Top 15 NJ Arts Events of Week: Sea.Hear.Now fest, The Eagles and Steely Dan, more

by JAY LUSTIG preview

The Killers will co-headline the Sea.Hear.Now festival.

Here is a roundup of arts events taking place around the state, through Sept. 21.


The Killers and Foo Fighters will co-headline the 2023 edition of the Sea.Hear.Now festival, taking place on three stages in Asbury Park, on the beach and at nearby Bradley Park, Sept. 16-17.

The Killers will perform on Sept. 16 with Greta Van Fleet, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Sheryl Crow, Tash Sultana and others. Foo Fighters (in their first New Jersey show with drummer Josh Freese, who replaced the late Taylor Hawkins) will perform on Sept. 17 with Weezer, Rebelution, Mt. Joy, The Beach Boys, The Breeders, Tegan & Sara and others. New Jersey acts on the bill will include Quincy Mumford and Yawn Mower (both Sept. 16) and Waiting on Mongo and Alexander Simone & Whodat? (both Sept. 17).

There will also be late-night shows at the nightclubs The Stone Pony and The Wonder Bar.

For the band schedule, click HERE.

In addition to appearing at the Sea.Hear.Now festival (see above), The Beach Boys, led by original member Mike Love, will try to prolong the summer with a show at Caesars in Atlantic City, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m.

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Eagles members (from left) Vince Gill, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit and Don Henley.

• The Eagles will bring what they are calling their final tour to the Prudential Center in Newark, Sept. 16-17 at 7:30 p.m. The tour, which features Steely Dan as the opening act, is titled The Long Goodbye.

The Eagles are currently made up of Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Vince Gill and Deacon Frey (the late Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey’s son). As they have been accustomed to doing in recent years, they are performing most of the band’s hits, as well as a few lesser known Eagles songs, and material recorded outside the group by Walsh (“Rocky Mountain Way,” “Life’s Been Good,” “Funk #49”) and Henley (“The Boys of Summer”).

Philadelphia radio station WMMR presents its annual MMR*B*Q at the Freedom Mortgage Pavilion in Camden, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m., with Shinedown, Billy Idol, Larkin Poe, Ayron Jones, Dirty Honey, Finger Eleven, Tigercub, Vixen77, plus a second stage featuring Dan McCloskey & Band and live band karaoke with SideArm.

Why wait for October for an Oktoberfest? Rock group Low Cut Connie, blues singer-songwriter Katie Henry and country artist Kenny Curcio will be among the musical attractions of the Medford Oktoberfest & Music Festival, taking place at Freedom Park in Medford (Burlington County), Sept. 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Sept. 16 from 1 to 9 p.m.

Low Cut Connie and Henry will perform on Sept. 15; Curcio, on Sept. 16. Other acts will include Velvet Rouge, on Sept. 15 and My Funky Brethren, Groove Merchants, Calista Garcia, Kyle Sparkman and The Vaughns, on Sept. 16


Guitar master Stanley Jordan will present his “Stanley Plays Jimi” show Sept. 16, as part of the free Festival in the Borough in Washington (Warren County). “This is my fantasy Jimi Hendrix concert if Jimi were still alive and playing today,” Jordan said in a press release. “By re-imagining his music and channeling his persona I try to bring that fantasy to life.”

Jordan will perform at 6:30 p.m. on the Main Stage. Other Main Stage performers will include Philadelphia Funk Authority, The Hi-Risers, Gina Royale, Cairo and Raquel & the Wildflowers. There also will be two other stages, offering music all day, along with a Family Fun Zone, a Beer Garden and more.

Singer-songwriter John Dull and multi-instrumentalist David Rimelis will perform at the Williams Center in Rutherford, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. After the show, according to a message on Dull’s website, “attendees are invited to participate in a PowerPoint discussion about our changing social environment — artificial intelligence, algorithms, robotics, quantum computing, neuroscience — perspectives of the future.”

The Highline String Quartet will present “Candlelight Concerts” at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, Sept. 20 at 6:30 and 9 p.m., with the program including music by Vivaldi, Massenet, Richter and Piazzolla.

Serena Ebony Miller and Michael Basile will co-star in Cape May Stage’s production of “The Garbologists.”


