Top 21 NJ Arts Events of the Week: Paul Simon, Outlaw Music Festival, more

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Paul Simon will perform at the Prudential Center in Newark, Sept. 15.

A roundup of arts events taking place around the state, through Sept. 18:


More than 50 years after his Simon & Garfunkel breakthrough, hitmaker, innovator and immaculate craftsman Paul Simon brings his Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour to the Prudential Center in Newark, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m., before wrapping it up with three hometown shows next week: Sept. 20-21 at 8 p.m. at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, and Sept. 22 7 p.m. at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens.

Willie Nelson & Family heads the bill of the traveling Outlaw Music Festival, coming to the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m., and the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. Other performers will include Van Morrison (Camden only), The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sturgill Simpson (Holmdel only), Greensky Bluegrass, Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real, and Particle Kid.

• Bebe Neuwirth, who has won Emmys (for “Cheers”) and Tonys (for “Chicago” and “Sweet Charity”), will kick off the 2018-19 Kean Stage season with concerts at Enlow Recital Hall at Kean University in Hillside, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. She’ll perform her cabaret act, “Stories With Piano,” featuring songs by Kander & Ebb, Tom Waits, Édith Piaf, Kurt Weill and others. “This isn’t the kind of show where I tell stories about my life; they’re probably not the songs people expect to hear from me,” said Neuwirth, in a press release.

Montclair’s Outpost in the Burbs kicks off its 2018-19 season with a pair of back-to-back shows featuring classy singer-songwriters: Josh Rouse, with Walter Martin opening, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m., and Martin Sexton, with Amy Allison (formerly of The Maudlins) opening, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. Both shows take place at the First Congregational Church at 40 S. Fullerton Ave. (For a chance to win two tickets to either, send an email to by midnight Sept. 12, with either “Rouse” or “Sexton” in the subject line. It’s okay to enter for both shows.)

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NJPAC will present ‘An Evening With Lenny Kravitz’ on Sept. 18.

Lenny Kravitz will talk about his music (with Questlove of The Roots) and also offer at least a brief performance at the Victoria Theater at NJPAC in Newark, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m., as part of a new series entitled “An Evening With …” Since opening in 2008, the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles has presented more than 800 of these programs, which feature conversation and, often, an informal performance. The series is being presented in association with the Grammy Museum Experience, which opened last year, housing memorabilia displays and more at Newark’s Prudential Center. Kravitz released a new album, Raise Vibration, on Sept. 7.

E Street Band member Nils Lofgren will present an acoustic duo show with multi-instrumentalist Greg Varlotta at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, Sept. 18, with doors opening at 7 p.m.

Guitar masters Bert Lams (of Salt Lake City), Hideyo Moriya (of Tokyo) and Paul Richards (of Affligem, Belgium) met in 1987, when they were all studying with Robert Fripp, and they toured together as part of Fripp’s League of Crafty Guitarists before forming their own California Guitar Trio in 1991. On their many albums and tours since then, they’ve explored everything from surf-rock to classical music. They’ll perform at Roy’s Hall in Blairstown, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m.

The dependably dynamic Jersey rock scene veteran Bobby Bandiera will present a tribute to The Who, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank.

The late Bruce Wacker, a longtime member of the Asbury Park music scene, will be honored with a memorial concert, Sept. 16 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Stone Pony, with the Matt O’Ree Band (featuring Eryn O’Ree), the Norman Seldin Band, Line Drive, the Me and Bobby D Band, Pat Guadagno and Rich Oddo, Michael Ghegan, Sandy Mack, Eric Safka and others.


Terri Lyne Carrington performs at the Central Jersey Jazz Festival, Sept. 15 in New Brunswick.


