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Makin Waves with Apollo Ali: 'Champion Sound'

By Bob Makin

Makin Waves Record of the Week: "American Carnage" by Sunny Gang

New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 06-20-19

A Work Of Heart Productions Presents "Into The Woods" At Bickford Theatre

MPAC Presents Louie Anderson and Rita Rudner: He Said She Said

Bullet Theatre Collaborative & The Theater Project Present "Little Shop of Horrors"

At The Tabernacle Presents Steven Page Trio



The Newton Theatre Presents Jefferson Starship

Tony Award Winner Alice Ripley To Perform "Ripley Prescription" at Holmdel Theatre Co.

State Theatre New Jersey presents An Evening with George Takei

Regina Spektor: Live On Broadway

American Theater Group Presents "The Bridges Of Madison County"

NJ Rep Presents The World Premiere of "Voyager One"

Morris Museum presents Bob Gruen in Conversation with Jay Lustig

Princeton Summer Theater Launches Season of Love with "Falsettos"


7th Rocket League World Championship To Take Place At Prudential Center

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Psyonix, developer of the sports action hit, Rocket League, has selected Prudential Center as the host venue for the 7th Rocket League World Championship scheduled to take place from Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23, 2019.  The home of ...

Shakespeare '70 Presents "Macbeth" at Kelsey Theatre

Graveyard Shift and Horror Church at The ShowRoom Cinema Asbury Park in June

"Bob Gruen: Rock Seen" At Morris Museum

Comedian Tom Papa To Perform In Newton

State Theatre New Jersey presents John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons

A Look at the 2019 Sourland Mountain Festival

Grunin Center Presents The Boomer Boys

Circle Players hosts "Zombie Escape Room" Fundraiser On June 22nd

Keynote address at NJSPJ's awards lunch will focus on legacy of T. Thomas Fortune


The Folk Project: Folk Music and More for 30+ Years

There are as many ways to characterize folk music as there are people singing and playing the songs. It encompasses a wide range of musical styles, with the songs being passed on from generation to generation and place to place. And, like in a game of whisper-down-the-lane, it expands and changes along the way. At its most elemental, folk music is storytelling. ...

"Keeping the Music Alive!" The East Coast Music Hall of Fame's First Annual Awards Gala

INSIDE "The Three Musketeers" at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

INSIDE Oo-Bla-Dee at Two River Theater

Kansas LIVE! at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Little Anthony and the Imperials LIVE! at the PNC Bank Arts Center


Makin Waves with Apollo Ali: 'Champion Sound'

​​​​​​​Camden rapper Apollo Ali, the last grandson of heavyweight champion “Jersey” Joe Walcott, will be performing songs off his brand-new LP, “Don’t Bite,” on the Garden State Hip-Hop and Makin Waves Summer Rap ‘n’ Rock Tour. He honors his grandfather with a new single, “Champion Sound,” from his just-dropped LP, “Don’t Bite.” ...

Makin Waves Record of the Week: "American Carnage" by Sunny Gang

Makin Waves Scene Report with Summer Rap ‘n’ Rock Tour, Asbury Park Music Foundation, Mayor's Summer Concert Series and more

ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...6/13/19

New Jersey Stage Features Published During The Week Of 06-17-19

New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 06-20-19

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Hello Darkness, My Old Friend
Imagine spending four months on the other side of the world in a place where the sun doesn’t rise for about nine weeks. That’s where New Jersey natives Matthew Runciman and Danielle Galietti found themselves as they created interdisciplinary, multi-sensorial artwork in Iceland.   

REVIEW: "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum"
How many times can you watch Keanu Reeves inflict head trauma on faceless Asian goons before it gets repetitive? The third installment of the hitherto rewarding John Wick franchise answers this question in its opening 20 minutes but repeats the formula over and over regardless, leaving its audience in a mentally numbed state by the time it reaches its uninspired climax, in which Keanu Reeves inflicts more head trauma on an army of faceless Asian goons.

Lauren Davidson: Urban Country From A Jersey Girl
It’s hard to believe that it wasn’t that long ago that the New York City radio market didn’t have a single country music station.  One look at the summer concert lineup for 2019 shows country artists headlining several shows at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel and BB&T Pavilion in Camden, while some of the biggest stars have brought huge crowds to shows on the Atlantic City beach in recent years.  Even many of the biggest rock and roll clubs in the Garden State are hosting sold out country music shows nowadays. There’s no doubt that country music is big in the area now and getting bigger each year.  One person who hopes to benefit from this is Lauren Davidson, a country music artist originally from Freehold who aims to build a fanbase while living outside of the Nashville scene.

Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am?
As the saxophone played alongside the Great Wall of China, a voice bellowed, “Who do you think you are?” The man playing the sax was Clarence Clemons and he was in China on a quest to learn the answer to that very question.

