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music: this week

(NEWTON, NJ) --  Frontman Keith Call has all of the moves and swagger of Mick Jagger, and along with his partner in crime Bernie Bollendorf, who portrays rock and roll outlaw Keith Richards, they complete the duo notoriously hailed as “The Glimmer Twins”. Their jaw-dropping resemblance to these two rock and roll icons is simply amazing, but what truly makes Classic Stones Live (TM) unique, is their musical prowess, attention to detail, and the spot-on renditions of all of your favorite Rolling Stones “classics”!  See for yourself when the band comes to The Newton Theatre on Saturday, January 18th, 2020 at 8:00pm.... READ ON

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Six-time Tony-winning actress Audra McDonald performs at Mayo Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 8:00pm. Tickets range from $69-$129.... READ ON

(HACKETTSTOWN, NJ) -- Centenary Stage Company continues its annual January Thaw Music Festival with Diego Figueiredo and Ken Peplowski: The Bossa Nova Wave. The performance will take place at the Lackland Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 18 at 8:00pm.... READ ON

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Asbury Underground will once again produce the downtown leg of Light of Day Winterfest. The Underground “crawl” will take place on Saturday afternoon, January 18th.  This years’ event, the seventh year running in conjunction and support of The Light of Day Foundation, will feature over 100 performances by singer-songwriters, spoken word artists and comics all coming together for the common cause of supporting the Light of Day Charity. This year there will be 20 venues hosting events downtown, mostly art galleries, café’s, shops, and restaurants, 10 of which will be displaying original art for sale by local artists.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Music Director Xian Zhang’s love of opera and ballet inspires three weeks of epic works from the stage in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s 2020 Winter Festival, January 3–19 in six New Jersey venues. The Orchestra’s signature artistic event features music from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro and Wagner’s Ring cycle, all conducted by Zhang.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presents the NJSO premiere of Wagner’s The Ring Without Words—the late American conductor Lorin Maazel’s arrangement of music from Wagner’s four-opera Ring cycle—in the finale of the 2020 Winter Festival, January 17–19 in Princeton, New Brunswick and Newark.... READ ON

(MADISON, NJ) -- Pianist James Austin, Jr.'s debut album on his Jca Records label in 2018 was called Songs in the Key of Wonder, paying tribute to Stevie Wonder. Geannine Reid, reviewing it for All About Jazz, wrote that Austin's arrangements "focus deeply on the colorization and appealing flavor of Wonder's mainstay hits." On Wonder's big hit, "Isn't She Lovely", Reid pointed out that Austin, "infuses the melody while invoking a solid rhythm within his lines," and on "Lately", "Austin's delicate touch is emotive and heartfelt. It speaks to his ability to create a melodic, yet colorful texture to the tune."... READ ON

(SUMMIT, NJ) -- On Monday, January 20, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will participate in Summit’s Day of Justice, Equality, and Service to Others, organized by the group Shaping Summit Together. The community-wide event is taking place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with the goal of educating, raising awareness, and engaging people in activities that help those experiencing hardship through circumstances arising from underlying inequality. ... READ ON

Bandaid Brigade the musical project of Zach Quinn (PEARS), Brian Wahlstrom (Scorpios, Gods of Mount Olympus) and friends Paul Rucker (Armchair Martian, Street Dogs, Drag The River) and Chris Fogal (The Gamits) will release their debut album 'I'm Separate' on January 21, 2020.... READ ON

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Former bandmates Fred Mascherino and Eddie Reyes have reconnected and teamed up for their very own rendition of Emo Night. They’ll be taking their show on the road in January 2020 for a few dates that will include stops in Amityville (NY), Asbury Park (NJ), and Easton (PA). The festivities will include DJ sets, emo karaoke, and performances by The Color Fred and Fates Got A Driver.... READ ON

