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Another Successful Concert Season In The Books

Lauren Hoffman

Monmouth County residents are fortunate to live in an area where a variety of entertainment is offered at numerous venues on a weekly basis, especially during the summer months. One such venue is the PNC Bank Arts Center, an outdoor amphitheater in Holmdel, which can accommodate 17,500 patrons, including 7,000 seats and a vast lawn that can hold another 10,500. Located conveniently off Exit 116 on the Garden State Parkway, you will find diverse new food menus and beverage offerings inside the gates, amidst the powerful musical lineups and VIP ticket packages that the venue offers.

Each year, various artists from all music genres perform at the PNC Bank Arts Center between May and September. This year, the Summer 2016 concert season kicked off on May 12 with country music superstar Dierks Bentley. Whatever your musical preference, there is a show for you on its schedule. From Snoop Dogg to Black Sabbath to Josh Groban gracing the stage, you’re sure to find a reason to purchase tickets and visit this venue.

Thousands of eager music fans travel far and wide to see at show at the PNC. Whether you sit in the front row or on the lawn for a concert, you are likely to have a memorable experience. “Concerts always generate a cool vibe, but shows at the PNC are like no other. Sitting on the lawn, watching the sun set over some of my favorite artists, makes some of the best summer memories each year,” explained Lauren Scornavacca of Denville.

If you haven’t been to the PNC this summer, you may still be in luck. There are four shows remaining in September. On September 1, legendary rock musicians ZZ Top and Gregg Allman join forces for a co-headlining tour. If you’re a country music lover, the popular trio Rascal Flatts brings their “Rhythm & Roots” tour to town with special guests Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Lane on September 2. If you want a night out for some old-fashioned belly laughs, try the Oddball Comedy Fest, featuring Sebastian Maniscalco, Tracy Morgan, Jim Jeffries, and more on September 8. The summer finale wraps up on September 10 with the “Rock Hall Three for All” tour, with rock-n-roll headliners Heart, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, and Cheap Trick. Check out for these and future events.

Although summer is coming to an end, it does not mean your concert calendar has to be empty during the fall and winter months. There are many other venues in the area that have events coming up; see below for just some of the highlights on the calendar.

iPlay America:

September 17 – Girls Night In: Niki & Gabi, Alisha Marie, Jessie Paege, and Alyson Stoner.

September 28 – Boyce Avenue

Starland Ballroom:

September 22 – Old Crow Medicine Show

September 29 – Lee Brice

Count Basie Theatre:

September 10 – The Hit Men

September 11 – 3 Doors Down

State Theatre:

September 10 – Clare Bowen & Charles Esten

September 17 – Jim Breuer


These shows are just a short list of what to expect here in New Jersey during the upcoming months. Watch this page for future entertainment offerings and share your concert experience with us! Tweet us @TheJournalNJ #FromTheFrontRow.

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