Concerts Returning to South Jersey as COVID-19 Restrictions Fade

By: Olivia Armstrong, Follow South Jersey News Reporting Intern

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Photo: BB&T Pavilion via Facebook

SOUTH JERSEY — As New Jersey’s COVID-19 restrictions slowly become a thing of the past, large-scale events like concerts will return to South Jersey throughout the summer.The BB&T Pavillion, PNC Bank Arts Center, Wildwood Beach, and Asbury Park Beach are just a few of the facilities that will host such events this year.

Big-name musical acts like Luke Bryan, Jimmy Buffett, and Maroon 5 are among those who will perform at Camden’s BB&T Pavilion this year. The BB&T Pavilion’s slate of summer shows will begin on July 17 with “An Evening with Chicago and Their Greatest Hits.” You can check out the venue’s full list of shows through Labor Day below, and you can click here to purchase tickets to any of these events:

  • An Evening with Chicago and Their Greatest Hits: 6:30 p.m. July 17
  • Luke Bryan: Proud To Be Right Here 2021: 7 p.m. August 8
  • Jimmy Buffett: 8 p.m. August 12
  • Korn & Staind: 6:30 p.m. August 13
  • 92.5 XTU Anniversary Show featuring Jason Aldean: 7:30 p.m. August 14
  • 311 — Live From The Ride Tour: 6:30 p.m. August 21
  • James Taylor: 7:30 p.m. August 25
  • Alanis Morissette w/special guest Garbage & also appearing Liz Phair: 7 p.m. August 26
  • Thomas Rhett: The Center Point Road Tour 2021: 7:30 p.m. August 27
  • Kings of Leon: When You See Yourself Tour: 7:30 p.m. August 29
  • Maroon 5: 7 p.m. September 4

Additionally, the PNC Bank Arts Center will host a number of the same shows that are rolling through the BB&T Pavilion as part of artists’ tours — including Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett. However, performers like the Zac Brown Band and Daryl Hall & John Oates will also hold shows at the facility, which is located in Holmdel, this summer. You can check out the PNC Bank Arts Center’s full list of upcoming events here.

If you’re looking for a concert down the shore, Wildwood will host the 2021 Barefoot Country Music Fest from August 19-22. Carrie Underwood, the Zac Brown Band, and Lynyrd Skynyrd are among the headliners at this year’s festival, which you can find more information about here.

The Stone Pony in Asbury Park Beach will begin its 2021 Summer Stage season with Rise Against on July 31 — the first of 12 shows scheduled at the iconic shore venue. Billy Strings and Jason Mraz will also perform on the Stone Pony’s Summer Stage this year, and you can find a full list of this summer’s shows in Asbury Park here.

These bigger-name shows don’t include a number of concert series that will showcase smaller, more local artists throughout the region. Camden County has already announced its planned return to in-person concerts for its summer series this year.

Most of the concerts happening this year are those that were canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that a sizeable portion of New Jersey’s population is inoculated against the pandemic, concerts are back on schedule.

This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.