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Makin Waves Scene Report with Bradstock, Asbury Park Punk Rock Flea Market, Jammin' for Jaclyn and more

By Bob Makin

Makin Waves with Taylor Tote

Makin Waves Record of the Week: "All It Takes Is One" by Mike Daly & the Planets

By Bob Makin

A Look At the Free Summer Movie Series for 2019 at State Theatre New Jersey

Playhouse 22 To Host Two Day Theater Festival

Joshua Bell's First Concert Career Violin to be Auctioned on May 16th

The Doobie Brothers LIVE! at BergenPAC

By Spotlight Central



2019 Asbury Park Music & Film Festival To Take Place April 25-28

Patty Smyth & Scandal To Perform At Levoy Theatre

"Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock 'N Roll" and "Clarence Clemons: Who Do You Think I Am?" Among Highlights of 2019 Asbury Park Music & Film Festival

Simone Dinnerstein To Join NJSO for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23

Centenary University's NEXTstage Repertory Presents "Avenue Q"

MPAC Presents Pilobolus: Come to Your Senses

Dreamcatcher presents NJ Premiere of "String Around My Finger"

Westminster Conservatory Noontime Recital Series features piano music of Claude Debussy on April 25


Newton Theatre presents Uprooted

(NEWTON, NJ) -- Back in the 90’s, Michael Glabicki had a vision he was driven to pursue. He left college and started a band, despite the fact that he had no idea where the journey would deliver him. He spent two years developing this vision while learning the craft of songwriting. That v ...

UK Music Legends, Strawbs, To Celebrate 50th Anniversary With 3 Days At Strand Theater

Simba Baumgartner To Release Debut CD With Release Shows In NYC and Maplewood NJ

Strawbs To Celebrate 50th Anniversary With Special Events At The Strand

"The Sound of Music" Comes To MPAC

UCPAC Hosts New Jersey Golden Gloves Novice and Open Championships April 26-27

​​​​​​​John Pizzarelli Returns To Grunin Center

"Return To The Forbidden Planet" Comes To Kelsey Theatre

South Camden Theatre Company presents "An Infinite Ache" by David Schulner

"Getting Over" to be screened at Art Tank in Asbury Park April 26-27


The Doobie Brothers LIVE! at BergenPAC

The audience inside Englewood, NJ’s BergenPAC is filled with anticipation this Tuesday, April 9, 2019 evening as they ready themselves for an intimate concert experience by the legendary rock band, The Doobie Brothers. ...

So, Three BariTones Walk Into a Bar and…

Review: "The Belle of Amherst" at Two River Theater

"Too Heavy For My Pocket" - A play about the civil rights movement at George Street

REVIEW: "Benny & Joon" at Paper Mill Playhouse

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn LIVE! at the Grunin Center


Makin Waves Scene Report with Bradstock, Asbury Park Punk Rock Flea Market, Jammin' for Jaclyn and more

Brad Morrison, the founder of Absolute a Go Go Records, nurtured the careers of such great bands as Phish, Miracle Legion, Tiny Lights, Wooden Soldiers, Spiral Jetty, The Figgs and The Vestrymen. On May 4 at Monty Hall in Jersey City, several of them will gather to pay tribute to their influential and greatly missed ...

Makin Waves with Taylor Tote

Makin Waves Record of the Week: "Falling Behind" By Joker’s Republic

ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...4/18/19

PODCAST: 2 Guys From Jersey - Episode 74

New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 04-24-19

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Matt O'Ree: Back On The Road
The last five years have been a crazy time for Jersey bluesman Matt O’Ree.  He went on tour across Southeast Asia as a member of Bon Jovi in 2015 and was inducted into the NY/NJ Blues Hall of Fame the following year with Eryn Shewell. He released a record that included a guest appearance by Bruce Springsteen, headlined shows at The Stone Pony, and married Eryn forming the state’s preeminent power blues duo.

REVIEW: "Her Smell"
I’ve never been much of a fan of rock music, so the whole indie rock scene of the ‘90s passed me by. While I can’t say I’ve warmed to the music that era produced, I do find myself looking back at that time with a more appreciative gaze. It was a particularly fertile time for female rockers, with the likes of PJ Harvey, Courtney Love, and  Tanya Donnelly channelling a female perspective into a musical genre that had previously been dominated by men and refusing to sexualize themselves in the way today’s female stars seem compelled to.

