Top 15 NJ Arts Events of the Week: Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival, Summer Jam, more

NOFX will perform at the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival in Asbury Park.

A guide to notable arts events taking place around the state, through June 12:


Two worlds that don’t often intersect will do so at the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival, taking place June 9-11 at the Stone Pony Summer Stage and other venues in Asbury Park, and at the alleys of Bradley Beach Bowl. The many acts lined up to perform include NOFX, The Specials, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Buzzcocks, Dillinger Four, Lifetime, The Explosion, Leftover Crack, PUP and The Pietasters.

The free, outdoor Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival takes place on Washington Street, between Eighth and 14th streets, June 11. Artists will display their work, vendors will sell food, and musicians are scheduled to perform from 11:50 a.m. to 6 p.m. Performers will include Burnt Sugar, the Arkestra Chamber (paying tribute to Prince), the Karyn Kuhl Band, the Demolition String Band, Overlake, Glenn Morrow’s Cry for Help, Frankie Morales & the Mambo of the Times Orchestra, the RockNRoll Hi Fives, Christina Alessi & the Toll Collectors, and Mike Daly & the Planets.


Radio station Hot 97’s annual Summer Jam concert assembles an all-star lineup of hip-hop and R&B performers — including Chris Brown, Migos, Trey Songz, Fat Joe and Remy Ma, DJ Khaled and Friends, French Montana and Friends, and Faith Evans (presenting a tribute to her late husband, The Notorious B.I.G.) — June 11 at 6:30 p.m. There will also be performances on the “Festival Stage,” outside the stadium, in the afternoon.

Heavy metal giants Iron Maiden — who released a double album, The Book of Souls, in 2015 — will bring their Book of Souls Tour to the Prudential Center in Newark, June 7 at 7:30 p.m., with Ghost opening.

As part of this year’s Princeton Festival, the Princeton Festival Pops Orchestra will present a concert titled “Disney in Concert: Around the World,” June 9 at 8 p.m. at the Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University. The orchestra, conducted by Brian Eads, will play songs from “Frozen,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Mary Poppins,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pocahontas,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Aladdin,” “Mulan” and “The Lion King” as the appropriate scenes from the films are shown on a big screen. (For a chance to win two tickets, send an email with the word “Disney” in the subject line to by midnight June 7.)


• Brendan Fletcher, a semifinalist in the 2016 season of “The Voice,” performs at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, June 12 at 7:30. Morristown Mayor and First Lady Tim and Mary Dougherty are hosting the concert, which will raise money for a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society campaign spearheaded by Mary Dougherty.

• Philly alternative rock station Radio 104.5 p.m. will present the second of two 10th anniversary shows, June 11 at 1 p.m. at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, with The Killers, Foster the People, Bleachers, Kaleo, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Marian Hill, Andorra, Kevin Garrett, Arizona, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas and Northern Faces. The Killers also perform at the Event Center at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, June 10 at 8 p.m.

This year’s edition of “Groove in the Grove,” an indie songwriter music festival hosted by the Skylands Songwriters Guild at Vasa Park in Hackettstown, will be headlined by Patrick Fitzsimmons. The drummer for the roots-rock band From Good Homes in the ’90s, Fitzsimmons launched his own career as a singer-songwriter after that band broke up in 1999 (and hasn’t re-formed, except for occasional reunion concerts). The June 10 concert begins at 1 p.m., with Fitzsimmons scheduled to perform at 7:15 p.m. Other artists appearing throughout the day will include Catherine Rondeau, Loretta Hagen, Don Kincaid, e’lissa jones, Denny Tilton, Kevin Kinsella, Alex Radus, Grover Kemble, Mef Gannon, Anne Mironchik and Jody Price.

The Big Man Fest — taking place June 9 at the Brighton Bar in Long Branch, with doors opening at 7 p.m. – honors Clarence Clemons, who died six years ago this month. Performers will include the Eddie Testa Band, Clemons’ son Nick Clemons and his band, Jo Wymer, and Killer Joe & Lido Soul.

 Journalist/musician Alan Paul — who wrote the 2014 book “One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band — and his Big in China band will pay tribute to the late Gregg Allman at SuzyQue’s BBQ and Bar in West Orange, June 9 at 9 p.m. The show will feature a guest appearance by singer-guitarist Jr. Mack, a member of Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band who also has occasionally performed with the Allman Brothers Band.



The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will close its 2016-17 season with performances of  Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, June 8 at 1:30 p.m., June 9 at 8 p.m. and June 11 at 3 p.m. at Prudential Hall of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark; and June 10 at 8 p.m. at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank. Xian Zhang will conduct, with Yefim Bronfman joining the orchestra as a guest pianist.


The summer concert series at the New Jersey Botanical Garden in Ringwood begins, June 9 at 6:30 p.m., with a performance by the Richard Reiter Swing Band. The show will take place outside, on the Concert Lawn, though it will move indoors in the event of inclement weather. And it is free, though a $5 donation is suggested.


• The Lighthouse International Film Festival takes place June 8-11 at various locations on Long Beach Island, with more than 85 films (including, for the first time, entries in a virtual reality shorts category) plus panel discussions, parties and more. The opening night film is “King of Peking” (see trailer below), with director Sam Voutas expected to attend; it screens at 7 p.m. June 8 at the LBI Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Long Beach Township.

The Stress Factory in New Brunswick will present a screening of “Cinema Twain” — a film version of Val Kilmer’s one-man stage show about Mark Twain, “Citizen Twain” — June 11 at 7:30 p.m. Kilmer (who wrote, directed and produced the film, in addition to starring in it) will introduce it, and participate in a question-and-answer session, afterwards.


The Hudson Shakespeare Company has 13 free presentations of The Bard’s “The Taming of the Shrew” scheduled throughout New Jersey this month, starting with performances at the Secaucus Public Library, June 7 at 7 p.m.; the Montclair Public Library, June 8 at 7 p.m.; and the Old Bridge Library, June 10 at 2 p.m.

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