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Sunday, March 09, 2008

That time change really messed with me, though. What day is it?

This is a shot of the stage in the middle of the bowling lanes at Asbury Lanes, the vintage bowling alley-show venue two windswept blocks from the oceanside boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey. I took this when we arrived last night, bringing Bump 'n' Grindhouse to the people of this great state. This is, hands down, one of the greatest venues on Earth, a real deal classic bowling alley with a fabulous fried snackbar and a swanky alcohol bar tucked in the corner by the DJ booth, the friendliest, most tattooed staff in the tri-state area, and, oh yeah, a stage right in the middle of the working bowling lanes, where the Reverend Horton Heat and Dick Dale have played. Not a bad place to bring a show, and despite a day of stormy weather and a freezing windy night, the place was packed with enthusiastic fans. We gave 'em a great show, marred only by my having to stretch on the mike for about 15 minutes when their CD walkman-based sound system copped out for no discernible reason during our firs act (fun fact: they had a team of paranormal investigators in the place on Monday, I shit you not. And the guys told them that the ghosts infesting places like that often suck the power out of things. Hmmm.) But their crack team worked it out and the show was a big hit. Afterwards finished up the night with the whole BnG crew playing a round of burlesque bowling, which is just like regular bowling, only with more nudity.

Some very fun pictures of the night are right here! And I can't urge you enough to check out Asbury Lanes, a reason to drive to Jersey.

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