Basie Center will raise money via T-shirt with hopeful Springsteen pandemic message

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The Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank will raise money through sales of this T-shirt.

The Count Basie Center for the Arts — which, like virtually all arts institutions, is suffering the financial consequences of not being able to present its usual programming during the pandemic — will raise money via a limited-edition T-short featuring a hopeful message from Bruce Springsteen. The T-shirt has been endorsed by him, the center says.

The T-shirt has the center’s logo and a silhouette of New Jersey on the front. On the back are words from Springsteen’s broadcast as a guest DJ on SiriusXM satellite radio, May 6:

“As hard as it is to believe right now, your children will go back to school. Churches will be open and full. You will once again hug and kiss family members at your gatherings. You will shout over the noise of a crowded bar to order a drink and to speak to your friends. You will buy a hot dog at Yankee Stadium. You will walk through the streets of your hometown, free and easy. You may hold a complete stranger on a crowded dance floor, and 50,000 people will once again scream their heads off somewhere in New Jersey.”

Springsteen has performed at the theater more than 20 times, going back to when it was known as the Monmouth Arts Center.

The T-shirts are priced at $35 plus shipping and handling; visit


Since launching in September 2014,, a 501(c)(3) organization, has become one of the most important media outlets for the Garden State arts scene. And it has always offered its content without a subscription fee, or a paywall. Its continued existence depends on support from members of that scene, and the state’s arts lovers. Please consider making a contribution of any amount to via PayPal, or by sending a check made out to to 11 Skytop Terrace, Montclair, NJ 07043.


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