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As we all know, live shows are one of many things adversely effected by the Covid-19 pandemic. We’ve been without these shows for months and there’s no sign that we’ll be settling back into normalcy anytime soon. This has forced us to be creative in satisfying our cravings. To help with this, Count Basie Center for the Arts created “Drive-In Live” at Monmouth Park in Oceanport. A series of shows you watch from your car for about 25% of the normal cost, parking included.

Last Sunday I experienced, for the first time in my life, a live show from my car. Along with my son and two of his friends we watched Comedian Jim Gaffigan on a beautiful night. It was an awesome experience. We pulled in, parked and watched the show with sound from the car radio. I’m hoping this becomes a trend even after the pandemic subsides.

Jim Gaffigan (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

There were three opening acts who each performed about 15 minutes. They seemed distracted at times because they couldn’t hear the laughter. Spectators, however, would “laugh” by flashing their lights and honking their horns. Jim performed for about an hour and didn’t disappoint. He even weaved in some material about cars and the unique setting and situation.

Next week two more drive-in concert events are scheduled. Wednesday, July 29th it’s Almost Queen and Thursday, July 30th comedian Iliza Schlesinger. Win tickets for Iliza’s show every morning this week on Magic 98.3.

These shows benefit the Count Basie Center for the Arts with a portion of proceeds to the New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund.

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