While every entity has been affected by the virus, one of the hardest hit has been the entertainment industry. Performers who normally would add great entertainment to restaurants and bars were shut down because of the crush on the hospitality industry.
Major theatres and entertainment venues were darkened and full schedules of great bands and performers were wiped clean. Since the end of March I personally have had 43 scheduled shows, concerts and appearances cancelled. My good friends in the music and comedy business have been devastated, some may never recover.
New Jersey is second to none in entertainment, music venues, and a proponent of all kinds of music. New Jersey thrives on entertainment, so the difficulty became apparent on how to salvage a very quiet summer and try to recoup some of the major losses that theatres and performers have experienced.
Enter a great idea by The Count Basie Theatre and Monmouth Park, the two heritage entertainment venues combined forces and…