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(ATLANTIC CITY, NJ) -- The Bay Atlantic Symphony is one of only 30-40 organizations in the Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey region selected for financial support through PNC Arts Alive.  This is a multi-year, multi-million dollar grant initiative of PNC and the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. ... READ ON

On Sunday, October 18, Glen Burtnik will perform in concert as part of the Sundays on St. John's series presented by the Asbury Park Music Foundation.  What makes this show special is that Glen will be performing his original songs - probably for the first time in the local area in a decade or longer. Around the music world some people know him as a member of Styx, some for his popular tribute shows (Summer of Love, Beatles, etc.), and some for his current band - The Weeklings; but before any of those became part of his resume, he was known for his original songs like "Here Comes Sally" and "Follow You."... READ ON

(WESTFIELD, NJ) -- New Jersey Festival Orchestra (NJFO) is back with a roar on Saturday, October 17 at 2:00pm. Get in the mood, and join Maestro David Wroe and NJFO for Swing Time – a live performance of blistering hits from the big band era guaranteed to chase the blues away.  Come bounce and sway to the irresistible rhythms of swing standards from the 30s to the 50s as NJFO changes gear to deliver the authentic sounds of a modern big band in full flight.   ... READ ON

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Star cellist Pablo Ferrández makes his highly anticipated Princeton return–virtually–as part of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO)’s Sunday, October 18 online concert broadcast at 4:00pm with a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1. Also on the program are Carlos Simon’s An Elegy: A Cry from the Grave and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony, an arrangement of his eighth string quartet for string orchestra by Rudolf Barshai. Edward T. Cone Music Director Rossen Milanov conducts.... READ ON

One of the most supportive national outlets of independent music is National Public Radio (NPR). When a Jersey band gets NPR exposure, it’s a big deal, and that happened this summer for the awesome Asbury Park outfit Well Wisher led by the multi-hyphenated talent of Natalie Newbold, formerly of the Makin Waves Award-winning band dollys. With her dollys band mate Erik Kase Romero, two-time winner of the Makin Waves Producer of the Year Award, Natalie recorded six acoustic songs as three singles, releasing them on Well Wisher’s Richmond-based label, 3161 Records, which dropped the band’s acclaimed debut album, “This Is Fine,” in 2018. NPR added the beautiful “Halfway Heart” to its New Music Friday Spotify playlist in early September. ... READ ON

(CLEVELAND, OH) --Aiding in the Rock Hall’s mission to engage, teach, and inspire through the power of rock and roll, the American Electric Power Foundation has awarded the Museum a $600,000 grant to be used toward the free digital learning platform, Rock Hall EDU powered by PNC.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents a deep-dive, no-hype, real-talk interview with the Godfather of Funk himself, George Clinton on Friday, October 9, 2020 at 8:00pm. R&B Hall of Famer Nona Hendryx (Labelle, Mamafunk) will sit down with George for a no-holds-barred conversation about art, music, sex, hopes and dreams, life and afterlife. They’ll delve into Afrofuturism and Afropastism: from Sun Ra to Daniel Glover, The Invisible Man to Watchmen, Blaxploitation to Black Panther, Sister Rosetta Tharpe to Oprah Winfrey. ... READ ON

(LOS ANGELES, CA) --  The highly anticipated new blues album from pop culture icon William Shatner, simply titled The Blues, has finally arrived! The project has been drawing a great deal of media attention and buzz thanks to the release of two singles, “Let’s Work Together” a collaboration with ‘60s rock legends Canned Heat and a very special pairing with guitar god Ritchie Blackmore on “The Thrill Is Gone.” But now fans can finally dig into the full treasure trove of blues classics interpreted by Mr. Shatner alongside special guests from across the pantheon of blues, rock and country stars including Sonny Landreth, Brad Paisley, Pat Travers, Tyler Bryant and more!... READ ON

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) will generate digital content while spotlighting a strong connection with its hometown through a planned October 12 film shoot of Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” in the middle of Princeton’s charming Palmer Square. The performance features the PSO’s brass and percussion sections, and will be conducted by Edward T. Cone Music Director Rossen Milanov. Rain date is Tuesday, October 13.... READ ON

Mark Bodino has been a veteran of the Central Jersey music scene for many years. I remember writing about him during Makin Waves’ first run in the Courier News, which means it had to be before 2005. Six years later, he formed Broken Darling, a harmonic female-fronted folk-rock outfit whose dreamy new anthemic single, “Creamsicle Sun,” is the Makin Waves Song of the Week.... READ ON

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