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MUSIC

Abbey Road - A Tribute to the Beatles To Livestream Christmas Show On December 18

(SOLANA BEACH, CA) -- Christmas is coming, and nothing says joy and love like the Beatles, rocking live in your living room! After ten consecutive years of holiday concerts, Abbey Road – A Tribute to the Beatles plan to deliver the joys of the season even if it means pivoting for the pandemic. The award-winning band will bring their beloved Christmas with the Beatles show by way of a livestream event that you can tune into from the safety and comfort of your own home.


Little Steven To Release "Macca To Mecca" and Expanded "Soulfire Live!"

In the fall of 2017, when Little Steven landed in Liverpool on his sold out European tour with his newly reformed band the Disciples of Soul in support of Soulfire, his first new album in nearly two decades, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician, songwriter and lifelong Beatles fan played an extraordinary surprise set outside of the legendary Cavern Club as a tribute to the seminal band that inspired him and so many others to pick up a guitar and start a band after witnessing their musical revolution on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964.


Carl Chesna & Company To Perform Live-Streamed Holiday Concert On December 16

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Carl Chesna & Company will perform a live-streamed holiday concert from The Saint in Asbury Park on Wednesday, December 16 at 6:00 p.m. to raise money for the Asbury Park Dinner Table and Fulfill. Both organizations’ exist to alleviate hunger and food insecurity in Asbury Park as well as Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Patrons will be able to donate during the hour-and-a-half, two-set show on The Saint’s website, or afterwards on either the Asbury Park Dinner Table or Fulfill’s websites.


A GRAMMY Milestone for Westminster Choir College

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Westminster Choir College’s impact on the choral world was certainly evident when the 2021 GRAMMY Award nominations were announced last week.  For the first time, a Westminster graduate participated in each of the five recordings nominated in the Best Choral Performance category. Additionally, Westminster alumnae were featured in two recordings nominated in the Best Opera Recording category. 


The New Jersey Independent Venue Association (NJIVA) Launches To Help Save Jersey Venues

The New Jersey Independent Venue Association (NJIVA) has been launched to help keep venues alive during a pandemic that has forced them to close or reduce seating capacity dramatically.  Over a dozen venues throughout the state are already on board. Indie venues were the first to close and will be the last to open due to the pandemic. A majority have had a very difficult time accessing relief funds from State and Federal programs.

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FEATURES

A Dozen New Christmas Tracks For 2020

If you love Christmas music, we’ve got new songs from a dozen artists you should check out.  There are pandemic inspired holiday tracks, a few covers of classic Christmas songs, and even one classic updated with lyrics inspired by 2020.


Social Justice and the NJSO

The Black Lives Matter movement began several years ago, but reached new heights in 2020. Even a deadly pandemic couldn’t stop protests around the world from making George Floyd and Breonna Taylor household names, while growing a movement centered on social justice. The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) was among those who knew it was time to take on a higher role.


"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.


Dan Amato Releases "Home For Christmas"

​​​​​​​What happens when a musician is stuck in quarantine with two things: no studio to record and an undying love for the holidays? He puts together a Christmas record with the help of some friends. 


Frank Iero and the Future Violence To Release New EP In January

Frank Iero and the Future Violence aka The Future Violents have announced that their new Heaven is A Place, This is A Place EP will be released on January 15, 2021 via UNFD. Serving as a companion piece to 2019’s critically acclaimed full length, Barriers, the EP is split into two distinct movements.

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