Top 10 NJ Arts Events of the Week: Montclair Jazz Festival, Yes, Jersey Tap Fest, more

Christian McBride will be one of the performers at this year’s Montclair Jazz Festival, Aug. 12.

A guide to notable arts events taking place around the state, through Aug. 13:


Christian McBride will perform with his funky A Christian McBride Situation band and Dee Dee Bridgewater will sing with both her own Memphis Soulphony group and the Jazz House Big Band at this year’s Montclair Jazz Festival, which takes place Aug. 12 from noon to 9 p.m. at Nishuane Park.The free event — also featuring Cyrus Chestnut, Ted Chubb, Louis Prima Jr. and many others — is produced by the Montclair-based educational organization,Jazz House Kids, for which world class bassist McBride serves as artistic chair.


Six acts who had big hits in the new wave era — Howard Jones, Paul Young, The English Beat, Men Without Hats, Modern English and Katrina (of Katrina and the Waves)— are teaming up for the Retro Futura tour, which comes to the State Theatre in New Brunswick, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m., and the Event Center at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, Aug. 11 at 8 p.m.

As most Yes fans know, the band has split into two factions. And one of them— featuring guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes, bassist Billy Sherwood, singer Jon Davison and drummer Dylan Howe’s (Steve’s son)— will bring its Yestival Tour, also featuring Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy, to the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m.


• Glenn Tilbrook will perform with Squeeze at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank on Nov. 22, but will be on his own at a much more intimate venue, the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, Aug. 12. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tilbrook’s solo shows tend to be loose, freewheeling affairs, featuring material from his solo albums as well as some of the classic songs he co-wrote with Chris Difford for Squeeze.

This year’s edition of Atlantic City’s annual Dylan Fest takes place at the Dante Hall Theater at Stockton University, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m., with performances by 5 Believers (playing Dylan’s Infidels album in its entirety), the all-female group Just Like the Women, Gary Solomon (of The THE BAND Band) and Watson & Shocket. There will also be a wine tasting and a display of Dylan-related artwork at the nearby Noyes Art Garage, beginning at 5 p.m.


This year’s edition of the annual Jersey Tap Festtakes place Aug. 10-13, with classes at Nicole’s Broadway Dance Company​​​​​​​ in East Hanover and a 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 concert — featuring faculty members such as Anthony Morigerato and Ayodele Casel, and others — at the Westminster Arts Center in Bloomfield.

The Chester dance studio Ballet Forte presents an event titledBailar al Sol (Dancing in the Sun) at House of Independents in Asbury Park, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m., with guest artist Anna Morgan, and works by choreographers such as Jaclyn Priore, Evalina Carbonell, Alisha Cardenas, Nicole Buggé and Stephanie Nerbak.


Cape May Stage‘s production of Donald L. Coburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning two-person 1976 play, “The Gin Game,” — co-starring Jennifer Harmon and Bill Tatum — has a preview on Aug. 9, officially opens on Aug. 10, and runs through Sept. 22.


TheMonmouth Film Festivaltakes place Aug. 11-13 at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, with attractions including a networking event, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m.; a panel discussion on indie film, Aug. 12 at 5:30 p.m.; and screenings of “Lemon” (co-starring Michael Cera and Judy Greer), Aug. 12 at 7:15 p.m., and “Shooting Clerks” (a drama/comedy about the making of the Monmouth County-set indie classic, “Clerks”), Aug. 13 at 5:15 p.m.

As part of its Dog Days of Summer series, the Newark Museum will present outdoors movies, with pets welcome, on the next three Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.: “The Secret Life of Pets,” Aug. 10; “Good Boy,” Aug. 17; and “Hotel for Dogs,” Aug. 24.

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