The Reservoir: Go To College Or On Tour?
One of the challenges in making a short film is telling a complete story.  The Reservoir is one that both succeeds and makes you wonder if you will ever see the main characters again - either in a longer film or a television or web-based series.  The film was Jordan Rowe’s thesis at New York University.  It’s a story about two friends, Aaron (played by Jared Gilman) and Grant (played by Eli Bridges), who are about to graduate high school in North Caldwell, New Jersey.

Life Is Short. Music Is Forever - The Words and Music of Coleman Mellett
On February 12, 2009, jazz guitarist Coleman Mellett was among the 50 people who lost their lives when Continental Flight 3407 crashed just outside Buffalo, New York. He was on his way to perform with the Buffalo Philharmonic as the guitarist with the Chuck Mangione Band. 

From Immigrant To Street Artist: A Look At Joshua Lance
Street painters have been around for centuries, but are still rare in New Jersey.  If you wander around Lambertville this summer you might see one at work.  His name is Joshua Lance and even though he’s a native to the town, he’s painted all over the globe including stints in several area of Asia and Europe. 

Featured Music Video: "Whatever Happened, Happened" by The View From Here
This month's featured music video is "Whatever Happened, Happened" by The View From Here.

REVIEW: "Late Night"
Between 1992 and 1998, over six seasons and 90 episodes, The Larry Sanders Show chronicled the backstage drama surrounding its titular late night talk show, delivering some of the best satire seen on screens big or small. What could be added to the talk show milieu that wasn’t covered in the late Garry Shandling’s signature show? Well, how about the struggles of a woman in the male dominated world of late night American comedy? Enter Tina Fey in 2006 with 30 Rock, which couldn’t sustain its quality across its subsequent seven seasons but was the funniest show on TV at its height.

Record Roundup with Little Vicious, Little Steven, and Mike Daly & the Planets
Bob Makin takes a look at the latest releases by Little Vicious, Little Steve & the Disciples of Soul, and Mike Daley & the Planets in this month's Makin Waves Record Roundup.

An Interview with Filmmaker Doug Bollinger About "The Samaritans"
​​​​​​​The Samaritans is a new micro-budget horror/thriller flick written and directed by Doug Bollinger and was based on a story by Keith Collins. It tells the story of four co-workers who get together to finish a project at their manager’s home. They haven’t actually met face to face and they discover they have more in common than the new mobile app they are perfecting. 

Ken Ludwig's "The Three Musketeers" To Open Season at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ
​​​​​​​(MADISON, NJ) -- The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey launches their 57th season, titled Incredible Journeys, with a new take by Ken Ludwig on the beloved classic, The Three Musketeers. Directed by renowned fight director Rick Sordelet, this swashbuckling production will bound on to the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre stage run from June 12 through July 7.

Eagle Theatre Becomes 1940s Nightclub for "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra"
(HAMMONTON, NJ) -- The bobby-soxer era may have long since run out, yet “The Voice” still invades the homes and hearts of millions of Americans across the country to this very day. Eagle Theatre is no exception, as they present the ultimate ‘ol Blue Eyes experience with My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, running May 31st through June 23rd, 2019. This retro stroll down memory lane will transform the entire theatre into a lavish 1940s nightclub, complete with a live onstage jazz trio, experiential round table seating, and all-star cast performing an ambitious repertoire of songs made famous by the man, the myth, the legend.

Makin Waves with Secret Sound: All in the Jamily
This fall, Secret Sound will celebrate their 20th anniversary, but beforehand, they’ll help the Jersey Shore jam scene celebrate the 50th anniversaries of The Allman Brothers Band, The Meters and Little Feat at the Third Annual Makin Waves Jam ‘n’ Groove Fest on May 19 at the Brighton Bar in Long Branch.

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Event calendar
Thursday, Jun 20, 2019


RICK DAHROUGE @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

Dead & Company @ BB&T Pavilion, Camden - 7:00pm

Charlie Daniels Band, Travis Tritt, and The Cadillac Three @ PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel - 7:00pm

Jefferson Starship @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 8:00pm


Heisenberg @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 8:00pm

Voyager One @ New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch - 8:00pm

Musical | She Loves Me (The Princeton Festival) @ 185 Nassau St., Princeton, Princeton - 8:00pm

American Theater Group: The Bridges of Madison County @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 7:30pm

The Boys in the Band (Original Version) @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 8:00pm


Crybaby Matinee: The Red Balloon & White Mane @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 11:00am


An Evening With George Takei: Where No Story Has Gone Before @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm


A Medium Gallery with Linda Shields @ Tim McLoones Supper Club, Asbury Park - 8:00pm

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