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Mar
23
8:00 PM20:00

Ellis Paul in the Loft • SOPAC • 3.23.19

Ellis Paul in the Loft

Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 8PM at SOPAC

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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.

Ellis Paul grew up on a Maine family farm, where he was encouraged to follow his dreams. After college graduation he worked as a teacher and social worker with inner city children by day and pursuing the possibilities offered by Boston’s fertile music scene at night, he gained prominence in local coffeehouses and open mic nights. It was the same circuit that opened the door for other like-minded artists of the day, and in turn, gave Ellis Paul exposure to such creative contemporaries as Shawn Colvin, Dar Williams, Patty Larkin, John Gorka, Catie Curtis, and Bill Morrissey. It also helped him win a Boston Underground Songwriting competition and placement on a Windham Hill Records singer/songwriter compilation, bringing him his first hint of national exposure at the same time.

The major tipping point in his career came with the opportunity to open for Bill Morrissey, one of New England’s most prominent Folk artists. He began to hone his talent, and became interested in the music of Woody Guthrie. Ellis Paul has a sense of roots, of connectedness to the whole history of Folk music; he sees the thread that runs through all the generations of this music.

He’s become a staple at the Newport Folk Festival, played Carnegie hall, and venues from Alaska to Miami, Paris and London. In addition to his 19 albums released on the Rounder and Black Wolf record labels, his music has appeared on dozens of distinguished compilations. A Film/ DVD entitled 3000 Miles — part concert film, part documentary, part instructional video — provides a further prospective on both the man and his music. He’s also released a pair of children’s albums, earning him honors from the Parent’s Choice Foundation for both. His latest, “The Hero In You” has been turned into a picture book, detailing the lives of great American heroes. Ellis Paul’s literate, evocative and insightful writings are further showcased in a book of poetry and short stories entitled Notes from the Road, already in its third pressing.

Ellis Paul’s new album, Chasing Beauty, is a set of songs which detail, in typical Paul fashion, stories of people and places that reflect larger truths about us all. “Kick Out the Lights (Johnny Cash)” pays tribute to that fearless American icon name-checked in its title. “Plastic Soldier” offers homage to a wounded soldier returning from Afghanistan. A real-life barnstorming pilot takes the spotlight in “Jimmie Angel’s Flying Circus,” while iconic Boston blue collar musician Dennis Brennan takes the focus in “Waiting on a Break.” Even the Empire State Building and the Boston Red Sox get their due, via “Empire State” and “UK Girl (Boston Calling),” respectively.

In reality, these stories are a continuation of tales Ellis Paul has told for more than a quarter century, over the expanse of nineteen albums, numerous critical kudos, inclusion in several movie soundtracks, and stages he’s headlined both near and far.

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Cyrille Aimée: A Sondheim Adventure • SOPAC • 3.31.19
Mar
31
7:30 PM19:30

Cyrille Aimée: A Sondheim Adventure • SOPAC • 3.31.19

Cyrille Aimée: A Sondheim Adventure at SOPAC

Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 7:30PM at SOPAC

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Winner of the 2012 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition, the native of France was captivated by Sondheim’s work when she was cast in a 2013 New York City Center production of A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Story. She eventually recorded “Live Alone and Like It” and from there plunged into a full album of Sondheim.

Cyrille Aimée, has a wealth of experiences in her young life that have shaped her sound, and love of music.  She ventured from singing on street corners in Europe to dazzling audiences at the world’s most prestigious Jazz festivals; from sneaking out to sing in gypsy encampments in her native France to acting on Broadway; from singing Sondheim alongside Bernadette Peters to sharing her story in a TEDx talk; from braving the notoriously tough audiences at New York’s Apollo Theatre to being called a “rising star in the galaxy of Jazz singers” by The New York Times.

It was the idea and unlimited potential of improvisation that set Cyrille Aimée on her course, and the desire to pursue that in-the-moment creation inevitably led her to Jazz. She spent her teen years performing in the cafés and clubs of Paris, then attended the American School of Modern Music there. She garnered her first taste of fame – or, perhaps more accurately, notoriety – when she was selected as one of 16 semi-finalists for Star Academy, the French equivalent of “American Idol.” When she realized how restrictive the show’s contract would be, however, she opted to walk away, igniting a scandal in the French media.

Aimée escaped the spotlight but was soon drawn to the U.S., where she attended SUNY Purchase on scholarship – in large part due to its proximity to the Jazz hub of Manhattan. She honed her skills through weekly gigs at a Soho restaurant and at Birdland Jazz Club. She also became a regular at Smalls Jazz Club in Greenwich Village.

