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Albert Music Hall
131 Wells Mill Road (Rt. 532)
Waretown
609-971-1593
The Albert Music Hall is a 6,000 square foot air-conditioned building holding over 1,100 persons. They host live country, bluegrass and pinelands bands every Satuday night at 7:30pm, with the doors opening at 6:30pm (see below for Special Event Sunday shows). The Albert's have been hosts of "Sounds of The Jersey Pines" every Saturday night since November 1974 - a place for aspiring musicians, young and old, to learn and perform. Acoustic instruments such as fiddles, guitars, banjos, mandolins, dobros, upright basses, dulcimers, spoons, and wash tub bass, played by musicians from the tri-state area, convey the history and special magic of the music. Performing groups change every 30 minutes and there are usually 7 music sets. Musicians are encouragged to bring their instrument and swap your songs with others. There is plenty of pickin' room on the Albert Music Hall porch, in the 400 square foot Pickin' Shed, and around the grounds. The special melodies and lyrics of old time songs and more recent hits can always be heard. Refreshments and gifts may be purchased. No alcoholic beverages or smoking allowed.
Admission is $5.00 for adults and $1.00 for children under 12.

Appel Farm Arts & Music Center
457 Shirley Road
Elmer
856-358-2472
Appel Farm is a nonprofit arts & music center located on 176 acres in Salem County. Founded in 1960, the center offers primarily country concerts on their wide open fields. Larger concerts are held at Salem Community College, not far from the farm. Concert series includes the Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival, a day-long celebration of contemporary acoustic music and regional crafts with a unique cultural program for children, drawing audiences from all over the mid-Atlantic region. Evening Concerts bring celebrated artists from around the world to Appel Farm's 250-seat theatre, and Williamstown's 1,000 seat, state-of-the-art theatre, while the Family Matinées present a variety of outstanding children's performances to their local audience.

Continental Airlines Arena
Meadowlands
East Rutherford
201-935-3900
The Brendan Byrne Arena was constructed in July of 1981 and In January of 1996 was officially renamed the Continental Airlines Arena. Together with Giants Stadium and Meadowlands Racetrack, they make up the $450 million, 750-acre Meadowlands Sports Complex. The Arena consists of 48 acres of the facility at a cost of $85 million and is home to the NJ Devils, NJ Nets, NJ Red Dogs and Seton Hall Basketball (unlike Giants Stadium, these are all NJ teams). Fittingly, Bruce Springsteen highlighted the Arena's opening with 6 sold-out shows. The Arena hosts national concert acts and has a capacity of 20,000. There are numerous food and merchandise vendors throughout the Arena. An abundant amount of parking is available (for a fee) with 4,000 spaces at the Arena and an addition 22,000 spaces within walking distance in the Stadium and Racetrack parking lots. Several video boards are strategically placed so that everyone, including the nosebleed seats, can get a good view of the show.

Giants Stadium
Meadowlands
East Rutherford
201-935-3900
Opened on November 19, 1972, Giants Stadium is aptly named due to the NY Giants becoming the first professional franchise to lease the building. Together with the Continental Arena and Meadowlands Racetrack, they make up the $450 million, 750-acre Meadowlands Sports Complex. The Stadium consists of 20 acres of the facility at a cost of $75 million. In addition to the NY Giants, the Stadium is also home of the the NY Jets, the NY/NJ MetroStars and the NY/NJ Hitmen. The Stadium hosts a variety of national act concerts each year in the outdoors with a capacity of about 60,000. There is parking (for a fee) for approximately 25,000 in the Stadium, Arena and Racetrack parking lots. They have two color video boards for everyone to see and over 2,000 speakers.

