NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. (MSG Entertainment) (NYSE: MSGE) announced today that Trey Anastasio will play two acoustic shows at the Beacon Theater on August 19 and 20, 2022, with tickets on sale to the general public on Thursday, July 28 at noon ET. With these shows, Anastasio will be the first artist to use the country’s innovative new sound system – Sphere Immersive Sound. This is the world’s most advanced concert audio system and has been developed for MSG Sphere at The Venetian, which is scheduled to open in Las Vegas in the second half of 2023.
Tickets for Trey Anastasio’s August 19 and 20 shows at The Beacon will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at noon (ET) through Ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available in person beginning Friday, July 29, 2022 at the Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theater box offices.
Anastasio has a long history with MSG Entertainment venues as a solo act, with the Trey Anastasio Band and with Phish, and is an Upper West Side local, home of the Beacon Theatre. Anastasio most recently played The Beacon in June 2021, when he performed to his first full capacity crowd in more than 450 days. In another first for the country, Anastasio announced The Beacon’s first virtual residency in October and November 2020 with “The Beacon Jams” — eight weekly shows that were streamed live to hundreds of thousands of fans via Twitch and raised more than $1 million for The Divided Sky Foundation.
“We are thrilled to welcome Trey Anastasio back to the Beacon Theatre, but even more so to have him be the first artist to use our incredible new audio technology,” said Jim Dolan, Executive Chairman and CEO, MSG Entertainment. “Trey and his team have always embraced innovation, so it made sense to work with them these past few months as we begin to introduce Sphere Immersive Sound. This will be a very special acoustic performance where the audience will truly experience the clarity and purity of his sound.”
“I was lucky enough to experience a demo of Sphere Immersive Sound and it is truly incredible,” said Trey Anastasio. “I’m excited to debut this cutting-edge technology at the Beacon Theatre, one of my favorite places in the world.”
Sphere Immersive Sound uses 3D audio beamforming technology to deliver targeted, crystal clear and uniform audio to every seat in the home – setting a new standard for sound quality in performance venues. Anastasio’s shows in August will mark the first time this audio innovation is being integrated into a performance venue, as well as the audience debut of MSG Sphere technology. After these two concerts, future events at The Beacon will continue to use Sphere Immersive Sound. In addition to its integration into The Beacon, the full capabilities of this technology are being adapted and scaled further for the MSG Sphere – which will provide unique and immersive listening experiences for audiences of up to 20,000 people.
The audio experience of the Beacon Theater consists of five sets, which are specially adapted for the performance venue and direct the sounds in its four sections – orchestra, loggia, lower balcony and upper balcony – with precision. Traditional speaker technology can deliver an unstable and uneven sound experience, but with beamforming technology, sound levels remain consistent from point of origin to destination – ensuring that every member of the audience experiences the optimal mix of sound , regardless of where they are sitting.
About Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.
Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. (MSG Entertainment) is a leader in live entertainment. The company presents or hosts a wide range of events at its diverse collection of venues: New York’s Madison Square Garden, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theatre; and the Chicago Theatre. MSG Entertainment is also building a new state-of-the-art venue in Las Vegas, the MSG Sphere at The Venetian. Additionally, the Company presents the original production – the Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes – and through Boston Calling Events, produces the Boston Calling Music Festival. The Company’s two regional sports and entertainment networks, MSG Network and MSG+, offer a wide range of live sports content and other programming. Also under the MSG Entertainment umbrella is Tao Group Hospitality, with entertainment dining and nightlife brands including: Tao, Marquee, Lavo, Beauty & Essex, Cathédrale, Hakkasan and Omnia. More information is available at www.msgentertainment.com.
About MSG Sphere at The Venetian
With approximately 17,500 seats – including 10,000 immersion seats – and a scalable capacity of up to approximately 20,000 guests, MSG Sphere at The Venetian will become the venue of choice for a wide variety of content, including attractions, concerts, residencies, presentations of products and sports. events. In addition to the world’s highest resolution LED screen, MSG Entertainment has developed a multi-layered audio system equipped with more than 160,000 speakers that use beamforming technology to deliver targeted, crystal clear and consistent audio in any place in the house. The venue will also feature multi-sensory technology such as immersive seating, evocative aromas and changing temperatures to take experiential storytelling to a whole new level. MSG Sphere at The Venetian is scheduled to open in the second half of calendar 2023.