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Cherish the Ladies: A Celtic Christmas • SOPAC • 12.20
Dec
20
7:30 PM19:30

Cherish the Ladies: A Celtic Christmas • SOPAC • 12.20

Cherish the Ladies

A Celtic Christmas

December 20, 2018, 8:00 pm at the SOPAC

Cherish the Ladies MWB Music Without Borders SOPAC

Celebrating 32 years of music making, Cherish the Ladies continues to delight audiences with its beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing. You’ll delight in the special Christmas music that embodies the beauty of the season – Celtic style!

“It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,” says the Boston Globe speaking of Cherish the Ladies, the long-running, Grammy Award-nominated, Irish-American super group formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in a male-dominated Irish music scene.

The past three decades have included world tours, concerts at the White House and the Olympics and 17 critically-acclaimed albums including their Emmy Award-winning special, “An Irish Homecoming,” which was broadcast on PBS. 

Under the leadership of All-Ireland Flute and Whistle Champion Joanie Madden, named by The Irish Voice Newspaper as one of the Top 25 most influential Irish Americans of the past quarter century, Cherish the Ladies create an evening that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing.  Their continued success as one of the top Celtic groups in the world is due to the ensembles ability to take the best of Irish traditional music and dance and put it forth in an immensely entertaining show. 

The New York Times calls their music “passionate, tender, and rambunctious,” and the Washington Post praises their “astonishing array of virtuosity.” They’ve won recognition as the BBC’s Best Musical Group of the Year and named Top North American Celtic Group at the Irish Music Awards and not to mention having a street named after them in the Bronx! 

Cherish the Ladies have collaborated with such musicians as The Boston Pops, The Clancy Brothers, the Chieftains, Vince Gill, Nanci Griffith, Pete Seeger, Don Henley, Arlo Guthrie and Maura O’Connell as well as being the featured soloist with over 280 nights of symphony orchestras.  The level of artistic, historic, and purely enticing entertainment is unlike any in its genre. As their reputation and admiration from both fans and critics alike continues to grow.

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Dec
20
7:30 PM19:30

Cherish the Ladies: Celtic Christmas • SOPAC • 12.20.18

Cherish the Ladies:
Celtic Christmas

Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 7:30PM at SOPAC

Cherish the Ladies Music Without Borders MWB

Celebrating 32 years of music making, Cherish the Ladies continues to delight audiences with its beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing. You’ll delight in the special Christmas music that embodies the beauty of the season – Celtic style!

“It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,” says the Boston Globe speaking of Cherish the Ladies, the long-running, Grammy Award-nominated, Irish-American super group formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in a male-dominated Irish music scene.

The past three decades have included world tours, concerts at the White House and the Olympics and 17 critically-acclaimed albums including their Emmy Award-winning special, “An Irish Homecoming,” which was broadcast on PBS. 

Under the leadership of All-Ireland Flute and Whistle Champion Joanie Madden, named by The Irish Voice Newspaper as one of the Top 25 most influential Irish Americans of the past quarter century, Cherish the Ladies create an evening that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing.  Their continued success as one of the top Celtic groups in the world is due to the ensembles ability to take the best of Irish traditional music and dance and put it forth in an immensely entertaining show. 

The New York Times calls their music “passionate, tender, and rambunctious,” and the Washington Post praises their “astonishing array of virtuosity.” They’ve won recognition as the BBC’s Best Musical Group of the Year and named Top North American Celtic Group at the Irish Music Awards and not to mention having a street named after them in the Bronx! 

Cherish the Ladies have collaborated with such musicians as The Boston Pops, The Clancy Brothers, the Chieftains, Vince Gill, Nanci Griffith, Pete Seeger, Don Henley, Arlo Guthrie and Maura O’Connell as well as being the featured soloist with over 280 nights of symphony orchestras.  The level of artistic, historic, and purely enticing entertainment is unlike any in its genre. As their reputation and admiration from both fans and critics alike continues to grow.

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Moondance – The Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Concert • SOPAC • 12.21.18
Dec
21
8:00 PM20:00

Moondance – The Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Concert • SOPAC • 12.21.18

Moondance – The Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Concert

Friday, December, 21, 2018 at 8PM at SOPAC

Moondance Van Morrison Music Without Borders MWB

Rock and Roll doesn’t get any better than Van Morrison. Van the Man has done it all – from classic rockers like “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Domino” to legendary tunes like “Tupelo Honey” and “Into The Mystic,”  the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has never failed to impress music lovers around the globe.

Moondance is the ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Concert. This incredible show captures the Van Morrison concert experience like no other. You’ll hear classic tunes – “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Moondance,” “Domino,” “It Stoned Me,” “Tupelo Honey” “Wild Night,” “Into The Mystic,” “ Caravan” – just to name a few. The show is packed with one Van Morrison classic after the next.

What the critics say:

“An incredible recreation of the Irish legend.” 
– LA Times

“If Van Morrison isn’t coming to your town, Moondance is the next best thing!” 
– Dallas News

“A very impressive and realistic portrayal of Van Morrison…a must see.” 
– Hawaii Reporter

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Garland Jeffreys Trio In the Loft • SOPAC • 12.28.18
Dec
28
8:00 PM20:00

Garland Jeffreys Trio In the Loft • SOPAC • 12.28.18

Garland Jeffreys Trio In the Loft

Friday, December 28, 2018 at 8PM at SOPAC

Garland Jeffreys SOPAC MWB Music Without Borders

The legendary Garland Jeffreys doesn’t fit into neat little boxes: his thoughtful, passionate songs mix New Wave, Soul, Reggae, Garage Rock, Doo-wop and Latin influences to create a deeply personal hybrid that reflects his own multi-ethnic roots.  A New York native and veteran of the fertile mid-‘70s and early ‘80s scene that included peers like Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, Mink DeVille and Phoebe Snow, Garland Jeffreys’ songs range from streetwise urban-romantic love songs to penetrating social critiques tackling issues of race in America, especially on his album Don’t Call Me Buckwheat which has been called “one of the most important, hard hitting records since Marvin Gaye’s masterpiece What’s Going On (Stereo Review). With songs covered by artists as diverse as punk pioneers The Circle Jerks, neo-folk band Vetiver and Jazz trumpet great Randy Brecker, Garland Jeffreys is truly unclassifiable.

After a long hiatus, Garland Jeffreys has self-released three stellar albums over the last 7 years: The King of In Between, was featured on numerous 2011 year-end best of lists, including those of Rolling Stone, MSN, and NPR, and been recognized as “a late career masterpiece” (Minneapolis Star Tribune). Truth Serum in 2013 is “an album that’s urgent and immediate — much like NYC itself — but also filled with seven decades of gritty, street-smart attitude (American Songwriter), and 2017’s 14 Steps To Harlem had critics raving “more proof that he deserves musical comparisons that fall somewhere between Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen and Graham Parker” (Pop Matters) and “shows the now 73-year old songwriter still reveling in the kind of wide-ranging songwriting that has today become a lost art” (Stereophile).

Garland Jeffreys’ songs have been featured in numerous films and television shows, most recently in the Netflix series The Get DownThe Deuce and Thirteen Reasons Why.

A proud inductee of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, a New York Blues Hall of Famer and a recent addition to the prestigious Yale University Oral Music Archives, Jeffreys and his team are crowd funding a feature-length documentary, with interviews already filmed with Laurie Anderson, critic David Hajdu and Harvey Keitel.

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John Oates with The Good Road Band • SOPAC • 1.4.19
Jan
4
8:00 PM20:00

John Oates with The Good Road Band • SOPAC • 1.4.19

John Oates

with The Good Road Band

Friday, January 4, 2019 at 8PM at SOPAC

John Oates MWB Music Without Borders

John Oates is one-half of the best-selling duo of all time, Daryl Hall & John Oates, as well as a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Now he has teamed up with a number of accomplished Americana musicians, known as The Good Road Band, to deliver his sixth solo album, Arkansas (Thirty Tigers).

The album pays homage to the state’s beautiful countryside and Oates’ interest in early American music. Beginning as a tribute to Oates’ musical idol, Mississippi John Hurt, the project evolved during a series of Nashville recording sessions into a unique, retrospective collection that drew from a wide range of Oates’ creative influences. John Oates’ critically acclaimed album is out now.

 “My uncle Tony, after World War II, moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas and lived there for the rest of his life. I went there to visit him,” says Oates, saying that the wide-open landscape captivated him as a youngster. Then, on a recent trip back to the area, inspiration struck. “I stood at night out in the middle of the cotton fields all along the banks of the Mississippi River and it was one of the most beautiful moments that I’ve ever experienced, with the moonlight shining on the white cotton, and I just thought, ‘Man, this is so American, in a way.'” Oates soon put pen to paper. “I went back to Nashville, and the next day I just wrote the song. It just came out of me.”

Rolling Stone hailed Arkansas as one of the Most Anticipated Country Albums of 2018. In addition, the publication said the album “pays tribute to the voices that became before him… shining a light not only on the state’s countryside, but its contributions to country music, too.”

“Listening to the sonic flavors of Arkansas is akin to a visit to a museum where the early history of music is on display – whether that genre be Country, Blues, or Rock.” – Billboard

Arkansas may be Oates’ very best album simply because the music is so much a part of him that he can deliver it with a simple intensity that evokes a range of feelings in the listeners.” – No Depression


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John Oates with The Good Road Band • Landmark on Main Street • 1.5.19
Jan
5
8:00 PM20:00

John Oates with The Good Road Band • Landmark on Main Street • 1.5.19

John Oates

with The Good Road Band

Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 8PM at Landmark on Main Street

John Oates MWB Music Without Borders

John Oates is one-half of the best-selling duo of all time, Daryl Hall & John Oates, as well as a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Now he has teamed up with a number of accomplished Americana musicians, known as The Good Road Band, to deliver his sixth solo album, Arkansas (Thirty Tigers).

