The Strand Theater Is Opening This August!

Posted on June 29, 2021 By

The historic Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood, is “Shaking Off The Cobwebs” with a new concert series designed to welcome patrons back to the theater and artists back to the stage. Closed to the public since October 2020, the Strand stage will be lit once again on August 6, August 21, and September 24, with concerts, sponsored by Ray Coles.

Rod Picott, a renowned Americana artist and author will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of his first show at the Strand on Friday, August 6, at 8:00 p.m. Picott will play a selection of songs from his catalog, including many from his latest release “Wood, Steel, Dust And Dreams,” a collection of songs he penned with good friend Slaid Cleaves that includes their breakthrough hit “Broke Down.”

Perhaps best known for penning “Part of The Union,” one of The Strawbs’ biggest hits, John Ford has just released a new album “Life in A Foreign Town.” Ford and his band return to the Strand on August 21 at 8:00 p.m. for their first show in front of a live audience in more than a year. As a special thank you, Ford is giving each patron a copy of the new CD.

On September 24 at 8:00 p.m., Iain Matthews celebrates his long delayed 50th Anniversary show at the Strand. A founding member of Fairport Convention, Matthews Southern Comfort and Plainsong, Matthews will perform many of his hits over the past half century.

All shows will be held in the main theater and will be available to Livestream as well. Dinner reservations in the theater’s Gallery will be available to ticket buyers on a first-come-first-served basis. To purchase tickets to these shows and all other shows at the Strand, visit

For additional information, contact Ray Coles at 732.691.9989 or by email

About the Strand Theater The historic Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Ave., Lakewood, was designed by world-renowned theater architect Thomas Lamb in 1922 and is listed on the N.J. and National Register of Historic Places. The Strand offers year-round entertainment in plush, air-conditioned surroundings. It is a perfect venue to showcase comedians, musicals, dinner theater, stars from television and movies, and legendary musical entertainers. The reception gallery includes a catering facility for 250 people, a dance floor, and restrooms. It is ideal for theater-in-the-round, smaller events and receptions.

The Strand relies on the support of Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Township of Lakewood, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority; and the LDC and the UEZ programs along with many businesses, organizations, and individuals.