New Nonprofit Venue Opens for Local Artists and Musicians

Jimmy Mura shows off punk and pop culture-themed items in the shop at 53 Main Street (Route 9 in downtown Toms River). (Photo by Chris Lundy)
Jimmy Mura shows off punk and pop culture-themed items in the shop at 53 Main Street (Route 9 in downtown Toms River). (Photo by Chris Lundy)

TOMS RIVER – To kick off the summer, The Clubhouse of Toms River recently opened at 53 Main St., and has already created quite a buzz among local artists and musicians. This month, performances are slated for July 5, 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, and 30, bringing new audiences and music lovers alike to the town’s center to see some of New Jersey’s dedicated creators.

The Clubhouse aims to support working artists by providing a space to work, play, and explore creativity, presenting local and touring bands in concert several nights per week to encourage community engagement.

This month, featured artists include Nightfires, Judochop, Sunshine Hysteria, Calling Down Fire, This is Me Breathing, Pathetic Fallacy, Breath Before Death, With Sails Ahead, Ruminate, I Dreamt The Sea, Crafter, Hopper Pond, The New Aquarian, Tug Of War Machine, Peach Creek, Phulton, thisishowitendedintokyo, Kissies, and Anaconda Plan, with more to be announced.

The grand opening of the Clubhouse. (Photo by Chris Lundy)
The grand opening of the Clubhouse. (Photo by Chris Lundy)

“It’s important for local artists to have a place they call home because it inspires them,” said Jimmy Mura, director of The Clubhouse of Toms River. “They know there’s an audience that wants to hear what they have to say, people who are waiting for that next album.”

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Before evening shows and during the day, the store also sells gifts, clothes, pins, jewelry, and music designed and created by local that centers on pop and punk culture. As an IRS-recognized nonprofit corporation, the clubhouse also accepts tax-deductible donations.

Upcoming events for the Clubhouse can be found at theclubhousetr.com, facebook.com/theclubhousetr, or @theclubhousetr on Instagram. Contact Jimmy Mura at 732-597-3734 or email theclubhousetr@gmail.com for more information.