SOUTH ORANGE – The South Orange Performing Arts Center has announced its summer schedule, which includes performers from popular children’s entertainer Dan Zanes to Mandy Patinkin (at SOPAC’s annual Spring Benefit) to alt-country band Son Volt.
SAT 5/11 AT 11:00AM – BARI KORAL FAMILY ROCK BAND
Dubbed the “IT” girl of kids/family music by New York Magazine, Bari Koral is quickly becoming one of the most popular kids/family recording artists on the scene today. Her catchy, pop friendly tunes, interactive live shows & heavy rotation radio play have gained her thousands of young (and not so young!) fans. The band’s hit album Rock and Roll Garden won the NAPPA Gold Award and Silver Parents’ Choice award as best album for tots. Her current album Anna and the Cupcakes features 10 wonderful new songs for children and families that range stylistically from roots pop-rockers to blues to country. Anna and the Cupcakes was recently named one of the coolest albums for kids by People Magazine.
SAT 5/11 AT 8:00PM – STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES (Opening Act: The Mastersons) **SOLD OUT**
Tickets: $65, $50, $42
Steve Earle tours with his band The Dukes in support of his new album The Low Highway. In 1986, his debut album Guitar Town, shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term “New Country.” What followed was an extremely exciting and varied array of releases including the biting hard rock of Copperhead Road (1988), the minimalist beauty of Train A Comin’ (1995), the politically charged masterpiece, Jerusalem (2002) and the Grammy Award Winning albums The Revolution Starts…Now (2004), Washington Square Serenade (2007) and Townes (2009). I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive (2011) was Steve Earle’s 14th Studio Album and shares the same name with his 2011 debut novel.
SUN 5/12 AT 2:00PM + 6:00PM – GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS
Tickets: $30, $40
The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 27 centuries ago. They blend lavish costumes, award-winning acrobatics, and traditional dance together with a hint of ancient and contemporary theater to create a spectacular performance for all ages.
FRI 5/17 AT 8:00PM – LUSTIG DANCE THEATRE
Lustig Dance Theatre continues its 2013 season with the performance of “Shake Down the Stars” – ten dancers, four inspiring works! The critically acclaimed contemporary ballet company will offer three brand new works and a revival of Artistic Director Graham Lustig’s “Infinitum”, based on Parce Mihi Dominea from the Book of Job. The highlight of the evening will be Lustig’s “Shake Down the Stars,” danced to a selection of iconic jazz ballads performed live by a jazz quintet. Lustig has created the work especially to fit the organization’s season-long focus on jazz. The ten-member company will also present “Oblivion”, a collection of passionate tangos, and “North Star”, a lyrical duet to music by Philip Glass’s Etoile Polaire.
SAT 5/18 AT 7:00PM – YOUTH ORCHESTRAS OF ESSEX COUNTY
Youth Orchestras of Essex County is the longest-operating youth orchestra in New Jersey formed in 1956. We are three orchestras, five ensembles, more than 100 musicians from a dozen towns, led by eight outstanding conductors and coaches, making beautiful classical music.
The orchestras aim to provide a diverse group of musically talented young people the opportunity to participate in an affordable, high-level orchestra experience and cultivate a lifelong love of music. Musicians (ages 8 to 18) can participate in four different groups: the Essex County Symphony Orchestra, the Junior Symphony Orchestra, Overture Strings and Chamber Ensembles.
SUN 5/19 AT 7:00PM – MIDTOWN DIRECT REP IN THE LOFT – IMAGINARY LOVE by Kait Kerrigan
Tickets: $15 Cover, Cash Bar, No Minimum
Join Midtown Direct Rep in developing new and innovative American theatre. Following on the heels of MDR’s successful development of Rated P (for parenthood), MDR’s new program, “Midtown Direct Rep in the Loft,” aims to do the same for other previously unseen material.
MDR will now be presenting monthly readings or workshops of new plays and musicals one Sunday night a month at 7PM in the SOPAC loft. With a cash bar and post show discussions with our casts and creative teams, MDR will foster a fun and collaborative environment to nurture the development of top notch theatre right here at home.
Tonight’s program – Imaginary Love by Kait Kerrigan and Directed by Danny Goldstein
Kara and Lyle begin to question what love is when their friendship-turned-relationship of nearly 25 years ends. Now in new relationships, they are unable to let their vivid memories of childlike romance go. For the first time in their lives, they are forced, in both dreams and reality, to confront the question of what love is, and more, what purpose it serves.
