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music: this week

(NEWTON, NJ) -- A worldwide sensation when she was only ten years old, Jackie Evancho has moved past the exuberant promise of a child prodigy vocalist, becoming a mature young adult with a clear direction as to where she, as a creative artist, is taking her career as a singer. A career that began with a little girl’s fascination with the film soundtrack of The Phantom of the Opera and has become an evolving and enduring musical phenomenon.... READ ON

​​​​​​​(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- Prolific recording artist and acclaimed singer, songwriter and guitarist Martin Sexton (“Glory Bound,” “Black Sheep”) makes a highly anticipated return visit to SOPAC on Friday, December 13 at 8:00pm. Widely known as a musician’s musician, Martin Sexton performs intricate and spirited songs covering the American musical landscape and distilling Soul, Gospel, R&B, Country and Blues. People claim that Sexton’s songs inspire them to make a change, go cross-country, and follow their hearts; to see a crowd at one of his concerts is to witness a cross-section of the U.S.  Tickets are $38-$48.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Critically acclaimed and multi-award winning electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling will perform at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) on Friday, December 13 at 8:00pm in support of her highly successful holiday albums Warmer in the Winter and Warmer in the Winter: Deluxe Edition.  This will be Lindsey’s third Christmas tour to date, and she will bring back her successful holiday show featuring elaborate festive themes as well Stirling’s signature brand of dance routines and on-stage visuals.... READ ON

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Spring-Nuts will hold a toy drive at The Stone Pony on Friday, December 13th on a night that highlights Jersey music with Promised Land (classic Asbury favorites from Southside Johnny, John Cafferty, Bruce Springsteen, Gary U.S. Bonds, etc.) and sets by Bob Polding Band and Mike Rocket.  Attendees are encouraged to bring new unwrapped toys to drop off at the Stone Pony door.  Toys collected will go towards the Asbury Park toy drive.... READ ON

(TRENTON, NJ) -- Doctor Lo Faber is back and NJWeedman's Joint has him for a special event on Friday, December 13 at 8:00pm. The singer, songwriter, bandleader and producer founded legendary jam band God Street Wine and went on to produce two ambitious rock operas before detouring into a Ph. D. and seven years as a college professor.... READ ON

(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- Those mischief-makers of hot Jazz, The Hot Sardines, make a joyful return to SOPAC with The Hot Sardines’ Holiday Stomp! on Saturday, December 14 at 8:00pm. A rollicking evening of Hot Sardines hits and seasonal favorites is in store for fans of this widely acclaimed Jazz collective, called “one of the best jazz bands in NY” by Forbes. ... READ ON

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- On Saturday, December 14, at 3:00pm and 6:00pm, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) Holiday POPS! concert celebrates the season with returns of the New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble and the Princeton High School Choir. The festive program features March of the Toys by Victor Herbert, “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin, “Waltz of the Flowers” from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, a polka by Johann Strauss Jr., Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, and more. Of course, everyone is invited to join in the annual carol sing-along! Conductor Nell Flanders leads both performances, which take place at Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University.  ... READ ON

(LAKEWOOD, NJ) -- The Matt O'Ree Band will presents a unique & intimate night of music, stories including a Q&A with the band in the Gallery at The Strand Theater on Saturday, December 14 at 7:30pm. The band has a classic rock & blues sound influenced by Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, & The Allman Brothers. Tickets are $25.... READ ON

(MANASQUAN, NJ)  -- Acclaimed vocalist Chris Pinnella (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) will bring his holiday show back to his alma mater Manasquan High School on on Saturday December 14th at 7:00pm. The evening will benefit the school... READ ON

(NEWTON, NJ) --  The heartwarming holiday show A John Denver Christmas Special has become an annual tradition at The Newton Theatre and, due to popular demand, a second show has been added on Saturday, December 14, 2019.  Performances will take place at 3:00pm and 7:00pm. ... READ ON

(UNION, NJ) -- The incomparable Darlene Love returns to Kean Stage on Saturday, December 14 at 7:30pm to perform Love for the Holidays, a Christmas show like no other. The event will take place at Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, N.J. on Kean University’s main campus.... READ ON

(SUMMIT, NJ) -- The Pipes of Christmas will celebrate its 21st season with performances in New Jersey and New York this December. The holiday favorite opens on Saturday, December 14 at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, located at 921 Madison Avenue (at 73rd Street) for a 2:00pm performance. The concert moves across the Hudson River on Sunday, December 15 to Central Presbyterian Church located at 70 Maple Street in Summit, NJ with performances at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.... READ ON

