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The PNC Bank Arts Center is a modern amphitheatre located in Holmdel Township, New Jersey, USA. About 17,500 people can occupy the amphitheater; there are 7,000 seats and the grass area can hold about 10,500 people. Concerts are from May through September featuring 35–45 different events of many types of musical styles. It is ranked among the top five most successful amphitheatres in the country. It is one of two major outdoor arenas in the New York City Metropolitan Area, along with Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. The Colosseum in Rome, Italy. ... Map of Holmdel Township in Monmouth County Holmdel Township is a township in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. ... The metropolitan area of New York City, also called Greater New York or Greater New York City is defined by the U.S. Census as the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT Metropolitan Statistical Area based on broad social and economic integration, which is divided into... Nikon at Jones Beach Theater is an outdoor ampitheatre, located at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, New York. ...

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History

The amphitheatre was originally called the Garden State Arts Center. The 1954 legislation that created the Garden State Parkway (at whose Exit 116 the Arts Center is located) also called for recreational facilities along the Parkway's route, and in 1964 Holmdel's Telegraph Hill was chosen as the site for "a cultural and recreational center ... that would be developed as a center for music and the performing arts." The amphitheatre was designed by noted modernist architect Edward Durell Stone and featured open sides covered by a 200 foot, saucer-like roof supported by eight large concrete pillars. It featured seating for 5,000 people with space for about 5,000 more on the lawn area outside the roof. The Garden State Parkway is a 174. ... Edward Durell Stone (1902 Fayetteville, Arkansas - 1978 New York City) was an American modernist twentieth century architect. ... A cup and saucer For information on flying saucers see unidentified flying objects. ...


The Garden State Arts Center first opened on June 12, 1968, with a program featuring pianist Van Cliburn, conductor Eugene Ormandy, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. The Arts Center was operated in conjunction with the New Jersey Highway Authority, which also ran the Parkway; for many years, Judith H. Stanley was the Chair of the Commissioners of the Highway Authority. is the 163rd day of the year (164th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cliburn playing in the final round of the First International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition Harvey Lavan Cliburn Jr. ... Eugene Ormandy (November 18, 1899, Budapest, Hungary – March 12, 1985, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was an eminent American orchestral conductor. ... The Philadelphia Orchestra, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is one of the Big Five symphony orchestras in the United States and usually considered among the finest in the world. ... The Garden State Parkway is a 172. ...


In the beginning, the Arts Center's programming featured a good deal of classical as well as popular music. In addition, a number of free daytime programs were provided for schoolchildren, senior citizens, and the disadvantaged and disabled. Beginning in 1971, the non-profit Foundation associated with the Arts Center also sponsored International Heritage Festivals before and after the regular season. Focusing on ethnicities such as Scottish, Slovak, German, African American, etc., these festivals remain to this day an unusual part of the venue's programming. Signs advertising these upcoming festivals, along with the regular upcoming concerts, became a familiar site to drivers approaching toll booths along the Parkway. Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ... Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and are disseminated by one or more of the mass media. ... “Scot” redirects here. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ...


During off-season months the Arts Center is generally unused, except for a Holiday Light Spectacular show during the Christmas season. A banquet hall is on premises that can be rented for private occasions. In 1995, the Arts Center grounds saw the addition of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. ... The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Holmdel Township, New Jersey, honors those from that state who served in the Vietnam War, especially the 1,559 men and one woman who were killed or missing in action. ...


During the 1990s the philosophy of the Arts Center underwent a change. Classical music was almost completely phased out, and a need was felt to expand the venue to compete for the top popular music acts against other, larger amphitheatres on the summer outdoor concert circuit. Thus before the 1996 season, a substantial expansion of the facility was done, with 2,000 seats added (some now outside the roof, which was not altered) and the lawn capacity doubled in size, by way of taking out rows of trees and a surrounding walk and raising the bank around the facility much higher.


