FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 9, 2012
UNION COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
SIGNS MULTI-YEAR DEAL WITH LIVE NATION’S
HOUSE OF BLUES ENTERTAINMENT DIVISION
World’s Leading Concert Promoter to Produce 40 Concerts a Year at Historic Theater
Jim Breuer, The Wallflowers, Pat Benatar, Vicki Lawrence,
Clint Black, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy top fall slate
RAHWAY, NJ – Union County Performing Arts Center, the cornerstone of the Rahway Arts District, has taken a giant leap forward in its booking policy to place the historic, 1,300-seat venue on par with New Jersey’s elite theaters with top-level entertainment.
The recently renovated 84-year-old facility has signed a multi-year deal with Live Nation, the world’s leading concert promoter’s House of Blues Entertainment (HOBE) division to produce at least 40 shows a year on its main stage, starting this month.
The series got off to a fantastic start with the sold-out concert by Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors on Sept. 29. Concerts booked at UC PAC by Live Nation this Fall and through the end of 2012 are: comedian JIM BREUER (Oct. 12); PAT BENATAR & NEIL GIRALDO (Nov. 1); VICKI LAWRENCE and Mama: A Two-Woman Show (Nov. 3); an exclusive New Jersey engagement by L.A rockers THE WALLFLOWERS (Nov. 10); country star CLINT BLACK (Nov. 29); and BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY’S Wild & Swingin’ Christmas Party (Dec. 13). Tickets for all announced Live Nation shows are on sale NOW.
“This adds tremendous muscle to both the types of shows we are able to present, as well as the frequency that we can offer them,” says Samson Steinman, UCPAC’s executive director. “Partnering with Live Nation’s House of Blues Entertainment division is a tremendous step toward putting this spectacular, historic theater back on the map as one of New Jersey’s primary go-to destinations for live entertainment. There has been a tremendous investment in recent years to renovate and restore the theater back to its original splendor, and with the commitment to high-level programming that Live Nation will be bringing over the next few years, all that’s left is for the public to come out and experience it.”
Union County Performing Arts Center has played a vital role in the revitalization and cultural renaissance of the community. Part of its magic is experiencing live performances in a vintage 1928 vaudeville and silent movie palace. Lovingly restored to its golden age grandeur, the UCPAC is a monument to an age gone by. Originally known as the Rahway Theater, the building is listed on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places and is now operating as a multi-purpose venue for the performing arts. As the anchor building in the Rahway Central Business District, the UCPAC has significantly contributed to the economic revitalization of that district. Efforts continue to address ongoing maintenance needs, additional restoration work and the modernization of certain aspects of the facility – including the addition of air conditioning in 2009 – to enable it to continue to as a superb performance space.
Live Nation will handle all of the in-house programming at the Union County Performing Arts Center. The building remains available for outside promoters to bring in additional shows to the Mainstage as well as The Loft at UC PAC upstairs.
HOBE will handle all of the in-house programming at the Union County Performing Arts Center. The building remains available for outside promoters to bring in additional shows to the Main stage as well as The Loft at UCPAC upstairs.
Ben Weeden, Chief Operating Officer for House of Blues Entertainment said, “It’s incredibly exciting for us to be a cornerstone partner with the Union County Performing Arts Center in bringing some of the world’s most exciting performers to the community for years to come.”
UNION COUNTY ARTS CENTER AND LIVE NATION PRESENT:
Saturday Night Live Comedian/Alumni
Friday • October 12, 2012 • 8:00 PM
Tickets: $51.50, $36.50, $26.50 & $21
PAT BENATAR and NEIL GIRALDO
Presented on the Mainstage
Thursday • November 1, 2012 • 8:00 PM
Tickets: $99, $69.50, $59.50 & $49.50
VICKI LAWRENCE and MAMA: A Two Woman Show
Supported by the Friends of UCAC
Saturday • November 3, 2012 • 8:00 PM
Tickets: $69.50, $52.50, $45.50 & $39.50
Saturday • November 10, 2012 • 8:00 PM
Tickets: $65, $44.50, $39.50 & $29.50
Thursday • November 29, 2012 • 8:00 PM
Tickets: $90, $75, $55 & $35
BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY'S Wild and Swingin' Holiday Party
Thursday • December 13, 2012 • 8:00 PM
Tickets: $69, $39 & $29
TICKETS: Available at the UC PAC Box Office at 732-499-8226 or online at UCPAC.org. The UC PAC Box Office, located at 1601 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ, is open Monday through Friday from 11AM until 5PM and also open late on Thursdays until 8PM.
LOCATION: Located in the heart of the Rahway Arts District, Union County Performing Arts Center is within walking distance of the Rahway NJ Transit train station and can be reached by taking exit 135 from the Garden State Parkway or exit 12 from the NJ Turnpike. Parking is available downtown at the Rahway Parking Garage.
ABOUT UNION COUNTY PAC: The Union County Performing Arts Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation operating in the historic Rahway Theatre, originally built in 1928. With 1,300 seats, the Union County PAC is one of the largest theatres in Union County. The Arts Center provides barrier-free access and seating for patrons upon request. Programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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For further press information please contact:
Randy Alexander | Randex Communications | 856-596-1410 | email@example.com
Danni Rumsey | 732-499-0441, ext. 221 | Danni@ucpac.org
Visit the Union County Performing Arts Center online at www.ucpac.org