FRI 5/31 AT 8:00PM – TOOTS & MAYTALS (Opening Act: Quincy Mumford)
Tickets: $38, $42, $50
Grammy nominated Toots Hibbert is one of the great voices of Jamaica; a legend whose career spans every development in Jamaican music, from ska through rock-steady to reggae. Toots and the Maytals have helped to chart the course of Jamaican music with unrivaled delivery and dynamism, setting new standards of excellence, and becoming the most enduring of all Jamaica’s groups. The combination of great reggae rhythms, heartfelt vocals, and soulful gospel influence remains potent and powerful—probably the most cohesive mix of reggae and soul music ever, and still going strong. Opening for Toots & Maytals is NJ-based 21-year old singer/songwriter Quincy Mumford. “Mumford is able to channel iconoclastic influences like Ben Harper and the Grateful Dead yet avoid overt mimicry.” – Tony Sclafani, MSNBC’S “Top of the Pops!”
SUN 6/16 AT 7:00PM – THE RICHIE FURAY BAND
Rock, Folk, Country
Tickets: $45, $62, $85
Nancy and David Fine Jewels Presents A Special Tribute to Pete Fornatale Featuring The Richie Furay Band & An Exclusive Appearance By Paul Cotton
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Richie Furay has been a pioneering force in rock and country music. A founding member of Buffalo Springfield, Poco and SHF, he was an innovator of new musical forms, a great songwriter and, last and definitely not least, some of Rock and Roll’s best vocals.
Richie Furay formed Buffalo Springfield in 1967 with best friends Stephen Stills and Neil Young. Buffalo Springfield’s debut album included the hit single “For What It’s Worth” including Furay’s unmistakable voice for most of the record. About their reunion tour in 2011, USA Today wrote, “(Stephen) Stills’ high lonesome voice anchored “Rock & Roll Woman”, while (Neil) Young’s distinctive cry lit up “Burned”. But Richie Furay, who stood center stage, reminded everyone he was the linchpin, his plaintive tone painting songs such as “Kind Woman”, “Do I Have to Come Right Out and Say It” and “Sad Memory” with a soulful brush that had women in the largely Baby Boomer crowd doe-eyed.”
After Buffalo Springfield disbanded, Furay formed Poco, one of the first “country-rock” bands with Jim Messina. Poco’s unique sound set the stages for bands like The Eagles as well as the “rock” music that now dominates the modern country music market of the 21st Century.
Rock historian and New York FM radio legend Pete Fornatale suddenly passed away last year. Fornatale was one of Furay’s biggest supporters playing his music frequently on the radio for more than 4 decades and writing the liner notes in several albums. Fornatale said in a prior statement in 2012, “There are only a handful of performers that started out in the 60’s who are still at the top of their game. Richie Furay heads the list.”
Paul is a prolific songwriter, lead guitarist and, as a member of Poco for 40 years, is known for his famous hits “Heart of the Night”, “Bad Weather”, “Indian Summer” and many more.
TUE 6/18 AT 7:30PM – SON VOLT
Tickets: $25 – $35
Alt-country pioneers Son Volt return to the road in support of their new album Honky Tonk (Round Records, March 13, 2013). From his earliest recordings in the 1990s as a founding member of Uncle Tupelo, Jay Farrar has been a keen observer of the American landscape: its beauties and its tragedies, salvations and poisons. It’s a perspective that’s been hard-won by steady touring and travel through this nation, and Farrar’s almost two-decades as the leader of Son Volt (as well as impressive turns as an acclaimed solo artist and collaborator) have only deepened and sharpened his gift for capturing the sights and sounds of his American journey – a gift which is in evidence once again on Honky Tonk. Farrar sees Honky Tonk as a record moving forward on the path toward a more acoustic-based music that Son Volt took on its last record, 2009’s American Central Dust (also on Rounder).
FRI 6/21 AT 8:00PM – GET THE LED OUT
Tickets: $35, $40, $50
From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the big concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six accomplished musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin’s studio recordings with all the bells and whistles. Utilizing the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, Get The Led Out re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed live.
