Basie Center Announces New Performance Space, The Vogel; Shows scheduled for October

The Count Basie Center for the Arts’ new performance space, The Vogel, will host seated performances beginning in mid-October.

Red Bank’s Count Basie Center for the Arts today announced the opening of a new nearly 20,000 square foot performance space, The Vogel, which will begin hosting socially distanced indoor performances in October. No specific act has yet been announced.

The two-level Vogel with balcony is named after philanthropists Anne and Sheldon Vogel of Colts Neck, in recognition of their support for the Basie. Sheldon Vogel was a longtime executive at Atlantic Records.

According to a press release, the shows will begin, for 150 spectators, in mid-October.

Tickets will be sold at the table, with configurations for two, four and six people. Tables will be six feet apart and at least 12 feet from performers. Drinks and concessions will be sold at the table. Temperatures will be taken at the door and masks must be functional except for eating or drinking. Other security measures will also be put in place.

Once the pandemic is over, The Vogel will be able to accommodate a wider audience via seated or standing shows. Up to 800 people will be able to attend standing shows. The New Jersey venue it most resembles – in terms of size, layout, and capacity – is White Eagle Hall in Jersey City.

The space is part of a multi-year expansion project that was actually completed earlier this year, but could not be unveiled so far, due to the pandemic.

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