Top 20 NJ Arts Events of the Week: The Eagles, Phil Collins, more

Eagles, Newark

From left, Don Henley, Deacon Frey, Joe Walsh, Vince Gill and Timothy B. Schmit of The Eagles

A roundup of arts events taking place around the state, through Oct. 16:

• The Eagles will perform in New Jersey for the first time since the 2016 death of Glenn Frey, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. at the Prudential Center in Newark. Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit will be joined at this show, as they have been for their entire An Evening With the Eagles tour (which began in March), by Frey’s son Deacon and Vince Gill. Henley is the only remaining original band member, though Walsh and Schmit both joined during the group’s 1970s heyday.

• Phil Collins, 67, bring his sardonically named Not Dead Yet Tour to the Prudential Center in Newark, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. Collins has been devoting most of the show to songs from his solo career, though he has been performing some Genesis material as well. Among those performing with him will be his longtime guitarist Daryl Stuermer, bassist Leland Sklar, and Collins’ 17-year-old-son, Nicolas, on drums.

• Steely Dan has nine shows coming up at the Beacon Theatre in New York, from Oct. 17 to Oct. 30, but, before that, the band — whose co-founder, Walter Becker, died last year — will perform at the Etess Arena at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m.

The Commodores, Eric Benét and DJ Felix Hernandez will perform at a free concert outside NJPAC in Newark, Oct. 16 at 5 p.m., to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Newark Downtown District, which provides various programs and services for those who live, work or spend leisure time in Newark. NJPAC’s NICO Kitchen + Bar will be open throughout the concert, with its outdoor grill serving burgers, hot dogs and barbecue chicken, and there will also be food trucks, and a Biergarten.


Garth Hudson, one of two surviving original members of The Band, will participate in a concert paying tribute to The Band’s landmark farewell concert The Last Waltz, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. at The Vault in Berlin (Camden County). The 81-year-old keyboardist and saxophonist and his wife, singer Maud Hudson, will be the featured artists in a show by Graham Alexander and Co. billed as “Celebrating The Last Waltz — An Evening of Bob Dylan and The Band.” The Last Waltz took place on Nov. 26, 1976 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco and featured The Band on their own and with guests such as Dylan, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters and Neil Diamond.

Broadway actresses Nancy Anderson, Samantha Massell, Kenita Miller and Karen Ziemba will pay tribute to female songwriters — including Marilyn Bergman, Dorothy Fields, Mary Rodgers, Jeanine Tesori, Betty Comden and Carolyn Leigh — in “Baby, Dream Your Dream: Great Women Writers of the American Songbook,” a revue written and hosted by Deborah Grace Winer that will take place at the Chase Room at NJPAC in Newark, Oct. 13 at 6 and 8:30 p.m.

In conjunction with Honk NYC! a brass band and street band festival, Monty Hall in Jersey City will present Unidos do Swing (from Brazil) and New Creations Brass Band (from New Orleans), along with Bulla en el Barrio, The L Train Brass Band, Nation Beat, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton, above, and Kofi Baker, Malcolm Bruce and Will Johns, below.

• “The Music of Cream: 50th Anniversary Tour” will feature the music of the ’60s supergroup, as played by Ginger Baker’s son, Kofi Baker; Jack Bruce’s son, Malcolm Bruce; and Eric Clapton’s nephew, Will Johns. It comes to BergenPAC in Englewood, Oct. 16; the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, Oct. 20; and the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, Oct. 23. All shows are at 8 p.m.

In conjunction with the Oct. 10 opening of an exhibition devoted to The Velvet Underground at 718 Broadway in New York, The Feelies will play a set of Velvet Underground material, as well as a set of originals, at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. The Feelies have opened shows for Lou Reed, and the Reed-led Velvet Underground was perhaps their most important musical influence. They have also covered many Velvet Underground songs, including “What Goes On,” “White Light/White Heat,” “I Can’t Stand It,” “Who Loves the Sun” and “We’re Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together,” over the years.

Members of the late Pat DiNizio’s band The Scotch Plainsmen, plus guests such as Joe D’Urso and Marc Jonson, will perform at a Pat DiNizio Birthday Bash, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. at Crossroads in Garwood, with proceeds going to the Pat DiNizio Musical Performance Scholarship Fund at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank. DiNizio’s birthday was Oct. 12.