The album pays homage to the state’s beautiful countryside and Oates’ interest in early American music. Beginning as a tribute to Oates’ musical idol, Mississippi John Hurt, the project evolved during a series of Nashville recording sessions into a unique, retrospective collection that drew from a wide range of Oates’ creative influences. John Oates’ critically acclaimed album is out now.

 “My uncle Tony, after World War II, moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas and lived there for the rest of his life. I went there to visit him,” says Oates, saying that the wide-open landscape captivated him as a youngster. Then, on a recent trip back to the area, inspiration struck. “I stood at night out in the middle of the cotton fields all along the banks of the Mississippi River and it was one of the most beautiful moments that I’ve ever experienced, with the moonlight shining on the white cotton, and I just thought, ‘Man, this is so American, in a way.'” Oates soon put pen to paper. “I went back to Nashville, and the next day I just wrote the song. It just came out of me.”

Rolling Stone hailed Arkansas as one of the Most Anticipated Country Albums of 2018. In addition, the publication said the album “pays tribute to the voices that became before him… shining a light not only on the state’s countryside, but its contributions to country music, too.”

“Listening to the sonic flavors of Arkansas is akin to a visit to a museum where the early history of music is on display – whether that genre be Country, Blues, or Rock.” – Billboard

Arkansas may be Oates’ very best album simply because the music is so much a part of him that he can deliver it with a simple intensity that evokes a range of feelings in the listeners.” – No Depression


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Feb
10
2:00 PM14:00

Amber Brown Is Not A Crayon! • SOPAC • 2.10.19

Amber Brown Is Not A Crayon!

Sunday, February 10, 2:00PM, at the South Orange Performing Arts Center

Amber Brown is Not a Crayon Music Without Borders

Amber Brown is having what may be the worst year of her life. She and Justin Daniels were the perfect team: they laughed at each other’s jokes, sat next to each other in class, and stayed best friends when Justin’s dad had to move away. But now things are different. Now, Justin’s house has been sold and he is going to Alabama; that’s too far from New Jersey to think about.

ArtsPower’s uniquely funny and forthright musical portrays a feisty young girl who refuses to let her problems get the better of her. You’ll laugh and cry with Amber as she learns some valuable lessons about the virtues of patience and the meaning of forgiveness.

Recommended Ages: 4 – 9
Running Time: approximately 55 minutes

Adaptation and Lyrics by Greg Gunning
Music and Orchestrations by Richard DeRosa
Directed by Greg Gunning
Costumes by Fred Sorrentino
Set Construction by Tom Carroll Scenery
Incidental Music by Ron Drotos

Based on the book, “Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon.” Written by Paula Danziger. Copyright ©1994. Published by Putnam Children’s Books, New York, NY. Presented under a special agreement. All rights reserved.

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Classic Stones Live! • SOPAC • 12.15.18
Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

Classic Stones Live! • SOPAC • 12.15.18

Classic Stones Live!

The Complete Rolling Stones Tribute Show

Saturday, December15, 2018 at 8PM at the South Orange Performing Arts Center

Classic Stones Live! Music Without Borders MWB

Front man Keith Call has all of the moves and swagger of Mick Jagger, and along with his partner in crime Bernie Bollendorf, who portrays Rock and Roll outlaw Keith Richards, they complete the duo notoriously hailed as “The Glimmer Twins.” Their jaw-dropping resemblance to these two Rock and Roll icons is simply amazing, but what truly makes Classic Stones Live unique, is their musical prowess, attention to detail, and the spot on renditions of all of your favorite Rolling Stones “classics!”

From the signature saxophone solo in “Brown Sugar” to the unforgettable backing vocals in “Gimme Shelter,” every last detail has been accounted for by this eight-piece band. They perform all of the songs that are staples of any Rolling Stones show in original tunings.

Classic Stones Live captures the raw energy of the most electrifying performances throughout The Rolling Stones career, and recreates the greatest Rock band of all time in their legendary prime. This is what makes this band the number one Stones tribute in the world. Playing all of the hits that make up the soundtrack of a generation, Classic Stones Live delivers a complete Rolling Stones experience every time.

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The Weight Band • SOPAC • 12.09.18
Dec
9
7:30 PM19:30

The Weight Band • SOPAC • 12.09.18

The Weight Band

Featuring Members of The Band and Levon Helm Band

Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 7:30PM at SOPAC

The Weight Music Without Borders MWB

The Weight Band originated in 2013 inside the famed Woodstock, New York barn of Levon Helm when Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante — both former members of The Band — performed “Songs of The Band” with Band founder, Garth Hudson, alongside Jimmy Vivino and Byron Isaacs.

Inspired to carry on the legacy of the unforgettable Rock group, Weider, Ciarlante and Isaacs began performing fan favorites from The Band catalog to audiences across the country, inviting Brian Mitchell to complete their sound. The Weight Band later added Albert Rogers, Michael Bram and Matt Zeiner to make up their current lineup.

The Weight Band 

Jim Weider
Brian Mitchell
Albert Rogers
Michael Bram
Matt Zeiner

Together, after four years of touring, The Weight Band has recorded a new album of original material, capturing The Band’s musical tradition and packaged for today’s vibrant Americana base. Released in February 2018, World Gone Mad is an Americana/Roots Rock masterpiece of the Woodstock sound.

Jim Weider (guitar, mandolin & vocals) is a former member of the legendary group, The Band. From 1985 to 2000, Jim replaced Robbie Robertson as their lead guitarist, writing songs and performing on their three studio albums, JerichoHigh on the Hog and Jubilation. He toured internationally with original Band members Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko for fifteen years and was featured with them on numerous albums, films, videos and television appearances.

Michael Bram (drums & vocals) soulful singer and multi-instrumentalist, Michael “Leroy” Bram most recently toured with Jason Mraz for seven years, and before that was a staple in the New York music scene. Career highlights include working with Willie Nelson, and recording tracks with Bob Margolin of The Last Waltz fame.

Brian Mitchell (keyboards & vocals) is a current member of Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Band and is well-known within the circles of the music industry and beyond for his solo career and his high-profile collaborations. He has recorded and performed with some of music’s most respected artists, Levon Helm, Bob Dylan, Al Green, B.B. King, and countless others.

Matt Zeiner (keyboard & vocals) Matt began his career with Hartford’s Street Temperature band, then hit the road with Matt “Guitar” Murphy of Blues Brothers fame. Matt then toured extensively with Dickey Betts, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band. Over the years, he’s performed with, produced and/or written for Jeff Pevar, Melvin Sparks, Zach Deputy, Ryan Montbleau, Jaimoe (Allman Brothers), and many others.

Albert Rogers plays bass and shares vocal duties as a member of The Weight. He’s shared the stage with Levon Helm and Garth Hudson in The Jim Weider Band, and has also performed with Sid McGinnis, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Vivino, and Albert Lee among many others.

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Loudon Wainwright III, Suzzy Roche, & Lucy Wainwright Roche • All in A Family • SOPAC
Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

Loudon Wainwright III, Suzzy Roche, & Lucy Wainwright Roche • All in A Family • SOPAC

Loudon Wainwright III, Suzzy Roche,
& Lucy Wainwright Roche

All in A  Family

South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange, NJ
Friday, November 30th
8:00pm

Wainwright Family | Music Without Borders | SOPAC

Enjoy an evening of thoughtful songs and plenty of familial harmonies with Grammy Award-winning American Folk singer Loudon Wainwright III and acclaimed songwriters Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche.

Born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Loudon Wainwright III came to fame when “Dead Skunk” became a Top 20 hit in 1972. He had studied acting at Carnegie-Mellon University, but dropped out to partake in the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco, and wrote his first song in 1968 (“Edgar,” about a lobsterman in Rhode Island). His songs have since been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, his son Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison, among others.

Released in 2014, Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet) is the 26th album in Wainwright’s long and illustrious career. It follows his acclaimed Older Than My Old Man Now album—“my death n’ decay opus,” as he calls it, and 2010’s Grammy Award-winning High Wide & Handsome.

After a lifetime of performing and recording, Suzzy Roche is enjoying singing on the road with her daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche. Lucy and Suzzy’s first recording, Fairytale and Myth, won the popular vote for Best Singer-Songwriter album of the year at the 2014 Independent Music Awards. The duo’s second album, Independent Music Award-nominated Mud & Apples, was released in 2016.

Originally from Park Ridge, New Jersey, Suzzy Roche is best known for her work with the vocal group The Roches, alongside sisters Maggie and Terre. She is the author of the novel Wayward Saints and the children’s book Want To Be in a Band? Suzzy is also an active member of a New York City-based experimental theater company known as The Wooster Group.

Born and raised in Greenwich Village, Lucy Wainwright Roche carries on the family traditions, although her first career choice out of college was to teach elementary school. Her critically acclaimed recordings and performances have earned her spots opening for artists like the Indigo Girls, Dar Williams, Girlyman, Amos Lee and her father.

Preceded by two EPs, 8 Songs and 8 More, she released her debut album, Lucy in October 2010. She also stars as Jeri in the Stuff You Should Know television show. Lucy has sung backup for Grammy Award-nominated artist Neko Case, including an appearance with Case on The Late Show with David Letterman. Two of her songs, “Once In” and “Starting Square” are featured on the soundtrack of the 2013 movie The Last Keepers.

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The Klezmatics • SOPAC • 11.29.18
Nov
29
7:30 PM19:30

The Klezmatics • SOPAC • 11.29.18

The Klezmatics

“Happy Joyous Hanukkah, Lyrics by Woody Guthrie”

Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 7:30PM at the South Orange Performing Arts Center

Klezmatics Music Without Borders MWB

The Klezmatics are world-renowned Grammy-winning klezmer superstars. Join them in celebration of the Festival of Lights with “Happy Joyous Hanukkah, Lyrics by Woody Guthrie.” You’ll soon feel the warm embrace of family tradition as the seasonal music envelops your senses and wraps you in the memories of a shared history.

