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The Great Auditorium's 2013 Saturday Entertainment Schedule

The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA) is pleased to announce its 2013 Saturday Night Entertainment schedule, which will kick into high gear with “Raise The Roof,” a benefit for Sandy Recovery on Saturday June 15, 2013.

All performances will take place in the historic Great Auditorium.  Although the roof sustained severe damage during the storm, a temporary structure is in place which will allow the pop and classical concerts, organ recitals and religious programs to continue uninterrupted this season.  100% of the proceeds from the “Raise The Roof” benefit will go towards restoring this deeply treasured landmark.

Tickets go on sale Monday April 1, 2013. Order online at www.oceangrove.org or by phone at 800-590-4064.

“Ocean Grove is a unique Christian seaside community that was founded in 1869, and we want the public to know that we will be ‘open for business’ this summer as we have been for 144 years,” said Dr. Dale C.  Whilden, OGCMA’s President.  “Our message is come back to Ocean Grove to enjoy our recreational, cultural, educational and spiritual programs all summer long.” 

2013 Saturday Night Entertainment Schedule

(For ticket prices and more info, visit www.oceangrove.org)

May 25 – 8 PM

Atlantic Wind Ensemble

Free – Donations Accepted

Kicking off our 144th season, the Atlantic Wind Ensemble will perform a rousing recital of popular patriotic tunes, American classics and a special salute to our Armed Forces for Memorial Day.  Conducted and directed by Harry Eichhorn.  Free will offering accepted to benefit the Great Auditorium.

June 1 – 7 PM

Ocean Grove First Annual Gospel Festival

Local churches will compete for prizes and the winner will make a guest appearance at the June 15th benefit performance.  Sing A Joyful Noise!

June 15 – 8 PM

Raise The Roof – A Benefit for Sandy Recovery featuring Michael W. Smith, Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary), Glen Burtnik, and many more guests to be announced.   

On October 29, 2013, the roof of the Great Auditorium (built in 1894!) was partially destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.  This benefit will help ensure that future audiences will enjoy the entertainment and spiritual backbone of our community. 100% of proceeds will go to restoring the roof and interior of this historic and deeply treasured landmark.

June 22 – 7:30 PM

Doo Wop Extravaganza! The Brooklyn Bridge, Freddie Parris & The Five Satins,

Barbara Harris & The Toys, John Kuse & The Excellents

Ocean Grove kicks off its summer season with all-star line-up: four penultimate performing groups, who created the soundtrack of the 50s and 60s with such memorable hits The Worst That Could Happen, In The Still of the Night, A Lover’s Concerto and Coney Island Baby. Hosted by 101.5’s Big Joe Henry. 

June 29 – 8 PM

The Lettermen & The Four Aces

Love is indeed, a “Many Splendored Thing!”  Hear the hits recorded by these letter-sweater crooners that are etched into millions of young couples’ hearts:  That's My Desire, The Way You Look Tonight, When I Fall In Love, Theme From A Summer Place, Stranger In Paradise, Three Coins In A Fountain and Tell Me Why.

July 6 – 8 PM

Ocean Grove Summer Band

Strike Up The Band!  Ocean Grove’s annual Independence Day concert by the multi-generational Ocean Grove Summer Band, directed by Harry Eichhorn, features marches, show tunes and patriotic fare, with a spectacular finale that makes audiences cheer.  There’s no other celebration like this on the Jersey shore.

July 13 – 8 PM


The winners take it all!  Those iconic Swedish superstars of the 70’s are recreated down to the last note in this high energy concert.  Tribute  band Arrival, who have now been doing ABBA longer than ABBA ever did, are back by popular demand, with energetic hits including Dancing Queen, Waterloo, The Name of the Game, Money, Money, Money and many more.

July 20 – 8 PM

Tommy James and the Shondells/Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals

Get “Groovin” with the ORIGINAL  rock-n-rollers, Tommy James and Felix Cavaliere, who created the soundtrack to the 60s with hits like Crystal Blue Persuasion, Crimson & Clover, Mony Mony, Good Lovin; It’s a Beautiful Morning,  People Got To Be Free and many more.

July 27 – 8 PM

Beach Boys

Live Aid, the Superbowl, the White House, and now Ocean Grove!   Back by popular demand, founding vocalist Mike Love will bring the California “surfers” sound to the Great Auditorium, with hits like Surfin’ I Get Around, Help Me Rhonda, California Girls, Good Vibrations, and Kokomo. 

August 3 – 8 PM

Australian Bee Gees

Saturday Night Fever comes to the Great Auditorium!  Having toured around the world and performed for over a million  fans,  Stayin’ Alive is “the best Bee Gees tribute in the world” (Bee Gees Official Fan Club). This multi-media concert event recreates the sounds, looks and energy of the Brothers Gibb, with hits likeSaturday Night Fever, How Deep Is Your Love and Jive Talkin’. 

August 10 – 8 PM

Francesca Battistelli and Sancus Real

Prolific singer/songwriter Francesca Battistelli has garnered four Dove Awards and a Grammy Nomination (Best Gospel Performance) for her soulful piano-pop sound that blends jazz, rock, gospel and blues.  Christian/alternative rock group Sanctus Real has garnered two Grammy and multiple Dove Award nominations for their distinctive "power pop" sound.  They just released their critically-acclaimed seventh studio album for Sparrow Records, called RUN.

August 17 – 8 PM

The Guess Who

Canada's first international rock superstars rocked the 60s and 70s with classic hits like American Woman, No  Sugar Tonight, Shakin' All Over, No Time and These Eyes. Original band members Jim  Kale and Garry Peterson still lead this awesome band.

August 24 – 8 PM

Air Supply

Take a deep breath and fall Love In Love with this famous Aussie duo, Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell, who return to Ocean Grove for their third engagement to sing If You Knew Me, All Out Of Love,and Making Love Out of Nothing At All. 

August 31- 8 PM

Tenth Avenue North

In a short time, this young, contemporary Christian Music Band has garnered two GMA Dove Awards (Best New Artist of the Year and Song of the Year)  and scored such top-twenty hits as By Your Side, Love Is Here, Strong Enough To Save, You Are No More,  Hold My Heart  and Losing.  Don’t miss these rising music stars in their Ocean Grove debut. 

September 7 – 7:30 PM

Doo Wops Finale: Kenny Vance & the Planotones, The Duprees, Shirley Alston Reeves

It’s a juke box Saturday night party with these classic rock-n-rollers –all originals! Hear these vocal legends sing hits like Looking For An Echo, You Belong To Me, My Own True Love, Soldier Boy, Baby It’s You, and Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow. Hosted by 101.5’s Big Joe Henry.

September 14 – 8 PM

Orchestra of St. Peters by the Sea conducted by Father Alphonse

Back by popular demand, Father Alphonse conducts the Orchestra of St. Peters by the Sea with a potpourri of patriotic, Broadway, and operatic selections. 

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