Top 15 NJ Arts Events of the Week: Angelique Kidjo, Exit 0 Jazz Festival, more

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A roundup of arts events taking place around the state, through April 14:


• Angélique Kidjo, the Benin-born and now New York-based singer, released an album with her own versions of songs from Talking Heads’ great 1980 album Remain in Light, last year (Kidjo’s album was also called Remain in Light). She will perform songs from it at a show titled “Re-Imagining Talking Heads: Remain in Light,” April 12 at 8 p.m. at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton.

Matt Butler, formerly of the band Jambay, brings his group The Everyone Orchestra to the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, April 13. This rock “orchestra” has a rotating cast, and every note is improvised. Performers at the Pony will include guitarist Vernon Reid (of Living Color), guitarist Al Schnier and drummer Vinnie Amico (both of moe.), Remember Jones, bassist Karina Rykman (of the Marco Benevento Trio), keyboardist Joe Tatton (of New Mastersounds), trombonist Ian Gray (of Remember Jones) and trumpeter Bruce Krywinski (of Waiting on Mongo). Doors open at 7 p.m., and Secret Sound and Switch Mob are also on the bill.

Strawbs, the British progressive folk-rock band that released its self-titled debut album in 1969, will bring its 50 Years On Tour to the Outpost in the Burbs, April 13 at 8 p.m. Strawbs is led by original member Dave Cousins on guitar and vocals, and also features three musicians whose history with the group goes back to the ’70s (guitarist Dave Lambert, bassist Chas Cronk and drummer Tony Fernandez) and keyboardist Dave Bainbridge. The show will take place at the First Congregational Church at 40 S. Fullerton Ave. in Montclair. (For a chance to win two tickets, send an email to by 10 a.m. April 11 with”Strawbs” in the subject line.)


• Adrian Belew — the singer-songwriter and guitarist whose career includes first-rate work as a solo artist as well as huge contributions to the band King Crimson and stunning collaborations with artists such as Talking Heads, David Bowie, Frank Zappa and Nine Inch Nails— will perform at the South Orange Performing Arts Center, April 12 at 8 p.m. His band will include Jordan Perlson on drums, Saul Zonana on keyboards, guitar and vocals, and Julie Slick on bass, and Zonana will also present an opening set of his own music.

One of the most important architects of rock guitar playing, Dave Davies of The Kinks, brings his own band (featuring drummer Dennis Diken of The Smithereens) to the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, April 13 at 8 p.m.

The Allman Betts Band — featuring Devon Allman, Duane Betts and Berry Duane Oakley, the sons of Allman Brothers Band members Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts and Berry Oakley Jr., respectively — performs at the Newton Theatre, April 12 at 8 p.m.. Among the other band members is New Jersey’s own John Ginty, on organ.



Princeton University presents its first Princeton University Jazz Festival, April 13, with a ticketed concert featuring bassist Dave Holland at 8 p.m. at its Richardson Auditorium, and free performances on the Richardson Lawn featuring saxophonist Joel Frahm, at noon; saxophonist Tia Fuller and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, at 1:20 p.m.; the Charenée Wade Quartet at 2:40 p.m.; the Pedrito Martinez Group at 4 p.m.; and the Donny McCaslin Quartet at 5:20 p.m.

Chick Corea Trilogy, the ever-inventive keyboardist’s trio with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade, will headline the spring edition of the biannual Exit 0 Jazz Festival, taking place in theaters, bars and restaurants throughout Cape May, April 12-14. Other performers will include the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, José James (paying tribute to Bill Withers), Lizz Wright, Red Baraat, Jon Cleary, Tameca Jones, Veronica Swift and Paul Jost. Click here for the schedule and videos of most of the artists.

• Chick Corea Trilogy will also perform at Prudential Hall at NJPAC in Newark, April 12 at 8 p.m., with pianist Joey Alexander — just 15, and already a three-time Grammy nominee — opening.


Light Opera of New Jersey presents Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Basking Ridge, April 12-13 at 8 p.m. The opera buffa will be performed in English, with an orchestra conducted by Jason Tramm.



Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member and eternal Mets enthusiast Jim Breuer begins his “Residency” at BergenPAC in Englewood — featuring “Comedy, Stories and More” — April 12 at 8 p.m., with future shows scheduled for June 29, Aug. 9 and Oct. 19.


The 13,500-square-foot, 200-seat Avenel Performing Arts Center opens with “Dixie’s Tupperware Party,” a solo show that Kris Andersson has presented off-Broadway, and elsewhere, since 2017. It is described on its website as a combination of “outrageously funny tales, homespun wisdom, audience participation and uses for Tupperware that you never thought possible.” It is recommended for ages 16 and older and will be presented April 10-13 and 16-20 at 8 p.m., April 13 and 20 at 2 p.m., and April 14 at 3 p.m.


In the not-your-usual-Easter-Season-entertainment department … Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken will present “Bunnicula,” a comedic thriller about a vampire rabbit, April 13, 20 and 27 and May 4 at 2 and 5 p.m., and April 14, 21 and 28 and May 5 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The play is recommended for ages 5 and older.


The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stuart Chafetz, will play the score live as the classic 1964 movie “Mary Poppins” (whose sequel, “Mary Poppins Returns,” came out last year) screens at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, April 12 at 8 p.m.; Prudential Hall at NJPAC in Newark, April 13 at 8 p.m.; and the State Theatre in New Brunswick, April 14 at 3 p.m.

The second annual Catsbury Park Cat Convention takes place at the Convention Hall/Paramount Theatre complex in Asbury Park, April 12-14, with related activities at the nearby Asbury Lanes and Wonder Bar nightclubs. Among the offerings will be adoptable cats, vendors, talks, feline-themed music and comedy, live appearances by Internet cat sensations, and more.


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