The Klezmatics erupted out of New York City’s East Village in 1986 and revitalized klezmer for the new century with music that is steeped in Eastern European Jewish tradition and spirituality. The Klezmatics expertly incorporated contemporary themes such as human rights and anti-fundamentalism and eclectic musical influences including Arab, African, Latin and Balkan rhythms, jazz and punk.

In the course of over thirty years they have released twelve albums of wild, spiritual, provocative, reflective and ecstatically danceable music, forever redefining and transcending traditional labels. The Klezmatics have collaborated with numerous luminaries including folk hero Arlo Guthrie, classical legend Itzhak Perlman, Israeli pop icons Chava Alberstein and Ehud Banai, beat poet Allen Ginsberg, the Master Musicians of Jajouka, the Ben Folds Five and Kosher Gospel singer Joshua Nelson.

Their work has extended to numerous theater, film, dance and television projects, including Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner’s A Dybbuk and It’s An Undoing World and Pilobolus Dance Theatre’s Davenen. The Klezmatics have reached millions through performances and features on CBS’s Late Night with David Letterman, PBS’ Great Performances, the BBC’s Rhythms of the World, and John Peel Show, various NPR programs (A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, New Sounds Live and Soundcheck), CBS’s Nightwatch, FOX’s After Breakfast, MTV News and Sex and the City. Additionally, their song “NY Psycho Freylekhs” was heard regularly on Air America Radio’s The Al Franken Show. They have played in over twenty countries at some of the most storied venues and renowned festivals worldwide, including Central Park Summerstage, Carnegie Hall, Pirineos Sur (Spain), Colours of Ostrava (Czech Republic), Pohoda Festival (Slovakia), Jazzsomer Graz (Austria) and the Heimatklänge Festival (Germany).

The Klezmatics have garnered numerous accolades throughout their career, including a 2006 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album (for Wonder Wheel: Lyrics by Woody Guthrie), a New York Jewish Music Award (Best Klezmer Band, 2006) a GLAMA (Gay and Lesbian American Music Award) and the German Critics Award (twice) and have topped the Billboard world music charts on numerous occasions.

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Vivian Green •  SOPAC • 11.24.18
Nov
24
8:00 PM20:00

Vivian Green • SOPAC • 11.24.18

Vivian Green

Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 8PM at the South Orange Performing Arts Center

Vivian Green Music Without Borders MWB

Vivian Green’s sultry voice and charismatic presence has earned her a place as one of the country’s most captivating Soul singers on the scene today. “Emotional Roller Coaster” rocketed her to stardom in 2002, and she is now celebrated regularly on all the top R&B/Hip-Hop albums charts.

Born in Philadelphia, Vivian Green was raised in a home where Motown classics were always playing. She began singing at age five, started playing piano by eight, and by eleven began writing songs. By age thirteen, her career as a professional singer was on its way.

She honed her craft at the piano every day after school, writing mature love songs far beyond her years. At fifteen she began to record at multi-platinum group Boyz II Men’s studio. At seventeen she received her first professional songwriting credit co-writing the song “Dear God” on their Platinum album Evolution.

Her mature, sultry voice and knowledge of material allowed her to sing in some of Philadelphia’s premiere Jazz clubs despite her age. Her break-through moment came at age nineteen when Vivian Green sang background for renowned Soul singer-actress Jill Scott on an international tour.

Vivian Green teamed up with Grammy Award- nominated Eric Roberson to create the demo that would win her a deal with Sony Music. The demo contained the first smash hit “Emotional Roller Coaster,” from her debut album A Love Story released in 2002. This album was certified Gold and  received rave reviews from People, Billboard, Rolling Stone, and USA Today . Her second album Vivian released in 2005 and produced “Gotta Go Gotta Leave (Tired)” a no.1 Adult Contemporary /Dance hit. The New York Times called the album a “stellar sophomore performance.”

Vivian Green has several notable features and collaborations. She made her film debut in the Oscar-nominated biopic De Lovely. She also appeared in the TV Series American Dreams, portraying Brenda Hollaway singing “Every Little Bit Hurts”. Green wrote the songs for playwright-film-maker David. E. Talbert’s stage play Love in the Nick of Thyme. She is featured on Cyndi Lauper’s album The Body Acoustic and the late Guru’s Jazzmatazz 4. She was also featured on Soundtrack to a Revolution, a compilation of spiritual songs featuring artists Anthony Hamilton, John Legend, The Roots, and Mary Mary. Most recently she collaborated with Jazz pianist Brian Culbertson for his album Dreams and produced the top 10 Adult Contemporary hit “Still Here”. The song also appeared on her 4th album The Green Room.

In 2014, she became the first artist signed to rapper/producer Kwamé‘s record label, Make Noise Recordings. Vivid, her fifth studio album was distributed via Caroline Records. In April 2015, the first single released from the album was “Get Right Back to My Baby” which climbed to #2 on Billboard’s Urban Adult Contemporary chart. She was also nominated for a Soul Train Award.

 In 2016 Vivian Green released “Grown Folks MusicWork” which went to the top 15 on Billboard’s Urban Adult Contemporary chart. And in 2017, six albums into her illustrious career the aptly titled, VGVI [Make Noise/Caroline]—pronounced veegeesix,  has earned her highest chart entry in over a decade on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart, garnered acclaim from Vibe and YouKnowIGotSoul, and yielded  a bona fide hit in the form of “Get Right Back To My Baby.”

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The Naked Magicians • SOPAC • 11.3.18
Nov
3
8:00 PM20:00

The Naked Magicians • SOPAC • 11.3.18

The Naked Magicians

Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 8PM at SOPAC in South Orange, NJ

The Naked Magicians Music Without Borders

Seen on London’s West End, in 200+ cities around the world, and by over 50 million on TV (NBC, ABC, FOX, iTV) – The Naked Magicians is undoubtedly the world’s funniest and naughtiest magic show!

The show features magic, mirth and more than a touch of mayhem as these two hot and hilarious Aussie magicians say abracadabra and take magic to a whole new level.

This boisterous R-rated magic show strips away the top hats and capes, promising full-frontal illusions. Left without sleeves or pockets, their saucy magic is baffling and entertaining, bringing a new meaning to “now you see it”.

Good magicians don’t need sleeves and great magicians don’t need pants. This show proves just that!

18+ only. Includes coarse language, sexual references and male nudity… get ready to have some fun!

MEET THE NAKED MAGICIANS

Christopher Wayne

As co-creator and co-star of The Naked Magicians, Christopher Wayne has a wit quicker than Kim Kardashian’s first marriage. He is often confused as a Macklemore look-a-like. He is proud owner of a freakily long tongue and an entertainment resume as impressive as his broad climbable shoulders.

Originally known as the “clothed” magician on Channel 10’s long-running kids TV program, Christopher then became the first Australian magician in TV history to have his own TV series, More Than Magic which aired in Australia, New Zealand, England, and USA. Christopher also spent four years as the head comedy writer for Queensland’s favorite breakfast radio show B105 and continues regular guest spots on several radio stations in Australia.

Christopher  is happiest on stage in front of thousands of fans with his sleeves up and pants down! Don’t be fooled by his nice guy image, he’s much more naughty than nice.

Mike Tyler

The complete package of funny, athletic, sexy and good with his hands. Mike Tyler is perfectly suited to be co-creator and co-star of the world’s naughtiest and funniest magic show, The Naked Magicians.

Getting his gear off has always come naturally to Mike who was a competitive swimmer competing at the National Championships and Pan Pacific Games… keep an eye out for his incredible physique and sporty tan lines on stage as proof! After attending school on a scholarship, he completed a university degree but soon realized his dream of becoming an entertainer with a quick wit, modest ego, and incredible sleight-of-hand skill.

At the age of 31, Mike is considered one of Australia’s favorite and most successful entertainers performing over 250 “clothed” shows for the biggest companies and sporting teams in the country. He has performed countless times to millions of people on TV in Australia, New Zealand, and USA while performing magic in 10 countries around the world.

Be careful catching his gaze for too long, as Mike is also a highly skilled comedy hypnotist! Flirt at your own risk.

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Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey • SOPAC • 11.2.18
Nov
2
8:00 PM20:00

Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey • SOPAC • 11.2.18

Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey

of Peter, Paul and Mary

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 8PM at SOPAC in South Orange, NJ

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Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey, also known simply as Peter and Paul, along with Mary Travers founded the legendary Folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary. The group performed for nearly 50 years, won five Grammy Awards, and produced 13 Top 40 hits. They earned eight gold and five platinum albums, all the while continuing a centuries-old tradition of people raising their voices in song for the sake of freedom and social justice.

The group reclaimed Folk’s potency as a social, cultural and political force. Their performances of such songs as “Leaving On A Jet Plane,” “Puff, The Magic Dragon,” “Blowin’ In The Wind” and more are forever etched into the history of American popular song.

They recorded their debut albumPeter, Paul and Mary, in 1962. It included “Lemon Tree,” “500 Miles,” and the Pete Seeger hit tunes “If I Had a Hammer”  and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” It remained a main catalog-seller for decades to come, eventually selling over two million copies, earning double platinum certification in the United States alone.

They were the quintessential group of the Folk revival movement of the 1960s and joined their musical genius with songs that celebrated the common man and the virtues of freedom and activism. As the decade progressed they lent their voices and passion to liberal causes. Following Minnesota Senator Eugene McCarthy’s strong showing in the 1968 New Hampshire Primary, the group recorded “Eugene McCarthy For President (If You Love Your Country)” endorsing McCarthy, which was released without a record label. Yarrow eventually married the politician’s niece. Stookey wrote the classic “There is Love” for their wedding ceremony.

