Top 15 NJ Arts Events of the Week: Ringo Starr, Brian Setzer, ‘The Nutcracker,’ more

Ringo Starr brings his All-Starr Band to BergenPAC in Englewood, June 7, with tickets going on sale Feb. 12 at 11 a.m.

Here is a guide to notable arts events taking place around the state, through Nov. 19.


• Ringo Starr will bring his All Starr Band to theMayo Performing Arts Centerin Morristown on Nov. 14 at 8 p.m., and Prudential Hall at the New Jersey Performing Arts Centerin Newark, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. The group has had the same lineup it has had since 2012, withTodd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie(of Santana and Journey), Steve Lukather (of Toto), Richard Page (of Mr. Mister), Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette.Starr has been touring with different versions of theAll Starr Band since 1989; traditionally, everyone performs some of his own hitsas well as backing Starr on Beatles songs plus material from his solo career.

TheJanet Jackson concert at the the Prudential Center in Newark that was postponed last year due to her pregnancy— she gave birth to her first child, a son, in January of this year— will take placeNov. 19 at 8 p.m., as part of her socially conscious State of the World Tour.

E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg and members of the band The Weeklings will take audience requests — likely playing Beatles songs, Springsteen songs and more — in theirMax Weinberg’s Jukeboxshow taking place at the Landis Theater in Vineland, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.

• Ian Hunter, who established himself as a star in the ’70s with the band Mott the Hoople (best known for their hit “All the Young Dudes”) and has had a long and fruitful career as a solo artist since then, will perform with his Rant Band at theOutpost in the Burbs, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. Steve Wynn (of the bands Dream Syndicate, Gutterball and The Baseball Project) will open. The show will be held at the First Congregational Church at 40 S. Fullerton Ave in Montclair. (For a chance to win two tickets, send an email tonjartscontest@gmail.comby midnight Nov. 15, with the word “Hunter” in the subject line.)

Brian Setzer will present “Christmas Rock!” shows in Englewood, Red Bank and Montclair.

• The Brian Setzer Orchestra will bring its 14th annual Christmas Rocks! Tour to BergenPAC in Englewood, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m., with later stops at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m., and the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m.

As part of the annual WhyHunger Hungerthon fundraising campaign, the Acoustic Cafe Music Series in Park Ridge will host a 4:30 p.m. Nov. 19 benefit concert that will also serve as a tribute to the late Tom Petty. Performers will include Jeffrey Gaines,Richard Barone,Joe D’Urso (with Seth Saltzman),Don DiLego,Isabella Rose,Christopher Brown (with Peter Calo),Bobby Mahoneyand Annalyse & Ryan.The event will take place at Park Ridge’s Our Lady of Mercy Academy.

Hard-rock bandsHinder,Josh Todd & the Conflict,Adelitas WayandWaylandperform atWhite Eagle Hallin Jersey City, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. Hinder released its sixth studio album,The Reign, in August. Todd is best known as the frontman of Buckcherry, but released his first album with The Conflict,Year of the Tiger, in September. (For a chance to win two tickets, send an email tonjartscontest@gmail.comby noon Nov. 14, with the word “Hinder” in the subject line.

Asbury Park’s Langosta Lounge and its neighbor, the Asbury Park Yacht Club, will join forces for the Makin Waves Roots Fest, organized by contributor Bob Makin, Nov. 18 at 9:30 p.m. Accidental Seabirds, Jackson Pines and The Porchistas will perform at Langosta Lounge, while Lowlight, Coach N’ Commando and Jeff Linden & the Black Spot Society will be at Asbury Park Yacht Club; sets will be staggered so that no one has to miss anything. Proceeds from the show, as well as a raffle and an auction, will go to the Food for Thought organization.

Hoboken musicians will play music from The Band’s landmark concert “The Last Waltz” — which took place on Thanksgiving Day, 1976 — at The Fourth Annual Hoboken Last Waltz, taking place at Maxwell’s Tavern, Nov. 17-18 at 9 p.m.

On Nov. 29, 1967, a local band called The Decoys opened for The Who at the gymnasium of Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains. On Nov. 18, 2017, the band will reunite to celebrate the 50th anniversary of that event with a concert at the gymnasium of The Academy of Our Lady of Peace in New Providence. Proceeds will go to the Academy of Our Lady of Peace Foundation and Union Catholic’s Hammeke Scholarship Fund. Visit

Itzhak Perlman, left, and Pinchas Zukerman.


Master violinists Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman will team up for a joint recital at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. The program will include music by Bach, Mozart, Wieniawski, Bartok and Moszkowski, with additional works to be announced.

Trilogy: An Opera Company will present the world premiere of “Kenyatta” —and opera written by composer Trent Johnson and librettist Richard Wesley, and based on the life of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president — Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Victoria Theater at NJPAC in Newark.


The School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University will present, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. in its Presentation Hall, a screening of Hitchcock’s great 1958 movie “Vertigo,” with an introduction and a post-screening talk by Stephen Whitty, longtime Star-Ledger movie critic and author of “The Alfred Hitchcock Encyclopedia.”


“Nutcracker” season begins this weekend with performances of the holiday classic by American Repertory Ballet at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. The Nov. 19 performance will be a one-hour, sensory-friendly version designed for children and adults with special needs.


As part of its Family Concerts series, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will present “Shooting for the Stars” concerts, Nov. 18 at 2 and 3:30 p.m. at the Victoria Theater of NJPAC in Newark, with a program that includes Holst’s The Planets, the theme from “Star Wars” and more. Nicholas Hersh will conduct, and Sid Solomon will be the host.

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