At the same time, no less an authority than Stephen Sondheim recognized that Cyrille Aimée’s captivating gift for storytelling through song would translate to the theatrical stage. The musical theater icon hand-picked her to star alongside the legendary Bernadette Peters in an Encores Special Presentation tribute to Sondheim at New York’s City Center in November 2013, backed by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. One thing led to another, and the stage was set for A Sondheim Adventure, and a full immersion into the Sondheim canon.

 “Astonishingly creative….with a brilliant sound, fresh ideas, impeccable rhythm and an overall approach that honors tradition without being shackled to the past.” — Wall Street Journal

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Coco Montoya & Tinsley Ellis • SOPAC • 4.5.19
Apr
5
8:00 PM20:00

Coco Montoya & Tinsley Ellis • SOPAC • 4.5.19

Coco Montoya & Tinsley Ellis

Friday, April 5, 2019 at 8PM at SOPAC

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It’s hard to imagine a Blues double bill with two more celebrated masters than Coco Montoya and Tinsley Ellis. Fiery guitar licks and passionate vocals are the hallmarks of these musical wizards. They will leave you breathless with this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The old Willie Dixon adage, “Blues is truth,” perfectly describes the searing, contemporary Blues-Rock of world-renowned guitarist and vocalist Coco Montoya. Taught by the “Master of the Telecaster,” Albert Collins, but with a hard-edged sound and style all his own Montoya mixes his forceful, melodic guitar playing and passionate vocals with memorable songs, delivering the Blues’ hardest truths. He earned his status as a master guitarist and soul-powered vocalist through years of paying his dues as a sideman with Collins (first as a drummer) and then with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, before launching his solo career in 1993. Five years of constant touring with Collins and ten years with Mayall turned him into a monster player and dynamic performer. Montoya has released eight solo albums—including three for Alligator between 2000 and 2007—and has played at clubs, concert halls and major festivals all over the world. Guitar Player says Montoya plays “stunning, powerhouse blues with a searing tone, emotional soloing, and energetic, unforced vocals.”

Since his Alligator debut 30 years ago, Southern Blues-Rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis has become a bona fide worldwide guitar hero. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “It’s hard to overstate the raw power of his music.” Now, he makes his triumphant return to Alligator Records with a powerful new album, Winning Hand. Armed with his signature molten licks, melodic riffs and rousing, intense solos, Ellis, as his legions of fans will attest, is among the Blues world’s best-loved, hardest working and most well-travelled statesmen. He has performed in all 50 United States as well as in Canada, Western and Eastern Europe, Australia and South America, earning legions of fans with his guitar virtuosity, passionate vocals and memorable original songs. Ellis is also revered as a guitarist’s guitarist, with famous friends including Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood, Jonny Lang and members of Widespread Panic calling on him to sit in and jam. “A musician never got famous staying home,” he says.

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Max Weinberg's Jukebox • SOPAC • 4.6.19
Apr
6
7:00 PM19:00

Max Weinberg's Jukebox • SOPAC • 4.6.19

Max Weinberg’s Jukebox

Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 7PM at SOPAC

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Fresh off the hugely successful The River Tour 2016-2017 of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band — where the group played 89 concerts nearly four hours long each night in 15 countries amassing $300,000,000 in ticket sales, Rock-and-Roll Hall Of Fame Drummer and South Orange native Max Weinberg brings his new performance concept to SOPAC — Max Weinberg’s Jukebox.

How many times have you attended a show where you yearned to hear your favorite performer play your favorite song? With Max Weinberg’s Jukebox your dream will be realized.

A truly interactive experience, Weinberg asks you to create in real-time the set list he and his crack four-piece group will play that night. You will choose songs from the glory days of Rock and Roll that you select from a video menu of over 200 songs—everything from the Beatles to the Stones to Bruce and The E Street Band’s biggest hits—and hear the group play them the way you want to hear them played!

That’s right—you get to yell out your choices and Max plays them! This unique approach will bring you right into the action as a hit maker for the evening. Every show is different because you are choosing the songs!

Max 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 and comedic foil to talk show host Conan O’Brien and is the only musician in history to make the leap from a starring role in one of the world’s iconic Rock groups to leading his eponymous band on NBC’s Late Night and The Tonight Show. And Max Weinberg managed to do make it look so easy as he juggled both gigs for a decade from 1999-2009.

Throughout his 50-year professional career Weinberg has played with some of the biggest and most diverse names in music—James Brown, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, BB King, Tony Bennett, Ringo Starr, John Fogerty, Stevie Winwood, Sheryl Crow—even Isaac Hayes performing his legendary Shaft with a 30-piece orchestra Max conducted on the Late Night broadcast.

