ARTS Pick: Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock ‘N Roll

ARTS Pick: Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock ‘N Roll

“Something happened here that wasn’t happening any place else,” says Bruce Springsteen in the film Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock ‘N Roll. “And that mattered.” The newly released rock doc looks at the origins of the significant music scene, dubbed the Songs of Asbury Park, in the New Jersey seaside resort, and its cultural influence in uniting a community divided by race riots in 1970. Director Tom Jones interviews performers from the city’s Upstage Club, including Springsteen, Little Steven Van Zandt, other members of the E Street Band, Southside Johnny, and more.

Friday, May 24. $10.50-14.50, 7pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. 979-1333.