Hub City Music Festival returns with biggest lineup yet

The Roadside Graves.

The rock band Roadside Graves perform at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick on April 18 as part of the Hub City Music Festival.

In its three years, the Hub City Music Festival has grown pretty dramatically: Having started with four events in four days in New Brunswick 2013, it now encompasses 13 events in 11 days in New Brunswick, Highland Park and Somerset. Plus it has become more musically eclectic in its brief history, and offers, this year, an assortment of rock, jazz and classical acts, plus children’s music and musical theater.

Co-presented by the New Brunswick Cultural Center and Iguana Music, in partnership with the New Brunswick Jazz Project and coLAB Arts,the festival supportsthe programs of the New Brunswick-based Elijah’s Promise anti-hunger organization. Suggested donations are $5-$10 per event.

The shows begin on April 9 with a concert in the lobby of the Crossroads Theatre, and end on April 19 at Pino’s in Highland Park, with five short musicals created for the occasion, in just 48 hours each.

Here is the schedule. For more information, visitnewbrunswickarts.org.

April 9, 7 p.m.:Professor Caveman, sojourner, Zero for Conduct and Sweet Brains at Crossroads Theatre Lobby, 7 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick.
April 10, 8 p.m.: Don Giovanni Records Showcase with Black Wine (paying tribute to the Pixies), Casual, Spit-Take, Long Beard, Modern Hut/Izzy True and Classical Revolution at Court Tavern, 124 Church St., New Brunswick.
April 11, 9 p.m.: The Band Called Fuse, John Robinson & PVD at World of Beer, 335 George St., New Brunswick
April 12, 2 p.m.: Musician Homecoming with Greg Di Gesu of Fishermen’s Stew and Wooden Soldiers, Adam Bernstein of All God’s Children, Chris Harford, and Arne Wendt of Jon Bon Jovi’s band at Crossroads Theatre Lobby, 7 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick.
April 13, 5 p.m.: CTP at Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen, 18 Neilson St., New Brunswick.

Jazz saxophonist Ralph Bowen's group performs at Tumulty's on April 16 as part of the Hub City Music Festival.

Jazz saxophonist Ralph Bowen’s group performs at Tumulty’s Pub on April 14 as part of the Hub City Music Festival.

April 14, 8 p.m.: Ralph Bowen GroupatTumulty’s Pub, 361 George St., New Brunswick
April 15, 8 p.m.: Coach n Commando and Screamin’ Rebel Angels at Brother Jimmy’s, 5 Easton Ave., New Brunswick.
April 16, 8 p.m.: Little Rose, Cold Weather Company, Billy and Kind Strangers at Pino’s, 13 N. Fourth Ave., Highland Park.
April 17, 10 p.m.: Big Wake at The Old Bay, 61 Church St., New Brunswick.
April 18, 9 p.m.: Lowlight, The Roadside Graves, Wreaths, Animal Shapes and Love Gas at Court Tavern, 124 Church St., New Brunswick
April 19, 12:30 and 2 p.m.: Kids’ show with Mr. Z at Better World Market, 1743 Route 27, Somerset section of Franklin.
April 19, 6 p.m.: 48-hour Musicals at Pino’s, 13 N. Fourth Ave., Highland Park.

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