North2Shore Festival Brings the World to NJ, and NJ Together
by Chris Lillja, JerseyArts.com - published 2023-05-25
Good old New Jersey has often been the brunt of jokes from the other states (and the world). Those of us who are a true "Garden Stater" have all the upsides at our fingertips. We're the most diverse state. We have one of the most vibrant arts scenes. We have the best food (see the diversity thing), beaches, great music, education, tons of history and our hands don't smell of gasoline. If you know, you know.
MPAC presents Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers
(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Singer-Songwriter Bruce Hornsby returns to Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) with his band The Noisemakers on Wednesday, June 21 at 7;30pm. Tickets range from $39-$79.
2023 GRAMMY-Winning Trio Time For Three to Open the Princeton Festival
(PRINCETON, NJ) -- 2023 GRAMMY Award-winning trio Time for Three leads off the Opening Weekend of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra's 2023 Princeton Festival on Friday, June 9 at 7:00pm. Their high-octane eclecticism sets the tone for the 16-day showcase for the performing arts which includes opera, musical theater, orchestral music, Baroque and chamber music, dance, and more. Rounding out the weekend are Aretha, A Tribute on Saturday, June 10 at 7:00pm and a recital by pianist Christopher Taylor on Sunday, June 11 at 4:00pm. All three performances take place in the outdoor performance pavilion on the grounds of beautiful Morven Museum & Garden.
by Spotlight Central - published 2023-05-19
"Electrifying!" Bobby Wilson LIVE! at the PNC Bank Arts Center
A crowd of over 5,000 music lovers files into the PNC Bank Arts Center this Tuesday, May 9, 2023 afternoon for a free Garden State Arts Foundation concert featuring Bobby Wilson and his tribute to Motown and his father, Jackie Wilson. Also on today's bill is Tommy C with his tribute to Bobby Rydell along with The Chiclettes' tribute to female artists of the '60s, all accompanied by The Coda Band.
by Bob Makin - published 2023-05-17
Makin Waves Album of the Month: "Northern Town" by Cranston Dean
Jersey Shore great Cranston Dean always has reminded me of Jackson Browne because there are both organic-sounding multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriters with an eloquent penchant for rhyme amidst every-day stories for everyone. "Toe the Line," the opening track of Cranston's latest album, "Northern Town," is a perfect example of his Jackson sensibilities. In this case, it's post-'70s, plugged-in Jackson ala "Boulevard" and "Somebody's Baby," but I was psyched to feel that vibe right from the get go on "Northern Town," because Jackson is one of my all-time favorite artists, and I feel the same way about Cranston at a local level.
by Spotlight Central - published 2023-05-16
"Just Marvelous!" Jimmy Webb: The Glen Campbell Years LIVE! at The Vogel
An on-screen photo of songwriter Jimmy Webb and musician Glen Campbell welcomes concertgoers to The Vogel in Red Bank, NJ this Sunday, May 7, 2023 afternoon for a musical tribute entitled Jimmy Webb: The Glen Campbell Years. One of the greatest songwriters of the past half century, Jimmy Webb composed tunes like "Up, Up and Away" for The Fifth Dimension and "The Worst That Could Happen" for The Brooklyn Bridge, but some of his most memorable hits — "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," and more — came about as a result of his musical affiliation with the legendary singer and musician Glen Campbell.
by James DeSalvo - published 2023-05-14
PHOTOS from Regina Bonelli at Muddy Waters Gastropub
(ASBURY, NJ) -- NY Blues Hall of Fame member Regina Bonelli performed at Muddy Waters Gastropub on Saturday, May 6, 2023 and photographer James DeSalvo was on hand to take photos.
by Spotlight Central - published 2023-05-13
"Best Concert Ever!" Amy Grant LIVE! at BergenPAC
Fans of pop and contemporary Christian music fill the BergenPAC auditorium this Thursday, May 4, 2023 evening as they anxiously wait a concert by singer/songwriter Amy Grant. Often referred to as "The Queen of Christian Pop," Grant has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and, in 2022, became a Kennedy Center Honors recipient along with Gladys Knight, Bette Midler, Berry Gordy, U2, and others.
by Gary Wien - published 2023-05-12
"sixtyandthensome" - Bruce Tunkel Faces His Demons and Creates a Masterpiece
Sometimes an album is released at just the right time for you... The lyrics sound as if the singer is singing to you or about you and the music reminds you that you are not alone; others are in the exact same place. Sometimes it’s an area we don’t like talking about like depression, but thankfully Bruce Tunkel goes there on his latest release, sixtyandthensome - a brilliant masterpiece from one of Jersey’s best songwriters.
State Theatre New Jersey presents Dave Mason
(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- The fully renovated State Theatre New Jersey presents Dave Mason: Endangered Species Tour 2023 on Wednesday, June 7 at 7:30pm. Opening for Dave Mason is Southern rock group, The Georgia Thunderbolts. Tickets range from $29-$79.
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