This list of major arts events scheduled for New Jersey will be constantly updated throughout the year, as new events are announced.
Through June 18: “Matisse and American Art” at the Montclair Art Museum. Nineteen works by Henri Matisse and 44 by various American artists (including Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Helen Frankenthaler, Romare Bearden and Robert Motherwell) will be part of this exhibition, billed “the first exhibition to examine this French master’s profound impact upon the development of American modern art from 1907 to the present.”
May 27: Little Steven and his Disciples of Soul celebrate the release of their new album Soulfire with a show at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank.
June 2-4: New Jersey’s 28th annual celebration of Louisiana music and food, The Crawfish Fest, takes place at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta. Performers will include The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Anders Osborne, Tab Benoit, the Rebirth Brass Band, Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience, Charles Neville, Henry Butler’s Jambalaya Band, and Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie.
June 3: Chris Rock brings his first comedy tour in nine years to the Event Center at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.
June 3-25: “The Ballad of Little Jo,” at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, is a musical adaptation of the 1993 movie, based on a true story about a woman who lives as a man in an Idaho mining town in the late 1800s. Mike Reid, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member who has written hits for Bonnie Raitt, Ronnie Milsap, Collin Raye and others, did the music.
June 11: Radio station Hot 97’s annual Summer Jam concert assembles an all-star lineup of hip-hop and R&B performers, including Chris Brown, Fat Joe and Remy Ma, Migos and Faith Evans (presenting a tribute to The Notorious B.I.G.).
June 11: The free, outdoor Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival takes place on Washington Street. Burnt Sugar, the Chamber Arkestra headlines with a tribute to Prince, and other performers will include Overlake, The Karyn Kuhl Band, The Demolition String Band and Glenn Morrow’s Cry for Help.
June 16: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers bring their 40th Anniversary Tour to the Prudential Center in Newark, with Joe Walsh opening.
June 23-25: The fourth annual Rockland-Bergen Music Festival at German Masonic Park takes place just over the New Jersey state line in Tappan, N.Y., with artists TBA.
June 24-25: The Rock, Ribs and Ridges Festival takes place at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, with barbecue food and sets by Charlie Daniels, Blackberry Smoke, The Outlaws, The Marshall Tucker Band, Molly Hatchet, the Kentucky Headhunters, and others.
June 25: Three Grateful Dead members, along with John Mayer and two other musicians, tour together as Dead & Company; they’ll perform at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden.
June 28-29: U2 brings its Joshua Tree Tour, featuring its hit 1987 album in its entirety, to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
July 14-16: Black Potatoe Music Festival at Red Mill Museum, Clinton. Artists TBA.
Aug. 1: Coldplay at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford.
Aug. 18: Lionel Richie’s All the Hits Tour, also featuring Mariah Carey, comes to the Prudential Center in Newark.
Aug. 20: Morristown Jazz and Blues Festival, Morristown Green. Free, outdoor festival. Artists TBA.
Aug. 23-24: Justin Bieber at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford.
Sept. 1-3: The annual Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival takes place at the Salem County Fairgrounds in Woodstown, with the Del McCoury Band, Asleep at the Wheel, The Gibson Brothers, The Grascals, Blue Highway, April Verch and others.
Sept. 7: Roger Waters will offer “classic Pink Floyd, some new songs and solo work” on his Us + Them Tour, coming to the Prudential Center in Newark.
Sept. 11-12: Paul McCartney brings his One on One Tour to the Prudential Center in Newark.
Sept. 26: Bruno Mars at Prudential Center, Newark.
Nov. 10-12: Exit Zero Jazz Festival in Cape May. Artists TBA.