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"One Special Evening!" CelloGayageum LIVE! at the Grunin Center


World music is alive and well at Toms River, NJ's Grunin Center for the Arts this Thursday, February 8, 2024 evening as concertgoers settle in for a performance by the South Korean instrumental duo, CelloGayageum.

published on 02/17/2024

Martina McBride's "Joy of Christmas" LIVE! at BergenPAC


The bustling BergenPAC auditorium in Englewood, NJ this Sunday, December 17, 2023 evening is filled with concertgoers ready for a Joy of Christmas performance by country music superstar Martina McBride.

published on 01/05/2024

America's Sweethearts LIVE! at the Grunin Center


The holiday crowd at Toms River, NJ's Grunin Center for the Arts this Friday, December 15, 2023 evening is ready to celebrate the season with a concert by America's Sweethearts, a NYC-based ensemble of female singers who perform music from the 1940s, '50s, and '60s.

published on 12/27/2023

A Very Special Engagement: The Glenn Miller Orchestra LIVE! at the Grunin Center


The packed crowd at Toms River, NJ's Grunin Center for the Arts this Sunday, December 10, 2023 afternoon is ready to ring in the holiday season with a concert of big band music presented by the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra.

published on 12/20/2023

"Holidays and Hits" Pam Tillis and Phil Vassar LIVE! at STNJ


Inside New Brunswick's State Theatre New Jersey auditorium this November 20, 2023 evening country music fans relive the excitement of waiting for Santa as they anticipate a seasonal Holidays and Hits concert by country music stars Pam Tillis and Phil Vassar.

published on 12/11/2023

Richie Furay, Firefall, and Pure Prairie League in Legends of Country Rock LIVE! at MPAC


Fans of country rock are in the house this Saturday, November 18, 2023 evening at Morristown, NJ's MPAC ready for a Legends of Country Rock concert starring Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Richie Furay, Firefall, and Pure Prairie League.

published on 12/01/2023

Cynthia Sayer's Joyride LIVE! at the Grunin Center


Jazz fans have arrived at Toms River, NJ's Grunin Center for the Arts this November 13, 2023 for a special "Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon" concert by Cynthia Sayer and her Joyride quartet. Considered one of the finest 4-string jazz banjo players in the world, Sayer is known for playing with musicians like Wynton Marsalis, Les Paul, and the New York Philharmonic, in addition to performing on movie soundtracks including Sophie's Choice and The Purple Rose of Cairo.

published on 11/27/2023

Classic Stones LIVE! at the Grunin Center


For some people "it's only rock 'n roll," but for fans of The Rolling Stones this Saturday, November 11, 2023 at Toms River, NJ's Grunin Center for the Arts "it's a gas, gas, gas" being part of the sold-out crowd here for a concert by the Classic Stones Live tribute band featuring The Glimmer Twins.

published on 11/21/2023

"They Make Your Heart Burst with Joy!" Tower of Power LIVE! at MPAC


Q: What is hip? A: A crowd of music lovers gathered here at MPAC in Morristown, NJ this Sunday, November 3, 2023 to help the Oakland, CA R&B/funk group, Tower of Power, celebrate its 55th season as a band

published on 11/16/2023

"Harry Chapin at 80: A Retrospective" The Chapin Family LIVE! at MPAC


On July 16, 1981, the music world lost one of its brightest stars with the death of singer/songwriter Harry Chapin. On Saturday, November 4, 2023, the members of his family gathered together at Morristown, NJ's MPAC to celebrate his life with a Harry Chapin at 80 retrospective concert starring brothers Steve and Tom Chapin, daughter Jen Chapin, nieces Abigail and Lily Chapin, along with The Harry Chapin Band.

published on 11/14/2023

A Conversation with Richie Furay Who Performs at MPAC on November 18, 2023 with Firefall and Pure Prairie League


Richie Furay — considered one of the pioneers of country-rock — is coming to the Garden State on Saturday, November 18, 2023 to perform in the Legends of Country Rock concert with Firefall and Pure Prairie League at MPAC in Morristown, NJ. Furay is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer considered by many as the voice of country rock. In fact, it is said that at an Eagles concert in Denver, band leader Glenn Frey once pointed out Furay in the audience and announced, "If it wasn't for you, we wouldn't be here."

published on 11/12/2023

"Great Performers, Great Venue, Great Night!" Blues Traveler LIVE! at the Grunin Center


(TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- Music lovers are riding high this Friday, October 27, 2023 evening as they ready themselves for a live concert by the Grammy-winning Princeton-based rock band, Blues Traveler. Tonight's sold-out show at the Grunin Center for the Arts — located on the campus of Toms River, NJ's Ocean County College — is a benefit performance presented by the Ocean County College Foundation.

published on 11/06/2023

Jim Messina and Pablo Cruise LIVE! at MPAC


There's excitement in the air at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ this October 18, 2023 evening as concertgoers ready themselves for an Oasis in the Sun concert by singer/songwriter/guitarist Jim Messina along with the '70s pop group, Pablo Cruise.

published on 10/30/2023

Rock 'N Roll Doo Wop Spectacular with Chubby Checker LIVE! at STNJ


Although it's a gloomy October 14, 2023 Saturday evening in New Brunswick, NJ, excitement is in the air inside the State Theatre New Jersey where grown-up greasers and their gals are cranked for a Rock 'N Roll Doo Wop Spectacular starring Chubby Checker, The Doo Wop Project, The Duprees, and Vinnie Medugno.

published on 10/23/2023

"Swingin' the '60s" with Swingadelic LIVE! at the Grunin Center


Guys and dolls inside Toms River, NJ's Grunin Center for the Arts this Sunday, October 8, 2023 afternoon are ready to dig a "Swingin' the '60s" concert by the NYC metro-based jazz band, Swingadelic.

published on 10/18/2023

MPAC's 29th Season Opening Night Gala Starring Mandy Gonzalez and Javier Muñoz


Although it's drizzling in Morristown, NJ this Friday, September 29, 2023 evening, concertgoers cheerfully walk between the raindrops as they enter the Mayo Performing Arts Center for tonight's 29th Season gala opening night performance of "Hitting New Heights" starring Mandy Gonzalez and Javier Muñoz from Broadway's Hamilton and In the Heights.

published on 10/09/2023

"Elvis is in the Building!" Richie Santa LIVE! at the PNC Bank Arts Center


Despite the fact that it's a rainy and cold Tuesday, September 26, 2023 afternoon at Holmdel, NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center, several thousand devoted music lovers have turned out for a Garden State Arts Foundation concert starring Elvis tribute artist Richie Santa. Rounding out the bill for today's show is singer Frankie Pizarro, along with rock and rollers Bill Haley, Jr. and the Comets.

published on 10/04/2023

Malt Shop Memories LIVE! at the PNC Bank Arts Center


Excitement is in the air this Thursday, September 14, 2023 evening at Holmdel, NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center as music lovers excitedly anticipate a Malt Shop Memories Live concert featuring Bobby Wilson, Dennis Tufano, Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Happenings, The Tymes, Johnny Farina, The Chiclettes, The Coda Band, and Vinnie Medugno.

published on 09/25/2023

"Thank You for the Love You Gave!" Tony Orlando LIVE! at PNC Bank Arts Center


It's a perfect day for a concert at Holmdel, NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center this Tuesday, September 12, 2023 afternoon as music lovers await a free Garden State Arts Foundation performance starring singer, songwriter, and entertainer Tony Orlando.

published on 09/22/2023

"Spellbound" Judy Collins LIVE! at the Grunin Center


Inside Toms River, NJ's Grunin Center for the Arts this Sunday, September 10, 2023 evening, a packed house excitedly anticipates a live performance by singer/songwriter Judy Collins.

published on 09/19/2023

Ann Wilson and Tripsitter LIVE! at BergenPAC


Although the weather is fairly mild in Englewood, NJ this Saturday, August 26, 2023 evening, things are quickly heating up inside the Bergen Performing Arts Center auditorium as Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ann Wilson, 73, takes the stage with her band, Tripsitter.

published on 09/12/2023

"Effervescent!" Lillias White LIVE! at Axelrod PAC


Cheers ensue as Broadway actress, Lillias White, takes the Axelrod Performing Arts Center stage this Sunday, August 20, 2023 evening along with her accompanist, pianist Mathis Picard. Recently featured on Jane Pauley's CBS Sunday Morning TV show, White, 72, is a veteran of nearly a dozen Broadway productions including How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and the winner of a 1997 Tony Award for her performance in The Life. She currently can be seen appearing in the hit Broadway musical, Hadestown.

published on 08/31/2023

"On a Scale of 1–5, They're a 10!" The Laurel Canyon Band LIVE! at Axelrod PAC


It's a beautiful Thursday, August 17, 2023 evening in Deal, NJ as concertgoers make their way inside the Axelrod Performing Arts Center for a tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young by The Laurel Canyon Band.

published on 08/28/2023

Shemekia Copeland LIVE! on the Atlantic City Boardwalk


It's a gorgeous Wednesday, August 16, 2023 evening at Kennedy Plaza on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City as music lovers ready themselves for a summery 2023 Mardi Gras AC night of blues performed by singer Shemekia Copeland.

published on 08/23/2023

The Empty Pockets LIVE! at The Vogel


The crowd applauds as The Empty Pockets take the Vogel stage in Red Bank, NJ, this summery August 9, 2023 evening. The Chicago-based Americana, folk, rock, and roots/soul group features musicians Josh Solomon on guitar/vocals, Erika Brett on vocals/keyboards, Nate Bellon on bass/vocals, and Adam Balasco on drums.

published on 08/20/2023

Diana Krall LIVE! at the Count Basie Center for the Arts


Music lovers enter the historic Hackensack-Meridian Health auditorium inside Red Bank, NJ's Count Basie Center for the Arts this Wednesday, August 9, 2023 evening and admire its alluring chandelier surrounded by a painted sky and ornate walls. Taking their seats, their eyes are drawn to the red lights that illuminate the back curtain creating a rich tapestry behind a Steinway grand placed center stage. They also notice ten seashell floor lights and five overhead spotlights which shine through the onstage fog cutting a shaft of light focused on a piano bench and a single microphone.

published on 08/19/2023

Don McLean and Al Stewart LIVE! at Ocean City Music Pier


It's a sold-out house this Monday, August 7, 2023 at Ocean City, NJ's Ocean City Music Pier for a concert by American singer/songwriter Don McLean and Scottish singer/songwriter Al Stewart.

published on 08/16/2023

"Like Watching a Living Legend!" Don Felder LIVE! at BergenPAC


Thunder roars and lightning bolts flash inside Englewood, NJ's BergenPAC auditorium this Saturday, August 5, 2023 evening before a series of Eagles' album covers appears on screen and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Don Felder takes the stage to avid cheers and applause.

published on 08/15/2023

Aimee Mann LIVE! at Ocean City Music Pier


It's a gorgeous Monday, July 31, 2023 evening on the Ocean City, NJ boardwalk as music lovers line up to enter the Ocean City Music Pier for a concert by acclaimed singer/songwriter Aimee Mann.

published on 08/10/2023

The Beach Boys LIVE! at STNJ


Fans of classic rock get ready for "Fun, Fun, Fun" at the State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick, NJ this Saturday, July 29, 2023 evening as they prepare themselves for a concert by "America's Band" — The Beach Boys.

published on 08/07/2023

The Doobie Others LIVE! in Seaside Heights, NJ


Despite the heat, hundreds of music lovers are "takin' it to the beach" in Seaside Heights, NJ this Thursday, July 28, 2023 evening for a concert by The Doobie Others. Hailing from Long Island, The Doobie Others are a tribute band that recreates the music of The Doobie Brothers in addition to tunes from such "other" ’'70s groups as Steely Dan and the Eagles.

published on 08/05/2023

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo's "Funtastic 2023" Tour LIVE! at MPAC


Today's thunder and lighting storm may be over but sparks fly when rock vocalist Pat Benatar and her husband, guitarist Neil Giraldo, bring their Funtastic 2023 concert tour to the MPAC auditorium in Morristown, NJ this Tuesday, July 25, 2023 evening.

published on 08/03/2023

Captain Jack LIVE! in Seaside Heights, NJ


You know it's summer at the Jersey Shore when thousands of music lovers arrive in Seaside Heights, NJ to experience live music by the sea. This Thursday, July 20, 2023 summer's eve, the area in front of the Beach Stage near Blaine Avenue is jammed with fans here to enjoy the sound of the Billy Joel tribute band, Captain Jack.

published on 07/29/2023

Cousin Brucie Presents Herman’s Hermits LIVE! at PNC Bank Arts Center


Even though it's hot and humid this Thursday, July 13, 2023 evening, MusicRadio 77-WABC DJ Bruce "Cousin Brucie" Morrow has a cool line up of performers ready to entertain the crowd of '60s and '70s music lovers at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. Sponsored by the Garden State Arts Foundation, tonight's free event presents Herman's Hermits featuring Peter Noone along with Jay Siegel's Tokens and The Soundtrack of our Lives starring Al Sapienza and Deborah Rennard.

published on 07/23/2023

“EPIC!” The Doobie Brothers 50th Anniversary Tour LIVE! at STNJ


It's a sold-out house at New Brunswick's State Theatre New Jersey this Saturday, July 8, 2023 evening as fans ready themselves for a 50th Anniversary Tour concert by The Doobie Brothers. With nearly 50 million records sold, the band's 14 studio albums, 16 Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hits, and four Grammy awards helped to catapult The Doobie Brothers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020.

published on 07/18/2023

Jethro Tull's Martin Barre LIVE! at Somers Point


Music lovers of all ages enjoy the cool bay breezes at William Morrow Beach in Somers Point, NJ this Friday, June 30, 2023 evening as they ready themselves for a concert by guitarist Martin Barre. Best known for his work with the progressive rock band, Jethro Tull, over the past half-century Barre and his bandmates have sold over 60 million units including seven million for their best-selling 1971 recording, Aqualung.

published on 07/10/2023

"God Bless Bruce Hornsby!" Bruce Hornsby LIVE! at Ocean City Music Pier


The crowd cheers this Monday, June 26, 2023 evening as Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers take the historic Ocean City Music Pier stage on the boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ. A musician who draws from a variety of musical traditions — classical, jazz, bluegrass, folk, Motown, gospel, rock, blues, and more — Bruce Hornsby has made a name for himself with his prodigious keyboard playing, top notch songwriting, and an eclectic style of music which appeals to lovers of a variety of different musical genres.

published on 07/07/2023

"Still at the Top of Their Game!" Chicago LIVE! at STNJ


Fog rolls in on the stage under white lights this Sunday, June 25, 2023 at New Brunswick, NJ's State Theatre New Jersey, illuminating a raised bandstand filled with drums and percussion, keyboards, assorted horns, and mic stands.

published on 07/05/2023

Rock N Roll Time Machine LIVE! at the Grunin Center


The lobby of Toms River, NJ's Grunin Center for the Arts is bustling this Friday, June 22, 2023 evening as fans of classic rock wait to enter the auditorium for a performance by Rock N Roll Time Machine. Playing music from the '70s and '80s, Rock N Roll Time Machine is led by Dave Lister, former guitarist for the glam metal band, Pretty Boy Floyd.

published on 07/03/2023

"Top Notch!" Keb' Mo' LIVE! at Ocean City Music Pier


It's cool on the boardwalk outside Ocean City, NJ's Ocean City Music Pier this Tuesday, June 20, 2023 as music lovers await the start of a hot night of blues by musician Keb' Mo'. A five-time Grammy award winner, Keb' Mo' has appeared on television on shows including Sesame Street and The West Wing, and has also performed with such legendary artists as Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, Keith Richards, Buddy Guy, Metallica, and more.

published on 06/29/2023

Herman's Hermits and The Buckinghams LIVE! at BergenPAC


Lovers of timeless pop music stream into Englewood, NJ's BergenPAC this Saturday, June 17, 2003 for a concert of classic hits by two groups which topped the charts in the 1960s — Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone and The Buckinghams.

published on 06/26/2023

The 2023 Happy Together Tour LIVE! at BergenPAC


A happy crowd fills the BergenPAC auditorium in Englewood, NJ this Wednesday, June 7, 2023 evening ready to experience the music of the 1960s with the 2023 edition of the Happy Together Tour featuring The Turtles, Little Anthony, Gary Puckett, The Vogues, The Classics IV, and The Cowsills.

published on 06/17/2023

The "Hope Rises" Concert: Chris Pinnella LIVE! at the Grunin Center


Music lovers stream into the Grunin Center auditorium in Toms River, NJ this Friday, June 2, 2023 evening for the third annual "Hope Rises" concert starring musician Chris Pinnella, former vocalist with The Trans-Siberian Orchestra. A fundraising event for Toms River's Hope Center, tonight's event features Pinnella performing the music of Billy Joel and Elton John.

published on 06/10/2023

"Fabulous!" Sounds of the '50s and '60s LIVE! at PNC Bank Arts Center


A crowd of over 7000 music lovers fills the PNC Bank Arts Center amphitheater this sunny Tuesday, May 23, 2023 afternoon for a Sounds of the '50s and '60s performance presented by the Garden State Arts Foundation. Starring The Brooklyn Bridge, The Skyliners, Kid Kyle, and Vinnie Medugno, today's show is the third in a series of free afternoon concerts for New Jersey seniors held at the PNC Bank Arts Center.

published on 06/02/2023

"Tremendous!" Richie Furay LIVE! at SOPAC


Excitement is in the air this Saturday, May 20, 2023 as music lovers stream into SOPAC in South Orange, NJ for an evening of music presented by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Richie Furay. Known by many as the voice of country rock, in addition to his work as a solo artist, Furay is a founding member of three noteworthy music groups: Buffalo Springfield, Poco, and The Souther-Hillman-Furay Band.

published on 05/30/2023

"Pure Perfection!" The Lettermen LIVE! at PNC Bank Arts Center


It's a gorgeous Wednesday, May 17, 2023 afternoon at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ where an audience of over 6000 New Jerseyans ready themselves for a free Garden State Arts Foundation performance starring The Lettermen and comedian John Pizzi.

published on 05/26/2023

"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.

published on 05/19/2023

"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.

published on 05/16/2023

"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.

published on 05/13/2023

"Timeless!" Melissa Manchester LIVE! at the Vogel


The Vogel in Red Bank, NJ this Friday, April 28, 2023 evening is abuzz with patrons seated at tables enjoying drinks as they await the start of a Melissa Manchester concert celebrating her 50 years in the music business.

published on 05/09/2023

Piano Battle LIVE! at the Grunin Center


Devotees of classical music inside Toms River, NJ's Grunin Center for the Arts this Sunday, April 23, 2023 evening eagerly await the start of a live performance by the musical duo, Piano Battle. Comprised of internationally-accomplished pianists Paul Cibis and Andreas Kern, the musicians — who each hail from Berlin, Germany — travel the world putting on music and comedy concerts where they go head-to-head on stage for audience approval with a performance that is part serious classical recital and part tongue-in-cheek comedy performance.

published on 05/01/2023

"This Show was Everything!" The Classic R&B Spectacular LIVE! at STNJ


"Fans with a “Mighty Love" for '70s music ready themselves inside New Brunswick, NJ's State Theatre New Jersey auditorium this Friday, April 14, 2023 evening for a Classic R&B Spectacular concert starring The Spinners, Sonny Bivens' Manhattans, and The Trammps featuring Earl Young.

published on 04/26/2023

"Stupendous!" Micky Dolenz LIVE! at BergenPAC


Fans of The Monkees ready themselves inside Englewood, NJ's BergenPAC auditorium this April 12, 2023 evening for a concert of Monkees' hits and a live performance of The Monkees' 1967 album, Headquarters, presented by the group's sole surviving member, Micky Dolenz.

published on 04/23/2023

"Still as Fresh as Ever!" The Rascals LIVE! at STNJ


Lovers of ’60s music inside New Brunswick, NJ's recently refurbished State Theatre New Jersey this Saturday, April 8, 2023 evening ready themselves for a Time Peace Tour concert performance by The Rascals featuring founding members Felix Cavaliere and Gene Cornish.

published on 04/17/2023

A Conversation with Richie Furay Who Performs at SOPAC on May 20, 2023


Richie Furay — credited as one of the founders of country-rock — is coming to the Garden State on May 20, 2023 to perform a concert at SOPAC in South Orange, NJ. Furay is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer known by many as the voice of country rock. In fact, it is said that at an Eagles concert in Denver, band leader Glenn Frey once pointed out Furay in the audience and announced, "If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t be here."

published on 03/27/2023

"Fantabulous!" Russell Thompkins, Jr. and the New Stylistics LIVE! at SOPAC


Music lovers inside South Orange, NJ’s SOPAC auditorium this Friday, January 20, 2023 evening ready themselves for an evening of soul by Russell Thompkins, Jr. and the New Stylistics. The original lead singer of the ’70s vocal group, The Stylistics, Thompson, Jr. was selected by Rolling Stone magazine on January 1, 2023 as one of the 200 Greatest Singers of All Time.

published on 02/06/2023

"As Good as it Gets!" The Immediate Family LIVE! at the Count Basie Center for the Arts


It’s a drizzly Thursday, January 12, 2023 evening in Red Bank, NJ as music lovers line up outside the Count Basie Center for the Arts’ Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre for a concert by The Immediate Family band.

published on 01/27/2023

"Just Epic!" Daniil Trifonov and the NJSO LIVE! at MPAC


It’s a brisk Sunday, January 8, 2023 afternoon as music lovers make their way inside Morristown, NJ’s MPAC for a concert by classical piano virtuoso Daniil Trifonov and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Xian Zhang.

published on 01/17/2023

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood are "Scared Scriptless" at Rahway's UCPAC


Inside Rahway, NJ’s historic Union County Performing Arts Center auditorium this chilly Friday, December 16, 2022 evening, audience members prepare themselves for Scared Scriptless, an improvisational comedy show featuring Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of the hit television series, Whose Line Is It Anyway.

published on 01/09/2023

"I Didn’t Want it to End!” Kenny G's “Miracles and Holiday Hits" Tour LIVE! at STNJ


Christmas is in the air inside New Brunswick, NJ’s State Theatre New Jersey this Sunday, December 11, 2022 evening as music lovers of all ages ready themselves for a Miracles Holiday and Hits concert by saxophonist Kenny G.

published on 12/24/2022

Michael Bolton's "Greatest Hits and Holiday Favorites" LIVE! at MPAC


Christmas is in the air inside Morristown, NJ’s stunning MPAC auditorium this Wednesday December 7, 2022 as music lovers ready themselves for a Greatest Hits and Holiday Favorites performance by singer/songwriter Michael Bolton.

published on 12/21/2022

“She Sounds as Good in Person as She Does on Her Records! Martina McBride’s “Joy of Christmas” LIVE! at STNJ


The glittering auditorium inside New Brunswick’s State Theatre New Jersey is bustling this Sunday, December 4, 2022 evening as patrons ready themselves for the start of Martina McBride’s 12th annual Joy of Christmas concert.

published on 12/17/2022

David Foster and Katharine McPhee LIVE! at MPAC


Music lovers inside Morristown, NJ’s MPAC auditorium this Friday, December 2, 2022 evening excitedly await an intimate evening of music with songwriter/producer David Foster and his wife, singer/actress Katharine McPhee.

published on 12/15/2022

"On a Scale of 1 to 10, She’s a 1000!" Patti LaBelle LIVE! at STNJ


Music lovers inside the historic State Theatre New Jersey auditorium in New Brunswick, NJ this Thursday, December 1, 2022 evening are ready to celebrate the season with the “Godmother of Soul,” Patti LaBelle.

published on 12/14/2022

"So Hot She Melts the Paint Off the Wall!" Joan Osborne LIVE! at The Vogel


Patrons sip drinks at tables inside Red Bank, NJ’s sparkling Vogel Theater this Thursday, November 17, 2022 evening as they ready themselves for a live performance by seven-time Grammy nominee Joan Osborne.

published on 12/04/2022

"Still Hip, Still Great, Still Amazing!" The Rascals’ Time Peace Tour LIVE! at MPAC


Inside Morristown, NJ’s MPAC auditorium this Wednesday, November 16, 2022 evening, the crowd is just moments away from “Groovin’” to a Time Peace Tour concert performance by The Rascals featuring Felix Cavaliere and Gene Cornish.

published on 11/29/2022

"She Really Touches Your Heart" Karla Bonoff LIVE! at APAC


Music lovers inside Avenel, NJ’s Avenel Performing Arts Center this Saturday, November 12, 2022 evening eagerly await a concert by singer/songwriter Karla Bonoff.

published on 11/25/2022

"Easy to Love!" Paula Cole and Sophie B. Hawkins LIVE! at SOPAC


Inside South Orange, NJ’s SOPAC auditorium this Thursday, November 10, 2022 evening, the crowd cheers as Executive Director Stephen Beaudoin welcomes the audience announcing, “Paula Cole and Sophie B. Hawkins are in the house tonight!”

published on 11/22/2022

"Absolutely Transcendent!" Linda Eder LIVE! at BergenPAC


It’s nearly 80 degrees in Englewood, NJ, this warm November 6, 2022 evening as music lovers enter BergenPAC’s gleaming new lobby for a heartfelt evening of music by Broadway actress and recording star Linda Eder.

published on 11/19/2022

"Best Concert Ever!" Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue LIVE! at MPAC


Excitement is in the air this Friday, November 4, 2022 at MPAC in Morristown, NJ as music lovers await a live concert by Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue.

published on 11/16/2022

“One of a Kind!” Jim Messina LIVE! at SOPAC


Music lovers are streaming into the SOPAC auditorium in South Orange, NJ, this Thursday, November 3, 2022 evening for a concert by the celebrated singer, songwriter, and music producer, Jim Messina.

published on 11/14/2022

"Comfort Food for the Ear!" Little River Band LIVE! at UCPAC


The crowd inside Rahway, NJ’s UCPAC auditorium this Saturday, October 29, 2022 is ready to reminisce with a nostalgic evening of hits by Little River Band.

published on 11/10/2022

"100% Perfection!" Celebrating David Bowie LIVE! at UCPAC


The crowd inside Rahway, NJ’s historic UCPAC auditorium this Thursday, October 27, 2022 evening patiently awaits the start of CdB, the 2022 edition of the Celebrating David Bowie tribute concert starring Todd Rundgren and Adrian Belew.

published on 11/08/2022

Joan Osborne to Appear on November 17th at Red Bank, NJ’s Vogel Theater


In support of her latest album, Radio Waves, singer/songwriter Joan Osborne will perform at Count Basie Center for the Arts’ Vogel Theater in Red Bank, NJ on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 8:00 pm.

published on 11/03/2022

"Classic Country!" Josh Turner LIVE! at UCPAC


Thanks to the arrival of fall, it’s dark out early in Rahway, NJ this October 20, 2022 evening, but the lights inside the town’s historic UCPAC auditorium shine brightly as music lovers ready themselves for a concert by country singer Josh Turner.

published on 11/01/2022

A Conversation with Wayne Nelson of Little River Band, Appearing on October 29 at UCPAC in Rahway


Little River Band is coming to the Garden State on October 29, 2022 to perform at Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, NJ. Throughout the ‘70s and ’80s, the group enjoyed huge chart success with multi-platinum albums and well-known hits including “Help Is On Its Way,” “Lady,” and “Happy Anniversary.” To date, LRB’s worldwide album sales, CD purchases, and digital downloads top 35 million and, according to BMI, the band’s hit, “Reminiscing,” has registered over five million airplays on American radio.

published on 10/24/2022

Paul Reiser LIVE! at the Grunin Center


It’s a sold-out house at the Grunin Center for the Arts this Saturday, October 8, 2022 evening. Located on the wooded campus of Toms River, NJ’s Ocean County College, audience members inside the venue’s packed auditorium are looking forward to an evening of stand-up comedy starring actor, writer, and comedian Paul Reiser.

published on 10/22/2022

Herman's Hermits Starring Peter Noone with Gary Puckett and the Union Gap LIVE! at the Strand Theater


The line is long this Friday, October 7, 2022 evening as music lovers wait to enter Lakewood, NJ’s Strand Theater for a Stars of the Sixties concert by Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone along with Gary Puckett and the Union Gap.

published on 10/19/2022

"Life Affirming!" The Wood Brothers LIVE! at MPAC


Although it’s rainy and cold in Morristown, NJ, this Tuesday, October 3, 2022 evening, inside the MPAC auditorium, the atmosphere is warm and inviting as audience members ready themselves for a concert by the roots music group, The Wood Brothers.

published on 10/18/2022

MPAC's 28th Season Anniversary Gala LIVE! Starring Hamilton's Renée Elise Goldsberry


Excitement is in the air in Morristown, NJ this Friday, September 30, 2022 evening as concertgoers make their way inside the Mayo Performing Arts Center for tonight’s 28th Season Kickoff performance by the multi-talented singer/actress Renée Elise Goldsberry.

published on 10/12/2022

Brooklyn Rider LIVE! at the Grunin Center’s Black Box Theater


There’s a sense of intrigue inside Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts’ Black Box Theater this Thursday, September 29, 2022 evening as music lovers await a performance by the classical string quartet, Brooklyn Rider.

published on 10/10/2022

Michael Amante and The Soundtrack of Our Lives LIVE! at PNC Bank Arts Center


It’s a gorgeous fall afternoon this Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at Holmdel, NJ’s PNC Bank Arts Center. It’s the perfect setting for a free concert by singer Michael Amante and The Soundtrack of Our Lives featuring stage and screen performers Al Sapienza and Deborah Rennard.

published on 10/08/2022

Jukebox Saturday Night LIVE! at the Grunin Center


The stage is set this Saturday, September 24, 2022 evening at the Grunin Center for the Arts in Toms River, NJ for a sentimental journey provided by Jukebox Saturday Night, a retrospective of big band music from the 1930s, ’40s, and ‘50s.

published on 10/06/2022

Jay Siegel's Tokens and Vinnie Medugno LIVE! at PNC Bank Arts Center


Music lovers are ready and waiting this Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at Holmdel, NJ’s PNC Bank Arts Center for an afternoon concert by the legendary singer and producer, Jay Siegel, and his Tokens, along with Staten Island, NY entertainer Vinnie Medugno.

published on 10/02/2022

Peabo Bryson LIVE! at SOPAC


The sold-out crowd inside the South Orange Performing Arts Center auditorium in South Orange, NJ, this Saturday, September 10, 2022 evening is ready and waiting to experience a live performance by the talented singer/songwriter Peabo Bryson.

published on 09/23/2022

“Just Beautiful!” Dionne Warwick LIVE! at UCPAC


Music lovers are streaming into Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, NJ this Friday, September 9, 2022 evening for a concert by the legendary singer and recording artist Dionne Warwick. Warwick is a six-time Grammy Award-winner who has performed on more than 75 charted hits and sold over 100 million records, many written by composer Burt Bacharach. Born and raised in the Garden State, Warwick received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019 and, in 2021, was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

published on 09/22/2022

John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band LIVE! in Somers Point, NJ


