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Makin Waves with Franke Previte & Lisa Sherman: Having the time of their lives

By Bob Makin

Makin Waves Record of the Week: "Standstill" by The Vansaders

Makin Waves Scene Report with Light of Day Winterfest, Windows of Understanding, The Brighton Bar and more

New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 01-17-19

ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...1/17/19

By Danny Coleman

Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes At Riverside Rhythm & Rhyme

By Christopher Benincasa,

Light of Day's Main Event To Be Broadcast Live at McLoone's Supper Club

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts To Hold Winter Open House On January 27



NJPAC Presents Maria Bamford

State Theatre New Jersey presents Ron White

Light of Day Goes Retro

Old Library Theatre Presents "Emma! A Pop Musical"

Count Basie Hosts Free Performance Of We Shall Overcome

The Growing Stage Presents "A Wrinkle In Time"

Westminster Conservatory at Nassau Noontime Recital Series Resumes with Music for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano on January 17


Newton Theatre Presents Big Apple Comedy Club On January 18th

(NEWTON, NJ) -- The Big Apple Comedy Club returns with four of New York City's freshest comedians for a show on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 8:00pm. The lineup includes Matthew Broussard, Chris Coccia, Drew Fraser, and Mike Speirs.  Don’t miss the c ...

Dawn Upshaw To Perform Works By Maria Schneider and Mahler With NJSO

John Forster and Judy Kass To Perform In Morristown

Studio Players presents "Some Girl(s)"

Illusionist Jason Bishop To Perform Benefit Show For CASA of Camden County

Vanguard Theater Company Presents "Runaways" by Elizabeth Swados

La Strada Ensemble Theater Presents "La Bella Familia" by Edwin Sanchez

Alabama Brings 50th Anniversary Tour To Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Rahway Presents Pop-Up Screening of "Best of Rahway Reel Shorts"

The Dryden Ensemble Presents "Queen Christina Goes to Rome"


Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes At Riverside Rhythm & Rhyme

This coming Sunday, January 20, Scott Wolfson and his band will be serving up their unique blend of Americana at the Riverside Rhythm & Rhyme series at Investors Bank Theater in Succasunna, New Jersey. The band – Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes – formed in Jersey City in 2011, and, even though the members have migrated in various directions since then, they st ...

"He Totally Wowed Us!" John Oates LIVE! at SOPAC

It's "Apple Season" at NJ Rep

The Nutcracker LIVE! at The Strand Theater

“Tons of Fun!” The Glenn Miller Orchestra LIVE! at the Grunin Center

American Repertory Ballet's Nutcracker at Two River Theater


Makin Waves with Franke Previte & Lisa Sherman: Having the time of their lives

The talented Jersey Shore couple Franke Previte and Lisa Sherman once again have joined forces on the new production “Calling All Divas,” the musical tale of how an audition turns into a singing group that’s “stronger together.” Co-produced by Previte, an Oscar winner for “Dirty Dancing,” and starring Sherman, star of Broadway revi ...

Makin Waves Record of the Week: "Standstill" by The Vansaders

Makin Waves Scene Report with Light of Day Winterfest, Windows of Understanding, The Brighton Bar and more

ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...1/17/19

PODCAST: 2 Guys From Jersey - Episode 65

New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 01-17-19

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John Oates Returns To His Roots
What began as a tribute to the music of blues great Mississippi John Hurt became a much wider portrait of American music for Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Oates.  On the album, Arkansas, Oates goes back to the music which inspired him to pick up a guitar. He describes the music as being “like Dixieland, dipped in bluegrass, and salted with Delta blues.” It’s the record he says he always wanted to make, and one which may never have been created if he had not moved to Nashville a few decades ago.

REVIEW: "If Beale Street Could Talk"
Outside of cinephile circles, filmmaker Barry Jenkins is perhaps best known for his role in arguably the greatest debacle in the history of the Academy Awards. On February 26th, 2017, La La Land was mistakenly announced as the Best Picture winner, only for it then to be revealed that Jenkins’ Moonlight was the actual winner.

Rise of the Goatman
Theater For The New City presents Beltsville/Rockville, Part 1: Rise of the Goatman, an original play by Englewood resident Matt Okin (Artistic Director of Black Box Studios), from December 27 through January 13. In this pseudo-Southern Gothic dark comedy, a vibrant group of teens from two very different suburban neighborhoods clash over class differences, drugs, and sex - and the existence of the legendary ‘Goatman’ in 1986. Cut to 2013, and the adolescent kids of those very same teens are struggling to make sense of their family histories - and the same “mythological” creature - that could be holding them back in life.

Nick Kiefer In Iceland
Nick Kiefer is an award winning graphic designer and photographer based out of Asbury Park, NJ. He is currently the Art Director at Netwave Interactive - a branding and advertising agency in Point Pleasant. NJ. Nick has also been designing and photographing in the NJ music scene for more than half his life. He has designed dozens of record covers and gig posters for local musicians in the Asbury Park area. After a heavy year packed with work, he and his fiancé Kristina, decided to roam around Iceland for a few weeks back in October of 2018. Here are some photos from the trip.

Featured Music Video: "One Guitar" by Mardi Gras
This month's Featured Music Video is a special one.  It's a cover of Willie Nile's "One Guitar" by Mardi Gras, a band from Rome, Italy. That song has become the anthem for Light of Day shows which raise money to fund a cure for Parkinson's. Mardi Gras recorded the song and made this video to help raise money for the Light of Day Foundation. The band told us how the song and video came about.

A Look At Light of Day Winterfest 2019
Recently back from shows in Europe, Light of Day Winterfest 2019 is just around the corner.  In addition to shows throughout Asbury Park, shows will also take place in North Jersey, Philadelphia, New York City and Rockland County.  Light of Day, now in its 19th year, not only raise money for the Parkinson’s Foundation, but does much more.

New Jersey Film Festival: Spring 2019 - First 2 Weeks Preview
The New Jersey Film Festival - Spring 2019 takes place between January 25 and March 1, 2019 on the Rutgers University campus in New Brunswick. Showcasing new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries, the festival features over 35 film screenings. Here is a preview of the first two weeks of the festival. For the full schedule visit

Dr. Demento Covered In Punk
Do you remember Dr. Demento radio shows from back in the day? The show featuring music and comedy was nationally syndicated for decades and is still available weekly online. Many of the legendary songs from the show’s history are celebrated in the compilation album Dr. Demento Covered In Punk, which was released in January 2018.

REVIEW: "Cold War"
Back in 2006, German cinema scored something of a breakout global hit with Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s The Lives of Others, which followed the travails of a group of disgruntled, pro-western artists in communist era East Germany. At the time I couldn’t help view the protagonists of Von Donnersmarck’s drama as the sort of people who would be just as discontented with their lot if they found themselves living in the capitalist west. The grass is always greener on the other side.

Bongo Boy TV - Issue 54
Each issue of NJ Stage Magazine contains the latest episode of Bongo Boy TV featuring great music videos from around the world.

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Thursday, Jan 17, 2019


Open Mic Night! @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 7:30pm


"Apple Season" by E.M. Lewis @ New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch - 8:00pm


AMERICAN GIRL LIVE @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 7:00pm

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