In 1998, PNC Bank, a Pittsburgh based banking company, purchased naming rights and the venue was renamed to the PNC Bank Arts Center. (The company also has naming rights to Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball venue PNC Park.) PNC Bank is the flagship subsidiary of PNC Financial Services. ... Nickname: Motto: Benigno Numine (With the Benevolent Deity) Location in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Coordinates: , Country United States Commonwealth Pennsylvania County Allegheny Founded November 25, 1758 Incorporated April 22, 1794 (borough)   March 18, 1816 (city) Government  - Mayor Luke Ravenstahl (D) Area  - City 151. ... For other uses, see Bank (disambiguation). ... Naming rights are the right to name a piece of property, either tangible property or an event, usually granted in exchange for financial considerations. ... Major league affiliations National League (1887–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 20, 21, 33, 40, 42 Name Pittsburgh Pirates (1891–present) Pittsburgh Innocents (1890) Pittsburg Alleghenies (1882–1889) (Also referred to as Infants in 1890) Ballpark PNC Park (2001–present) Three Rivers... A view of the playing field at Busch Memorial Stadium, St. ... PNC Park is a baseball stadium located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ...


A variety of corporations provide services to the PNC Bank Arts Center including: Live Nation, New Jersey State Police, MONOC EMS, USI Event Security, Control, Aramark, and more. Live Nation NYSE: LYV is a concert company based in the United States of America. ... The New Jersey State Police is the state police force for the state of New Jersey. ... Aramark Corporation (NYSE: RMK) is a professional services organization, providing food services, facilities management, hospitality services, and uniforms and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, businesses, prisons, senior living facilities, parks and resorts, correctional institutions, conference centers, convention centers, and public safety professionals...


Performers and performances

Portions of Jackson Browne's landmark 1977 live album Running on Empty were recorded there. Perhaps the most popular performer over the years at the Arts Center has been James Taylor, who appears there almost every year and who has been one of the few acts to be booked there three nights in a row. Ironically, Springsteen, New Jersey's most famous musician during these years and a person that lived in nearby towns during most of this time, never appeared at the Arts Center (save for a 1989 walk-on during a Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band show) until two performances in 2006 during the Bruce Springsteen with The Seeger Sessions Band Tour. Clyde Jackson Browne (born October 9, 1948) is an American rock music singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist, whose introspective lyrics made him one of the standouts in Southern Californias confessional singer-songwriter movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... Running on Empty is the fifth album by American singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, released in 1977 (see 1977 in music). ... James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Belmont, Massachusetts. ... Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band is Ringo Starrs first official live album, recorded in 1989 during his successful comeback tour and released in 1990. ... The Bruce Springsteen with The Seeger Sessions Band Tour is a 2006 concert tour featuring Bruce Springsteen and a large group playing what was billed as An all-new evening of gospel, folk, and blues, otherwise seen as a form of big band folk music. ...


Sinéad O'Connor controversy

On August 24, 1990, Sinéad O'Connor was scheduled to perform at what was then called the Garden State Arts Center. The practice of the venue was to play a recording of the American national anthem before the show began. O'Connor, who said she was unaware of this practice until shortly before the show was to begin, refused to go on if the anthem was played. Venue officials acquiesced to her demand and omitted the anthem, and so O'Connor performed, but they later permanently banned her. O'Connor said that she had a policy of not having the national anthem of any country played before her concerts and meant "no disrespect" but that she "will not go on stage after the national anthem of a country which imposes censorship on artists. It's hypocritical and racist." The incident made tabloid headlines and O'Connor came in for heavy criticism and her songs were banned from a number of radio stations. Frank Sinatra, who performed at the Center the next night, said he wished he could "kick her in the ass." O'Connor replied, "I wouldn't be the first woman he has threatened to hit," and her father said that Sinatra was too old to lift his leg to kick her.[citation needed] is the 236th day of the year (237th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Sinéad Marie Bernadette OConnor (born December 8, 1966) is a Grammy Award winning Irish singer and songwriter. ... Nicholson took the copy Key gave him to a printer, where it was published as a broadside on September 17 under the title The Defence of Fort McHenry, with an explanatory note explaining the circumstances of its writing. ... Censorship is defined as the removal and/or withholding of information from the public by a controlling group or body. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “Sinatra” redirects here. ...