Women Who Rock! An Interview With Meredith Ochs
“Rock and roll is built of fierce women,” writes Meredith Ochs in the introduction to her fascinating book, Rock-and-Roll Woman: The 50 Fiercest Female Rockers.  “Blues, jazz, R&B, and country artists who laid its groundwork.  Girl groups who projected a flashy, united front.  Counterculture singers who protested the establishment.  Punk rockers who democratized music-making.  Riot grrrls who politicized it.  And so many more.  They all subverted stereotypes and challenged expectations, whether they set out to or not.  Their rebellion is empowering and exponential.”

Rock on Radio with Danny Coleman Celebrates 10th Anniversary
There are many writers who contribute to New Jersey Stage, but one of the most dedicated is Danny Coleman.  He’s been penning a weekly column for us since the end of 2013.  In addition to writing, playing drums for several bands, and making award-winning chili, Coleman has been hosting a weekly radio show called “Rock on Radio” since April 26, 2009.  It currently airs every Sunday night at 7:00pm on

Featured Music Video: "You Caught Me" by Idle Wave
Our Featured Music Video for April is "You Caught Me" by Idle Wave.

April Is Haddonfield Sculpture Month
April is Haddonfield Sculpture Month:  Join the festivities each Saturday for free family fun.  Tour nearly 20 figurative and abstract sculptures, meet the artists, see previews and installations of new sculptures, shop at a Pop-Up DinoStore celebrating “Haddy,” our famous Hadrosaurus foulkii, dedication of the new “Ballerina” by Barry Woods Johnston, and more.  

REVIEW: "Ash Is Purest White"
There’s a moment in Orson Welles’ The Other Side of the Wind in which a critic accuses John Huston’s veteran director Jake Hanaford of borrowing from other filmmakers. “It’s alright to borrow from one another, what we must never do is borrow from ourselves,” is his sage-like response. I’m not sure I agree with Hanaford, as filmmakers often mature by returning to themes and ideas they explored earlier in their career, developing them with newfound experience. After all, if a carpenter makes the same chair every day for a year, chances are the last chair he fashions will be be more finely crafted than the first.

An Opportunity For McCarter
Michael Rosenberg talks about his first year and what Emily Mann’s retirement means for the company.

Bongo Boy TV - Issue 57
Each issue of NJ Stage Magazine contains the latest episode of Bongo Boy TV spotlighting great music videos from around the globe.

Makin Waves Record Roundup with Cold Weather Company, Karma Gambit, & Ezra Caspi
Bob Makin takes a look at the latest releases by with Cold Weather Company, Karma Gambi, and Ezra Caspi.

The Adventures of a Girl with a Pain in Her Brain
​​​​​​​Rhonda Musak is an actress and writer with an interesting autobiographical show entitled Rhonda Badonda: The Adventures of a Girl with a Pain in Her Brain.  In this show, her character (Rhonda Badonda) wants to function normally, but her brain has other ideas.

Makin Waves with The Bouncing Souls: 30 years of 'Crucial Moments'
Asbury Park-based The Bouncing Souls chat about the year-long celebration of their 30th anniversary with a new EP, book and world tour. 

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Event calendar
Thursday, Apr 25, 2019


Baritoned -I Hate Men: A Tip of the Heel to Broadway's Leading Ladies @ Avenel Performing Arts Center, Avenel - 8:00pm

Max Weinberg's Jukebox @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 7:30pm

Patty Smyth & Scandal @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 7:30pm

GUNNA DRIP OR DROWN 2 TOUR @ The Wellmont Theater, Montclair - 7:00pm

Spring Choral Concert @ Monmouth University Wilson Hall, West Long Branch - 7:30pm


Benny & Joon @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 1:30pm and 7:30pm

String Around My Finger @ Oakes Center, Summit - 8:00pm

The Crucible @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 7:30pm

Heartland @ Luna Stage, West Orange - 7:30pm


PILOBOLUS @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 7:30pm

something happens in between @ Hearst Dance Theater - Lewis Arts Complex, Princeton - 8:30pm


Celebrate Passover with iPlay America @ iPlay America, Freehold - 11:00am

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