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Red Baraat Brings Their Festival of Colors to SOPAC

(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- Red Baraat brings their Festival of Colors to New Jersey for the first time ever! The 7-piece “serial party starters” (The Guardian, UK) are a pioneering band from Brooklyn, New York. Conceived by dhol player Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound, a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra with elements of hip-hop, jazz and raw punk energy. Created with no less a purposeful agenda than manifesting joy and unity in all people, Red Baraat’s spirit is worn brightly on its sweaty and hard-worked sleeve. They will come to the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) on Friday, March 11 at 8:00pm.

Sherman Theater Brings Killswitch Engage Atonement Tour 2022 to Poconos

(STROUDSBURG, PA) -- American metalcore band Killswitch Engage will rock the Sherman Theater on Main Street in Stroudsburg on Monday, January 31, with support from August Burns Red and Light the Torch on their Atonement Tour 2022 North America.  Doors are at 6:30pm, showtime is 7:30pm.

MPAC presents Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly - The Rock ‘N’ Roll Dream Tour

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Get set for an event that needs to be seen to be believed!  Rock and roll legends Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly return to the stage – live – through state of the art hologram technology!  Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly – The Rock n’ Roll Dream Tour comes to Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) for two shows, Saturday, February 12 at 3:00pm and 7:00pm. Tickets range from $29-$59.

“A Mile Square of Music: 1960 to 1970” To Have Livestream Premiere On January 30th

(HOBOKEN, NJ) -- A livestream premiere of the documentary “A Mile Square of Music: 1960 to 1970” will take place on Sunday, January 30 at 5:00pm. This virtual screening is presented by Mayor Ravi Bhalla, the City of Hoboken and the Hoboken Historical Museum.

Our Favorite Stories In Music: Makin Waves with The Smithereens: 'Nothing More Precious than Friendship and Family'

New Jersey Stage published its 25,000th story in December 2021. As the site approached the milestone, we posed the question on social media as how we should celebrate.  One response was to highlight our favorite stories from over the years.  We liked this idea, but could not narrow things down to just 25 favorites so we will present a favorite each day from different genres. Every Monday we feature one of our favorite stories in music. This week's choice is Bob Makin's deep dive interview with The Smithereens in 2019.

State Theatre New Jersey presents Air Supply

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- The fully renovated State Theatre New Jersey presents multi-platinum artists Air Supply on Friday, February 4, 2022 at 8:00pm. Graham Russell’s powerful lyrics combined with Russell Hitchcock’s unique voice, and a vast supply of hits including, “Making Love Out of Nothing at All,” “Goodbye,” “Lost in Love,” “It’s Never Too Late,” “The One That You Love,” “Sweet Dreams,” and “All Out of Love,” have branded Air Supply a household name in the world of soft rock and pop music. 

Jared Wohl Releases "The Road"

(LIVINGSTON, NJ) -- Life with two little boys under the age of three — especially during a global pandemic — can be stressful. With sudden changes and isolation brought on by COVID-19, including working remotely instead of commuting to New York City every day, Jared Wohl sought ways to decompress amid the blurred lines between work and home. All roads led back to music. He finally hung his guitars on the wall in his home office and mastered the tracks for his new album. 

Hopewell Theater Hosts Valentine's Weekend Show with James Maddock

(HOPEWELL, NJ) -- Hopewell Theater is heating up one night only this winter for a Valentine's Day Weekend pop-up show. On Saturday, February 12 at 8:00pm, James Maddock will play songs from his prodigious solo catalog and beyond. Maddock creates a musical stew of folk/rock and Americana with an ample dose of singer/songwriter voodoo thrown in for good measure.

Makin Waves Song of the Week: “We Won’t Lose It Now” by Renee Maskin

by Bob Makin - published 2022-01-21

Renee Maskin, a Makin Waves Female Artist of the Year winner, has dropped her debut solo LP, “Swimming,” on Mint 400 Records. The single, “We Won’t Lose It Now,” is the Makin Waves Song of the Week. 

Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...1/20/22

by Danny Coleman - published 2022-01-20

“The pandemic,” explained vocalist/entertainer and now author Gloria Carpenter as to how and why her new book “Power Up Your Dreams: Moving From Self-Defeat to Self-Belief”  came to be. “I had a chance to slow down and sit with my thoughts. I’m usually going and going as I’m sure you know for yourself; we are just constantly doing and with the pandemic everything just stopped and here we had all of this time. I’m in a really great spot in my life right now; I have a really supportive, wonderful, giving, loving husband who is my rock and things are going really well in my singing career and writing the book was just another aspect of joy for me and having joy in my life is huge and that was another way other than music of expressing myself and as serious as things are and were with this COVID crisis, I just made the best of it. That is what we have to do in life; accept the “What is” and work around it.” 

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