The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999, and received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006.

During breaks from Peter, Paul and Mary and following Mary Travers’s death in 2009, Peter and Paul have led significant careers as solo artists. They each enjoy active performance schedules and focus on a wide range of social justice efforts. Peter and Paul also come together for a few concerts each year. In this special evening, the artists celebrate through song and reflection the enduring impact of their music and advocacy.

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Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore • SOPAC • 11.1.18
Nov
1
7:30 PM19:30

Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore • SOPAC • 11.1.18

Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 7:30PM at SOPAC in South Orange, NJ

Dave Alvin Jimmie Dale Gilmore Music Without Borders

Roots music legends, Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore, have been friends for 30 years, but only recently realized they had never played music with each other before. So in 2017, Grammy Award winner Alvin and Grammy Award nominee Gilmore, decided to hit the highway to swap songs, tell stories, and share their life experiences.

Though Texas-born Gilmore was twice named Country Artist of the Year by Rolling Stone, and California native Alvin first came to fame in the hard rocking Rhythm & Blues band The Blasters, they discovered that their musical roots in old Blues and Folk music are exactly the same. Mutually energized and inspired by these performances, Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore agreed to hit the road again in 2018… this time with a new album, a full band and some new stories to share.

Downey To Lubbock (released June 2018)  

Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore have been filling canvasses with music of the American West for decades, coming from two very different directions.

Downey, California to Lubbock, Texas is a thousand-mile straight shot across the heart of the American West, with not much in between. The cities at each end of the line are one-time cowtowns that grew into symmetrically-platted working-class communities with very little to interrupt the horizon plane, making for big empty canvasses that require a vivid imagination to fill in all that blank space.

The title track explains Alvin is a Strat-packing, wild Blues Blaster, a nod to the Roots Rock band he formed with his brother Phil in 1978 before Dave peeled off to go his own way in 1986. He’s been part of the bands X, the Knitters, and the Flesh Eaters, tours relentlessly with his own band, the Guilty Ones, and continues apace on musical quests informed by his love of California and its history, and by Texas and the South, where most of the great music that was made in Los Angeles before and after the Second World War came from.

Gilmore is the old Flatlander from the Great High Plains, acknowledging his first group, the Folk-Country trio formed in Lubbock 1972 with Joe Ely and Butch Hancock who continue performing and recording today. In addition to the Flatlanders and an extended solo career, he has been part of several ensembles including the Hub City Movers and The Wronglers with Warren Hellman, who started the Hardly, Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco. 

Alvin is a rowdy baritone. Gilmore, the timekeeper of the high lonesome, warbles. Each is an avatar, an authentic, original creator with a strong sense of place and music. 

That combination might seem like oil and water. But mixed together in the forms of Downey To Lubbock is powerful stuff. 

Taking on all kinds of American music from the 1920s to the present is a very ambitious, very difficult feat to pull off. These two very particular, very peculiar, very not intellectual music-makers make it a joy to behold.

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POCO at South Orange Performing Arts Center • Oct 13th • 8 PM
Oct
13
8:00 PM20:00

POCO at South Orange Performing Arts Center • Oct 13th • 8 PM

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POCO

SOPAC • SAT 10.13.18 • 8 PM

 POCO

POCO

For more than 50 years, the distinctive harmonies and stellar musicianship of POCO helped define the sound of Country-Rock. Still led by band co-founder and multi-instrumentalist Rusty Young, who wrote and sang their biggest hits, they are a dedicated unit of four formidable songwriters, vocalists, arrangers and players. They are hitting stages coast-to-coast armed with the kind of classic songs and instrumental chops that put performers half their age to shame.

In other words, POCO today is a band reborn.

Opening Artist: Toby Walker 

Rising from the ashes of Buffalo Springfield, POCO was founded in 1967 by Rusty Young, Richie Furay, George Grantham and Jim Messina. Over the next five decades, alongside band mates that would also include Paul Cotton, Randy Meisner and Timothy B. Schmit, Rusty became not only the musical core of the band, but also the writer and vocalist behind hits including “Rose Of Cimarron” and the #1 smash “Crazy Love.” “I made a promise to myself that POCO would only keep going if we remained a band of real musicians who were having fun,” Rusty says.

POCO today is Rusty Young (steel and acoustic guitars, dobro, mandolin, banjo, vocals), Jack Sundrud (bass, vocals), Michael Webb (keyboards, mandolin, accordion, guitars, vocals) and Rick Lonow (drums, vocals). “We’re so in tune with each other musically and personally,” says Rusty Young.

For the band’s legion of longtime fans – known as ‘Poconuts’ – as well as new converts, it’s POCO’s live performances where their newfound attitude and energy truly goes next level. “We challenge each other every time we’re onstage,” says Rusty, “which means that no two shows are ever alike. Between Michael Webb and me, we play 10 different instruments and are able to open up some musically adventurous journeys.” Alongside hits like “Crazy Love,” “A Good Feelin’ To Know,” “Rose Of Cimarron,” “Call It Love,” “Heart Of The Night” and “Keep On Tryin,” songs from the acclaimed 2013 album All Fired Up are now concert favorites.

For POCO, this is more than just a time of rebirth. On record and onstage, it’s the sound of a legendary band once again hitting its stride.

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Madeleine Peyroux • SOPAC • October 4
Oct
4
7:30 PM19:30

Madeleine Peyroux • SOPAC • October 4

Madeleine Peyroux

Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm

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Madeleine Peyroux’s musical journey is truly compelling, and reflects her independent spirit.  Known for her dusky, lyrical style, and affinity for reinterpreting classic Jazz, Blues, and Folk standards, Madeleine Peyroux is an artist who gazes fearlessly into the depths of a song and reflects back a searing emotional truth.

Emerging in her teens as a street-busking performer in Paris’ Latin Quarter in the 1980s, Madeleine Peyroux drew favorable comparisons to legendary Jazz singer Billie Holiday, and eventually caught the attention of the record industry. Her debut album, 1996’s Dreamland, featured a noted Jazz artists and drew accolades for her distinctive take on Blues and Jazz standards. Overwhelmed by her initial success, the singer took time off before returning with her diverse sophomore album, 2004’s Larry Klein-produced Careless Love. Since then, she has continued to cut a low-key, if no less lauded career path, releasing a handful of highly regarded albums.

Eight albums and 22 years since her debut Dreamland, Madeleine Peyroux continues to challenge the confines of Jazz, venturing into contemporary music with unfading curiosity.

Madeleine Peyroux’s new album, Anthem, finds the singer-songwriter collaborating with writers/musicians Patrick Warren (Bonnie Raitt, JD Souther, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Lana Del Rey, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Brian MacLeod (Sara Bareilles, Leonard Cohen, Tina Turner, Ziggy Marley) and David Baerwald (Joni Mitchell, David and David, Sheryl Crow), who are also the basic rhythm section players on the album. Together, they cast a sober, poetic, and at times philosophical eye on the current state of the world.  Anthem weaves the colorful stories of people confronting life’s challenges in a multitude of ways.

Anthem is Peyroux’s “biggest project to date,” with the artist investing many months of hands-on involvement in the studio, “exploring processed sounds and editing in post tracking.”

Notably, it was written with the group of musicians/writers who also played on it, “this album was about discovering the original songs as they were being recorded” and mastering the courage to “let the songs choose their own path.” 

The new album includes several songs bearing Peyroux’s distinctive style including “On My Own” and “Sunday Afternoon,” but Anthem’s spirit was that of exploring new styles while safe in the knowledge that “if you are loyal to yourself, there should always be a thread running through your music.”

Anthem stands as Peyroux’s greatest work to date."
-Glide Magazine August 2018 9 out of 10 stars

“A triumphant mix of the personal and the political.”
-The Sunday Times (UK) 26 August 2018

“ANTHEM is an exhilarating trip – bold, intense, deeply insightful”
-Jazz Times September 2018

“These are, by and large, everyman anthems, survivalist jazz for tough times. Drugs, booze, and a miscellany of hardships and crutches loom large in such selections as ‘Party Tyme’, ‘Down on Me’, ‘On a Sunday Afternoon’ and the cautiously hopeful ‘The Ghosts of Tomorrow’.”
-Jazz Times September 2018

“There’s more than an echo of Steely Dan in the combination of smooth jazz and raw lyricism. In fact, Brand New Deal’s elegant swipe at American capitalism could easily have come straight off the Dan’s Gaucho LP but it’s Peyroux’s insouciant voice that haunts the listener.”
-Sunday Express (UK) 28 August 2018

"The most ambitious project by Madeleine Peyroux to date."
-Jazzethik Germany 28 August 2018

“Sensual vocals hit the spot”
-The Arts Desk UK  27 August 2018

“It’s Peyroux’s insouciant voice that haunts the listener”
-Sunday Express UK 26 August 2018

“Inspired by one of the greats, Peyroux is Cohen her own way”
-Metro UK 30 August 2018

“Peyroux has developed her vocal style and into the third decade of her career, she is her own artist; to borrow a Cohen line, this is Peryoux’s own ‘manual for living with defeat’.”
-Metro UK 30 August 2018

“On Sunday night she invited us into her world, studding the lyrics with playful asides and half-whispered confessions to lend each song an air of intimacy. Her rapport with her band felt as natural as her wondrously elastic phrasing, and her music exuded a languid warmth that was balm for the ears.”
-Performance at Hamer Hall Melbourne International Jazz Festival – The Sydney Morning Herald by Jessica Nicholas June 2018

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The Manhattans • SOPAC • 9.29.18
Sep
29
8:00 PM20:00

The Manhattans • SOPAC • 9.29.18

The Manhattans

featuring Gerald Alston

Saturday, September 29 at 8PM at the South Orange Performing Arts Center

The Manhattans Music Without Borders

Winfred “Blue” Lovett, Richard Taylor, Kenny Kelly, George “Smitty” Smith and Sonny Bivins created the tight harmonic sound that is the signature of  The Manhattans, a legendary singing group. Blue was also the group leader and an outstanding songwriter whose compositions with producer Joe Evans gave the group a string of hits on Carnival Records during the mid-1960s.

