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Second Annual American Music Honors Recipients include John Mellencamp, Jackson Browne, Mavis Staples, and Dion DiMucci



(WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- The Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music has announced the honorees of its second annual American Music Honors event, to be held Wednesday, April 24 on the campus of Monmouth University in West Long Branch.


Live Today Love Tomorrow Tour MMXIV features The Alarm, Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel, and the UK's Belouis Some



(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- "This tour will be a chance for a generation of fans - both old and new - to step back into the future and celebrate a time that defined millions of people's life soundtracks when the era of Music Television ruled the earth," says Mike Peters of The Alarm about the Live Today Love Tomorrow Tour MMXIV which was recently announced but due to unforeseen circumstances regarding The Blow Monkeys, now has a lineup change with Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel stepping up to the plate along with the UK's Belouis Some. Locally, the tour comes to Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ on May 16th, Colonial Theater in Phoenixville, PA on May 17th, and Irving Plaza in NYC on May 24th.



NJPAC presents Smokey Robinson



(NEWARK, NJ) -- Motown Icon Smokey Robinson will return to New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) on Friday, December 6, 2024 at 8:00pm. Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America's "greatest living poet," acclaimed singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson's career spans over four decades of hits.



Makin Waves Song of the Week: "Right Words, Wrong Song" by James Mastro



by Bob Makin - published 2024-02-23

After 50 years in such awesome bands as The Bongos and Health & Happiness Show and as sideman to Richard Lloyd, Patti Smith, Ian Hunter, Alejandro Escovedo, Jill Sobule, John Cale, Judy Collins, The Jayhawks, and Southside Johnny, legendary Hoboken singer-songwriter-guitarist James Mastro finally has released a solo album.



Brooklyn Paramount Reopens As Most Historic Music Venue In The City Following Multi-Million Dollar Redevelopment



(BROOKLYN, NY) -- On March 27, Brooklyn Paramount will kick off its grand opening season. The multi-million-dollar redesign honors the building's nearly 100-year history while creating a new 2,700 capacity music venue that will help bring more shows to Brooklyn's growing music scene.



Sum 41 releases "Waiting On A Twist Of Fate"



Grammy-nominated band Sum 41 has shared their newest single "Waiting On A Twist Of Fate", out now via Rise Records, from their upcoming final album Heaven :x: Hell. The second single from the double album's pop-punk Heaven side harkens back to the earliest days of the band's pop punk roots. The track opens the album the only way long-time fans would expect Sum 41 to open an album – a flurry of guitar riffs, drum fills, and vocals powerful enough to raise the dead.



Jesse Lynn Madera releases "Speed of Sound"



Speed of Sound, the second album released by Jesse Lynn Madera following her acclaimed debut, Fortunes, in 2020, proves an artful, eclectic, fun, emotional jaunt across eleven songs. It marks her first time working with producers Dan Navarro (also his production debut) and Grammy winners Jim Scott and Ryan Hadlock.



Great South Bay Music Festival Returns July 18-21



(PATCHOGUE, NY) -- The Great South Bay Music Festival is thrilled to announce that they are back and bigger than ever, as the four-day music and arts festival presented by Voodoo Ranger will return to the newly revamped and picturesque waterfront at Shorefront Park in Patchogue Village from Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21, 2024. The iconic festival is known for presenting a diverse variety of musical acts over the course of four days, with an eclectic lineup of headline artists performing alongside cutting-edge rising stars that you do not want to miss. This year, the festival will go back to its roots with a bit more "roots and classic rock."



Bobby Mahoney to Perform at 2024 South by Southwest Festival



(AUSTIN, TX) -- New Jersey rocker, Bobby Mahoney, is going to the 2024 South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, TX. Mahoney will be playing a full band show at The Continental Club on March 16th as part of The Wicked Cool Records Review! showcase presented by Stevie Van Zandt's (E Street Band, The Sopranos, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul) Underground Garage and Hard Rock at 8:00pm.



Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...2/22/24



by Danny Coleman - published 2024-02-22

"Things are going great man," says an elated Mikey V of Chains Over Razors. "We've been working this record with Deko and just rocking the charts. Our third single made the top twenty, which is fantastic and we're really excited about that.The first single hit number nineteen, the second hit number fifteen and this one is being received well.The album is self-titled, "Chains Over Razors;" our "Led Zeppelin" route for that (laughs) and it came out last March, we've been releasing singles since April or Mid-March of 2023; the year has gone by fast." 




 

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BlowUpRadio.com's New & Notable NJ Music 2/26/24

Lazlo, founder of BlowUpRadio.com (an online radio station based around New Jersey artists), shines a light on some of the many new releases from NJ based musicians each week with this column. This week Lazlo takes a look at new releases by Fear of Falling, The Random Hubiak, Beekeeper, Surfing For Daisy, Night Windows, Various Artists - "Songs on Site 2023", and Alpha Rabbit. Plus a look back at "Full Fathom 5" by Tony Tedesco & Full Fathom 5.




Makin Waves Song of the Week: "Right Words, Wrong Song" by James Mastro




Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...2/22/24




This Week in Music: Previews for Concerts Taking Place from February 20-27, 2024






 

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(NEWARK, NJ) -- Punjabi music mogul Diljit Dosanjh announced his Dil-Luminati Tour, taking him to stadiums and arenas across North America this year. Produced by Live Nation, the tour will make a stop at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on Thursday, May 30, 2024. Showtime is 8:00pm.


State Theatre New Jersey presents Kyiv Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra




"Mesmerizing!" Dionne Warwick LIVE! at MPAC




Makin Waves Album of the Month: "The Cabin Sessions" by Nefesh Mountain






 

UPCOMING SHOWS


Bruce Springsteen Archives presents "Music America: Iconic Objects from America's Music History" at LBJ Presidential Library

(AUSTIN, TX) - Since the nation's inception nearly two and a half centuries ago, music has informed, interpreted, and inspired our national identity. To celebrate and explore this remarkable heritage, the LBJ Presidential Library and the Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music at Monmouth University announce the premiere of the exhibition Music America: Iconic Objects from America's Music History. Opening at the LBJ Presidential Library on Saturday, February 17, during Presidents' Day weekend, the exhibition will be on display through August 11, 2024.


Black Box Studios and Liberty Arts Theatre presents The Singer-Songwriter Showcase Vol. 1




JAZZ HOUSE KiDS announce Sting and Christian McBride to Perform at the RALPH PUCCI 8th Annual Jazz Set Benefit




SOPAC presents An Evening with Joan Osborne







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