From the swing era through the early 1980s, the Tony Mart Café in Somers Point, NJ was a premier destination for experiencing live music performed by such legendary artists as Bill Haley and his Comets, Del Shannon, Joey Dee and the Starliters, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, and many more. The fictional band, Eddie and the Cruisers, can even be seen performing on the club’s hallowed stage in the 1983 MGM motion picture which was filmed on location at the fabled Jersey Shore music venue.

published on 09/16/2022

"One of the Best Nights of My Life!" Gavin DeGraw LIVE! at MPAC


The crowd at MPAC in Morristown, NJ, this Friday, August 26, 2022 evening excitedly anticipates the start of a live performance by singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw.

published on 09/09/2022

SoulShine LIVE! in Seaside Heights, NJ


Colors paint the blue sky this Thursday, August 25, 20222 evening in Seaside Heights, NJ as music lovers await a free concert on the beach by SoulShine. SoulShine is a New York-based ensemble that provides listeners with the experience of attending a live concert by the classic Southern rock group, The Allman Brothers Band.

published on 09/08/2022

The Jukebox Legends LIVE! on the Seaside Heights Boardwalk


The rain has stopped and a crowd of music lovers has gathered on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, NJ this Monday, August 22, 2022 evening for a concert of classic hits by The Jukebox Legends.

published on 09/05/2022

A Conversation with Dionne Warwick, Who Appears at UCPAC in Rahway on September 9


​​​​​​​Legendary singer and recording artist Dionne Warwick is coming back to New Jersey to perform at Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway on September 9, 2022. Warwick, 81, is a six-time Grammy Award-winner who has performed on more than 75 charted hit songs and sold over 100 million records including “Walk on By,” “Do You Know the Way to San José,” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” and “That’s What Friends are For.” Her latest efforts are her 2019 recordings, She’s Back and Dionne Warwick and the Voices of Christmas.

published on 09/01/2022

Parrotbeach LIVE! in Seaside Heights, NJ


Music lovers replete with comfy beach chairs, colored blankets, and ice-cold coolers wait beside the ocean in Seaside Heights, NJ this Thursday, August 18, 2022 evening for the start of a free concert by the Jimmy Buffett tribute band, Parrotbeach.

published on 09/01/2022

Stanley Jordan Plays Jimi Hendrix LIVE! on the Atlantic City Boardwalk


A purple haze paints the sky over the ocean as twilight approaches the Atlantic City Boardwalk this Wednesday, August 17, 2022 evening. It is here at Kennedy Plaza, adjacent to the city’s famed Boardwalk Hall, that music lovers are assembled for a evening of Jimi Hendrix classics performed by the virtuoso jazz guitarist, Stanley Jordan.

published on 08/28/2022

"A Real Treat!" George Benson LIVE! on the Beach in Seaside Heights, NJ


A large crowd brimming with anticipation is waiting beside the ocean in Seaside Heights, NJ this Sunday, August 14, 2022 evening for the start of a summer concert on the beach by R&B and jazz superstar George Benson.

published on 08/27/2022

Newark’s Prudential Center to Host 2022 MTV VMA Awards


The eyes of the music world will be on Newark, NJ this Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022 when the city’s Prudential Center hosts the MTV Video Music Awards. The event takes place live at 8pm EDT inside Prudential Center’s arena — the home of the New Jersey Devils — and will also air on multiple television channels including MTV, The CW, BET, BET Her, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV 2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land, and VH1.

published on 08/25/2022

The Wood Brothers and Greensky Bluegrass LIVE! in Seaside Heights, NJ


The crowd on the beach in Seaside Heights, NJ this Saturday, August 13, 2022 evening is ready to experience the vibe of two talented contemporary musical groups, The Wood Brothers and Greensky Bluegrass.

published on 08/25/2022

America LIVE! on the Beach in Seaside Heights, NJ


There’s a free wind blowing off the ocean this August 6, 2022 evening as an enthusiastic crowd on the beach in Seaside Heights, NJ readies itself for a nostalgic evening of music from the top ’70s folk-rock band, America.

published on 08/20/2022

Dana Fuchs LIVE! on the Atlantic City Boardwalk


Music lovers are gathered this August 2, 2022 evening at Kennedy Plaza on the Atlantic City, NJ boardwalk for a free Wednesday night Mardi Gras AC concert starring blues-rock musician Dana Fuchs. Known for her distinctively soulful voice, Fuchs made a name for herself playing Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway musical, Love, Janis, and also appeared as Sadie in the 2007 film, Across the Universe. As a recording artist, Fuchs has released a number of well-received albums including 2003’s Lonely for a Lifetime, 2011’s Love to Beg, and 2013’s Bliss Avenue. Her latest recording is 2022’s Borrowed Time.

published on 08/15/2022

American Idol’s Constantine Maroulis Stars in "Broadway Meets the Beach"


Despite a threatening weather forecast, fans of Broadway musicals are waiting on the Boardwalk in Seaside Heights, NJ this drizzly Friday, August 5, 2022 evening for a live performance of Broadway Meets the Beach.

published on 08/12/2022

Five for Fighting LIVE! at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino


Out on the Atlantic City Boardwalk this Saturday, July 30, 2022 evening it feels like another steamy night at the Jersey Shore, but inside the Soundwaves auditorium at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino music lovers ride a cool wave of excitement as they ready themselves for a live concert by Five for Fighting.

published on 08/10/2022

"Timeless!" Smokey Robinson LIVE! at the Count Basie Center for the Arts


Music lovers inside Red Bank, NJ’s Count Basie Center for the Arts auditorium this Wednesday, July 27, 2022 evening patiently await the start of a performance by the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter, producer, and Motown executive, Smokey Robinson.

published on 08/08/2022

Air Supply LIVE! on the Beach in Seaside Heights, NJ


It’s Saturday, July 23, 2022, and music lovers in Seaside Heights, NJ are excitedly awaiting a concert on the beach by the world-famous Australian pop duo, Air Supply.

published on 08/04/2022

"She's a Legend!" Maria Muldaur LIVE! in Somers Point, NJ


It’s 90 minutes before show time, and music lovers already have their chairs planted in the sand this Friday, July 22, 2022 evening in Somers Point, NJ for a free concert on the beach starring five-time Grammy nominated pop, folk, and blues singer Maria Muldaur.

published on 08/02/2022

"Still as Great Now as He Was Back Then!" Taj Mahal LIVE! at UCPAC


Although the weather outside is pushing 100 degrees, it’s comfortably cool inside the historic Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, NJ this Wednesday, July 20, 2022 evening as music lovers await a concert by multi-Grammy-Award-winning recording artist, Taj Mahal.

published on 07/30/2022

Gordon Lightfoot LIVE! at the Ocean City Music Pier


The Ocean City, NJ boardwalk is bustling with people making their way inside the Ocean City Music Pier this Monday, July 18, 2022 evening for a sold-out concert of live music featuring the legendary Canadian singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot.

published on 07/28/2022

"Pure Feel-Good Music!" Railroad Earth LIVE! in Seaside Heights, NJ


The weather forecast may have predicted rain, but that hasn’t stopped music lovers of all ages from streaming onto the beach in Seaside Heights, NJ this Saturday, July 16, 2022 evening for a Seaside Heights Live concert by Railroad Earth. Formed in 2001, Railroad Earth is a New Jersey-based musical ensemble which employs a distinctive blend of progressive bluegrass, folk, country, rock, jazz, and Americana music.

published on 07/25/2022

"Extraordinary!" Dion LIVE! at the Count Basie Center for the Arts


After a two-year pandemic delay, the audience inside Red Bank, NJ’s Count Basie Center for the Arts auditorium this Thursday, July 14, 2022 evening is patiently awaiting the start of a long-anticipated performance by rock and roll icon, Dion.

published on 07/25/2022

Billy Wilkins LIVE! on the Seaside Heights Boardwalk


On the world-famous boardwalk in Seaside Heights, NJ this Monday, July 11, 2022 evening, visitors stroll the boards enjoying ice cream, pizza, and other treats. Others play games of chance, shop in stores which offer everything from salt water taffy to T-shirts, and enjoy amusement rides designed for adventurers of all ages.

published on 07/22/2022

moe. LIVE! in Seaside Heights, NJ


It’s a gorgeous summer evening in Seaside Heights, NJ, this Sunday, July 10, 2022 as music lovers ready themselves for a concert on the beach by the world-renown jam band, moe. The group’s performance tonight is the second in the resort town’s Seaside Heights Live series of summer concerts which premiered on June 25 with the Grateful Dead tribute band, Dark Star Orchestra.

published on 07/19/2022

Separate Ways the Band LIVE! in Seaside Heights


It’s somewhat misty on the beach in Seaside Heights, NJ this Thursday, July 7, 2022, as music lovers ready themselves for a concert by the Journey tribute artists, Separate Ways the Band. The group’s performance is part of the Jersey Shore resort’s 2022 line-up of free summer concerts scheduled on Monday and Thursday nights throughout the months of July and August.

published on 07/15/2022

"Pure Enjoyment!" The Bronx Wanderers LIVE! at the Grunin Center


The Bronx Wanderers are in the house this Sunday, June 26, 2022 at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts for the first of two shows on a single evening. The group — known for its high-energy renditions of classic pop songs from the ’50s, ‘60s, and beyond — is comprised of a father, Vinny Sr., on lead vocals; his son, Vincent John, on keyboards and guitar; and musicians Fernando Tort on bass, Michael Benigno on drums, and Joe Bari on saxophone, keyboards, and guitar.

published on 07/12/2022

“Summer Under the Stars” with the NJSO LIVE! at Ocean County College


It’s a gorgeous June 28, 2022 summer evening on the campus of Toms River, NJ’s Ocean County College. Music lovers seated in lawn chairs and spread out on blankets dot the hillside above a portable stage as they wait for the start of a live “Summer Under the Stars” performance by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra featuring the music of Mozart, Rossini, and Rogers and Hammerstein.

published on 07/09/2022

Little River Band LIVE! at the Count Basie Center for the Arts


Throughout the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, Little River Band enjoyed huge chart success with multiplatinum albums and chart-topping hits. To date, the group’s worldwide album, CD sales, and digital downloads top 35 million and, according to BMI, the band’s hit, “Reminiscing,” has registered over five million airplays on American radio.

published on 07/06/2022

The 2022 Happy Together Tour LIVE! at MPAC


Inside Morristown, NJ’s MPAC auditorium this Thursday, June 23, 2022 evening, music lovers can be seen dancing to the sound of happy ’60s tunes played on the house PA system as they make their way to their seats. After a two-year postponement, fans of classic 1960s hits are all here for tonight’s 2022 edition of the Happy Together Tour starring The Turtles, Gary Puckett, The Association, The Classics IV, The Vogues, and The Cowsills.

published on 07/04/2022

NYC3 LIVE! at the Grunin Center


The stage is set this Friday, June 3, 2022 evening at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts as fans of contemporary pop music await a performance by NYC3. NYC3 is a musical review featuring a cast of three New York City singers who perform popular songs and remixes of hits from the past few decades accompanied by live musicians on keyboard, bass, and drums who play along to pre-recorded backing tracks.

published on 06/30/2022

“I Love This!” Dark Star Orchestra LIVE! in Seaside Heights, NJ


It’s a gorgeous summer’s eve on the Seaside Heights, NJ, Boardwalk this Saturday, June 25, 2022, as music lovers line up for a concert on the beach by the world-renown Grateful Dead tribute band, Dark Star Orchestra. The group’s show this evening is the opening night event of a spectacular Seaside Heights Live series of summer concerts here at the shore.

published on 06/27/2022

Richie Furay’s “In the Country” Album Preview Concert LIVE! at SOPAC


Fans of country-rock are filtering into South Orange’s SOPAC auditorium this Sunday, June 12, 2022 evening for a concert by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Richie Furay. In tonight’s special “Album Preview” performance, music lovers will get to sample several tunes from Furay’s latest effort, his 2022 release, In the Country.

published on 06/23/2022

"Awesome from Start to Finish!" Cousin Brucie Presents Tommy James, Little Anthony, and The 1910 Fruitgum Co. LIVE! at PNC Bank Arts Center


Music lovers by the thousands are currently streaming into the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ this June 9, 2022 evening for a highly-anticipated free concert presented by the Garden State Arts Foundation. Featuring classic hits from Tommy James and the Shondells, Little Anthony, and The 1910 Fruitgum Company, tonight’s show is hosted by 77-WABC radio DJ Bruce ‘Cousin Brucie’ Morrow.

published on 06/19/2022

"A Sense of Community" The East Coast Music Hall of Fame's Second Annual Awards Gala


Melodies of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s fill the air this Tuesday, June 7, 2022 evening as artists and fans gather together to celebrate the East Coast Music Hall of Fame’s Second Annual Awards Gala at Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.

published on 06/17/2022

Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters LIVE! at the Grunin Center


Music lovers of all ages are patiently waiting inside the auditorium of Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts this Friday, May 27, 2022 evening for a concert of Americana music by North Carolina’s Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters. The group is currently on tour promoting its latest album, 2022’s The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.

published on 06/11/2022

An Interview with ‘The Geator with the Heater,’ Jerry Blavat


Jerry Blavat — aka ‘The Geator with the Heater’ and ‘The Boss with the Hot Sauce’ — is a disc jockey, actor, and entertainer who’s had a major influence on the music industry. Born in Philadelphia, Blavat gained fame as a teen when he appeared as a regular on WFIL-TV’s Bandstand. After hosting live dances in the Philly/South Jersey area, he started his own radio show, created the Lost Nite and Crimson record labels, and appeared in films and on television. In 1998, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His 2011 memoir is entitled You Only Rock Once.

published on 06/06/2022

'The Geator' Rocks the House with Gary U.S. Bonds, The Chiclettes, and Bobby Wilson LIVE! at the PNC Bank Arts Center


On Tuesday, May 24, 2022, the Garden State Arts Foundation continued it’s Spring season of free live entertainment for NJ residents aged 55 and over with a concert entitled Jerry ‘The Geator’ Blavat Rocks the House with Gary U.S. Bonds, The Chiclettes, and Bobby Wilson at Holmdel, NJ’s PNC Bank Arts Center. The season’s first program starred Las Vegas entertainer Rick Michel who presented his Frank Sinatra tribute, Sinatra Forever, on May 18.

published on 06/03/2022

The Charlie Apicella Quartet featuring Don Braden LIVE! at the Grunin Center


Music lovers at the Jersey Shore know that a New York City jazz club isn’t always the most convenient place to enjoy great live jazz. As such, in-the-know Jersey jazz fans are seated inside Toms River’s Grunin Center for the Arts this Sunday, May 22, 2022 afternoon anticipating a concert by the newly minted jazz ensemble, The Charlie Apicella Quartet featuring Don Braden.

published on 06/02/2022

Rick Michel's "Sinatra Forever" LIVE! at PNC Bank Arts Center


It’s a gorgeous Wednesday, May 18, 2022 afternoon at Holmdel, NJ’s PNC Bank Arts Center where music lovers are streaming in for “Sinatra Forever,” a Frank Sinatra tribute concert by Las Vegas entertainer Rick Michel.

published on 05/30/2022

An Interview with Richie Furay, who has Two NJ Shows in June


Richie Furay — credited as one of the founders of country-rock — is coming to the New Jersey area in June, 2022 where he will play shows on June 11 at Alpha Wave Studios in Whippany and on June 12 at SOPAC in South Orange.

published on 05/27/2022

The Doo-Wah Riders LIVE! at the Grunin Center


Fans of country music are ready and waiting inside Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts this Saturday, May 14, 2022 evening for a live concert by The Doo-Wah Riders.

published on 05/21/2022

Shawn Colvin's "Steady On" 32nd Anniversary Tour LIVE! at the Grunin Center


It’s a great night for live music in New Jersey this Saturday, April 30, 2022 evening at Toms River’s Grunin Center for the Arts. Tonight’s concert is a long-awaited performance by singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin, currently appearing on her Steady On 32nd Anniversary Tour.

published on 05/10/2022

Danny Jonokuchi and the Revisionists LIVE! at the Grunin Center


Music lovers are ready and waiting inside Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts this Sunday, April 24, 2022 afternoon for a concert of live jazz by Danny Jonokuchi and the Revisionists.

published on 05/04/2022

Maria Yefimova LIVE! at the Grunin Center


Music lovers are making their way inside Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts, located on the campus of Ocean County College, this April 15, 2022 afternoon for a Friday Afternoon Recital Series performance by musician Maria Yefimova.

published on 04/27/2022

"Every Song was a Hit!" The Hit Men LIVE! at the Grunin Center


Music lovers are streaming into Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts this Friday, April 8, 2022 evening for a live concert by The Hit Men, a group of talented musicians who have performed with a who’s who of legendary artists including members of Foreigner, Journey, Cheap Trick, Cream, Grand Funk, and The Who. The group was founded in 2010 by Lee Shapiro, former musical director/keyboardist for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

published on 04/18/2022

The Ten Tenors LIVE! at the Grunin Center


Excitement is in the air this Friday, April 1, 2022 evening at the Grunin Center for the Arts, located on the campus of Toms River, NJ’s Ocean County College. Audience members are streaming in for a live concert by the Australian classical/contemporary vocal group, The Ten Tenors. The sold-out show is a benefit performance presented by the Ocean County College Foundation.

published on 04/11/2022

"My Happiness Fix!" Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo LIVE! at the Grunin Performing Arts Academy


Although it’s windy and cool outside the Grunin Performing Arts Academy in Toms River, NJ, this Sunday, March 27, 2022 afternoon, it’s warm and cozy inside as jazz lovers await a live concert performance by Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo.

published on 04/05/2022

"Spectacular from Beginning to End!" Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses LIVE! at the Grunin Center


Excitement is in the air this Saturday, March 19, 2022 at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts as music lovers prepare themselves for an electrifying performance by Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses.

published on 03/31/2022

Pop, Rock and Doo Wopp LIVE! at the Strand


The stage is set and music lovers are getting ready this Friday, March 18, 2022 evening for a nostalgic Pop, Rock and Doo Wopp show at the Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ. On the bill for tonight’s event are The Mystics, The Fireflies, LaLa Brooks, Larry Chance and the Earls, Emil Stucchio and the Classics, and Jay and the Americans.

published on 03/27/2022

"Insanely Good!" Pat Metheny's Side Eye LIVE! at STNJ

Music lovers inside the historic State Theatre New Jersey auditorium in New Brunswick, NJ this Friday, November 12, 2021 are primed to experience an evening of innovative jazz presented by guitar phenom Pat Metheny and his trio, Side Eye.

published on 11/27/2021

Rosanne Cash LIVE! at MPAC

Music lovers are in their seats this Wednesday, November 10, 2021 evening at MPAC in Morristown, NJ, anxiously awaiting a live concert by Rosanne Cash. One of music’s pre-eminent singer/songwriters, Cash has scored 21 Top 40 country hits, including 11 #1 singles. Her landmark 2009 album, The List, won the Americana Music Album of the Year award and her 2015 release, The River and the Thread — a collaboration with her husband, musician John Leventhal — earned her three Grammy Awards. Cash’s latest recording is her 2018 Blue Note release, She Remembers Everything.

published on 11/24/2021

“They Made Me Wish I Was a Teenager Again!” The Temptations and the Four Tops LIVE! at STNJ

Inside the beautifully restored STNJ auditorium in New Brunswick, NJ, this Sunday, November 7, 2021, a packed house anxiously awaits the start of a concert by two legendary Motown musical groups — The Temptations and The Four Tops.

published on 11/21/2021

“Loved It, Loved It, Loved It!” Gladys Knight LIVE! at STNJ

Inside STNJ in New Brunswick, NJ this Saturday, November 6, 2021, one of the most celebrated singers in pop music history, “The Empress of Soul,” Gladys Knight, is just about to begin a live performance of classic hits representing her long and storied musical career.

published on 11/19/2021

“My Happy Place! The Weeklings’ Beatles Bash LIVE! at the Grunin Center

The sold-out crowd at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts is ready and waiting this Friday, November 5, 2021 evening for a live Beatles Bash performance by The Weeklings, a group of top-flight Jersey musicians known for performing picture perfect renditions of Beatles classics as well as creating their own Beatles-inspired pop originals. Also on the bill for this special Beatles tribute concert tonight are The Barefoot Strings, a five-piece string ensemble, and The Maximum Horns, a five-piece horn section.

published on 11/18/2021

"It's a Party!" Foreigner LIVE! at STNJ

Patrons entering the gleaming State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick, NJ, this Friday, October 29, 2021 evening are welcomed into a fully-renovated theater. With new carpet, seats, and restrooms — along with a new elevator, donor lounge, and additional accessible seating — STNJ is celebrating its 100th anniversary season with a fabulous line-up of artists including Gladys Knight, jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, and Broadway’s Waitress, not to mention an epic performance tonight by one of the best-selling rock groups of all time, Foreigner.

published on 11/12/2021

"A Giant Among Giants!" Paul Anka Sings Sinatra LIVE! at MPAC

Music lovers are ready and waiting this Tuesday, October 26, 2021 evening inside the auditorium of Morristown, NJ’s MPAC. They’re all here for a night of music by the legendary singer/songwriter Paul Anka in a performance entitled Anka Sings Sinatra: His Songs, My Songs, My Way.

published on 11/09/2021

"A+" Judy Collins LIVE! at MPAC

The audience at MPAC in Morristown, NJ, this Sunday, October 24, 2021 evening is getting ready for a concert of classic folk-rock music from legendary singer/songwriter Judy Collins.

published on 11/07/2021

“They’re Better than Good — They’re Great!” The Glenn Miller Orchestra LIVE! at the Grunin Center

The sold-out crowd at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts is ready to sing ’n swing this Saturday, October 23, 2021 evening with a concert of big band jazz presented by The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra.

published on 11/04/2021

"Absolutely Epic!" Melissa Etheridge LIVE! at BergenPAC

Music lovers are lining up outside BergenPAC in Englewood, NJ this Friday, October 22, 2021 evening for a live concert by singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge.

published on 11/02/2021

"Legendary!" Brian Wilson LIVE! at MPAC

South Street in Morristown, NJ is bustling with the strains of music emanating from passing cars, orchestrating a kaleidoscopic soundtrack to Fall on this crisp October 12, 2021 evening. The sidewalk welcomes outdoor diners as well as patrons who enjoy ice cream treats at the local creamery before heading steps down the street to MPAC — the Mayo Performing Arts Center — and a live performance by Brian Wilson and his band.

published on 10/26/2021

"I'm in Heaven!" Kenny Loggins LIVE! at MPAC

After a year and a half of pandemic-related cancellations and postponements of concerts and more, the crowd inside MPAC in Morristown, NJ this October 8, 2021 evening is ready and waiting to experience a live performance by singer, songwriter, and musician Kenny Loggins.

published on 10/23/2021

"The Best Show I’ve Ever Been To!" Five for Fighting LIVE! at the Vogel

Fall is in the air this Saturday, October 2, 2021 evening outside Red Bank, NJ’s newest concert venue, The Vogel. Located in the Count Basie Center for the Arts, this state-of-the-art performance space is set to present a sold-out show tonight by Five for Fighting.

published on 10/21/2021

Stars of the Sixties LIVE! at the Strand Theater

Fall is in the air on this cool, crisp October 1, 2021 evening as music lovers line up outside the Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ for tonight’s Stars of the Sixties concert featuring Gary Lewis, Dennis Tufano, Lou Christie, The Cyrkle, and special guest Chris Ruggiero.

published on 10/15/2021

"Truly Amazing!" Christopher Cross LIVE! at MPAC

Light jazz plays inside the beautiful Mayo Performing Arts Center auditorium in Morristown, NJ on this Tuesday, October 5, 2021 evening as music lovers ready themselves for a concert by singer/songwriter/guitarist Christopher Cross. Cross was the first artist in history to win all four major awards in a single Grammy ceremony when, in 1981, he brought home honors for Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year for his debut recording, the multi-platinum-selling disc Christopher Cross.

published on 10/12/2021

"It Just Couldn't Have Been Any Better!" Jay Siegel’s Tokens and Ron Dante LIVE! at PNC Bank Arts Center

Even though it’s raining outside the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ this Tuesday, September 28, 2021 afternoon, the weather hasn’t stopped hundreds of intrepid music lovers from lining up for a free concert. Sponsored by the Garden State Arts Foundation, the show stars Jay Siegel’s Tokens and The Archies’ Ron Dante.

published on 10/11/2021

"Extraordinary!" John Pizzarelli and Catherine Russell in “Billie & Blue Eyes” at Toms River's Grunin Center

Music lovers are filtering in to Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts on this Sunday, September 26, 2021 evening to experience Billie & Blue Eyes, a musical tribute to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra presented by singer/guitarist John Pizzarelli and jazz vocalist Catherine Russell.

published on 10/09/2021

"Awe-Inspiring!" Béla Fleck LIVE! at Princeton's McCarter Theatre

Fall is in the air this Friday, September 24, 2021 evening outside Princeton, NJ’s McCarter Theatre as music lovers line up for a concert by banjo legend Béla Fleck.

published on 10/08/2021

“The Search is Over!” Spotlight on The Ides of March’s Jim Peterik

Jim Peterik is a musician, singer, and songwriter who struck gold as a teen with his #1 hit with The Ides of March, “Vehicle.” He’s also co-written songs including “Eye of the Tiger” and “The Search is Over” for Survivor, and has written or co-written material for such well-known artists as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar, REO Speedwagon, and many more.

published on 10/03/2021

"A Wonderful, Beautiful Night!" MPAC's Season Kickoff LIVE! Starring Linda Eder

The drizzle has stopped and the moon is brightening the sky above South Street in Morristown, NJ this Friday, September 17th evening. Music lovers mingle outside MPAC — the Mayo Performing Arts Center — before checking in for tonight’s 27th Season Kickoff performance by singer, actress, and recording artist Linda Eder.

published on 09/30/2021

“I Loved Every Minute of It!” Gary Puckett and The Association LIVE! at the PNC Bank Arts Center

It’s a breezy September 14, 2021 afternoon at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. Music lovers enjoy the summer sun as they picnic at tables outside the gates or relish tasty snacks purchased inside the modern facility while they wait for a free performance of ’60s and ’70s music. Presented by the Garden State Arts Foundation, today’s show stars Gary Puckett and the Union Gap and The Association.

published on 09/27/2021

A Conversation with Gary Lewis Who Appears in “Stars of the Sixties” at Lakewood's Strand Theater on October 1st

Singer Gary Lewis (“This Diamond Ring”) takes to the stage in Stars of the Sixties on October 1, 2021 at the Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ. The show, produced by Joe Mirrione, will also feature Lou Christie (“Lightning Strikes”), Dennis Tufano (“Kind of a Drag”), and The Cyrkle (“Red Rubber Ball”), in addition to special guest Chris Ruggiero.

published on 09/26/2021

The Disco 54 Band LIVE! at the Wine on the Beach Festival in Seaside Heights, NJ

It’s a beautiful Saturday, September 11, 2021 afternoon as music lovers and wine connoisseurs converge on the Seaside Heights, NJ beach and boardwalk for the 2021 Seaside Heights Wine on the Beach Festival featuring the music of The Disco 54 Band.

published on 09/23/2021

“Jamming with The Coda Band Featuring The Chiclettes!” Vinnie Medugno LIVE! at the PNC Bank Arts Center

It’s a gorgeous Thursday, Sept. 8, 2021 afternoon at Holmdel, NJ’s PNC Bank Arts Center. As we make our way up to the spacious amphitheater, music lovers are already lining up for an afternoon concert by Vinnie Medugno featuring The Chiclettes and The Coda Band.

published on 09/20/2021

“A Labor of Love” Laura Benanti and Friends LIVE! at OSPAC

It’s a lovely Saturday, September 4, 2021 evening as hundreds of theater lovers carrying lawn chairs and blankets line up for a benefit Labor Day weekend concert under the stars at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center in West Orange, NJ. The concert, starring Tony-winning Broadway veteran Laura Benanti, is slated to benefit two local community theater organizations, The Barn Theatre and Pleasant Valley Productions.

published on 09/16/2021

An Interview with John Pizzarelli, Who Stars with Catherine Russell in “Billie and Blue Eyes” at Toms River’s Grunin Center on Sept. 26

Grammy Award-winning guitarist/singer/producer John Pizzarelli stars with Grammy-winning vocalist Catherine Russell in Billie & Blue Eyes on Sept. 26, 2021 at 7pm at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts. Spotlight Central recently caught up with Pizzarelli to talk with him about his musical family, his work with such musical icons as Paul McCartney and James Taylor, in addition to his upcoming tribute to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra, Billie & Blue Eyes, at Toms River’s Grunin Center.

published on 09/13/2021

“Some Things Are Just Timeless!” Cousin Brucie’s Palisades Park Reunion Concert LIVE! at the PNC Bank Arts Center

Even though it’s a sweltering, muggy Thursday, August 26, 2021 evening, music lovers of all ages brave the heat at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ to attend Cousin Brucie’s Palisades Park Reunion Concert, a free event presented by the Garden State Arts Foundation. Featuring classic music from artists who entertained audiences at NJ’s Palisades Amusement Park back in the 1960s, tonight’s show — hosted by 77-WABC radio DJ Bruce “Cousin Brucie” Morrow — is slated to star such beloved performers as Tony Orlando, Bobby Rydell, and The Capris.

published on 09/07/2021

“I Wish They Would Have Played All Night Long!” Williams Honor LIVE! in Seaside Heights, NJ

The ocean in Seaside Heights, NJ, this misty Friday, August 20, 2021 evening is a vibrant blue. Although the sun is beginning to set in the west, it still illuminates the white, sandy beach where country music fans are streaming in for a live concert by the New Jersey-based country duo, Williams Honor.

published on 09/03/2021

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra LIVE! at Ocean County College

It’s a breezy August 18, 2021 evening on the campus of Toms River, NJ’s Ocean County College. Music lovers in lawn chairs dot the hillside above a portable stage as they wait for the start of a live performance by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra featuring the music of George Bizet, Aaron Copland, John Williams, and more.

published on 08/30/2021

“Do Something To Me!” Tommy James and the Shondells LIVE! at the Ocean City Music Pier

The boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ is packed this cool, cloudy August 17, 2021 evening, but outside the Ocean City Music Pier, music lovers are already making their way off the public walk and inside the historic venue for a live concert by Tommy James and the Shondells.

published on 08/26/2021

“Broadway Meets the Beach” LIVE! on the Seaside Heights Boardwalk

An enthusiastic crowd of Broadway fans is waiting on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, NJ this balmy Friday, August 13, 2021 evening for a live performance of Broadway Meets the Beach. Tonight’s show, which features such Broadway stars as Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages, Jekyll and Hyde), Jim Borstelmann (The Producers, Young Frankenstein), Korie Lee Blossey (Disney’s Aladdin, Tarzan), and Jen Perry (Kinky Boots, Mama Mia), also spotlights local New Jersey talent including two groups of young dancers from Kick Performing Arts Studios in Fair Haven, NJ.