There is no doubt, he is a legendary musician who will have you rocking out at SOPAC with Max Weinberg’s Jukebox!

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Roger McGuinn • SOPAC • 4.11.19
Apr
11
7:30 PM19:30

Roger McGuinn • SOPAC • 4.11.19

Roger McGuinn

Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:30PM at SOPAC

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As the founder of The Byrds, Roger McGuinn is firmly established as an indisputable industry icon. From his signature 12-string Rickenbacker sound, to his instantly recognizable vocals on hits like “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “Eight Miles High” and “Mr. Tambourine Man,” Roger McGuinn didn’t just make music; he made history.

“Music would be a very different place if it hadn’t been for Roger McGuinn.” -Rolling Stone

Roger McGuinn was already a veteran of the New York and Los Angeles music scenes when he co-founded the group that would become the Byrds with Gene Clark and David Crosby in 1964. Prior to forming the Byrds, Roger toured and performed with the Limeliters, Chad Mitchell Trio and Bobby Darin as a guitarist and banjo player. He was also the musical director on Judy Collins #3. In 1973, the legendary Byrds disbanded and Roger McGuinn went on to make five solo albums with Columbia Records, and continued to tour.

In 1995 Roger McGuinn began The Folk Den Project. He records and uploads a traditional Folk song to his website www.Mcguinn.com as an effort to preserve traditional songs. Each month a different song is added to the site accompanied with lyrics and chords for free download.

Today, Roger McGuinn offers shows that are as mesmerizing and magical as ever. He delivers the gift of an evening with a master that is as intimate as it is spellbinding. He’ll take you along a journey of story and song, populated by the “old friends” you expect to hear, as well as new acquaintances from the folk music that Roger so passionately embraces. This Grammy Award-winning artist tours the world delighting audiences with the songs and stories from his long and continually productive musical career.

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Adrian Belew • SOPAC • 4.12.19
Apr
12
8:00 PM20:00

Adrian Belew • SOPAC • 4.12.19

Adrian Belew with opener Saul Zonana

Friday, April 12, 2019 at 8PM at SOPAC

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Progressive Rock’s King Crimson was famously fronted by Adrian Belew for over 30 years, and he served as its songwriter and guitarist, leaving an indelible stamp on its sound and discography. Discipline, Adrian Belew’s first record with King Crimson, is listed among the most important Rock records ever made. His signature tones, unique use of effects and whammy bar remains completely different, and his techniques continue to be a huge influence on today’s guitarists.

He is a multi-instrumentalist whose solo records are critically acclaimed and his moving singing voice and prolific songwriting has endeared a loyal fan base of music lovers. His music is being discovered everyday by more and more listeners thirsty for great music with a creative standard not often pushed by the commercial music industry.

Adrian Belew first appeared on the guitar-world radar when he toured with ‘70s rebel Frank Zappa who later said, “Adrian reinvented electric guitar.” From there he went on to be an integral part of David Bowie’s world tours, a stint with Talking Heads and later, GaGa and The Tom Tom Club. With each recording or tour Adrian continued to stretch his musical signature sounds and identity, making him a touchstone for inventive ways to bridge the traditional into the extraordinary.

He scored Pixar’s Oscar-nominated short film Piper, and has his own music app called FLUX.

His latest solo album Pop-Sided, to be released in March 2019, is just the latest in an incredible discography and creative career.

Adrian has had a career that commands both awe and respect from fellow musicians and loyal fans, from his first solo record The Lone Rhino to the Atlantic Records hit album Mr. Music Head or any of his other 20-plus solo records that push sonic boundaries while maintaining artistic integrity. Adrian shreds on guitar but also writes beautiful songs that will make you cry.

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John Pizzarelli • SOPAC • 4.13.19
Apr
13
8:00 PM20:00

John Pizzarelli • SOPAC • 4.13.19

John Pizzarelli

A Celebration of Nat King Cole

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 8PM at SOPAC

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World-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has been hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing Jazz.” The Toronto Star pegged him as “the genial genius of the guitar,” and the Seattle Times saluted him as “a rare entertainer of the old school.”

Established as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, John Pizzarelli has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and The Beatles. His themed shows, often performed with his wife Jessica Molaskey, suggest there is no limit to Pizzarelli’s imagination or talent.

And now, John Pizzarelli turns his considerable talent to the timeless music of Nat King Cole.  While plenty of Jazz greats influenced his work – Benny Goodman, Les Paul, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry and Slam Stewart, among others – Cole has been Pizzarelli’s hero and foundation over the last 25 years.

