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Jersey Blues Artist SaRon Crenshaw Releases his Debut Album "Drivin'"


Legendary blues guitarist and singer SaRon Crenshaw will release is first studio album, a two disc set featuring ten extended tracks, on OneTrickDog* Records on July 18th .  The album, Drivin', contains all original material by Crenshaw composed over the last few years.   ...

 
Concentric Circles of Influence: An evening of film, art, and music at the West Windsor Arts Center


Monmouth Arts Debuts Crowdfunded Public Art Project in Asbury Park


Montclair Art Museum To Host A Summertime Scavenger Hunt


Centenary Stage Presents Drive: A Tribute to the Cars as part of Summer Jamfest


BergenPAC Presents The Ladies of Laughter





 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Elena Shaddow To Star in "Mary Poppins" at Paper Mill Playhouse

(MILLBURN, NJ) -- Paper Mill Playhouse has announced casting for the hit Broadway musical Mary Poppins based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film with original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, book by Juli ...

 
Two River Presents "The Ballad of Little Jo"

Hudson Shakespeare Company Gives "Taming of the Shrew" A Retro Italian Spin

Circle Players Closes Out The Season With "Outside Mullingar"

Playhouse 22 Presents "The Drowsy Chaperone"

Shadow Of The City Returns To Asbury Park In September

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Presents An Outdoor Production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream


FEATURES

REVIEW: Baby Driver


Ever since James Cagney met his death to the strains of ‘I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles’ in 1931’s The Public Enemy, popular music and the crime film have gone together like ham and cheese. Filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Guy Ritchie have used the crime genre as a means of showing off their record collections, and it’s difficult to imagine their movies with traditional or ...

 
Skeleton Crew


An Interview With Louie Anderson


REVIEW: Lady Macbeth


Postmodern Jukebox


Halftime With Don



COLUMNS

Makin Waves with Rhyme & Reason Records, Glenn Morrow’s Cry for Help, Sweet Crude, Pronoun, and Mr. Flannery and His Feelings


This week, Makin Waves shares a special report on the happening Jersey City-based label Rhyme & Reason Records and new releases by Glenn Morrow’s Cry for Help, Sweet Crude, Pronoun and Mr. Flannery and His Feelings.  ...

 
Makin Waves Record of the Week with Nervous Triggers


Makin Waves Music Scene Report with Deaf Rhino, The Cold Seas, Jack Petruzzelli, Gary ‘U.S.’ Bonds, Black Flamingos and more


ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...6/22/17


New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 06-23-17


Jeff Crespi Rocks the Shore - Jun 22, 2017


Sights and Sounds of Note: June 2017


Theatre Preview: June 2017


INSIDE MUSIC: The Art Of Accompanying


Bongo Boy TV - May 2017



MAGAZINE
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Experience the arts in a new way!

Tom Kanach Returns With "Undertow"
“Undertow is this damage that we all have in our lives that tries to pull us under and drown us,” explains Tom Kanach, a veteran of the Jersey Shore music scene with popular 80s/90s bands Mischief and Wells of Souls.  The Monmouth County native recently released his first recording of new music in more than two decades with the absolutely brilliant, Undertow.

REVIEW: Baby Driver
Ever since James Cagney met his death to the strains of ‘I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles’ in 1931’s The Public Enemy, popular music and the crime film have gone together like ham and cheese. Filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Guy Ritchie have used the crime genre as a means of showing off their record collections, and it’s difficult to imagine their movies with traditional orchestral scores rather than soul, funk and rock cuts from the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Skeleton Crew
The issue of automation is one that politicians have a tendency to avoid.  It’s easy to tell people that factories making outdated equipment like typewriters and rotary phones are no longer needed, but it’s far more difficult to let people know that most jobs can be replaced by automation.  Automotive plants were among the first to have employees work side by side with robotic technology, and the evolution of the technology and the changes it has meant to the industry is the focus of Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau.

Sights and Sounds of Note: June 2017
It’s been two years since we first set foot in Nashville, Tennessee - country music capital of the world - so that’s good enough reason for us to highlight two amazing female musicians from town who are vying to become the next big Music City star. We also have some classic rockers and current acts to showcase who are all planting their flag in the ground with powerful new musical statements. Sit back and relax! Things are heating up now with these great offerings.