A significant change happened when Gerald Alston took over as lead singer. More a Pop singer than either Lovett or Smith, Alston’s incorporation into the group enabled The Manhattans to incorporate a more contemporary sound leading them to  major national success on Starday/King Records with a Teddy Randazzo love song entitled “A Million To One.”

In 1972, Blue Lovett’s “One Life To Live” reached the top 20 R&B charts. With Alston handling all lead vocals and Lovett providing smooth spoken introductions, The Manhattans moved to Columbia Records in 1973 where they collaborated with producer Bobby  Martin on a string of hit ballads including, “There’s No Me Without You,” “We  Never Danced To A Love Song” and “Hurt.”

The most notable of these ballads was Blue Lovett’s “Kiss And Say Goodbye,” a platinum selling #1 Pop and R&B hit in 1976. In that same year, The Manhattans recorded “Feels So Good,” “You’re My Life” and “There’s No Good In Goodbye.”

In 1977, they performed at President Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural Ball and since then have received their share of platinum and gold singles, albums, and other industry kudos, most notably a 1980 Grammy for “Shining Star” written and produced by Leo Graham.

After 17 years with Columbia Records, lead singer Gerald Alston took his turn as a solo artist with Motown Records; while Blue Lovett, due to doctor’s concerns regarding his health, decided to turn his attention towards producing and grooming new artists. The late 1980s found The Manhattans pursuing individual interests within the industry.

The 30th Anniversary in 1994 brought a new focus on reviving the group. With new members Troy May and David Tyson, a reunion tour was born.

On February 25, 1999 The Manhattans were inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame. In 2003, The Manhattans released their first studio album in fifteen years featuring the beautiful ballad “Turn Out The Stars” which became one of the year’s best songs.

The 56th anniversary of the The Manhattans is 2018. Their music has been the soundtrack for generations and the group is beloved by audiences around the world.

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Colin Quinn - One In Every Crowd • SOPAC • September 14
Sep
14
8:00 PM20:00

Colin Quinn - One In Every Crowd • SOPAC • September 14

Colin Quinn - One in Every Crowd

South Orange PAC - Friday, September 14, 8:00pm

Colin Quinn • SOPAC • Music Without Borders • MWB

From the old MTV days to SNL to Comedy Central to Broadway, CQ is apparently refusing to leave the business. So if you enjoyed his other one man shows, or you just are at a place in your life where you are lost and you need intelligent laughs, come see his new show. One In Every Crowd. 

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Indigo Girls • SOPAC • Sept 12th • TWO SHOWS
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

Indigo Girls • SOPAC • Sept 12th • TWO SHOWS

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The Indigo Girls

SOPAC • NEW DATE • SEPT 12TH • 7 PM & 9 PM

  Amy Ray and Emily Saliers

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers

Message from artist management:
Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls was not feeling well last weekend and it turns out that she had appendicitis. Her doctor ordered emergency appendectomy surgery. All went well but she has received strict orders from the doctor to rest until she is fully
recovered . Unfortunately, this means we will have to cancel both shows at SOPAC in South Orange, NJ on Monday, March 19 and reschedule to Wednesday, September 12. 
All tickets will be honored at the new shows. Refunds are available upon request, however both shows originally scheduled for Monday, March 19 have been sold out for some time, with an extensive waiting list, so we encourage you to hold your tickets for the rescheduled date.

Twenty years after they began releasing records as the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have politely declined the opportunity to slow down with age. With a legacy of releases and countless U.S. and international tours behind them, the Indigo Girls have forged their own way in the music business. Selling over 14 million records, they are still going strong. Amy & Emily are the only duo with top 40 titles on the Billboard 200 in the '80s, '90s, '00s, and '10s.

“Along with Simon & Garfunkel and The Everly Brothers, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers rank at the very top of all-time great duos. The sublime music-making-machine-skewering “Making Promises” is one of their finest rockers.” – The Boston Herald

After signing to Epic Records in 1988, the Indigo Girls released their critically acclaimed eponymous album to thunderous praise; it remained on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for 35 weeks, earned double platinum status, received a Grammy nomination for “Best New Artist” and won “Best Contemporary Folk Recording.” They were overnight folk icons who continued to live up to the high standards they’d set for themselves: they’ve since released 14 albums (3 platinum and 3 gold), received six Grammy nominations and have won one. Indigo Girls have toured with innumerable star acts including Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, R.E.M., Sarah MacLachlan, Natalie Merchant, Jewel and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

The duo has balanced their long, successful musical career by supporting numerous social causes – the Indigo Girls don’t just talk the talk; they walk the walk. Having established an intensely dedicated fan base, the duo continues to remain relevant and attract new fans. With their latest release, Beauty Queen Sister, released on IG Recordings distributed by Vanguard Records, Emily Saliers, and Amy Ray have secured their spot as one of the most legendary musical acts of this generation.

In 2015 Indigo Girls released their 14th studio album, One Lost Day, produced by Jordan Brook Hamlin and mixed by Brian Joseph.

 

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Patty Griffin | SOPAC | July 27th
Jul
27
8:00 PM20:00

Patty Griffin | SOPAC | July 27th

Patty Griffin

South Orange Performing Arts Center, July 27th at 8:00pm

 Patty Griffin

Patty Griffin

"Every Patty Griffin song arrives fully and perfectly formed, which is perhaps her greatest gift. Her songwriting is honest and compassionate no matter the subject. Her voice is uniquely compelling and her guitar work unfailingly evocative. She's a songwriter at the top of her already formidable game." ~ NPR

GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter Patty Griffin is among the most consequential singer-songwriters of her generation, a quintessentially American artist whose wide-ranging canon incisively explores the intimate moments and universal emotions that bind us together.

Over the course of two decades, the two -time GRAMMY® Award winner (and seven-time nominee) has crafted a remarkable body of work that prompted The New York Times to hail her for "writing cameo-carved songs that create complete emotional portraits of specific people...her songs have independent lives that continue in your head when the music ends."

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Mary Chapin Carpenter • SOPAC • July 26
Jul
26
7:30 PM19:30

Mary Chapin Carpenter • SOPAC • July 26

Mary Chapin Carpenter

July 26, 2018, 7:30 PM

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Impossible to pigeonhole in a single genre, Mary Chapin Carpenter’s music has earned her accolades from every corner, including five Grammy Awards and the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year twice over.  From thoughtful ballads like “Superman” to rollicking and irreverent rockers like “Passionate Kisses,” Mary Chapin Carpenter’s captivating voice and songwriting has kept her at the top of the charts for over 30 years.

Mary Chapin Carpenter was born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, the daughter of a Life magazine executive; she spent two years of her childhood in Japan, where her father was launching the Asian edition of Life. In 1974 her family moved to Washington, D.C., where she became involved in the city’s Folk music scene. After graduating from high school in the mid-’70s, she spent a year traveling Europe then enrolled at Brown University, where she was an American civilization major.

Her first album, 1987’s Hometown Girl and the followup State of the Heart (1989) earned her a loyal following and two Top Ten singles, “Never Had It So Good” and “Quittin’ Time.”  Shooting Straight in the Dark (1990) earned her even greater success as “Down at the Twist and Shout” became a number two single. Her breakthrough album, Come On, Come On (1992) shifted her Folk songs into high gear with Honky Tonk and Country Rock songs that brought her several hit singles. “I Feel Lucky,” “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her” all made the Hot Country song charts. Mary Chapin Carpenter earned five Grammy Awards during this period and solidified her status as a star of Country Music.

The 2000s brought a decidedly different turn to Mary’s music as she became more reflective and returned to her Folk roots. A series of albums have followed, each following their own creative vision and path but all radiating Mary Chapin Carpenter’s unique style and evocative vocals. In 2018 she took another look back at her catalog with her latest album Sometimes Just the Sky. It features 12 stripped down versions of her songs, along with the original title track.

Opening Artist: Emily Barker

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Emily Barker’s latest album Sweet Kind of Blue was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis with Grammy winning producer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price) and an all-star cast of Memphis session players. The success of the album, with its seamless mix of soul, blues, country and folk influences, and the globe-trotting tours to support it helped land Emily the accolade of UK Artist of the Year at the recent UK Americana Awards held at Hackney Empire in London.

Emily Barker is perhaps best known as the writer and performer of the award-winning theme to PBS Masterpiece crime drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. The UK-based Australian singer-songwriter has released music as a solo artist as well as with various bands including The Red Clay Halo, Vena Portae and Applewood Road (with whom she released a remarkable album of original songs recorded live around a single microphone, which was dubbed “flawless” by The Sunday Times) and has written for film, including composing the feature film soundtrack for Jake Gavin’s lauded debut feature Hector starring Peter Mullan and Keith Allen.

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Savion Glover & OUT’KNiGHTz • May 19th • SOPAC
May
19
8:00 PM20:00

Savion Glover & OUT’KNiGHTz • May 19th • SOPAC

Savion Glover & OUT’KNiGHTz

SOPAC • 05.19.18 • 8 PM

 Savion Glover

Savion Glover

Savion Glover made his Broadway debut at age 11 in The Tap Dance Kid (1985) before earning his first Tony nomination at age 15 for Black and Blue (1989). He worked with George Wolfe on Jelly’s Last Jam (1992) and Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk (1996), earning him a Tony Award for Best Choreography. Another Tony Award nomination followed in 2016 for Shuffle Along.

