Asbury Park, NJ music venue House of Independents has announced its closure “for the foreseeable future.” It’s been shut down since the end of September after heavy rain flooded its basement and that of Asbury Park Biergarten, causing “over half a million dollars of damage.” Efforts to fund repairs have been challenging, as they explain in a statement on social media:
On September 29th, significant rain in Asbury Park, resulting in the overflowing of Wesley Lake, caused a devastating flood through the basement of Asbury Park Biergarten into House Of Independents. We have been picking up the pieces over the last couple of weeks and coming to terms with over half a million dollars of damage. Currently, we are seeking funding through insurance and requesting government relief for both the Biergarten and House of Independents. As those avenues remain bleak, we have opened up conversations with various groups on the potential of them taking over the space. We have been very proud to bring entertainment to the downtown of Asbury Park and be an integral part of this community. Unfortunately, we have decided to remain closed for the foreseeable future as we work through different options that will hopefully keep the space as an arts driven venue.
House Of Independents is working on rehoming all shows on its calendar. Ticket holders should keep an eye on their emails for change of location as they are announced.
We are incredibly grateful to have had eight years of amazing shows, staff and memories on our stage.
Upcoming shows that have moved include Louyah, Saint Slumber, Gervs, Wavy, and Angel Hill on 11/17, now at Asbury Lanes; Gimme Gimme Disco on 11/18, now at The Stone Pony; Yawn Mower, Dentist, Cold Joy, Neon Rayon, and DJ Foggy Notion on 11/22, now at Over The Moon Studios; and Latewaves, Little Hag, Charlie & Margot, and Steve Kelly on 12/22, now at Salty’s Beach Bar. Stay tuned for more updates.