Asbury Park has always been a bit like New Jersey’s Coney Island — a storied history as an upscale vacation destination in the 1920s and ’30s, giving way to a shabby, postwar preservation effort that has made the beach town’s air of fallen grandeur all the more appealing. It’s also gathered quite the musical legacy, readily associated with state greats like Sinatra and Springsteen while continuing to cultivate new acts at the Stone Pony, the Saint, and Asbury Lanes (a real vintage bowling alley — eat your heart out, Williamsburg). For these reasons, the inaugural Asbury Park Music in Film Festival was a long time coming, and we’re oh so glad it’s here. Tonight, kick things off with punk madness as the historic Paramount Theatre screens Salad Days and Do You Remember? 15 Years of the Bouncing Souls. Saturday and Sunday pack in an abundance of pick-and-choose options, with everything from films about Southern Gospel to Canadian contributions, blocks of shorts, workshops, and live performances. Don’t miss the “Jersey Shore Rock and Roll Tales” panel for a dose of local lore. Various times and locations.
April 10-12, 6:30 p.m., 2015