He conquered Hollywood when he appeared with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr. in Tap, Spike Lee’s Bamboozled and the acclaimed Academy Award-winning 2006 Warner Brothers release of Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2, both choreographed by Glover. 

Savion Glover has also enjoyed dancing on concert stages throughout the world with legendary Jazz musicians such as Jack DeJohnette, Roy Haynes, and McCoy Tyner. In his hometown of Newark New Jersey, Savion Glover holds the honor of being on the Board of Directors at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center where he also serves as its Dance Ambassador.

A native of Newark, Savion Glover established The HooFeRzCLuB School For Tap as well as Savion Glover Productions - a production company that celebrates the tradition of tap dancing and sound and also serves as a team-based organization providing quality production and project management services for tap dancers.

Savion Glover is thankful for and wishes to forever acknowledge Jimmy Slyde, Gregory Hines, Isaiah Lon Chaney, Buster Brown, Dianne Walker, Chuck Green, Sir Slyde, Ralph Brown, Ivery Dan, Henry LeTang, George Hillman, and John Coltrane, some of the greatest entertaining HooFeRz and musicians to date.

He continues to focus on bringing attention to the art form of Tap Dance as an instrumental component as well as maintaining a highly entertaining visual.

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An Evening with Fran Lebowitz at SOPAC • MAY 18th
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

An Evening with Fran Lebowitz at SOPAC • MAY 18th

An Evening with Fran Lebowitz

SOPAC • Fri, 05.18.18 • 8 PM

 Fran Lebowitz

In a cultural landscape filled with endless pundits and talking heads, Fran Lebowitz stands out as one of our most insightful social commentators. 

Her essays and interviews offer her acerbic views on current events and the media – as well as pet peeves including tourists, baggage-claim areas, after-shave lotion, adults who roller skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan. The New York Times Book Review calls Fran Lebowitz an “important humorist in the classic tradition.” Purveyor of urban cool, Leibowitz is a cultural satirist whom many call the heir to Dorothy Parker. Her writing — pointed, taut and economical — is forthright, irascible, and unapologetically opinionated.

Lebowitz worked odd jobs, such as taxi driving, belt peddling, and apartment cleaning (“with a small specialty in Venetian blinds”), before being hired by Andy Warhol as a columnist for Interview. That was followed by a stint at Mademoiselle. Her first book, a collection of essays titled Metropolitan Life, was a bestseller, as was a second collection, Social Studies. By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking, and waggish, Lebowitz’s prose is wickedly entertaining. Lebowitz is also the author of the children’s book, Mr. Chas & Lisa Sue Meet the Pandas.

Between 2001 to 2007, Lebowitz had a recurring role as Judge Janice Goldberg on the television drama Law & Order. She also had a part in the Martin Scorsese-directed film, The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). A raconteur if ever there was one, Lebowitz has long been a regular on various talk shows including those hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien, and Bill Maher. In an interview with the Paris Review, Lebowitz said “I’m not a nervous person. I’m not afraid to be on TV. I’m only afraid when I write. When I’m at my desk I feel like most people would feel if they went on TV.”

She can also be seen in various documentary films including the American Experience series on New York City, as well as Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016), Regarding Susan Sontag (2014), and Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol (1990), among others. A documentary about Lebowitz, Public Speaking, directed by Martin Scorsese, premiered on HBO in November 2010.

Lebowitz lives in New York City, as she does not believe that she would be allowed to live anywhere else.

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Oleta Adams at SOPAC • May 11th
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

Oleta Adams at SOPAC • May 11th

Oleta Adams Live

South Orange Performing Arts Center • 05.11.18 • 8 PM

 Oleta Adams

Oleta Adams

Since the runaway success of her 1990 debut album Circle of One (which went Platinum), and the impassioned hit single “Get Here” (the Brenda Russell composition that became an unofficial anthem of the 1991 Gulf War) Oleta Adams has inspired a growing legion of fans in the U.S. and Europe with journeys of the heart via songs that draw deeply from her roots in gospel, while crossing effortlessly into the realms of soul, R&B, urban, and popular music. Her success, nurtured by worldwide tours with Tears for Fears, Phil Collins, Michael Bolton, and Luther Vandross, has been solidified by four Grammy nominations and a seemingly bottomless well of creative energy.

 

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Max Weinberg's Jukebox • SOPAC • FRI, APRIL 27th
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Max Weinberg's Jukebox • SOPAC • FRI, APRIL 27th

Max Weinberg's Jukebox"

SOPAC • 04.27.18 • 8 PM

 Max Weinberg

Max Weinberg

Fresh off Bruce Springsteen's hugely successful The River Tour 2016-2017, Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Drummer Max Weinberg brings his brand new show -"Max Weinberg's Jukebox".

It's a truly interactive experience -- Weinberg invites the audience to create in real time the set list he and his crack four piece group will play that night.

You get to choose from a video menu of over 200 songs from the glory days of rock and roll -- everything from the Beatles to the Stones to Bruce and The E Street Band's biggest hits-and hear the group play 'em live!

That's right-you yell out your choices and Max plays them!

Weinberg, the driving rhythmic force propelling The E Street Band for 43 years, is also known to millions of fans for his 17 year stint as the bandleader of the Max Weinberg 7 and the comedic foil to talk show host Conan O'Brien.

In 2009 Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band performed the halftime show at Super Bowl 43 to the largest audience ever recorded for that event-over 100,000,000 people. Weinberg also has the distinction of being the drummer on the two biggest selling rock albums in history-Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The USA" and Meatloaf's "Bat Out Of Hell".

GOLD CIRCLE VIP PACKAGE:

Gold Circle VIP Private Meet and Greet: $115
This private post-show meet and greet includes a photo opportunity with Max Weinberg. Any two merchandise/other items brought with you can be signed by the artist.

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Leo Kottke | SOPAC | April 26th | 7:30 PM
Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

Leo Kottke | SOPAC | April 26th | 7:30 PM

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Leo Kottke comes to SOPAC

April 26th | 7:30 PM

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Acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke was born in Athens, Georgia, but shortly thereafter his family began a nomadic life that impacted his early years. Raised in 12 different states, he absorbed a variety of musical influences as a child, flirting with both violin and trombone, before abandoning his young dreams of becoming the next Stravinsky for the allure of the acoustic guitar. Subsequently, he began to love the country-blues of Mississippi John Hurt in addition to his affection for the music of John Phillip Sousa and Preston Epps.

Leo Kottke enrolled at the University of Missouri, dropping out after a year to hitchhike across the country to South Carolina, then on to New London and into the Navy, always accompanied by his twelve-string.

Discharged in 1964, he settled in the Twin Cities area and became a fixture at Minneapolis’ Scholar Coffeehouse, home to Bob Dylan and John Koerner. He issued his 1968 recording debut LP Twelve String Blues, recorded on a Viking quarter-inch tape recorder, for the Scholar’s tiny Oblivion label.

After sending demo tapes to guitarist John Fahey, Kottke was signed to Fahey’s Takoma label, releasing what has come to be called the Armadillo record. Fahey and his manager Denny Bruce soon secured a production deal for Kottke with Capitol Records.

Kottke’s 1971 major-label debut, Mudlark positioned him somewhat uneasily in the singer-songwriter vein, despite his own wishes to remain an instrumental performer. Still, despite arguments with label heads as well as with Denny Bruce, Kottke flourished during his tenure at Capitol, as records like 1972’s Greenhouse and 1973’s live My Feet Are Smiling and Ice Water found him branching out with guest musicians and honing his guitar technique.

With Chewing Pine (1975), Kottke reached the U.S. Top 30 for the second time; he also gained an international following thanks to his continuing tours in Europe and Australia.

His collaboration on Clone with Phish bassist Mike Gordon gained attention in 2002. Kottke and Gordon followed with a recording in the Bahamas called Sixty Six Steps.

Kottke has been recognized with two Grammy Award nominations; a Doctorate in Music Performance by the Peck School of Music at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and a Certificate of Significant Achievement in Not Playing the Trombone from the University of Texas at Brownsville with Texas Southmost College.

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 The Simon & Garfunkel Songbook performed by Aztec Two-Step • April 7th
Apr
7
8:00 PM20:00

The Simon & Garfunkel Songbook performed by Aztec Two-Step • April 7th

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The Simon & Garfunkel Songbook

performed by Aztec Two-Step

SOPAC • 04.07 • 8 PM

 Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman of Aztec Two - Step

Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman of Aztec Two - Step

Legendary Folk/Rock duo Aztec Two-Step interpret the classic music of one of the greatest duos of all time – Simon & Garfunkel. 

Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have spent a lifetime of making music together as the Folk-Rock duo, Aztec Two-Step. After forty-plus years of performing and recording, they continue to impress audiences with intelligent songwriting, dazzling acoustic lead guitar, and soaring two-part harmonies.

The duo has performed worldwide, been critically acclaimed in major U.S. newspapers, reviewed in Rolling Stone Magazine and appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, including The King Biscuit Flour Hour and David Letterman.

The story of Aztec Two-Step is intertwined with the history of Folk-Rock music in America. Originating from a chance meeting at an “open mic night” in a Boston Folk club in 1971, Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman’s first four albums on Elektra & RCA Records helped usher the music of the ‘60s into the ‘70s and beyond, leaving an indelible mark on the musical genre. As their recording career continued, so did the critical acclaim. In 1986, their album Living in America was named in Billboard’s year-end critic’s poll. It also received the New York Music Award for the Best Folk Album. They continue to record and tour, winning accolades for their musicianship and commitment to Folk music, both past, and present.

