New Jersey Stage

PNC Bank Arts Center presents Shinedown

(HOLMDEL, NJ) -- Multi-platinum rock band Shinedown – who were named #1 on Billboard’s Greatest Of All Time Mainstream Rock Artists Chart in 2021 – is on the road this year in support of their brand-new album, Planet Zero, with their biggest stage show yet. The Planet Zero World Tour with special guests Jelly Roll and John Harvie, produced by Live Nation, stops in over 20 cities across the U.S. this September and October including Holmdel on Saturday, September 10 at PNC Bank Arts Center. The concert begins at 7:00pm.
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Immediate Care Medical Walk-In Hosted 7th Annual Kids Fishing Trip

(RED BANK, NJ) -- On Wednesday, August 10th, Immediate Care Medical Walk-In hosted their 7th Annual Kids Fishing Trip. CEO, Sal Cannizzaro, welcomed approximately 60 children and adults from community organizations Father Time, Frances Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex County for a fun-filled day of fishing sponsored by Immediate Care. The 75-foot charter boat left out of Atlantic Highlands guided by Captain Mike and deckhands, Dee, Zack, and Sissy.
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Algonquin Arts Theatre Announces 2022-2023 Concert Series

(MANASQUAN, NJ) -- Algonquin Arts Theatre has announced a stellar lineup of concerts for their 2022-2023 season. “From jazz to orchestra, to folk and bluegrass, to tributes and opera, Algonquin’s new season has something for everyone,” stated Pamela Ward, Executive Director of Algonquin Arts Theatre. Highlights of the new concert schedule include a Jazz Series, an Orchestra Series, The Snakes, A Bluegrass Christmas along with tributes to Billy Joel, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Diamond and Frank Sinatra.

2022 Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award Winners

(CLEVELAND, OH) -- Honoring the finest books on popular music from around the world, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, and The Pop Conference have announced the winners of the 2022 Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award. They include books by Daphne A. Brooks, Kira Thurman, and Eric Weisbard.

MPAC presents The Robert Cray Band

(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- The Robert Cray Band brings 40 years of the blues to Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) on Friday, September 16 at 8:00pm. Since 1974, The Robert Cray Band has been touring and recording their unique groove, born from a love of soul, R&B, gospel, blues and rock and roll. The five-time Grammy winner has been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and earned the Americana Music Awards Lifetime Achievement for Performance. Tickets are $29-$49.

Registration Open For Adult Acting Class at Centenary Stage Company

(HACKETTSTOWN, NJ) -- Centenary Stage Company is offering an adult acting class titled From Shakespeare to Coward to be taught by Carl Wallnau for the 2022 Fall Semester. From Shakespeare to Coward will run Monday nights from 6:00pm - 9:00pm and will begin on August 29. Registration is open to the public and is $250.00 per person. The deadline to register is August 28.

Peabo Bryson, Delfeayo Marsalis & Bettye LaVette among artists Coming to SOPAC

(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- From the Forefather of Funk to the High Priestess of R&B, a diverse range of artists will serenade you at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in the next few months. Upcoming shows include Peabo Bryson, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, The James Hunter Six, John Pizzarelli & Catherine Russell, Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet, Bettye LaVette & Raul Midón, Paula Cole & Sophie B. Hawkins, Valerie Simpson & Friends, Hot Sardines Holiday Stomp, Ann Hampton Callaway & Liz Callaway, Russell Thompkins Jr. & The New Stylistics, and Lucky Chops.

AC Ballet Celebrates 40 Years of Dance with Kick Off To The 40th! Champagne Brunch and Art Auction

(ATLANTIC CITY, NJ) -- Join the Atlantic City Ballet as they kick off their 40th Anniversary season on Sunday, September 18, 2022. Guests will enjoy unlimited champagne mimosas and a savory brunch while bidding on one-of-a-kind ballet inspired art. Attending artists will also have various art pieces on display for purchase. Each guest will also get a live sneak peek of the ballet’s 40th season with performances by the company and will receive 2 complimentary tickets to one of their anniversary performances. The event runs from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

Sourland Spectacular is Less Than a Month Away

(HOPEWELL, NJ) -- Early bird registration fee for the Sourland Spectacular kickoff event is ending soon! The early bird registration fee of $45 ends on Wednesday, August 17th. The regular adult registration is $60. So don’t delay and register today!. The Sourland Spectacular kickoff event will be held September...

