Stone Pony tribute concert to honor late co-owner Butch Pielka

Butch Pielka tribute

Robert “Butch” Pielka at The Stone Pony.

Robert “Butch” Pielka — the Stone Pony co-founder who died in June, at the age of 71 — will be honored by a show at the club Oct. 7 from 2 to 9 p.m. Acts will include reunions of former Pony house band Cats on Smooth Surface and Friends (featuring Joel Krauss, Harry Filkin, Peter Schulle, Bobby Bandiera, Glen Burtnik, Vinny Daniele) and The Shakes (featuring Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez and Bobby Campanell) with Lance Larson, and more are expected to be announced in the weeks to come.

The show will benefit the Asbury Angels project (honoring notable members of the city’s music scene) and the Light of Day Foundation (raising money for research fighting Parkinson’s Disease and associated illnesses).

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Pielka co-owned the club from 1974, when it opened, until 1991, when it closed briefly before reopening under new ownership.

In a press release, longtime Pony DJ Lee Mrowicki said Pielka and his business partner Jack Roig co-hosted many fundraisers at the club.

“Butch, Jack and I did hundreds of benefits during their tenure at the Pony, and it is simply a perfect way to pay tribute to Butch with a show featuring his friends that would benefit the Light of Day and Asbury Angels,” Mrowicki said.


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