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Red Molly with special guest Ellis Paul • April 6th
Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

Red Molly with special guest Ellis Paul • April 6th

Red Molly at SOPAC • April 6th • 8 PM

With Special Guest Ellis Paul

 Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner, and Molly Venter of Red Molly

Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner, and Molly Venter of Red Molly

Americana powerhouse trio Red Molly is known for their gorgeous harmonies, infectious songwriting, and captivating stage presence. Laurie MacAllister (bass), Abbie Gardner (Dobro), and Molly Venter (guitar) weave together the threads of American music—from Folk roots to Bluegrass, from heartbreaking ballads to barn-burning honky tonk—as effortlessly as they blend their caramel voices into their signature crystalline, three-part harmonies.

Organic musicianship, a respect for the traditions of American music, and an obvious love of crafting music together lend a joyous atmosphere to their legendary live performances. Gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, Red Molly is renowned for their live shows. The “Mollies” bring audiences to their feet, whether it’s on a grand festival stage or in an intimate concert hall.

Their brilliantly wrought acapella tunes are love letters to the art of the vocal blend, and their innovative instrumentation is perfectly suited for foot stomping bluegrass-tinged barnburners and perfectly crafted heart-full ballads alike.

Laurie, Abbie, and Molly each have wonderfully distinct voices, both in their actual vocal timbre and in their individual songwriting styles and song choices. Abbie is the balladeer in the sawdust bar, singing in the blue lights, making us cry into our beers. Molly is the mirror, finding the truths of loss and history and the full joy of love and putting it to the perfect tune we somehow feel like we knew all along. Laurie is the storyteller; the songs she sings crack open the heart and run like trains through the landscape of our memories. Though each of them shines alone, the true majesty of Red Molly comes with the effortless blend of their voices. Together Red Molly’s vocals swell and swoon in a way that raises goosebumps.

Ellis Paul

Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. It’s a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era overall. Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters.

Though some may refer to him as a folk singer, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts, and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another. The exhilaration of the open road. A celebration of heroes. The hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love…, intimate, passionate and enduring.

He’s an observer, a philosopher, and an astute storyteller who shares with his listeners the life lessons he’s learned, and in turn, life lessons they ought to heed as well. By affirming and defining who he is, Ellis Paul affirms and uncovers the essence of us all.

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Ryan Hamilton from the Netflix Comedy Special, HAPPY FACE • March 24th
Mar
24
8:00 PM20:00

Ryan Hamilton from the Netflix Comedy Special, HAPPY FACE • March 24th

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Ryan Hamilton from the Netflix Comedy Special, HAPPY FACE

SOPAC • 04.24.18 • 8 PM

 Fresh off his launch of  Happy Face,  Ryan Hamilton

Fresh off his launch of Happy Face, Ryan Hamilton

Ryan Hamilton is endearing comedy lovers, and his future is bright. Named one of Rolling Stone’s Five Comics to Watch with standout appearances on The Late Show with Stephen ColbertConanThe Late Late ShowLast Comic Standing, Comedy Central, and Showtime, he’s establishing himself as one of the country’s favorite stand-ups. 

Ryan’s one-hour comedy special, Ryan Hamilton: Happy Face premiered on Netflix earlier this year. In it, the small-town import charms New York with folksy comic observations on big-city life, hot-air ballooning and going to Disney World alone. His tales of big-city life are “highly contagious” (The Comic’s Comic).

He’s often lauded for being a clean comedian, although his audiences span a broad spectrum. Growing up in Idaho, Ryan is  far from his small-town roots but the contrast suits him. He’s currently headlining comedy clubs across the country, building a following of enthusiastic and diehard fans. Recently, he opened for Jerry Seinfeld at the Beacon Theatre.

Ryan has impressed industry insiders by racking up a remarkable number of national competition wins and festival appearances, including winning The Great American Comedy Festival and Sierra Mist’s America’s Next Great Comic Search. He’s also a regular performer at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festivals with several international television performances including The Muppets Gala in Montreal and the Sydney Opera House International Comedy Gala.

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Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny • Sat, March 24th • 2 PM
Mar
24
2:00 PM14:00

Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny • Sat, March 24th • 2 PM

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Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny

SOPAC • Sat., 03.24.18 • 2 PM

 Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny,  ased on stories by Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny, ased on stories by Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals. Before his bedtime, the rabbit goes around the room and notices items within eye sight and says goodnight to all of them. As the story continues, the rabbit gets more and more tired before finally saying “Goodnight noises everywhere,” just as he falls asleep. 

The Runaway Bunny is the tale of a little bunny who tells his mother that he is going to run away, becoming variously a fish, a rock on the mountain, a crocus in a hidden garden, a bird, a sailboat, a circus acrobat, and finally a little boy, until he resigns himself to stay where he is and remain her little bunny. Whimsical puppetry and evocative original music will bring a new sense of appreciation to stories that have delighted several generations.

Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny
A Production of the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Based on stories by Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by Clement Hurd
Adaptation by Jim Morrow

Recommended Ages: 3-8
Running Time: 60 minutes

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 Regina Carter: Simply Ella • SOPAC • March 23rd
Mar
23
8:00 PM20:00

Regina Carter: Simply Ella • SOPAC • March 23rd

Regina Carter : Simply Ella

SOPAC • Friday, March 23rd • 8 PM

 Sony Masterworks artist Regina Carter

Sony Masterworks artist Regina Carter

For Sony Masterworks artist Regina Carter, the violin isn’t simply an improvisational vehicle; it’s a passport to unexpected realms. It’s a Rosetta Stone that unlocks the doors to a myriad of cultures, sounds, and worlds apart. Her quest for beauty combined with her passion for excellence did not escape the attention of the MacArthur Foundation, which awarded Regina their prestigious MacArthur Fellowship “genius grant.” Regina Carter’s musical journey has always taken her to deeply personal spaces, and inspiration has come from her family, her roots and her love of Jazz.

2017 saw the 100th birthday of a true musical legend, Ella Fitzgerald. Ella is THE source of Regina’s musical inspiration. Her new album, Ella: Accentuate the Positive, and touring program celebrates the music and spirit of this incomparable musical juggernaut.

Regina Carter explains her deep and visceral connection to Ella’s music, an influence Regina has cherished throughout her life, “Growing up in Detroit, there was always music playing in our home. While there was a variety of music I enjoyed, there were a few artists I found consistently captivating—Ella Fitzgerald was one of these exceptions. To this very day, whenever I hear an Ella recording it grabs me at my core. I’m entranced by her voice, her melodic improvisations and the passion and artfulness with which Ella sings a song. In a word, Ella is sublime, and she is at the top of my go-to list when learning a Jazz tune. I’m so excited to celebrate Ella Fitzgerald, an artist who has meant so much to all the notes in my musical life.”

Ella: Accentuate the Positive is the end result of Carter’s daily communion with and lifelong devotion to the music of Ella Fitzgerald.

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Lúnasa with special guest Tim O’Brien | SOPAC | March 22nd
Mar
22
7:30 PM19:30

Lúnasa with special guest Tim O’Brien | SOPAC | March 22nd

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Lúnasa with special guest Tim O’Brien

March 22nd | SOPAC | 7:30 PM

 Lúnasa with special guest Tim O’Brien

Lúnasa with special guest Tim O’Brien

Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa is indeed a gathering of some of the top musical talents in Ireland.

The band is internationally acknowledged as being the finest traditional Irish instrumental group of recent times. They are renowned for their stunning shows honed by superb musicianship and a constant touring cycle. They have performed over 1,500 shows across 36 countries since the band formed in 1997. The band has appeared at internationally renowned venues such as The Hollywood Bowl, National Concert Hall (Dublin), Sydney Opera House and Moscow International House of Music. They have been invited to appear at the White House.

Lúnasa have sold more than quarter of a million albums in the course of the band’s career and boast an impressive back catalogue of 7 highly acclaimed and award-winning studio albums.

Their inventive arrangements and bass driven grooves have steered Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory. Their recordings have been hailed as some of the best and most important world music albums anywhere, while their blend of intelligence, innovation, virtuosity, and passion has brought them to the forefront of Celtic music.

Lúnasa is composed of Kevin Crawford (flutes, low whistles, and tin whistles) who played with Moving Cloud, Trevor Hutchinson (double bass) was a key member of The Waterboys, Ed Boyd (guitar) was with  Flook and the Michael McGoldrick Band, Seán Smyth (fiddle and low whistle) is an All-Ireland champion who played with Donal Lunny’s Coolfin and Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes and low whistles) comes from the famous Vallely artistic clan and has performed with Riverdance. He recently recorded with Bruce Springsteen. Folk Roots magazine has rightly termed them an “Irish music dream team.”

Grammy Award winner Tim O’Brien is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter of extraordinary talent.  O’Brien’s presence has been strongly felt not only in his own rich music, but in the many recordings of his songs by such artists as the Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Nickel Creek, Kathy Mattea, The New Grass Revival, and the Seldom Scene, and in his recorded collaborations with Steve Martin, The Chieftains, and innumerable others. Most recently, O’Brien has been performing before capacity crowds in the band of Mark Knopfler.

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Indigo Girls • SOPAC • March 19th • 9:30 PM
Mar
19
9:30 PM21:30

Indigo Girls • SOPAC • March 19th • 9:30 PM

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The Indigo Girls

SOPAC • Thurs. 03.19.18 • 9:30 PM

  Amy Ray and Emily Saliers

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers

Twenty years after they began releasing records as the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have politely declined the opportunity to slow down with age. With a legacy of releases and countless U.S. and international tours behind them, the Indigo Girls have forged their own way in the music business. Selling over 14 million records, they are still going strong. Amy & Emily are the only duo with top 40 titles on the Billboard 200 in the '80s, '90s, '00s, and '10s.