The Central Jersey Jazz Festival is spread over three cities, with free, outdoor performances by Dave Stryker, Sachal Vasandani and Lakecia Benjamin at the Court House on Main Street in Flemington, Sept. 14 from 6 to 10 p.m.; Terri Lyne Carrington, Eddie Allen (tribute to Louis Armstrong) and Matthew Whitaker on George Street between Liberty and Paterson streets, New Brunswick, Sept. 15 from 1 to 6 p.m.; and Carla Cook, Monty Croft, and Riza and Marcus Printup at the Somerset County Court House Green at the corner of East Main and Grove streets in Somerville, Sept. 16 from 1 to 6 p.m.

The New Jersey City University Alumni Jazz Big Band will present a free concert, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. at J. Owen Grundy Pier at Exchange Place in Jersey City. Richard Lowenthal will conduct and saxophonist-clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera will be the featured guest in a tribute to WBGO radio and Benny Goodman’s legendary 1938 Carnegie Hall concert.

Gene Bertoncini will present a jazz guitar workshop, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Mahwah Museum; the workshop will conclude with a concert for the students as well as their families and friends. Students at all levels, including beginners, can participate. The class is limited to 15 students; register on the museum’s web site.


The Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal presents Bizet’s “Carmen,” with an orchestra conducted by Jason Tramm, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. Under the direction of Andrea DelGuidice, the setting of the play has been moved from Seville in the late 1800s to New York City in the 1970s.

Frank London of The Klezmatics wrote the music for “Hatuey: Memory of Fire,” a Havana-set opera about a Jewish writer who falls in love with a beautiful revolutionary. Elise Thoron wrote the libretto, and as part of the Peak Performances series, a production of the opera by the New York-based Music Theatre Group will be presented at the Kasser Theater at Montclair State University, Sept. 14 and 20-21 at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 15 and 22 at 8 p.m., and Sept. 16 and 23 at 3 p.m.


Laura Osnes, who starred in “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” on Broadway, will host a “Broadway Princess Party” at the Victoria Theater at NJPAC, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. (see video below) Joining her will be Susan Egan and Courtney Reed — who starred in Broadway’s “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin,” respectively — as well as Adam J. Levy. The show will feature “every princess song in the book” as well as backstage stories, according to NJPAC’s web site. Attendees are invited to dress up, if they want, and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

It’s still, technically, summer, but the annual Halloween-themed “Fright Fest” opens at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson this weekend, and runs through the end of October, Fridays through Sundays (as well as on Oct. 8 and 29-31), with seven haunted mazes and five “scare zones” scattered through the theme park, as well as roaming zombies and ghouls.


A screening of the 1989 romantic comedy-drama, “Say Anything,” at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m., will be followed by a conversation and question-and-answer session with one of its stars, John Cusack.

Graham Atwell will display some of his creations, such as this one of emus “Sam and Charlie” in Chatham this month.,


Australian digital artist Graham “ATTY” Atwell will display some of his distinctive animal portraits in “Animal Explosion,” a one-man exhibition at Legends Gallery in Chatham, Sept. 14-30. There will be an opening reception with the artist, Sept. 14 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.


Hudson Theatre Works will present Randy Noojin in his one-man multi-media show, “Seeger,” featuring the music of Pete Seeger, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. at the Theatre at the Woodrow Wilson School in Weehawken. Proceeds will support HTW’s Affordable Ticket Initiative.


The Indian Summer Music Fest & Asbury Park Fall Bazaar takes place Saturday and Sunday, with camping and yoga on the beach, crafts and vintage vendors, craft workshops, art classes for children, and music by Purling Hiss, Ecstatic Vision, gods, latewaves, the Steady Sound System and more.

Camp Jam in the Pines offers three days of music, camping, yoga workshops, crafts and food vendors, children’s activities and more at the Paradise Lake Campground in Hammonton. Performers will include The National Reserve, The Ben Vaughn Quintet, Entrain, Andy Frasco & the U.N., the Billy Hector Big Band, Elise Testone, Ron Artis II & the Truth, Harper & Midwest Kind, Sharon Katz & the Peace Train, and Nik Greeley & the Operators.

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