GameChanger Presents: Real Friends, Mixtapes, Batten Down The Hatches ++ More At The Brighton Bar

Chris Rotolo October 9, 2013 News No Comments

real-friendsFor all the well-documented vendettas famed local promoter John D’Esposito (Skate & Surf, Bamboozle) has with my home base of Asbury Park, there’s no denying the bridge between two eras of Punk he and his new fan-to-artist gaming platform and promotions company, GameChangerWorld, are constructing at The Brighton Bar in Long Branch.

For years The Brighton Bar has been a dingy Punk-Rock palace that’s crusty, skeleton-riddled ceiling and grit-coated planks have provided the perfect aesthetic for such a venue that’s housed Sylvain, Sylvain (NY Dolls), Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys), Urge Overkill, and Debbie Harry (Blondie), not to mention surviving members of such legendary acts as The Sex Pistols, Angry Samoans, Agent Orange, Stiff Little Fingers, and many many more.

However, as Warped Tour and festivals like it suggest, the face of Punk has changed.  A new generation of alienated teens have connected with bands of their peers and GameChanger Presents has stepped in to bridge the gap with The Brighton Bar as its base of operations and a schedule shows, including a recently announced event slated for November 9th with Real Friends (Chicago), Mixtapes (Cincinnati), Forever Came Calling (Twentynine Palms, CA), and Pentimento (Buffalo).

The Pop-Punk showcase will also feature such local SIMGE favorites as Batten Down The Hatches and Cross Town Train.

Doors for the event are scheduled to open at 6 p.m. with music expected to start at 6:30 p.m.  Pick up tickets in advance for $13 here, or at the door for $15.

Stream Batten Down The Hatches’ 2012 EP Beginnings below:

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Chris graduated from The College Of New Jersey in May of 2011 with a Bachelors Degree in both Journalism/Professional Writing and Communication Studies. He's held down a position in the Asbury Park Press’ Sports Department since September of 2010 and is a contributor to the outlet’s Arts & Entertainment section as well as Consequence of Sound (

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