published on 08/21/2021

“My Happy Place!” Freestyle at the Beach LIVE! in Seaside Heights, NJ with Lisa Lisa and Friends

The world-famous Seaside Heights boardwalk is packed this Saturday, August 7, 2021 evening as the sun begins to set over the Jersey shore. Happy screams can be heard emanating from the Tilt-A-Whirl and Skyscraper rides on Casino Pier, and vacationers can be seen enjoying cheesy pizza and tasty ice cream treats while strolling the boards, but the main attraction that has people lined up with beach chairs and blankets is tonight’s Freestyle at the Beach concert starring Lisa Lisa, George Lamond, Judy Torres, and DJ Whiteboy.

published on 08/16/2021

“Beethoven and Friends!” The MidAtlantic Orchestra LIVE! at the Great Auditorium

It’s drizzling outside Ocean Grove, NJ’s Great Auditorium this Thursday, July 29, 2021 evening, a night on which the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association has slated a long-awaited Summer Stars Classical music program entitled “Beethoven and Friends.” The event, which features the MidAtlantic Orchestra under the baton of Jason Tramm, also spotlights such additional musical friends as violinist Byung Kook Kwak, soprano vocalist Michelle Johnson, and organist Gordon Turk.

published on 08/11/2021

“Goody Goody!” Stiletto and the Saxman LIVE! on the Seaside Heights Boardwalk

It’s a gorgeous August 2, 2021 evening on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, NJ. The sun is warm yet the ocean breeze cools visitors, young and old, who stroll the public walk. The flashing lights of Lucky Leo’s Arcade conjure memories of carefree days gone by and patrons line up at Kohl’s Frozen Custard to enjoy the delicious taste of summer.

published on 08/06/2021

“Contagious, in a Good Way!” La Fiocco LIVE! at the Great Auditorium

Music lovers are streaming into the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, NJ, this Thursday, July 22, 2021 evening for a concert by La Fiocco. Founded in 2010 by musician Lewis R. Baratz, the ensemble performs compositions from the late Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical eras of music on period instruments.

published on 08/04/2021

“Electric!" The Vieness Piano Duo LIVE! at the Great Auditorium

It’s a gorgeous summer evening just outside the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, NJ, this Thursday, July 15, 2021. A cool breeze blows off the sea as people walk their dogs, families enjoy ice cream cones, and kids ride bikes and skateboards in the park on Pilgrim Pathway. In addition, music lovers are making their way inside the Great Auditorium to hear tonight’s latest 2021 Summer Stars Classical music series offering starring The Vieness Piano Duo.

published on 07/29/2021

“Betcha By Golly Wow!” Spotlight on Singer Chris Ruggiero

Chris Ruggiero is an up-and-coming 22-year-old singer from the East Coast who loves songs from the golden age of rock and roll, performing and recording music from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. Spotlight Central recently caught up with Chris and talked to him about his musical childhood, his national television debut on PBS, his relationships with a number of well-known musical friends, in addition to the release of his two new recordings, Time Was and I Am Chris Ruggiero.

published on 07/28/2021

"And the Seasons, They Go Round and Round." Emily Grove’s Tribute to Joni Mitchell LIVE! at the Hunterdon County Library

Following a year in which many concerts were cancelled or postponed, music lovers packing lawn chairs and blankets are making their way onto the lawn of the Hunterdon County Library in Flemington, NJ this Tuesday, July 13, 2021. They’re all here to enjoy a live Joni Mitchell tribute performance by NJ singer/songwriter Emily Grove.

published on 07/20/2021

"Restored, Refreshed, Renewed in Spirit." The Solisti Ensemble LIVE! at Ocean Grove's Great Auditorium

Following a year in which most concerts were cancelled or postponed, music lovers are currently streaming into Ocean Grove, NJ’s Great Auditorium this Thursday, July 8, 2021 evening for a live performance by one of classical music’s most distinguished string ensembles, The Solisti Ensemble.

published on 07/19/2021

“Still Wanderin’!” Spotlight on The Del-Satins’ Stan Zizka

Stan Zizka is the lead singer of The Del-Satins, a doo-wop group founded in the late-1950s. In addition to their 1962 regional hit, “Teardrops Follow Me,” Zizka and the Del-Satins made rock ’n roll history by singing backup on many of Dion’s greatest hits including “Runaround Sue,” “Ruby Baby,” and “The Wanderer.”

published on 07/17/2021

“You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice!” Spotlight on The Lovin’ Spoonful’s Steve Boone

Steve Boone is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted bassist and songwriter who is a founding member of The Lovin’ Spoonful, a group which in the 1960s had seven straight Top 10 hits. Spotlight Central recently caught up with Boone and asked him about his musical childhood, his rise to fame with The Lovin’ Spoonful, what he’s been up to lately, in addition to his future plans with the group.

published on 07/08/2021

From “Sister Kate” to “Why Wait?” Spotlight on Singer/Songwriter Kate Taylor

Singer/songwriter Kate Taylor is a member of what Rolling Stone magazine once called the “First Family of Rock” — the set of musical siblings which includes Alex, James, Livingston, Hugh, and Kate Taylor. In 1971, Kate released her well-received debut album, Sister Kate — a recording that was produced by Peter Asher and featured such prominent musicians as Danny Kortchmar, Leland Sklar, and Russ Kunkel.

published on 06/01/2021

More than a “Little Star!” Spotlight on The Elegants’ Vito Picone

In 1956, Vito Picone, a teenager in Staten Island, NY, started his own vocal group, The Elegants. By 1958, the group’s signature song, “Little Star,” rocketed up the Billboard charts to become the #1 song in the nation. Soon, Vito and The Elegants began touring the country with some of the greatest names in rock ’n roll history. Later on, Vito continued to display his talents as an actor, appearing in a number of well-regarded films and television shows.

published on 05/19/2021

“Here We Come, Walkin’ Down the Street…” Spotlight on The Monkees’ Songwriter Bobby Hart

Bobby Hart is an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Grammy Award-nominated songwriter who helped sell nearly 100 million recordings. Well known for his association with musician Tommy Boyce, the pair wrote, produced, and performed on recordings by The Monkees, the made-for-TV music group which in 1967 and 1968 outsold both The Beatles and Rolling Stones combined.

published on 05/06/2021

"Go, Jimmy, Go!" Spotlight on '50s and '60s Teen Idol Jimmy Clanton

Jimmy Clanton is known as one of the most popular teen idols of the 1950s and ’60s. Between 1958 and 1962, the “Swamp Pop Teenage Idol” had seven charted hits — including three which reached the Top 10 and four which were million sellers — in addition to starring in films and sharing the stage with a variety of well-known artists including Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Platters, and many more.

published on 04/19/2021

"C'mon!" Spotlight on Buffalo Springfield and Poco's Richie Furay

Richie Furay is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who, in the mid-1960s, formed Buffalo Springfield with several other up-and-coming musicians including Stephen Stills and Neil Young. Buffalo Springfield’s biggest hit, “For What It’s Worth,” became an anthem for the 1960s, but the band’s three albums — all recorded in the span of just two years — consisted of additional outstanding material, notably Furay’s original composition, “Kind Woman.” Furay’s crisp, clean vocals earned him the nod as the group’s lead singer and, as such, it is his voice which carries many of Neil Young’s early songs.

published on 04/01/2021

"Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song)!" Spotlight on Dennis Tufano, Original Lead Singer of The Buckinghams

Dennis Tufano is the original lead singer of The Buckinghams and whose voice you hear on such great 1960's hits as “Hey Baby (They’re Playing Our Song),” “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” “Don’t You Care,” “Susan,” and The Buckinghams’ 1967 #1 chart-topping smash, “Kind of a Drag.”

published on 03/29/2021

A Conversation with America’s Got Talent’s Mandy Harvey, Starring in a Free Virtual Concert for State Theatre on March 25

Singer-songwriter Mandy Harvey will present Together We Rise, a free virtual concert on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 6:30 pm ET as part of a State Theatre New Jersey collaboration with Bristol Myers Squibb and additional support from EY and Accenture. The pop and jazz singer is best known for her appearances on Season 12 of America’s Got Talent.

published on 03/20/2021

“You’re The Best” Spotlight on The Brooklyn Bridge's Joe "Bean” Esposito

Singer/songwriter Joe “Bean” Esposito is currently the lead singer of The Brooklyn Bridge and a former member of The Brooklyn Dreams. His voice can be heard on hit recordings with Donna Summer and Brenda Russell, as well as in blockbuster movies including Flashdance and The Karate Kid. His original songs have been recorded by such artists as Aretha Franklin, Stephen Stills, and Diana Ross.

published on 03/08/2021

“People Get Ready!” Spotlight on Vanilla Fudge’s Mark Stein

Mark Stein is well-known as a lead vocalist, keyboardist, composer, and arranger for the influential ‘60s-era psychedelic rock band, Vanilla Fudge. Spotlight Central recently caught up with Stein and asked him about his musical childhood, his rise to fame with Vanilla Fudge, his work with other celebrated musicians, in addition to what he’s been up to lately.

published on 02/21/2021

"Still the One!" Spotlight on Orleans' John Hall

Orleans was formed in Woodstock, NY by guitarist John Hall, guitarist/keyboardist Larry Hoppen, drummer Wells Kelly, and bassist Lance Hoppen. The group went on to achieve lasting fame with such memorable hits as 1975’s “Dance with Me” and 1976’s “Still the One,” both co-written by Hall.

published on 02/06/2021

"Hushabye" Spotlight on The Mystics' Al Contrera

The Mystics are a doo-wop group from Brooklyn, NY. The group’s biggest hit, “Hushabye,” climbed the charts in 1959, a disc called by critics “one of those perfect records” which exemplifies the doo-wop genre.

published on 01/12/2021

"You'll Never Walk Alone" Spotlight on Donovan Tea of The Lettermen

The Lettermen are a world-renowned pop vocal trio founded in 1959. The group has recorded over 75 albums including two Top 10 pop singles, 16 Top 10 Adult Contemporary singles, and 18 international gold records. Vocalist Donovan Tea joined The Lettermen in 1984 and, next to now-retired founding member Tony Butala, is the longest-tenured member of the group.

published on 12/28/2020

"It Goes Like This, The Peppermint Twist!" Spotlight on The Starliters' Joey Dee

Spotlight Central recently caught up with Joey Dee, who shared insight into his childhood as a budding musician, recounted his rise to fame with Joey Dee and the Starliters, and filled us in on highlights of his six-decade-long career in the music business.

published on 12/10/2020

"Lonely Days Are Gone, I’m A-Goin’ Home..." Spotlight on The Box Tops’ Gary Talley

Gary Talley is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and founding member of The Box Tops, the blue-eyed soul group from Memphis which scored in the late 1960’s with hits like “Cry Like a Baby,” “Soul Deep,” and “The Letter.” Spotlight Central recently caught up with Talley and talked with him about his musical childhood, his work with The Box Tops, his career as a musician, and what he’s been up to lately.

published on 11/20/2020

"Bring Back That Sunny Day!" Spotlight on Tom Garrett of The Classics IV

The Classics IV enjoyed pop music success in the 1960s with million-selling records including “Traces,” “Spooky,” and “Stormy.” In 2008, lead singer Dennis Yost passed away, but before he died, he hand picked vocalist Tom Garrett to carry on the legacy of the group.

published on 11/02/2020

"Bless Your Heart!" Spotlight on The Allman Betts Band's Berry Duane Oakley

Berry Duane Oakley is the talented bassist for The Allman Betts Band, a group which plays an eclectic mix of rock, blues, country, folk, vintage R&B, jazz, and soul. Of the seven musicians who comprise the ensemble, three are the sons of original members of The Allman Brothers Band. Devon Allman is the son of vocalist/keyboardist Gregg Allman, Duane Betts is the son of guitarist Dickey Betts, and Berry Duane Oakley is the son of The Allman Brothers’ bassist Berry Oakley. In addition, Oakley’s stepdad is singer Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night fame.

published on 10/26/2020

Joyride! Spotlight on Jazz Banjoist Cynthia Sayer

Cynthia Sayer is an award-winning instrumentalist, vocalist, and bandleader. While proficient on several musical instruments, Sayer is considered one of the world’s top 4-string jazz banjo players. Her latest album is entitled Joyride.

published on 10/20/2020

"See You in September!" Spotlight on The Happenings’ Bob Miranda

Bob Miranda is a singer/songwriter best known as a founding member of the ’60s pop vocal group, The Happenings. Between 1966 and 1968, he and the group had nine Billboard Hot 100 singles including their signature song, “See You in September.”

published on 09/28/2020

"Guess There's Just No Getting Over You!" Spotlight on The Union Gap’s Gary Puckett

Gary Puckett & The Union Gap was one of the most successful musical groups of the 1960s. Thanks to Puckett’s signature vocal style, the group garnered six consecutive gold records with such memorable hits as “Young Girl,” “Woman Woman,” “Lady Willpower,” “This Girl is a Woman Now,” and “Over You.”

published on 09/19/2020

"Cherish is the Word" Spotlight on The Association’s Jim Yester

Vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Jim Yester is best known for his work with The Association, the sunshine pop vocal group which produced such great ’60s hits as “Cherish,” “Windy,” “Never My Love,” and “Along Comes Mary.” The first band in history to open a rock festival at 1967’s Monterey Pop Festival, Yester and The Association went on to sell over 80 million recordings, earning six gold records and three platinum disks along the way.

published on 09/12/2020

"Music is the Medicine" Spotlight on The Rascals' Eddie Brigati

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Eddie Brigati is a singer/songwriter best known for his work with the ’60s band, The Rascals. Thanks to their R&B-inspired songs, The Rascals were the first all-white group signed to Atlantic Records. Between 1966 and 1968, Brigati and The Rascals made Billboard’s Top 20 with nine singles including “Good Lovin’,” “Groovin’,” “How Can I Be Sure,” “A Beautiful Morning,” and “People Got to be Free.”

published on 09/02/2020

"Call Me!" Spotlight on Chris Montez

Chris Montez is a singer/guitarist well-known for performing rock, pop, and Latin music. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Hawthorne, CA, Montez was influenced by Hispanic culture and the rock and roll success of Ritchie Valens. While many in the United States recognize him for his 1962 Top 10 rocker, “Let’s Dance,” others associate him with a more adult contemporary sound as exemplified by such 1966 hits as “Call Me” and “The More I See You.” Still others know Montez for his international catalog of recordings in addition to his live performances presented around the globe.

published on 08/25/2020

"Sedaka is Back!" Spotlight on Neil Sedaka

Singer/songwriter/composer/pianist Neil Sedaka started out as teen pop sensation of the ’50s, transitioned to a composer of songs for himself and others in the ’60s, and developed into an international superstar during the ’70s. With millions of records sold, Sedaka has remained a constant force in the music industry for nearly seven decades.

published on 08/20/2020

"Wild One!" Spotlight on Bobby Rydell

Starting out as a teen idol during the 1950s, Bobby Rydell went on to sell over 25 million records including more than 30 Top 100 hits, placing him in the Top 5 artists of his era. Rydell has performed internationally for millions of fans, appeared on dozens of television shows, and starred in the Hollywood film Bye Bye Birdie. He is also the author of the 2016 autobiography, Bobby Rydell: Teen Idol on the Rocks.

published on 08/12/2020

"Full Cyrkle!" Spotlight on The Cyrkle's Don Dannemann

The Cyrkle is a 60s-era rock band which is well-known for their hits, “Red Rubber Ball” and “Turn Down Day.” Founded by lead singer/guitarist Don Dannemann, the band toured with The Beatles, opening for them at the Fab Four’s final show at Candlestick Park in 1966. After breaking up, The Cyrkle reunited nearly a half-century later with Dannemann at the helm, performing concerts around the country, including their first revival show at The Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ.

published on 08/08/2020

"Simon Says!" Spotlight on The 1910 Fruitgum Company's Frank Jeckell

The 1910 Fruitgum Company was founded in 1965 in Linden, NJ by guitarist Frank Jeckell. By 1967, the group had signed with Buddah Records, a label which released five of their LPs and a variety of singles which became Top 40 hits including “1, 2, 3 Red Light,” “Goody Goody Gumdrops,” and “Simon Says.”

published on 07/29/2020

"Simply Sarah!" Spotlight on Classical Music's Sarah Chang

Sarah Chang is an award-winning violinist who is considered one of the most captivating young artists in the classical music world. Recognized as a child prodigy, Chang’s debut album was released when she was 10, and she went on to record and perform with some of the most prominent orchestras in the USA and around the globe.

published on 07/22/2020

"Bustin’ Out!" Spotlight on Pure Prairie League’s Mike Reilly

Pure Prairie League is a country-rock band which originated in Southern Ohio. Founding members include singer/songwriter/guitarist Craig Fuller and pedal steel guitarist John David Call.

published on 07/14/2020

A Conversation with American Idol’s Constantine Maroulis, Starring in a Cape May Stage Virtual Concert Starting July 13

Cape May Stage presents Quarantine with Constantine, a virtual concert with Constantine Maroulis, as a part of the Cape May, NJ theater company’s 2020 Virtual Broadway Series. The show will be available for ticket holders to view from July 13 until August 31, 2020.

published on 07/11/2020

A Conversation with Storm Large, Starring in a Cape May Stage Virtual Concert

Cape May Stage presents Storm Large as a part of the Cape May, NJ theater company’s 2020 Virtual Broadway Series. The show will be available for ticket holders to view from Monday, July 6 until Monday, August 31.

published on 07/04/2020

"No More Than You Can Handle" Spotlight on Orleans' Lance Hoppen

Orleans was formed in 1972 in Woodstock, NY by guitarist/keyboardist Larry Hoppen, guitarist John Hall, drummer Wells Kelly, and bassist Lance Hoppen. In 1973, the band released its first album, Orleans, and followed up with such memorable hits as 1975’s “Dance with Me” and 1976’s “Still the One.”

published on 07/02/2020

"No More Than You Can Handle" Spotlight on Orleans’ Lance Hoppen

Orleans was formed in 1972 in Woodstock, NY by guitarist/keyboardist Larry Hoppen, guitarist John Hall, drummer Wells Kelly, and bassist Lance Hoppen. In 1973, the band released its first album, Orleans, and followed up with such memorable hits as 1975’s “Dance with Me” and 1976’s “Still the One.”

published on 07/01/2020

"You Keep Us Hangin' On!" Spotlight on Vanilla Fudge’s Carmine Appice

Carmine Appice is an elite rock drummer known for his work with Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Rod Stewart, King Kobra, and more. His book, Stick It!: My Life of Sex, Drums and Rock ’n’ Roll, is a no-holds-barred account of Appice’s life as a world-class rocker.

published on 06/23/2020

"Come Sail Away!" Spotlight on Styx Founding Member Dennis DeYoung

Singer/songwriter/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of Styx and the lead songwriter on a vast majority of the group’s hits. Since leaving the band, DeYoung has toured with his own group, and has also just released a new 2020 solo album, 26 East, Volume 1.

published on 06/16/2020

"I'm Into Something Good!" Spotlight on Herman’s Hermits’ Peter Noone

Peter Noone is a world-renowned entertainer, best known as the frontman of the multi-million selling ’60s band, Herman’s Hermits. In addition to working on television in shows including Laverne and Shirley, Too Close for Comfort, Married with Children, and As the World Turns, Noone has also appeared on stage on Broadway and in London’s West End.

published on 06/12/2020

“What Kind of World Do You Want?” Spotlight on Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik

Five for Fighting is the stage name of singer, songwriter, and pianist John Ondrasik. Ondrasik was born in Los Angeles into a musical family. As a child, he learned to play the piano. In his teens, he learned to play guitar and started to write music.

published on 06/06/2020

"Listen to Your Heart" Spotlight on Poco's Rusty Young

Singer/songwriter/instrumentalist Rusty Young is one of world’s preeminent pedal steel guitarists and a founding member of the band, Poco. Poco originated when the ‘60s rock group, Buffalo Springfield (“For What It’s Worth”) was recording its final album and group members Stephen Stills, Neil Young, and Richie Furay were recording their own material without the other band members present. One of Furay’s projects was his country rock classic, “Kind Woman,” which he recorded with the help of producer/engineer/bassist Jim Messina and steel guitar player Rusty Young.

published on 06/01/2020

The Voice of "Sugar, Sugar" Spotlight on Pop Music’s Ron Dante

Ron Dante has had a long and distinguished career in the music industry as a singer, songwriter, and producer. In 1969, his vocals helped catapult The Archies’ hit, “Sugar, Sugar,” to the top of the charts where it became the #1 single of the year. In addition to writing songs for a variety of artists, Dante came to prominence as a record producer, most notably with Barry Manilow. More recently, however, Dante has toured the country with the Happy Together Tour as a member of The Turtles.

published on 05/22/2020

"The Miracle of Music" Spotlight on Bruce 'Cousin Brucie' Morrow

Bruce “Cousin Brucie” Morrow was born on October 13, 1937, and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. As a high school student, he became involved in NYC’s All City Radio Workshop, and while attending college at New York University, he helped create the school’s first radio station, WCAG.

published on 05/17/2020

"The Voice" of Blood, Sweat and Tears: Spotlight on BS&T's Keith Paluso

Keith Paluso is a Southern soul, folk, and Americana singer/songwriter from the Memphis, Tennessee area who, after appearing on NBC-TV’s The Voice, became the lead singer of the legendary jazz-rock group, Blood, Sweat and Tears. Spotlight Central recently caught up with Paluso in order to find out more about his background, his days on The Voice, his work with Blood, Sweat and Tears, and what he’s been up to during the current suspension of live concerts.

published on 05/08/2020

"I Think We’re Alone Now" Spotlight on Tommy James!

Tommy James is one of the most popular artists of the 1960s. With over 23 gold singles and nine platinum albums to his credit, James has sold over 100 million records worldwide. More than 300 artists including Bruce Springsteen, Santana, R.E.M., Billy Idol, Cher, Joan Jett, and Kelly Clarkson have covered his songs. His music has also been heard in 60 motion pictures and in over 50 television shows including The Simpsons, Criminal Minds, and Breaking Bad.

published on 04/30/2020

"Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!" Spotlight on The Buckinghams: An Interview with Carl Giammarese

The Buckinghams are an American pop band from Chicago, Illinois. Formed in 1966, within a single year, the band had gone on to become recognized as “The Most Listened To Band In America” by Billboard magazine charting five Top 40 hits. After over a half century, the group still continues to delight audiences around the country.

published on 04/24/2020

"Brilliant!" Chris Botti LIVE! at BergenPAC

Music lovers at Englewood, NJ’s BergenPAC this March 8, 2020 evening are eagerly awaiting the start of a concert by famed jazz trumpeter Chris Botti.

published on 03/25/2020

"Off-the-Charts Spectacular!" Jim Messina LIVE! at SOPAC

Audience members at South Orange, NJ’s SOPAC this Thursday March 5, 2020 evening are ready and waiting for the start of a live concert appearance by Jim Messina.

published on 03/18/2020

"Magical and Brilliant!" Matilda the Musical at Deal Park, NJ's Axelrod PAC

Broadway comes to the Jersey Shore with a new production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical at Deal Park, NJ’s Axelrod Performing Arts Center. The show runs from now until March 22, 2020 with an appealing line-up of weekday and weekend performances.

published on 03/12/2020

"The Best Music in the World!" The Grass Roots, The Buckinghams, and The Box Tops LIVE! at BergenPAC

As kids growing up in New Jersey during the 1960s, we faithfully listened to the latest and greatest American Pop hits coming out of our transistor radios. For us, songs like The Box Tops’ “The Letter,” The Buckinghams’ “Kind of a Drag,” and The Grass Roots’ “I’d Wait a Million Years” were transformative vehicles which inspired us to want to become musicians ourselves.

published on 03/10/2020

"Ecstatic!" Air Supply LIVE! at BergenPAC

It’s Friday, February 28, 2020, and fans inside Englewood, NJ’s BergenPAC auditorium are excitedly awaiting a sold-out concert by the world-famous Australian pop duo, Air Supply.

published on 03/09/2020

Orleans, Poco, and Pure Prairie League LIVE! at MPAC

Fans of music from the 1970s are excitedly waiting inside Morristown, NJ’s beautiful MPAC auditorium this Saturday, February 22, 2020 evening for the start of tonight’s sold-out Ultimate ’70s Tour concert starring ’70s country-flavored pop icons Orleans, Poco, and Pure Prairie League.

published on 03/04/2020

"She's An Inspiration!" Mandy Harvey LIVE! at the Grunin Center

An audience comprised of music lovers of all ages is making its way inside Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts this Friday, February 21, 2020 for a unique concert by the award-winning singer/songwriter Mandy Harvey.

published on 03/02/2020

"100 Years of Blues!" Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite LIVE! at MPAC

Although the weather is frigid outside Morristown, NJ’s MPAC this Thursday, February 20, 2020 evening, it hasn’t prevented music lovers from making their way out to see a concert of authentic blues presented by singer/songwriter/guitarist Elvin Bishop and harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite.

published on 02/28/2020

"They Kicked A** and Made Their Fathers Proud!" The Allman Betts Band LIVE! at the Scottish Rite Auditorium

Although outside the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood, NJ this February 15, 2020 evening the temperature is freezing, inside the historic theater the stage is set for a concert of scorching Southern Rock starring The Allman Betts Band. Comprised of second generation members of The Allman Brothers Band — notably Gregg Allman’s son Devon Allman on vocals/guitar, Dickey Betts’ son Duane Betts on vocals/guitar, and Berry Oakley’s son Berry Duane Oakley Jr. on bass/vocals — The Allman Betts Band is making a name for itself as a top-notch recording ensemble and live performing band with a catalog of music which consists of creative originals and innovative covers of Allman Brothers Band material in addition to other rock classics.

published on 02/24/2020

Boyz II Men LIVE! at the State Theatre NJ

It’s Thursday, February 13, 2020, and the sold-out crowd at the State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick is excitedly waiting for the start of a Valentine’s Day Eve concert by one of America’s all-time favorite boy bands — Boyz II Men.

published on 02/21/2020

"Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" in Concert LIVE! with the NJSO at the State Theatre NJ

Outside New Brunswick, NJ’s State Theatre this Sunday, February 9, 2020 afternoon, a troop of Imperial Stormtroopers and other characters from the Star Wars universe march up and down George Street to the delight of passersby.

published on 02/15/2020

"Their Music Permeates the Soul!" Ladysmith Black Mambazo LIVE! at the State Theatre NJ

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a South African male vocal group which became internationally known after singing with Paul Simon on his groundbreaking 1986 album, Graceland.

published on 02/11/2020

Kool & the Gang and KC and the Sunshine Band LIVE! at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

It’s New Year’s Eve this December 31, 2019 evening and the celebration is already underway at the Etess Arena inside Atlantic City, NJ’s Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Tonight’s rockin’ event provided by Atlantic City’s premiere entertainment destination is an evening of party music presented by ’70s favorites Kool & the Gang and KC and the Sunshine Band.

published on 01/08/2020

"Give Us Mo'!" Keb' Mo' LIVE! at the Newton Theatre

Keb’ Mo’ is a four-time Grammy Award-winning Delta blues musician who has performed with Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, Keith Richards, Gregg Allman, Buddy Guy, Metallica, and many others. He’s appeared on Sesame Street with Kermit the Frog, Grover, and Elmo, and on the series finale of the TV show, The West Wing. On this wintry December 18, 2019 evening, however, Keb’ Mo’ is starring in his live Jingle Bell Jamboree holiday show at Northwestern NJ’s Newton Theatre.

published on 01/04/2020

"She Sings Like an Angel!" Jackie Evancho LIVE! at the Newton Theatre

Although Friday the 13th might be an unlucky date for some, it’s certainly not for music lovers at the Newton Theatre in Newton, NJ this Friday, December 13, 2019. These lucky listeners are happily waiting inside the cozy Newton Theatre auditorium for a uplifting concert of holiday music from teenage vocal phenom Jackie Evancho.

published on 01/03/2020

Earth, Wind and Fire LIVE! at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

The crowd is filled with excitement this Saturday, December 28, 2019 evening at Atlantic City, NJ’s Hard Rock Hotel and Casino as music lovers inside the stunning Etess Arena ready themselves for a concert by one of the world’s greatest bands — Earth, Wind and Fire.

published on 01/02/2020

Five for Fighting LIVE! at SOPAC

It’s a chilly Thursday, December 12, 2019 evening as we enter the warm and inviting lobby of South Orange, NJ’s SOPAC for a special holiday season concert by Five For Fighting.

published on 12/27/2019

Blood, Sweat and Tears LIVE! at the Newton Theatre

Music lovers at the Newton Theatre this Sunday, December 8, 2019 are anxiously awating a concert by perennial favorites, Blood, Sweat and Tears.

published on 12/26/2019

"Brilliant!" Dianne Reeves' Christmas Time is Here LIVE! at SOPAC

The SOPAC stage in South Orange, NJ, this December 7, 2019 is set with a Christmas tree with twinkling white lights. Poinsettias are strategically placed in between an assortment of instruments — a grand piano, an upright bass, a drum set, and an electric guitar on a stand — and white snowflakes are projected on the walls of the sleek and modern auditorium.

published on 12/21/2019

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones LIVE! at the State Theatre New Jersey

Christmas is in air in New Brunswick, NJ this Friday, December 6, 2019. The town’s tree lighting event has hundreds braving the cool winter air, shoppers are checking out wares at a lively holiday street fair market, and lines are forming outside the State Theater New Jersey for a 30th Anniversary holiday season performance by Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.

published on 12/20/2019

LeAnn Rimes' "You and Me and Christmas" Tour LIVE! at MPAC

Following a weekend in which an early storm blanketed much of the area around Morristown, NJ with blustery ice and snow, a holiday crowd bustles in from the cold to the warmth and comfort of the MPAC auditorium. The reason they’re here this Tuesday, December 3, 2019 evening is for a special You and Me and Christmas performance by singer/songwriter LeAnn Rimes.

published on 12/18/2019

Joan Osborne's "Dylanology" LIVE! at the Newton Theatre

Even though a winter storm warning is in effect in Northwestern New Jersey this Sunday, December 1, 2019 evening, the vibe inside the Newton Theater is warm and friendly. Here, music lovers willing to brave the elements are ready to enjoy a special Dylanology Bob Dylan tribute concert by Joan Osborne along with special guests Jackie Greene and Anders Osborne.

published on 12/16/2019

"She Sounds Even Better Than Her Records!" Gladys Knight LIVE! at MPAC

It’s Sunday, November 24, 2019 — just four days before Thanksgiving — and music lovers are lining up outside MPAC in Morristown, NJ for a live concert performance by the “Empress of Soul,” Gladys Knight.

published on 12/08/2019

"My Favorite of All Favorites!" The Doobie Brothers LIVE! at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Audience members at Atlantic City, NJ’s Hard Rock Hotel and Casino are ready to “Listen to the Music” of the Doobie Brothers at this evening’s November 22, 2019 concert in the venue’s ultra-sleek and modern Etess Arena.

