Top 15 NJ Art Events of the Week: Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp, New Jersey Symphony, ProgStock, and More


From left, Rhonda Smith, Jeff Beck, Johnny Depp and Anika Nilles performed at The Anthem in Washington, DC on October 4, and will be at Red Bank on October 10 and 11.

Here’s a roundup of arts events happening across the state, through October 13.


Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp will perform at the Count Basie Center for the Arts at Red Bank, October 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. Twice Rock and Roll Hall and Famer Beck (inducted both as a member of the Yardbirds and as a solo artist) recently released a collaborative album with Depp titled 18, which included original songs and covers of material by The Beach Boys (“Caroline, No”), John Lennon (“Isolation”), The Velvet Underground (“Venus in Furs”) and others. Depp provided vocal, guitar, bass, drums and keyboard contributions to the album. He would join Beck and Beck’s band for some but not all numbers at those shows.



The New Jersey Symphony will kick off its 2022-23 season with concerts at NJPAC’s Prudential Hall in Newark on Oct. 7 at 8 p.m.; the Count Basie Center for the Arts at Red Bank, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m.; and the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. NJS Music Director Xian Zhang will conduct, and Yefim Bronfman will be featured on Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The program will also include Aaron Copland’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Appalachian Spring Sequel and Jessie Montgomery Banner, and the members of Nimbus Dance will dance to Appalachian Spring Suite (only in Newark and Morristown).

Progstock, an annual event that was founded in 2017 and bills itself as “the Northeast’s only international progressive rock festival,” takes place at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway from October 7-9. Performers include Stick Men (featuring King Crimson’s Pat Mastelotto and Tony Levin, and Markus Reuter), The Zappa Band (featuring former Frank Zappa collaborators including Ray White and Mike Keneally), Pattern-Seeking Animals, Beledo & His Friends, Evership, Rachel Flowers, Yes tribute band Total Mass Retain and others. There will also be meet-all-artists sessions, jam sessions, pumpkin carving and other activities.

Speaking of Yes … the prog-rock giants themselves will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their near the edge album with a tour that will take place at the State Theater in New Brunswick on October 9 at 7:30 p.m. and at BergenPAC in Englewood on November 17 at 8 p.m. The band’s lineup currently includes guitarists Steve Howe, vocalist and guitarist Jon Davison, keyboardist Geoff Downes, bassist Billy Sherwood and drummer Jay Schellen. Longtime Yes drummer Alan White died in May; Schellen has worked with Yes on several occasions since 2016, replacing White or joining the band as second drummer.

near the edge is widely regarded as one of Yes’ greatest albums, featuring three epics: ‘And You and I’ and ‘Siberian Khatru’, in addition to the title track. Howe was then in the band, alongside bassist Chris Squire (who died in 2015), vocalist Jon Anderson, keyboardist Rick Wakeman and drummer Bill Bruford.

The Gaslight Anthem (left to right, Benny Horowitz, Brian Fallon, Alex Levine and Alex Rosamilia.

The Gaslight Anthemone of New Jersey’s biggest rock bands to emerge in the 21st century, went on hiatus in 2015 and then reunited in 2018 for a tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of their breakthrough album The ’59 sound. After that tour, the band members got back on their feet, working on individual projects, but announced this year that they were back together full-time and working on a new album. They will wrap up a two-month tour of Europe and North America with a show at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel on October 8 at 8 p.m., with Jeff Rosenstock opening.

The New Jersey Jazz Society will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a benefit concert at Dolan Hall at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown on October 9 at 2 p.m., honoring and featuring bassist Bill Crow and saxophonist Houston Person, as well as Larry Fuller on piano, Matthew Parrish on bass, Jason Tiemann on drums, Don Braden on saxophone and flute, Warren Vaché Jr. on cornet and Lucy Wijnands on vocals, as well as NJJS scholarship winners Liam Sutcliffe (trumpet), Sam AuBuchon (bass) , Jimmy Waltman (vocals) and Derick Campos (guitar). The theme of the show will be “One Legacy, Two Legends, and America’s Big Songbook.”

The Outpost in the Burbs presents “A Birthday Tribute to John Prine” with Joe D’Urso & Friends, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. The beloved singer-songwriter, who died in 2020, would have turned 76 on October 10. Friends of D’Urso at this acoustic show will include Loren Korevec, David Frye, Tim O’Donohue, Gary Solomon, Michelle Solomon, Christopher Brown and Jake Thistle. All will perform their own versions of Prine’s songs with occasional support from other featured artists. The show will take place at the First Congregational Church of Montclair at 40 S. Fullerton Ave.


Rhonda LaChanze Sapp, known professionally as LaChanze, has been nominated for four Tonys (most recently for “Trouble in Mind,” this year) and won once (for “The Color Purple,” in 2006). She also presents concerts on occasion and will bring her band to the Berrie Center at Ramapo College in Mahwah on October 8 at 8 p.m.

