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(MILLVILLE, NJ) -- The Levoy Theatre presents country music star Travis Tritt on Friday, July 6 at 8:00pm.  More than 27 years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Southern rock influenced artist continues to display strong sales activity, sell-out shows, and stay true and relevant to country music fans across the globe. Continuously performing shows and withholding a heavy appearance schedule, Tritt is proving to be unstoppable. Tickets range from $59 to $69.... READ ON

(WHIPPANY, NJ) -- The Folk Project presents the 2018 New Jersey Uke Fest on August 24-25 at the Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New Jersey in Whippany and an outdoor Jam on the Morristown Green on Sunday, August 26.  This is the Folk Project's sixth annual ukulele festival, complete with everything you've come to expect from a uke fest: concerts, workshops, vendors, open mics, jams and more! Performers include Victoria Vox, Abe Lagrimas, Jr., Gracie Terzian, and The Aloha Boys and Alan Distajo, all of whom will also be presenting workshops. In addition Marc Dutton, Debi Velasco, Tyler St.Clare, Mihal Gross, Dave Kleiner and FiL Wisneski wil serve as additional workshop presenters.... READ ON

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Westminster Choir College of Rider University will host a summer choral reading session on Tuesday, June 19 at 7:30pm in Bristol Chapel on the Westminster campus in Princeton.  Westminster alumnus Anthony Maglione will lead a reading of Ralph Vaughan William’s Dona Nobis Pacem. Participants can bring their own scores or borrow one from Westminster. Admission is free.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performs a free outdoor concert of Broadway songs, opera overtures and more at Ocean County College in Toms River on Tuesday, June 26 at 8:00pm. This event is sponsored by JCP&L/FirstEnergy Foundation and PNC Bank and presented in partnership with Ocean County College.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- The Institute of Jazz Studies (IJS) at Rutgers University-Newark is now home to the collection of nearly 1,000 artifacts that belonged to late jazz icon William J. “Count” Basie Jr. The Count Basie Collection includes his pianos, Hammond organ, photos, correspondence, concert programs, business records, housewares and press clippings. Scholars, curators, writers, students, filmmakers, and music aficionados also will find clothes, accessories, scrapbooks, and audiovisual material from Basie as the collection comes “home” to reside in the Red Bank, New Jersey native’s home territory. Items including a Grammy, Downbeat award, and one of Basie’s signature ship captain’s hats were on display at the official announcement of the acquisition on June 13, 2018 at 15 Washington Street in the Great Hall. ... READ ON

(HOLMDEL, NJ) -- Emerging rock band Bishop Gunn are adding new tour dates throughout the summer, including select shows with Lynyrd Skynyrd, as well as various festival plays and the Outlaw Music Festival Tour supporting Willie Nelson & Family, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Head and The Heart and Old Crow Medicine Show.  They will open for Lynyrd Skynyrd at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel on Friday, June 22nd.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Global hip-hop icons Nicki Minaj and Future are hitting the road together for the first time and it will be a can't miss event for fans of the hit makers who dominate the modern hip-hop and mainstream charts.  The NickiHndrxx tour comes to the Prudential Center in Newark on Sunday, October 7.... READ ON

Veteran music journalist Joe Milliken recently announced a publishing deal with the Lanham, Maryland-based publisher Rowman & Littlefield Publishers to produce his first book, a biography about the late Benjamin Orr. Orr was the co-founder, co-lead singer, and bassist for the platinum-selling rock band The Cars. Titled Let’s Go! Benjamin Orr and The Cars, a release date is set for November 15, 2018.  ... READ ON

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- PI Power Trio are touring with Nick Lowe's Quality Rock & Roll Revue Featuring Los Straitjackets, which comes to White Eagle Hall in Jersey City on Friday, June 22nd. PI Power Trio is Pat Irwin (guitar, electronics), Sasha Dobson (drums, vocals) and Daria Grace (bass, vocals). Doors are at 7:30pm, showtime is 8:30pm.  The show is open to 18 and up. Tickets are $30-35. ... READ ON

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- ERYN, one of our favorite artists here at New Jersey Stage, will celebrate the release of her latest EP, Lady E, at House of Independents on June 27. The incredible singer (and youngest ever inductee into the NY/NJ Blues Hall of Fame) was featured as the cover story of New Jersey Stage Magazine 2015 - Issue 8. Her EP release night will also include performances by The Shady Street Show Band and Matt Wade.... READ ON

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