NJPAC kicks off two free summer concert series this week

Glocally Newark: Brick City’s Summer Sounds

Here’s your reminder, when you head out your door to go to work on Thursdays, don’t forget to grab a change of clothes because Sounds of the City (SOC), NJPAC’s free, after work, concert and dance party series starts July 5. Since its inception, this has been one of the highlights of summer in Brick City.

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center is a happening place this summer. In addition to hosting NBC’s America’s Got Talent broadcast, they’ve also kicked off their outdoor concert series, Sounds of the City. (Check out the crowd from this evening’s concert.)

NJPAC will also kick off another (!) free concert series, Friday Night Live. Click through to get details on performers and dates.

Metallica’s coming to Newark

Metallica to Play Pru
Looks like Pru, with its city sponsorship, access to major highways, and link to the rails through Penn Station might just be a good deal more successful than that Izod thing in the swamp.

It will be the biggest heavy-metal tour of the Fall/Winter season, and it’s coming to Newark. The Prudential Center has booked Metallica for a Jan. 31 concert.

Street musicians’ siren song draws crowds in Newark Performers jazz up the city sidewalks for pedestrians

Street musicians’ siren song draws crowds in Newark Performers jazz up the city sidewalks for pedestrians
There’s been a street saxophonist who plays on the Ironbound side of Penn Station at the corners of Market and Ferry (not sure if he’s supported by the city). It’s great to walk through the city and see such talent on its street corners.

Street performances liven up the city and introduce beauty into the daily grind. Tip them well, and do make sure you listen.

The medley of street music is part of an effort to liven up the city and seduce office workers from their cubicles at the sprawling Gateway office complex during lunchtime. The street performers will play every Wednesday afternoon on Beaver Street until the end of October.

“We were trying to create a New York-type vibe to have the people walk into the streets,” said An thony McMillan, executive director of the Newark Downtown District. “The slew of people who come into the Gateway who never come out. We want to encourage people to leave their offices.”

The Newark Downtown District, an organization that represents corporations downtown, teamed up with the Newark Alliance, a nonprofit group focused on development, to sponsor the street musicians. So far, organizers said it is hard to tell whether the musicians — a violinist, guitarist, percussionist and saxophonist — are drawing more people to the streets.

Sounds of the City: Jul 17

Also Tonight: Sounds of the City
Decisions, decisions: go to the North ward for the Jazzmobile, or NJPAC for crossover jaz, blues, and an African ensemble? NJPAC will continue with its Sounds of the City series in it’s outdoor Theater Square. Performances start (along with free food and a marketplace) at 5:45 PM.

Chase Sounds of the City
with Malika Zarra, Lil’ Bastad, and Kakande Denunya

FREE music performances in NJPAC’s Theater Square! This week’s artists include DJ Adam Cruz; Moroccan-born, Jersey City-based singer-composer Malika Zarra, a self-described “multi-cultural shape-shifter” who finds common ground in such uncommon places as Arabic working-class blues, religious trance music, and American jazz; Lil’ Bastad, a blues-based band comprised of five expert musicians who share a passion for old-fashioned funk and traditional rhythm-and-blues; and Kakande Denunya (pictured), a high-voltage, ten-member African music ensemble led by master balafonist Famoro Dioubaté.

Performances begin at 5:45pm and end at 9:45pm.

The Jazzmobile comes to Newark

The Jazzmobile comes to Newark
What better way to spend a hot summer evening than packing a picnic basket, grabbing a lawn chair and heading to the park for some free, public music? The Jazzmobile continues its summer series in the city tonight at Monteith Avenue, between 6th and 7th Streets in the North Ward.

Jazzmobile is known for its free summer mobile concerts across New York City’s five boroughs. May saw first-hand how the music changed the lives of the youngsters it touched in these summer concerts. Concerned about the shootings in Newark, May pushed for a Jazzmobile series there.

Although May passed away suddenly in January of this year, his dream continues. Jazzmobile, his widow, Lee May, the Rev. Bill Howard (senior pastor of Bethany Church) and the City of Newark have joined forces to present ten concerts this summer in Newark. Latin jazz great Ray Mantilla, the Winard Harper Quintet, the Houston Person Quartet, Barry Harris, the Earl May Legacy Band, Antoinette Montague, the Lyle Atkinson Quintet and the John Lee Quintet will be some of the performers for the concert series, which runs through August 27.

Read the full press release after the jump.

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Jazz in the garden returns to Newark

Jazz in the garden returns to Newark
Got some time to get away during lunch? Check out the Newark Museum Jazz in the Garden summer concert today, featuring Houston Person. Admission: $3 at the door, starting at 12:15 PM. Grab a sandwich at Subway up on University Ave. and check it out.

