This is HUGE!!!!!

At Noon today (Fri., Aug. 28th, 2020) tickets go on sale to see Kevin Hart in the Garden at Blu Grotto at Monmouth Park, thank to The Count Basie Center for the Arts!

The two shows are set for Thursday, Sept. 3rd and Friday, Sept. 4th, with show times at 6:30 & 9:30 pm. You know this will sell get your tickets immediately!

If you've never been to see a Basie show at Concerts In The Garden at Blue Grotto, now's the time to get there! Located inside the grounds of Monmouth Park (200 Port-Au-Peck Oceanport) you get dinner and a performance at this beautiful outdoor venue...all to benefit The Count Basie Center for the Arts, which has stepped outside the box to find creative ways to bring you amazing shows even during this pandemic!

Tickets are available online only through Ticketmaster.

All tickets will be sold in tables of 2,4 & 6.

Here's what you need to know about events at Blu Grotto:

-- Tables will be positioned 6’ apart, with the front row of tables 12’ from the performer.

-- Tickets will be sold in “Table For Two,” “Table For Four” and “Table For Six” configurations only.

-- Tickets include a dining reservation, with service and seating beginning two hours prior to showtime. Dinner and drinks are sold separately.

--  For nights with two shows, entry for the second show will begin once the previous crowd is cleared and the venue is cleaned / sanitized.

--  $20 minimum food / beverage spend required.

--  Full dinner (early / solo show) and dessert menus (late shows) can be found HERE.

-- Patrons must wear masks while entering the venue or leaving their table to use the restroom.

-- Temperatures will be taken at the door by a Monmouth Park EMT. Patrons with a body temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be permitted to enter. A refund will be issued.

--  Fans must remain seated at their purchased table.

-- Ticketmaster is the only authorized ticket seller for this event. Tickets purchased from other outlets may not be honored.

-- Dancing will not be permitted.

-- Lawn chairs, blankets, pets, food or beverages are strictly prohibited.

-- Smoking is prohibited, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, e-cigarettes or any other vaping devices.

-- Venue security will enforce ground rules, which will follow current CDC and State of New Jersey guidelines for outdoor events and dining.

-- In the event of inclement weather, patrons will receive an email as early as possible with a show update.

-- Free, onsite parking is available.

The Basie and Blu Grotto want you to know that Concerts in the Garden and Monmouth Park are dedicated to making your visit safe during these unprecedented times and are operating in accordance with all local and state executive orders. Buying a ticket or being a guest at a Concerts In The Garden show is an agreement to comply with all social distancing and mask guidelines set forth by local and state governments.

Concerts In The Garden at the Blu Grotto are produced by The Basie Presents and UMT Presents.

State guidance on social distancing, public gatherings and certain procedures and practices is subject to change. The Basie Presents will keep customers informed of changes as they pertain to these events. CLICK HERE for further info/updates.


The Basie Center has hosted world-class artists including Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, John Legend, Tony Bennett, Ringo Starr and so many more too numerous to mention. Count Basie Center programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on

The Count Basie Center for the Arts is New Jersey’s premier center for the cultural arts, dedicated to fostering powerful, inclusive artistic experiences and creative exchange of ideas. The Basie mission is to inspire, educate and entertain through its distinct and engaging cultural and artistic offerings that reflect the diversity of the region. The Basie Presents is dedicated to extending that mission to all corners of our community.

As a nonprofit organization, the Basie is committed to enriching the community’s quality of life by generating opportunities for participation in the arts, partnering with schools, collaborating with other mission-based organizations and driving regional economic prosperity.

Count Basie Center programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on The Arts.

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