Pack The Bowl Fest 5 takes place August 27th

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Cosmic Jerry Band’s Pack The Bowl Fest is back and has a new home at Asbury Lanes! The 5th annual music and art extravaganza will take place Saturday, August 27 from noon to midnight. There will be local craft vendors, artists, food and drinks, bowling, and more, with live music performances by Cosmic Jerry Band, Decade (A Tribute To Neil Young), Mark Diomede, Pocket That Bread, Honey Wild, Ty Mares Trio, Uke Island Vibe, Joshua Nemeth, Desert Jellies, The Green Dream, and more!

Grammy Award Winner Randy Brecker to Perform at NBPAC

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- The New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC) welcomes world renowned jazz artist Randy Brecker for an intimate acoustic performance on September 9, 2022 at 8:00pm. Joining him onstage will be his wife, saxophonist extraordinaire Ada Rovatti. Rounding out the performance are Bill O'Connell on piano, Marco Panascia on bass, and Steve Johns on drums.

Erika Henningsen to star in "Joy the Musical" at George Street Playhouse

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- George Street Playhouse announced that Joy the Musical will star Erika Henningsen (Broadway: Mean Girls) and is directed by Casey Hushion (Broadway: Aladdin, The Prom), with choreography by Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Joshua Bergasse. The new musical features a score by Tony Award nominee AnnMarie Milazzo, musical supervision by Andy Einhorn and a book by Tony Award winner Ken Davenport, who obtained the rights to the life of best-selling author, inventor, and self-made millionaire Joy Mangano.

Newark to Launch Outdoor Dining Initiative

(NEWARK, NJ) -- On August 15, 2022, Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced that the City of Newark will kick off its Summer Outdoor Dining Initiative “Taste of Newark” on Sunday, August, 21 at two locations. It will continue on Sunday, September 4, and Sunday, September 18. On those three Sundays, restaurants on Ferry Street and Mulberry Street will be allowed to extend their outdoor dining into the street, from noon to 9:00pm. On these dates, these corridors will be temporarily closed off to traffic to create outdoor open dining space.

Fantastic Cat's National Television Debut

After packing out NYC's Bowery Ballroom for a wild album release show, Fantastic Cat made their national TV debut on CBS Saturday Morning on August 13th, swapping instruments and trading vocals as they performed three songs from their widely acclaimed debut, The Very Best Of Fantastic Cat (out now via Nashville indie Blue Rose).

Morven awarded $500,000 National Park Service Grant for care of American Revolutionary Landmark

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Morven Museum & Garden has been awarded funds that will be used to apply a historically accurate treatment of white wash to the home-turned-museum from the Semiquincentennial Grant Program funded by the Historic Preservation Fund as administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior. Testing of treatment methods will begin immediately to determine the safest and best application to the entire building next summer.

Bloomfield's Sanctuary on the Green Benefit Concert

(BLOOMFIELD, NJ) -- After being closed for the better part of twelve years, Bloomfield’s historic Sanctuary at the Church on the Green will reopen to the public with a Benefit Concert on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 7:00pm. The “Sanctuary on the Green” Benefit Concert will feature a host of local theatre, dance and musical groups as well as Broadway performers who call Bloomfield their home.

10,000 Maniacs featuring Mary Ramsey Cancel Remaining Shows in 2022

(BUFFALO, NY) -- 10,000 Maniacs featuring Mary Ramsey regretfully announce the cancelation of their remaining tour dates for 2022 on their "40th Anniversary" tour due to illness in the band. The canceled shows include: October 1, The Center for The Arts, Buffalo, NY; October 20, Belly Up, San Diego, CA; October 21, Fremont Theatre, San Luis Obispo, CA; October 22, Bankhead Theatre, Livermore, CA; October 28, The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA; October 29, Tally Ho, Leesburg, VA; October 30, Ram's Head On Stage, Annapolis, MD; and November 10, The Vogel, Red Bank, NJ.

NJ Rep presents "Sister Mary's Playtime" on September 12th

(LONG BRANCH, NJ) -- New Jersey Repertory Company presents performances of Sister Mary's Playtime by Tim McArthur on September 12th at 7:00pm and 9:00pm. Sister Mary was found on the steps of St Peter's of the Sisters of the Third Removed, in the heart of London's West End. She was wrapped in a copy of the Stage Newspaper within a handbag. It is rumoured she is the secret love child of West End Musical Theatre Star, Elaine Paige. Sister Mary loves showtunes and making homemade flapjack.
LONG BRANCH, NJ's New & Notable NJ Music: 8/15/22

Lazlo, founder of (an online station based around New Jersey artists), shines a light on some of the many new releases from NJ based musicians each week with this column. This week Lazlo takes a look at releases by woodthrush, Vista Rhymes, Tom Barrett, NOT YER BABY, crry yrslf, and Steam Enginess.