published on 12/06/2019

"The Greatest Show on Earth!" Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy LIVE! at SOPAC

Carl Palmer is considered to be one of the world’s preeminent rock drummers. Born in England in 1950, Palmer started taking drum lessons as a child. As a youngster, he admired The Beatles, but was also a fan of other artists including drummers Buddy Rich, Art Blakey, and Gene Krupa, in addition to other jazz musicians. In his late teens, Palmer co-founded the band Atomic Rooster, but realized he preferred working in a smaller group setting where he could emulate the work of the jazz players he admired.

published on 12/03/2019

The Supremes' Mary Wilson Headlines "An Evening of Motown" LIVE! at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Motown music fans are ready and waiting for An Evening of Motown at Atlantic City, NJ’s Hard Rock Hotel and Casino this Saturday, November 16, 2019. Starring in this special concert in the venue’s Sound Waves theater are Junior Walker’s All-Star Band, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and Mary Wilson of The Supremes.

published on 12/01/2019

"Amazing as Always!" Anka Sings Sinatra LIVE! at BergenPAC

It may be freezing outside Englewood, NJ’s BergenPAC this Tuesday, November 12, 2019 evening, but it’s toasty warm inside as audience members ready themselves for a live Anka Sings Sinatra concert by the legendary singer/composer, Paul Anka.

published on 11/26/2019

"Mesmerizing!" Cowboy Junkies LIVE! at the Grunin Center

Inside Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center auditorium this Thursday, November 7, 2019, musical instruments can be observed on the stage — electric bass, drum set, electric guitars, mandolin, and lap steel guitar — each placed on a series of individual rugs, providing musicians and music lovers alike with a sense of space and order.

published on 11/21/2019

Chubby Checker LIVE! at the State Theatre NJ's Rock and Roll Spectacular

The crowd is settled in at New Brunswick’s State Theatre New Jersey this Saturday, November 2, 2019 evening for a Rock and Roll Spectacular starring Chubby Checker, The Duprees, Jay Seigel’s Tokens, and The Capris.

published on 11/16/2019

"Just Fantastic!" Tommy James and Felix Cavaliere LIVE! at BergenPAC

We’re backstage at BergenPAC in Englewood, NJ, just moments before Tommy James and the Shondells’ Friday, November 1, 2019 concert with Felix Cavaliere and his Rascals.

published on 11/15/2019

The Supremes' Mary Wilson LIVE! at Newark’s GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center

Music lovers at Newark, NJ’s GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center this Tuesday, October 29, 2019 evening are in for a treat. All are ready to take part in a special NJ musical event which features an intimate conversation with a founding member of one of the greatest singing groups of all time, The Supremes — An Evening With…. Mary Wilson!

published on 11/12/2019

"Greetings from Asbury Park!" The NJ Hall of Fame's 11th Annual Red Carpet Induction Ceremony

It’s Sunday, October 27, 2019, and even though it’s drizzling, folks at the world-famous Asbury Park, NJ boardwalk can’t help but stop and stare at such well-known celebrities as Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander, NY Giant Bart Oates, US Olympic Gymnast Laurie Hernandez, television personality Martha Stewart, Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin, and Jersey rockers, The Smithereens.

published on 11/10/2019

"An Evening With...The Smithereens" LIVE! at the Grammy Museum Experience Prudential Center

A crowd is forming outside Newark, NJ’s GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center this Thursday, October 24, 2019 evening as music fans line up to take part in a special NJ musical event — An Evening With…. The Smithereens!

published on 11/07/2019

"Totally WOW!" Sergio Mendes and Bebel Gilberto LIVE! at MPAC

Light Brazilian rhythms play as music lovers enter the beautiful MPAC auditorium in Morristown, NJ, this Tuesday, October 22, 2019 evening. All are ready to experience a special 60th Anniversary of Bossa Nova concert by the legendary Brazilian musician Sérgio Mendes and singer Bebel Gilberto.

published on 11/05/2019

"Utter Joy!" Tony Bennett LIVE! at the State Theatre New Jersey

Deep purple and blue lights illuminate the stage and light jazz music plays at New Brunswick’s State Theatre New Jersey this Sunday, October 20, 2019 while music lovers wait for a highly anticipated live performance by the legendary American singer, Tony Bennett.

published on 11/03/2019

"Unparalleled!" Toto LIVE! at BergenPAC

Fans are arriving from near and far to Englewood, NJ’s BergenPAC this Wednesday, October 16, 2019 evening for a concert by a band that is as comfortable playing R&B, blues, soul, progressive rock, hard rock, and funk as it is playing, pop, rock, and jazz.

published on 10/30/2019

New Brunswick's Crossroads Theatre Company Honors Denzel Washingon

If all the world’s a stage, then New Brunswick, NJ is blessed this Saturday, October 19, 2019 evening to have one of its finest actors, Denzel Washington, in town to accept Crossroads Theatre Company’s first annual Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee Living Legends Award. Crossroad’s star-studded tribute in central New Jersey features several exciting events in Washington’s honor including a VIP reception at New Brunswick’s Heldrich Hotel and a gala award ceremony across the street at the historic State Theatre New Jersey.

published on 10/29/2019

Graham Nash LIVE! at the Grunin Center

The stage at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts this Sunday, October 13, 2019 evening is set with what appears to be an upright piano centered on a colorful rug. Various guitars are assembled stage right, whereas a Hammond B-3 organ and Wurlitzer electronic keyboard sit stage left. There are tables of varying heights with flickering candles strewn about the stage which add to the ’60s vibe where a sold-out crowd awaits the start of a rare Jersey Shore appearance by singer/songwriter Graham Nash.

published on 10/27/2019

The NJSO Presents Holst’s “The Planets” LIVE! at the Count Basie Theatre

Excitement is in the air this Saturday October 12, 2019 at Red Bank, NJ’s Count Basie Center for the Arts for an Opening Weekend concert by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, currently celebrating its 97th season.

published on 10/26/2019

Rick Wakeman LIVE! at the Scottish Rite Auditorium

Lovers of progressive rock inside Collingswood, NJ’s historic Scottish Rite auditorium this Friday, October 11, 2019 patiently await the start of tonight’s “Grumpy Old Rock Star Tour” show starring English keyboardist and composer Rick Wakeman.

published on 10/24/2019

"Pitch Perfect!" Foreigner's Then & Now Tour LIVE! at Atlantic City’s Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Music lovers are excitedly waiting inside The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City’s stunning Etess Arena this Friday, October 4, 2019, for the start of a unique Doublevision: Then & Now concert presented by current and former members of the iconic band, Foreigner.

published on 10/18/2019

"We Love Her!" Valerie Simpson LIVE! at HACPAC

It’s a beautiful Saturday, September 28, 2019 evening at the Hackensack Performing Arts Center —aka HACPAC — Hackensack, NJ’s gem of an artistic venue which opened in November, 2017.

published on 10/13/2019

"Always Amazing!" Dennis DeYoung LIVE! at BergenPAC

The packed house at Englewood, NJ’s BergenPAC is primed for tonight’s Friday, September 27, 2019 live rendition of The Grand Illusion album by Styx, performed by one of the group’s founding members — singer/songwriter/keyboardist, Dennis DeYoung.

published on 10/12/2019

Don Felder LIVE! at the Newton Theatre

Fans of country rock are already in their seats this Thursday, September 26, 2019 evening at Newton, NJ’s Newton Theatre where they are anticipating a rare New Jersey concert performance by the former member of the Eagles, guitarist Don Felder.

published on 10/11/2019

"I Didn’t Want It to End!" Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz at Paper Mill Playhouse

2019 is a big year for Judy Garland fans. It’s the 80th anniversary of the release of one of the world’s most beloved films, The Wizard of Oz. It’s the 50th anniversary of Judy Garland’s death in 1969. And it’s also a year in a which a major motion picture about Garland’s life — Judy, starring Rene Zellweger — recently made its premiere in movie theaters nationwide. As such, it’s not surprising the air is filled with excitement outside Millburn, NJ’s Paper Mill Playhouse this Sunday, October 6, 2019, as theater-lovers prepare for an opening night performance of a new live musical, Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz.

published on 10/10/2019

The Kingston Trio, The Brothers Four, and The Limeliters LIVE! at MPAC

Music lovers are lined up outside Morristown, NJ’s MPAC this Sunday, September 22, 2019 evening for an evening of classic folk tunes by The Kingston Trio, The Brothers Four, and The Limeliters.

published on 10/09/2019

Jonny Lang LIVE! at the Newton Theatre

The crowd this Thursday, September 19, 2019 at New Jersey’s Newton Theatre is ready to let their hair down for a live concert appearance by blues phenom, singer/songwriter Jonny Lang.

published on 10/03/2019

"So Fabulous!" Vince Bandille Stars in 3 Egg Creams at the Strand Lakewood

Music and theater lovers are eagerly waiting inside the lobby of the beautiful Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ this Saturday, September 14, 2019 evening for the doors to open for a Jersey Shore production of the off-Broadway show, 3 Egg Creams: A Rhapsody in the Rain. Inspired by and featuring the timeless music of ’60s icon Lou Christie, this one-man play stars actor Vince Bandille, and was created by writer/director George Cameron Grant.

published on 09/28/2019

MPAC's 25th Anniversary Gala LIVE! Starring Katharine McPhee

There’s a buzz of excitement on the plaza outside Morristown, NJ’s MPAC this Friday, September 13, 2019 as the nationally-recognized theater celebrates its 25th anniversary with a 25th Anniversary Gala starring singer/actress Katharine McPhee.

published on 09/27/2019

Pat Metheny's Side Eye LIVE! at the Pollak Theatre

The Pollak Theatre stage on the campus of Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ is set this Tuesday, September 10, 2019 evening with a drum set, an organ, several synthesizers, and a collection of amps and guitars.

published on 09/25/2019

"Consistently Great!" Remember Jones in Tommy LIVE! at Axelrod PAC

As the lights dim and fog rises inside Deal Park, NJ’s Axelrod PAC auditorium this Sunday, September 8, 2019 afternoon, audience members can’t help but notice a collection of luminous TV monitors lining the edge of the stage. Whereas some have the words, “See Me, Touch Me, Feel Me, Heal Me,” written on them, others show the gleaming color blocks of a television station which has gone off the air.

published on 09/24/2019

Dweezil Zappa LIVE! at the Newton Theatre

The line for tonight’s sold-out September 7, 2019 show at The Newton Theatre in Newton, NJ extends down Spring Street as people excitedly wait for a performance by Dweezil Zappa and his band. Tonight, they’ll be playing Frank Zappa’s landmark 1969 album, Hot Rats, in its entirety — in addition to “other hot stuff” from his famous father’s catalog.

published on 09/21/2019

Bobby Rydell LIVE! at the PNC Bank Arts Center

It’s a beautiful late-summer day at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ this Wednesday, September 4, 2019 as thousands of music lovers stream in for a free afternoon concert presented by the Garden State Arts Foundation. Starring the world-famous ’60s music idol, Bobby Rydell, today’s show will also feature comedian John Pizzi of TV’s America’s Got Talent fame.

published on 09/18/2019

"I Just Love this Music!" - Doo Wop Extravaganza LIVE! at the Great Auditorium

It’s a gorgeous Labor Day weekend in idyllic Ocean Grove, NJ. The sea breeze and low humidity create the perfect evening for enjoying tonight’s Doo Wop Extravaganza presented by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association in celebration of the organization’s 150th anniversary.

published on 09/14/2019

"They Blew Me Away!" Daryl Hall and John Oates LIVE! at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

The Etess Arena at Atlantic City, NJ’s Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is already filling up this Friday, August 30, 2019 evening with a sold-out crowd that is ready to party with the legendary musical duo, Daryl Hall and John Oates.

published on 09/13/2019

"An Evening With… The Zombies" LIVE! at the GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center

Even though it’s drizzling and drab outside Newark, NJ’s GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center this Wednesday August 28, 2019 evening, music fans are excitedly lining up to take part in tonight’s once-in-a-lifetime event — An Evening With…. The Zombies!

published on 09/09/2019

Rufus Wainwright LIVE! at the Grunin Center

It’s starting to feel a bit like fall on this August 23, 2019 evening outside Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts as we ready ourselves for a late-summer concert appearance by the talented singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright.

published on 09/06/2019

Rock the Yacht LIVE! at MPAC

As we enter the elegant lobby of MPAC in Morristown, NJ, this Tuesday, August 20, 2019 evening, we notice several ushers wearing captain’s hats and bartenders offering a special concoction known as a “yacht rock breeze” — an appetizing drink consisting of coconut rum, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice.

published on 09/03/2019

"Magic!" The Zombies LIVE! at Ocean City Music Pier

As we wait on the boardwalk for tonight’s August 19, 2019 concert by The Zombies outside Ocean City, NJ’s historic Ocean City Music Pier, we chat with a young man, Jonathan from Pottstown, PA, who proudly sports a Zombies T-shirt.

published on 09/02/2019

"Exhilarating!" Let’s Hang On LIVE! at the Strand Theater

The crowd is ready and waiting this Friday, August 10, 2019 evening inside the historic Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ, for a special concert performance. Produced by James D’Amico, tonight’s production stars “America’s #1 Frankie Valli tribute show,” Let’s Hang On.

published on 08/25/2019

"The Voice of Foreigner!" Lou Gramm LIVE! at the Ocean City Music Pier

The keyboardist hits a switch on his keyboard and prerecorded music starts to flow, getting the crowd in the mood for tonight’s August 5, 2019 show at the Ocean City Music Pier in Ocean City NJ. Headlining this evening’s concert is none other than Lou Gramm, original lead singer of Foreigner, along with the progressive rock group Asia featuring John Payne.

published on 08/19/2019

"One of a Kind!" Frankie Valli LIVE! at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Strolling the Atlantic City, NJ boardwalk this Friday, August 2, 2019 evening, visitors can see the blue Atlantic and smell the salt air as they hear the sound of a carousel and the whirr of a sightseeing helicopter taking off from the Steel Pier. 

published on 08/16/2019

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall LIVE! at MPAC

It’s a beautiful August 1, 2019 summer’s eve on South Street in Morristown, NJ. While some people window shop as they walk the tree-lined streets, diners can be observed enjoying a tasty meal at one of a number of local eateries offering outdoor seating. Still others, however, are currently making their way inside Morristown, NJ’s jewel of a theater, MPAC, for a live concert appearance by Herb Alpert and Lani Ha

published on 08/14/2019

The Voice of Yes: Jon Anderson LIVE! at Ocean City Music Pier

It’s a gorgeous Monday, July 29, 2019 evening on the boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ, where music fans are lining up for a live Ocean City Music Pier performance by English singer/songwriter Jon Anderson, best known as a founding member of the progressive rock band, Yes.

published on 08/12/2019

Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals and Stephen Bishop LIVE! at the Great Auditorium

A scorching heat wave is gripping the region this Friday, July 19, 2019 evening, but in Ocean Grove, NJ, the cool ocean breeze brings welcome relief.

published on 08/02/2019

"Better Than Excellent!" Rob Thomas LIVE! at BergenPAC

Crowds are lined up on this Wednesday, July 16, 2019 evening at BergenPAC in Englewood, NJ for a live concert appearance by singer/songwriter Rob Thomas. Best known as the singer of Matchbox Twenty, Thomas is also a leading solo artist who won three Grammy Awards for writing and singing on Santana’s 1999 smash, “Smooth.”

published on 07/31/2019

Aimee Mann LIVE! at the Newton Theatre

It’s a gorgeous Sunday July 14, 2019 evening on Spring Street in Newton, NJ as music lovers line up outside the Newton Theatre to enjoy a concert by singer/songwriter Aimee Mann.

published on 07/29/2019

The Righteous Brothers LIVE! at BergenPAC

It’s just 17 minutes before showtime inside Englewood, NJ’s beautiful BergenPAC auditorium this Thursday, July 11, 2019 evening. The packed house is getting ready for a rare East Coast appearance by Bill Medley and Bucky Heard, also known as The Righteous Brothers.

published on 07/26/2019

The Allman Betts Band LIVE! at the Ocean City Music Pier

Music lovers are ready and waiting outside the Ocean City Music Pier in Ocean City, NJ this Monday, July 8, 2019, for a rare Jersey Shore performance by the Southern rock group, The Allman Betts Band.

published on 07/22/2019

An Interview with Felix Cavaliere, Who Performs on July 19 at the Great Auditorium with Stephen Bishop

To help celebrate the 150th anniversary of Ocean Grove, NJ, the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association will present a rockin’ night of music starring Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals and The Stephen Bishop Band at the community’s Great Auditorium on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 7:30 pm.

published on 07/13/2019

The Doo Wop Project LIVE! at the Paramount Theatre

Entertainment’s in the air on this gorgeous Friday, June 28, 2019 summer evening as we cruise the Asbury Park, NJ boardwalk.

published on 07/12/2019

Richard Thompson and Joan Osborne LIVE! at the Ocean City Music Pier

The crowd on the boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ this Tuesday, June 25, 2019 is ready to make its way inside the turn-of-the-century Ocean City Music Pier for a summertime concert of music by singer/songwriters Richard Thompson and Joan Osborne.

published on 07/08/2019

"Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall: The 50th Anniversary Concert" with Lorna Luft LIVE! at the Paramount Theatre

On April 23, 1961, 3000 music lovers packed New York City’s Carnegie Hall to witness a monumental moment in show business history — a live concert by the legendary singer and actress, Judy Garland.

published on 07/07/2019

"Magical!" Jefferson Starship LIVE! at the Newton Theatre

The packed house at the Newton Theatre in Newton, NJ, this Thursday, June 20, 2019 patiently awaits the arrival of tonight’s featured performing group — Jefferson Starship.

published on 07/05/2019

Fans Weigh In as Chicago Performs LIVE! at BergenPAC

The fans at Englewood, NJ’s Bergen Performing Arts Center this Wednesday, June 19, 2019 evening anxiously await tonight’s sold-out performance by the legendary horn band, Chicago.

published on 07/03/2019

The 2019 Happy Together Tour LIVE! at BergenPAC

It’s a packed house at Englewood, NJ’s BergenPAC this June 18, 2019 evening for the tenth anniversary edition of the Happy Together concert tour.

published on 07/02/2019

Cousin Brucie Presents Darlene Love, Kenny Vance and the Planotones, and The Ventures LIVE! at PNC Bank Arts Center

Thousands of music lovers are taking their seats this Friday, June 14, 2019 evening at Holmdel, NJ’s PNC Bank Arts Center and readying themselves for a stellar night of music starring Darlene Love, Kenny Vance and the Planotones, and The Ventures. As they do, we slip backstage to talk to the inspiration behind tonight’s show, legendary Sirius XM radio DJ, Bruce “Cousin Brucie” Morrow.

published on 06/28/2019

"Spot-On!" Judy Collins LIVE! at the Newton Theatre

The packed house at the Newton Theatre in Newton, NJ, this Thursday, June 13, 2019 evening is getting ready for a concert of folk-rock music from legendary singer/songwriter Judy Collins.

published on 06/27/2019

"Flawless!" Don McLean LIVE! at SOPAC

Music is in the air this Friday, June 5, 2019 at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in South Orange, NJ, where a sold-out crowd will soon enjoy a concert by the legendary singer/songwriter Don McLean.

published on 06/23/2019

An Interview with Richard Thompson, Appearing at Ocean City Music Pier on June 25 with Joan Osborne

Richard Thompson — one of the world’s most critically acclaimed songwriters, and one of the greatest guitarists of all time — will deliver a rare and intimate solo acoustic musical performance on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at the Ocean City Music Pier in Ocean City, NJ.

published on 06/22/2019

"Keeping the Music Alive!" The East Coast Music Hall of Fame's First Annual Awards Gala

Old time music is in the air in Wildwood, NJ, this June 5, 2019 evening as artists and fans gather together to celebrate the East Coast Music Hall of Fame’s First Annual Awards Gala at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

published on 06/18/2019

Kansas LIVE! at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

The packed house this Friday, May 31, 2019 at Sound Waves, located in Atlantic City, NJ’s Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, excitedly awaits the start of a live concert by one of America’s preeminent rock groups — Kansas.

published on 06/14/2019

Little Anthony and the Imperials LIVE! at the PNC Bank Arts Center

The large audience assembled this Wednesday, May 29, 2019 afternoon at Holmdel, NJ’s PNC Bank Arts Center patiently awaits the start of an afternoon concert presented by Jerome Anthony Gourdine, Ernest Wright, Robert DeBlanc, and Johnny Britt, also known as Little Anthony and the Imperials. The show is part of the Garden State Arts Foundation’s 2019 “Senior Concert Series,” a selection of concerts free for NJ residents aged 55 and older.

published on 06/11/2019

"One Killer Show!" The Doo Wop Project LIVE! at PNC Bank Arts Center

It’s a glorious May 22, 2019 afternoon at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. As such, it’s not surprising to see over 6000 music-loving seniors enjoying the weather as they wait in the venue’s spacious amphitheater, ready to enjoy a live concert performance by The Doo Wop Project.

published on 06/05/2019

"Always So Good!" The Bronx Wanderers LIVE! at the Grunin Center

The Bronx Wanderers are in the house this Sunday, May 19, 2019 afternoon at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts. On this — the first of two sold-out shows on a single day — the group is poised to entertain the Jersey crowd with an appealing selection of tunes ranging from the 1950s all the way to the present day.

published on 06/04/2019

See American Idol’s Ace Young Starring in Axelrod PAC’s Aida!

The Tony award-winning Broadway musical, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, is currently lighting up the stage at Deal Park, NJ’s Axelrod Performing Arts Center. Presented in the venue’s ultra-modern Vogel theater, the show — directed by Broadway’s Luis Salgado and featuring American Idol’s Ace Young, in addition to rising star Anita Welch and New Jersey actress/singer Erin Maya — runs weekends from now until June 16, 2019.

published on 06/03/2019

Richie Furay's 75th Birthday Celebration Concert LIVE! at SOPAC

It’s a sold-out crowd for a special concert by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Richie Furay — hailed as one of the founders of country-rock — at SOPAC in South Orange, NJ, this Saturday, May 18, 2019. Fans and friends are here to help celebrate the 75th birthday of this gifted singer, songwriter, and guitarist.

published on 06/01/2019

Dick Fox's Doo Wop Extravaganza LIVE! at PNC Bank Arts Center

The crowd of over six thousand music lovers at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ, this May 17, 2019 evening is patiently waiting for the start of tonight’s Doo Wop Extravaganza show presented by Dick Fox. Starring Lou Christie, Jay Seigel’s Tokens, The Vogues, Dennis Tufano, and The Leaders of the Pack, the concert is slated to present a cavalcade of hits designed to take the audience on a nostalgic trip back to the 1950s, ’60s, and ‘70s.

published on 05/30/2019

"Turning Over a New Leaf" - The Band Perry LIVE! at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

The audience inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s Soundwaves theater in Atlantic City, NJ anxiously awaits an appearance by The Band Perry on their Coordinates tour this breezy May 10, 2019 evening.

published on 05/24/2019

Tony Orlando LIVE! at PNC Bank Arts Center

The weather is cool and breezy this Thursday, May 9, 2019 afternoon as several thousand music-loving seniors at Holmdel, NJ’s PNC Bank Arts Center get ready for a live concert by legendary singer, songwriter, and entertainer Tony Orlando.

published on 05/22/2019

"An Absolutely Amazing Rock Experience!" Rocktopia LIVE! at the State Theatre New Jersey

The audience of music lovers at New Brunswick’s State Theatre New Jersey this Sunday, May 5, 2019 evening anxiously awaits the start of tonight’s presentation of Rocktopia — the road version of the Broadway musical which fused 20th-century rock with some of the world’s greatest classical music.

published on 05/19/2019

An Interview with Richard Williams of Kansas, Appearing at Atlantic City’s Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on May 31 and June 1

Fans of classic rock will be in seventh heaven when the iconic band, Kansas, makes an appearance on Friday, May 31 and Saturday June 1, 2019 at Sound Waves located in Atlantic City’s Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

published on 05/18/2019

Foreigner LIVE! at BergenPAC

Music lovers at Englewood, NJ’s BergenPAC this Friday, May 3, 2019 are taking selfies in front of the stage where large metal letters hang proclaiming the name of the iconic ’80s band set to appear here this evening — Foreigner.

published on 05/17/2019

"Just Awesome!" LeAnn Rimes LIVE! at the Newton Theatre

The full house at Newton, NJ’s Newton Theatre this Thursday, May 2, 2019 is ready for a special evening of music by singer, songwriter, and actress LeAnn Rimes.

published on 05/16/2019

"A Joy to Watch!" John Pizzarelli Salutes the Music of Nat King Cole LIVE! at the Grunin Center

The sold-out audience at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts this Friday, April 24, 2019 anxiously awaits a tribute performance by virtuoso jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli entitled For Centennial Reasons:100 Years Salute to Nat King Cole.

published on 05/10/2019

"It Blew My Mind!" The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa LIVE! at the Count Basie Center

The crowd is abuzz with excitement this Monday, April 22, 2019 at the Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre inside Red Bank, NJ’s Count Basie Center for the Arts as they anxiously await a performance of The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa.

published on 05/06/2019

Michael Feinstein and Storm Large LIVE! at MPAC

The stage of Morristown, NJ’s MPAC this Thursday, April 18, 2019 is set with a grand piano, stand-up bass, and drums. Colored lights illuminate the red velvet curtain in front of an audience of mixed ages who are all waiting for tonight’s show — a concert by singer, pianist, and legendary interpreter of the Great American Songbook, Michael Feinstein, along with his special guest, former contestant on TV’s Rock Star: Supernova and guest vocalist for Pink Martini, Storm Large.

published on 05/03/2019

See Kinky Boots Now at Hard Rock’s Sound Waves Theater!

The six-time Tony award-winning Broadway musical, Kinky Boots, is currently lighting up the stage at Atlantic City’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino! Performed in the venue’s ultra-modern Sound Waves theater, the show runs from now until May 5, 2019.

published on 05/02/2019

"Freaking Awesome!" Chicago LIVE! at the State Theatre New Jersey

As we wait inside New Brunswick, NJ’s State Theatre auditorium this Monday, April 15, 2019 evening, we talk to several audience members excited to experience a live performance from the legendary band which will soon appear on this very stage tonight — Chicago!

published on 04/29/2019

"Everything I Expected... and More!" Starship and Eddie Money LIVE! at UCPAC

It’s a busy Saturday, April 13, 2019 evening at Rahway, NJ’s Union County Performing Arts Center as music lovers make their way inside the historic venue for a rockin’ night of music by ’80s legends Starship featuring Mickey Thomas and Eddie Money.

published on 04/27/2019

Roger McGuinn LIVE! at SOPAC

Inside South Orange, NJ’s SOPAC auditorium this spring-like Thursday, April 12, 2019 evening, excitement abounds as Roger McGuinn — singer, songwriter, guitarist, and founding member of The Byrds — is about to present an intimate solo evening of songs and stories for a house filled with admirers of the iconic ’60s folk-rocker.

published on 04/25/2019

The Doobie Brothers LIVE! at BergenPAC

The audience inside Englewood, NJ’s BergenPAC is filled with anticipation this Tuesday, April 9, 2019 evening as they ready themselves for an intimate concert experience by the legendary rock band, The Doobie Brothers.

published on 04/24/2019

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn LIVE! at the Grunin Center

The stage is set this Friday, April 5, 2019 at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts with two chairs, a sprinkling of microphones, a small wooden platform, a stool, and six instrument stands filled with a cornucopia of banjos of various sizes — all ready for a live performance by banjo superstar Béla Fleck and his wife, singer and banjo player Abigail Washburn.

published on 04/19/2019

"All Fired Up!" Jim Messina and Poco LIVE! at the Scottish Rite Auditorium

It’s a gorgeous Saturday, March 30, 2019 evening in Collingswood, NJ, as music lovers make their way inside the historic Scottish Rite Auditorium for a concert of classic ’70s rock with legendary artists Poco and Jim Messina.

published on 04/13/2019

"Just Superb!" Alexis Morrast LIVE! at the Grunin Center

Music lovers of all ages make their way inside Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts this March 31, 2019 for a special Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon performance by 17-year-old jazz phenom, Alexis Morrast.

published on 04/11/2019

"My All-Time #1!" Gladys Knight LIVE! at the State Theatre NJ

Music is in the air as we make our way up New Brunswick, NJ’s George Street on this spring-like Sunday, March 24, 2019 evening. There’s a tenor saxophonist in front of a bank playing a smooth, solo rendition of “As Time Goes By.”

published on 04/07/2019

Art Garfunkel LIVE! at the State Theatre NJ

The lights dim inside New Brunswick, NJ’s historic State Theatre this Friday, March 15, 2019 for an intimate evening of stories, music, and poetry by singer, author, and actor Art Garfunkel.

published on 03/29/2019

"Wonderful, Wonderful!" Johnny Mathis LIVE! at State Theatre NJ

The auditorium at New Brunswick, NJ’s State Theatre is bustling this Wednesday, March 13, 2019 evening as music lovers await a concert by the legendary pop singer, Johnny Mathis.

published on 03/27/2019

"Something Really Special!" Christopher Cross LIVE! at BergenPAC

Soft music is playing as audience members enter Englewood, NJ’s BergenPAC this Sunday, March 10, 2019 evening for a live concert appearance by singer/songwriter/guitarist Christopher Cross. Cross is the only artist in history to have won all four major awards in a single Grammy ceremony when, in 1981, he brought home honors for Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year for his debut recording, the five-time platinum-selling disc, Christopher Cross.

published on 03/26/2019

Peter Yarrow and Lonesome Traveler LIVE! at the Pollak Theatre

As music lovers make their way this Saturday, March 9, 2019 inside Long Branch, NJ’s Pollak Theatre — located on the campus of Monmouth University — many stop and smile the instant they notice there is a folk music icon sitting and chatting with folks in the venue’s outer lobby.

published on 03/23/2019

The Oak Ridge Boys LIVE! at BergenPAC

Country music is playing over the loudspeakers inside Englewood, NJ’s BergenPAC auditorium this Thursday, March 7, 2019 as fans enter and take their seats. Before them, the stage is adorned with silver towers holding sets of lights, and projections of different colors can be seen on the walls. A drum kit sits center stage behind four microphones; on the right, there is a set of keyboards and a bass, and on the left, a fiddle, a pedal steel guitar, and a collection of eight acoustic and electric guitars.

published on 03/21/2019

"This Music is What Keeps Me Young!" The Brooklyn Paramount Reunion Jubilee of Stars LIVE! at the State Theatre

The audience at New Brunswick’s State Theatre New Jersey this March 2, 2019 evening is getting ready for a nostalgic concert of music from the 1950s and ’60s — the Brooklyn Paramount Reunion Jubilee of Stars! Produced by “The Duke of Doo Wop” himself, Harry G, tonight’s performance will feature such classic artists as Lloyd Price, Gary Troxel and the Fleetwoods, Sonny Turner’s Platters, Danny and the Juniors, Cleveland Still and the Dubs, and Jimmy Gallagher, original lead singer of The Passions.

