Top 12 NJ Arts Events of the Week: Montclair Jazz Festival, Jersey Tap Fest, more

Eddie Palmieri, NJ

Eddie Palmieri will headline this year’s Montclair Jazz Festival.

A roundup of arts events taking place around the state, through Aug. 14.


Pianist Eddie Palmieri and his Afro-Caribbean Jazz Sextet will headline the ninth annual Montclair Jazz Festival, taking place Aug. 11 from noon to 9 p.m. at Nishuane Park. Other performers will include saxophonist Oliver Lake, bassist Christian McBride and the vocal group The Royal Bopsters, and 86-year-old trombonist Slide Hampton will be honored with a tribute set. The event, produced by the Montclair-based Jazz House Kids (and showcasing some of the organization’s performance ensembles), is free.


The aptly named Stars Align Tour, featuring the legendary rock guitarist Jeff Beck along with Paul Rodgers (of Bad Company and Free) and Ann Wilson (of Heart), makes its only New Jersey stop at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m.

The Rockit Live Foundation, which teaches young musicians about rock at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, will hold its annual gala at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, Aug. 9. The Basie and Steven and Maureen Van Zandt (members of Rockit’s Artist Advisory Board) are co-sponsoring the event, and Eddie Brigati of The Rascals will be honored. There will be a cocktail reception at 5 p.m., a silent auction at 6 p.m., and a concert featuring Rockit students and special guest performers, at 6:30 p.m.

Having recently release a new album titled Children of Paradise, singer-songwriter Willie Nile will sign copies of it and perform at Jack’s Music Shoppe in Red Bank, Aug. 12 at 3 p.m.


Saxophonist Maceo Parker — whose impressive resume includes work with James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic and Prince — headlines a free, outdoor “Sounds of the City” show at NJPAC in Newark, Aug. 9 at 5 p.m., with Trinidadian singer Arita opening.

He’ll also perform at the Newton Theatre, Aug. 10 at 8 p.m.

Guitarist Jimmy Vivino, drummer Rich Pagano and bassist John Conte (everyone sings) will bring their Prisoners of Second Avenue project — devoted to the songs and the spirit of the Fillmore East, the legendary concert hall that was located on Second Avenue in New York in the late ’60s and early ’70s — to House of Independents in Asbury Park, Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue bring their Voodoo Threauxdown Tour, also featuring Galactic, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the New Breed Brass Band, to the Event Center at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, Aug. 10 at 8 p.m.

The Makin Waves Summer Concert Series, organized by journalist Bob Makin (an contributor), continues with the second annual Makin Waves Roots Fest, taking place at the Asbury Park Brewery, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. Performers will include the Cranston Dean Band, Levy & the Oaks, The Burns, The Paper Jets and Tara Dente.

This year’s edition of the annual Camp Jam in the Pines Music Festival at Paradise Lake in Hammonton won’t take place until mid-September, but there will also be an associated Summer Jam at the Union Firehouse in Mount Holly, Aug. 10 from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., with Ginger Coyle, The Quixote Project, BD Mylo and the Go Daddys, Suburban Sensi and Northeast Corners.


Jill Eikenberry and John Glover in “Fern Hill.”


• “Fern Hill,” a new comedy written by actor-playwright Michael Tucker and starring his wife, the Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning Jill Eikenberry, will begin previews at New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch, Aug. 9, officially open on Aug. 11, and run through Sept. 9.


This year’s edition of the Jersey Tap Fest takes place Aug. 9-12, with classes at Nicole’s Broadway Dance in East Hanover, as well as a 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11 performance, featuring faculty members and students, at the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum in Morris Township.


Comedians and “Happily Never After” podcast co-hosts Mara Marek and Andrew Collin are currently biking coast-to-coast, and stopping to perform at comedy clubs; proceeds will go to domestic violence organizations. They’re calling it their Bike, Laugh, Heal tour. One of the shows will be at Scotty’s Pub and Comedy Cove in Springfield, Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m.. Corinne Fisher and Justin Perez will also perform.

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