Top 20 NJ Arts Events of the Week: ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’ concert, Powerhouse NYC, more

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From left, Marty Stuart, Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman will perform at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, Oct. 28.

A roundup of arts events taking place around the state, through Oct. 31:


In honor of the 50th anniversary of The Byrds’ landmark country-rock album Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Byrds co-founders Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, joined by Marty Stuart and Stuart’s band The Fabulous Superlatives, will perform it in its entirety, as well as other songs, at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. This will be the only New Jersey show of the tour, which has received rave reviews elsewhere. (For a chance to win two tickets, send an email to by midnight Oct. 25, with the word “Sweetheart” in the subject line.)

Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle will be among the artists appearing at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood, Oct. 26.

Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Steve Earle, Shawn Colvin at Lila Downs will join forces for a show on “The Lantern Tour: Concerts for Migrant and Refugee Families,” Oct. 26 8 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood. According to a press release, the Women’s Refugee Commission organized the tour “as part of its ongoing work to end the Trump administration’s family separation policies and attempts to detain families seeking safety at the U.S. border.”

Judy Collins will perform and Dionne Warwick will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual SOPAC Gala, taking place at the South Orange Performing Arts Center, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. The event also includes cocktails, dinner and dessert, and live and silent auctions.

Shore-based country duo Williams Honor will present their third annual Halloween Bash, with a costume contest in addition to the music, at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club in Asbury Park, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.


Hip-hop sensation Cardi B will headline Power 105.1’s “Powerhouse NYC” concert at the Prudential Center in Newark, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m., with other performers including Lil Uzi Vert, SZA, Lil Duval, Ella Mai, G-Eazy, Lil Baby and Juice Wrld.

Three generations of New Orleans artists are joining forces for the Take Me to the River Tour, which comes to the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Performers will include The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, George Porter Jr. (of The Meters), Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, the Lost Bayou Ramblers Duo, the 79rs Gang and Terence Higgins.



• Joan Jett & the Blackhearts will be in New Jersey for back-to-back shows at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m., and the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. The Basie show is part of Little Steven’s Underground Garage at the Basie series, and will also feature an opening set by Soraia.

Convention Hell — a Halloween-themed concert at Convention Hall in Asbury Park, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. — will be a night of musical impersonation, with Pink Talking Fish playing the music of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish tribute, as well as tributes to Led Zeppelin (by Wild Adriatic), James Brown (by Waiting on Mongo), and The Doors (by The Burns).

Broadway star Christine Ebersole will sing the songs of Johnny Mercer (whose compositions include “Moon River,” “Autumn Leaves” and “That Old Black Magic”) and music theater historian Robert Kimball will talk about him at “Too Marvelous for Words,” a tribute to him taking place at the Chase Room at NJPAC in Newark, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m.

• The Campbell Brothers, who perform in the same gospel-rock “Sacred Steel” style as Robert Randolph — and whose pedal steel guitarist Chuck Campbell was, in fact, a big influence on Randolph — will headline a concert at the Hopewell Theater, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m., as part of the “XPN Welcomes” series. (For a chance to win two tickets, send an email to by midnight Oct. 25, with the word “Campbell” in the subject line.)

• “Whitney!” — an exhibition of Whitney Houston photographs, videos, stage costumes, scrapbooks, awards and more, curated by the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles and Houston’s estate — has opened at the Grammy Museum Experience at the Prudential Center in Newark, and will be on display through June 30. The Grammy Museum Experiences is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on event days at the Prudential Center, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on non-event days.


Brian Culbertson performs at the Hub City Jazz Festival, Oct. 28.

The 14th annual Hub City Jazz Festival will feature a show by Brian Culbertson, Pieces of a Dream, The Hub City Jazz All Stars (featuring Radam Schwartz, Dave Stryker, Bruce Williams, Andrea Brachfeld and Cecil Brooks) and others, Oct. 28 from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency, as well as a dozen shows at other New Brunswick venues, Oct. 25-27.


The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey‘s “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” a staged event taking place at the Madison theater Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m., features company members and guests artists presenting classic horror tales, with theremin music by John Hoge.

Watch Monica, Rachel, Joey et al. sing when “Friends! The Musical Parody,” based on the immensely popular 1990s and 2000s sitcom, comes to the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m., and the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m.


The fourth film in the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2000), will be shown, with a live score by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos), at Prudential Hall at NJPAC in Newark, Oct. 27 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

The 1931 movie “Frankenstein” (starring Boris Karloff) will be shown, with a live score by the Livingston Symphony Orchestra, at the Mt. Pleasant Middle School in Livingston, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. The orchestra will perform some other Halloween season-themed compositions as well.

Film critic Stephen Whitty will host and give talks at “Sundays With Sidney Lumet,” a series devoted to films by the five-time Academy Award-nominated director, producer and screenwriter (who received the Academy Honorary Award in 2004). “Serpico” will be shown on Oct. 28, followed by “Dog Day Afternoon” (Nov. 4), “Network” (Nov. 11) and “The Verdict” (Nov. 18). The screenings and talks will take place at Presentation Hall (Room 1040) of the School of Communication at Montclair State University, at 2 p.m. They are free and open to the public, through registration is required at


The cover of Dennis Dunaway’s book, “Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!: My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group.”

Bassist Dennis Dunaway will tell stories, play some music with guitarist James Mastro, and promote his book “Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!: My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group” in an appearance at Little City Books in Hoboken, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.

Five principal “L.A. Law” cast members — Corbin Bernsen, Susan Ruttan, Michele Greene, Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker — will make a rare joint experience to meet fans and take photos with them, and sign autographs, at the Chiller Theatre Toy, Model and Film Expo. The convention takes place at the Hilton Parsippany Oct. 26 from 6 to 11 p.m., Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also booked for Chiller Theatre are reunions of the casts of “The Love Boat” (Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange, Jill Whelan) and “Good Times (John Amos, Jimmie Walker, Bernadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Johnny Brown), plus Barbara Eden, Carmen Electra, Pauly Shore, Ice-T, Barbara Feldon, Vincent Pastore, Robert Wagner, Jill St. John, Stefanie Powers, Loretta Swit, Juliet Mills, Paul Sorvino, Richard Thomas and Bebe Buell. Other Expo attraction include memorabilia vendors, Halloween costume contests, and live music.

The Wellmont Theater in Montclair will celebrate its 10th anniversary as a concert venue, Oct. 27 from 1 to 6 p.m., with a free OkTENberfest, featuring 40 different beers on tap, as well as food vendors and food trucks, DJ music and backstage tours. Anyone who comes with five cans of food, or more, to be distributed to a local food bank, will get a ticket to an upcoming event. Also, a limited number of $10 tickets will be available for upcoming shows, including Maxwell, Nov. 28; Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening, Nov. 29; O.A.R., Dec. 7; Jewel, Dec. 11; and the Dark Star Orchestra, Dec. 30-31.

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