SAT 6/22 AT 8:00PM – MANDY PATINKIN: DRESS CASUAL
A CONCERT TO BENEFIT SOPAC
Concert & Reception
$200 ($195 SOPAC Members)
Includes Premium Orchestra Seat and Access to Post-Performance Reception
$150 ($145 SOPAC Members)
Includes Orchestra Seat and Access to Post-Performance Reception
$80 ($75 SOPAC Members) Orchestra Seat
$68 ($63 SOPAC Members) Mezzanine Seat
“The greatest entertainer on Broadway today – period.” – The New York Post
“Can turn an evening in the theater into an explosion of unbridled laughter and musical revelation!”- Chicago Sun-Times
Celebrating its 7th consecutive season, SOPAC hosts its Annual Spring Benefit in a one-night only performance by TONY-winning Mandy Patinkin. Hundreds of community residents, leaders and businesses gather every year to help support SOPAC at this highly anticipated annual event. Before he was an Emmy-winning TV star, Mandy Patinkin was already a Broadway legend. Mandy Patinkin: Dress Casual presents the acclaimed actor/singer/storyteller in his most electrifying role: concert performer. “Mandy Patinkin is in the business of showstopping,” raves The New Yorker, and that’s exactly what he does in this powerful, passionate evening of popular song. From Irving Berlin to Stephen Sondheim, from Cole Porter to Harry Chapin, Mandy Patinkin takes you on a dazzling musical journey you’ll never forget.
SAT 6/29 AT 11:00AM – DAN ZANES & FRIENDS
Kids, Family, Music
Tickets: Adults $28, $32, $38. Kids 12 and Under $21, $25, $31
Grammy winner Dan Zanes performs exuberant, handmade 21st century social music for enthusiastic crowds of kids and kid sympathizers. For more than a decade, he has toured around the world sharing his music at renowned venues near and far, including Carnegie Hall and the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Dan Zanes occupies a unique place in American music where sea shanties, English music hall, North American and West Indian folk music, Mexican Son Jarocho, the spirit of early rock-and-roll and soulful originals collide.
EVERY WED 7/10 – 8/7 AT 7:00PM– CONCERTS IN THE PARK
Celebrating its 21st season, the highly anticipated 2013 Free Concerts in the Park Series returns this summer at Flood’s Hill in Meadowland Park, South Orange.
For five consecutive Wednesday nights starting July 10th, some of today’s top performers will present free outdoor concerts ranging from blues, pop, and reggae to salsa and rock n’ roll. This year’s program is co-presented by the Village of South Orange and SOPAC. Artists TBA.
FRI 8/2 AT 8:00PM – BETH ORTON
Ticket Prices: $32, $39, $50
“The new queen of British folk” – The Daily News
Beth Orton’s latest album, Sugaring Season, has received rave reviews around the globe and was featured on many 2012 Best of Lists. Beth is a BRIT Award–winning English singer-songwriter.
Known for her “folktronica” sound, which mixes elements of folk and electronica, she was initially recognized for her collaborations with William Orbit and the Chemical Brothers in the mid 1990s. Several films (Vanilla Sky, Blue Crush, Monster) and television programs (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Deal,” “Charmed,” “The Unit,” “Six Feet Under”) have featured her music, and provided her with exposure to an American mainstream audience.
NOW through 7/31 — HERB & MILLY IRIS GALLERY: PRIMAL CONVERGENCE
Featuring paintings, drawings and constructs by three NJ-based artists – the collaborative team of Gerard Amsellem & Mikel Frank, and Dan Fenelon, SOPAC’s rotating art exhibit is curated by Micha Hamilton of GAS Gallery And Studio. The artwork on exhibit is for sale with partial proceeds supporting SOPAC.
Invoking the tribal, the transcendental and the mythic, Primal Convergence is a collection of paintings, drawings, collages, constructs and sculptures. The large expressionist collage/paintings of Amsellem & Frank manifest as multi-paneled works combining the power of action painting with a nod to Japanese Shoji screens and Renaissance altarpieces. At the same time, the figurative paintings, constructs and sculptures of Fenelon are iconographic and totemic, and are evocative of talismanic and fetishistic art often associated with shamanic practices of archaic and indigenous cultures.
South Orange Performing Arts Center is located at One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ, 07079. All artists and prices are subject to change at the time of this release. For more details on the upcoming season, including a complete schedule and ticket information, visit SOPACnow.org, or contact the SOPAC Box Office at 973.313.2787 (ARTS)
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