Top 10 NJ Arts Events of the Week: Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Pitbull, more


Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes will perform at the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, July 6.

A roundup of arts events taking place around the state, through July 10:


Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes will make their traditional Fourth-of-July Week appearance at the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, July 6 at 5 p.m. Remember Jones and E Street Band bassist Garry Tallent will open; Tallent will perform with The Delevantes (formerly Jersey-based brothers Mike and Bob Delevante. The Pony itself will open at 4 p.m. with a set by Springsteen cover band Promised Land, and will also be open after Southside is done playing, with the Eddie Testa Band taking the stage at 10:30 p.m. Also in conjunction with the show, the Pony will present a “Christmas in July” toy drive. Those bringing an unwrapped toy with a value of $15 or more will receive a voucher for a non-sold out show at the Pony (monetary donations also will be accepted).


For the second straight year, Jersey City has booked a major artist to headline its free “Freedom and Fireworks” Fourth of July celebration at Exchange Place. Last year, it was Snoop Dogg; the city reports that 150,000 attended. And this year — continuing the canine theme, you might say — it will be Pitbull, who has had an immense number of pop, rap and Latin hits over the last 15 years. Jersey City’s own Akon, Lil Flip, the Paris NY Band and VTTO will also be among the performers at the all-day event, and there will also be carnival games and rides, food trucks, a beer fest, a kids zone, Red Bulls-sponsored soccer activities and more, capped by a Grucci fireworks show. The celebration is scheduled to last from noon to 10 p.m.

The free Sweet Sounds Downtown Music Festival begins this month in Westfield, with four free performances at different downtown locations, Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m., for the rest of the summer. On July 9, for instance, it will be the folky group The Campfire Flies (featuring members of Speed The Plough, The Cucumbers and The Thousand Pities) on Elm Street; blues and rock by Secret Sound on North Avenue West and Elm Street; Latin Jazz by the Joe Taino Group on Central Avenue; and jazz by Algorhythm at Foundation Park.


Grammy Music Experience at Prudential Center in Newark will present “An Evening With Philip Bailey” — featuring a conversation with as well as a performance by the Earth, Wind & Fire frontman and solo artist — July 8 at 7:30 p.m. The event falls between Earth, Wind & Fire shows at the Etess Arena at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, July 6 at 8 p.m., and at the Beacon Theatre in New York, July 9-10 at 8 p.m.

• The Allman Betts Band — a Southern-rock band featuring Devon Allman, Duane Betts and Berry Duane Oakley, the sons of Allman Brothers Band co-founders Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts and Berry Oakley Jr., respectively — performs at the Ocean City Music Pier, July 8 at 7 p.m.. Among the other band members is New Jersey’s own John Ginty, on organ. The band released its debut album, Down to the River, on June 28, and mixes its original material with Allman Brothers Band songs and other covers in concert.

The New Jersey Wind Symphony, featuring guest trumpeter Philip Smith, will play patriotic standards by John Philip Sousa as well as music by Tchaikovsky, Bernstein, Menotti and others at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, July 4 at 7:30 p.m.


• Louis Prima Jr. & the Witnesses will bring their high-energy stage show, featuring Prima’s father’s hits (such as “Jump Jive an’ Wail,” “I Wanna Be Like You,” and “Sing, Sing, Sing”) and more, to Dolan Hall at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. The show will kick off the Summer Jazz Concerts series there that will also include shows by the Nicki Parrott Trio, with Rossano Sportiello and Harry Allen, July 17 at 7:30 p.m.; and Danny Bacher and His All Stars, July 25 at 7:30 p.m.


Every year, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents an outdoor play at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, and this year it will be “William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged),” a spoof written by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor. Both writers are associated with the Reduced Shakespeare Company, which created the popular “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).” The first preview will be on July 3, the official opening night will be on July 10, and the last show will be on Aug. 4.

The second show in the Plays in the Park series at Roosevelt Park in Edison will be “Newsies,” the 2011 musical (adapted from the 1992 Disney movie of the same name) about striking newspaper delivery boys in New York in the 1890s. It runs July 10-13 and 15-20 at 8 p.m.


Have you been waiting for a chance to belt out “Bohemian Rhapsody” in public? You can do so July 10 at 9 p.m., when the Movies Under the Stars series at Pier A Park in Hoboken shows the 2018 Oscar-winning movie of the same name, telling the story of the rock band Queen, in a sing-along version. There is no admission charge.


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