The Prudential Center will be adding a new “interactive venue” to its fan experience in the fall of 2017. The Grammy Museum Experience Prudential Center is being built adjacent to the VIP entrance on Mulberry Street at the Newark arena. According to Prucenter.com, the official website of the venue, the new museum will allow “guests to explore the history of the Grammy Awards, as well as give visitors of all ages the opportunity to be onstage and interact with every aspect of the music recording process.”
Fans will be able to “play electric drums, keyboards, bass and guitar; or sing along with Ray Charles and the Raelettes, the all-girl group who provided backup vocals for the legendary musician.”
The museum will accommodate public events and educational programs as well as fans coming in before a concert or show. There will be “interactive permanent” as well as traveling exhibits. These exhibits “will included Jersey-centric displays introducing visitors to the impact of the Garden State’s songwriters, producers and musicians of the traditional and modern music landscape.”
The museum will also feature great Grammy Performances, which will include clips of “the most memorable acceptance speeches and performance clips across more than 50 years of Grammy history.”
This is an interesting new feature to the Prudential Center, one which will hopefully make it more of a destination for more than just a few hours to watch shows and concerts (as well as other events) in the arena part of the complex. This is part of a larger plan to build up the area surrounding the Rock, as restaurants have been springing up but other attractions have been lacking so far. It can also impact local schools, which will be able to take class trips and outings to learn more about the arts and how New Jersey helped shape and contribute to them.
In other news, an article appeared in yesterday’s Asbury Park Press which mentioned that the Devils will be honoring the Turner Syndrome Foundation at an upcoming game against the Islanders.
Turner Syndrome is “a chromosomal disorder” which “impacts one in 2,000 girls.” The nonprofit foundation was started in 2009 and is based in Hazlet, New Jersey. They are offering discounted tickets to their supporters according to Alexis Gratton, who is a health initiatives coordinator who works with the foundation and they will keep “a percentage of the ticket sales.”
Gratton said that they are trying to create awareness with this outing, as the foundation will be in a whole section and will be shown on the video board. The article, by staff writer Jerry Carino, stressed that awareness was the key, as the syndrome can be managed with early detection and treatment.
The foundation’s website, where you can contribute, learn more and join in on “A Night with the New Jersey Devils” is www.turnersyndromefoundation.org.