An Interview With Louie Anderson
“I never wanted to be a comic. It’s not something that I ever said I wanted to grow up and be,” said world class comedian and actor Louie Anderson who performed at South Orange Performing Arts Center on June 17.

Monologues @MONDO
In the summer of 2014, Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre presented a series of solo works as readings at MONDO, the cultural gathering place in downtown Summit. The series was received with such enthusiasm, that since then they return to MONDO every summer with their MonologuesatMONDO series. 

REVIEW: Lady Macbeth
Anyone who falls asleep at the mention of Shakespeare can rest easy. Director William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth doesn’t feature Marion Cotillard mumbling her way through the bard’s text; rather it’s an adaptation of a 19th century Russian novella, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District by Nikolai Leskov.

Postmodern Jukebox
“A song can be detached from its genre pretty easily,” explains pianist and bandleader Scott Bradlee, the man behind Postmodern Jukebox, a band that gives modern songs a retro twist.  “I think we’re used to hearing songs covered in a certain style because the original artist did it that way.  I decided to take the opposite approach and do it completely different.  You find that a great song can transcend genre.”

Halftime With Don
Retired NFL player Don Devers is a man who has had more surgeries than he can count, experiences violent outbursts, and relies on Post-It notes to offset his struggle with traumatic brain injury. Just when things seem their darkest, a desperate longtime fan arrives at his doorstep. But when devoted fan, Ed Ryan, appears at his doorstep, a series of events are put in motion that just may bring Don out of his self-imposed isolation and salvage his life.

INSIDE MUSIC: The Art Of Accompanying
Every pianist or guitarist is not an accompanist.  Accompanying is a whole other thing.  I’ve sung with piano players who comp beautifully, supporting what I sing and leaving me room to improvise. I’ve got to have room to be adventurous if I’m singing jazz. I’ve sung with others who fill every part of a beat that I’m not singing with a flourish that crowds me, rendering my singing almost superfluous!  

Jeff Crespi Rocks the Shore - Jun 22, 2017
This week Crespi provides some pics of The Vaughns at the Asbury Yacht Club.

Makin Waves with Rhyme & Reason Records, Glenn Morrow’s Cry for Help, Sweet Crude, Pronoun, and Mr. Flannery and His Feelings
This week, Makin Waves shares a special report on the happening Jersey City-based label Rhyme & Reason Records and new releases by Glenn Morrow’s Cry for Help, Sweet Crude, Pronoun and Mr. Flannery and His Feelings. 

Makin Waves Record of the Week with Nervous Triggers
Jersey Shore-based Nervous Triggers’ are not your typical punk rock in that they’ll use a quirky organ to get their point across and have fun doing it, while also making extremely overt political statements in the context of far more entertaining-sounding music. The digital release of their four-song debut EP, “Do the Drool,” was timed to coincide with inauguration of Donald Trump, as the bulk of the lyrical content of the songs deals with the issues surrounding his election and presidency. Physical copies of the EP recently were released on CD and cassette, and fans of fun-sounding political punk-rock will want to pick up a copy.

Makin Waves Music Scene Report with Deaf Rhino, The Cold Seas, Jack Petruzzelli, Gary ‘U.S.’ Bonds, Black Flamingos and more
​​​​​​​This week, the Makin Waves Music Scene Report takes a look at Deaf Rhino, NJ Metal Fest III, Cannabis Corpse guitarist Ray Suhy, MikeroMedia, The Cold Seas, Jack Petruzzelli, Gary “U.S.” Bonds, Black Flamingos, Beat Author and more 





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Event calendar
Saturday, Jun 24, 2017

SPLINTERED SUNLIGHT @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

THE HOLDUP @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

THOMAS WYNN & THE BELIEVERS @ The Wonder Bar, Asbury Park - 8:00pm

WDAS Presents R. Kelly @ BB&T Pavilion, Camden - 7:00pm

* Will Rogers' U.S.A. @ East Lynne Theater Company, Cape May - 8:30pm






DON MCLEAN with special guest Jesse Ruben @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

* Halftime With Don @ New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch - 3:00pm and 8:00pm

Glen Burtnik's Beatles Bash @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm

Xander Marx @ The Lovecraft , New York City - 8:30pm

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 8:00pm

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