SOPAC in South Orange will resume full-capacity main-stage shows in Sept.; season schedule announced

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Performers in the South Orange Performing Arts Center’s upcoming season include Bria Skonberg, center, and, clockwise from top left, Suzanne Vega, Kindred the Family Soul, John Pizzarelli, Catherine Russell, Los Lobos, Al Stewart, Eric Hutchinson and The Milk Carton Kids.

The South Orange Performing Arts Center, which has been offering online content plus shows for limited-capacity audiences during the pandemic, will resume full-capacity main-stage shows on Sept. 10, and has announced about 50 events — featuring artists including Los Lobos, Max Weinberg’s Jukebox, Cherish the Ladies, Lisa Fischer, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Roger McGuinn — from then until June, with many more to be added.

Also, the Laughs in the Loft series, hosted by Joe Larson, will continue to present comedians in SOPAC’s smaller Loft space on the first Wednesday of every month.

Currently, SOPAC plans to require proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test of all patrons, though that could change at some point during the season, depending on the state of the pandemic.

SOPAC’s annual Gala, Nov. 6, will feature a performance by singer and “Great American Songbook” champion Michael Feinstein. And the 2021 installment in the annual “Giants of Jazz” series will be organized by John Lee and take place on Nov. 20, with an honoree to be announced.

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David Broza & Trio Havana

Sept. 10: Eric Hutchinson, Caleb Hawley
Sept. 11: Suzanne Vega, “An Evening of New York Songs and Stories”
Sept. 17: Motor City Revue, Motown tribute
Sept. 18: Al Stewart & the Empty Pockets
Sept. 19: Leonid & Friends, Chicago tribute
Sept. 23: Los Lobos
Sept. 25: John Pizzarelli & Catherine Russell, “Billie & Blue Eyes: The Songs of Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday”
Sept. 30: The Milk Carton Kids
Oct. 1: Bria Skonberg Quartet
Oct. 2: David Broza & Trio Havana, Itai Kriss
Oct. 7: Damien Escobar
Oct. 8-9: The Machine, Pink Floyd tribute
Oct. 13: Gaelic Storm
Oct. 15: Kindred the Family Soul


Nov. 6: SOPAC Gala featuring Michael Feinstein
Nov. 12: Joan Osborne
Nov. 13: “The Last Waltz Celebration” featuring The THE BAND Band
Nov. 14: Kids ’N Family Series: “Cinderella”
Nov. 19: Max Weinberg’s Jukebox
Nov. 20: Giants of Jazz. Honoree and artists TBA.
Dec. 2: Nefesh Mountain, “Hanukkah Holiday Concert”
Dec. 3: Sons of Serendip
Dec. 5: Rockapella, “A Rockapella Holiday”
Dec. 9: Martin Sexton
Dec. 10: KT Tunstall
Dec. 11: Terri Lyne Carrington & Social Science
Dec. 12: We Banjo 3
Dec. 16: Hot Sardines, “Holiday Stomp”
Dec. 19: Cherish the Ladies, “Celtic Christmas”
Jan. 15: Kids ’N Family Series: “BubbleMania!”


Feb. 5: Gangstagrass
Feb. 10: Ms. Lisa Fischer, “Be My Valentine: An Evening of Love Songs”
Feb. 12: Kids ’N Family Series: “The Heart & Soul of Magic”
Feb. 12: Ryan Hamilton
Feb. 18: The James Hunter Six
Feb. 26: The Brit Pack
March 6: Kids ’N Family Series: “Stone Soup and Other Stories”
March 10: Resistance Revival Chorus
March 13: Dee Dee Bridgewater and Bill Charlap
March 18: Edwin McCain
March 20: Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Nathan and The Zydeco Cha Chas
March 24: The Moth Mainstage
April 1: Marc Broussard
April 2: DakhaBrakha
April 7: SFJAZZ Collective, featuring Lizz Wright, Chris Potter, David Sánchez, Etienne Charles, Warren Wolf, Edward Simon, Aneesa Strings and Kendrick A.D. Scott
May 20: ZOSO, Led Zeppelin tribute
May 21: Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band
May 22: Kids ’N Family Series: “The Little Mermaid”
June 23: Roger McGuinn


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