Top 15 NJ Arts Events of the Week: Light of Day Winterfest, MLK concerts, more

Light of Day Winterfest Low Cut Connie

Adam Weiner of Low Cut Connie; the band will perform at a Light of Day concert at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, Jan. 19.

A roundup of arts events taking place around the state, through Jan. 20:

The Light of Day Winterfest, which began last weekend, continues through Jan. 21, with some of the most notable concerts (all in Asbury Park unless otherwise noted) including:

Jan. 16, 7 p.m.: John Eddie & His Dirty Ol’ Band, Steve Forbert & The Renditions, The Weeklings and Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan at Cutting Room, New York.

Jan. 17, 7 p.m.: “Winterfest 2018 Kick-Off” at House of Independents. With Remember Jones, Marc Ribler’s Red, White & Brit (tribute to The Who), Williams Honor, Johnny Pisano’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Pizzeria.
Jan. 18, 7 p.m.: “Asbury Angels Induction” at Stone Pony. With The Ventures, The Weeklings, The Black Flamingos, Boccigalupe and the Badboys, the Billy Walton Band, Hans Ludvigsson, Thompson & Trippiedi, Milly, Martin Praetorius, Peter Hogklint, Bobby Mahoney & the Seventh Son, Jon Caspi, The Mike Rocket Band, Pat Foran.
Jan. 18, 7 p.m.: Willie Nile, The Grip Weeds, The Easy Outs at House of Independents.
Jan. 19, 7 p.m.: “Bob’s Birthday Bash” at Paramount Theatre. With Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers, Willie Nile & Band, Low Cut Connie, Jesse Malin, John Eddie & His Dirty Ole Band, James Maddock & Band, Steve Forbert & the Renditions, Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan, Dean Friedman, Ben Arnold.
Jan. 19, 7 p.m.: The Weight (tribute to The Band), Illegally Blind, The Unknowns at Stone Pony.
Jan. 20, 6:15 p.m.: “Songwriters by the Sea” at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club. With Willie Nile, Joe Grushecky, Danielia Cotton, Guy Davis, Jeffrey Gaines, Anthony D’Amato, Joe D’Urso, Vini Lopez, Rob Dye, Emily Grove, Anthony Krizan, Quincy Mumford, Joe Rapolla, Martin Praetorius, Colton Kayser.

The complete schedule, with many other shows, is here.


• Damien Sneed — a keyboardist, composer and producer who has stellar credentials in the worlds of jazz, classical, pop and R&B music — brings his We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tour to the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m., and the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. According to a press release, the show “features repertoire from across the African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders, interwoven with spoken word from Dr. King’s speeches.” (For a chance to win two tickets to the McCarter show, send an email to by 10 a.m. Jan. 16 with the word “Sneed” in the subject line.)

Gospel artists CeCe Winans, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, and JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise will participate in an “MLK Weekend Celebration” concert at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m.

The Bookshop Band, an acoustic duo from Scotland that performs songs inspired by books, will kick off a U.S. tour at Little City Books in Hoboken, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. (see video below)

Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City hosts an “All-Stars of Hip Hop” show, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m., with New Jersey’s own Naughty by Nature in addition to Big Daddy Kane, Kool Moe Dee, Slick Rick, Whodini, Onyx and Nice & Smooth.




The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra‘s Winter Festival continues with concerts featuring soprano Dawn Upshaw, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. at the Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University; Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank; and Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. at Prudential Hall at NJPAC in Newark. NJSO music director Xian Zhang will conduct a program that includes Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.

The Dryden Ensemble, which plays music of the 17th and 18th centuries on period instruments, will present shows exploring the life of Sweden’s Queen Christina (who refused to marry, and dressed as a man) Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Solebury, Pa., and Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. at the Miller Chapel at Princeton Theological Seminary. The program will feature music by Buxtehude, Scarlatti and Corelli and others, and readings by actors Roberta Maxwell and Paul Hecht.


The Monroe Street Movement Space in Hoboken will present “Perryganza” — a celebration of the life of clarinetist Perry Robinson, who died in December at the age of 80 — Jan. 20 from 2 to 5 p.m. Robinson’s friends will play music in honor of him, and tell stories.

• Cenovia Cummins & Friends will perform at Leonia Arts‘ “Speakeasy” concert at the American Legion Hall in Leonia, Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m., with proceeds going to Leonia Arts’ 2019 initiatives. Violinist and pianist Cummins will be joined by cellist Stephanie Cummins; clarinetist-saxophonist Eric Weidman; drummer Ray Jacob; bassist Ray Kilday and violinist Rachel Handman. Prizes will be awarded for the best 1920s or jazz-inspired fashion.

A drum painted by Rick Allen in his “Drums for Peace” series.


Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen is also a talented visual artist who is showing his work at the Wentworth Gallery in Short Hills and at the Wentworth Gallery at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. He’ll make appearances at the Atlantic City gallery at 5 p.m. Jan. 18, and at the Short Hills gallery at 5 p.m. Jan. 19.


The Speranza Theatre Company, a women’s theater company based in Jersey City, will present “Foodies!,” a collection of short plays and monologues about food at Square 1 Community Eatery in Jersey City, Jan. 16-19 at 7:30 p.m. The Square 1 staff is preparing a light tasting menu that will complement the show.

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