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City Gardens Nightclub Punk Cards

Artists have created products from the old City Gardens Nightclub Punk Cards.  The Punk Cards were postcards with a list of upcoming shows.  The early cards were good for $1 off admission and they would punch the card at the door.

City Gardens Nightclub Punk Card Posters and t-shirts

Punk Card Skate Board Decks are also being produced in conjunction with the Riot of the Dance Floor film about the City Gardens Nightclub.

City Gardens Nightclub Photography

Ken Salerno has compiled thousands of photographs and had backstage access to many City Gardens nightclub shows.  A picture book is scheduled to be released in 2013.  See a sampling of his pictures at the links below:

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City Gardens Nightclub Videos

Some videos exist of the old City Gardens Nightclub.  Here are some links:

The Fall 6/12/81 | More

The Cramps 6/26/81

The Cramps 11/3/82  |  More

The Stick Men 1983

Nash the Slash 2/21/83

Sickidz 3/5/83

Husker Du 3/25/84 (no audio)

Suicidal Tendencies 9/26/84

Dead Kennedys 4/28/85 | Dead Kennedys 1985Complete Sound Board Recording of the show

TSOL 4/28/85 Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6

Butthole Surfers 8/25/85

Black Flag 4/20/86 (audio only)

The Ramones with Elvis Ramone 8/29/87

Danzig 4/9/88

Gwar 4/11/88

Ministry 12/88

Decendents 1988

Dag Nasty 1988

The Toasters 1989

Intensity 1989

The Blenders 2/19/89

Bigger Thomas 9/29/89

Bush Babies 10/11/89

Hogan’s Heroes 1990

The Members 1990

Quicksand 7/1/90

Inside Out 7/1/90

Meat Beat Manifesto 6/30/91

Nirvana 09/27/91  |  Das Damen Opened

Gorilla Biscuits 11/10/91

Quicksand 2/2/92

Bad Brains 12/26/92

Leeway 1993

Sheer Terror 4/4/93

Biohazard 4/4/93

Shelter 5/20/93

Sick of it All 9/26/93

Into Another 9/26/93

Hyperactive 10/30/93

The Jesus Lizard 12/18/93

Pennywise 3/13/94

Green Day 1994

Deep Release 1/6/95

Eventime 1995

Felt Sound 1999


The Meatmen

Again & Again & Again

DollHaus Puppet

City Gardens Book

The City Gardens Book:  “No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes” is an oral history of 80’s-era alternative, metal and punk rock music told through the portal of one club—Trenton, New Jersey’s legendary City Gardens.   Read an excerpt here.   The web site for the book is at  Facebook page for the City Gardens film and book is at the No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes page.

A list of shows at the City Gardens nightclub has compiled mostly from the Aquarian magazine archives.  In pre-Internet days Aquarian was a good source for concert listings.  often hard to find in South Jersey 7-11’s carried them but you had to get them the day it came out.

The Book is scheduled to be released in 2013.

City Gardens Film

Steve Tozzi and Payfort Productions is producing a documentary about the The City Gardens Nightclub in Trenton called Riot on the Dance Floor.  He started a Kickstarter project  that received donations of almost twice the goal.  The web site for the film is at | Merchandise Stand (tshirts, posters, promo records, collector skateboard City Gardens punk card deck).  Production Blog.  The Facebook page for the City Gardens film and book is at the No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes page.

Steve Tozzie has worked on several projects such as:

A 6 minute movie preview was created for the Kickstarter project and a 2-minute movie trailer has been produced.  The full length movie is due in 2013.

2-minute Trailer:

6-Minute Preview (click here for a higher resolution version at Vimeo):

Alternative Music Sites/Blogs

Brooklyn Vegan Brookly Vegan Austin, Texas  | Brooklyn Vegan Chicago

Music Snobbery

Gorilla vs. Bear

My Old Kentucky Blog

Aquarium Drunkard


College Radio Stations

WKDU  (Listen)  – Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

WPRB  (Listen) – Princeton University NJ

KUSF  (Listen)  – San Francisco, CA

KALX  (Listen) – Berkeley, CA

KJHK  (Listen) – University of Kansas

WVUM  (Listen) – Miami, FL

KZSC  (Listen) – Santa Cruz, CA

WCRX  (Listen)  Chicago, IL

Radio DePaul  (Listen) Chicago, IL

WICB  (Plays Automatically) Ithaca, NY

KEXP  Seattle, WA

WERS  Boston, MA

CFRC  (Listen)  Kingston, ON, Canada

WLFR  (Listen)  Pomona, NJ