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Dimmer Twins • SOPAC • 4.17.19
Apr
17
7:30 PM19:30

Dimmer Twins • SOPAC • 4.17.19

Dimmer Twins:

Mike Cooley & Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 7:30PM at SOPAC

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Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, a.k.a. the “Dimmer Twins,” formed the Drive-By Truckers in Athens, Georgia in 1996, though their musical collaboration began in the ’80s with the fledgling band Adam’s House Cat. The name Dimmer Twins is a nod to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who are sometimes known as the “Glimmer Twins.” This stripped-down duo setting features original solo and duo material penned by both Hood and Cooley, and also some Drive-By Truckers songs that they’ve written.

Boasting a mix of Southern pride and erudite lyrics, Drive-By Truckers became one of the most well-respected Alternative Country-Rock acts of the 2000s. The band has long held a progressive fire in their belly having always been outspoken, telling a distinctly American story via craft, character, and concept, all backed by sonic ambition and social conscience.

History, folklore, politics, and character studies all shared equal space in the Drive-By Truckers’ catalog, which offered up its first blast of gutsy, twangy rock with 1998’s Gangstabilly. However, it was the band’s ambitious double-disc concept album, The Southern Rock Opera, that became its unlikely magnum opus. A two-act affair, the album explored Hood’s fascination with 70s Southern Rock while tackling the cultural contradictions of the region, and it helped lay the groundwork for much of the band’s later work.

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Dimmer Twins • Landmark on Main Street • 4.18.19
Apr
18
7:30 PM19:30

Dimmer Twins • Landmark on Main Street • 4.18.19

Dimmer Twins:

Mike Cooley & Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers

Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 7:30PM at Landmark on Main Street

dimmer twins mwb music without borders

Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, a.k.a. the “Dimmer Twins,” formed the Drive-By Truckers in Athens, Georgia in 1996, though their musical collaboration began in the ’80s with the fledgling band Adam’s House Cat. The name Dimmer Twins is a nod to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who are sometimes known as the “Glimmer Twins.” This stripped-down duo setting features original solo and duo material penned by both Hood and Cooley, and also some Drive-By Truckers songs that they’ve written.

Boasting a mix of Southern pride and erudite lyrics, Drive-By Truckers became one of the most well-respected Alternative Country-Rock acts of the 2000s. The band has long held a progressive fire in their belly having always been outspoken, telling a distinctly American story via craft, character, and concept, all backed by sonic ambition and social conscience.

History, folklore, politics, and character studies all shared equal space in the Drive-By Truckers’ catalog, which offered up its first blast of gutsy, twangy rock with 1998’s Gangstabilly. However, it was the band’s ambitious double-disc concept album, The Southern Rock Opera, that became its unlikely magnum opus. A two-act affair, the album explored Hood’s fascination with 70s Southern Rock while tackling the cultural contradictions of the region, and it helped lay the groundwork for much of the band’s later work.

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Dimmer Twins • Tarrytown Music Hall • 4.20.19
Apr
20
8:00 PM20:00

Dimmer Twins • Tarrytown Music Hall • 4.20.19

Dimmer Twins:

Mike Cooley & Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers

Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 8PM at the Tarrytown Music Hall

dimmer twins mwb music without borders

Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, a.k.a. the “Dimmer Twins,” formed the Drive-By Truckers in Athens, Georgia in 1996, though their musical collaboration began in the ’80s with the fledgling band Adam’s House Cat. The name Dimmer Twins is a nod to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who are sometimes known as the “Glimmer Twins.” This stripped-down duo setting features original solo and duo material penned by both Hood and Cooley, and also some Drive-By Truckers songs that they’ve written.

Boasting a mix of Southern pride and erudite lyrics, Drive-By Truckers became one of the most well-respected Alternative Country-Rock acts of the 2000s. The band has long held a progressive fire in their belly having always been outspoken, telling a distinctly American story via craft, character, and concept, all backed by sonic ambition and social conscience.

History, folklore, politics, and character studies all shared equal space in the Drive-By Truckers’ catalog, which offered up its first blast of gutsy, twangy rock with 1998’s Gangstabilly. However, it was the band’s ambitious double-disc concept album, The Southern Rock Opera, that became its unlikely magnum opus. A two-act affair, the album explored Hood’s fascination with 70s Southern Rock while tackling the cultural contradictions of the region, and it helped lay the groundwork for much of the band’s later work.

