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The Holiday Express concerts scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 21, and Wednesday, Dec. 22, at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank have been canceled due to COVID concerns.
“Due to rising COVID cases, and out of an abundance of caution, we are canceling the Count Basie benefit shows,” said Holiday Express Monday, Dec. 20, on its social media.
Patrons should return their tickets to the original point of purchase for a refund. Credit card purchases will be refunded automatically, the Basie said.
In Asbury Park, the Stone Pony's Another '90s New Year's Eve show has also been canceled "out of abundance of caution" for the "safety of the concert attendees, bands, crew and venue staff," stated a Monday, Dec. 20 message from the venue on its social media.
Refunds are available at the point of purchase.
In Atlantic City, the Dec. 30 Guided by Voices concert at the Anchor Rock Club has been canceled "out of abundance of caution" with the recent spike. Refunds will be issued at the point of purchase.
The shows are the first concerts to be canceled in New Jersey due to the recent omicron variant wave of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Rutgers and Rider college basketball game scheduled for Dec. 18 in Piscataway was canceled due to positive cases on the Rutgers team. Seton Hall has also canceled two basketball games.
Several New Jersey school districts have canceled on-site attendance in favor of virtual learning in recent days.
There were 11 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and 6,505 confirmed cases reported on Monday by state officials.
Holiday Express, founded in 1993 by Jersey Shore showman Tim McLoone, performs 100 charity shows each November and December, delivering food, gifts and musical moments. The live shows went on hiatus last year due to the outbreak and this year less than two dozen were scheduled.
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Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Stone Pony NYE, Holiday Express shows at canceled due to COVID concerns