Dubbed by blues maestro Bob Porter as “the natural heir to the Boss Tenor crown worn so long and so well be Gene Ammons,” Person built his reputation as a leader with a series of soulful recordings for Prestige in the 1960s. However, he was often upstaged by Etta Jones, with whom he held a legendary 30-year partnership that lasted until Jones’ death in 2001. After years as producer and house tenor for High Note Records, Person, is recognized today as a master of popular songs.

Today: Sounds of the City Free Concert at NJPAC

NJPAC will continue with its series of free outdoor concerts this summer, starting today at 5:45 PM. The “genre-bending” concert series features everything from jazz to hip hop to salsa to gospel, and are held in the performing arts center courtyard.
Tonight’s acts include:



Food and drink will also be available as well as a vendor marketplace. Here’s some history from the press release:

Created in October 1998, this free after-work music series was the brainchild of a group of Newark residents, musicians, students and NJPAC staff, whose purpose it was to help fulfill the Arts Center’s mission to be a place of access and involvement for local artists and audiences. “We have extended the great success of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center beyond its front doors,” said Evan White and Verushka Wray-Spirito, co-Producers of the series.

For more details, read the full release (PDF).

Huliq: Newark Museum Presents Master Classes

Newark Museum Presents Master Classes
Fantastic opportunity for young musicians to work one-on-one with jazz artists at the Newark Museum.

The Newark Museum and WBGO-Jazz 88 will offer free master classes for aspiring jazz musicians, age 13 and older, on June 19 with saxophonist David Murray and July 17 with percussionist Bobby Sanabria, following their performances at The Museum’s Jazz in the Garden Summer Concert Series performances. The free classes are supported, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Now in its 43rd year, the highly popular Jazz in the Garden summer concerts in the Museum’s Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden, are presented weekly, on Thursdays, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., beginning June 19 through August 7.

According to Sheila Anderson, producer of The Newark Museum’s Jazz in the Garden Summer Concert series, and author of two jazz-related books, the hourlong masters classes will provide students an opportunity to enter into a dialogue with the artists. During the sessions, the featured musicians will demonstrate aspects of their jazz expertise, share career tips and engage in a Q&A.. “This is an extraordinary opportunity that will give up-and-coming musicians the chance to get real-life direction that they wouldn’t get from just studying music,” Anderson said.

Justice OutLOUD performance

Dear Friends,
We’re excited to bring you the latest updates on the Race Still Matters Conference happening Saturday, October 20th at Essex County College – Newark, NJ. You can register at www.racestillmatters.org.

Our introductory speaker, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill of Temple University and empowering morning workshops will explore the many reasons why Race Still Matters . The afternoon will bring a keynote address by renowned author and activist, Asha Bandele, and a critical panel discussion “To Snitch or Not to Snitch: The Historical, Social and Political Significance of Informants in New Jersey.”

Following the conference, don’t miss:

Justice OutLOUD, a show case of the inspirational talent of visual and performing artists dedicated to the cause of racial equality. Location: Gallery Aferro – 73 Market St., Newark – www.aferro.org

Pre-register now to join the vast community of New Jerseyans working to make the dream of liberty and justice for ALL a reality.

Spread the word!

Super Summer Gospel Bash at JFK Recreation Center

From City Hall today:

Mayor Cory A. Booker today announced that Newark gospel group Slll & the Truth will headline the “Super Summer Gospel Bash” at the John F. Kennedy Recreation Center, on Saturday, September 8, at 5 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

Slll & The Truth, founded by George Sykes III in 2001, combines staccato-infused harmonies with soul-stirring vocals, blending New Age Funk and R&B. They won the McDonald’s 2007 Gospel Fest, and have released two CDs.

Also scheduled to perform will be Deneen Jones (traditional gospel); Vessels of Triumph (praise dancers); SuSu Bobien (contemporary gospel); GL Douglas (clean family comedy); Bro. Haz (gospel rapper); and Azamar of Agape Family Worship Center (family gospel).

“Super Summer Gospel Bash celebrates timeless values and Newark’s rich heritage as a center of gospel music. Slll & The Truth and the other performers are adding new pages to that history,” said Mayor Booker. “We will hear music and words of empowerment, hope and praise, enjoy laughter and dance, and build bridges between people and communities as we continue to transform Newark during our Super Summer.”

The event is sponsored by the City. The Kennedy Center is located at 211 West Kinney Street, with the entrance on Howard Street. No tickets are necessary.

For further information on the event, contact Donnell Redding, the Program Coordinator, at (973) 733-6454.