Band Bookings

bar anticipation band bookingsBOOKING PROCEDURES

The below information is for “COVER BANDS”.

Unfortunately, we were forced to drop our Original Band program due to lack of interest by the public.


Dear Musician / Manager / Agent,

Thank you for you inquiry. I handle new talent as follows:

Other than during NFL Football season, Sunday nights/evenings are designated for new bands to audition. On Sundays, bands have a chance to prove that the have a following and are of the proper format and skill range for the room. Make no mistake however, the thing I look for first and foremost, is a following.

The landscape of the nightclub business has changed dramatically in the past 20 years. Everything, from the increase to a 21 year old drinking age and drunk driving, to safe sex and the economy, has greatly reduced the number (and frequency) of people that go out. The days of booking bands to entertain a packed house are long gone. Venues that choose live entertainment need the entertainment to attract clientele. Accordingly, the business aspect of the nightclub business dictates that only the bands with the best followings receive return gigs.

I know Sundays can be difficult to get people out. However, every band with a following will be able to get some people out no matter what night they play. As such, I know that whatever you bring on a Sunday probably will be less than what you would bring on a Friday.

You are judged against other auditioning bands, and they all also play on a Sunday, so the playing field is level.

We have a great sound system, lights and house tech. It is an easy gig and the band will sound great. Big Orange Cone, Life Speed and many others started out doing this type of night for me. They brought a good crowd on an audition night and had what I thought it took to develop a strong fan base at Bar A. From there, I booked them on weekends and during high-traffic events at the club. Both those bands now have huge followings and thus make thousands of dollars a gig.

I am NOT looking for free bands. I am an ex-musician and entertainment attorney and do this to help bands that would otherwise not get a shot at playing a big room. As such, only take the gig if you think you have a shot of bringing people and scoring a return gig. I will say this again, as some bands seem to ignore this, only take the gig if you think you have a shot of bringing people and scoring a return gig.

I am always looking for new bands to add to my monthly band roster. I would love to find and work with any new band that is willing to work to be the new “big band” in the area. Bar Anticipation is open, and rocks, all year, 7 days a week.

Please e-mail me at if you are interested and let me know what dates you are available. I will then send you additional details and propose a date to you.

I will not be booking any additional audition bands until February 2014.

Thank You,
Thomas Jannarone
Bar Anticipation
703 16th Avenue
Lake Como (formerly S. Belmar), N.J. 07719

Save The Date

Saturday, February 6
Annual MARDI GRAS Party
- with ALMOST EASY. Tons of Beads, Boas, Masks, and More!

Tuesday, February 9
Huge Annual FAT TUESDAY Party Beat The Clock with GARDEN STATE RADIO
- Drafts Start at 50 cents at 8 pm and increase 25 cents every hour with DJ Dave.

Sunday, February 14
The Walking Dead Premiere and Valentines Day Dance Party - "Eat Your Heart Out"
- Starts 6 pm. Special Walking Dead Themed Dinner Menu and Walking Dead Themed Cocktails. Watch the Premiere on our Giant Screens, Cast Look-a-Like Contest, plus All Night Dance Party with Bacardi Ardi and DJ Billy Reybert. Coors Light are only $2.75 all night. FREE Admission if you are dressed as a Zombie or a Zombie Hunter!

Saturday, March 12
- with The Event Horizon. Tons of Giveaways!

Saturday, April 30
- Official Opening of the Outdoor Bars. Nine Bands and six DJ's. Details posted soon.

Friday, May 6
- Trade in your old VIP card for a new one.


 All drink specials and cover charge times are subject to change without notice and may not be offered on Holidays or during certain Special Events.

Enjoy $2.50 Lite Pints, $2.75 Bottles and $6.50 Pitchers plus $3 Sols & Dos Equis ALL NIGHT
2 For 1 Burgers
from our Famous Signature Burger Menu. Live Reggae 5:30 - 9 pm plus DJ Chris.

- The Drafts Start at Only 50¢ at 8 pm and increase 25¢ every hour. The HOTTEST Night on the Planet! featuring GARDEN STATE RADIO, THE EVENT HORIZON & NINE DEEEZ NITE alternate Tuesdays. The Bands start early at 9:30 pm. Admission is Free until 8 pm


Enjoy a Retro, featured Ice Cold 40oz Beer Only $5, live entertainment, and in house BBQ Specials.

COUNTRY U Starts 9 pm. $5 16 oz Can Cups with $1.50 Refills. Rob and Jay Live 9 pm plus DJ Chris. FREE Admission ALL NIGHT

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL The BEST place to catch the game with $2.75 Bud and Bud Lights plus $3.50 Heinekens All Night Giveaways plus FREE Admission All Night.


from 4 - 9 pm with DJ Kirk Lopez & DJ Mike Nice plus Emcee Rob Busch and Shirlene $2.25 Bud & Bud Light Pints Complimentary Buffet with Carving Station Free Admission till 9 pm.

FRIDAY NIGHTS ROCK! GREAT LIVE BANDS & DJ $2.75 Bud & Bud Lights All Night, with INCREDIBLE BANDS every week plus DJ Mike Nice's Dance Party between sets. See Calendar for Band Schedule Free Admission until 9 pm.


Every knows about Bar A's Great Bands and Dance Party with $2.75 Lites All Night. See Calendar for Band Schedule FREE Admission till 9 pm.


ALL the Games on Over 70 TV's in HD with two GIANT Screens. Enjoy Ice Cold $2.50 Lite Pints, $3 Bottles, $4 Corona/Light Bottles and $6.50 Pitchers!

Special Football and Full Menu of Incredible food available. All fan clubs and Fantasy Leagues welcome.

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Food Menus

The Restaurant at Bar A






Weekly Food Specials

Saturday Brunch
Saturday Brunch 10 am -2pm
Order any Brunch Platter & receive a Complimentary 9oz Mimosa, Screwdriver, Beer, or Bloody Mary

Sunday Brunch
Sunday Brunch 10am to 1pm
Order any Brunch Platter & receive a Complimentary 9oz Mimosa, Screwdriver, Beer, or Bloody Mary

Complimentary Buffet - (Main Bar Football Season 4 pm)

Monday Burger Night
2 for 1 Burgers
from our Award Winning Specialty Signature Burger Menu

Tuesday Wing Night
50¢ Wings (5 pm - close)
Sign the Waiver and take
Bar A's Bad Ass Wing Challenge
Eat 12 Bad Ass wings in 12 minutes to win a Bad Ass T-Shirt

Complimentary Buffet - (Main Bar 4 - 7 pm)

Special Appetizer Menu (5 pm - close)

Complimentary Buffet - (Main Bar 4 - 7 pm)

Complimentary Buffet - (Main Bar 4 - 7 pm)

Friday Happy Hour Buffet
Friday Happy Hour Buffet & Hors d’oeuvres 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Weekly Blue Plate Specials - Only $4.95
Monday to Friday 11 am - 4 pm (subject to change without online notice)

Monday - Guinness Beef Stew with Mashed & Garlic Bread
Tuesday - Homemade Meatloaf Platter with Mashed & Veggies
Wednesday - Roasted or BBQ Chicken with Mashed & Veggies
Thursday - Grilled or BBQ Pork Chop with Mashed & Veggies
Friday - Fish & Chips (Broiled or Fried Cod) with Fries, Tartar Sauce & Malt Vinegar

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