• Banding Together, the annual benefit for the Spondylitis Association of America organized by the internet radio station and music website, begins Oct. 12, with a show by Evil Annie & The Ants, Jenny & The Felines, Lion-Hearted and Match Party at the Clash Bar in Clifton. There will also be a show featuring Deirdre Forrest, Drive Kid, Frank Patrouch, Hal Guitarist, Jersey Drive, Joe Schroeck, John Van Ness & Taurée, Joshua Bicknell, Rhonette Smith and Tony Tedesco, Oct. 13 at Espresso Joe’s in Keyport. Also, several dozen artists will perform at a webathon on, Oct. 19-21; and there will be a third concert, Nov. 9 at the Brighton Bar in Long Branch. A digital compilation featuring 35 artists will also be released, with all proceeds going to the cause.

NJFO Pogady



Filip Pogády — a “new generation violin virtuoso,” in the words of New Jersey Festival Orchestra music director and conductor David Wroe — will join the orchestra at its two season-opening concerts, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Westfield, and Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. at the Concert Hall at Drew University in Madison. Pogády, a 31-year-old Slovakia native, will perform Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. The program will also include George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess Fantasy; and Sergei Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances. On Oct. 13, Michael Rosin will give a pre-concert lecture in the church’s Fellowship Room about the music being performed, at 6 p.m.

Otto Tausk will conduct and Seong-Jin Cho will be featured on piano when the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performs at BergenPAC in Englewood, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m.; Prudential Hall at NJPAC in Newark, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m.; and the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. The program will include Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2; Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7; and Ligeti’s Romanian Concerto.


The Diane Moser’s Composer Big Band‘s annual Peace Concert takes place at Trumpets in Montclair, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m., as part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days initiative.



• “The Trial of Donna Caine,” a new courtroom drama inspired by a real-life incident in which six Marine Corps recruits died during training, will open on Oct. 16 at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, officially open on Oct. 19, and run through Nov. 11. Margarita Levieva, who has appeared in ABC’s “Revenge” and is currently co-starring in “The Deuce” on HBO, plays the attorney for Caine, who is played by Flor De Liz Perez.

Just in time for the Halloween season, the Centenary Stage Company presents “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” — as adapted and directed by Charles Morey — at the Sitnik Theatre at the Lackland Performing Arts Center in Hackettstown, Oct. 12-28.

• “Black Tom Island,” Martin Casella’s new drama about the first documented terrorist attack on American soil (which took place in Jersey City, in 1916), will be presented at the 1882 Carriage House at Liberty Hall in Union, Oct. 11-14 and 18-21, as part of the Premiere Stages series.

Hudson Theatre Works presents “Uncle Vanya: A Jersey Life in Four Acts” — Michael Puzzo’s new adaptation of the Chekhov classic, with the action transferred to a Mantoloking bed and breakfast, a few years after Hurricane Sandy hit — at the Woodrow Wilson School in Weehawken, Oct. 11-14, 18-21 and 25-28.


The JCTC Dance: Moon Festival will honor the Asian holiday with an interactive, family-friendly program of dances revolving around themes of diversity, family, women, motherhood and the moon, by Nai Ni Chen and Guru Akhilandeshwari Vasudevamurthy, Oct. 14 at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City. Also, according to a press release, “In keeping with Asian tradition, Moon Cake, a traditional Chinese delicacy where legend has it was first baked by resistance fighters during an uprising in China more than 1000 years ago — and authentic Indian Pudding — will be served.”


As part of the “Jewish Heritage, Israel and the Middle East” series at NJPAC in Newark, film scholar Eric Goldman will give a lecture (illustrated with film clips) about Newark-born director, writer, producer, playwright, movie company executive and activist Dore Schary, who ran MGM for part of the 1950s. The talk, titled “Fighting Fear Through Film,” takes place at 3 p.m. Oct. 14 at NJPAC’s Chase Room; it’s free, though advance registration is requested.


The Morristown Festival of Books presents talks and signings, and a kidfest, at various locations, Oct. 12 and 13. The keynote event, an evening with former senator and secretary of state John Kerry — author of a new memoir, “Every Day Is Extra” — takes place Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown.

Leave a Review or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *