Though it's internationally known for its impromptu New Jersey superstar rock 'n' roll jams, the legendary Stone Pony nightclub has found a way to simultaneously thank its other jammin' community as well with the return of The Great Bamboozle Arts and Culture Festival, Friday, June 4 through Sunday, June 6, 2004.

Where else but on the grounds of this world-famous nightspot can musical diversity so magically mesh with a jam-friendly atmosphere? The second annual edition celebrates the club's remarkable 30th anniversary by taking over more than just the Stone Pony and surrounding Stone Pony Lot and expanding its focus on the whole block between First and Second avenues.

Some 3,500 patrons each day are expected to partake in this uniquely diverse Jersey jamband bonanza designed to unite the best national and local jam acts with some of the country's hottest and highly regarded rock 'n' roll bands. The three-day celebration of arts and culture kicks off the summer season as one of the most potent and highly regarded festivals in the country, instantly making the Jersey Shore--and the rest of the Garden State--a "player" on the national circuit.

Sonic Youth, moe., Galactic, Chris Robinson, My Morning Jacket, Jesse Malin, M. Ward And Friends, Railroad Earth, Antigone Rising, OM Trio, RAQ, and deSol lead the incredibly heady lineup assembled once again by Max Cruise Entertainment to celebrate the club's special 30th anniversary year. Other national acts on the bill include The Breakfast, On The Speakers, and Dios, with more to be announced very soon.

"The goal this year, after looking back at last year, was to add more diversity," says festival organizer John D'Esposito of Max Cruise Entertainment, the primary concert promoter of the Stone Pony. "The Roots rocked so hard in a rain storm last year, even those who might not have known the band had to feel the energy, even while the rain pounded away. We saw a great response for diversity, so this year we decided to look deeper into the music and find artists who complement each other and varying genres."

"The jam bands brought out our first loyal fan base after I purchased the club and we reopened at the beginning of the 2000 summer season," adds the Stone Pony's Domenic Santana. "That first year was really tough, but their fans were fearless in trekking where no man would go, and they helped established a regular scene here."

The Great Bamboozle Arts and Culture Festival 2004 will feature continuous live entertainment over all three days--from street performers to either of the two main stages. Venues like the "Bamboozle Trading Post" will allow fans to trade music and memorabilia and should prove to be an even more popular "hang" than before. More room for arts and crafts, photography, a vegan and vegetarian shop and salad bar, live music, drum circles, and workshops will provide a relaxing diversion away from the primary star attractions. Each day, the Hippie Army will host a "Shot Special" at--when else?--4:20 p.m. The Hippie Army "Clean Vibe Crew" will be on hand to provide information and assistance throughout the festival.

The second edition of the GREAT BAMBOOZLE ARTS AND CULTURE FESTIVAL is the first true realization of a vision D’Esposito has had since he produced the initial Skate and Surf Festival in Asbury Park four years ago.

The GREAT BAMBOOZLE was appropriately named to amplify organizers’ beliefs that Asbury Park was “bamboozled” for years by shady politicians and developers. The festival reflects the hope that has finally begun to penetrate what for too long has been such a dark time in a brilliant city.

Asbury Park is and always will be a musical paradise. Its history and culture still shines through the decrepit buildings and empty lots. Max Cruise’s goal is for THE GREAT BAMBOOZLE to become the latest and greatest vehicle for continual musical diversity in the city. And best of all, the festival is located just 50 feet from the beautiful beaches and one hour from New York and Philadelphia. Mass transit is available. Trains from NYC stop every hour in Asbury Park.

Tickets for The Great Bamboozle Arts and Culture Festival are on sale NOW at $80 for a three-day pass or $30 for a single day in advance. Children under 16 are $10 and must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available at the Stone Pony Box Office, all TicketMaster Outlets, TicketMaster Charge By Phone at 201-507-8900 and 212-307-7171, TicketMaster Online (, and Lucky's in Belmar, NJ (732-280-2323). Tickets also available online through

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