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(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Jay Ungar and Molly Mason will perform on Friday, March 23 at 7:30pm at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship in Morristown.  Jay’s haunting “Ashokan Farewell” became the signature piece for Ken Burns’ PBS Civil War series, earning him an Emmy nomination. The sound track won a Grammy.... READ ON

(HACKETTSTOWN, NJ) -- Centenary Stage Company’s 2017 – 18 season of concert events continues on Saturday, March 10 at 8:00pm with Molsky’s Mountain Drifters in the Lackland Performing Arts Center. Considered, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) Grammy-nominated Bruce Molsky on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song presents his new group. ... READ ON

GRAMMY® Award-winning, acclaimed alternative rock pioneers The Smashing Pumpkins have announced their first tour in nearly 20 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, and James Iha. The 36-city Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour will kick off in Glendale, AZ on July 12, 2018 and visit North American arenas throughout the summer. Locally, the band will have stops at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on July 28th and Madison Square Garden in New York City on August 1st.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra welcomes seven new members and three returning members to its Board of Trustees. Charged with establishing policies that assist in the successful implementation of the NJSO’s mission and vision, the board comprises members who are among the most in-demand institutional leaders across the state. Individual members are among the Garden State’s most significant philanthropists, and corporate members hold key leadership positions in industries such as banking, medical, communications, technology and utilities.... READ ON

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Dan Levinson and his all-star band celebrate the music of those early days of jazz at the Bickford Theatre for one night only on Monday, February 26th at 7:30pm.  Entitled Dan Levinson’s Jazz 101: The Trailblazers of America’s Original Art Form, the concert features the music of King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Jelly Roll Morton, The New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Clarence Williams, Eddie Condon, Duke Ellington and more. ... READ ON

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Michael Franti will perform on Friday, April 27 at 7:30pm at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ during the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival (APMFF).  The performance will follow the world premiere screening of Franti’s documentary Stay Human along with a panel discussion focusing on the film.... READ ON

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) --  Six-time Grammy Award winners The Chieftains will perform their signature brand of Celtic music on Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30pm at Mayo Performing Arts Center. It's a great way to get in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day. Tickets range from $49-$79.... READ ON

(RED BANK, NJ) -- The Smithereens once sang of having the "White Castle Blues" - a Jersey experience if there ever was one.  Years later, White Castle Management Company honored the band's late singer with a $10,000 contribution towards the Pat DiNizio Musical Performance Scholarship fund.  The nonprofit Count Basie Theatre launched the fund in January in tribute to the band's late singer.... READ ON

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Singer-songwriter Amy Rigby will perform at The Saint in Asbury Park on Wednesday, March 14 shortly before heading out to the UK for a series of dates. Rigby has made a life out of writing and singing about life. With bands Last Roundup and the Shams in eighties NYC East Village to her solo debut Diary Of A Mod Housewife out of nineties Williamsburg; through a songwriting career in 2000s Nashville and during the past decade with duo partner Wreckless Eric, she’s released records on visionary independent labels Rounder, Matador, Signature Sounds and reborn Stiff Records as well as her and Eric’s own Southern Domestic Recordings. ... READ ON

(MAHWAH, NJ) -- The Mike Stern Band featuring Teymur Phell and Richie Morales will headline the 7th Les Paul Festival Concert at Ramapo College on Saturday, February 24, 2018 in the Berrie Center’s Sharp Theater at 8:00 p.m.  The annual festival celebrates Mahwah resident Les Paul’s innovative spirit as a musician and technologist by hosting a week of guest speakers and workshops for Ramapo’s music students culminating in a concert for the college and regional community. ... READ ON

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