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The Lettermen LIVE! at Lakewood's Strand Theater

By Spotlight Central

It’s Saturday, March 10, 2018, and the audience is steadily filing into Lakewood, NJ’s historic Strand Theater for a rare Jersey Shore appearance by the well-known pop vocal trio, The Lettermen! ...

BergenPAC Presents Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook

"Up To Snuff" Documentary To Screen Sunday at Garden State Film Festival

PHOTOS from Boston Manor at White Eagle Hall

By Alex Collins

Lewis Center for the Arts presents Turning Inward

Bongo Boy TV - Issue 45



Daughtry to Perform At BergenPAC in March

(ENGLEWOOD, NJ) --  Bergen Performing Arts Center (BergenPAC) and John Scher/Metropolitan Entertainment present GRAMMY-nominated rock band Daughtry in concert on March 27, 2018 at 8:00pm as part of the band's 2018 headlining tour.  Nashville-based singer Sinclair wil ...

In Pursuit of Beauty: Imaging Closets in Newark and Beyond

Eagle Theatre Presents "Moonlight & Magnolias"

Mayo presents Mummenschanz

Janeane Garofalo To Headline 'Laughs For Literacy' benefit

Lewis Center for the Arts presents Turning Inward

EmiSunshine To Perform At Monmouth University In March


The Lettermen LIVE! at Lakewood's Strand Theater

It’s Saturday, March 10, 2018, and the audience is steadily filing into Lakewood, NJ’s historic Strand Theater for a rare Jersey Shore appearance by the well-known pop vocal trio, The Lettermen! ...

PHOTOS from Boston Manor at White Eagle Hall

The Magic Man In The Studio

REVIEW: "Unsane"

The Making Of A Broadway Musical

So You Want To Be A Comedian?


Makin Waves with Williams Honor

Williams Honor, the Jersey Shore’s only modern country duo, are back home for a while after successfully investing in their careers in Nashville with two charting singles. They are recording a follow-up to their independent self-titled album when not playing shows, such as the upcoming Makin Waves 30th Anniversary Party on March 31 at the Wonder Bar. ...

Makin Waves Record of the Week: Monster Magnet's "Mindfucker"

Makin Waves with Deal Casino

ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...3/22/18

Jeff Crespi Rocks the Shore - Mar 16, 2018

PODCAST: 2 Guys From Jersey - Episode 25

New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 03-23-18

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The Magic Man In The Studio
Steve Greenwell doesn’t care if your demos are polished.  In fact, he doesn’t expect them to be.  He doesn’t care if you’ve sold millions of records or haven’t sold a single one.  He’s worked with everyone from Grammy Award winners to indie artists just starting out.  For him, it’s all about the artist.  If he believes you have what it takes, he will work with you and bring out the best in you. He’s done it time and time again.

REVIEW: "Unsane"
“Your phone is your worst enemy!” So advises a cameoing Matt Damon’s cop to Claire Foy’s stalking victim in Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane. The line plays like an in-joke on Soderbergh’s part, as the film itself was shot using iPhones, not for budgetary reasons, but because the director/cinematographer, who has experimented with developing technology throughout his career, shot his thriller in relative secrecy on a tight schedule, the ease of the device allowing him to quickly transition between camera set-ups and save hours of production downtime.

The Making Of A Broadway Musical
It all starts with the lyric hook.  That’s one of the central building blocks behind the dynamic musical theatre team of Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann.  

So You Want To Be A Comedian?
“I feel I have the kind of life where people think I’m making things up all of the time, but weirdness is kind of attracted to me,” said Jess Alaimo, a comedian from Monmouth County.  “So, I just go with whatever happens to me.”

The Who's Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry
Forty-five years after its original release, The Who’s Tommy will be performed as a full-length bluegrass tribute at The Grunin Center for the Arts in Toms River on Friday, April 3 at 8:00pm.  The band bringing this legendary classic rock story to a bluegrass tint is The Hillbenders from Springfield, MO.

Featured Music Video: "Empty Passenger Seats" by Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son
This month's Featured Music Video is "Empty Passenger Seats" by Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son

Theatre Preview: April 2018
Each month, New Jersey Stage provides a special advertising section promoting plays hitting stages around the Garden State. Make sure to add your plays to the event calendar to have them seen by thousands.  Event listings are always free.

REVIEW: "Sweet Country"
Along with its vast acres of formidable and inhospitable terrain, Australia shares a similar colonial past with the United States, with its native aboriginal population historically treated almost as badly by its white invaders as Native Americans and African slaves were by the Europeans who arrogantly claimed the land to their west for themselves. As such, Australia has proven itself the only country outside North America that can convincingly pull off westerns set in its own past.

An Interview With EmiSunshine
​​​​​​​EmiSunshine was only nine years old when a video captured her performing Jimmie Rodgers’ “Blue Yodel No. 6” at a flea market in Tennessee and went viral.  This led to an invitation to “The Today Show” that introduced her to the world.  Since then, she has released several albums featuring songs steeped in the sounds of Appalachia.  It’s rootsy, Americana music, that has found airplay far beyond traditional country radio stations.

So, You've Made A Video... Now What?
“Hey, I think we might have a video for you,” a woman from Lost Highway Records said in a phone call to Andy Gesner in January 2003.