Cape May Stage will present Lindsay Joelle’s two-character play “The Garbologists,” which premiered at the Philadelphia Theatre Company in 2021, from Sept. 14 to Oct. 22. According to a press release, “The unconventional buddy comedy play follows two sanitation workers in the cab of a New York City garbage truck. Tasked with picking up what the world has discarded, they learn there’s more that binds them than just picking up the trash.”

The Skyline Theatre Company will present “Working the Musical,” Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at The Mansion at Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center. Based on Studs Terkel’s 1974 book “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do,” with Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked,” “Pippin,” “Godspell”) writing the book and co-writing the score, “Working” ran on Broadway in 1978. Skyline will be presenting the revised 2012 edition, which adds songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, James Taylor and others. The cast will feature Gregory Banks, David Couter, Marie Lemon, Torinae Norman, James Conrad Smith and Nicole Zelka.

Jessica Sherr will present her one-woman play, “Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies,” Sept. 17 at 2:30 p.m. at the Sieminski Theater in Basking Ridge. According to a play description on the Sieminski website, “On the night of the 1939 Oscars, Bette returns home knowing she’s to lose Best Actress to Vivien Leigh’s Scarlett O’Hara, because the press has leaked the winners. Miss Davis takes us on the bumpy ride of her tumultuous rise, as this tenacious actress fights her way up the studio system to reach the top of her profession.”

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The Black Box Performing Arts Center in Englewood will present three short plays by Sam Shepard, Oct. 1 and 5-8.

The Black Box Performing Arts Center in Englewood will present three short Sam Shepard plays — “Action,” “The Unseen Hand” and the unpublished “Little Ocean” — from Sept. 21 to Oct. 8. “Little Ocean” was produced in London in 1974 but never has been staged in the United States until now.

Stephen Rea directed the 1974 production and wrote — in an essay published in the English newspaper The Guardian after Shepard died in 2017 — that Shepard wrote “Little Ocean” for “his first wife, O-Lan Jones, an actress called Caroline Hutchinson and Dinah Stabb, who was struggling to get work because she was pregnant. The play was about being pregnant and he wrote it for a need that those women had: firstly a need to work and also to talk about something so essentially feminine.”


Philadelphia-based experimental guitarist Tim Motzer, a member of the all-star jazz-fusion band PAKT, will present a solo concert, with music inspired by a film that will be shown simultaneously, as part of the New Jersey Film Festival, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at Voorhees Hall at Rutgers University. The film, which is abstract and titled “Grounding,” was made by the festival’s director, Al Nigrin. Motzer has said: “What I do when I play live is, I improvise, really, but I kind of look at it as spontaneous composition. I walk in without anything prepared other than the electronic gear that I have, and my guitars. That’s my palette of sounds.”


The Princeton Public Library will present “A Conversation With Emily Mann and Alexis Greene,” Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the library’s Community Room. Mann, former artistic director and resident playwright at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton and an American Theater Hall of Fame member, will discuss “The Pianist,” her new adaptation of the 1946 Wladyslaw Szpilman memoir that was also made into an Oscar-winning 2002 film. Greene wrote the 2021 book, “Emily Mann: Rebel Artist of the American Theater.”


The Barrymore Film Center will explores the works of director, screenwriter and producer Blake Edwards, with screenings of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m.; “Days of Wine and Roses,” Sept. 16 at 2 p.m.; “10,” Sept. 16 at 4:30 p.m.; “Victor/Victoria,” Sept. 16 at 7:15 p.m.; “The Pink Panther,” Sept. 17 at 1:45 p.m.; and “A Shot in the Dark,” Sept. 17 at 4 p.m.


“The Stories We Tell” at Akwaaba Gallery, Newark. Works by Mashell Black, Matilda Forsberg, Stephen Abban Junior, Madge Scott. (Through Sept. 16)

“Selling Kabul” at Premiere Stages series at Kean University, Union. (Through Sept. 24)

“Where There’s Smoke” by Lance Weiler at ArtYard, Frenchtown. (Through Oct. 1)

“Victor Ekpuk: Language and Lineage,” presented by Princeton University Art Museum at Bainbridge House, Princeton. (Through Oct. 8)

“Spiral Q: The Parade” at Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton. (Through Jan. 7)

“Local Voices: Memories, Stories and Portraits” at Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton. (Through Jan. 7)

“George Inness: Visionary Landscapes” at Montclair Art Museum. (Through June 30)

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