published on 03/19/2019

"She Inspired Me!" Renée Fleming LIVE! at the State Theatre

Audiences are lining up outside New Brunswick’s State Theatre New Jersey this Wednesday, February 27, 2019 for a live concert performance by one of the most acclaimed singers of our time — Renée Fleming!

published on 03/12/2019

"Just Incredible!" Herbie Hancock LIVE! at BergenPAC

The red velvet curtain is illuminated with a bright, lush, and flowing light. It stands behind a stage filled with a grand piano and synthesizer, an electric guitar and amp, a jazz drum kit, a five-string bass and amp, and a keyboard and vocoder voice synthesizer set-up. From the looks of it, everything is ready this Saturday, February 9, 2019 at BergenPAC in Englewood, NJ, for a performance by the legendary jazz composer, keyboardist, and bandleader, Herbie Hancock!

published on 03/01/2019

An Interview with Peter Yarrow, Who Performs with Lonesome Traveler on March 9 at Monmouth University

Legendary folk singer Peter Yarrow will make an appearance at the Jersey Shore on Saturday, March 9, 2019 when he performs with Lonesome Traveler at 8pm at the Pollack Center, located on the campus of Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ.

published on 02/26/2019

"Quadruple Awesome!" The Stars of the ’60s LIVE! at the Strand

There’s a star-studded event going on at the historic Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ, this February 8, 2019 evening called Stars of the ‘60s! Presented by Joe Mirrione, this trip back in time to the golden days of rock ’n roll features four outstanding acts: The Original Vandellas, The Motortown All-Stars, The Buckinghams’ Dennis Tufano, and Jay and the Americans.

published on 02/25/2019

Come See “My Very Own British Invasion” LIVE! at Paper Mill Playhouse

Anticipation is in the air outside Millburn, NJ’s Paper Mill Playhouse as theater lovers await the world premiere of an electrifying new musical, My Own British Invasion! Based on the experiences of Herman’s Hermits’ lead singer, Peter Noone, tonight’s audience looks forward to an entertainment extravaganza featuring more than two-dozen chart-topping hits from the best British artists of the 1960s!

published on 02/17/2019

The Midtown Men LIVE! at BergenPAC

It’s a cold Groundhog Day this February 2, 2019 in the Northeast United States. Despite the fact that Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this morning, lovers of ‘60s music did get to see plenty of star power in the spotlight tonight at Englewood, NJ’s BergenPAC with a live performance by The Midtown Men!

published on 02/16/2019

Daniil Trifonov LIVE! at MPAC

It’s a sunny and brisk Sunday, January 27, 2019 afternoon as we make our way inside Morristown, NJ’s MPAC for a concert by classical piano phenom Daniil Trifonov and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra!

published on 02/07/2019

Emanuel Ax and the NJSO LIVE! at New Brunswick's State Theatre

According to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, winter is a time for reflection and music which is inspired by great poetry, stories, and myths. As a result, this preeminent Garden State musical organization recently presented the 2019 edition of their annual Winter Festival entitled Music Speaks.

published on 01/31/2019

A Sneak Peek Behind the Scenes of Peter Noone's "My Very Own British Invasion" Coming to Paper Mill Playhouse

I was 16 when I walked into the Bag O’Nails in London for the first time and John Lennon bought me a drink. That day was the beginning of a story that was at the center of a musical revolution…

published on 01/26/2019

"He's Withstood the Test of Time" Aaron Neville LIVE! at SOPAC

We’re with a sold-out crowd of music lovers in the lobby of NJ’s South Orange Performing Arts Center this Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, waiting for a live concert appearance by soul and R&B singer, Aaron Neville.

published on 01/23/2019

The Empire Strikes Back in Concert with the NJSO LIVE! at the State Theatre

Some of our favorite childhood memories growing up at the Jersey Shore involved going to our town’s grand old movie palace, The Community Theater, in Toms River. Built with colonial architecture and featuring large white columns in the front, paned glass windows in the lobby, a circular brick walk from the sidewalk to the box office, and a white picket fence which enclosed a lawn and a flower bed, this local gem presented the latest Hollywood films. For kids like us back in the 1960’s, that meant pictures like Mary Poppins, Cinderella, The Love Bug, and Flipper.

published on 01/19/2019

"He Totally Wowed Us!" John Oates LIVE! at SOPAC

It’s brisk for an evening walk on South Orange Ave. in South Orange, NJ, this Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 evening, but it’s a good road to follow as it leads us directly to the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) for a special performance by singer, songwriter, and guitarist John Oates and his backup group, The Good Road Band.

published on 01/16/2019

The Nutcracker LIVE! at The Strand Theater

There’s holiday excitement in the air inside the auditorium of Lakewood, NJ’s historic Strand Theater this Saturday, December 22, 2018 as an audience of all ages readies itself for a live performance of The Nutcracker by The Atlantic City Ballet and the Garden State Philharmonic orchestra!

published on 01/07/2019

“Tons of Fun!” The Glenn Miller Orchestra LIVE! at the Grunin Center

Although Friday, December 21, 2018 is the shortest day of the year, the audience of big band music lovers here at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts is hoping for a long evening of classic swing and holiday tunes performed by the incomparable Glenn Miller Orchestra!

published on 01/05/2019

American Repertory Ballet's Nutcracker at Two River Theater

Although it’s raining cats and dogs outside, the feeling is more about mice, fairies, princes, and toy soldiers inside Red Bank, NJ’s Two River Theater this Sunday, December 16, 2018 as a sold-out audience of all ages readies itself for a holiday performance of American Repertory Ballet’s presentation of The Nutcracker!

published on 12/31/2018

Ana Gasteyer's "Holiday Tipple" LIVE! at the Grunin Center

The Grunin Center stage in Toms River, NJ is set this Saturday, December 15, 2018 with drums, a grand piano, a guitar, an acoustic bass, and various microphones for vocals. A stool and several microphone stands are bedazzled with colorful garlands of shiny red, gold, and green, and wrapped gifts are strewn on stage among the instruments. Projected white snowflakes adorn the walls, and Christmas music plays as patrons enter the theater to put everyone in the mood for tonight’s holiday show — Ana Gastayer’s Holiday Tipple!

published on 12/30/2018

The Canadian Brass LIVE! at the Grunin Center

The auditorium inside Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts this Friday, December 14, 2018 evening is filled with music lovers of all ages, here for tonight’s Christmas performance of the ensemble billed as “the world’s most famous brass group” — The Canadian Brass!

published on 12/29/2018

Rockapella LIVE! at the Grunin Center

The holiday spirit is in the air at the Grunin Center for the Arts in Toms River, NJ, this Thursday, December 13, 2018 evening where, inside the cozy auditorium, green and red lights declare “Seasons Greetings!” As music lovers wait for tonight’s show to begin, a mash-up of pre-recorded music plays which includes jazzy versions of “White Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” and other holiday gems. Both sides of the stage are illuminated with giant white snowflakes projected on the walls and a myriad of snowflakes continually fall on a large screen at the back of the stage, creating a wintry backdrop for tonight’s holiday concert featuring Rockapella!

published on 12/27/2018

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas LIVE! at the State Theatre

The auditorium of the historic State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ this Thursday, December 6, 2018 features a stage which is set with a grand piano and a large harpsichord facing one another.

published on 12/20/2018

The Brian Wilson Christmas Album Tour LIVE! at BergenPAC

There’s a wintery chill in the air on this December 4, 2018 evening in Englewood, NJ. Outside the community’s gem of a theater — the Bergen Performing Arts Center — a beautiful black Mercedes-Benz sedan sits with its car stereo pumping out Beach Boys’ classics. Since tonight’s Brian Wilson concert is sponsored by Englewood’s own Benzel Busch Motor Cars, the music blasting from this sporty vehicle helps to set a festive mood for the crowd of fans waiting to see tonight’s special performance — a live rendition of Wilson’s 1964 recording, The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album, performed by Brian Wilson and his band.

published on 12/18/2018

Melissa Etheridge LIVE! at the State Theatre

The lobby of the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ, is buzzing with activity this Friday, November 30, 2018 evening as rock music fans ready themselves for a special Holiday Show by singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge!

published on 12/14/2018

It's a Shore Holiday: The Atlantic City Ballet LIVE! at Caesars

On Saturday, November 24, 2018, The Atlantic City Ballet celebrated Christmas early with a production of It’s a Shore Holiday at the Circus Maximus Theatre located inside Caesars Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.

published on 12/09/2018

Max Weinberg’s Jukebox LIVE! at the Grunin Center

Something is different about tonight’s November 18, 2018 concert at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts starring Max Weinberg, celebrated drummer from Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band!

published on 12/03/2018

"How Could You Not Love Them?" The Buckinghams and Herman's Hermits LIVE! at BergenPAC

Although it’s a chilly Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 evening in Englewood, NJ, music lovers are lined up outside the Bergen Performing Arts Center waiting to hear classic songs of the ’60s as performed by two quintessential groups of the era — The Buckinghams and Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone!

published on 11/30/2018

"Freakin' Amazing!" Toto LIVE! at New Brunswick’s State Theatre

The State Theatre lobby in New Brunswick, NJ, is filled to the max this Tuesday, November 13, 2018 evening with music fans ready to experience the 40 Trips Around the Sun concert tour by the legendary rock group, Toto!

published on 11/28/2018

"THUMBS UP!" The Stray Cats' Lee Rocker LIVE! at the Grunin Center

The lights dim in the auditorium of Toms River NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts this Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 evening, as the audience excitedly waits for a performance by the talented Stray Cats’ bassist, Lee Rocker.

published on 11/23/2018

"Great Music!" Tavares and Harold Melvin's Blue Notes LIVE! at the Strand Theater

The music of the 1970s is alive and well this Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Lakewood, NJ’s Strand Theater with a concert by the ’70’s R&B and soul groups Tavares and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes!

published on 11/17/2018

Broadway’s Mandy Gonzalez LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

Broadway is in the house at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts with a Fearless live concert performance by Broadway star, Mandy Gonzalez!

published on 11/16/2018

"An Amazing Musical Genius!" Brian Wilson LIVE! at the State Theatre

In the music room in the back of our house, there’s an electric bass and amp, two acoustic guitars, a microphone and PA speakers, several pieces of music recording equipment, and a bookcase filled with books on music, not to mention a slew of assorted music memorabilia. But, perhaps, one of the most highly prized items in the room is hanging directly above the piano next to the college music diplomas.

published on 11/14/2018

Jazz Saxophonist Don Braden LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

It’s a breezy day for a new installment of the Jazz On a Sunday Afternoon concert series at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts this Sunday Oct. 27, 2018 afternoon. Today’s special 3pm performance is entitled Earth, Wind and Wonder and is presented by jazz saxophonist Don Braden.

published on 11/13/2018

Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Classics IV, and The Brooklyn Bridge LIVE! at The Strand, Lakewood

The stars are out this Saturday Oct. 26, 2018 evening in Lakewood, NJ for a “Golden Oldies” concert featuring Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Classics IV, and The Brooklyn Bridge!

published on 11/11/2018

Broadway’s Next H!T Musical LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

It’s Friday, October 26, 2018, and the Broadway’s Next H!T Musical cast is just about ready to take the stage at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, located on the campus of Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ.

published on 11/09/2018

See Andrea McArdle LIVE! in Annie at Deal Park’s Axelrod PAC!

Leapin’ Lizards! Annie’s finally made it to the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal Park, NJ, and it stars Broadway’s original Annie, Andrea McArdle, as Miss Hannigan!

published on 11/07/2018

Dracula: The Atlantic City Ballet LIVE! at Lakewood’s Strand Theater

On Saturday, Oct 21, 2018, The Atlantic City Ballet celebrated Halloween early with their production of Dracula at The Strand Theatre in Lakewood, NJ.

published on 11/04/2018

Sha Na Na LIVE! at the Newton Theatre

The audience is streaming into the Newton Theatre auditorium in Newton, NJ this Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 for a live concert starring Sha Na Na!

published on 11/03/2018

"It's a Blast!" Go See Rock of Ages 10th Anniversary Tour NOW! at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino!

The five-time Tony award-nominated Broadway musical, Rock of Ages, returns to the stage with a 10th Anniversary Tour at Atlantic City’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino! Performed in the venue’s ultra-modern Sound Waves theater, Rock of Ages runs from now until November 4, 2018.

published on 10/31/2018

"Magical!" Poco LIVE! at SOPAC

Music fans are filing into the beautiful South Orange Performing Arts Center auditorium on this gorgeous Saturday, October 13, 2018 evening for a performance by a group that helped to define the genre of country rock — Poco!

published on 10/29/2018

“I Felt the Love!” Diana Krall’s “Turn Up the Quiet” Tour LIVE! at the State Theatre

Many years ago, after Tony Bennett made a singing appearance on The Tonight Show, host Johnny Carson told him how great his voice sounded that night. When Bennett appeared surprised, Carson asked him if there was anything different about his voice, and Bennett sheepishly replied, “I have a cold.”

published on 10/26/2018

“Simply Fantastic!” Los Lobos LIVE! at the Newton Theatre

It’s a drizzly and warm Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 evening, but it’s crisp and cool inside the Newton Theatre as audience members make their way inside the venue’s cozy auditorium for a live performance by the American rock band, Los Lobos!

published on 10/25/2018

An Interview with Broadway’s Mandy Gonzalez Who Performs at The Grunin Center Nov. 2

Broadway sensation Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton, Wicked, In the Heights) brings her unforgettable Fearless show to Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 8pm.

published on 10/24/2018

“He Always Keeps Us Coming Back for More!” Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone LIVE! at The Strand Lakewood

A recap and photos from the Herman's Hermits show at The Strand on October 6th.

published on 10/22/2018

Cliffside Park, NJ Celebrates "Cousin Bruce Morrow Day!"

A crowd of local residents and dignitaries gathers outside Public School #6 in Cliffside Park, NJ on this beautiful fall evening. They are all awaiting the arrival of the “man of the hour” — celebrated radio DJ Bruce Morrow — since Mayor Thomas Calabrese has proclaimed today, October 5, 2018, “Cousin Bruce Morrow Day!”

published on 10/20/2018

Cynthia Sayer and Her Joyride Quartet LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

The audience is already in place this Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts for a special “Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon” performance by Cynthia Sayer and Her Joyride Quartet entitled The Hot Banjo Show!

published on 10/19/2018

Plant Yourself at Exit 82 Theatre Company’s Little Shop of Horrors!

Little Shop of Horrors is a smash Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi musical that has devoured the hearts of theatergoers for over 30 years. Now, Toms River, NJ’s Exit 82 Theatre Company has developed a unique rendition of the show created by Howard Ashman and Alan Menkin, which is currently running at their new Exit 82 Studio Theatre located on Main Street in downtown Toms River.

published on 10/18/2018

"Very Happy!" The Buckinghams and Cowsills Star in Cousin Brucie's Rock and Roll Yearbook Vol. 2 LIVE!

Fall is in the air at Homdel, NJ’s PNC Bank Arts Center this Friday, September 28, 2018 evening as thousands of ’60s music lovers ready themselves forCousin Brucie’s Rock and Roll Yearbook Vol. 2! The show — produced by Cousin Brucie, along with Rob Albanese and the Garden State Arts Center Foundation — features four fab acts from the 1960s: The Buckinghams, The Cowsills, Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon, and The Orlons!

published on 10/17/2018

“Brilliant!” The Young Dubliners LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

It’s a mild Saturday, September 29, 2019 evening as fans of Celtic rock are streaming into Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts for a concert by The Young Dubliners.

published on 10/14/2018

A Tribute to Roy Orbison, The Beach Boys, and Frankie Valli at the PNC Bank Arts Center

A huge crowd is gathered here on this beautiful September 27, 2018 afternoon at Holmdel, NJ’s PNC Bank Arts Center today for a live concert tribute to the music of Roy Orbison, The Beach Boys, and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

published on 10/11/2018

An Interview with Rusty Young of POCO

Steel pedal guitarist Rusty Young is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the country rock band he helped to create, Poco.

published on 10/10/2018

Swan Lake: The Atlantic City Ballet LIVE! at The Strand Lakewood

On Saturday, September 22, 2018, The Atlantic City Ballet presented their version of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake at The Strand Theatre in Lakewood, NJ. Featuring spellbinding choreography by Phyllis Papa, the talented members of the ACB transported an enthusiastic audience of all ages to another world, and Love Imagery was on hand to capture the magic in this photo-essay.

published on 10/08/2018

Assisted Living: The Musical LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

The crowd is making it’s way inside Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts on this beautiful Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 afternoon for the first of two sold-out performances of Assisted Living: The Musical!

published on 10/06/2018

"A Really Great Vibe!" Michael McDonald's Wide Open 2018 Tour LIVE! at the State Theatre

The crowds are lining up outside New Brunswick, NJ’s State Theatre this Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 for a performance by the legendary singer and songwriter, Michael McDonald, on this Garden State stop of his 2018 Wide Open tour!

published on 10/03/2018

“She Makes You Believe!” Gabrielle Stravelli LIVE! at the Grunin Center

The crowd is rapidly making its way inside Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts this Saturday, September 15, 2018 evening for I Walk with Music, a concert devoted to the music of composers Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael, presented by singer, songwriter, and actress Gabrielle Stravelli.

published on 09/29/2018

Vinnie Medugno LIVE! at the PNC Bank Arts Center

It’s a gorgeous Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 afternoon at Holmdel, NJ’s PNC Bank Arts Center. As we make our way over to the spacious amphitheater, we see folks coming out in droves for an afternoon concert by Vinnie Medugno and NJ’s own Jersey Sound band.

published on 09/27/2018

An Experience to Remember: Choir! Choir! Choir! LIVE! at Ocean County College

Choir! Choir! Choir! is a Canadian musical duo that travels the world conducting live concert events where audience members learn original arrangements of pop music hits, practice them, and perform them live on the internet for the world to enjoy!

published on 09/24/2018

From the Ballpark to the Concert Stage: Bernie Williams LIVE! at The Grunin Center

Fans of sports and music are lining up outside Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts this Saturday, September 8, 2018 for a concert by four-time World Series Champion and Latin Grammy-Nominated guitarist/composer Bernie Williams and his All-Star Band!

published on 09/21/2018

“Here’s Lucie!” Lucie Arnaz LIVE! at the PNC Bank Arts Center

Even though the weather outside Holmdel, NJ’s PNC Bank Arts Center is cloudy with some light intermittent drizzle this Wednesday, September 12, 2018 afternoon, the venue’s stage is still shining brightly with talent thanks to a live performance by television, film, and stage actress/singer Lucie Arnaz!

published on 09/19/2018

Virtuoso Jazz Violinist Jean-Luc Ponty LIVE! at the Newton Theatre

It’s a warm but lovely Aug. 23, 2018 evening here in Newton, NJ. After enjoying some hand-dipped Cliff’s ice cream from the window at Hayek Market, we march up Spring Street looking forward to hearing some world-class jazz at one of the Garden State’s favorite concert venues, The Newton Theatre.

published on 09/08/2018

An Interview with Bernie Williams

Four-time World Series Champion and Latin Grammy-Nominated guitarist and composer Bernie Williams who performed with his All-Star Band at the Jersey Shore on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at The Grunin Center of the Arts in Toms River, NJ.

published on 09/06/2018

“Unleash the Love” The Beach Boys LIVE! at The Great Auditorium

So what were you doing at 8:18 pm on 8/18/18? Well, we’re not sure what you were up to, but we know that on that hot August night, we were listening to “America’s Band” — The Beach Boys — and watching them “Unleash the Love” while performing their incredible catalog of hits at Ocean Grove NJ’s Great Auditorium!

published on 08/31/2018

Let’s Hang On’s Tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons LIVE! at The Strand

Q: So what do four guys from Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, and Massachusetts — and all currently based out of Florida — have in common with four guys from “Joisey” this summery August 3, 2018 evening at the Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ?

published on 08/17/2018

The Great Rock N Roll Time Machine LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

As we make our way inside the Grunin Center of the Arts located on the campus of Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ, this Saturday, July 28, 2018, we see music lovers of all ages. Some of them are wearing street clothes but some are decked out in outfits from the 1970s and ’80s for tonight’s concert by the ’70s and ’80s tribute band, The Great Rock N Roll Time Machine.

published on 08/12/2018

Classical Guitarists Alex and Wesley Park LIVE! at The Great Auditorium

The bucolic seashore town of Ocean Grove, NJ is a place designed for quiet reflection and spiritual renewal. An artist sketches in the lush green park off Pilgrim Pathway. Still others read or meditate in the heart of this picturesque village which features gingerbread houses and colorful gardens, all just steps away from the fresh salt air wafting off the blue Atlantic Ocean.

published on 08/11/2018

“Rock and Roll Icons!” Hippiefest LIVE! at BergenPAC

A light summer rain is falling outside Englewood, NJ’s BergenPAC this Wednesday July 25, 2018, as music lovers decked out in peace signs, tie-dyed shirts, and bell-bottomed jeans arrive for tonight’s Hippiefest concert event starring Vanilla Fudge, Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder, and Badfingers’ Joey Molland.

published on 08/07/2018

“He Sounds Just Like I Remembered!” BJ Thomas LIVE! at the Newton Theatre

As we walk down Spring Street in Newton, NJ this Saturday, July 21, 2018 evening, we can’t help but notice it’s drizzling. We laugh when the two of us suddenly start singing “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” because we’re currently on our way to the Newton Theatre to hear a live concert by the singer of that classic 1970 #1 hit, BJ Thomas!

published on 08/04/2018

“A Living Legend!” Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers LIVE! at Mayo PAC

Bruce Hornsby is a musician who draws from a variety of musical traditions — classical, jazz, bluegrass, folk, Motown, gospel, rock, blues, and more — to create a unique sound which appeals to lovers of all different musical genres.

published on 07/30/2018

"I Thought I Was Listening to Laura Nyro!" - Spero Plays Nyro LIVE! at McLoone's

A cool breeze blows off the glistening Atlantic as we stroll the sunny Asbury Park Boardwalk this Sunday, July 15, 2018 evening, taking in the sights and sounds of this historic seaside town. As we pass Convention Hall and the Paramount Theater, we’re reminded of the town’s artistic past. Here, musical innovators like John Philip Sousa, Billie Holiday, and Lionel Hampton, and later, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, and Southside Johnny arrived, and ultimately went on to make their marks in musical history.

published on 07/28/2018

“It’s Like Having Freddie Mercury Back!” Marc Martel and The Ultimate Queen Celebration LIVE! at the Great Auditorium

Outside pastoral Ocean Grove, NJ’s Great Auditorium — a religious retreat at the Jersey Shore since 1894 — there’s a palpable rock concert vibe in the air this summery Saturday, July 14, 2018 evening.

published on 07/25/2018

“The Highlight of Our Year!” The Solisti Ensemble LIVE! at The Great Auditorium

As we traverse the streets of picturesque Ocean Grove, NJ this lovely July 12, 2018 evening, we can’t help but notice the manicured green perennial gardens full of pink and blue hydrangeas, white daisies, and a rainbow of other flowers that adorn the quaint gingerbread houses. We see homeowners enjoying wine on their verandas near the ocean, while others bike or enjoy the fresh salt air as they stroll the Ocean Grove boardwalk.

published on 07/21/2018

“Off the Hook Wonderful!” Canned Heat LIVE! at the Newton Theatre

It’s over 90 degrees on Spring Street in Newton, NJ, this June 30, 2018 evening! As we enter the doors of the Newton Theatre, we immediately feel cool — not only because of the comfortably cool temperature inside this historic venue, but because we’re here to see one of the coolest blues bands around — Canned Heat!

published on 07/14/2018

Immerse Yourself in Downtown Toms River’s Exit 82 Studio Theater!

As we make our way down Toms River NJ’s historic Washington Street towards Main Street this gorgeous summer evening, we can palpably feel the excitement of a downtown which is revitalizing itself from the inside out.

published on 07/13/2018

An Interview with Christine Spero Who Presents "Spero Plays Nyro" LIVE! at McLoone's on July 15

2018 is an important year for fans of one of pop music’s greatest songwriters — Laura Nyro — as it marks the 50th Anniversary of the release of Nyro’s seminal album, Eli and the Thirteenth Confession. Considered one of the two most important recordings of 1968 — the other being the Fab Four’s The Beatles (aka The White Album) — Eli and the Thirteenth Confession was not only Nyro’s most famous and accessible album, it also featured the debut of such Nyro classics as “Stoned Soul Picnic” and “Sweet Blindness” which became hits for The Fifth Dimension and “Eli’s Comin’” which became a hit for Three Dog Night.

published on 07/10/2018

An Interview with Marc Martel of The Ultimate Queen Celebration Who Appears at The Great Auditorium on July 14

Queen — the superstar band which brilliantly fused classical and rock music — topped the music charts in the 1970s and ‘80s with hits like “We Are the Champions,” “We Will Rock You,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” Led by frontman Freddie Mercury, the group — which also included guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor — went on to become one of the world’s most popular bands selling hundreds of millions of records, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and earning a prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

published on 07/09/2018

“Going to Live Forever” Stephen Stills and Judy Collins LIVE! at BergenPAC

As a kid, I loved listening to and playing all sorts of music, so when I became a teenager, I was excited to be able to choose my first-ever live concert performance. At the time — the early 1970s — the folk-rock movement had established itself as a significant stream of popular music. As such, records by Carole King, James Taylor, and Joni Mitchell were among those in heavy rotation on my Westinghouse portable record player.

published on 07/08/2018

“The Greatest Thing in My Life!” Cousin Brucie’s Palisades Park VI Reunion Concert LIVE! at the NJ State Fair

Even though the meteorologists predicted thundershowers in their forecasts, there’s not a single drop of rain anywhere in sight on this cool and cloudy June 23, 2018 evening at the NJ State Fair!

published on 07/05/2018

The 2018 Happy Together Tour LIVE! at BergenPAC

It’s a packed house here at Englewood, NJ’s BergenPAC this June 19, 2018 for the latest edition of the long-running Happy Together concert tour!

published on 07/04/2018

“Crazy Good!” David Crosby and Friends LIVE! at Mayo PAC

It’s a gorgeous evening in Morristown, NJ this Father’s Day, June 17, 2018, as we stroll down South St. towards the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Like hundreds of others, we’re here to experience a live concert presentation by two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee David Crosby.

published on 07/03/2018

“A Good Idea!” Richie Furay Performs Poco’s DeLIVErin’ LIVE! at SOPAC

It’s a sold-out crowd for a special concert by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Richie Furay — credited as one of the founders of country-rock — at SOPAC in South Orange, NJ, this June 13, 2018 evening. He and his friends are here to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band which produced one of Furay’s highest-charting recordings — Poco — with a live concert performance of the group’s 1971 album, DeLIVErin’!

published on 07/02/2018

Marc Ribler and Friends LIVE! in “Red, White, and Brit” at McLoone’s

As we stroll down the crowded Asbury Park, NJ boardwalk on this gorgeous Friday June 8, 2018 evening, we take in all the sights and sounds of this famous Jersey Shore landmark. We feel the cool ocean breeze and see couples and families enjoying a bonfire on the beach while we listen to a street musician as he plays a calypso rendition of “Lemon Tree” on his steel drum.

published on 06/25/2018

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial with the NJSO LIVE! at New Brunswick’s State Theatre

How often do you go out to see a movie and the audience not only sits through the entire set of end-credits but also enthusiastically stands, cheers, and applauds?

published on 06/16/2018

Broadway’s Mandy Gonzalez LIVE! at HACPAC

It’s a gorgeous Saturday June 2, 2018 evening in Hackensack, NJ. As we explore the downtown neighborhood, we pass a sprinkling of appealing eateries — Mexican, Argentinian, Greek, Colombian, — and even stop at the crowded Cuban restaurant on Main Street which features an inviting open air front window and an exposed brick interior.

published on 06/14/2018

Petula Clark Stars in “Cousin Brucie’s British Invasion” LIVE! at the PNC Bank Arts Center

Thousands of music fans are streaming into the PNC Bank Arts Center on this gorgeous Friday, June 1, 2018 evening. They’re all here to experience Cousin Brucie’s British Invasion Volume I starring Petula Clark, Peter Asher of Peter and Gordon, Jeremy Clyde of Chad and Jeremy, and Mike Pender of The Searchers — a free concert presented by the Garden State Arts Foundation.

published on 06/12/2018

Frankie Avalon Stars in Jerry “The Geator” Blavat’s Pop, Doo-Wop, and Rock N Roll LIVE! at PNC Bank Arts Center

On Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at 1:30 pm, the Garden State Arts Foundation continued it’s season of free live entertainment for NJ residents aged 55 and over with a concert entitled Jerry “The Geator” Blavat Presents Pop, Doo-Wop, and Rock N Roll. Since 1984, the Foundation has provided free programs for senior citizens, families, and children at the PNC Bank Arts Center and other locations throughout New Jersey.

published on 06/08/2018

“Hysterical!” Gallagher LIVE! at The Strand Lakewood

Gallagher is joking with patrons in the lobby of Lakewood, NJ’s historic Strand Theater this Thursday, May 24, 2018 evening. In his audacious style, he’s grabbing cameras out of the hands of patrons who want to take great selfies with him, while also taking the time to sign T-shirts for stand-up comedy fans waiting for him at the merch table.

published on 06/04/2018

The Texas Tenors LIVE! at the PNC Bank Arts Center

It’s a beautiful, breezy day at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ — a perfect afternoon for an outdoor concert at the Jersey Shore by The Texas Tenors.

published on 05/30/2018

“An American Master!” Tommy James LIVE! at BergenPAC

It’s drizzling and cold this May 12, 2018 evening in Englewood, NJ, as we dodge the raindrops and duck into a local pizzeria for a hot bowl of soup and a tasty slice of tomato pie. As we enjoy our meal, we come upon several fans of classic ‘60s music, all getting a quick bite to eat before tonight’s concert at Englewood’s own Bergen Performing Arts Center by ‘60’s icon Tommy James and his band, The Shondells!

published on 05/28/2018

An Interview with Richie Furay

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Richie Furay — credited as one of the founders of country-rock — is coming to the New Jersey area in June where he will play concerts on June 13 at SOPAC in South Orange, on June 14 at The Record Collector in Bordentown, and on June 15 at the Turning Point Café in nearby Piermont, NY.

published on 05/26/2018

Peter Yarrow and Mustard’s Retreat LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

The audience is ready and waiting this Friday, May 11, 2018 evening at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts for an evening of folk music starring Peter Yarrow — a member of the legendary folk group, Peter, Paul and Mary — along with Mustard’s Retreat, a folk trio from Michigan.

published on 05/25/2018

“I Just Love the Power of this Music!” Dick Fox’s Doo-Wop Extravaganza LIVE! at PNC Bank Arts Center

It’s a chilly Friday, May 18, 2018 evening in Holmdel, NJ, but members of this Jersey crowd are prepared with wool caps, sweatshirts, and even blankets. Taking their seats inside the PNC Bank Arts Center ampitheater, they’re ready to take a stroll down memory lane with the Dick Fox’s Doo-Wop Extravaganzashow presented by The Garden State Arts Foundation.