INSIDE MUSIC: Musician life before Facebook - Part 1
Credit is due Facebook for changing the way we communicate with our peers, our fans, prospective audiences and prospective employers, making musicians’ lives easier. 

Tom Richards Fights On
You won’t find Tom Richards’ name in many history books.  His bands from The Slices to The Baby Seal Club never had a Top Ten record.  He describes himself as a musician’s musician - a guy who has been a professional for decades and one working on his first ever solo album.  It’s more than just something he hopes to put out into the world.  This is more than just a statement from an artist.  This is his chance to leave something for the world to remember. Tom is dying of cancer.

REVIEW: The Endless
Moorhead and Benson isn’t an accountancy firm, as the moniker might suggest. Together, the writing/directing/acting duo of Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson have formed one of the most fascinating filmmaking forces to emerge over the last decade. The pair gained much acclaim for their second film, 2014’s Spring. A Lovecraft meets Linklater hybrid in which a young American falls for a mysterious Italian girl who is secretly a tentacled creature feeding off tourists, it’s one of the most romantic movies to ever come out of the horror genre.

Boy Sees Flying Saucer: An Interview with Playwright Mike Czuba
The Growing Stage presents the World Premiere of Boy Sees Flying Saucer from March 9th through March 25th. The play, written by Mike Czuba and based on the true and original story by Brian Dorscht, was the winner of the theatre’s 2017 New Play-Reading Festival.  The production is directed by Danny Campos, veteran actor and teaching artist at The Growing Stage.

Death of an Umbrella Salesman
A door to door salesman is likely among the worst jobs one can imagine.   Images come to mind of middle-aged men in cheap suits attempting to clean rugs soiled by a handful of dirt with a shiny, new vacuum or a bookish fellow hawking encyclopedias.  But imagine an even stranger product sold door to door like an umbrella.  That’s what Stanley Grimp faces in Death of An Umbrella Salesman by Jersey Shore filmmaker Steve Herold.

Featured Music Video: "Day Zero" by Dinosaur Eyelids
This month's featured music video is "Day Zero" by Dinosaur Eyelids.

Bongo Boy TV - February 2018
Each issue of New Jersey Stage magazine contains an episode of Bongo Boy TV showcasing music videos from around the world.

Theatre Preview: March 2018
Each month, New Jersey Stage provides a special advertising section promoting plays hitting stages around the Garden State. Make sure to add your plays to the event calendar to have them seen by thousands.  Event listings are always free.

REVIEW: Golden Exits
With its middle class New York milieu and a jazz inflected score by Keegan DeWitt, Alex Ross Perry’s Golden Exits may draw simplistic comparisons with Woody Allen, but the filmmaker whose work it evokes most is Alan Rudolph. In Rudolph’s best films - Welcome to L.A.; Remember My Name; Trouble in Mind; Choose Me - the intersecting lives of a group of people are thrown into turmoil by the arrival of an outsider.

The Story of Crossfire Choir
Crossfire Choir is a band that began in South Florida in the 80s with Jay Pounders, Eddie Freeze, Brad Peet, and Dennis Ambrose.  The band moved up north, settling in New Jersey, and became part of the New York City CBGB scene as well as one of the most popular bands in New Brunswick.

The United States of Russia
Rutgers alum, Ben Rosenfeld released his third comedy album in January.  Entitled, The United States of Russia, the album was released by Comedy Dynamics and continues the Russia born, American raised comedian’s style of mixing tales of his immigrant parents and outsider childhood with topics ranging from millennials, terrorism, politics, and adjusting to life as a newlywed.  We caught up with Ben to talk about the album.

Feast Your Ears
It’s hard to explain just how powerful the movement of free form progressive FM radio truly was.  When it emerged in the 1960s, it was unlike anything anybody had ever heard.  Instead of listening to the same five hit songs over and over again, you might hear five straight songs about rain or five songs that featured the same guitarists in different bands.  There were no playlists, no corporations in charge, only DJs.

INSIDE MUSIC: Hit Songs Inspired by Dreams
Don’t discount the value of dreams to your conscious life  –  and livelihood.  Dreams have served Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Johnny Cash, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Taylor Swift, and hundreds of other songwriters well.

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Event calendar
Sunday, Mar 25, 2018

SWANKY TIGER @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

BORGATA COMEDY CLUB @ The Music Box @ Borgata Casino Hotel, Atlantic City - 9:00pm

Ragtime: The Musical @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 3:00pm

Nimbus Dance Works @ Centenary Stage Company - Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, Hackettstown - 2:00pm

Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet @ The Ritz Theatre, Haddon Twp - 2:00pm

IN THE HEIGHTS @ Margaret Williams Theatre at NJCU, Jersey City - 3:00pm

Leonora and Alejandro: La Maga Y El Maestro @ Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair - 3:00pm

Mad Forest @ L. Howard Fox Studio Theater, Montclair - 2:00pm

New Jersey Ballet’s Hansel & Gretel @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 3:00pm

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 2:00pm

Trying @ George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick - 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Crowns @ Matthews Theatre @ McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton - 2:00pm

An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth @ Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank - 7:00pm

Casey Abrams @ The Stanhope House, Stanhope - 5:00pm

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