Music and Theater: 2018

Rich and varied, music in Northwest New Jersey is just the ticket for evenings that end on high notes. Your musical destination is never very far away and often the price can't be beat.


Saturday, October 27 • THE NATURE OF FORGETTING. The story of a middle aged father struggling with the early stages of dementia. A journey of shining humanity, and a celebration of a life well lived. The Theatre at RVCC, North Branch • 908/725-3420


Sunday, October 28 • WARREN VACHE QUINTET. Sometimes narrowly classified as a swing musician, the cornetist regularly defies this or other labels. Vaché has listened to and absorbed all styles of music. His trumpet heroes include Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge, Bobby Hackett, Fats Navarro, Tom Harrell and Ruby Braff among others. Jazz at Rutherfurd Hall, Allamuchy • 908/852-1894 x338


Thursday, November 1 • VELVET CARAVAN. Rooted in the gypsy jazz/swing and Latin swing styles, this high-energy, acoustic-based quintet of guitar, violin, standup bass, percussion and keyboards has emerged as one of the shining lights of Savannah’s burgeoning music scene. The Theatre at RVCC, North Branch • 908/725-3420


Saturday, November 3 • THE HEIMAT QUARTET IN RECITAL. All avid chamber musicians, each player brings a wide array of experience and renewed energy to both the music and the group. Roy’s Hall, Blairstown • 908/362-1399


Saturday, November 3 • NJ BALLET: ROMEO AND JULIET & MACBETH. For more than half a century, New Jersey Ballet has thrilled audiences from Bergen to Cape May with top quality professional ballet and has given hundreds of thousands of adults and children their first introduction to ballet and inspired in many a lifelong love of the arts.  Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown • 908/979-0900


Saturday, November 3 • SOUL OF AMERICA. A power punch-packed performance of the greatest soul hits ever written, played by the people who helped make them famous and unforgettable to this day. The Theatre at RVCC, North Branch • 908/725-3420


Sunday, November 4 • NJ BALLET: SLEEPING BEAUTY. This production is the full-length classical ballet that has drawn people to ballet for more than 100 years. Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown • 908/979-0900


Tuesday, November 6 • THE WOOD BROTHERS. Roots music trio brings a distinctive flair to their union of folk, blues, gospel, and jazz. Nicole Atkins opens Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown • 973/539-8008


Friday, November 9-18 • APPLES IN WINTER. The play by Jennifer Fawcett is produced at Centenary Stage Company as a part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown • 908/979-0900


Friday, November 9-18 • BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR. This memory play is the celebrated story of the World War I flying ace, credited with 72 victories and billed as the top pilot in the British Empire. Morris Museum Bickford Theater, Morristown • 973/971-3700


Monday, November 12 • BICKFORD BENEFIT ALL-STARS. The annual benefit concert continues with band leader, Dan Levinson, assembling an evening of Jazz All-Stars Morris Museum Bickford Theater, Morristown • 973/971-3700


Tuesday, November 13 • SEEGER. America’s beloved folksinger/activist is brilliantly brought to life in this mesmerizing solo show. The Theatre at RVCC, North Branch • 908/725-3420


Friday, November 16 • RENAISSANCE. Annie Haslam’s still there. The Newton Theatre, Newton • 973/383-3700


Saturday, November 17 • CSN SONGS. Celebrating the music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: an evening of music in support of community revitalization and programs addressing substance addiction. Limited number of VIP tickets, which include 6pm dinner at Gourmet Gallery plus premium concert seating, are available for $125 through blairstownbec@gmail.com. Blairstown Enhancement Committee, Blairstown • 908/362-1399


Saturday, November 17 • BALLET FOLKLORICO DE MEXICO. Mexico’s most revered traditional dance company. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown • 973/539-8008


Sunday, November 18 • THE WATER GAP JAZZ ORCHESTRA PRESENTS THE MUSIC OF PHIL WOODS. Director, Matt Vashlishan, was part of the Phil Woods Big Band and has taken the reign to continue Phil’s legacy with The Water Gap Jazz Orchestra. Matt has had the fortune of sharing the stage with musicians such as Phil Woods, Ian Froman, Bill Goodwin, Phil Markowitz ,John Hart, Marko Marcinko, Steve Miller, Bruce Hornsby, Chuck Bergeron, Gary Campbell and many others. Jazz at Rutherfurd Hall, Allamuchy • 908/852-1894 x338


Sunday, November 18 • SONGS OF THE GAELS HARP. Concert with James Ruff Farmstead Arts, Basking Ridge • 908/636-7576


Sunday, November 25 • A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS. Everyone's favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new touring production live on stage. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown • 802/255-1826


Saturday, December 1 • PETER KARP AND THE ROADSHOW. Roy’s Hall, Blairstown • 908/362-1399


Saturday, December 1 • A JOYFUL CHRISTMAS. Word-renowned violinist Eileen Ivers and her band joyfully perform a program of American and Irish songs, original tunes and holiday favorites. The Theatre at RVCC, North Branch • 908/725-3420


Saturday, December 1-9 • GODSPELL. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus' life dances across the stage. Country Gate Players, Belvidere • 908/475-1104


Friday, December 7 • THE GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER. Moscow Ballet’s spectacular scenic design, gorgeous costumes and the exquisite artistry of 40 top Russian dances have made The Great Russian Nutcracker an American holiday tradition not to be missed. The Theatre at RVCC, North Branch • 908/725-3420


Sunday, December 9 • HOUSTON PERSON WITH THE DAVE LEONHARDT TRIO. As eclectic as he is talented, Person has recorded everything from disco and gospel to pop and r&b, in addition to his trademark, soulful hard bop. David Leonhardt is a veteran jazz pianist with over 45 years of professional experience. Jazz at Rutherfurd Hall, Allamuchy • 908/852-1894 x338


Sunday, December 9 • GLEN MILLER ORCHESTRA. The Newton Theatre, Newton • 973/383-3700


Friday, December 14-16 • THE NUTCRACKER. New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet. Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown • 908/979-0900


Saturday, January 12 • MICHAEL DAVIS AND THE NEW WONDER. Classic jazz from the 1920s and 30s, authentically performed by a New York group inspired by Bix Beiderbecke, Red Nichols, and the California Ramblers opens January Music Fest 2019. Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown • 908/979-0900


Sunday, January 20 • HARRY JAMES ORCHESTRA. January Music Fest. Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown • 908/979-0900


Saturday, January 26 • MICHAEL CLEVELAND AND FLAMEKEEPER. January Music Fest presents one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation with his band delivering some of the most powerful, exciting and authentic bluegrass you can find! Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown • 908/979-0900


Saturday, February 9 • MARTHA REDBONE ROOTS PROJECT. Miss Redbone's music flows equally from her own unique, award-winning blend of Native American elements with funk and her deep roots in Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues. Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown • 908/979-0900


Monday, March 11 • BIX BEIDERBECKE BIRTHDAY BASH. Morris Museum Bickford Theater, Morristown • 973/971-3700

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