Top 12 NJ Arts Events of the Week: Rock, Ribs and Ridges, Bruce Springsteen, more
Here’s a look at the arts events happening across the state, through June 30.
• the Rock, Ribs & Ridges Festival will take place at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, June 25-27. As the title of the festival suggests, both music (most of which has a southern rock flavor) and grilled meats will be in the spotlight. There will also be camping for the night. The “Ridges” refer to the picturesque location of the festival.
Performers will include the Allman Betts Band and the Screamin ‘Eagle Band on June 25; Blackberry Smoke, The Pat Travers Band, The Weight Band, Jessica Lynn and The Matt Coffy Band, June 26; and The Artimus Pyle Band, Outlaws, Molly Hatchet and Blackfoot, June 27.
The Allman Betts Band includes Devon Allman, Duane Betts and Berry Duane Oakley (sons of Allman Brothers Band members Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts and Berry Oakley Jr., respectively) as well as John Ginty of New Jersey, on organ, and others.
• Bruce Springsteen will be back on Broadway this weekend, performing “Springsteen on Broadway”, again, at the St. James Theater. It will be the first Broadway theater to reopen after the pandemic shuts them all down. The shows are scheduled to run from June 26 to September 4. Tony’s award-winning Night of Songs and Stories was originally held from October 2017 to December 2018 at the Walter Kerr Theater, which is significantly smaller than the St. James. (Her capacity is 975, while the St. James’ is 1710). Springsteen said he doesn’t expect to make any major changes to the series.
• The Generations of Jazz Trio (with Leonieke Scheuble, 19, on keyboards; her 58-year-old father Nick Scheuble on drums; and 93-year-old bassist Bill Crow) will perform at this month’s edition of New Jersey Jazz Society Virtual Social Network, June 26 at 7 p.m. The performance will be streamed for free on the New Jersey Jazz Society website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.
• This summer’s free outdoor concert series at the Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center in Weehawken (with the New York skyline as a backdrop) begins with the singer-songwriter Celisse, June 30 at 7 pm She will be followed by flamenco guitarist Pedro Cortes, July 28; Latin jazz and salsa artist Samuel Torres on August 18; “An Evening of Broadway: The Music of Stephen Sondheim,” August 25; and the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company on September 10.
• Red Bank’s Two River Theater will kick off its summer season with performances in its outdoor plaza by Joe Iconis and Lauren Marcus, June 25-27 and July 1-4. Iconis wrote the music and lyrics for “Be More Chill” and the music, lyrics and book for “Love in Hate Nation”; both musicals premiered at the Two River Theater. Marcus appeared in both productions, as well as in “Be More Chill” when it aired on Broadway, and is also an experienced singer-songwriter. Iconis and Marcus will have guests at each show, including, on June 25 and 26, “Be More Chill” star George Salazar.
• Pianist Daniil Trifonov will begin his one-year tenure as Artist in Residence of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra with a performance with the orchestra of Shostakovich’s first piano concerto in a film, “Emerging part 3” which will be available for free on the NJSO’s website and its YouTube page, starting June 30 at 7:30 p.m., NJSO Music Director Zian Zhang will conduct, and trumpeter Anderson Romero will also be featured. According to the orchestra, the film will include an NJSO interpretation of Beethoven’s Symphony No.4, and the music will be enhanced by “images inspired and filmed in New Jersey … extending to Cape May, with an emphasis on nature. and wildlife. . “
• The Asbury Park Music Foundation, which is involved in a variety of local educational and cultural initiatives, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a performance by Bobby Bandiera’s time machine, playing songs from the past four decades, June 26 at 7 p.m. outdoors at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. Requests for songs can be made for a donation of $ 250 to the APMF.
• Cape May Stage, closed for over a year due to pandemic, will reopen with solo piece “Anne”, June 29-30, July 1-3, August 6-11, 13-18, 20-25 and 27-31 and August 1, 3-8, 10-15 and 17-22. Written by Holland Taylor and starring Kate McCauley Hathaway, “Ann” is a portrayal of the late Ann Richards, the outspoken politician who served as governor of Texas from 1991 to 1995.
• The Vanguard Theater Company in Montclair will premiere “Walk in my gravity” (see the trailer below), June 26 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and June 27 at 4 p.m. This is a cycle of songs written as part of Vanguard’s VTC Next program; according to a press release, the young songwriters and lyricists of the song cycle “have dug deep into the issues that weigh them down and also raised them to connect with each other.”
• American Theater Group to present free concert version of songs from musical “The Bridges of Madison County,” June 25-26 at 8 p.m. at the Pleasant Valley Park Amphitheater in Basking Ridge. The June 26 performance will also be streamed; visit atg.booktix.com.
• Montclair Film Under the Stars 12th Annual Free Summer Series to begin in 1995 “To Wong Foo, thank you for everything! Julie Newmar ”, June 26 at Lackawanna Plaza. The film is presented in association with Out Montclair and will be preceded by a Drag Queen Bingo evening, hosted by Harmonica Sunbeam, starting at 7 a.m. The film will begin at sunset.
The series will also feature “Shrek” on July 17 at Brookdale Park and “Dirty Dancing” on August 21 at Anderson Park.
• “This is me: letters from the front line” (see the trailer below), a film starring Diavolo | Architecture in Motion, will be screened online by the Berrie Center at Ramapo College in Mahwah from June 24 at 10:00 a.m. until June 30 at 10:00 p.m. Diavolo is a veteran Los Angeles-based dance troupe that made it to the final of the TV show “America’s Got Talent” in 2017. According to the Berrie Center website, the film “explores how the current climate of isolation has brought us to life. encouraged to look inside (and) follow the paths of military veterans and first responders as they share what it means to be a true warrior – to be on the front lines – and to fight the invisible enemy that all humanity is currently fighting.
The screening is free; register at ramapo.edu/berriecenter.
• The New Jersey Storytelling Guild will present the New Jersey Historical Storytelling Festival, June 26 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the grounds of the East Jersey Old Town Village in Piscataway.
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