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Mountain Men • SOPAC • 5.30.19
May
30
7:30 PM19:30

Mountain Men • SOPAC • 5.30.19

Mountain Men

Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 7:30PM at SOPAC

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Mountain Man did not intend to disappear for the better part of a decade, or to take eight years to release its second album, Magic Ship. But for a trio of devoted friends for whom music has always seemed so effortless and graceful, that’s simply how life went. The wondrous Magic Ship —a magnetic fourteen-song reflection on the joys, follies, and oddities of existence—was well worth the wait.

In 2009, when she was a student at a small liberal arts college in New England, Amelia Meath heard a gorgeous sound coming from the living room of her dormitory. She raced downstairs to find Molly Erin Sarlé singing “Dog Song,” a tender tune about lust, longing, and responsibility. Meath demanded that Sarlé, nearly a stranger, teach her the tune, which she, in turn, taught to a friend, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig. The next time the pair saw Sarlé, they sang “Dog Song” to, and then with, her. And so, Mountain Man was born.

The three weren’t quite yet friends when they performed, recorded, and even toured for the first time, but they each felt the chemistry within their combined voices, a sense of artistic kismet and kinship that some spend lifetimes seeking. Acclaim came quickly, with their debut—2010’s Made the Harbor, humbly recorded on rickety equipment in an abandoned factory—earning praise from The New York Times and theGuardian and prompting big tours.

But before they could return to the studio, post-collegiate life intervened. They kept in touch with near-weekly conference calls, growing as friends while taking a break from making music together. At last, they tested their again-blossoming friendship onstage in the summer of 2017 at the Eaux Claires music festival. On a tiny, cabin-like stage tucked into a forest, where audiences of a few hundred are considered big, Mountain Man captivated several thousand, with people climbing trees and fighting through stinging nettles to catch a glimpse or whisper. Hanging on every note and between-song quip, the crowd stood transfixed and silent—a festival miracle, there in the woods. And so, Mountain Man was reborn.

Months later, the trio reconvened at Meath’s home studio in Durham for two recording sessions, each bringing songs destined to be sung with old friends. The result, Magic Ship, is every bit as captivating as that day onstage. There is sincerity and humor, depth and mirth, all rendered with three voices that have never been more connected.


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Del McCoury & David Grisman – Del & Dawg • SOPAC • 3.20.19
Mar
20
7:30 PM19:30

Del McCoury & David Grisman – Del & Dawg • SOPAC • 3.20.19

Del McCoury & David Grisman – Del & Dawg

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 7:30PM at SOPAC

Del McCoury and David Grisman met at the first show Del ever played (on banjo) with Bill Monroe in the spring of 1963 at New York University in Greenwich Village. Three years later, Del & Dawg played their first gig together in Troy, NY at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. They both celebrated the arrival of first-born sons, Monroe Grisman and Ronnie McCoury, within a month of each other.

Through the years Del McCoury and David Grisman have shared the stage at venues and festivals across the country and in 2012 released Hardcore Bluegrass, a unique collection of Bluegrass classics, made at two Dawg studio jam sessions in the 1990s, Del & Dawg celebrates the nearly 50-year Bluegrass friendship that these two legendary musicians share.

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Red Hot Chilli Pipers • Tarrytown Music Hall • 3.15.19
Mar
15
8:00 PM20:00

Red Hot Chilli Pipers • Tarrytown Music Hall • 3.15.19

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Friday, March 15, 2019 at 8PM at the Tarrytown Music Hall

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The Bagpipes meet Rock n' Roll - A Global phenomenon! Since they walked away with the top prize on the primetime TV talent show, “When Will I Be Famous” in the U.K. in 2007, The Chillis taking their signature 'Bagrock' sound to the masses with their unique fusion of rocked up Bagpipes and clever covers of popular songs from all genres. Their trademarked sound includes traditional pipe tunes – like “The Flowers of Scotland”, “The Hills of Argyll”, and “Amazing Grace” (done Chilli-style, of course!) -- and contemporary anthems like Queen’s “We Will Rock You”, “Clocks” by Coldplay, “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol, “Let Me Entertain You” by Robbie Williams, and a fantastic rock medley of “Deep Purple”, “Smoke on the Water”, and AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck”. It’s Bagpipes. It’s Rock. It’s Bagrock. AC/DC meets the poet Robert Burns. It’s The Red Hot Chilli Pipers -- an 9-piece ensemble consisting of pipers, guitarists, keyboards, and drummers -- who have been rocking the world from New York to Beijing to Melbourne and everywhere in between with musicianship of the highest order and a passion for pipes that will leave you breathless. The band has four music degrees from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and all the pipers and drummers have played at the top level in bagpiping.