published on 05/24/2018

Rick Michel’s “Sinatra Forever” LIVE! at PNC Bank Arts Center

It’s a hot and dry July 2, 1989 evening where “Old Blue Eyes” himself — Frank Sinatra —is performing at the Garden State Arts Center amphitheater in Holmdel, NJ.

published on 05/23/2018

The Grass Roots, The 1910 Fruitgum Company, and Ron Dante LIVE! at The Strand Lakewood

Just last week, Newsweek magazine reported on a recent study which suggests that going to live concerts increases concertgoers’ feelings of well-being. It also indicates that fans who go to concerts twice a month report increased feelings of happiness, contentment, and productivity, suggesting to the researchers that people can actually live longer if they attend live concerts every two weeks!

published on 05/12/2018

“Two Truly Amazing Guitarists!” Larry Carlton and John Pizzarelli LIVE! at MayoPAC

It’s a gorgeous day in Morristown, NJ, as we stroll down South St. towards MayoPAC ready to experience a rare concert pairing by legendary jazz guitar giants Larry Carlton and John Pizzarelli!

published on 05/10/2018

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall LIVE! at BergenPAC

As we make our way into Englewood, NJ’s beautiful BergenPAC auditorium for a rare New Jersey appearance by the iconic trumpeter Herb Alpert and singer Lani Hall this Wednesday, April 25, 2018, we come upon Louis and Carolyn from New York City and chat with them about tonight’s show.

published on 05/09/2018

An Interview with Peter, Paul and Mary’s Peter Yarrow Who Performs This Friday at Toms River’s Grunin Center

Legendary folk singer Peter Yarrow will make an appearance at the Jersey Shore this Friday, May 11, 2018 when he presents an intimate folk concert at 8pm at the Grunin Center of the Arts — located on the campus of Toms River, NJ’s Ocean County College — along with the folk music group, Mustard’s Retreat.

published on 05/09/2018

“One of the Best Concerts I’ve Ever Seen!” Tom Jones LIVE! at BergenPAC

It’s breezy and warm on this May 4, 2018 evening in Englewood NJ. Outside the community’s gem of a theater — the Bergen Performing Arts Center — a stunning silver Mercedes-Benz convertible sits. As the car’s stereo pumps out Tom Jones’ signature song, “It’s Not Unusual,” its emergency flashers blink to the beat! Since tonight’s Tom Jones concert is sponsored by Englewood’s own Benzel Busch Motor Cars, the music blasting from this sporty roadster helps to set a festive mood for the crowd of fans waiting to see this sold-out show!

published on 05/06/2018

“Beautiful Night, Beautiful Music, Beautiful People!” Tom Chapin and the Chapin Sisters LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

It’s a gorgeous Spring night on this Saturday, April 21, 2018 evening at the Jersey Shore. Concert patrons enjoy the fresh air as, one at a time, they make their way inside Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts to see a rare Jersey Shore appearance by Tom Chapin and Friends and The Chapin Sisters.

published on 05/04/2018

“See the Music!” American Repertory Ballet’s “Generations: Influences from the Modern Age” LIVE! at McCarter Theatre

It’s finally feeling like Spring outside Princeton, NJ’s McCarter Theatre Center this Friday, April 20, 2018 evening where dance lovers are excitedly making their way inside to experience the American Repertory Ballet’s performance of Generations: Influences from the Modern Age, a triple bill of critically acclaimed works by José Limón, Gerald Arpino, and Douglas Martin.

published on 05/03/2018

Jason Alexander, “The Broadway Boy,” LIVE! with the NJSO at the State Theatre

There’s a sense of excitement in the air at New Brunswick, NJ’s State Theatre this Sunday April 14, 2018 afternoon because Seinfeld star Jason Alexander is here today to present his live show, The Broadway Boy, with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra!

published on 04/28/2018

The HillBenders’ “Tommy” LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

Some people may consider Friday the 13th to be unlucky, but not tonight’s Friday, April 13, 2018 crowd at Toms River NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts! These lucky music fans are all here to experience a rare presentation of The Who’s Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry performed live by the St. Louis, Missouri bluegrass band, The HillBenders!

published on 04/27/2018

Erin Brockovich at Toms River’s Grunin Center

The audience inside Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts auditorium this Thursday, April 12, 2018 is excited at the prospect of meeting the real-life hero behind the Hollywood blockbuster, Erin Brockovich! Portrayed in the movie by Julia Roberts — who won a Best Actress Academy Award for her performance — the film also received four additional Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director (Steven Soderbergh), Best Supporting Actor (Albert Finney), and Best Original Screenplay (Susannah Grant), in addition to four Golden Globe nominations.

published on 04/24/2018

“A Force of Nature!” Patti LaBelle LIVE! at New Brunswick’s State Theatre

There’s electricity in the air this Sunday, April 8, 2018 evening as patrons make their way inside New Brunswick NJ’s State Theatre for a live concert appearance by the legendary soul singer, Patti LaBelle!

published on 04/20/2018

“All I Can Say is WOW!” Daughtry LIVE! at BergenPAC

It’s thirty minutes until showtime at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ, this Tuesday, March 27, 2018 evening where the excitement is already building for tonight’s concert by rocker Chris Daughtry and his band!

published on 04/11/2018

“She’s an Inspiration!” Chrissy Metz’s “This is Me” Tour LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

It’s a sold-out crowd on the campus of Toms River’s NJ’s Ocean County College where ladies — and a sprinkling of men — wait in the lobby of the college’s Grunin Center for the Arts for the arrival of the Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actress, Chrissy Metz.

published on 04/06/2018

Artrageous LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

As we enter the lobby of the Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts on this unseasonably chilly March 24, 2018 evening, we’re surprised to be greeted by costumed actors encouraging each patron entering the venue to select a finger ring with a small colored light attached.

published on 04/04/2018

“It’s a Good Feelin’ to Know” Richie Furay LIVE! at the Tabernacle

Mount Tabor is a 19th century village located in the hills of northwestern New Jersey. Established in 1869 as a Methodist summer camp meeting ground, Mount Tabor is now a full-time residential community. Filled with gingerbread Victorian cottages, the town is also home to several historic buildings, notably the Tabernacle, which was erected in 1885 and is still used to host large community events. For over twenty years, this historic structure has been the setting for an ongoing live concert music series called At the Tabernacle.

published on 03/27/2018

The Lettermen LIVE! at Lakewood's Strand Theater

It’s Saturday, March 10, 2018, and the audience is steadily filing into Lakewood, NJ’s historic Strand Theater for a rare Jersey Shore appearance by the well-known pop vocal trio, The Lettermen!

published on 03/23/2018

Premier Violinist Sarah Chang LIVE! at Mayo PAC

It’s March 8, 2018 — the day after a powerful Nor’easter complete with thundersnow knocked out power lines and left Morristown, NJ, with over a foot of snow!

published on 03/19/2018

“Beautiful — Like Christmas!” Pat Metheny and Steve Swallow LIVE! at the Newton Theatre

The temperature is hovering just around the freezing mark, and many people in this part of northwestern New Jersey are still without power thanks to a surprise snowstorm that hit the area earlier in the week. That notwithstanding, both the heat and lights are on in the comfortable and cozy Newton Theatre on Spring Street in Newton this Saturday March 3, 2018 evening. Here, an excited audience of music lovers awaits a special duet performance by two legendary jazz artists — guitarist Pat Metheny and bassist Steve Swallow.

published on 03/14/2018

“Those Oldies But Goodies!” Pop, Rock and Doo Wopp LIVE! at The Strand Lakewood

The auditorium is packed and the stage is set this Thursday, March 1, 2018 evening for a night of nostalgic “oldies but goodies” at producer Joseph Mirrione’s latest Pop, Rock and Doo Wopp show at the historic Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ!

published on 03/10/2018

“His Passion Never Diminishes!” Jon Secada LIVE! at UCPAC

Singer/songwriter Jon Secada was born in Havana, Cuba, but emigrated with his parents to the United States at the age of twelve after previously living in Spain. As a teen, Secada discovered his gift for music after being exposed to a variety of styles and genres including salsa, merengue, R&B, and pop.

published on 03/08/2018

America LIVE! at the State Theatre

2018 marks the 48th anniversary of the band, America! Founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell — along with former bandmate Dan Peek — met in high school in London in the late ’60s. As children of American servicemen stationed in London, the young musicians decided to name their band America so they wouldn’t be confused with actual British groups who wanted to sound American. The trio ultimately made their way up to the top of the charts with a brand of melodic pop rock which incorporated elements of folk, jazz, Latin, and country music.

published on 03/06/2018

Hot Latin Nights with the NJSO and the Mambo Kings LIVE! at the State Theatre

As we make our way down George Street in downtown New Brunswick, NJ, it’s unseasonably warm this Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 — perhaps because the State Theatre is presenting a special New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performance today entitled Hot Latin Nights with The Mambo Kings!

published on 03/01/2018

American Idol’s Michael Lynche LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

Michael Lynche, a soul singer from St. Petersburg, Florida, is known to audiences around the world for his appearances on TV’s American Idol where he finished in fourth place on Season 9 of the popular reality show. Although musically, “Big Mike” reveals he was was influenced by vocalists like Lauren Hill and Al Green, his fans say his voice reminds them of such smooth and soulful singers as Donny Hathaway, Luther Vandross, and Sam Cooke.

published on 02/27/2018

Three Dog Night LIVE! at The Strand Lakewood

The huge crowd is settling in on this Friday, February 9, 2018 evening at Lakewood, NJ’s Strand Theater. Everyone is getting ready for a Jersey Shore appearance of the legendary pop supergroup, Three Dog Night!

published on 02/22/2018

Tommy Igoe and The Birdland All-Stars LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

Drummer Tommy Igoe and his 10-piece jazz band — The Birdland All-Stars — made a recent Valentine’s Day appearance this Feb. 14, 2018 at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts.

published on 02/18/2018

Sierra Hull LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

The stage is set for musical excitement this Saturday, February 2, 2018 evening at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts for a concert featuring Grammy-nominated mandolinist Sierra Hull.

published on 02/17/2018

Songbook: Steven Page and the Art of Time Ensemble LIVE! at the Grunin Center

Despite the freezing cold temperatures, music lovers of all ages are making the short trip from the parking lot into the warm and inviting Grunin Center of the Arts theater in Toms River, NJ, this Friday, February 2, 2018 evening. Located on the campus of Ocean County College, these music fans have all arrived tonight to experience a rare New Jersey concert appearance by musician Steven Page and the Art of Time Ensemble.

published on 02/14/2018

“We Can Become Friends in an Hour!” Las Cafeteras LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

It’s a freezing cold and snowy Tuesday, January 30, 2018 evening here at the Jersey Shore. As music lovers make their way from the parking lot into Toms River’s warm and inviting Grunin Center of the Arts lobby, they ready themselves for a rare New Jersey appearance of the band, Las Cafeteras.

published on 02/12/2018

Music Speaks! The NJSO and Conductor Xian Zhang Announce their 2018–19 Season

“Music Speaks” is the theme for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming 2018–19 season, announced by conductor and music director Xian Zhang during a special day-long program held for NJSO donors and members of the media on Friday, January 26, 2016 at NJPAC in Newark.

published on 02/11/2018

“Part of our DNA!” The Cast of Beatlemania LIVE! at The Strand Lakewood

The audience inside Lakewood, NJ’s historic Strand Theater this January 27, 2018 evening is excitedly awaiting a live performance by The Beatles tribute band, The Cast of Beatlemania.

published on 02/09/2018

“Still Shaking from the Excitement!” Black String LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

Black String is a unique world music quartet which fuses traditional Korean music with contemporary improvisational music. The group was founded in 2011 as part of a government-sponsored Korea-United Kingdom cultural exchange program.

published on 02/06/2018

“A Beautiful Evolution.” Folksinger John Gorka LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

Folk music took center stage at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts on Sat. Jan. 20, 2018 with a concert of contemporary folk music by John Gorka.

published on 01/31/2018

Baseball’s Todd Frazier Speaks at Toms River’s Grunin Center!

Toms River, NJ hometown baseball hero Todd Frazier presented an evening of baseball talk on Friday, January 19, 2018 at Toms River’s Grunin Center of the Arts. Along with moderator Russ Salzberg, Todd discussed his experiences growing up in Toms River and playing baseball all the way from his days as a Little Leaguer to his current status as a reigning MLB superstar.

published on 01/28/2018

“If You’re a Fleetwood Mac Fan, You’ve Got to See Tusk!” LIVE! at The Strand Lakewood

Inside Lakewood, NJ’s historic Strand Theater this Sat. Jan 13, 2018 evening, the crowd is getting ready to be transported back in time to the 1970s via a live concert by New Jersey-based Fleetwood Mac tribute band Tusk.

published on 01/23/2018

“A Once In a Lifetime Opportunity!” New York Voices Perform LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

In February of 2018, the members of the jazz singing group, New York Voices, will celebrate their 30th anniversary together! Renowned for their close-knit voicings, inspired arranging, and an elite vocal blend, the vocal group is comprised of four world-class jazz singers — Kim Nazarian, Peter Eldridge, Lauren Kinhan, and Darmon Meader.

published on 01/19/2018

Carol of the King: The Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular LIVE at Toms River’s Grunin Center!

A sold-out audience is waiting for Two-Step Productions’ live performance of Carol of the King, The Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular to begin at The Grunin Center of the Arts in Toms River, NJ, this Saturday, December 23, 2017.

published on 01/06/2018

Phil Vassar and Kellie Pickler’s “A Christmas Tour” LIVE! at New Brunswick’s State Theatre

It’s chilly and damp this Wednesday, December 20, 2017 evening outside New Brunswick, NJ’s State Theatre. Inside the venue’s historic auditorium, however, warmth and excitement are building for a special A Christmas Tourholiday concert featuring country music stars Phil Vassar and Kellie Pickler.

published on 01/02/2018

The Glenn Miller Orchestra is “In a Christmas Mood” LIVE! at the Strand Theater

As the audience enters the Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ this chilly December 12, 2017 evening, there’s excitement in the air as New Jerseyans are presented with an opportunity to relive warm memories of a simpler time with a live Christmastime performance by the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra.

published on 12/25/2017

“Watch Your 45s Come to Life!” The Stars of the ’60s Shine at UCPAC

Outside Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, NJ this December 9, 2017 evening, it’s cold and snowy — the fresh white stuff covering the old-fashioned street lights on Irving Street and creating a storybook winter wonderland effect for all who enter this historic theater.

published on 12/22/2017

The Colors of Christmas LIVE! at New Brunswick’s State Theatre!

Although it’s cold and drizzly outside New Brunswick’s State Theatre this Dec. 5, 2017 evening, things are heating up inside this historic showplace as music lovers ready themselves for a special holiday-themed concert entitled The Colors of Christmas. Starring Peabo Bryson, The 5th Dimension’s Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., American Idol’s Ruben Studdard, and Jody Watley, the production promises to be an evening of entertainment for the entire family filled with a satisfying mix of hits and holiday favorites.

published on 12/19/2017

“They Still Sound Great!” The Marshall Tucker Band LIVE! at The Strand Lakewood

It’s Saturday, December 2, 2017, and the crowd at the historic Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ is getting ready for a rare New Jersey appearance by the legendary Southern rock group, The Marshall Tucker Band.

published on 12/16/2017

The Bad Girl of Rock ’n’ Roll is So Good in “Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Party Ever!” LIVE! at The Strand

It’s nearly showtime inside the historic auditorium of Lakewood, NJ’s Strand Theater this Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 evening. As we wait for tonight’s performance of Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Party Ever! we chat with several music lovers in the audience who are ready to see music legend Ronnie Spector perform here live in just a few moments.

published on 12/14/2017

An Interview With American Idol’s Kellie Pickler, Appearing With Phil Vassar On Dec. 20 At New Brunswick’s State Theatre!

American Idol’s Kellie Pickler appears in A Christmas Tour with country music star Phil Vassar on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at The State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ.

published on 12/13/2017

“An American in Paris in Concert with the NJSO” LIVE! at New Brunswick’s State Theatre

On Sunday, November 26, 2017, the Garden State’s own gem of an orchestra, The New Jersey Symphony, presented a screening of the Gene Kelly film, An American in Paris, at The State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ. Conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos, the screening featured the film’s brilliant Gershwin score performed live by the talented musicians of the NJSO. The afternoon program was introduced by Gene Kelly’s wife and biographer, Patricia Ward Kelly.

published on 12/08/2017

Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

As we enter Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts lobby, we notice it’s already filling up with fans this Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 for the first of two shows by the legendary ’60s British pop sensation, Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone!

published on 12/06/2017

An Interview with Dennis Tufano, Appearing Dec. 9 in “Stars of the ‘60s” at Rahway’s UCPAC!

The music of the 1960s comes alive again at Rahway, NJ’s Union County Performing Arts Center at 8pm on Sat. December 9, 2017 with Stars of the ‘60s live in concert!

published on 12/03/2017

“Fun, Fabulous, and Full of Energy!” Chicago LIVE! at BergenPAC

As we wait inside Englewood, NJ’s BergenPAC auditorium this November 14, 2017 evening for the start of tonight’s sold-out show, we chat with several audience members excited to experience a live performance from the legendary band who will perform on this very stage tonight — Chicago!

published on 11/27/2017

Arlo Guthrie’s Re:Generation Tour LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

We’re seated in the cozy Grunin Center auditorium this Thursday, November 9, 2017 evening looking forward to the Arlo Guthrie Re:Generation concert to begin — a show which features Arlo performing with the next generation of Guthrie musicians — his daughter, singer Sarah Lee, and his son, keyboardist Abe Guthrie.

published on 11/25/2017

An Interview with The 5th Dimension’s Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., Starring in “The Colors of Christmas” at New Brunswick’s State Theatre

On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, The State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ, will present a special holiday concert entitled The Colors of Christmas. A holiday tradition, this year, The Colors of Christmas celebrates its 25th anniversary with a sparkling evening of holiday music and pop classics performed by R&B and soul singer Peabo Bryson (“Tonight I Celebrate My Love,” “If Ever You’re In My Arms Again”), pop legends Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., (“Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” “Up,Up and Away”), American Idol winner Ruben Studdard (“Superstar,” “I Need an Angel”) and trendsetting artist Jody Watley (“Looking for a New Love,” “Real Love”), all backed by a 12-piece band and a spectacular choir.

published on 11/23/2017

Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

It was a great night for New Orleans’ style jazz and blues at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, when Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet performed together in one special concert!

published on 11/19/2017

The Manhattan Transfer’s 45th Anniversary Concert LIVE! at NJPAC’s Victoria Theater

One of the most acclaimed and innovative of all contemporary vocal groups, The Manhattan Transfer, rocked the house at NJPAC’s Victoria Theater in Newark, NJ on November 4, 2017!

published on 11/17/2017

The Church Sisters LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

It’s 7:25 pm on this Thursday, November 2, 2017 evening and we’re waiting inside Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center auditorium for tonight’s concert by The Church Sisters to begin.

published on 11/15/2017

“So Many Great Memories!” The Halloween Golden Oldies Spectacular LIVE! at The Strand Lakewood

It’s a stormy Sunday, October 29, 2017 afternoon at the Jersey Shore — the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, in fact — but a brewing nor’easter can’t keep dedicated fans of classic pop and rock music away from the historic Strand Theater in Lakewood NJ!

published on 11/13/2017

Just 3 Performances Left For "Be More Chill" at The Strand Theater

Theater fans have just three more chances to see Exit 82 Theatre Company’s production of Be More Chill at The Strand Theater. Be More Chill is a contemporary stage musical based on a novel by Ned Vizzini featuring music and lyrics by Joe Iconis and a book by Joe Tracz. Originally produced by Red Bank, NJ’s Two River Theater Company, following the release of the production’s original cast recording, the show developed a fan base which spread like wildfire across the globe.

published on 11/11/2017

Broadway’s Kelli O’Hara LIVE! at Axelrod PAC

Kelli O’Hara has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway’s leading ladies. An Oklahoma native, O’Hara received her degree in opera, and after winning the Oklahoma State Metropolitan Opera Competition, she moved to New York City where she made her Broadway debut in Jekyll & Hyde. She followed that up with an appearance in Sondheim’s Follies before being personally hired by Marvin Hamlisch to perform in his musical, Sweet Smell of Success.

published on 11/10/2017

“Standards and Stories” Tony Danza LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

“The last time we saw him was in Atlantic City,” says Jean from Point Pleasant. “He’s really good — we loved him!” “I’ve been a fan since Who’s the Boss?” notes Roxanne from Toms River. “I saw him on Broadway a couple of years ago in Honeymoon in Vegas, and I think he’s funny! He’s a doll, and he has a lot of enthusiasm!”

published on 11/08/2017

“They Sound Just Like the Original Records!” The Hit Men LIVE! at Wayne, NJ’s Shea Auditorium

On Friday, October 20, 2017, inside Wayne, NJ’s Shea Auditorium on the campus of William Paterson University, vocal mikes are being checked.

published on 11/04/2017

An Interview with Alan Paul of The Manhattan Transfer, Performing this Week at NJPAC’s Victoria Theater!

One of the most acclaimed and innovative of all contemporary vocal groups, The Manhattan Transfer, will perform at NJPAC’s Victoria Theater in Newark, NJ, at 7:30pm this Saturday, November 4, 2017!

published on 10/30/2017

Ariel Rivka Dance Presents “The Book of Esther and Other Works” at Roxbury PAC

Ariel Rivka Dance is a critically acclaimed all-female contemporary dance company led by choreographer Ariel Grossman and her husband, composer David Homan.

published on 10/29/2017

Joan Osborne LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

Joan Osborne is currently on tour around the United States performing tunes from her latest recording, Songs of Bob Dylan.

published on 10/27/2017

“Like Getting My 45s Back!” Gary Puckett, Dennis Tufano, The Vogues, and The Cyrkle LIVE! at The Strand

The Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ, is abuzz with 60’s-era music lovers this Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 evening.

published on 10/24/2017

Violinist Joshua Bell LIVE! in “The Concert of a Lifetime” at Deal’s Axelrod PAC

It’s Sunday, October 8, 2017, and we are quietly making our way inside the modern yet cozy auditorium of Deal, NJ’s Axelrod Performing Arts Center where we’ve been invited to experience a rehearsal for today’s Concert of a Lifetime celebrating the legacy of Dr. Herbert Axelrod.

published on 10/23/2017

“Superlative! Jim Messina LIVE! at the Newton Theater

Even though it feels like a balmy summer’s evening here in Newton, NJ, it’s hard to believe it’s actually Saturday, October 7, 2017! As we stand on the sidewalk outside the Newton Theater waiting to enter tonight’s concert featuring Jim Messina, we chat with several music lovers looking forward to the performance.

published on 10/23/2017

The Temptations and The Four Tops LIVE! at NJPAC

As we exit the parking lot and walk across Newark’s Sarah Vaughn Way towards the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ this gorgeous October 6, 2017 evening, we join a throng of Motown fans of all ages, all here for a concert by two legendary Motown groups — The Temptations and The Four Tops!

published on 10/22/2017

An Interview with Lee Shapiro of The Hit Men who Perform Friday at Wayne’s Shea Center

For those who are unfamiliar with The Hit Men, they are a group of talented musicians who have performed on dozens of hit records. Like Motown’s Funk Brothers and LA’s Wrecking Crew, The Hit Men helped to rocket a huge number of songs straight to the top of the Billboard charts.

published on 10/17/2017

An Interview with Joan Osborne who Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at Toms River’s Grunin Center

Singer/songwriter Joan Osborne will perform Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ, this Saturday, October 14, 2017, at 8:00pm.

published on 10/12/2017

“A Breath of Fresh Air!” Storm Large LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

Musician/actor/playwright/author Storm Large shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS television show, Rock Star: Supernova, where she built a worldwide fan base for her singing ability that follows her to this day.

published on 10/11/2017

“Wonderful!” Spyro Gyra LIVE! at the Newton Theatre

There is an enthusiastic welcome from the crowd as audience members cheer for the five virtuoso jazz musicians currently stepping out onto the stage at the cozy Newton Theatre in Newton, NJ, this beautiful Thursday, September 28, 2017 evening — Tom Schumann on keyboards, Scott Ambush on bass, Lionel Cordew on drums, Julio Fernandez on guitar, and Jay Beckenstein on saxophone — all members of the legendary jazz group, Spyro Gyra!

published on 10/10/2017

“Top Entertainment!” The Cameos LIVE! at PNC Bank Arts Center

As we drive into the parking lot of Holmdel, NJ’s PNC Bank Arts Center this warm and sunny Tuesday Sept. 26, 2017 afternoon, we notice lots of NJ music lovers lined up at the gates waiting to enter today’s free concert sponsored by The Garden State Arts Foundation featuring The Cameos.

published on 10/08/2017

“I’m a Fan Now!” Travis Tritt LIVE! at the Strand Lakewood

At The Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ, on this beautiful Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 evening, we witness lots and lots of country music fans making their way through the double doors ready for a live concert at the Jersey Shore by none other than country music superstar Travis Tritt!

published on 10/06/2017

An Interview with Ariel Grossman, Choreographer of Ariel Rivka Dance’s “The Book of Esther and Other Works” at NJ’s Roxbury Performing Arts Center, Oct. 15

Ariel Rivka Dance is a critically acclaimed all-female contemporary dance company led by choreographer Ariel Grossman and her husband, composer David Homan. Based in the New York metropolitan area, Ariel Rivka Dance is a company which is committed to creating innovative work with new music that explores emotionally-driven movement with underlying currents of technique and structure.

published on 10/04/2017

Dick Fox’s Doo-Wop Extravanza LIVE! at the PNC Bank Arts Center

It’s a gorgeous Friday Sept. 22, 2017 evening in Holmdel, NJ, and although it’s several hours before showtime, music lovers are already lining up outside the gates of the PNC Bank Arts Center to be admitted to the Garden State Arts Foundation’s Dick Fox’s Doo-Wop Extravaganza show!

published on 10/03/2017

“This Group is That Good!” The British Invasion Years LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

As we enter Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center lobby this Sat. Sept. 16, 2017 evening, we see lots of 1960’s-era music lovers of all ages waiting for the auditorium doors to open for tonight’s performance of The British Invasion Years.

published on 09/28/2017

“As Great as Ever!” Bobby Rydell LIVE! at the PNC Bank Arts Center

It’s drizzling lightly outside the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ, this Tuesday, September 19, 2017, but several thousand NJ music lovers are still streaming in to see a free 1:30 pm concert by the world-famous ’60s music idol, Bobby Rydell.

published on 09/26/2017

“Just Amazing!” Cousin Brucie’s Rock & Roll Yearbook Vol. 1 LIVE! at PNC Bank Arts Center

As we make our way through the back entrance of Holmdel, NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, ready to cover tonight's Cousin Brucie's Rock & Roll Yearbook Vol. 1 concert, we come upon three familiar faces - Kurt "Frenchy" Yahjian, Billy Reid, and Jay Siegel?-?all members of the world-famous vocal trio, Jay Siegel and The Tokens.

published on 09/25/2017

M*A*S*H Star Alan Alda Appears at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center

Alan Alda took the stage at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts auditorium on Sept. 12, 2017 where he spoke to a sold-out crowd filled with medical professionals and community members on ways in which individuals can communicate more effectively with one another.

published on 09/22/2017

Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience LIVE! at The Strand Lakewood

As we make our way toward Lakewood, NJ’s Strand Theater this gorgeous Sat. Sept 9, 2017 evening, in addition to middle-aged folks, young adults, and senior citizens, we also see lots and lots of young people — many of whom are dressed like Michael Jackson — making their way into the theater for tonight’s performance of Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience!

published on 09/20/2017

Not for the Kids! A Conversation with Rock Star: Supernova’s Storm Large Appearing at Toms River’s Grunin Center

Musician/actor/playwright/author Storm Large rocketed to international fame in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS television show, Rock Star: Supernova,where she built a worldwide fan base that still follows her over a decade later.

published on 09/16/2017

“Glad to Be an American!” From Broadway to Hollywood featuring Richard Glazier LIVE! at the PNC Bank Arts Center

Although there’s a bit of chill in the air and the rain is coming down this Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, that doesn’t stop several thousand New Jersey-based music lovers from coming to the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel for a one-man show entitled From Broadway to Hollywood, presented by pianist and music authority Richard Glazier.

published on 09/14/2017

“Breathtaking!” The Manhattan Transfer’s Janis Siegel LIVE! at Axelrod PAC

Sitting on a park bench outside Deal Park, NJ’s Axelrod Performing Arts Center this lovely Wednesday Aug. 30, 2017 evening, we come upon Ray and Mary from Atlantic Highlands. The two music enthusiasts are here eagerly awaiting tonight’s rare Jersey Shore solo concert performance by a long-time member of the world-renowned jazz vocal quartet, The Manhattan Transfer— Janis Siegel.

published on 09/12/2017

“This is Our Future!” Rockit’s Summer of Love Concert at Count Basie Theatre

The Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, is full of activity this Saturday Aug. 26, 2017 afternoon as kids from the venue’s Rockit music education program prepare for their final activity — a 7pm concert showcase.

published on 09/08/2017

"The Whole Package!" Elvis Tribute Artist Richie Santa LIVE! at The Strand

As we approach the corner of Clifton Ave. and 4th St. in Lakewood, NJ, on this summery Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 evening, we spy a woman who is holding an Elvis pocketbook while wearing an Elvis ring, an Elvis necklace, an Elvis shirt, an Elvis jacket, and an Elvis pair of shoes!

published on 09/06/2017

Part of Our Family! Remember Jones LIVE! at AxelrodPAC

We’re here in the beautiful Axelrod PAC auditorium in Deal Park, NJ, on this gorgeous August 24, 2017 evening anxiously waiting the start of tonight’s show starring Asbury Park’s very own “soul sensation,” Remember Jones, live with a 12-piece orchestra!

published on 09/05/2017

The Beach Boys LIVE! at Ocean Grove’s Great Auditorium

A rainbow of umbrellas dot the beach at Ocean Grove, NJ, on Saturday, August 19, 2017, as kids with pails and shovels play in the sand.

published on 09/02/2017

“What’s Not to Love?” Let’s Hang On’s Tribute to Frankie Valli LIVE! at the Strand

The corner of Clifton Ave. and 4th St. in Lakewood, NJ, is bustling this beautiful Friday, August 18, 2017 evening as concertgoers make their way to the historic Strand Theater for a special concert performance. Produced by James D’Amico, tonight’s concert features “America’s #1 Frankie Valli tribute show,” Let’s Hang On, in a benefit performance for the charity known as Tommy’s House.

published on 09/01/2017

“I Would Definitely See this Show Again!” Donny and Marie LIVE! at BergenPAC

As we enter the lobby of Englewood, NJ’s beautiful Bergen Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, we smile when we see grown women getting down on one knee and posing with a poster of Donny and Marie Osmond. The nearly life-sized image hangs from a merchandise table featuring CDs, books, T-shirts, and even a silent auction for two of Marie Osmond’s collectible dolls, complete with a backstage pass and a personal autograph from Marie.

published on 08/28/2017

“Absolutely Wonderful” Neil Sedaka LIVE! at Ocean Grove’s Great Auditorium

Although it’s still early, there’s a much larger crowd than usual waiting outside Ocean Grove’s Great Auditorium for tonight’s show on this beautiful Saturday, August 12, 2017 evening.

published on 08/26/2017

“All Grown Up!” After The Rascals: Eddie Brigati LIVE! at McLoone’s

A cool breeze blows off the glistening Atlantic ocean as we stroll the sunny Asbury Park Boardwalk this Friday, August 4, 2017, taking in the sights and sounds of this historic seaside town.

published on 08/23/2017

“A Real Treasure!” Summer Stars: Orchestral Legends and Romance at Ocean Grove’s Great Auditorium

The bucolic town of Ocean Grove is a truly a summer star of the Jersey Shore! Not only has this quaint little seaside town welcomed and delighted vacationers for over a century, but on Ocean Grove’s tree-lined streets, visitors can find one of the largest assemblages of authentic Victorian architecture in the nation.

published on 08/20/2017

“Tell Your Story!” A Conversation with the Rascals’ Eddie Brigati, Appearing in Rockit’s “Summer Of Love” Concert at the Count Basie Theatre

In the 1960s, Eddie Brigati, a Jersey Boy from Garfield, became world-famous for his work with his iconic band, The Rascals. For that legendary Jersey group, Brigati and his songwriting partner, Felix Cavaliere, created some of the most enduring songs of their generation, notably “A Beautiful Morning,” “Groovin’,” “People Got to Be Free,” “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long,” “You Better Run,” “How Can I Be Sure,” and many more.

published on 08/18/2017

Two Great Talents, One Great Stage: Joan Osborne and Shawn Colvin LIVE! at the Count Basie Theatre

SETTING THE STAGE… Truth be told: We are huge Joan Osborne fans.

published on 08/13/2017

“I Never Knew Violins Could Sound Like That!” Femmes of Rock LIVE! at UCPAC

Femmes of Rock is a rock concert with attitude that completely energizes its audiences! Led by violinist and arranger, Nina DiGregorio, it’s just one of several shows presented by Bella Electric Strings, a group of approximately 30 talented musicians based in several US cities who tour as electronic string quartets in a variety of different productions.

published on 08/12/2017

“An Offering for the Love of God” Classical Guitarist Chaconne Klaverenga LIVE! at Ocean Grove’s Great Auditorium

There’s music in the air this beautiful Thursday, July 27, 2017 evening in pastoral Ocean Grove, NJ. Near the historic Great Auditorium, we hear the happy strains of John Philip Sousa’s “Washington Post” march on bells emanating from a church tower.

published on 08/08/2017

“Love Is What We Do!” Exit 82 Theatre Company Presents “The Wedding Singer” at The Strand Lakewood!

