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It’s Saturday, March 11, 2017, and our automobile dashboard clock says it’s nearly 1:30pm. As we drive up Newark, NJ’s MacCarter Highway — just about ready to make the left turn onto Center Street — we smile. Because here on this busy city street corner, we happen to observe a man rapidly making his way towards Newark’s glittering jewel of a concert venue, The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), wheeling an enormous stand-up bass…on a cart!... READ ON

Jeff provides photos from a recent show by Save Ferris at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park.... READ ON

On Saturday March 4, 2017, we arrive at the historic Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC) in downtown Rahway for our chance to see one of England’s most entertaining musical exports since The Fab Four: String Fever.... READ ON

Ah, it’s like the ’90s all over again, when I was in my prime and covering shows five nights a week from the Bowery to the boardwalks. Some of New Jersey’s best new bands sport a ’90s sound, such as GayGuy/StraightGuy and Experiment 34. Then there are lasting reunions of popular acts, such as Whirling Dervishes and Colossal Street Jam.... READ ON

"Yeah I am, yes I am in the band. I've been in this band for so long in one capacity or another that when I left or leave it's like a hiatus," said a laughing Mary Ramsey of the recently revitalized 10,000 Maniacs. "I've been with the band as a background singer, fiddle player and once Natalie left Lombardo and I decided to go on. We are doing lots of great gigs now and we see a lot of joy in our audiences."... READ ON

When one considers “The Great American Songbook,” one typically thinks about a loosely defined canon of enduring songs written between the 1920s and 1950s by such American composers as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, and others, for the theater, Hollywood, and beyond.... READ ON

On Friday, February 24, 2017, the Garden State’s own gem of an orchestra, The New Jersey Symphony, presented a very special evening of music featuring Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto (“Rach II”) at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark. The evening also included a post-concert experience entitled #OrchestraYou where the NJSO gave audience members of all ages an opportunity to play alongside select members of this talented group!... READ ON

The debut of Makin Waves features a review and report on the Asbury Park two-piece Yawn Mower, plus briefs about Nicole Atkins, Lunch Ladies, Bouncing Souls, Randy Now’s Mancave, coLAB Arts and more. ... READ ON

"The Music," says lead vocalist Chandler Mogel, "The Music is Great! It's a very classic sound, it sounds like '70's classic rock and Angel meets Bad Co. It's kind of eclectic but it ties together so well. Punky said to me once that he wanted a sound kind of like David Cassidy and I'm like, I don't know who that is (laughs)!" ... READ ON

It’s Sunday, February 26, 2017, and it’s rapidly approaching 8pm. As fans in the packed house at New Brunswick, NJ’s State Theatre wait for the world-famous Australian pop duo, Air Supply, to take the stage, we chat with two friends whom we’ve just met in the audience — Christine from Westfield and her brother, Paul, from Franklin Township. Both are excited to be a part of the crowd here tonight for this special musical performance.... READ ON

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