is designated by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc.’s Federal ID # is 20-1560386. Light of Day – the concerts and the organization – grew from a birthday party and fund-raiser held in 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1996. Since its inception they have raised over $3.5 million dollars.

Show: Thursday, January 14, 2016 | Tickets: $20 in advance | $25 day of show | Showtime: 8pm | Doors: 7pm | General Admission

ASBURY PARK Developed in Victorian times as a playground for glam metropolitan types — where tattoo conventions, beer festivals, and punk rock flea markets now tramp the streets—  it’s Asbury Park’s eclectic music scene that gave the place it’s spirit. A capital of cool, where The Clash, The Doors, and The Stones all rocked and roamed, where surfers stacked shacks, and street-legal graffiti murals the seascape with a town cry of “Keep Asbury Weird”, this year a multi-billion dollar redevelopment has begun to  transform the waterfront through curated residential, hotel and infrastructure investments. It is the most significant revitalization ever undertaken on the Eastern Seaboard which The New York Times recently captured in its story celebrating this “Brooklyn on the Beach
HOUSE OF INDEPENDENTS design elements brings the past into beautiful harmony with modern touches, encased in the look and feel of a warehouse artist loft. The exterior marquee and blade sign refreshes traditional theatre and melds it with modern stainless steel and LED backlighting. Custom hurricane glass doors flank an ipe wood exterior making the building come alive along the streetscape. Once inside, stone grey tiles lead to the full bar, faced by ipe wood, encased by a polished concrete bar topped with art deco inlays. The main event floor is a sea of swirling greys highlighted by poured concrete and 10 coats of layered epoxy. The main restrooms are accented by timeless subway tiling, polished concrete counters, and lighting fixtures inspired by Edison’s carbon filament design. The overall space is bordered by exposed brick walls,  black steel pipes and railings, and a hexagon steel mesh that mirrors the House of Independents iconic logo.

House features a 20 foot full bar with six local craft beers on tap, along with two tap wines. The spirit center includes a full array of bottled beer, wine and spirits, along with local mixologist specialties. There is a secondary beer and wine bar also located in the lower level lounge. A fantastically stocked concession stand including a variety of soft drinks, candy, and fresh popcorn is open nightly and catering options through exclusive deals with local chefs and leading restaurants is also available.

With an adaptable main event space, it is the only venue with such allowances in Asbury Park. With a traditional seated setup the venue includes a fronted stage that expands up to 31’ wide by 24’ deep, enough to host 204 premium stadium-style seats. With a stage that measures 3 feet in height, it can be easily adapted to a smaller footprint in order to accommodate generous floor level seating, raising attendance up to 275. A malleable event space, the main stage can be cleared wall to wall through a state-of-the-art retractable telescopic seating set up that contracts into a 4 foot wall allowing access to 2500sf open floor space for anything your imagination might create raising the general capacity to 500. Below are House of Independents capacities for traditional setups and standard ticketed events.

The House is fully equipped with a professional audio system capable of accommodating any type of event. The JBL VerTec line array system is designed to the specifics of the venue. Digital audio consoles bring the latest in sound reinforcement technology. The House equipment also includes a full complement of microphones, monitors, cabling and a top tier wireless microphone system. For touring artists, there is 100-amp cam loc disconnect. The House lighting rig is a full range, cutting edge LED system designed to handle any variety of theatrical, concert, and event needs. It includes, wall washes, concert rigs, and moving heads throughout the space, networked to a single control console. The lighting rig is accessible via a House owned Genie GR-20 vertical man- lift.

TRADITIONAL SEATED CAPACITY House of Independents has a total seating capacity for 275 persons. In the traditional venue setup, there are 210 seats, including 8 ADA compatible positions.

GENERAL ADMISSION STANDING ROOM House of Independents has a standing room capacity of 500.

BALCONY BAR & DOWNSTAIRS LOUNGE The Balcony Bar & Downstairs Lounge has a combined capacity of 150. 90 upstairs & 60 downstairs.

WEDDING/BANQUET STYLE House of Independents can accommodate weddings, banquets and other traditionally seated parties of up to 208 guests.

DRESSING ROOMS House has two dressing rooms, exclusively for artists use. Each dressing room can hold up to 8 people, and include restrooms, showers, and mirrored makeup stations.

SACKMAN ENTERPRISES When Sackman Enterprises was founded by Alan Sackman over 30 years ago, they focused mainly on the restoration of historic brownstones in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Since then, Sackman Enterprises has expanded their reach throughout Manhattan and beyond, to Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, New Jersey, North and South Carolina, Colorado, Texas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Now run by Carter Sackman, Sr., Sackman Enterprises prides itself on being a family-run business, and, while the company has experienced vast growth over the years, its focus remains on maintaining and restoring the cultural and historical integrity of their properties and surrounding communities. By placing an emphasis on supporting local businesses, people, history, and culture, Sackman Enterprises revitalizes properties and develops them into integral parts of the community. Using this business model for over three decades and two generations, Sackman Enterprises has made a name for itself as a continuously expanding business built, not only on knowhow and profit margins, but on trust and integrity. Now, House of Independents rises, a gift to Asbury Park, as part of the next phase of downtown development under the firm belief that the arts grow the community. For more viist,


Adam Nelson | CEO

[email protected]

+1 212. 645. 8006


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