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The Subdudes • SOPAC • 3.7.19
Mar
7
7:30 PM19:30

The Subdudes • SOPAC • 3.7.19

The Subdudes

Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 7:30PM at SOPAC

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Over the course of 25 years and ten albums, The Subdudes have quietly become one of America’s national music treasures.

The New Orleans-formed group is a living encapsulation of American music, a vibrant cauldron of sounds that stirs together meaty grooves and Jazzy dynamics, soulful R&B swagger, easy vocal harmonies, cheeky Rock ‘n Roll attitude and Folky social consciousness — not to mention some of the sharpest musicianship and ensemble playing you’ll ever hear from any five artists.

Led by singer/guitarist Tommy Malone and accordionist, John Magnie, The Subdudes draw most of their inspiration from the sounds of their native New Orleans, blending Blues, Gospel, Funk, and R&B with their own harmony vocals; their sound is also notable for the band’s substitution of a tambourine player, Steve Amedée,  for a drummer. Tim Cook on percussion, bass and vocals and Jimmy Messa round out the band on bass and guitar.

More than just a concert, the “dudes” leave you feeling like they’re having a party and you were lucky enough to be invited.

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Red Hot Chilli Pipers • SOPAC • 3.6.19
Mar
6
7:30 PM19:30

Red Hot Chilli Pipers • SOPAC • 3.6.19

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 7:30PM at SOPAC

Red Hot Chilli Pipers MWB Music Without Borders

Bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent and a show so hot it carries its own health warning. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers’ achievements have reached incredible heights with their groundbreaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and Rock/Pop anthems which they proudly call “Bag-Rock.”

Since they walked away with the top prize on UK primetime TV talent show, When Will I Be Famous in 2007, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers haven’t stopped for a breath, other than to inflate their bagpipes!

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers have never been more in demand for their infectious style of feel good music which appeals across all ages to people throughout the world. They have a pool of the very best musicians from Scotland and across the globe, many holding World Champion titles and all serious players with impressive credentials and qualifications.

Taking their signature “Bag-Rock” sound to the masses, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers have fast become a global phenomenon, rocking far-flung shores from Melbourne to Milwaukee and everywhere in between.

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers sound is a fusion of traditional pipe tunes and contemporary anthems – tracks from across their albums include the likes of “Clocks” by Coldplay, “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol, “Let Me Entertain You” by Robbie Williams, Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” a rock medley of Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water” and AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck.” Plus, “Flower of Scotland,” “Amazing Grace” and “The Hills of Argyll” get a look in too, Chilli style of course!

The band has released 6 studio albums as of 2016, of which their first, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, was the least successful. Their 2007 album Bag-Rock to the Masses went platinum in Scotland and silver in Great Britain. Their third album and first live album, Blast Live (2008), went triple platinum in Scotland. Their fourth release Music for the Kilted Generation, reached Number 2 on the US Amazon Chart and was only held off the top spot due to Adele’s record-breaking album, 21. Success has followed with every new album including Braveheart (2012)Breathe (2013), Live at the Lake (2014) and Octane (2016).

There has never been anything quite like the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. Wherever you are, you are sure to have felt the Chilli heat. Now, it’s time to come closer to the fire.

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The High Kings • SOPAC • 3.3.19
Mar
3
7:30 PM19:30

The High Kings • SOPAC • 3.3.19

The High Kings

Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 7:30PM at SOPAC

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The High Kings are four extraordinary Irish singers who celebrate the joy of traditional Celtic ballads and also bring to brilliant life their own original songs, making them a worldwide sensation. Charting a new course for traditional ballad music, the High Kings are marking a new era of Irish Folk music.

Ten years ago, four Irish singers, all performers and songwriters, decided to go where no other Irish ballad group had gone before. The heyday of ballad groups such as The Clancy Brothers and The Dubliners was a distant memory for generations of music fans, and to have another bunch of Irish lads continuing the tradition was great news to thousands of fans worldwide.

Their self-titled debut album, released in 2008, reached an impressive number two on Billboard Magazine’s World Music chart. It was during The High Kings second tour of the US in 2011, as they promoted their follow-up album Memory Lane that they realized their fanbase was growing into something no one had predicted. Subsequently, the group’s tour of Ireland sold out within hours.

The High Kings received accolades from the likes of legends Christy Moore and Ronnie Drew. They achieved what many thought impossible: they were moving the Irish ballad tradition into the modern era, bringing with them the steadfast older fans while bringing it to a new audience.

The group’s third studio album, Friends For Life (2013) featured original songs among the traditional fare. The development of original songwriting from each member of The High Kings continues apace, but balance must be maintained. The group’s fourth studio album, Grace & Glory, brought them back to the essentials that kick-started their career – traditional ballad songs with new arrangements.

