Top 10 NJ arts events of the week: Founders Weekend Festival in Newark, Muses in the Vineyard, more

Hip-hop trio Naughty by Nature performs as part of this weekend's Founders Weekend Festival at Military Park in Newark.

Hip-hop trio Naughty by Nature performs as part of this weekend’s Founders Weekend Festival at Military Park in Newark.

A guide to notable arts events taking place in New Jersey, through May 15:

The British progressive-rock band Strawbs will perform its 1974 album Hero and Heroine in its entirety as part of its shows at the Strand Theater in Lakewood, May 11 at 8 p.m., and the Ukranian Cultural Center in Whippany, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. The band’s current lineup includes frontman and guitarist David Cousins, guitarist and singer Dave Lambert, bassist Chas Cronk, drummer Tony Fernandez and keyboardist Dave Bainbridge.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, at Drew University in Madison, launches its 2016 season with Noël Coward’s “A Song at Twilight,” which begins previews on May 11 and runs through May 29, with the official opening May 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto will be the centerpiece of concerts that the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will present — with violinist Augustin Hadelich and guest conductor Jérémie Rhorer — May 12 at 1:30 p.m. and May 14 at 8 p.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, May 13 at 8 p.m. at the Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, and May 15 at 3 p.m. at the State Theatre in New Brunswick. Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides Overture and Brahms’ Serenade No. 1 will also be on the program.

The city of Newark was founded 350 years ago, and is marking the occasion with a year’s worth of festivities titled Newark Celebration 350. The centerpiece is the Founders Weekend Festival, a free event that takes place May 13-15 at Newark‘s Military Park and Symphony Hall. Faith Evans will perform at Symphony Hall on May 13 (this show was moved indoors because of the threat of rain), and outdoors in Military Park, the lineup will include Naughty by Nature and the Robert Glasper Experiment on May 14; and salsa singer India and the Jubilation Gospel Choir, featuring Cissy Houston, May 15. There will be many other musicians as well, plus art displays, children’s entertainment, food trucks and more.



In its fifth year, the Muses in the Vineyard festival is moving to a new venue, Brook Hollow Winery in Columbia (Warren County), but as always, the emphasis will be on female singer-songwriters: The lineup includes Susan Werner, No Fuss and Feathers, Regina Sayles, Rachael Sage, Annalise Emerick, Jessica Smucker, Loretta Hagen, Sharon Goldman, Marci Geller, Rorie Kelly, Trina Hamlin, Sarah Peacock, Kathy Moser, Emily Barnes, SØF and Kayla Avitabile. All will perform on two stages, between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. May 14, and proceeds will go to the homelessness organization, Family Promise of Warren County.

Cabaret singer Scott Coulter and Rebecca LaChance, who was featured in Broadway’s “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” will join forces for “You’ve Got a Friend: Music of The Brill Building” — featuring songs written by King, Neil Sedaka, Leiber & Stoller, Neil Diamond, and Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil — May 14 at 6 and 8:30 p.m. the Chase Room of NJPAC in Newark.

• Remember Jones will celebrate the release of his new album, Ladies and Gentlemen, Remember Jones!, with a “Soul Revue and Dance Party” at Convention Hall in Asbury Park, May 14 at 8 p.m. Guest performers, many of whom contributed to the album, will include Arlan Feiles, Rick Barry, Bone & Marrow, The Shady Street Show Band, Mad Feather Group, Brielle Von Hugel, Nik Greeley and Emily Grove.

The Morris Choral Society will close its 44th season with a concert titled “Endless Song,” May 14 at 8 p.m. at the United Methodist Church on the Green in Morristown. ;Vivaldi’s Gloria, Carly Simon’s “Let the River Run” and works by Mark Hayes, Mark Miller, James Erb and others will be featured. The Boonton choir Clarum Sonum and a full orchestra, featuring Helen Raymaker on harpsichord, will also perform on Gloria, and soloists will include soprano Rachel Fountain and mezzo-soprano Anna Roberts. The Morris Choral Society’s men’s chamber group, Express Male, will also perform on some numbers.

• Richie Furay, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer for his work with Buffalo Springfield as well as a co-founder of Poco, brings his own band to the Maurice Levin Theater at JCC MetroWest in West Orange, May 14 at 8 p.m. and May 15 at 7 p.m. Singer-songwriter Jonathan Edwards opens, and different setlists are promised for the two nights.

• The Olate Dogs — winners of the seventh season of “America’s Got Talent,” in 2012 — will perform their acrobatic tricks at iPlay America in Freehold, May 15 at 2 p.m., under the direction Richard Olate and his son, Nicholas.

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