(CHERRY HILL, NJ) -- The South Jersey Pops, the area’s own non-profit, volunteer orchestra, continues celebrating its 50th anniversary season with its holiday performance, “A Christmas Carol Festival” on December 15 at 3:00pm, at Burlington County Institute of Technology Performing Arts Center in Medford.... READ ON

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- McCarter Theatre Center will present three special concert events on December 13-15, showcasing a world of musical range and styles to celebrate the best of the holiday season. On December 13, McCarter hosts The Tallis Scholars at Richardson Auditorium with Reflections, a special holiday program of acapella Renaissance sacred music, co-presented with The Princeton Singers. On December 13 and 14, McCarter’s Berlind Theatre is home to a holiday program from Catherine Russell and John Pizzarelli.... READ ON

(MADISON, NJ) -- Louis Armstrong was the personification of joy, and on Sunday, December 15, at the New Jersey Jazz Society Social at Shanghai Jazz in Madison, Armstrong scholar Ricky Riccardi will be spinning Louis... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Keith Lockhart brings the Holiday Pops—one of New England... READ ON

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- The Morris Choral Society presents its 16 th Annual Holiday Spectacular Concert “Baroque Jewels and Songs of the Season” in two performances Saturday, December 14 at 8:00pm and Sunday, December 15 at 3:00pm at the historic United Methodist Church on the Green in Morristown.... READ ON

(WEST WINDSOR) -- Due to the popularity of its annual winter concert, the Mercer County Symphonic Band has added a second performance on Monday, December 16 at 7:30pm at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) Kelsey Theatre.  The concert is free and open to the public, with no tickets required. The theater is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. All tickets have been claimed for a second, ticketed performance on December 18.... READ ON

(RED BANK, NJ) -- Holiday Express returns to the Count Basie Center for The Arts on December 16 for a benefit concert presented by Stillwell-Hansen Inc., and on December 17 for one presented by Investors bank.  The acclaimed philanthropic group, Holiday Express, features 75 professional musicians and singers on stage and blends its unique mixture of traditional, gospel, and rock’n soul holiday music in a spectacular performance that will touch you with the spirit of the season.  Led by Tim McLoone, the one and a half hour performance showcases the entertainment they’ve been providing the less fortunate in the tri-state area for the past 27 years. ... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- GRAMMY Museum Experience(TM) Prudential Center continues their “An Evening With” series on Tuesday, December 17 at 7:30pm featuring nine-time GRAMMY nominated Reggae group, Third World, in celebration of their Grammy nominated album More Work To Be Done produced by Damian Jr Gong Marley. An Evening With” series aims to provide intimate, moderated conversations with iconic recording artists about their creative process, history, current and future projects, to the Newark, NJ community. An Evening with Third World includes a conversation and Q&A with audience members as well as video and audio selections from the group’s album More Work To Be Done.... READ ON

(NEWTON, NJ) -- This year Keb’ Mo’ is celebrating his 25th Anniversary year of performing under the moniker, with the release of two albums, Oklahoma (June 14) and Moonlight, Mistletoe, And You (Oct. 11), Keb’s first ever holiday album released throughout his lengthy and successful career. This fall, Keb’ Mo’ will embark on a holiday tour, Jingle Bell Jamboree, which will feature the four-time Grammy-award winning contemporary Blues and Americana artist performing songs off of Moonlight, Mistletoe, And You.  The Jamboree comes to The Newton Theatre on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 7:30pm.... READ ON

(NEWTON, NJ) -- The genesis of From Good Homes dates back to a high school band, when childhood friends Todd Sheaffer, Brady Rymer, and Patrick Fitzsimmons came together in rural, Northwestern NJ to play some music. Originally called “Old Crow”, and later evolving into “The Dogs”, the core line-up remained. ... READ ON

(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- EagleMania — The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band, which has been thrilling audiences nationwide with their stunning five-part harmony and uncanny ability to emulate the unmistakable sound of The Eagles, makes a return tour stop at SOPAC on Friday, December 20 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $28-$38.... READ ON

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- It's time to give, get, and pogo! Thee Volatiles' 3rd Annual Punk Rock Holiday Extravaganza will take place at Tierney's Tavern on Saturday, December 20 at 8:00pm. The lineup includes Thee Volatiles, Jon Caspi and First Gun featuring Misfits and Black Flag guitarist/vocalist Dez Cadina, and Jenny Cats Blacklight Medusa.... READ ON

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