2017 marks the band’s tenth anniversary. It was celebrated with a special compilation featuring a decade of outstanding songs and performances. The release of Decade-The Best of The High Kings garnered rave reviews and record sales with the band again topping the Irish Album Charts and returning to the Billboard World Music Charts.

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James Maddock • SOPAC • 2.28.19
Feb
28
7:30 PM19:30

James Maddock • SOPAC • 2.28.19

James Maddock

Monday, February 28, 2019 at 7:30PM

James Maddock MWB Music Without Borders

James Maddock has built his acclaimed legacy on conveying his songs and sentiments in the most direct possible way. In his latest album, The Green, he’s recorded the most eclectic, ­exhilaratingly soulful, and imaginatively produced album in his career. “This is my best album. It’s an upbeat record with really strong songs and a lot of surprises,” the British transplant reveals.

Since 1999, James Maddock’s boldly vulnerable songwriting, honeyed rasp, and distinct Folk and Americana aesthetic have garnered acclaim from icons, peers, and taste-making outlets like NPR, American SongwriterRelix magazine, and CMT EdgeRelix notes, “James Maddock possesses the kind of lived-in, craggy voice that would sound authoritative if he were singing the sports pages. Fortunately, he doesn’t need to do that because his compositional skills are a match for his delivery.”

His consistency as a recording artist and a captivating live performer have attracted a devoted fanbase He’s performed with Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nile, Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) and David Immergluck (Counting Crows), appeared on an album with Susan McKeown, and built a respected international profile through tireless touring from the Northeast U.S. to Europe to Australia.

Previous to his solo career, James Maddock was the front man for the Columbia Records band Wood where he was first introduced to a mainstream audience. The group’s debut album, Songs From Stamford Hill, was prominently featured in the hit television series Dawson’s Creek. In 2003, James Maddock relocated from England to New York, and, soon after, launched his solo career. His 2009 solo album Sunrise On Avenue C won a New York Music Award for “Best Americana Album,” while its follow-up, Wake Up And Dream, ranked among the top albums of 2011 in WFUV’s (NYC) Listener Poll.

The Green truly captures NPR’s accolade that “his timeless songwriting style, which seems to draw from great songwriters of every era, conveys quiet confidence and lovely intimacy.”

James Maddock is taking selections from The Green, as well as fan favorites from his back catalog, on the road. “I love how songs reveal themselves differently in the live setting,” James says. “I’m grateful I have such a large body of work and an audience to share a creative dialogue with. It’s all a luxury and just a really beautiful thing—I feel very lucky.”

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Pete Davidson • SOPAC • 2.25.19
Feb
25
to Feb 26

Pete Davidson • SOPAC • 2.25.19

Pete Davidson

Monday, February 25, 2019 at 9:45PM at SOPAC

Pete Davidson MWB Music Without Borders

Pete Davidson at SOPAC has been rescheduled to Monday, February 25, 2019 at 9:45PM. Current ticketholders can pick up their new tickets at will-call. If you have questions please reach out to the Box Office at (973) 313-2787 or boxoffice@sopacnow.org

Stand-up comedian Pete Davidson returns to Saturday Night Live for his fifth season. Davidson, 24, is the youngest member of the current cast, as well as the first SNL cast member to be born in the 1990s. Davidson shot his first one-hour stand up special for Comedy Central in 2016 and was named one of Forbes’ 2016 “30 Under 30.” He made headlines as one of the featured comedians on the 2015 Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber. Most recently, he can be seen in the Netflix comedy Set It Up, and his upcoming projects include Netflix’s Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt, the independent film Big Time Adolescence and Paramount Players’ What Men Want, set to be released in 2019. Davidson is from Staten Island, N.Y., and his birthday is November 16.

*** No cellphones, cameras or recording devices will be allowed. All phones, iPads/tablets and smart watches will be secured in Yondr pouches that will be unlocked at the end of the show. Upon arrival, all patrons will be asked to place their device in a lockable Yondr pouch. You will keep the pouch with you at all times and the pouches will be unlocked at the end of the show. It’s strongly recommended that all these items be left in your vehicle prior to entering the venue. If needed, you will be able to use your phone in a designated area in the lobby. Anyone caught with a cellphone in the venue will be ejected. We appreciate your cooperation in creating a phone-free viewing experience. For more information, please visit Yondr’s website – OVERYONDR.COM ***

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The Dirty Dozen Brass Band with special guest Cha Wa • Landmark on Main Street • 2.23.19
Feb
23
8:00 PM20:00

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band with special guest Cha Wa • Landmark on Main Street • 2.23.19

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band with special guest Cha Wa

Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 8PM at Landmark on Main Street

Cha Wa Dirty Dozen Brass Band Landmark on Main Street MWB Music Without Borders concert venue booking

It's party time!