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- The Jersey City music scene is booming and local rock musician Debra Devi loves spreading the news. Having produced two smash “JC Rocks” concerts at White Eagle Hall that brought nearly 1500 people out to see local bands, Devi kicks off her monthly “Debra Devi & Friends” showcase at Headroom Bar & Social in downtown Jersey City on Thursday, January 23rd with two of her faves: J Hacha de Zola and Gerry Rosenthal Trio. ... READ ON

(NEWTON, NJ) -- Bagpipes with attitude.  Drums with a Scottish accent. A blazing rock band and show so hot, it carries its own health warning! It’s Bagpipes. It’s Rock. It’s Bagrock. AC/DC meets the poet Robert Burns. Where rock anthems sit comfortably alongside the great tunes from the glens and the mountains of Scotland. Don't miss The Red Hot Chilli Pipers when they perform at The Newton Theatre on Friday, January 24th, 2020 at 8:00pm.... READ ON

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) --  The Spin Doctors, the wholly unique, blues-influenced rock group that became a staple of the early-’90s music scene, will be playing the Wellmont Theater on Friday, January 24 at 8:00pm. They’ll be joined by The Uprooted Band featuring Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root, along with James Maddock.... READ ON

(FRANKLIN LAKES, NJ) -- Shakespeare at the Opera is the inaugural performance on Opera Access, a new subset of Eccentric Theater Company. It is an evening of entertainment mixed with education on the works of William Shakespeare. Over the course of the evening, they will present highlights from the iconic works of Shakespeare, along with operatic highlights of the works inspired by his text. The first performance will take place on Friday, January 24 at 7:30pm at High Mountain Presbyterian Church in Franklin Lakes.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presents a Lunar New Year Celebration welcoming the Year of the Rat on January 25 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. The event includes an NJSO performance, led by Music Director Xian Zhang, and a pre-concert cultural festival. A post-concert gala dinner is available as an add-on to the concert and festival.... READ ON

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Light of Day Winterfest 2020 will present an "After-Fest" matinee event on Saturday, January 25 at House of Independents.  Steve Forbert & the New Renditions will perform as a special send-off to the 20th anniversary of Light of Day.  Doors open at 2:00pm. Tickets are $25 with $60 VIP tickets available as well.... READ ON

(TEANECK, NJ) --  On January 25, 2020, two veteran performers on the folk circuit, Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway, will join forces to present “Deeper Than The Skin”, a musical journey incorporating narrative, poetry  and reflection on the complex topic of racism and its legacy in America.... READ ON

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Outpost in the Burbs presents San Francisco-based artist Chuck Prophet on Saturday, January 25th, 2020. The concert will take place at 8:00pm (7:30pm doors) at the First Congregational Church, 40 S. Fullerton Avenue, in Montclair. ... READ ON

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- Art House Productions hosts their 14th Annual Snow Ball Gala on Saturday, January 25th, 2020 from 7:00pm to midnight with VIP beginning at 6:00pm (Snow date: Saturday, February 1st) at Art House Productions in the Cast Iron Lofts (262 17th Street) in Jersey City. This year’s theme for Snow Ball  is The Wizard of Oz. ... READ ON

(HACKETTSTOWN, NJ) -- Centenary Stage Company wraps up its 2020 January Thaw Music Festival with Sam Reider and the Human Hands. The performance will take place at the Lackland Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 25 at 8:00pm.... READ ON

(MAHWAH, NJ) -- This year marks the centennial year of jazz giant Dave Brubeck. To celebrate his life and legacy, Dave’s sons Chris and Dan Brubeck, who performed and recorded with their father since the 1970s, curate a multimedia show with their own Brubeck Brothers Quartet. The show comes to Ramapo College's Berrie Center on Saturday, January 25 at 8:00pm.... READ ON

(PLAINFIELD, NJ) -- As part of its mission to provide educational opportunities through youth and family-oriented concerts, the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra will present its annual free family concert on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 3:00pm at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in Plainfield, NJ.  Under the baton of Maestro Charles Prince, the program will feature two classic works.  ... READ ON

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