Top 10 NJ Arts Events of the Week: John Fogerty and ZZ Top, Asbury Lanes reopening, more

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John Fogerty will team up with ZZ Top for shows in Holmdel, Atlantic City and Camden.

A guide to notable arts events taking place around the state through May 27.


One of the most inspired tour packages of the summer sees John Fogerty and ZZ Top joining forces for their Blues and Bayous Tour, which opens May 25 at 8 p.m. at the Event Center at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, and also comes to the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, May 26 at 7 p.m., and the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, June 24 at 7 p.m. Ryan Kinder opens in Holmdel and Camden.

The Asbury Lanes nightclub, which closed in 2015, had a soft reopening — under new ownership, and having undergone extensive renovations — last weekend, and kicks off a busy summer of shows this weekend, with The Cold Seas, Wyland and gods, March 25 at 9 p.m.; and Brick + Mortar and Baba Sonya, March 26 at 9 p.m.

Pat Guadagno’s annual BobFest concert, featuring covers of Bob Dylan songs in honor of Dylan’s birthday (he turns 77 on May 24) usually has a theme. But since this year’s show marks the series’ 20th year, Guadagno is devoting it, simply, to “highlights of the past 20 years,” meaning some of the most memorable songs that have been featured in past shows. Among those joining the singer-guitarist will be Rob Paparozzi on harmonica and vocals, Jeff Kazee (of Southside Johnny’s Asbury Jukes) on keyboards and vocals, Steve Delopoulos (of Burlap to Cashmere) on guitar and vocals, Joe Bellia (of The Weeklings) on drums and Yuri Turchyn (of Kinderhook) on violin. The show takes place at the newly renamed Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, March 24 at 8 p.m.

The Atlantic Wind Ensemble will perform at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, May 26 at 8 p.m., with a Memorial Day Weekend-themed program featuring patriotic songs, military anthems and summertime favorites: everything from “Stars & Stripes Forever” and “America the Beautiful” to a Beach Boys medley. There will be no admission charge, but donations will be collected to benefit the Great Auditorium.



Remember Jones will perform Kanye West’s 2008 808s & Heartbreak album — which I consider to be West’s greatest album-length achievement — in its entirety at House of Independents in Asbury Park, May 27 at 8:30 p.m. The album was a No. 1 hit and also had two Top 10 singles, “Love Lockdown” and “Heartless.” The show also will include a set of original Remember Jones music, before the 808s & Heartbreak set.

Actor Kiefer Sutherland — whose debut album Down in a Hole, released in 2016, made it to the Top 40 of Billboard magazine’s Country Albums chart — will bring his band to the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, May 25, with doors opening at 7. Sutherland recently released another single, “This Is How It’s Done,” which will be on his upcoming sophomore album.

From 2 p.m. to midnight on May 26, Roxy and Dukes in Dunellen will present a “Rockabilly Rally,” featuring sets by Crash Gordon and Debra Dynamite, The Blue Plate Specials, The Junk Rumblers, The Razorbacks and The Redliners.

The Perth Amboy Waterfront Arts Festival takes place on the Sadowski Parkway from 6 to 10 p.m. May 25 and from noon to 9 p.m. May 26, with music, food trucks, arts and crafts displays, children’s activities and more. May 25 performers will include Shaman, Tequila Bamboo, Joe Taino and the Feeling Collective Band. The lineup for May 26 will be The Band Called Fuse, Secret Sound, Nalani & Sarina, Yuni Rain, Gabi the Artist, the New Brunswick Oldstars, Mia Florival & the LMNOP Band, and Tiffany Silva. There will also be a bonfire on the beach, on May 26.


• “Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End,” a one-woman play adapted from the homespun humorist’s writings, will run at Cape May Stage from May 23 to June 22. Bombeck wrote 15 books and a widely syndicated newspaper column before dying in 1996, at the age of 69. Kate McCauley Hathaway will play her in Cape May.


Dean Cain, who played Superman on television’s “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” and has also appeared in the current “Supergirl” series, will meet fans and take part in a panel discussion at the Garden State Comic Fest, a “mini-con,” featuring comics vendors and other attraction, that takes place at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, May 27 from noon to 7 p.m. Admission is included with regular park admission, though there will be an extra charge for those wanting Cain’s autograph or a photo with him.

One thought on “Top 10 NJ Arts Events of the Week: John Fogerty and ZZ Top, Asbury Lanes reopening, more

  1. Hey John, we wait of You in Berlin Germany. Do You come sometimes ???
    Greetings from your Fans in Germany. 🎸🎤👍🤗

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