Kindred Spirits Fair & Music Fest
Warren County Fairgrounds
Harmony, NJ 07823
908-689-8345

PNC Arts Center
Garden State Parkway, Exit 116
Holmdel
732-442-9200
Formerly know as the Garden State Arts Center, the PNC Arts center is multi-million dollar open-air pavilion with 6 big screen monitors and state-of-the-art sound. The concert season begins late in May and continues through September featuring between 45 and 55 performances by national acts. Special events and festivals are also featured each season. The amphitheatre accommodates 17,500 guests; 6,900 seats in the open-air pavilion and room for another 10,600 on the lawn. Personal lawn chairs are not permitted but you can bring a blanket or rent a chair at the show. Seating is available for guests with disabilities in the orchestra, loge and lawn sections of the theater. They have a food court serving hot and cold foods, snacks, soda and beer. The Levis First Stage, located near the fountain, hosts local emerging talent and will start approximately one hour before show time. Guest facilities include ample restrooms, water fountains, public telephones and ATMs. The Center is available for company picnics, meetings, fundraisers, and public and private special events. Free parking is available directly on site for most shows and additional parking is available in lots adjacent to the Arts Center with access to the Center via walking or shuttle bus. The Arts Center will offer prime parking spots to customers arriving by 6:00pm with four or more persons per car. They also have a shuttle that picks up patrons from the Matawan Train Station show and drops them back off at the end of the show. The box office is located outside of the main entrance gates and are open on show days from 3:00pm to 9:00pm. Call their box office for other hours. Children under 2 are free, all others must have a ticket.

Six Flags Great Adventure
Route 537
Jackson
732-928-1821 or 732-928-2000
In addition to being the largest amusement park in the world, Six Flags Great Adventure delivers top-name performers and music festivals in the 9,000-seatNorthern Star Arena on Saturday and Sunday nights during the summer. All concerts are free with paid park admission.

 

Sovereign Bank Arena
550 South Broad Street
Trenton
609-656-3200
The Sovereign Bank Arena is a $53 million state-of-the-art sports and family entertainment facility opened in 1999 on the former American Wire & Steel Factory site. The Arena is home to the Trenton Titans of the East Coast Hockey League, and the Trenton Shooting Stars of the International Basketball League. The Arena features seating of up to 10,500 for concerts and special events and has 2,700 parking spaces (for a fee). The doors open one hour before showtime. They havenumerous concession stands and bars filled with a variety of food and beverages. Tickets can be purchased at their box office or through Ticketmaster. Box office hours are Monday - Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm and closed Sunday except on event days. The Sovereign Bank Arena Box Office accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover Card and cash.

The Starland Ballroom (Formerly Hunka Bunka)
570 Jernee Mill Road
Sayreville
732-238-5500
The Starland Ballroom turned the old Club Hunka Bunka into a concert hall in 2003 with local acts as well as nationa recording artists.

The Stone Pony
913 Ocean Avenue
Asbury Park
732-502-0600
Since 1974, The Stone Pony has been one of the world's most popular music venues. Bruce Springsteen got his start there, Bon Jovi and The Smithereens were regulars. In 1991, to the dismay of many, the club shut down. On Memorial Day Weekend, 2000, Domenic Santana reopened the newly renovated The Stone Pony with state-of-the-art lighting, a new sound system, tents and a food area. The Stone Pony has a concert capacity of 775 an has on-street parking. Most shows are 18 and older to enter and 21 to drink. Tickets can be purchased at their box office during club hours or through Ticketmaster. They host both nation and local bands - check the Stone Pony website for their concert schedules.

Tweeter Center
(formerly Sony/Blockbuster Music E-Centre
1 Harbour Blvd, Camden
856-365-1300
Opened in June 1995, the Tweeter Center sits adjacent to the New Jersey State Aquarium on 14 acres along the Delaware River with a beautiful view of the Philadelphia skyline. In 2001, the name changed to the Tweeter Center. A year-round facility serves as a 25,000 capacity outdoor ampitheatre during the summer which features a huge lawn with giant video screens and state-of-the-art computerized sound enhancement. In the fall and winter, the Tweeter Centre converts to a fully enclosed, climate controlled, flexible capacity theatre for 1,600-7,000 guests offering a variety of concerts, Broadway theatrical productions and family entertainment. Accessible seating is available for physically challenged patrons in designated sections of the orchestra and loge seating areas. A diverse menu including cheese steaks, hoagies, pizza, grilled chicken sandwiches, cheeseburgers, beer, wine, frozen cocktails, mixed drinks and soft drinks is available at concession stands. There are approximately 8400 parking spaces in well-lit, secured lots within the immediate vicinity of the Entertainment Centre. General parking fees are $6 per car and $10 for VIP parking. (Festival concert parking is $10 and $15 for VIP). Designated handicapped parking spaces are available. Parking lots are open 2 hours prior to showtime.

 
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