Celebrating over 40 years since their founding in 1977, New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of genres including bebop jazz, funk and R&B/Soul.

This unique sound, described by the band as a 'musical gumbo,' has made the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world famous music machine whose name is synonymous with genrebending romps and high-octane performances.

New Orleans brass band-meets-Mardi Gras Indian band Cha Wa radiates the fiery energy of the best features of the city's street culture. Not that you need a firm understanding of Indian or brass band culture to feel the dance-ready vibrations of Cha Wa's new music. "It's dance music so I think people are attracted to it. Even if people have no idea what the history is, it's automatically infectious," they explain. 

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The Dirty Dozen Brass Band with special guest Cha Wa • SOPAC • 2.22.19
Feb
22
8:00 PM20:00

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band with special guest Cha Wa • SOPAC • 2.22.19

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band with special guest Cha Wa

Friday, February 22, 2019 at 8PM at SOPAC

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band with special guest Cha Wa MWB MUSIC WITHOUT BORDERS

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Celebrating over 40 years since their founding in 1977, New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul.

This unique sound, described by the band as a ‘musical gumbo,’ has allowed the Dirty Dozen to tour across 5 continents and more than 30 countries, record 12 studio albums and collaborate with a range of artists from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic to Norah Jones. Forty-plus years later, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world famous music machine whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances.

In 1977, The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in New Orleans began showcasing a traditional Crescent City brass band. It was a joining of two proud, but antiquated, traditions at the time: social and pleasure clubs dated back over a century to a time when black southerners could rarely afford life insurance, and the clubs would provide proper funeral arrangements. Brass bands, early predecessors of Jazz as we know it, would often follow the funeral procession playing somber dirges, then once the family of the deceased was out of earshot, burst into jubilant dance tunes as casual onlookers danced in the streets. By the late ’70s, few of either existed. The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club decided to assemble this group as a house band, and over the course of these early gigs, the seven-member ensemble adopted the venue’s name: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Cha Wa

From the funk-laced beats and bass-heavy sousaphone blasts that kick off their album Spyboy to the gritty warmth of singer J’Wan Boudreaux’s voice, New Orleans brass band-meets-Mardi Gras Indian outfit, Cha Wa radiates the fiery energy of the best features of the city’s street culture.

Dating back to the late 1800s, the Mardi Gras Indian tradition began when African-American men first marched in Native American dress through the streets of New Orleans on Mardi Gras day. The tradition, which includes a host of songs shared among the various tribes, has been kept alive for over a century and today is as vital as ever. Mardi Gras Indians have influenced the biggest names in New Orleans music: The Meters, Dr. John, the Marsalis family, the Neville Brothers, Trombone Shorty and others. The most prominent Mardi Gras Indian today is Monk Boudreaux and his grandson J’Wan Boudreaux, who is stepping up with Cha Wa to propel their culture forward.

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Janeane Garofalo • SOPAC • 2.15.19
Feb
15
8:00 PM20:00

Janeane Garofalo • SOPAC • 2.15.19

Janeane Garofalo

Friday, February 15, 2019 at 8:00PM at SOPAC

Janeane Garofalo Music Without Borders MWB

Actress and comedian Janeane Garofalo has been delighting audiences since she burst on the scene in 1992.

Janeane has had many memorable and critically acclaimed roles in films such as The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Wet Hot American Summer, Ratatouille, Steal This Movie, Reality Bites, Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion, Mystery Men, The Ten and The Cable Guy. Janeane also co-authored the best seller Feel This Book with Ben Stiller.

Janeane was a cast member of the Emmy Award-winning Ben Stiller Show and played the role of Paula, the acerbic talent booker, on The Larry Sanders Show, for which she received an Emmy nomination.

During the fall of ’94 she joined the cast of Saturday Night Live.

Some of Janeane’s other television work includes two specials for HBO, FOX’s 24 and Mad About You, and the final season of NBC’s The West Wing, where she played Democratic campaign strategist Louise Thornton.

In addition to acting in film and television, Janeane is an outspoken activist, spoken word performer and stand-up comedy entertainer known and respected around the world. She was instrumental in the successful launching of the first liberal radio network, Air America Radio, where she hosted her own talk show, The Majority Report. A lightning rod for controversy, Janeane’s well-informed opinions and unflinching honesty have inspired laughs, as well as striking a chord with the left, right and everyone in between.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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