Phish controversy

On June 28 and 29, 2000, over 70 people were arrested in connection with two concerts by the jamband Phish. [1] It is believed that the band was not invited back to the venue, as they did not perform there again before the band's breakup in 2004. Phish's guitarist Trey Anastasio, however, did headline shows at PNC several times in the 2000s, most recently in 2006 with "G.R.A.B." (Gordon.Russo.Anastasio.Benevento.) which included former Phish bassist Mike Gordon, as well as Marco Benevento and Joe Russo of the Benevento/Russo Duo. is the 179th day of the year (180th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the band. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Trey Anastasio (born Ernest Joseph Anastasio III on September 30th, 1964)[1][2][3] is an American guitarist, composer, and vocalist most noted for his work with the rock band Phish. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mike Gordon (born June 3, 1965 in Sudbury, Massachusetts) is a bass player and vocalist most noted for his work with the rock band Phish. ... Marco Benevento is a keyboardist and composer from Brooklyn, New York best known for his music with the Benevento/Russo Duo. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Duo at the State Theatre - March 2, 2006 The Benevento/Russo Duo (or the Duo for short) is an alternative jazz outfit hailing from New York, NY. The band consists of Marco Benevento on organ and keyboards and Joe Russo on drums. ...


2007 OzzFest Incident

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At the 2007 show on August 16, Controversy was generated as 83 attendees were arrested at the show, most of them underage, and most of them arrested prior to the 8:00 hour, reasons cited for underage drinking and distribution, and "aggressive dancing"; In addition, two men died, one after ingesting significant amounts of alcohol, marijuana and cocaine. Ozzfest is an annual tour of the United States (and in some years, Europe) featuring performances by many Heavy Metal,Metalcore, Death Metal, Hardcore and Nu Metal groups. ... Image File history File links WikiNews-Logo. ... Wikinews is a free-content news source and a project of the Wikimedia Foundation. ... is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Many nations have a legal drinking age, or the minimum age one must be to drink alcohol. ... This article or section should include material from mosh pit. ...


Underage drinking

On May 18, 2007, Gwen Stefani performed the opening show for the 2007 season at the venue. The show gained a lot of local media publicity due to the large amount of underage drinking that took place in the parking lot before the show and lack of police to maintain it. At least 27 people, mainly minors, were taken to two area hospitals. The youngest was an 11 year old girl. The venue announced a zero-tolerance policy to underage drinking, and it was also announced that for the next concert held at the arena, Fall Out Boy on June 6, between 60 and 80 state troopers would be on hand, up from the usual 10-15 and mostly undercover and plain clothed, to detain underage drinkers. Residents of the area say that underage drinking has always been a problem at the venue, but gets worse every year. is the 138th day of the year (139th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Gwen Renée Stefani (born October 3, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer and occasional actress. ... Fall Out Boy (commonly abbreviated as FOB) is an American band from Wilmette, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) that formed in 2001. ... is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


In response to issues with underage drinking and in the wake of a number of alcohol-related injuries and deaths, drinking in the parking lots has been banned at the PNC Bank Arts Center as of August 17, 2007.[1] is the 229th day of the year (230th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


See also

This is a list of contemporary amphitheaters, not to be confused with Roman amphitheaters Alpine Valley Music Theater Blossom Music Center Celeste Center Coors Amphitheatre (San Diego) Cricket Pavilion Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Darien Lake Performing Arts Center DTE Energy Music Theatre Greek Theatre (Los Angeles) First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre...

References

  1. ^ Herget, Alison and Biese, Alex. "Officials ban booze in arts-center lots", Home News Tribune. August 18, 2007. Accessed August 18, 2007. "Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, R-Monmouth, who brought the issue to the public's attention earlier this year, said a zero-tolerance policy is the only way to go."

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Sources

  • Garden State Arts Center 25th Anniversary season program, 1992.

External links

  • PNC Bank Arts Center official website
  • Satellite view of the Arts Center
  • An Article Reviewing Depeche Mode's CD Recorded at the PNC
  • Arts Center Tightening Up- Asbury Park Press]

 
 

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