Top 10 NJ Arts Events of the Week: Snoop Dogg, Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers, more

Snoop Dogg July 4 Jersey City

Snoop Dogg will headline the Freedom Fireworks Festival in Jersey City, July 4.

A guide to notable arts events taking place around the state through July 10.


Snoop Dogg, who is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his hit debut album Doggystyle this year, will perform at Exchange Place Plaza in Jersey City, July 4, at a free festival being presented in conjunction with the city’s annual fireworks display. The fifth annual Freedom & Fireworks Festival will run from noon to 10 p.m. and also feature music by Bayli, Michael Brun, The Bomb Digz, The One & Nines and others, plus carnival rides, a food tent and more than 30 food trucks, three beer gardens, a “Kids Zone” and more.

Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes will present their annual Fourth of July Week show at the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, July 7 at 5 p.m., with Remember Jones opening. Meanwhile, on the club’s regular, indoor stage, Promised Land (formerly Saints in the City) will perform before the outside show, at 4:30 p.m., and Dino Petraccio & the Intruders will perform after it.

As most Yes fans know, the pioneering progressive-rock band has split into two factions. The one featuring guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes, bassist Billy Sherwood and singer Jon Davison — along with Howe’s son Dylan on additional drums — comes to the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, July 7 at 8 p.m., and the Tropicana Showroom in Atlantic City, July 14 at 8 p.m. The tour celebrates the 50th anniversary of the band’s formation.


Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker died in September, but the band will be out on the road again this summer, touring with The Doobie Brothers, with dates including the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, July 6 at 7:30 p.m.; and the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. There is no replacement, per se; Jon Herington, who previously split the guitar work with Becker at the group’s concerts, will now handle it all himself. Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers share some joint history, with singer-keyboardist Michael McDonald and guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter being associated with both in the ’70s and early ’80s (though neither musician is expected to perform on this tour).

• The Weeklings will present a free concert, July 3 at 6 p.m. at the Anchor’s Bend beach stage in Asbury Park. The band will perform both Beatles songs and their own Beatles-inspired originals; the show is being billed as “Beatles on the Beach: Here Comes the Sun Summer Kickoff,” and is being sponsored by the radio station, Q104.3 FM.

The Broadway Series of Monday night cabaret-style shows at Cape May Stage begins July 9 with Will and Anthony Nunziata, and continues July 16 with Jimmy Webb, July 23 with Andrew Keenan-Bolger, and Aug. 13 with Anita Gillette and Penny Fuller. All shows are at 8 p.m.

The Englishtown Project is a tribute band inspired by a specific show: The Sept. 3, 1977 concert by The Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage and The Marshall Tucker Band at Raceway Park in Englishtown that attracted more than 100,000 people, and still ranks as the largest concert ever in New Jersey. The band features guitarist Michael Falzarano (who has been a member of New Riders of the Purple Sage and Hot Tuna); bassist Klyph Black, guitarist Tom Circosta and drummer Dave Diamond (all of Zen Tricksters); and others. They will perform a set of Dead music after a set of New Riders and Marshall Tucker Band music at Asbury Lanes, July 7 and 8:45 p.m.

Sandra Bernhard



Sandra Bernhard describes her show “Sandemonium,” which she will present at House of Independents in Asbury Park at 8 and 10:30 p.m. July 6, as an opportunity to escape from the chaos of the modern world. In it, she’ll mix music with her irreverent, pop culture-obsessed comedy, bringing along her Sandyland Squad Band.

• Howie Mandel will perform at his own Howie Mandel Comedy Club (see video below) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, July 3-4 at 7:30 and 10 p.m.; the shows are being taped for an upcoming television special. The Howie Mandel Comedy Club is in the same space as the Soundwave music venue, which will be transformed into a 650-seat club and take on that name for comedy shows.


Joyce DeWitt, of “Three’s Company” fame, stars in “Nunsense” — the long-running off-Broadway comedy hit — at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in Hampton, July 10-12, 14, 17-19, 24-26 and 28-31 and Aug. 1-2, 4, 7-9, 11-12, 14-16 and 18-22.


The free Movies and Music Under the Stars series at the Fort Lee Community Center is unique among New Jersey arts series (or at least very unusual), offering both a movie and a concert once a week throughout the summer. July 7, the combination is the gypsy-swing band Caravan of Thieves, at 7 p.m., with a screening of “The Greatest Showman,” the 2017 movie that starred Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, following.

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