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music: this week

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) —“Danny Coleman's Rock On Radio" will celebrate 10 years of covering the music scene with a 10th Anniversary Celebration Bash on April 24 at The Asbury Hotel located at 210 5th Avenue in Asbury Park, NJ.  The night will include performances by Radio Fiction, The Williamsboy, Dave Vargo, John Alberici, Strumberry Pie, and The Jo Wymer Band. Admission is free.... READ ON

(MILLVILLE, NJ) -- Patty Smyth & Scandal will perform at the Levoy Theatre on Thursday, April 25 at 7:30pm.  Best known for hits like "The Warrior", "Goodbye To You", and "Love’s Got a Line on You", the band was a mainstay on MTV during the 1980s. Tickets are $34-$39 plus fees.... READ ON

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- The Westminster Conservatory at Nassau series will continue on Thursday, April 25 at 12:15pm with En famille, a program designed to observe the centennial of the death of Claude Debussy.  The recital includes a spoken monologue, readings, and selections from Debussy's music for piano, performed by Westminster faculty member Mary Greenberg. The recital will take place in the Niles Chapel of Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street in Princeton and is open to the public free of charge.  ... READ ON

(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 vision grew into Rusted Root, the multiplatinum band out of Pittsburgh, and Michael became one of music’s most unique voices. ... READ ON








(MAPLEWOOD, NJ) -- Simba Baumgartner, great grandson of legendary French guitarist Django Reinhardt, will release his debut CD, Les Yeux Noirs, on April 26, 2019, coinciding with the annual Django A Gogo 2019 in New York City and Maplewood, N.J. ... READ ON

(TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- World-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli honors the music of Nat King Cole when he comes to the main stage of the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts on Friday, April 26 at 8:00pm. “A Centennial Celebration of Nat King Cole” will feature the John Pizzarelli Trio offering up a selection of classics. Tickets are $45–$49.... READ ON

(NEW YORK, NY) -- The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced the special guests who will induct this year's class.  The Ceremony will once again exclusively premiere on HBO on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 8:00pm and will honor this year’s inductees: The Cure, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music, and The Zombies.... READ ON

(PLAINFIELD, NJ) -- The Plainfield Symphony Orchestra welcomes internationally acclaimed pianist Robert Taub back for a return performance at the final concert of the 99th season on Saturday, April 27 at 7:00pm. Under the baton of Maestro Charles Prince, Taub and the Plainfield Symphony will offer Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466 and Alexander Scriabin’s Symphony No. 5, “Prometheus: The Poem of Fire”, Op.60.  The concert takes place at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church (716 Watchung Avenue) in Plainfield, NJ.  Admission is $65 reserved seating/$45 general admission / $30 seniors & students... READ ON

(LAKEWOOD, NJ) -- Georgian Court University, in conjunction with the Strand Theater, will host a special seminar and Q&A session with famed music producer Tony Visconti on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00am to noon on GCU’s historic Lakewood campus.... READ ON

Passionate and full of conviction, with a big spirit, Randie O’Neil is a singer-songwriter based in New Jersey. O’Neil’s roots-inspired sound is an organic blend drawing inspiration real life and delivered as a unique brand of upbeat coffee shop alternative pop while sending a message of strength and optimism to her listeners. She has independently released multiple albums, EPs, and singles over the years, and is soon to release her new set of songs, the I’m Not That Girl EP to be released on July 12.... READ ON

(LAKEWOOD, NJ) -- In celebration of their 50th anniversary, UK music legends Strawbs, plus a host of guest performers, former Strawbs, and Strawbs-related artists, will be performing at the Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ on  April 26-28, 2019. Come join a weekend celebration of the first album release by seminal British band Strawbs.... READ ON

(RED BANK, NJ) -- National soul sensation and Asbury Park native Remember Jones takes on the legacy of Freddie Mercury with YAS QUEEN!, a brand new celebration of the ground-breaking music of QUEEN at the Count Basie Center for the Arts on Sunday, April 28th at 7:30pm. Tickets range from $20 to $45.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra welcomes Simone Dinnerstein back to NJSO stages for performances of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 on a program that also includes the composer’s Symphony No. 40, April 25–28. Music Director Xian Zhang conducts the concerts, which open with Walton’s Suite No. 2 from Façade.... READ ON

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Gustavo Dudamel, one of the world’s most famous conductors, is ending his season-long residency at Princeton University—and on April 28, more than 300 children from cities across New Jersey and beyond will converge on campus to give him a big musical “goodbye and thank you!” ... READ ON

(LAKEWOOD, NJ) -- British rock legends Strawbs will mark their  50th anniversary with a three-day event filled with exclusive musical performances that feature the current band, special guests, and many of the artists who have contributed to the band’s sound over its five-decade history.   The event will take place at The Strand Theater in Lakewood, New Jersey, from April 26 through April 28, 2019, and will be hosted by Strawbs’ current line-up:  founding member David Cousins, along with long-standing band members Chas Cronk, Dave Lambert, and Tony Fernandez, and the band’s latest addition, Dave Bainbridge.... READ ON

(MANASQUAN, NJ) -- A beloved opera meets a Jersey Shore twist in Giacomo Puccini’s fantastic “La Bohème” with Father Alphonse Stephenson and the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea. Imagine four young, bohemian artists renting a Jersey Shore apartment. Seem farfetched?... READ ON

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- For its last concert of the 2018-19 season, the Montclair Orchestra will take its audience on a journey back to the Classical and Romantic Eras in France. The orchestra’s French Connection performance is Sunday, April 28, at 7:00pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair. It will include works by Haydn, Berlioz and Bizet.... READ ON

(MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ -- This month, one of music’s best-known Baroque works comes to life at The Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts and Spring Lake Theater. The Garden State Philharmonic, under the direction of Music Director & Conductor Diane Wittry, performs Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in its entirety. The GSP is privileged to welcome world renowned guest artist Eiko Kano as the violin soloist for these evocative performances. The performances will take place Saturday, April 27th, at The Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts on the campus of Ocean County College in Toms River, and Sunday, April 28th, at The Spring Lake Community House in Spring Lake.... READ ON

(MADISON, NJ) --- All About Jazz's David Orthmann calls West Orange-based jazz drummer Greg Bufford, "an exceptional musician with a personal sound, conception and feeling for jazz . . . There are two overlapping sides of Bufford's musical personality, which he projects simultaneously. On the one hand, he provides a firm rhythmic foundation and generously supports every musician on the bandstand. On the other, Bufford draws on a deep reservoir of rhythms -- some boldly executed, other that barely register in the listener's consciousness -- and executes them in mesmerizing ways."... READ ON

(BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ) -- Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts’ (WIPA) Performing Arts School presents a Spring faculty concert on Sunday, April 28 at 3:00pm at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights. Performances by faculty members Timothy Maureen Cole, soprano; Laura George, flute; Craig Graham, guitar; Eric Olsen, piano; Ema Mitrovic, mezzo-soprano; Eric Olsen, piano; and Emma Paterson, soprano include music from Into the Woods, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Nine the musical, The Greatest Showman and Be More Chill as well as Bizet’s Habanera and music of the French salon, or La Belle Époque. The concert is free and open to the public.  ... READ ON

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Joan Baez returns to McCarter Theatre for one final, unmissable concert with her "Fare Thee Well Tour 2019." The legendary folk artist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will perform in the Matthews Theatre on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.... READ ON



















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