Top 10 NJ arts events of the week: Spyro Gyra at Hoboken fest, NJ Symphony Orchestra, more

Spryo Gyra will headline the free Hoboken Arts and Music Festival on Sept. 25.

Spryo Gyra will headline the free Hoboken Arts and Music Festival on Sept. 25.

A guide to notable arts events taking place in New Jersey, through Sept. 25:

The surprisingly long-careered“Weird Al” Yankovic— whose last album, 2014’s Mandatory Fun, included parodies of hits such as Lorde’s “Royals,” Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” — performs at Caesars in Atlantic City, Sept. 23 at 9p.m.

TheDavid Bromberg Quintetwill be the headliner in a benefit concert for the Outpost in the Burbs in Montclair, Sept. 23. Regular tickets are sold out but some VIP tickets, including a pre-show reception, a meet-and-greet with Bromberg, and reserved seating, are still available.Matthew Arons opens the 8 p.m. show.

The Strand Center for the Arts in Lakewood will pay tribute to three of the greatest singer-songwriters ever with“Back to the Garden: The Songs of Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Laura Nyro,”Sept. 23. Melissa Hammans, Shaleah Adkisson and Maddy Wyatt will perform the songs at this show, which begins at 8 p.m., with Emily Grove opening.

TheNew Jersey Symphony Orchestraopens its 2016-17 season this weekend with three concerts featuring violinist Sarah Chang. Teddy Abrams will conduct at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 25 at 3 p.m., as well as at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, Sept, 24 at 8 p.m. The program will include Bernstein’s On the Town: Three Dance Episodes, Piazzolla’sThe Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Ravel’sTzigane andCopland’sRodeo: Four Dance Episodes.

Kea Tawana's Ark.

Kea Tawana’s Ark.

• From 1982 to 1987, a three-story high, 86-feel long ark createdby artist Kea Tawana— out ofsalvaged pieces of abandoned Newark buildings— stood on empty lots in Newark’s Central Ward. The ark’s story will be the subject of “Kea’s Ark of Newark: A Life in Works,” an exhibition that opens atGallery Aferro in Newark on Sept. 24, and runs through Dec. 17.The exhibition includes photographs, articles andTV footage, oral history recordings, and other examples of Tawana’s artwork. An opening reception will be held Sept. 24 from 7 to 10 p.m. with musicand spoken word by Emily Turonis and Kween Moore.

William Close and the Earth Harp Collective, who finished thirdin the 2012 season of television’s “America’s Got Talent,” will play the Earth Harp— the world’s largest stringed instrument — and other instruments they invented themselves, at thePollak Theatre at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, Sept. 24at 8 p.m. (see video below)

The Indian Summer festival, now in its third year, is billed as “A celebration of local art, music, makers and summer in Asbury Park.” It takes place Sept. 24-25, in and around the Convention Hall complex, with bands (including the Deen Ween Group, gods, The Colds Seas and The Matt Wade Band) on three stages, vendors, yoga, camping and a bonfire on the beach.

The jazz fusion group Spyro Gyra — featuring Hoboken resident Julio Fernandez on guitar—willheadline this Spring’s Hoboken Arts and Music Festival, Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. onWashington Street, between the Observer Highway and Seventh Street. There is no admission charge. Other performerswill include Swingadelic, The Amazing Incredibles, The Hudson City Rats, The Zydeco Revelators, Mya Hansen, Chrissy Roberts, Emily & the Ideals, Jason Didner & the Jungle Gym Jam, and Frankie Morales &the Mambo of the Times Orchestra.There will be two music stages, plus one for children’s entertainment, as well asart and crafts displays, food vendors and more.

The Trenton-based dance company DanceSpora will present its original dance, “Rapture for a Season”— choreographed by the troupe’s co-director, Heidi Cruz-Austin, to be performed outdoors— Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. Tommy’s Pondon Lake Avenue in Metuchen. In the piece, eight dancers will portray natural elements, with live music by the band ReBop, led by trumpeter Alonzo Ryan.Note: This event was postponed from Sept. 18 because of the weather.

Hip-hop and R&B artists associated with Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy record label will perform, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m., at the Bad Boy Family Reunion concert at the Prudential Centerin Newark. The lineup will include Puff Daddy himself along withFaith Evans, Lil Kim, Mase, 112, Total, Carl Thomas, The Lox and French Montana.

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