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(TAPPAN, NY) -- Joe D'Urso presents the 5th Annual Rockland-Bergen Music Festival on Saturday, June 23. The festival takes place in Tappan, New York on the borders of Rockland and Bergen counties.  Sixteen artists will perform on two stages, raising funds for 15 non-profit organizations through D'Urso's vision of a musical event that combines great music and important causes. This year's featured artists include Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Steve Forbert, Joe Grushecky, Jeffrey Gaines, Jim Boggia's "Bruce Off Broadway", Joe Della & the Thieves, Anthony D'Amato, and Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan.... READ ON

(CAPE MAY, NJ) -- The 28th annual Cape May Music Festival is taking place now through June 15. Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), the festival takes place throughout the seashore town. ... READ ON

One thing many female singer-songwriters have in common is that they all seem to disappear when they have a child.  Taking time off is to be expected, but time flies and before they know it a decade has already passed since they last performed or recorded new music.  New Jersey native Stacie Rose did not put her career on hold. In fact, she found herself in a burst of creativity, leading to a complete album in 2013 written from the end of her pregnancy to her son’s infancy. Rose continues to move forward with the recent release of her self-titled album.... READ ON

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Richie Furay — credited as one of the founders of country-rock — is coming to the New Jersey area in June where he will play concerts on June 13 at SOPAC in South Orange, on June 14 at The Record Collector in Bordentown, and on June 15 at the Turning Point Café in nearby Piermont, NY.... READ ON

This month's featured music video is "Me and Leslie" by Karen Mansfield... READ ON

I usually can tell within the first 30 seconds of a song whether I want to write about a new band or one I’ve never heard before. I’ll forward through about four songs until something strikes me, and if it doesn’t by then, I move on. ... READ ON

Each issue of NJ Stage Magazine contains the latest episode of Bongo Boy TV, showcasing great music videos from around the world.... READ ON

One day in early summer, I took a phone call from a computer company in Matawan asking if I’d rent a room to a university grad student from India who would be interning with them for three months. Even better than earning money, I’d be getting to know someone from another culture and belief system. I was excited!... READ ON

It’s Mother’s Day, and Princeton-based Irish rocker Helen O’Shea is enjoying her two children, Lauren and Luke, and her husband, Paul, while taking a wee break from making music with her two bands: the original “AmeriCeltiCana” act, The Shanakees, and the traditional Irish outfit, The Shenanigans. Before balancing the life of motherhood and music, O’Shea also juggled a career in medicine as an obstetrician and then as a professor at Montreal’s prestigious McGill University. At the request of her two children, she gave up her medical and teaching careers to focus on them. ... READ ON

The audience is ready and waiting this Friday, May 11, 2018 evening at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts for an evening of folk music starring Peter Yarrow — a member of the legendary folk group, Peter, Paul and Mary — along with Mustard’s Retreat, a folk trio from Michigan.... READ ON

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