New Jersey Stage Presents Its First BackStage Pass Show at the Historic Strand Theatre

Posted on March 27, 2015 By

New Jersey Stage magazine which has been reporting on great events in the Garden State, is hosting one of those great events at the Historic Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on May 2, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Matt Keating, Arlan Feiles, and George Wirth, known as great singer-songwriters, are performing in a BackStage Pass concert during which both the performers and the audience are situated on the stage, making for a unique and intimate gathering in the theatre.

To make the night even more unique, New Jersey Stage will broadcast the entire night live on its online radio station, and spin songs from the station in between sets.

Known throughout the Jersey Shore for his 106.3 hits “Sanity in the Asylum” and “McHappiness,” Matt Keating is touring in support of his recently released album, This Perfect Crime. It is the 11th album by the New York City artist who is a favorite of NPR radio. The night also features the talented local artists Arlan Feiles (Matawan) and George Wirth (Brick), who are making their return to The Strand.

“Arlan Feiles is coming off the performance of a lifetime during the 50th anniversary of the March from Selma to Montgomery where he was among some of the biggest political names in the country,” said Gary Wien, publisher of New Jersey Stage.

Feiles and Wirth were both featured in Wien’s book, Are You Listening? The Top 100 Albums of 2001-2010 by New Jersey Artists, each placing two albums in the list.

“The Strand was chosen because we love their BackStage Pass shows,” explain Wien. “It turns the theater into a living room of sorts in which the performers and the artists are connected. The Strand is also very easy to get to from throughout Central New Jersey with a location just a few miles off of I-195 and Route 9. Plus it has plenty of parking directly across from the venue, which is always nice.”

The Penguin has broadcast live from The Strand on several occasions throughout the years and the goal is to make this a monthly show spotlighting New Jersey artists as well as performers from the New York City and Philadelphia areas.

Admission is $15. For more information, visit

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About The Strand: The historic Strand Center for the Arts is operated by the nonprofit 501(c)(3) Strand Ventures, Inc. and is Ocean County’s premiere entertainment venue. The Strand opened its doors in 1922 and its landmark interior shines as bright today as it did then. Located in historic downtown Lakewood, N.J., The Strand Theatre is easily accessible. It offers a variety of national acts, concerts, music, dance, theatre, comedy and arts education to all of New Jersey and the surrounding region! For more information on The Strand visit