As Exit 82 Theatre Company rehearses “It’s Your Wedding Day,” the joyous opening number of their latest production, The Wedding Singer, actor Nick Wey as Robbie Hart sings, “Yeah, when it’s your wedding day/All the problems melt away/If you count on me/‘Cause love is what I do!”

published on 08/06/2017

“We LOVE Them!” The Hit Men LIVE! at Axelrod Performing Arts Center

It’s a scorcher of a summer’s eve as we arrive at Deal Park, NJ’s refreshingly cool Axelrod Performing Arts Center on Thursday, July 20, 2017. As we sit in the venue’s air-conditioned lobby, we come upon guitarist Jimmy Ryan of The Hit Men who invites us inside the auditorium to watch the filming of their new music video, “You Can’t Fight Love.”

published on 08/03/2017

“From 8-Track Tapes to Today — He’s Still Great!” Boz Scaggs LIVE! at The State Theatre

Boz Scaggs, the singer/songwriter/guitarist who, in 1976, had the entire musical world groovin’ to his ubiquitous album, Silk Degrees, recently made a tour stop in New Jersey. Here in the Garden State, Scaggs presented an evening of ultra-cool blue-eyed soul at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ, on Saturday, July 15, 2017.

published on 07/29/2017

“Time of the Season” The Zombies Take Over BergenPAC!

It’s surprisingly quiet on this still July 14, 2017 evening in the heart of Englewood, NJ. The usual hustle and bustle of people on the sidewalk is conspicuously absent as we traverse Van Brunt St. and cross Palisades Ave. at the start of this ostensibly busy summer weekend.

published on 07/27/2017

“Bravo! They’re Terrific!” The Solisti Ensemble LIVE! at Ocean Grove’s Great Auditorium

It’s a stormy summer evening in Ocean Grove on Thursday, July 13, 2017, but that doesn’t stop devoted classical music fans from waltzing in between the raindrops on their way to The Great Auditorium to hear classical music’s distinguished string ensemble, The Solisti Ensemble.

published on 07/26/2017

“We Came in as Strangers, but Now We’re Good Friends” Taylor Mason LIVE! at Ocean Grove’s Great Auditorium

It’s a beautiful summer night in Ocean Grove, NJ. As we stroll the boardwalk, folks are leaving the beach after a day of fun in the sun, whereas others are just arriving to enjoy the cool evening breeze.

published on 07/24/2017

“He Still Sounds the Same!” Tommy James LIVE! at Cape May Convention Hall

It’s a beautiful evening in Cape May, NJ this Wednesday July 12, 2017. As we walk through the center of town, we hear the clip-clop of a glittering Cinderella horse and carriage decorated with flowers as it takes a young princess and her family on a magical ride.

published on 07/22/2017

“One of the Best Kept Secrets in NJ!” The Imperial Brass LIVE! at Ocean Grove’s Great Auditorium

It’s a relatively quiet night in Ocean Grove, NJ, this July 6, 2017 evening, and to prove it, there isn’t even a line at the historic Days Ice Cream shop on Pitman Ave. We order our vanilla, chocolate chip, and peanut butter treat appropriately called “It’s a Goody” and sit outside in the park on Pilgrim Pathway to enjoy it. Here, we can hear and enjoy the sounds of the Imperial Brass practicing before their 7:30pm concert tonight in Ocean Grove’s historic Great Auditorium.

published on 07/17/2017

An Interview with Bella Electric Strings’ Nina DiGregorio, whose “Violin Femmes” Show Will Rock Rahway’s UCPAC!

Watch out! Bella Electric Strings is a string ensemble with attitude… and they are comin’ to Jersey on Saturday, July 29, 2017!

published on 07/13/2017

“Off the Charts!” Jay Siegel’s Tokens and Shirley Alston Reeves LIVE! at Axelrod PAC

As we wait in the spacious lobby of Deal Park, NJ’s gorgeous Axelrod PAC on June 28, 2017 for a nostalgic concert featuring Jay Siegel’s Tokens and Shirley Alston Reeves of The Shirelles, we strike up a conversation with Susan from Passaic. Susan, now in her 70s, tells us she knew The Shirelles when she was a teenager at Passaic High School.

published on 07/10/2017

“Proud of My Country!’ The US Army Field Band LIVE! at PNC Bank Arts Center

The PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ is bustling with activity backstage on this gorgeous June 29, 2017 afternoon. A trumpeter sits behind the stage and warms up by playing scales on his instrument. Singers test out their wireless microphones. A pair of dancers practices their steps. One thing that is unique about all of these talented performers is that even though their show is about to start in approximately 20 minutes, none of them are wearing stage costumes.

published on 07/07/2017

“Best of the Best!” The Happy Together Tour 2017 LIVE! at BergenPAC

As we make our way up Van Brunt Street in Englewood, NJ on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, we see three huge tour buses parked across the street from the Bergen Performing Arts Center (BergenPAC). Stepping into the theater’s spacious lobby, we meet three young women manning the merchandise table for tonight’s concert, the 2017 edition of The Happy Together Tour starring The Turtles and five other acts from one of the greatest decades in musical history — the 1960s.

published on 06/30/2017

“Absolutely Phenomenal!” Blood, Sweat & Tears with Bo Bice LIVE! at BergenPAC

As pedestrians stroll up and down Van Brunt St. in Englewood, NJ on this gorgeous June 15, 2017 evening, many young parents and their children stop to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of a carnival directly across the street from the venerable BergenPAC theater.

published on 06/27/2017

“Just Awesome!” The Osmonds LIVE! at PNC Bank Arts Center

It’s June 13, 2017 and it’s HOT, but that doesn’t stop several thousand New Jersey residents from flocking to the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel for a free concert featuring the well-known family music group, The Osmonds!

published on 06/24/2017

“Fantastic. Rousing. Powerful.” The NJSO Season Finale with Zhang and Bronfman LIVE! at NJPAC

People mill about the inviting NJPAC outer lobby in Newark, NJ on Sunday, June 11, 2017, chatting with friends and family or getting a refreshing drink or a tasty snack from the concession stand. Above the din, however, one can hear the sounds of a professional-grade string quartet coming from inside the stunning multi-tiered interior grand lobby.

published on 06/20/2017

What’s Opera Doc? “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” with the NJSO at The State Theatre!

Something about the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s performance at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ on this beautiful Sunday, June 4, 2017 afternoon seems a little different. The first thing one notices is the line of kids with their parents, grandparents, and other extended family members waiting at the lobby concession stand to purchase freshly buttered popcorn, candy, and juice packs.

published on 06/16/2017

Sunshine Superman! Donovan LIVE! at BergenPAC

The dimly lighted BergenPAC stage looks unassuming this Thursday, June 1, 2017 evening, sparsely set with a microphone, a small patterned rug, an amplifier, and a short black stool. The event? The legendary 1960’s musical icon, Donovan, is here tonight with his 50th Anniversary of Sunshine Superman concert tour — a show originally scheduled for November, 2016, but which had to be postponed due to illness.

published on 06/15/2017

“One Perfect Combination” Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan LIVE! at SOPAC

After picking up our tickets for Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan, we climb the staircase inside South Orange Performing Arts Center’s graceful lobby on May 19, 2017, where we come upon Angelo and Maria from Belleville, two longtime fans of Joan Osborne’s.

published on 06/02/2017

“Sounds of the 60s” with La La Brooks, Dennis Tufano, and The Flamingos LIVE! at Resorts Atlantic City

Blue lights illuminate the stage — and laser spotlights spin — as the audience files in to the sold-out Celebrity Theater, located inside Resorts Casino Hotel on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ this Saturday, May 20, 2017 evening. From the looks on all of the faces waiting to enter, it appears the crowd is eager to enjoy an evening of magical music of the past in a concert extravaganza entitled Sounds of the 60s, starring La La Brooks of The Crystals, Dennis Tufano of The Buckinghams, and The Flamingos featuring Terry Johnson!

published on 05/31/2017

“We Loved Every Minute of It!” Yesterday, The Beatles Tribute from Las Vegas LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

The stage at The Grunin Center for the Arts on Saturday May 13, 2017 is set with 1960's-era instruments, amplifiers, and mikes. The cozy auditorium — located on the campus of Toms River, NJ’s Ocean County College — is filled with music enthusiasts waiting for the cast of Yesterday, The Beatles Tribute from Las Vegas to take the stage.

published on 05/28/2017

Exit 82 Theatre Company Shakes Things Up with Spring Awakening!

Actors mill about — some chatting with one another, others savoring a moment of solitude — before baring their souls to a small audience of invited guests at The Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ. The cast of Toms River, NJ’s Exit 82 Theatre Company is readying itself for its final dress rehearsal of Spring Awakening at The Strand this hot May 17, 2017 evening.

published on 05/19/2017

On the Red Carpet with the Garden State’s Finest at the New Jersey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

It’s Sunday, May 7, 2017, and folks strolling the world-famous Asbury Park, NJ Boardwalk can’t help but stop and stare at such world-famous celebrities as Kelly Ripa, Ray Liotta, Connie Chung, Tommy James, and Wyclef Jean. Each arrives at 1300 Ocean Ave. and traverses the long red carpet outside Convention Hall, on his or her way to be honored tonight as a member of the “Class of 2016” at the New Jersey Hall of Fame’s 9th Annual Red Carpet Induction Ceremony.

published on 05/17/2017

Neil Sedaka, Beach Boys Headline Saturday Night Line-Up of Summer Concerts at Ocean Grove’s Great Auditorium!

(OCEAN GROVE, NJ) -- The countdown to summer starts now with the The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association’s announcement of its 148th summer season of Saturday Night Entertainment featuring legendary artists including Neil Sedaka and The Beach Boys!

published on 05/16/2017

“Really Beautiful” LeAnn Rimes LIVE! at UCPAC

Soft lights illuminate the purple velvet curtain of Rahway, NJ’s Union County Performing Arts Center stage, framing a silent grand piano and an acoustic guitar nestled within its stand this springlike Sunday April 30, 2017 evening.

published on 05/14/2017

The Fans Are All Here for the “Spring Sixties Spectacular” LIVE! at the State Theatre

It’s Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 7:35pm — just 25 minutes until The Spring Sixties Spectacular concert kicks off on stage at New Brunswick, NJ’s State Theatre! This year’s edition of the Spectacular — brought to NJ by “NY’s Duke of Rock & Roll,” producer Harry G — features four great acts from the 1960s: The 1910 Fruitgum Company, Dennis Tufano, BJ Thomas, and Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone!

published on 05/13/2017

Pop, Rock & Doo Wopp LIVE! at The Strand

Spotlight Central recaps Pop, Rock & Doo Wopp - a show featuring six classic musical groups: Larry Chance and the Earls, The Angels, Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Knockouts, The Crystals, and The Brooklyn Bridge at The Strand Theater.

published on 05/12/2017

An Interview with Dennis Tufano, Starring in “Sounds of the 60's” at Resorts Atlantic City on May 20!

The music of the 1960s comes alive at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ at 8pm on Sat. May 20, 2017 with Sounds of the 60's live in concert! This magical evening of classic ’60’s songs features three memorable performers from one of the greatest eras in pop music history: La La Brooks, The Flamingos, and Dennis Tufano, the original lead singer of The Buckinghams.

published on 05/07/2017

“‘S Wonderful!” Ella and Louis with the NJSO LIVE! at The State Theatre

Two college students living in the heart of Boston in the 1970’s, we climb the stairs at the MBTA’s Symphony subway “T” stop to the street where we find ourselves directly across from Boston’s legendary Symphony Hall. We are here tonight to see “The First Lady of Jazz,” Miss Ella Fitzgerald!

published on 05/05/2017

Jimmy and Me

Jimmy Webb, 70, will be honored on May 3, 2017 at Carnegie Hall for a lifetime of excellence as one of America’s greatest songwriters. Coinciding with this tribute is the recent release of his personal memoir, The Cake and the Rain, in addition to a recent presentation of his live show, Jimmy Webb: The Glen Campbell Years at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts. To help celebrate this notable occasion, one Spotlight Central writer provides a tribute to Jimmy Webb and his timeless words and music in this very personal story…

published on 05/01/2017

World-Class Violinist Sarah Chang is LIVE! at BergenPAC

We’re here at Bergen Performing Arts Center (BergenPAC) in Englewood, NJ on a gorgeous Saturday, April 8, 2017 evening. Along with hundreds of other classical music fans, we’re eagerly awaiting a live performance by the world-famous concert violinist, Sarah Chang!

published on 04/27/2017

Dedicated Fans Follow Their Hearts to Engelbert Humperdinck’s 50th Anniversary Concert LIVE! at BergenPAC

It’s Friday, April 7, 2017, and excitement is in the air as we, along with so many others, traverse bustling North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, NJ. We reach address #30 and join the throng of people filing into the lobby of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (BergenPAC), anxious to experience tonight’s special event — Engelbert Humperdinck’s 50th anniversary concert celebrating the release of his 1967 hit, “Please Release Me.”

published on 04/25/2017

“American Musical Royalty.” Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

Rosanne Cash is one of music’s pre-eminent singer/songwriters. Altogether, Cash has had 21 Top 40 country hits, including 11 #1 singles. Her landmark 2009 album, The List, won the Americana Music Album of the Year award. Moreover, her latest release, The River and the Thread — a collaboration with her husband, writer/producer/arranger/guitarist John Leventhal — earned her three 2015 Grammy Awards.

published on 04/22/2017

“Nothing Compares to Her.” Ann Wilson of Heart LIVE! at BergenPAC

The first time we saw Ann Wilson perform was in the late 1970s when her band, Heart, performed at a free concert on the Boston Esplanade. Well…sort of.

published on 04/21/2017

Neil Berg’s 101 Years of Broadway LIVE! at Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre

The packed house at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ on Sunday, April 2, 2017 excitedly awaits the start of Neil Berg’s 101 Years of Broadway, a star-studded salute to music of the Great White Way!

published on 04/19/2017

An Interview with Songwriter Jimmy Webb, Appearing at Toms River’s Grunin Center on April 22 in “Jimmy Webb: The Glen Campbell Years”

With songs like “Up, Up and Away” and “MacArthur Park,” Jimmy Webb has proven himself to be one of the greatest American songwriters of the past half-century. Some of his most memorable songs, however — “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Galveston,” “Wichita Lineman,” and more — have come about as a result of his musical affiliation with legendary singer Glen Campbell.

published on 04/16/2017

What’s Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience with Brian Owens LIVE! at the Grunin Center

As we find our seats on March 28, 2017 at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts, the lights dim and we see musicians begin to take the stage with their instruments — Shaun Robinson on guitar, Alvin Quinn on bass, and Rob Woodie on drums — not to mention a horn section consisting of a tenor saxophonist and a trumpet player.

published on 04/15/2017

“Come Together, Share, and Build the Fabric of a Community.” Switchback LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

Switchback is an award-winning American musical duo comprised of lead vocalist/bassist Martin McCormack and guitarist/mandolinist Brian FitzGerald. The group draws on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs that reflect their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots. Performing this exciting mix of styles, their expert vocal harmonies have won them comparisons to such well-known duos as the Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel.

published on 04/10/2017

Caught Up in the Swing! The Atlantic City Ballet LIVE! at The Strand

Spotlight Central takes a look at a double bill of dance from the Atlantic City Ballet at the Strand Theater in Lakewood.

published on 04/06/2017

“Absolutely Terrific!” Rhythm in the Night: The Irish Dance Spectacular LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center

The national tour of the Irish dance spectacular, Rhythm in the Night, made a stop at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts on Friday, March 24, 2017. Led by Justin Boros, former lead dancer in Michael Flatley’s world-famous Lord of the Dance Irish dance production, Rhythm in the Night features an accomplished cast of 20 of the world’s most skilled Irish dancers. They bring an inspiring story of love and salvation to life and transport their audiences to another time and place.

published on 04/04/2017

Standing in the Shadows of Love: The Four Tops LIVE! at BergenPAC

Spotlight Central takes you inside a recent performance by The Four Tops at BergenPAC.

published on 04/01/2017

4 Words: “Magnificent,” “Fabulous,” “The Best.” Hotel California Salutes the Eagles at Toms River’s Grunin Center

The multi-talented Eagles tribute band, Hotel California, rocked the house on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the Grunin Center of the Arts located on the campus of Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ. And Spotlight Central was there to cover it...

published on 03/30/2017

Lindsay Roginski and N’Kenge Prove They Have “IT” in American Showstoppers LIVE! at the Grunin Center

When Lindsay Roginski was sixteen, she traveled to New York City and saw her first Broadway musical, Chicago. That night she said to her mom, “One day I am going to be in this show.” Lindsay believed she had “IT.”

published on 03/28/2017

They Are the Champions: Almost Queen LIVE! at The Strand

Spotlight Central takes a look at Almost Queen and Giffords Lane performing at The Strand Theater in Lakewood. The event was a benefit for Tommy's House, a charity that provides temporary emergency housing, clothing, and referral services for homeless men and women in Passaic and Bergen Counties.

published on 03/23/2017

“Nothing Can Beat a Live Performance!” Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone In Concert at NJPAC

It’s Saturday, March 11, 2017, and our automobile dashboard clock says it’s nearly 1:30pm. As we drive up Newark, NJ’s MacCarter Highway — just about ready to make the left turn onto Center Street — we smile. Because here on this busy city street corner, we happen to observe a man rapidly making his way towards Newark’s glittering jewel of a concert venue, The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), wheeling an enormous stand-up bass…on a cart!

published on 03/22/2017

“Theater = Community.” In the Heights LIVE! at Axelrod PAC

We take our seats in the modern and inviting Vogel Auditorium at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal, NJ on Friday, March 10, 2017, looking foward to experiencing a dress rehearsal of one of our favorite musicals, In the Heights.

published on 03/18/2017

“We Just LOVE This Show!” StringFever LIVE! at UCPAC

On Saturday March 4, 2017, we arrive at the historic Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC) in downtown Rahway for our chance to see one of England’s most entertaining musical exports since The Fab Four: String Fever.

published on 03/16/2017

Spero Plays Nyro

When one considers “The Great American Songbook,” one typically thinks about a loosely defined canon of enduring songs written between the 1920s and 1950s by such American composers as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, and others, for the theater, Hollywood, and beyond.

published on 03/12/2017

“Rach II” the Rafters! The NJSO LIVE! at NJPAC!

On Friday, February 24, 2017, the Garden State’s own gem of an orchestra, The New Jersey Symphony, presented a very special evening of music featuring Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto (“Rach II”) at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark. The evening also included a post-concert experience entitled #OrchestraYou where the NJSO gave audience members of all ages an opportunity to play alongside select members of this talented group!

published on 03/10/2017

“A Better Place” Air Supply LIVE! at The State Theatre, New Brunswick

It’s Sunday, February 26, 2017, and it’s rapidly approaching 8pm. As fans in the packed house at New Brunswick, NJ’s State Theatre wait for the world-famous Australian pop duo, Air Supply, to take the stage, we chat with two friends whom we’ve just met in the audience — Christine from Westfield and her brother, Paul, from Franklin Township. Both are excited to be a part of the crowd here tonight for this special musical performance.

published on 03/07/2017

“I LOVE IT!” Decades Rewind LIVE! at Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre

Decades Rewind is a memorable and nostalgic show which features the top hits of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s — all done in reverse order! The show boasts a cast of 14 performers — six singers and eight instrumentalists — who perform unique medleys from three of the most popular decades in music history.

published on 03/04/2017

“YES!” Chris Botti LIVE! at BergenPAC

It’s June 30, 1998. We drop the kids off at grandma’s house, and make the 90-minute trip from the Jersey Shore to Glenside, PA, a lovely little village just north of Philadelphia.

published on 03/01/2017

“One of the Top Five Singers in the World!” Darlene Love LIVE! at BergenPAC

On Saturday, February 11, 2017, Darlene Love made her annual Valentine’s Day appearance at Bergen Performing Arts Center (BergenPAC) in Englewood, NJ. Famous as a back-up singer on such monster hits as “Be My Baby” and “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling,” Love returned to the famous North Jersey venue in the spotlight as a lead vocalist to give a powerhouse performance of music spanning her decades-long career, looking and sounding incredible at the age of 75!

published on 02/25/2017

“Where There’s Love and Inspiration, You Can’t Go Wrong” - Louis-and-Ella by Trent Armand Kendall LIVE! at Manasquan’s Algonquin Arts Theatre

“Where There’s Love and Inspiration, You Can’t Go Wrong” - Louis-and-Ella by Trent Armand Kendall LIVE! at Manasquan’s Algonquin Arts Theatre

published on 02/22/2017

Air Supply LIVE! This Sunday at The State Theatre, New Brunswick: A Conversation with Graham Russell

Come get “Lost in Love” in the music of Air Supply, when they take the stage of New Brunswick, NJ’s State Theatre this Sunday, February 26, 2017, at 8pm.

published on 02/20/2017

“One of the Greatest in the World!” Pinchas Zukerman and the NJSO LIVE! at New Brunswick’s State Theatre

Even though the Saturday, January 28, 2017 concert tonight doesn’t begin until 8 pm, we arrive at 7 pm, and are surprised to see lots of other early birds making their way through to the lobby of the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ. Everyone looks to be in excited anticipation of tonight’s event featuring the world-famous conductor and violinist Pinchas Zukerman and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

published on 02/19/2017

VoicePlay Rocks the House at UCPAC in Rahway!

Its 7:30 pm on February 3, 2017 at Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, NJ, where in just 30 minutes from now, VoicePlay — the enormously entertaining five-piece a cappella group which lit up the stage on Season 4 of TV’s The Sing Off —is poised to rock the house!

published on 02/15/2017

Spend Your Valentine’s Day Weekend “Dancing and Romancing” with the NJSO!

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra wowed the audience at Red Bank, NJ’s Count Basie Theatre on Friday, February 10, 2017, with the first of three Valentine’s Day weekend performances of Dancing and Romancing! The other performances take place on February 11, at 8pm at NJPAC in Newark, and on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 3pm at the State Theatre in New Brunswick.

published on 02/11/2017

An Interview with Trent Armand Kendall, Creator and Star of Louis-and-Ella!, at The Algonquin Arts Theatre Sunday Afternoon!

Top-notch live jazz comes to Manasquan, NJ this Sunday Feb. 12, 2017 when writer/actor/singer Trent Armand Kendall brings his original production, Louis-and-Ella! to the Algonquin Arts Theatre stage for a 3pm performance!

published on 02/10/2017

“Playing Live Music and Playing Amongst Great Musicians — There’s Nothing Like It!” An interview with Patrick Chamberlain of New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play with a professional symphony orchestra? Well, audience members who attend a special upcoming performance of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra can check that item off their bucket lists as the NJSO invites audience members of all ages to shake the cobwebs off their instruments and bring them to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark on Feb. 24, 2017 for the experience of a lifetime!

published on 02/10/2017

“It’s Just Incredible What the Human Voice Can Do!” Vocalosity LIVE! at The Grunin Center!

As we make our way inside Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts on Sunday, January 22, 2017, we notice a crowd of music lovers of all ages gathered tonight for a special vocal music concert by the ultra-talented 10-piece a cappella group, Vocalosity.

published on 02/04/2017

“Just Like it Was in the ‘60s!” The Association LIVE! at The Newton Theatre!

It’s a foggy January 21, 2017 Saturday evening in Newton, NJ. As we make our way through the mist blanketing downtown Spring Street, we stop in to check out some of the inviting restaurants and art galleries located on our way to address #234, The Newton Theatre, a gem of a concert hall in this quaint little northwestern New Jersey town.

published on 01/30/2017

We Just Can’t Help Fallin’ in Love with ELVIS Tribute Artist Richie Santa!

It’s nearly 7 pm on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Lakewood, NJ’s Strand Theater. To celebrate “The King’s” 82nd birthday, a crowd of young and old has assembled here to enjoy tonight’s featured performer — consummate Elvis Presley tribute artist, Richie Santa.

published on 01/24/2017

“The Best Thing I’ve Ever Heard!” Pinchas Zukerman and the NJSO LIVE! at New Brunswick’s State Theatre

Although the sun is shining brightly on this Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 afternoon, there’s a chill in the air outside New Brunswick, NJ’s historic State Theatre. As such, audience members quickly stream into the warm and inviting auditorium prepared to experience today’s exciting musical program — the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Winter Festival: Zukerman Plays Tchaikovsky concert presentation.

published on 01/19/2017

Tom Wopat and Linda Purl are “Home for the Holidays”!

Although frigid cold air has followed Tom Wopat and Linda Purl on their trip from Michigan to New Jersey this Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, they still manage to warm their devoted fans’ hearts during their “Home for the Holidays” concert at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts in Toms River.

published on 12/25/2016

“New Jersey is the BEST!” Blood, Sweat and Tears Featuring Bo Bice LIVE at The State Theatre!

The weather is seasonably chilly this December 9, 2016 evening in New Brunswick, NJ. As we leave the warm glow of our restaurant on Albany Street, put on our gloves and hats, and make our way down blustery George Street, we enjoy the festive outdoor Christmas decorations, the live music coming out of the pubs, and the hustle and bustle of people as they get ready to celebrate the holiday season.

published on 12/23/2016

“Merry Christmas, America!” The King’s Singers LIVE at The Grunin Center!

As we make our way up the ramp toward the entrance of Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts on Thursday, December 1, 2016, we notice a tremendous amount of activity taking place outside on the sidewalk.

published on 12/16/2016

“It’s A Wonderful Life!” with Exit 82 at The Strand Theater!

With Christmas Eve rapidly approaching, audience members of all ages settle in at The Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ on Saturday, December 3, 2016, to see a matinee performance of a live presentation of the timeless holiday movie, It’s a Wonderful Life. Entitled It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, this unique production by Toms River’s Exit 82 Theatre Company is based on the beloved 1946 Frank Capra film, but with a clever twist — the entire story is staged in the form of a live radio broadcast!

published on 12/11/2016

Blood, Sweat and Tears featuring Bo Bice Performs This Friday at The State Theatre in New Brunswick!

“Drop all your troubles by the riverside” and join Blood, Sweat & Tears live in concert as they bring their iconic jazz-rock sound to the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ this Friday, December 9, 2016 at 8pm!

published on 12/07/2016

“You Just Keep Us Hangin’ On!” Vanilla Fudge LIVE at The Strand!

Weather-wise, it’s a relatively mild November 26, 2016 evening in Lakewood, NJ, creating a stark contrast to the dynamic and wildly influential rock music which is about to be performed live in this quiet town this evening.

published on 12/06/2016

A Country Christmas! Home Free LIVE at The Grunin Center

On this blustery Sunday, November 20, 2016 evening, fans from up and down the East Coast escape the wind and duck into the lobby of the cozy Grunin Center for the Arts in Toms River, NJ. All are here to ring in the holiday season by attending the first of two sell-out performances by their favorite country a cappella group —2013 winners of NBC-TV’s The Sing Off — Home Free!

published on 12/04/2016

Herman’s Hermits and The Buckinghams LIVE at BergenPAC!

As concertgoers escape the chill on this cold November 17, 2016 evening and make their way inside the warm and inviting Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ, they express their excitement about the concert they are about to experience. Starring 60’s music icons The Buckinghams and Herman’s Hermits, fans from up and down the East Coast are thrilled to be at BergenPAC tonight to enjoy this sensational pairing of pop music legends.

published on 11/28/2016

“My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy” LIVE at The Strand!

