Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes are kicking off The Basie Center's "Drive-In Live" series on July 11th, and the very next night, Monmouth Park will host Jim Gaffigan!

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Tickets for both shows go on sale TOMORROW, Friday June 5th, at 10am through Ticketmaster. The concerts will benefit the Count Basie Center for the Arts, with a portion of the proceeds going to the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.

The rules that were laid out for the Southside show will still apply for Jim Gaffigan, so here's a refresher:

  • Tickets for Southside are $150 per car, with a maximum occupancy of four.
  • Tickets for Jim Gaffigan are $165 per car, with a maximum occupancy of four.
  • Vehicles will be spaced approximately 9’apart. Windows may remain open at this distance.
  • Cars will park in a staggered fashion to achieve spacing and best visibility.
  • Patrons must remain inside their vehicle cabins.
  • Patrons may only leave their vehicles only to use restrooms, and will be required to wear masks and maintain social distancing.
  • Portable, single-stall restrooms will be cleaned between patrons.
  • Passenger vehicles only. No motorcycles, buses, party buses, limousines, bicycles, or foot traffic allowed. ADA accessible vehicles will be permitted.
  • All tickets are general admission and spots cannot be reserved.
  • Event is rain or shine.
  • Concert will take place in the Grandstand General Parking Lot. Cars must enter via Port-au-Peck Avenue.
  • Alcohol will not be served.
  • Absolutely no tailgating or out-of-vehicle gatherings.
  • Attendees will be able to hear the concerts via their radio, details day of show.
  • Cars with more than four occupants will be turned away without refund.
  • Vehicles are subject to search upon entry.
  • No pets allowed.

I can't imagine what it would be like to be a stand-up comic performing to a see of cars. It would be weird enough to be in a band, but at least they only expect crowd reaction every 4-5 minutes after a song. Comics rattle off jokes, but without hearing the crowd laugh or groan or whatever, it's got to be tough. Jim Gaffigan is great at the self-deprecating style, so I'm sure he'll adapt and make it a great show.

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