The Axelrod Performing Arts Center (APAC) hosts the “Up on the Roof” Vogel Summer Concert Series on the outdoor upper deck at Bell Works in Holmdel with an impressive variety of Broadway stars and favorite local musical artists. With limited socially distanced seating, the venue offers a full bar and menu provided by Bar Bellà and Bell Market.
Beginning on Thursday, May 13 and Friday May 21, rock and soul showman Remember Jones performs “Cocktail Hour with Remember Jones Live,” accompanied by Dave Pershan on piano and guitar. These two concerts will be the popular artist’s first two live public performances in over a year.
Following, on May 27, jazz pianist Dr. Art Topilow will be joined by acclaimed New York vocalist and saxophonist Danny Bacher for a program of hot jazz featuring Grammy winner Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks (best known for their work on “Boardwalk Empire”).
On June 10, “American Idol” alum and two-time Tony-nominee Constantine Maroulis (Broadway’s original cast of “Rock of Ages” and the 2013 revival of “Jekyll and Hyde” opposite Deborah Cox) will perform original songs and favorite rock songs with his band. Following on June 24 will be The Wicked Divas, starring two of Broadway’s favorite witches from the blockbuster musical “Wicked,” Alli Mauzey and Dee Roscioli, who will sing songs their favorite Broadway musicals.
The Weeklings, the popular Beatles tribute band that originated in New Jersey and has gone on to national acclaim, will perform on July 15. Tony-nominated Broadway star, from the original company of “Rent” and “Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida,” Adam Pascal will perform on July 29. Returning to the Jersey Shore by popular demand, The Doo Wop Project, five guys from Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” and “Motown the Musical” accompanied by a five-piece band, will perform shows on the weekend of August 7 and 8. “American Idol” favorites and Broadway stars Ace Young (“Grease” and “Hair”) and Diana DeGarmo (“Hairspray”) will take the stage on August 12, and the Shore’s most popular Motown tribute band The Motor City Revue will create their authentic musical magic on August 26. Most shows are presented at 5:30 PM and 8 PM but check the schedule on the website.
Paola Zamudio, the Creative Director of Bell Works, is “…extremely excited to bring Broadway to the Metroburb this summer. After the year we have all had, it is so relieving to see music and art back at Bell Works—something we all need, to stay inspired.”
APAC has been a member of the Bell Works community since winter 2020, in a studio which houses the Axelrod Performing Arts Academy and its ballet company the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater.
“The Bell Works Team is grateful for the partnership with Axelrod Performing Arts Center,” continues Zamudio, “…I am over the moon to welcome local musicians, performers, artists to our space to engage with our community, and enhance this ecosystem that we have all created. Let's dance…and all that jazz!"
APAC is also offering shows at the newly restored Arthur Pryor Bandshell on the Asbury Park Boardwalk on Wednesday nights. Beginning with a special concert on May 12, at 6:30 PM featuring the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra playing the music of Asbury Park’s legendary bandleader Arthur Pryor. The band is led by its founder and Asbury Park native Rick Benjamin, who was a student at Julliard when he discovered thousands of Pryor scores abandoned in a warehouse in Asbury Park. Tim McLoone, of the Iron Whale, the restaurant that provides food and beverage service for the Bandshell, enthuses, “As a musician myself, I could not be more excited about finally activating the Arthur Pryor Bandshell and with that brilliant music. This is just the start of a brand-new era of live music on the Asbury Park Boardwalk.”
Other performances at the bandshell include: The Wicked Divas on May 26, Constantine Maroulis on June 9, Tony-nominated Broadway star Jarrod Spector (“Jersey Boys” and “Beautiful”) and his wife Kelli Barrett (“Wicked”) on June 23, The Weeklings, on July 14, Adam Pascal on July 28, Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo on August 11 and the Motor City Revue on August 25.
OVERVIEW: The Axelrod Performing Arts Center presents the UP ON THE ROOF Vogel Summer Concert Series, taking place in two outdoor venues: the scenic rooftop deck at Bell Works in Holmdel and the Arthur Pryor Bandshell on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. Beginning May 12, the series takes place every other week, on Wednesdays in Asbury Park and Thursdays in Holmdel through August. For the complete schedule, tickets and rain dates, visit axelrodartscenter.com
WHERE: Bell Works is located at 101 Crawfords Corner Rd, Holmdel.
The Arthur Pryor Bandshell is located at 1200 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park.
WHEN: May 12 through August 26, 2021
COVID: At both venues, audiences will be socially distant and are required to wear masks to enter the venue.
FOOD & DRINK: Full bar and menu available at both venues. Bar Bellà and Bell Market at Bell Works. The Iron Whale on the Asbury Park Boardwalk.
RESERVATIONS: Tickets start at $45. Visit axelrodartscenter.com or call 732-531-9106, ext 14