Twenty numbers are programmed on two stages at gibbypalooza, taking place October 6-8 at Finnegan’s Pub in Hoboken. Launched as an annual charity event in 2001 (although on hiatus since 2012), Gibbypalooza is organized by Chris Gibson, a member of the Hoboken music scene since the 80s as a musician, booking agent and studio and venue owner. record company.

The October 6 show will feature Kevin December, Eoin the Mighty, Exit 99, Lloyd United and Barbiana Complex. The October 7 lineup will consist of Crewman Number Six, contributor Jim Testa, The Handsome Devils, Paul Crane, Sodium Sky, Kristen Elizabeth and Ribs, and Ed Smith & the Ego. Artists on October 8 will include Our Marvelous Lives, Dave Calamoneri, New Day Dawn and Eugene reunion, Dave Entwistle and Marty Lowe, The Blue Necks, High Speed ​​Chase and Leo Main & The Merry Band (doing rock karaoke’ n’ roll ).

Each show takes place at 8 p.m. There is no admission fee, but donations will be collected for Doctors Without Borders, the Global Fund for Women and Homes for Our Troops.


The Passage theater company presents “The Blues in My Soul: The Legend and Legacy of Lonnie Johnson”, at the Mill Hill Playhouse in Trenton, October 13-16, October 21-23 and 28-30. Based on a true story, this piece is about the rediscovery of Lonnie Johnson by a DJ in Philadelphia in 1959. Johnson, who had been a well-known blues artist from the 1920s to the 1940s, was working in a hotel at that time ; according to the passing website, “As the two men meet, conflicts arise, forcing each to reconcile issues of authenticity, injustice and legacy.”



Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City presents the Atlantic City Comedy Festival this weekend, with 11 comedians: Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Gary Owen, Corey Holcomb and Tommy Davidson, October 8 at 8 p.m., and Lavell Crawford, Luenell, Karlous Miller, Don “DC” Curry, Desi Banks and Dominique, October 8. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Frank Bruni, longtime New York Times columnist and author of the memoir “The Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found,” will appear in a conversation with MSNBC anchor Katy Tur at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, Oct. 7 at 7:30 a.m. pm This will be the flagship event of the Morristown Book Festivalwhich will continue with talks at various venues on October 8, featuring authors such as Tur (discussing his own memoir, “Rough Draft”), James Patterson, Paul Muldoon, Chris Pavone, Adriani Trigiani and Jean Hanff Korelitz .


• BergenPAC at Englewood reopens after extensive renovations this week, with upcoming shows including “The Price Is Right Live!”, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m.; “Masters of Illusion Live!” (with Dan Sperry, Michael Turco and Naathan Phan), Oct. 14 at 8 p.m.; “The Adventure of Peppa Pig!”, October 15 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Tracy Morgan, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m.; and Art Garfunkel, October 22 at 8 p.m.

Newark Symphony Hall will present “A tribute to Amiri Baraka” — the Newark-based New Jersey poet, activist, and poet laureate who died in 2014 — Oct. 7 at 8 p.m., with music by Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Nioka Workman, Orrin Evans, and Lezlie Harrison, lyrics by Danny Simmons, Kraal “Kayo Charles, Toni Blackman, Khemist and the visual art of Alma Roberts, Victor Davson, Dawn Stringer, Phoebe Tree and Danny Simmons. The event will take place in the Terrace Ballroom of Symphony Hall.

Andy Krikun and John La Barbera, who perform together as The Bergen Hobos, will present their multimedia show “The Song Catchers: Folksingers of the Great Depression and Photographs of the Great Depression” at the Ciccone Theater at Bergen Community College in Paramus on October 13 at 7:30 p.m. The program highlights artists such as Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly, and Jorge Arévalo Mateus, curator and chief archivist of the Woody Guthrie Archives and Foundation, will co-direct and co-host.


The School of the Arts at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus in Madison presents WAMFest 2022 — a festival of words, arts and music — with four free events: an outdoor concert featuring Gotham City Latin Jazz by Richard Baratta and celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, Oct. 10 at 4 p.m.; a joint performance by Carolyn Dorfman Dance and New Jersey Ballet, October 12 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., followed by discussions; and a conference on “Dance on Film” by Marta Renzi, October 12 at 6 p.m. at the Dreyfuss Theater.


“The Guardian” at the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey at Drew University in Madison. (Until October 9)

“Sweet Animals” at Vivid Stage, Summit. (Until October 9)

Circus Vazquez at the Woodbridge Center. (Until October 10)

“You shall not” presented by Thinkery & Verse at St. John the Evangelist Church, New Brunswick. (Until October 14)

“Wolves” at the Berlind Theater at the McCarter Theater Center, Princeton. (Until October 16)

“Berta, Berta” at the Mile Square Theatre, Hoboken. (Until October 16)

“American Stories: Gifts from the Jersey City Museum Collection” at the Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick. (Until December 30)

“New Jersey Arts Annual: Reemergence” at the Trenton State Museum. (Until April 30)

“George Inness: Visionary Landscapes” at the Montclair Art Museum. (Until June 30, 2024)

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