Series to provide outdoor, ‘supper club under the stars’ concert experience at one of the Jersey Shore’s most popular hotspots
On the heels of the Count Basie Center’s critically-acclaimed “Drive-In Live” concerts at Monmouth Park, the nonprofit performing arts organization has announced Concerts In The Garden at the Blu Grotto, an outdoor, socially-distanced, supper club-style concert series to be held at the park’s popular Blu Grotto Ristorante.
The first round of performers includes Eagles tribute band Best Of The Eagles (Aug 7/8), the legendary Willie Nile (Aug 15), Beatles tributeers The Weeklings (Aug 22), plus comedians Chris Distefano (Aug 29; 7pm + 9:30pm) and Vic DiBitetto (Sept 12). For more information, visit www.thebasie.org/garden. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, July 22 at 10am exclusively through Ticketmaster.com, with Count Basie Center members receiving first access to tickets. Information on Basie Center membership can be found at www.thebasie.org/membership.
Additional Concerts In The Garden at the Blu Grotto announcements are forthcoming.
The Concerts In The Garden at The Blu Grotto series is produced by The Basie Presents in association with UMT Presents.
“The popularity of The Basie’s drive-in concerts showed that fans will attend entertainment events so long as they feel safe and see all necessary safety precautions in place,” said Adam Philipson, President and CEO, Count Basie Center for the Arts. “Our partnership with Monmouth Park proves that it can be done, and we’re proud to offer patrons this ‘dinner and a show’ option over the next few months.”
The following measures will be in place for the Concerts In The Garden at the Blu Grotto series:
“It’s great to be working with my friends at the Count Basie Center for the Arts and Monmouth Park on this extraordinary endeavor in these extraordinary times,” said Tony Pallagrosi, President, UMT Presents. “I’m really humbled by this opportunity to help create a safe space for nationally recognized artists and their fans to once again enjoy the in-person, live event experience in a socially distanced ‘supper club under the stars.’”