Weigh In - What’s the last concert you attended, and with whom?

Summer is right around the corner and for many of us, that means it’s almost concert season. With close access to New York and Philadelphia as well as venues throughout New Jersey, there’s no shortage of concerts available to the people of Monmouth County and the rest of the Jersey Shore region. Whether you’re into rap, classical music, show tunes, or experimental pop, you know you can find a concert you’ll enjoy without having to go too far. Living in Monmouth spent an afternoon at the Freehold Raceway Mall to find out which concerts our neighbors went to most recently. The results were all over the map. Some of our neighbors were at concerts fairly recently before being interviewed, but others hadn’t been to a concert in 20 to 30 years. Responses also varied from well-known artists to local, independent musicians. We also asked who accompanied each respondent to their most recent concert experience. The overwhelming majority of our neighbors said they went to concerts with friends. Many also said they went with their partners or family members. This shouldn’t be surprising – music brings people together. A good concert is always better when you’ve got a close friend or loved one by your side to enjoy it with.


“We saw Beatrix Potter Band at The Saint. They’re a fun, whimsical band.”

Mary Kate R., Brick

“I went to see a musician called Panda Bear. He does neo-psychadelic, experimental pop.”

Aaron H., Marlboro

“A Foreigner concert in 1982 at Brendan T. Byrne Arena with a friend.”

Cynthia L., East Windsor

“Neil Diamond. The concert was a Hanukkah gift from our daughter.”

Linda W., Manalapan

“Paul Anka in New Brunswick with my wife about two years ago.”

Ronald W., Manalapan
“A J-Cool concert with my girlfriend.”

Ja’Quan L., Neptune

“Parkway Drive with my friend.”

William D., Manchester

“I went to an underground concert with my friends about eight years ago.”

Cody O., Freehold
“Aluna George with friends.”

Ryan P., Marlboro

“I went to a Vanna concert with my friends.”

Mandy H., Manalapan

“I saw Motion City Soundtrack with my friends.”

Ashley C., Neptune

“I went to a One Republic concert in 2014 with a group of friends.”

Marissa G., Robbinsville

“It was a Trey Songz and Chris Brown concert with my girlfriend.”

Charles D., Middletown

“Probably the B-52s. I went with a friend of mine.”

Donna R., Hamilton

“I went to a One Direction concert with my friends.”

Jesse Marie V., Manalapan


“It was a Weird Al concert. I went with my family.”

James L., Manalapan

“Firefly music festival in Delaware with some of my friends.”

Tyler C., Toms River

“In 2008, I saw Trans-Siberian Orchestra with my parents.”

Chase G., Robbinsville



“Mike Mills with my friend.”

Santana C., Marlboro

“I’m going to see Adele soon with my boyfriend.”

Amy R., Readington

“5 Seconds of Summer with my mom and my sister.”

Cassie B., Manchester

“I saw Kenny Chesney at The Meadowlands with my girlfriend.”

Daniel P., Neptune



“TransSiberian Orchestra for Christmas in 2014.”

Christine G., Robbinsville


“I went to Ultra Music Festival with my friends.”

Anthony R., Manalapan


“J Quiles with my girlfriend.”

Christian T., Hamilton

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20 Jun 2016

By Lindsay Kramer