Discover Carteret, NJ’s newest performing arts center
The official opening of the Carteret Performing Arts and Events Center will take place this Saturday, December 4 when the New Jersey Hall of Fame Smithereens perform in Carteret, New Jersey. It is also presented as the homecoming of the group.
Special guest singers Robin Wilson (of the Gin Blossoms) and Marshall Crenshaw will join the group. This is the first time the two will share vocal duties with the band for an entire show. Governor Phil Murphy will cut the ribbon earlier today, officially kicking off the festivities.
I was fortunate enough to host the very first comedy show there last Saturday night when Suzy Yengo, CEO of Catch a Rising Star, presented the very first full house comedy special with headlining Jersey Bad Boy, ”said Mike Marino.
Yengo told me, “We love the place and are discussing to bring in more talent.”
The Carteret Performing Arts and Event Center is located on the site of the former Ritz Theater. The venue itself is a flexible, multi-level space that includes a downstairs concert / comedy / entertainment space with theater seating, a lower level comedy / jazz club with a piano lounge and a rooftop lounge.
How did the Carteret Center for Performing Arts and Events come into being? The mayor of the Carteret borough, Daniel J. Reiman, told me by email:
“Over the years, there has always been a shared vision to create a vibrant downtown and inclusive arts district that would serve as a destination for performing arts, educational events, entertainment and community engagement. The strategy was to design and build a one-of-a-kind venue that could transform from a seated concert hall to an indoor sports arena, a center for culinary arts festivals, and much more.
It was not easy, says Mayor Reiman:
“The process to get here has not been without challenges, especially the COVID-19 pandemic, but we have never lost sight of the finish line. Today, I can say with pride that the Carteret Performing Arts & Events Center is now complete and will open to welcome the public in 2021. “
“This will be a watershed moment for the Borough of Carteret as we take our place among New Jersey’s sought-after downtowns; teeming with local businesses and visitors, creating jobs and boosting our local economy. The Arts Districts have proven to be the catalyst that attracts visitors and businesses, and ours will be no exception with the Carteret PAC as a cornerstone.
Mayor Reiman on how the Carteret Performing Arts and Events Center will hold up said:
“The Carteret PAC will be sustained in part through thoughtful and cohesive programming, membership drives, grants and, most importantly, through our naming and corporate partnership opportunities. These opportunities offer businesses as well as individuals the chance to be part of a cultural renaissance. that until now it has been an economic vacuum in eastern Middlesex County and that area of New Jersey. “
“The Carteret PAC is a flexible, multi-level space that features a lower level comedy / jazz club with a piano lounge; a ground floor concert / comedy and entertainment space with luxury theater style seating that can be easily pulled out to accommodate a variety of events such as exhibitions, weddings, dinners, etc. The upper level of the VIP seating consists of VIP Box suites, a private VIP area and a large hall on the 2nd floor with a grand piano. The rooftop lounge, decorated with tall – furniture, fireplaces, radiators and bars, has its own stage and private cabana-style seating for dining and enjoying the sunset. “
“I hope we can add your name to the growing list of partners who join us on our journey to become Central New Jersey’s premier destination to visit, work, live and prosper.”
The vaccine policy follows the directives of the State.
Regarding parking and places to eat, says Mayor Reiman;
“There is a large parking lot on the street, a parking lot is being built across the street.
several local restaurants and we will soon have ours at PAC. “
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