“Along with Simon & Garfunkel and The Everly Brothers, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers rank at the very top of all-time great duos. The sublime music-making-machine-skewering “Making Promises” is one of their finest rockers.” – The Boston Herald

After signing to Epic Records in 1988, the Indigo Girls released their critically acclaimed eponymous album to thunderous praise; it remained on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for 35 weeks, earned double platinum status, received a Grammy nomination for “Best New Artist” and won “Best Contemporary Folk Recording.” They were overnight folk icons who continued to live up to the high standards they’d set for themselves: they’ve since released 14 albums (3 platinum and 3 gold), received six Grammy nominations and have won one. Indigo Girls have toured with innumerable star acts including Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, R.E.M., Sarah MacLachlan, Natalie Merchant, Jewel and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

The duo has balanced their long, successful musical career by supporting numerous social causes – the Indigo Girls don’t just talk the talk; they walk the walk. Having established an intensely dedicated fan base, the duo continues to remain relevant and attract new fans. With their latest release, Beauty Queen Sister, released on IG Recordings distributed by Vanguard Records, Emily Saliers, and Amy Ray have secured their spot as one of the most legendary musical acts of this generation.

In 2015 Indigo Girls released their 14th studio album, One Lost Day, produced by Jordan Brook Hamlin and mixed by Brian Joseph.

 

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 Bill Charlap Trio plays the Songs of Leonard Bernstein: A 100th Birthday Celebration | SOPAC
Mar
16
8:00 PM20:00

Bill Charlap Trio plays the Songs of Leonard Bernstein: A 100th Birthday Celebration | SOPAC

Bill Charlap Trio plays the Songs of Leonard Bernstein: A 100th Birthday Celebration

March 16th | SOPAC | 8 PM

Bill Charlap Trio plays the Songs of Leonard Bernstein: A 100th Birthday Celebration | SOPAC | MusicWithoutBorders.com

Grammy Award-winning pianist Bill Charlap has performed with many of the leading artists of our time including Phil Woods, Tony Bennett, Gerry Mulligan, Wynton Marsalis, Freddy Cole and Houston Person. Born in New York City, Charlap began playing the piano at age three. His father was Broadway composer Moose Charlap, whose credits include Peter Pan, and his mother is singer Sandy Stewart, who toured with Benny Goodman, and was a regular on The Perry Como Show. She earned a 1963 Grammy Award nomination for her recording of “My Coloring Book.” In 2005, Charlap and Stewart released the acclaimed CD, Love Is Here To Stay (Blue Note).

In 1997 Charlap formed his trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, now recognized as one of the leading groups in Jazz. In 2000, he was signed to Blue Note Records and received two Grammy Award nominations for Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein and The Bill Charlap Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard. He is known for his interpretations of American popular song.

Time magazine wrote, “Bill Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved…no matter how imaginative or surprising his take on a song is, he invariably zeroes in on its essence.” In 2016, Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap: The Silver Lining, The Songs of Jerome Kern, was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Album. In April, the Bill Charlap Trio released, Notes from New York, their debut recording for the Impulse label. Alan Morrison’s five-star review in Down Beat stated that the new recording is “a masterclass in class.”
 
In 2017, Charlap will be celebrating his 13th year as Artistic Director of New York City’s Jazz in July Festival at 92Y. He has produced concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Chicago Symphony Center and the Hollywood Bowl. Charlap is married to renowned Jazz pianist and composer Renee Rosnes, and the two artists often collaborate in a duo piano setting. In 2010 Charlap and Rosnes released Double Portrait (Blue Note). Bill Charlap is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey.

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Laura Benanti | SOPAC | Sat., March 10th | 8PM
Mar
10
8:00 PM20:00

Laura Benanti | SOPAC | Sat., March 10th | 8PM

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Laura Benanti performs at SOPAC

Sat., March 10th | 8 PM

 Laura Benanti | South Orange Performing Arts Center | 03.10.18

Laura Benanti | South Orange Performing Arts Center | 03.10.18

Tony Award-winner LAURA BENANTI just completed her 2016 Tony-nominated role as Amalia Balash in the hit Broadway Musical, She Loves Me. Laura also received Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and Drama Desk Award nominations for this role. 

Laura can now be seen touring the country in her latest solo show, Tales from Soprano Isle. The show will feature songs from Laura’s career, including She Loves Me, along with humorous anecdotes and experiences that she has encountered on/off the stage and screen.

On television, she can be seen playing the role of Alura Zor-El in the CW action drama "Supergirl".

In addition to television work and her critically acclaimed performance as Elsa Schrader in NBC's The Sound of Music LIVE, Ms. Benanti is a highly celebrated, five-time Tony Award-nominated stage actress who took Broadway by storm at the age of 18.

She received a Drama Desk award, Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony Award Nomination for her starring role in the Broadway production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown for Lincoln Center where she also starred in the Broadway production of Sarah Ruhl'sIn the Next Room or The Vibrator Play. Ms. Benanti earned the 2008 Tony Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award for her revelatory portrayal of Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy opposite Patti LuPone and directed by Arthur Laurents. Her other Broadway roles include The Wedding Singer, Nine starring Antonio Banderas, her Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-nominated performance of Cinderella in Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods and her sultry Tony nominated turn in Swing! Ms. Benanti made her Broadway debut as Maria in The Sound of Music opposite Richard Chamberlain.

Other distinguished theater performances include the Public Theater's production of Christopher Durang's Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them, Perdita in The Winter's Tale at the Williamstown Theatre Festival opposite Kate Burton, Anne in A Little Night Music at the L.A. Opera opposite Victor Garber, Eileen in Wonderful Town opposite Donna Murphy and most recently her portrayal of Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella, both for City Center Encores! Ms. Benanti completed a week-long engagement at the popular New York cabaret club, Feinstein's/54 Below, for which The New York Times hailed her as a "supremely confident" performer whose "bright, full soprano, with its semioperatic heft, can go almost anywhere." In September 2013, she released her debut album, "In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention: Live at 54 Below" on Broadway Records to ecstatic reviews.

Laura currently performs her concerts in venues around the country and even recently performed for the President and First Lady of the United States at both the Fords Gala and the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington DC.

In 2014, she joined the cast of ABC's hit series "Nashville" guest-starring as songbird Sadie Stone. Laura also appeared in recurring roles on CBS's "The Good Wife" and HBO's "Nurse Jackie."

Laura's past television credits include a starring role in the NBC series "The Playboy Club" and "Go On" opposite Matthew Perry. She also starred in the F/X original series "Starved". Ms. Benanti recurred on"Law and Order: SVU," "Royal Pains," and "Eli Stone." and had appearances on "The Big C" and "Elementary".

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An Evening with Andy Borowitz | SOPAC | 2 shows!
Mar
3
5:00 PM17:00

An Evening with Andy Borowitz | SOPAC | 2 shows!

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An Evening with Andy Borowitz

South Orange Performing Arts Center | 3.03.18 | 5 PM & 8 PM

 Andy Borowitz at SOPAC | March 3rd | 2 shows at 5 pm & 8 PM

Andy Borowitz at SOPAC | March 3rd | 2 shows at 5 pm & 8 PM

5PM Performance – LIMITED AVAILABILITY! 
VIP tickets are available in the orchestra section for this performance. VIP tickets include a post-show Meet & Greet in the SOPAC Loft. Andy Borowitz will be available for photo opportunities and book signings (BYOB, bring your own book!). 

8PM Performance – SOLD OUT! 

Andy Borowitz is a New York Times best-selling author and a comedian renowned for the Borowitz Report, a satirical news column that has millions of readers around the world. He is an award-winning writer and producer, and his Twitter feed is followed by more than 615,000. 

An Evening with Andy Borowitz will feature a presentation, interview and question and answer session. SOPAC Governor and former partner in the New York City office of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Donna Coallier will host the interview. Donna’s career at PwC encompassed speaking engagements on a variety of topics, in formats ranging from intimate and conversational roundtables to large scale (2000+) audience panels and broadcasted venues and webcasts.

Borowitz was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, where he attended Shaker Heights High School. In 1980, Borowitz graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, where he was president of the Harvard Lampoon. He also wrote for the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. After graduating from Harvard, Andy Borowitz moved to Los Angeles and worked for producer Norman Lear.

During the 1980s he wrote for the television series Square Pegs, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and several other television series. In 1990, Andy Borowitz created The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which ran for six seasons on NBC and launched the acting career of Will Smith. Borowitz received an NAACP Image Award for the series.

In 1998, Borowitz co-produced the film Pleasantville, starring Reese Witherspoon, Tobey Maguire, William H. Macy, Joan Allen, and Jeff Daniels. It was nominated for three Academy Awards. In 2004 Borowitz appeared in Woody Allen’s Melinda and Melinda, starring Will Ferrell, and in Marie and Bruce, starring Julianne Moore and Matthew Broderick. 

In 2001, he created the Borowitz Report, a satirical news column that has millions of readers around the world, for which he won the first-ever National Press Club award for humor. The Borowitz Report was acquired by The New Yorker in 2012. He has published two recent best-selling books: The 50 Funniest American Writers, which became the first title in the history of the Library of America to make the New York Times best-seller list; and a memoir, An Unexpected Twist, a No. 1 best-seller, which Amazon named the Best Kindle Single of 2012. His Twitter feed, @BorowitzReport, has more than 615,000 followers and was voted the best Twitter feed of 2011 in a poll by Time.

As a comedian, he performed sold-out shows around the world and has made countless television and radio appearances, on National Public Radio, VH1, and Comedy Central, among other places. He has been called a “Swiftian satirist” (Wall Street Journal), “America’s satire king” (Daily Beast), “the funniest human on Twitter” (New York Times), and “one of the funniest people in America” (CBS News’ “Sunday Morning”).

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