Explore Ocean County Arts... Ocean County has a flourishing entertainment scene ripe with
local and national talent. Whether it’s the year-round Jersey
Shore band scene that thrives in the taverns and lounges
throughout the county, exploring the depths of the universe,
or the iconic classical guitarist Tommy Emmanuel performing
on Long Beach Island, there’s more than sand, sun and
boardwalks to entertain you in Ocean County.
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The popular Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven, Ocean
County’s only professional theater, continues to wow
audiences with a diverse schedule of Broadway-quality
musical, comedy and children’s live performances. The
2019 season, running from June through December,
promises to be just as exciting with Main Stage
performances including Holiday Inn, Flashdance,
Mamma Mia!, Matilda, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Boynton Beach
Club, Savannah Sipping Society, Baskerville and ‘Tis The
Season. The 2019 Concert Stage showcases the music
of Buddy Holly and ’50s favorites, Billy Joel, the Carole
King songbook, and Simon and Garfunkel, along with
John Davidson in concert. Don’t miss holiday festivities
such as Songs & Tea with the Easter Bunny and Mother’s
Day High Tea. Surflight’s award-winning Children’s
Theatre brings a selection of best-loved stories to life on
stage during the summer of 2019, including Cinderella,
The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, Aladdin
and Snow White. While visiting Surflight, be sure to visit
the ever-popular Show Place Ice Cream Parlour, with its
talented waitstaff serving up an interactive performing
experience with your ice cream.
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Albert Music Hall
Albert Music Hall has been presenting live stage concerts of
acoustic country/bluegrass music year-round for the last 44 years.
Its humble beginnings started in the fox-hunting cabin of Joe
and George Albert, who came from Sayreville, New Jersey every
weekend in the early 1950’s and invited local neighbors over to
sit in the kitchen and make music together until the early hours.
These gatherings soon attracted attention the New York Times,
the Philadelphia Inquirer, and even from National Geographic
magazine, among others. The musical get-togethers continued
through the years, and in 1974 the group rented space in a public
building to see if others would enjoy this type of entertainment—
and they did.
Albert Music Hall opened its new space in January 1997, a
6,000-sq.-ft. building in Waretown with 350 seats, a stage that
resembles a cabin porch in the Pinelands, and a Pick’n Shed where
musicians jam each Saturday night. A true venue for old-time songs
and traditional country and bluegrass music, a typical Albert Hall
show will feature fiddles, guitars, banjos, dobroes, mandolins,
upright basses and sometimes even a washtub bass and spoons.
Albert Hall is a totally non-profit organization: all the musicians,
executive board and staff members are volunteers. All money raised
goes into the running of the Hall and funding eight scholarships
and local community projects. Since 1997, Albert Hall has awarded
more than $250,000 in scholarships.
Albert Hall runs a weekly schedule of country and bluegrass music
throughout the year. Bluegrass music in New Jersey is alive, well
and celebrated each year at Albert Music Hall, with the 49th annual
Ocean County Bluegrass Festival in February. Other highlights
include the Irish Show in March, the annual Ladies of Country &
Bluegrass Music Show in June, and the Legend of the Jersey Devil
Show in November.
Albert Music Hall is at 131 Wells Mills Rd. in Waretown, Exit 69 off
the Garden State Parkway. Visit www.alberthall.org for the weekly
line-up, photo gallery, directions and information.
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