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(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Set sail for a night of classic smooth rock hits from the 70s by the original artists as Rock the Yacht docks in Morristown, Tuesday, August 20 at 7:30pm.  The lineup includes Ambrosia, Denny Laine, John Ford Coley, Looking Glass, and Peter Beckett. Tickets range from $39 to $89.... READ ON

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Just as election season is heating up in America, British folk trio The Young’uns are set to bring their unique brand of social commentary to U.S. venues for the first time this summer. Named ‘Best Group’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards two years in a row (2015 and 2016), they will introduce their trademark harmonies, honesty and humour to American audiences, commencing with their debut appearance at the annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, August 16, 17 and 18 to be followed by a show at The Saint in Asbury Park on Tuesday, August 20.... READ ON

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- With his roots firmly planted in bluegrass and honky tonk music, Dwight Yoakam continues to bring his own brand of "hillbilly" music to his ever-faithful fans. Yoakum performs from among such favorites as "Guitars, Cadillacs," "Streets of Bakersfield," "Honky Tonk Man" and "and more at Mayo Performing Arts Center on Thursday, August 22 at 8:00pm. ... READ ON

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- With its renowned  propensity for multi-genre series, Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) kicks off New Jersey’s first annual, international theater festival with Jazz Italiano, an intimate, black-box theater  concert by IDR_Italian Doc Remix, the internationally acclaimed ensemble known for its vibrant combination of cutting-edge jazz improvisations and traditional Neapolitan folk music. Jazz Italiano takes place Thursday, August 22 at Merseles Studios in Jersey City, NJ.  Doors are at 7:30pm, showtime is 8:00pm. Tickets are $20.... READ ON

(RAHWAY, NJ) --Union County Performing Arts Center presents ‘Out of the Woods’ on Friday, August 23 at 8:00pm at the Hamilton Stage in Rahway, NJ. It's a night of music featuring Bryan Hansen Band with Jared Milian, UCPAC’s ICON 2018 winner and the cast members of UCPAC's upcoming production of the musical Into the Woods! All proceeds are being donated to featured charity, Inroads to Opportunities. ... READ ON

(TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- Rufus Wainwright, one of the great male vocalists, composers, and songwriters of his generation, will present “Oh Solo Wainwright: An Evening with Rufus,” with special guest The Rails, at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts on Friday, August 23.  Showtime is 8:00pm.  Tickets range from $39 to $59 and a VIP Meet & Greet Package is available for $209.... READ ON

(CAPE MAY, NJ) - Renowned guitarist Tab Benoit continues his year-long 'Whiskey Bayou Revue' Tour (named for Benoit's Louisiana-based record label), with a local performance at Nauti Spirits Distillery, who present "Spirits In The Night - An Evening With Tab Benoit" on Friday, August 23 at 8:00pm. Tickets range from $30-$50.  Label-mate Eric Johanson opens for Benoit. This event is in support of "Music Connects Cape May."... READ ON

(CLIFTON, NJ) -- Nice Guy Booking and Dingbatz presents Lola Montez and special guests on Saturday, August 24 at 8:00pm.  Imagine a Tinder date gone wrong. A wife who dreads her murder. Confessions of a jilted lover, wasted youth and surreal erotica. No subject matter is out of bounds for this rock band. Fresh off the recording of their follow up release, Dissonant Dreams, Lola Montez is intent on hitting a raw nerve with music fans far and wide.... READ ON

(LAKEWOOD, NJ) -- The Strand presents a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Woodstock on August 24th with a full day of music, food trucks, and more starting at 1:00pm. Come see the best local bands pay tribute to The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater, and many more.... READ ON

(PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ) -- Take a musical trip through time as the West Windsor Arts Council’s Out of This World Performance Troupe, composed of talented local teens, performs “Music Through the Decades,” a revue of favorite show tunes, on Saturday, August 24, at the Nassau Park Pavilion [between Target and Panera], Route 1 South. The performance is from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.... READ ON

(LINCROFT, NJ) -- The Monmouth County Park System is hosting a Woodstock 50th Anniversary Celebration  on Saturday, August 24 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft.  This family-friendly event features live music, crafts, and lawn games.  Enjoy the sounds of the era as local band and self-proclaimed keeper of the Woodstock flame Yasgur’s Farm performs inside the Thompson Park Theater Barn.  ... READ ON

Carolyne Mas came out of the Greenwich Village music scene in the 1970s along with artists like Willie Nile, Steve Forbert, and The Roches. For a while her career seemed destined for greatness, but a myriad of issues prevented her from reaching that level.  She was up against sexism in the music industry, bad record labels, a manager who stole her royalty checks, eating disorders, and a mysterious knifing attack which almost cost her life.  ... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Prudential Center will host MTV's 2019 "VMAs" on Monday, August 26 at 9:00pm. This will be the first time the awards are held in the Garden State. Music’s biggest stars and fans will celebrate the year’s most iconic videos with electrifying performances, viral moments and a new, first-of-its-kind immersive fan experience.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Comedian, actor and best-selling author Sebastian Maniscalco will host the 2019 “VMAs” live from Prudential Center in Newark on Monday, August 26th. Music’s biggest stars and fans will celebrate the year’s most iconic videos with electrifying performances, viral moments and a new, first-of-its-kind immersive fan experience.... READ ON

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Curious about the heavy sounds and lyrical joys of “drive-thru metal?” The curiosity ends here, as surging parody/tribute band, Mac Sabbath comes to the Wellmont Theater on Tuesday, August 27 at 8:00pm. The group will unleash its underground parody metal sound in Montclair as it continues its 2019 “American Cheese Tour.”... READ ON

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Sometimes it takes youth to lead us to the next place, to revive rock ‘n’ roll by taking the old and putting a new spin on it.  Fourteen-year old Jack West, who has conjured up memories of Kurt Cobain with his lanky, shoulder-length hair and piercing gaze, is giving rock a revival. You can see for yourself when he performs at The Danny Clinch Transparent Gallery in Asbury Park on Tuesday, August 27 on a bill with latewaves. Showtime is 7:00pm. Suggested donation is $10.... READ ON

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- David Royce Aron, who was born and raised in Asbury Park, died on March 11, 2019. His career included being a successful American recording engineer, live and studio mixer, record producer, and musician under the name Dave Dizzle. His life will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park where the DJ will spin Dave’s discography as everyone celebrates his wonderful life and family.... READ ON

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