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Jesse Malin Heads All-Star Cast For Summer Strummer at Stone Pony


(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Jesse Malin & Jeff Raspe present “Summer Strummer” at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park NJ on Saturday August 19, 2017. Featuring performances by Jesse Malin & band, The Vansaders, Matty Carlock and a Joe Strummer birthday tribute set with special guests. “Summer Strummer” will benefit Music & Memory and The Joe Strummer Foundation ...

 
Guns N' Roses To Play Newark


Artworks Presents "Urban Legend" - The Art Of Will Kasso


New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 07-21-17


UCPAC Presents CSNsongs and The Guess Who Experience


Dragonfly Presents A World Premiere Adaptation of Cyrano!





 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

(MADISON, NJ) -- The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey continues their 55th season with the popular tradition of an Outdoor Stage production, this year featuring A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Artistic Director Bonnie ...

 
East Lynne Theater Company opens summer season with "Will Rogers' U.S.A."

Photos from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ

Arts Council of Princeton Announces Free Summer Concert Line Up For 2017

NJ Rep Presents "Halftime With Don"

Indie Street Film Festival Returns to Red Bank At End of July

“Absolutely Phenomenal!” Blood, Sweat & Tears with Bo Bice LIVE! at BergenPAC


FEATURES

REVIEW:" Skeleton Crew" by Premiere Stages at Kean University


(UNION, NJ) — Imagine working in an industry that is seemingly falling apart with plant closings announced each month and the threat of your own job being eliminated weighing heavily on your mind each day.  That’s the premise behind Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau, which takes place in Detroit (circa 2008) when auto plants were downsizing, shut ...

 
“One of the Best Kept Secrets in NJ!” The Imperial Brass LIVE! at Ocean Grove’s Great Auditorium


An Interview with Bella Electric Strings’ Nina DiGregorio, whose “Violin Femmes” Show Will Rock Rahway’s UCPAC!


“Off the Charts!” Jay Siegel’s Tokens and Shirley Alston Reeves LIVE! at Axelrod PAC


“Proud of My Country!’ The US Army Field Band LIVE! at PNC Bank Arts Center


Fairies Transform Trash In "A Midsummer Night's Dream"



COLUMNS

Makin Waves’ Record of the Week: Nicole Atkins’ Goodnight Rhonda Lee


This week, Makin Waves shares Asbury Park rock queen Nicole Atkins’ new soulful album, “Goodnight Rhonda Lee,” which she will support with several tour dates, including Monmouth County Fair on July 29 and Shadow of the City Festival on Sept. 10 ...

 
Makin Waves’ Record of the Week: K.C. Cary’s “Beautiful and Blue”


Makin Waves with Jeff Crespi


ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...7/20/17


New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 07-21-17


Jeff Crespi Rocks the Shore - Jul 20, 2017


Sights and Sounds of Note: June 2017


Theatre Preview: June 2017


INSIDE MUSIC: The Art Of Accompanying


Bongo Boy TV - May 2017



MAGAZINE
NJ Stage 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!  





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Event calendar
Friday, Jul 21, 2017

ROPETREE @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

THE STEPPIN STONES @ The Wonder Bar, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

The Lion King Jr. @ Dennis Flyer Theatre, Lincoln Hall, Camden County College, Blackwood - 10:30am

Chicago & the Doobie Brothers @ BB&T Pavilion, Camden - 7:30pm

Shakespeare at the Estate presents Hamlet @ Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May - 7:00pm






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


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

Craig Ferguson: The New Deal Tour @ The Wellmont Theater, Montclair - 7:00pm

Tom Chapin at the Minstrel @ Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown - 7:30pm

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