The Jersey Shore will host at least one concert this summer season. Announced Monday, a new drive-in series will launch at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey with local favorites Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes set to play on July 11.Could Bruce Springsteen Show Down the Shore?
“The Asbury Jukes and I are so excited that we can play this first of its kind live concert and help get New Jersey started on a quick and healthy return to normal,” said “Southside” Johnny Lyon in a statement. “Why sit at home when ‘We’re Havin’ A Party,’ drive-in style? We’ll safely see everyone July 11th.”
The shows are a highlight of the summer season as Lyon is often joined by special guests, including Bruce Springsteen, who graced the stage for a hot summer evening in 2019 (pictured). Springsteen recently played with Boston band the Dropkick Murphys in a virtual remote performance from his Jersey home while the band played live to an empty stadium in Fenway Park for fans watching on YouTube. Could the Boss appear “down the shore” on July 11? Monmouth Park Racetrack is only eight miles from Springsteen’s home turf of Asbury Park. Fans can only hope.
The show — New Jersey’s first non-virtual online presented concert during the pandemic– will be a welcome sign of hope for music fans that have seen their summer plans dashed as artists continue to cancel or postpone their tours. Earlier this spring, the Stone Pony Summer Stage scrapped many of its scheduled shows, including Lyon’s annual Fourth of July Weekend appearance, which was set for July 3, 2020 and is now pushed to July 3, 2021.