Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Visit rock history with a founding member of the New York Dolls in a Barron Arts Center concert this Thursday in Woodbridge.
Call it punk rock, New Wave, or glam rock. Whatever it was, David Johansen was there at the beginning. The rocker will be visiting Woodbridge this week. David Johansen of the eponymous David Johansen Duo is performing at the Barron Arts Center on Thursday, October 11, at the Barron Arts Center. The concert, part of the Music on Main series, begins at 7:30 pm. Johansen was a member of the famous New York Dolls punk rock group. Founded in 1971, they were the inspiration for many punk rockers to come, including Blondie, the Ramones, and the Talking Heads before their breakup in 1975. Johansen himself has moved on in the decades since. He morphed in the 1980s into Buster Poindexter, who came up with a minor hit, "Hot Hot Hot". That led to a…
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The Roosevelt Park theatrical venue will celebrate their anniversary with a day of fun and a concert featuring John Sebastian of the Lovin' Spoonful - all free.
It's been 50 years - where has all the time gone? Plays in the Park, the popular theatrical venue in Roosevelt Park in Edison, will be celebrating a half century of providing Middlesex County residents with the best in theatre production. This Sunday, August 12, they're celebrating their anniversary with a day-long free event starting at 1 pm. The day will be devoted to family fun, including balloon sculptors, magicians, and vendors at the grove near the theatre. A host of free concerts during the day will be capped off with a concert performance by John Sebastian of the 1960s group, the Lovin' Spoonful. And for good measure, a limited-edition, full color, coffee table book detailing the history of Plays-in-the-Park will be available for…
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
It's cooler indoors.
Due to the heat advisory and thunderstorm predictions, Wednesday's 'Tom Chapin and Friends' concert has been moved indoors to the Woodbridge Community Center on upper Main Street. The concert, geared towards both children and adults, is slated to start at 7:30 pm. No lawnchairs are needed for this indoor concert event. Chapin will demonstrate his prowess as both an adult and family musician and entertainer with his mixed family/adult show featuring bassist Michael Mark and pianist John Corbert. This concert shows off the group's three-part harmony and a multitude of instruments from didgeridoo to banjo to concertina. The Woodbridge Wednesday concerts are held by WoodbridgeArtsNJ.org.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Fords-based father/son outfit The Knight Owls were among six bands to play the Nikolai Ruck benefit concert at Rug's & Riffy's Saturday night.
Local musicians, including Fords-based blues rock group The Knight Owls, banded together at Rug's & Riffy's Bar & Grill Saturday night to play a benefit concert for Nikolai Ruck, a 24-year-old college student who was severely injured in a car accident last October. The Knight Owls performed a 45-minute set of songs from their debut album Who Gives a Hoot. Though plagued by sound issues throughout the set, the band delivered a solid performance for a good cause - helping out by offering up 50% off all CD sales to the fund to help offset Ruck's medical expenses. "I grew up with Jimmy," explained John Check, singer/guitarist for the Knight Owls, of Ruck's father. "They've been friends of mine for twenty-five years." Ruck has been in a coma …
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
The E Street Band guitarist and solo artist bought guitars, a harp, keyboards, trumpets, and even tap-dancing shoes to his Parker Press Park performance.
Associates of The Boss are making Woodbridge a regular tour stop these days. Nils Lofgren, guitarist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band as well as an accomplished solo artist, played the Parker Press Park Monday evening, less than a week after Willie Nile - who's both opened for and performed with Springsteen - played the same stage. Lofgren, best known for his work with Springsteen and Neil Young, performed a variety of songs spanning his more-than-40-year career in the stripped-down setting, accompanied only by Greg Varlotta on keyboards, guitar, trumpet, and even tap dancing shoes. Opening the show with a beautiful harp solo, Lofgren then donned his guitar and ripped into the blues-y "Too Many Miles," before greeting the crowd of …
Monday, June 27, 2011
The former Doobie Brother bought his band and his brand of "blue-eyed soul" to Rahway Sunday night.
Even if you think you don't know Michael McDonald, you probably do. If you don't recognize his familiar voice right away, you've probably seen him in recent years on American Idol or 30 Rock or performing the National Anthem prior to game one of this year's NBA Finals in Miami. McDonald – a five time Grammy winner and former member of 70s stalwarts the Doobie Brothers – bought his solo tour to the Union County Performing Arts Center Sunday night, performing over a dozen hits and cover songs for the nearly sold-out crowd in Rahway. Taking the stage shortly after 8 PM, McDonald and his six-piece backing band kicked off the show with the sparse ballad “Peace,” McDonald explained that the song was originally written for a Christmas album, but …