Top 10 NJ Arts Events of the Week: Fall Out Boy, Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival, more

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Fall Out Boy performs at the Prudential Center in Newark, Sept. 4.

A roundup of arts events taking place around the state, through Sept. 4:


• Fall Out Boy will kick off the final leg of their Mania Tour, which began more than a year ago, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. at NYCB Live in Uniondale, N.Y., and will also come to the Prudential Center in Newark, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. Machine Gun Kelly and Against the Current will open in Uniondale; Machine Gun Kelly and Every Time I Die in Newark.

The Earls of Leicester — a Flatt & Scruggs tribute group featuring Jerry Douglas on dobro, Shawn Camp on guitar and vocals, Charlie Cushman on banjo and guitar, and others — performs at the 47th annual Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival, taking place at the Salem County Fair Grounds in Woodstown, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. They are scheduled to perform at 9:40 p.m. Sept. 1. Other attractions throughout the weekend will include Hot Rize, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Suzy Bogguss, Seldom Scene, Dom Flemons, Sister Sadie, and Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper. The Earls of Leicester (pronounced “Lester,” as in guitarist-mandolinist Lester Flatt, who formed the duo with banjoist-guitarist Earl Scruggs) won the Best Bluegrass Album Grammy with their self-titled 2014 release, and also reached the top of Billboard magazine’s Bluegrass Albums chart with it.


• Wayne “The Train” Hancock, who defines his music as “Juke Joint Swing — that alchemist’s dream of honky-tonk, western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly and big band” — will perform at the a Hopewell Theater, Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. (For a chance to win two tickets, send an email to by midnight Aug. 28 with the word “Hancock” in the subject line.)

The final free show in this summer’s Twilight Concert Series at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken will feature the titanic Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m.

• Willie Nile and Kenny White are double billed in a free show at Parker Press Park in Woodbridge, Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m., as part of the Mayor’s Summer Concert Series.

E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg and members of The Weeklings will take Beatles, Springsteen and other classic-rock requests at the Max Weinberg’s Jukebox show scheduled for the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, Aug. 31. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Capris, Larry Chance and the Earls, Jimmy Gallagher and the Passions, The Demensions and the Bill Turner Band will be among the performers at the Lead East Oldies Festival, taking place at the Parsippany Hilton Aug. 30-31 and Sept. 1-2. Other attractions will include car and memorabilia shows, drive-in movies, karaoke, a “High School Prom,” dance lessons and more.


The McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton will present a new stage adaptation of Edith Wharton’s classic novel “The Age of Innocence,” Sept. 7-Oct. 7. Douglas McGrath, who did the adaptation, and Doug Hughes, who directed this production, will discuss their work at the Princeton Public Library, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge.


A new company, Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater, presents its first shows, Aug. 29-30 at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal, with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” based on George Balanchine’s 1962 interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedy, with direction and new choreography by Gabriel Chajnik. A 20-piece orchestra, conducted by Jason Tramm, will perform the Felix Mendelssohn-written score.

Patricia Brady-Danzig plays the “Peacock Piano” in the kick-off event for last year’s “Playin’ Around South Orange” program.


For the sixth straight year year, the South Orange Performing Arts Center will present a program, Playin’ Around South Orange, in which anyone can play pianos — imaginatively decorated by local artists — free of charge, at five different locations around the city.

The kick-off event for the program took place on Aug. 25, and the pianos will be available, 24 hours a day, through Oct. 7.

The pianos are at Spiotta Park, Seton Hall University, Irvington and West Fairview avenues, the Village Service Center on South Orange Avenue, and the Sloan Street Gazebo. A map and more information are available at

Every Wednesday, there will be a jam session from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sloan Street Gazebo piano.

Here is a PBS video on the program:

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