On Friday, November 18, 2016, audience members can be seen streaming their way inside the historic Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ to experience a Garden State presentation of the international hit comedy show, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy.

published on 11/26/2016

NJPAC Presents the World Premiere of “Five”

On Saturday, November 12, 2016, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark presented the world premiere of Trilogy: An Opera Company’s production of Five. This three-act opera by composer Anthony Davis, with libretto by Richard Wesley, is based on the story of the infamous 1989 Central Park Five case in which five teenagers were wrongly accused of molesting a woman jogger in New York City’s Central Park.

published on 11/22/2016

“Running Down the Road” Arlo Guthrie LIVE! at The Grunin Center

As we make our way through the parking lot towards Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts on Thursday, November 10, 2016, we spot two large tour buses parked behind the theater, a moment which increases our excitement for what lies ahead of us this evening. As we step inside the doors of the venue, we note that others must also share our view as the lobby is filled to capacity with enthusiastic fans here for a sold-out concert featuring one of American music’s favorite sons: Arlo Guthrie.

published on 11/19/2016

“Moonlight Serenade” The Glenn Miller Orchestra LIVE! at The Strand Theater

As the audience mainly comprised of members of America’s “greatest generation” enters the Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ on November 2, 2016, there’s excitement in the air as New Jerseyans are presented with a rare opportunity to relive memories of a simpler time with a live performance by the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra.

published on 11/16/2016

American Idol: Crystal Bowersox LIVE! at the Grunin Center

It’s 7:55 pm on Saturday, October 22, 2016. The stage at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts in Toms River, NJ, is set with a mandolin, two acoustic guitars, a drum set, and two amps with microphones hanging from them as the audience awaits the entrance of American Idol Season 9 runner-up Crystal Bowersox.

published on 11/11/2016

An Interview with Kevin Maynor of Trilogy: An Opera Company, which Presents the World Premiere of FIVE at NJPAC on Nov. 12

On Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Trilogy: An Opera Company will present the world premiere of the opera, Five. Actor/activist Danny Glover and others will participate in a pre-performance discussion hosted by MSNBC’s Tara Dowdell, which is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

published on 11/07/2016

The Yardbirds and The Chuck Lambert Band Perform for a Great NJ Cause

The world-famous Yardbirds made their only New Jersey appearance this year at the historic Strand Theater in Lakewood on Friday, October 7th, 2016. There, along with The Chuck Lambert Band, they lent their considerable talents to a benefit concert to help individuals with developmental disabilities in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

published on 11/06/2016

The Atlantic City Ballet’s Production of Dracula is Simply Spooktacular!

At the corner of Clifton Ave. and 4th Ave. in Lakewood, NJ, on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, a variety of spooky vampires, ghouls, and other-worldly beings make their way alongside everyday humans into the inviting Strand Theater to see this year’s edition of The Atlantic City Ballet’s production of Dracula.

published on 11/01/2016

“Perfect” Gladys Knight LIVE! at BergenPAC

On the corner of Van Brunt St. and Palisades Ave., excitement is in the air on Friday, October 21, 2016, as one of the most celebrated singers in popular music history, “The Empress of Soul” — Gladys Knight — is about to perform just steps away at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (BergenPAC) in Englewood, NJ.

published on 10/28/2016

The Atlantic City Ballet Presents Sleeping Beauty at The Strand Theater

On Saturday, August 27, 2016, The Atlantic City Ballet presented their version of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty at the historic Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ. Featuring mesmerizing choreography by Phyllis Papa, the gifted members of the ACB transported an enthralled audience of all ages to another world — a world of magnificent music, magic, and movement.

published on 10/26/2016

“Unforgettable” Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli LIVE! at The Grunin Center

The bassist and drummer have already started to play as jazz masters Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli make their way out onto the Jay and Linda Grunin Center stage in Toms River, NJ on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. The famous pair takes a bow together before taking their respective places — Lewis at the piano, and Pizzarelli, guitar in hand, behind the mike — here this evening to present a tribute to a musician they’ve both long admired: Nat King Cole.

published on 10/24/2016

A Family Affair: Carter Calvert LIVE! at The Algonquin Arts Theatre

There’s a bit of a chill in the air this Saturday, October 15, 2016 evening as folks make their way down Main Street in Manasquan, NJ to address No. 173 — the Algonquin Arts Theatre.

published on 10/22/2016

An Interview with Tommy James, Who Performs this Saturday at The St. George Theater In Staten Island

Have you been “Draggin’ the Line” lately? Perhaps, you’re looking to enjoy a little “Hanky Panky”? If so, be sure to boogie on over to the St. George Theater in Staten Island, NY, this Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, for a live performance by iconic 60s rockers, Tommy James and the Shondells!

published on 10/20/2016

“Perfection.” The Pinchas Zukerman Trio LIVE! at St. John’s Church

The sanctuary within St. John’s Church in Summit, NJ on Sunday, October 2, 2016 is set up with a stage containing a grand piano, two chairs, two benches, and two music stands. And just to the right of the stage, a beautiful tapestry hangs.

published on 10/13/2016

An Interview with Broadway's Carter Calvert, Starring in Viva La Diva! at Algonquin Arts Theatre This Saturday!

Broadway meets pop, jazz, blues, and country at Manasquan, NJ’s Algonquin Arts Theatre this Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 when acclaimed Broadway star and recording artist Carter Calvert appears in her original production, Viva La Diva! The Music of Carole King, Barbra Streisand, Patsy Cline, Peggy Lee, Aretha Franklin (and many more)!

published on 10/12/2016

“A Night of Living History!” Roger McGuinn LIVE! at BergenPAC

It’s Saturday, Sept. 20, 2016. Although the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler, inside the Bergen Performing Arts Center (BergenPAC) in Englewood, NJ, excitement abounds as Roger McGuinn — singer, songwriter, guitarist, and founding member of The Byrds — is about to present an intimate solo evening of songs and stories for a house filled with admirers of the iconic ’60s folk-rocker.

published on 10/11/2016

Bucky is Back!

Jazz guitar great, Bucky Pizzarelli, performed at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts in Toms River, NJ on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 8pm. The concert featured Pizzarelli on 7-string guitar, Ed Laub on 7-string guitar, and Bucky’s son, Martin Pizzarelli, on stand-up bass.

published on 10/08/2016

“Back to the Garden” Celebrates the Music of Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Laura Nyro

In the 1960s and ’70s, the popular music scene saw the rise of the first wave of prominent female singer/songwriters including such legendary figures as Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Laura Nyro. On Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, Back to the Garden, a King/Mitchell/Nyro tribute concert, celebrated these musical pioneers at Lakewood, NJ’s historic Strand Theater.

published on 10/06/2016

Spirit in the Night: A Concert of Peace, Healing, and Hope for All

Outside the days may be getting shorter and the nights may be getting colder, but inside All Saints Episcopal Church in Lakewood, NJ there is music being rehearsed that will warm your heart.

published on 10/04/2016

He’s Family. Pat Boone at StocktonPAC!

Images of black and white photos twist and turn on a large screen high above the stage as the audience fills the theater at Stockton Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. Celebrities such as Arthur Godfrey, Cher, Dick Clark, Sophia Loren, Perry Como, and James Dean, in addition to politicians including Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton, appear on screen and seem to come to life with one familiar face by each of their sides — the face of Pat Boone.

published on 10/04/2016

What Bruce Did… Just for Me!

As a concert reviewer and photographer, this past summer, I had an opportunity to cover a show by one of my favorite bands from the 1960s — The Buckinghams — a group who topped the charts in 1967 with one of my favorite tunes when I was a kid, “Kind of a Drag.”

published on 09/30/2016

Backstage & Center Stage with Tommy James and Felix Cavaliere at BergenPAC!

Shh! We’re currently backstage at BergenPAC in Englewood, NJ, before Tommy James and the Shondells’ September 16, 2016 concert with Felix Cavaliere and his Rascals.

published on 09/27/2016

“Doo Wop Extravaganza!” LIVE! at Ocean Grove’s Great Auditorium

On September 3, 2016, the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, NJ, invited audience members to take a stroll down Memory Lane with a tribute to classic music of the 50s and 60s in a show entitled “Doo Wop Extravaganza.” Hosted by NJ 101.5 Radio DJ Big Joe Henry, the nearly three-hour concert featured the talents of such legendary artists as Barbara Harris and the Toys, The Belmonts, Shirley Alston Reeves of The Shirelles, and The Duprees.

published on 09/25/2016

Watch Me Now! Jerry Blavat’s Salute to Motown Featuring The Contours at PNC Bank Arts Center

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at 1:30 pm, the Garden State Arts Foundation continued it’s season of free live entertainment for NJ residents aged 55 and over with a concert entitled “Jerry ‘The Geator’ Blavat Presents A Salute to Motown featuring the Contours, The Elgins, and The Marvelettes.”

published on 09/21/2016

Come Celebrate the Music of Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Laura Nyro This Friday at Lakewood’s Strand Theatre!

(LAKEWOOD, NJ) — After selling out theaters from NY to LA, Back to the Garden comes to The Strand Theatre in Lakewood, NJ, this Friday, September 23, at 8:00pm. The show celebrates folk-rock trailblazers Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Laura Nyro and honors these prolific women, their influence, and inspiration with a evening of songs created by these well-known singer-songwriters which were made famous both by them and by other world-class recording artists.

published on 09/20/2016

“Dandy!” Herman’s Hermits, Gary Lewis, & Cousin Brucie at the PNC Arts Center!

If — like me — you spent your formative years growing up at the Jersey Shore in the 1960s, you probably remember hot summer evenings hanging out with your friends listening to 77 WABC-AM radio’s premiere DJ, Bruce “Cousin Brucie” Morrow, introducing the latest hits by groups like Herman’s Hermits and Gary Lewis & The Playboys.

published on 09/16/2016

Our Love is Here To Stay — Rhapsody & Rhythm: The Gershwin Concert Experience at PNC Bank Arts Center

As a result of watching the film, Girl Crazy, on his black and white television set, Richard Glazier — a nine-year-old boy from Indianapolis, Indiana — became an instant fan of composer George Gershwin and his brother lyricist Ira Gershwin, the musical sensations who created the songs for the film.

published on 09/11/2016

“We’re In It for the Music!” The 2016 Happy Together Tour LIVE! at BergenPAC

As people make their way down the aisles of the beautiful Bergen Performing Arts Center (BergenPAC), one can see that many look like they’ve walked straight out of the late-1960s and right into the theater. Some are wearing tie-dyed clothing, denim jeans, and long hair; others are dressed in leather; and some even sport wreaths of flowers in their hair — but all are wearing smiles.

published on 09/04/2016

“Welcome Back, Welcome Back, Welcome Back!” John Sebastian at The Paramount

If you happened to be strolling on the Asbury Park boardwalk on Aug. 20, 2016, you just may have found yourself wondering why there was a crowd of baby boomers milling about near the stage door of the Paramount Theater. It’s 7:30 pm — a little early for groupies to be hanging out waiting for a favorite star to emerge so they can catch a glimpse of him or her or perhaps shake a hand.

published on 09/02/2016

“That’s When the Music Takes Me!” Neil Sedaka at BergenPAC

It’s Wednesday, August 17, 2016, and with the sun starting to set at nearly 8pm on a gorgeous summer’s eve, music lovers find their way to their seats inside the beautiful Bergen Performing Arts Center (BergenPAC) for tonight’s performance by legendary singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka.

published on 08/29/2016

“We Are Stardust. We Are Golden.” Emily Grove’s Tribute to Joni Mitchell at McLoone’s

It’s a beautiful August 19, 2016 evening at Bruce Springsteen’s famed Asbury Park, NJ boardwalk. Appropriately, music fills the air as couples stroll the boards enjoying the cool ocean breezes. Strains of Pete Seeger’s folksy “Turn, Turn, Turn” can be heard strummed on a guitar, followed by the sound of a drummer playing his solo funk beat on a small drum set and next, the melodic cascade of an authentic island tune played on an array of Caribbean steel drums.

published on 08/24/2016

“Music Brings People Together.” Michael Bolton LIVE at the Great Auditorium!

It’s Saturday, August 13, 2016, and New Jersey might be having one of it’s famous summer heatwaves, but that doesn’t stop Michael Bolton’s devoted fans from showing up in droves to see him perform live at Ocean Grove’s historic Great Auditorium.

published on 08/19/2016

A Chat with Gary Puckett as The Happy Together Tour Comes to BergenPAC, Tuesday, Aug 16th!

The 2016 edition of the world-famous Happy Together Tour makes a stop at The Bergen Performing Arts Center (BergenPAC) in Englewood, NJ, on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. Starring The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, The Spencer Davis Group, Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & the Raiders, The Cowsills, and Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, this show is a joyful blast-from-the-past of classic ‘60s and ‘70s hits from beginning to end!

published on 08/14/2016

For the Good Times! Engelbert Humperdinck at The Great Auditorium

It’s August 6, 2016 — just a typical summer evening in the quaint Victorian town of Ocean Grove, NJ. With the long daylight hours, people are still out enjoying the beach, customers are strolling on Main browsing in the various stores, and there’s even a line at the corner ice cream shop.

published on 08/11/2016

Be Our Guest as Exit 82 Presents Beauty and the Beast at The Strand!

Exit 82 Theatre Company’s current production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at The Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ is a true feast for the eyes! With dazzling visuals, a talented cast, and songs that’ll leave you humming, this cutting-edge Toms River, NJ community theater company is pulling out all the stops in this latest production which is sure to please theater lovers of all ages. Directed and choreographed by Sean Openshaw, this rousing version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is must-see community theater of the highest order.

published on 08/09/2016

I’d Wait a Million Years! The Grass Roots and The Buckinghams LIVE! at The Great Auditorium

When grown-ups reminisce and think back to their formative years in junior high school, many remember things like switching classes, changing into gym uniforms, worrying about one’s locker combination, or perhaps, even fondly recalling a first crush.

published on 08/05/2016

Be Ready for the Journey! “Into The Woods” At St. Catherine’s in Ringwood

“Once upon a time…” there was a community theater group in northern New Jersey that dared to put on a professional-quality production of Stephen Sondheim’s revered, yet demanding, musical, Into the Woods. Directed by Diana Roth-Fili with musical direction by Fabiola Leion-Catalano, the Performing Arts Guild of St. Catherine’s exceptional production of Into the Woods features a cast filled with talented actors and an orchestra of accomplished musicians. It is must-see theater, but it will only be presented for three more performances at St. Catherine’s Parish Center in Ringwood, NJ.

published on 08/04/2016

A Chat with Engelbert Humperdinck, Who Performs LIVE! this Saturday at the Great Auditorium In Ocean Grove

(OCEAN GROVE, NJ) -- On Saturday, August 6, 2016, at 8:00pm, The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association proudly presents the one and only Engelbert Humperdinck LIVE! at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, NJ.

published on 08/03/2016

This is the Moment! Neil Berg’s “100 Years of Broadway” LIVE! at the Great Auditorium

It’s 5pm on a steaming hot July 23rd, 2016 evening in Ocean Grove, NJ. Just beyond the boardwalk, beachgoers relax under their umbrellas, enjoying the breeze coming off the water as parasailers view the scene from above. Just a few blocks away, on Main, people stop at the corner sandwich shop for a bite, some preferring the 19th-century ambience indoors while others sit outside in the shade enjoying old-fashioned char-broiled delights. Unbeknownst to many in town, around the corner at the historic Great Auditorium, the cast of Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway is already hard at work rehearsing for their 8pm performance this evening.

published on 07/28/2016

The Grass Roots and the Buckinghams to Star in “American Pop” this Saturday at the Great Auditorium!

(Ocean Grove, NJ) -- On Saturday, July 30, 2016, The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association will present two of the most beloved “American Pop” groups of the 60s — the Grass Roots and the Buckinghams — at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, NJ.

published on 07/27/2016

It’s Magic! Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey Together Again at BergenPAC!

Its magic and you don’t want to know Just how its done, it would ruin the show You’ve just got to believe ‘Cause believing is what makes it happen It’s July 14, 2016, and on this very hot and humid summer evening, audience members are happily streaming in to the wonderfully cool auditorium at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (BergenPAC) in Englewood, NJ.

published on 07/25/2016

"Something There That Wasn't There Before" -- EXIT 82 Theatre Co. Presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast!

“Ma chere Mademoiselle, it is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure…” we welcome you to take a look with us into the very near future. Fast forward to August 5, 2016. The place? The historic Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ.

published on 07/22/2016

“Gotta Keep Those Lovin’ Good Vibrations A-Happenin’”! The Beach Boys LIVE! at Ocean Grove’s Great Auditorium

“America’s Band” — The Beach Boys — brought their musical good vibrations to the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, NJ, on Saturday, July 16, 2016. Marking more than a half century of incredible music, the group has continued to ride a wave unparalleled in American musical history.

published on 07/21/2016

“The Blues is a Feeling!” Taj Mahal LIVE at SOPAC

On Thursday, June 30, 2016, legendary musician Taj Mahal and his Trio performed for a sold-out crowd at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in South Orange, NJ. Currently on a world tour with stops in Canada, France, Spain, Belgium, in addition to the United States, Mahal is universally known for putting on live performances which magically connect with his listeners. As Mahal explains, “Like ancient culture, the people are as much a part of the performance as the music. Live communication through music, oh yeah, it’s right up there with oxygen!”

published on 07/19/2016

“You Make Me Feel…So…Good!” Tommy James & the Shondells LIVE! at The Great Auditorium!

It’s actually cool for a July evening on the boardwalk in Ocean Grove, NJ. The wind is whipping off the ocean and the lady selling enormous bubble wands is creating giant amorphous amoeba-shaped bubbles, some of which the wind has carried into town as far as three blocks away.

published on 07/14/2016

Awaken! Damien Escobar’s Boundless Tour LIVE! at The Strand

Virtuoso classical, hip-hop, jazz, and R&B violinist Damien Escobar performed at the Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ, on Friday, July 1, 2016. Escobar, who originally made a name for himself as part of the string duo Nuttin’ But Stringz, was catapulted to fame as a result of a series of appearances with his brother, Tourie, on TV’s America’s Got Talent. Now on his own as a solo artist, Escobar is currently on his first North American tour — The Boundless Tour — promoting his latest single, “Awaken,” in addition to his upcoming CD, Boundless.

published on 07/10/2016

“I Think I Love You!” David Cassidy at NJPAC!

The stage of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) — Newark’s glittering gem of a concert venue — is ready and waiting on June 25, 2016, for the first of two “Up Close and Personal” concerts by the star of TV’s The Partridge Family — 1970s teen heartthrob, David Cassidy.

published on 07/06/2016

Musical Moments for MS: Aretha Franklin LIVE at NJPAC

On a night filled with “R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” Aretha Franklin, 74, took the stage on June 16, 2016, at The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, NJ for a wonderful cause: working toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. Not only was “Respect” evident for Ms. Franklin, who came to Newark to help support this worthy endeavor, but also for the caring physicians who treat and research therapies for this disease, the NJ business leaders who raise awareness and funds to help cure this affliction, the workers and volunteers associated with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society who go above and beyond to support those with multiple sclerosis, and for the individuals and their family members whose lives have been affected by it.

published on 06/30/2016

Simon Says… NJ’s Own 1910 Fruitgum Company Moves Their Jersey Fans!

One of the top bubblegum bands of all time, New Jersey’s own 1910 Fruitgum Company, had the nostalgic hometown Jersey crowd up and moving on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at a live concert at the Grunin Center for the Arts, located on the campus of Ocean County College in Toms River.

published on 06/27/2016

Jersey (New) Moves! Emerging Choreographers

On Friday, June 17, 2016, Dance New Jersey, the state affiliate of the National Dance Education Organization, presented Jersey (New) Moves! Emerging Choreographers, their second annual event showcasing NJ’s premiere up-and-coming dance creators. In Dance NJ’s Emerging Choreographers program, accomplished mentors partner with young choreographers from the Garden State selected via an online submission process to develop new works which have their world premieres at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, NJ.

published on 06/23/2016

“C’mon Get Happy!” David Cassidy LIVE at the Newton Theatre!

It’s March 11, 1972. The place: New York City’s Madison Square Garden. A crowd of 21,000 screaming teens anxiously awaits the on-stage arrival of the world’s highest paid performer — David Cassidy, age 21.

published on 06/16/2016

RENT’s Adam Pascal and Daphne Rubin-Vega LIVE in Concert!

On Friday, June 3, 2016, the enthusiastic crowd of theater fans at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts was treated to a unique 20th anniversary reunion concert featuring Adam Pascal and Daphne Rubin-Vega, the original “Roger” and “Mimi” from the revolutionary Broadway musical, Rent.

published on 06/12/2016

Goin’ Out Of My Head! Little Anthony and the Imperials LIVE at PNC Bank Arts Center

Even though it was 1:30 in the afternoon on a bright sunny day, Little Anthony and the Imperials— Jerome Anthony “Little Anthony” Gourdine, Ernest Wright, Robert DeBlanc, and Johnny Britt — completely illuminated the stage at the PNC Bank Arts Center on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 as a part of the Garden State Arts Foundation’s 2016 “Senior Concert Series,” a selection of concerts free to NJ residents aged 55 and older.

published on 06/08/2016

The Algonquin Theatre Presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

Directed by Robert Johanson, with musical direction by Stephen Strouse, choreography by Amy Saloman-Kohn, lighting by David A. Sexton, and set and sound design by Jan Topoleski, the Algonquin Arts Theatre’s production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” — which ran from May 13-22, 2016 — was a bubbling, vivacious, lively, sparkling, AND… effervescent smash!

published on 06/06/2016

Swan Lake: The Atlantic City Ballet at The Celebrity Theater

On Saturday and Sunday, May 21st and 22nd, 2016, The Atlantic City Ballet presented their version of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake at The Claridge Hotel’s Celebrity Theater in Atlantic City, NJ. Featuring spellbinding choreography by Phyllis Papa, the talented members of the ACB transported an enthusiastic audience of all ages to another world — a world of magnificent music, magic, and movement.

published on 06/02/2016

“Dick Fox’s Doo-Wop Extravaganza” LIVE! at PNC Bank Arts Center!

Hey, Daddy-o! As the sun goes down and the lights come up in Holmdel, NJ, on Friday, May 20, 2016, guys and dolls of every age are all making the scene at the PNC Bank Arts Center. They’re there to enjoy an evening of sweet harmonies from yesteryear at the Garden State Arts Foundation’s ultra-cool neighborhood block party disguised as a concert!

published on 05/25/2016

BAM! Remember Jones Soul Revue & Dance Party LIVE! at Convention Hall

Even though the weather outside Asbury Park NJ’s Convention Hall on this May 14, 2016, evening is chilly and damp, inside it feels like summer.

published on 05/20/2016

Webb Wilder: A Rough and Tumble Guy

Mississippi singer, guitarist, songwriter, and movie actor, Webb Wilder, hit the stage and came out swinging for his live concert showcase on Friday, May 13, 2016 at The Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ. Currently on a world tour with stops in Spain, Sweden, and the UK, Wilder’s latest concert in NJ precedes additional shows in the US including concert venues in Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Nashville.

published on 05/18/2016

“The Love You Take…”: The Bronx Wanderers

The Bronx Wanderers came home to New Jersey and packed the house on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts in Toms River, NJ. Performing to a sold-out audience of family, friends, and fans, the group wowed the hometown crowd with an exciting selection of tunes ranging all the way from the 1950s to the present.

published on 05/14/2016

"Ladies and Gentlemen, Remember Jones!": The Live Album Debut

Back in the Fall of 1973, Asbury Park, NJ’s Bruce Springsteen released “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight),” an album cut on his The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle recording. The song was lauded by some music critics, a few even going as far as to say they considered it one of the best rock and roll tracks of all time.

published on 05/12/2016

“Heathers the Musical”: Exit 82 Theater Company

Heathers the Musical, the outrageous off-Broadway show based on the teen cult film, Heathers, starring Winona Rider and Christian Slater, was presented on April 14–17, 2016, by the Exit 82 Theater Company at The Strand Center for the Arts in Lakewood, NJ. Featuring the effervescent Elizabeth Rittacco as Veronica Sawyer, the brainy and beautiful teenage misfit, and the oh-so-talented Bre Cade as Heather Chandler, the cruelest girl at Westerberg High, Exit 82’s version of Heathers the Musical proved to be a spirited and energetic production of a raucous off-color show conceived by the creative team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness) and Laurence O’Keefe (Legally Blonde).

published on 05/10/2016

The “Lowdown” on Boz Scaggs: LIVE! at BergenPAC

Boz Scaggs, the singer/songwriter/guitarist who, 40 years ago, had the entire musical world groovin’ to his ubiquitous 1976 album, Silk Degrees, recently made a stop in New Jersey on his North American tour. Here in the Garden State, Scaggs presented an evening of ultra-cool blue-eyed soul at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (BergenPAC) in Englewood, NJ, on Thursday, April 27, 2016.

published on 05/05/2016

Do You Believe in Magic? John Sebastian LIVE at Stockton PAC!

John Sebastian, founder of The Lovin’ Spoonful, performed on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at The Stockton Performing Arts Center on the campus of Stockton University in Galloway, NJ. At Stockton PAC, Sebastian not only provided the welcoming crowd who came to enjoy his music with a “one guy-one guitar” concert, he also provided them with a memory book full of stories.

published on 05/01/2016

Pat Metheny & Ron Carter LIVE! at The Newton Theater

If one were to spend some time thinking about the true giants of jazz, names like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington are likely to come to mind. In considering more contemporary jazz artists, however, Miles Davis is one individual whom many might consider among the greatest modern-day jazz icons.

published on 04/28/2016

You Got to Funkifize! Tower of Power & Average White Band LIVE at BergenPAC!

Tower of Power and Average White Band brought some “Soul with a Capital ‘S’” to an enthusiastic crowd in Englewood, NJ, when each of the bands took their turn onstage at BergenPAC in a glorious evening filled with soulful funk.

published on 04/24/2016

“If You Could Read My Mind”: Gordon Lightfoot LIVE at BergenPAC

On Wed, April 13, 2016, Gordon Lightfoot and his band made a stop on their world tour at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (BergenPAC) in Englewood, NJ. The excited crowd cheered and whistled as Lightfoot, 77, and his band —Michael Heffernan on keyboards, Rick Haynes on bass, Barry Keane on drums, and Carter Lancaster on lead guitar — took the stage.

published on 04/16/2016

“Carmen”  -- Atlantic City Ballet at SOPAC!

On Saturday, April 9, 2016, the talented dancers of The Atlantic City Ballet graced the stage at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in South Orange, NJ, with an original ballet production of Georges Bizet’s opera, Carmen.

published on 04/11/2016

The People’s Artist: Peter Yarrow LIVE! at Saint John’s Church

On Saturday, April 2, 2016, Saint John’s Summit Concert Series presented a musical evening with Peter, Paul & Mary’s Peter Yarrow and his special guests, Mustard’s Retreat, at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Summit, NJ.

published on 04/05/2016

“Visions”: The Atlantic City Ballet

On Saturday, March 26, 2016, the dancers of the The Atlantic City Ballet graced the stage at The Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ, with a dynamic original dance performance entitled Visions.

published on 03/28/2016

“My True Story”: Aaron Neville LIVE!

On Friday, March 18, 2016, R&B singing sensation Aaron Neville performed at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, located on the campus of Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ.

published on 03/21/2016

"Switched-On Bach": Cameron Carpenter LIVE!

In October, 1968, Columbia Records released Switched-On Bach, a collection of pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach performed by Walter (now Wendy) Carlos on a Moog synthesizer. Although at the time of its release the album was met with a negative response from some Bach and classical music purists, the record still managed to gain tremendous popularity from younger listeners of contemporary musical artists. In fact, Carlos’ recording went on to hit the Top Ten on the Billboard Albums chart, top the Classical Albums chart for nearly four years, and eventually become only the second classical album in history to be certified Platinum, winning three Grammy Awards along the way.

published on 03/18/2016

“From Galway to Graceland” — McLean Avenue Band & Emerald Fire LIVE!

Thursday, March 10, 2016, was a day of surprises! In Lakewood, NJ, the temperature hit 82 degrees, setting an all-time record as the warmest March 10th in history. And, at the same time, heating up the stage at The Strand Theater in Lakewood was the acclaimed music and dance show “From Galway to Graceland” featuring the McLean Avenue band and the Emerald Fire dancers.

published on 03/13/2016

Sow Only Seeds of Love  -  The Artimus Pyle Band LIVE!

Southern rockers The Artimus Pyle Band, landed up North and shook the rafters at The Strand Theater, Lakewood, NJ, on Saturday, March 5, 2016.

published on 03/07/2016

Remember Jones  --"LIVE... and Alive!"

Friday, March 4, 2016, was a night different from all other nights at the Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ. It was the night of the recording of Remember Jones’ first album, “LIVE…and Alive!”

published on 03/05/2016

“Don’t Let the Light Go Out”  --  Folk legends Peter Yarrow & John Gorka LIVE!

Folk music in the Garden State took center stage at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) on February 26, 2016, with a live double-bill performance by Peter Paul & Mary’s Peter Yarrow and contemporary folk artist, John Gorka. Gorka, 58, a world-renowned singer-songwriter, originally from Colonia, New Jersey, opened the show and warmed the crowd with his thoughtful songs, amusing stories, and inviting vocals.

published on 02/28/2016

SOPAC Presents Peter Yarrow LIVE in Concert This Friday

(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ ) — This Friday, February 26, at 8:00pm, the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) will present Peter Yarrow of the legendary 1960s folk music trio, Peter Paul and Mary. The performance is at 8pm. Tickets range from $35 to $45.

published on 02/25/2016

"Country Evolution" -- Home Free LIVE!

On Saturday, February 20, 2016, country music’s number one accapella group, Home Free, sang to a sold-out crowd at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ.

published on 02/22/2016

“Here I Come!”  -- The Rock of Ages Band featuring Constantine Maroulis LIVE!

Here I come... comin' here to rock you... We'll always be young… nothin' left to stop you ~ "Here I Come" — Constantine Maroulis ~

published on 02/22/2016

"All You Need is LOVE" --  The Cast of Beatlemania LIVE!

On February 14, 2016, The Cast of Beatlemania rocked the Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ, with its "All You Need is Love" Valentine's Day Beatles tribute. The Cast -- "John" (Carlo Cantamessa), "Paul" (Lenie Colacino), "George" (James Filgate), and "Ringo" (John Delgado), along with musical director, Mark Templeton, and producer, James D’ Amico -- transported the audience back to the 1960s to recreate the frenzy that was Beatlemania.

published on 02/16/2016

“Do We LOVE You, My Oh My!” — Darlene Love LIVE!

This Valentine’s Day weekend, Saturday, February 13, 2016, Love was in the air and on the stage at Bergen PAC in Englewood, NJ. Darlene Love, famous for her back-up vocals on such monster hits as “Be My Baby” and “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling,” has finally come into her own with a new album and concert tour at the tender age of 74!

published on 02/15/2016

“Broadway’s Next H!T Musical”: LIVE!

Broadway’s Next H!T Musical took the stage at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, on the campus of Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ.

published on 02/14/2016

"I've Still Got a Song to Sing"... all over this land: Peter Yarrow LIVE!

On Saturday, February 6, 2016, Peter Yarrow of the legendary folk trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, presented an evening of unforgettable music at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ.

published on 02/08/2016

“I Like Jersey Best”: John Pizzarelli LIVE!

On Saturday, January 30, 2016, virtuoso jazz guitarist, John Pizzarelli, graced the stage of the Jay and Linda Grunin Center at Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ. Accompanied by a trio of some of the finest jazz musicians around, Pizzarelli, with his signature 7-string guitar, treated the audience to a delightful evening of jazz.

published on 02/05/2016

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