19 Event(s) Found in "Performing Arts Series"

Augustana

Oct 4

Augustana 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

The band from Southern California (by way of Illinois) makes a rare coastal New Jersey appearance fronted by singer-guitarist-pianist and primary composer Dan Layus; with a revamped lineup, a new record label, and a new leg of tour dates behind their well-received 2014 release, Life Imitating Life. The whispery vocal verses and Coldplay-inspired ivories of the band’s early singles “Boston” and follow-ups “Sweet and Low” and “Hey Now” vaulted to the Top 10 at AAA Radio. Then in 2011, for the band’s self titled album on Epic, Layus had a major surprise with a punchier, more immediate sound that carried melodic currents of Soul Asylum, Tom Petty, Chris Isaak and Bruce Springsteen. Now the new album reconciles the various facets of the Augustana sounds through a succinct rhythmic attack and crisp production — with bright radio-ready anthems like “Ash and Ember” sharing the ride with introspective plaints like “Remember Me,” under the flag of Layus’s unerring pop instincts. Opening the show will be Jim and Sam.

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Aquila Theatre’s Wuthering Heights

Oct 7

Aquila Theatre’s Wuthering Heights 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Aquila Theatre brings to life Emily Bronte’s classic story of all-consuming passion with its new production of Wuthering Heights. Bringing its signature style and dynamic approach, Aquila re-imagines one of the most famous love stories ever told with this heart wrenching new production. Aquila Theatre is renowned for its ability to adapt works of classical literature into enthralling and mesmerizing live performances. Impeccable design and a unique physical style combine with a marvelous cast to make Wuthering Heights an exquisite and captivating theatrical experience.

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Andy Grammer

Oct 23

Andy Grammer 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Platinum-selling recording artist Andy Grammer became the first male pop star in a decade, since John Mayer in 2002, to reach the Top 10 at Adult Pop Radio on his first two singles, Keep Your Head Up and Fine By Me. In just a few short years, Grammer has gone on to sell over 100,000 albums, play sold out venues nationwide, perform onstage with Taylor Swift, Train, and Colbie Caillat.

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True Blues with Corey Harris, Guy Davis, and Alvin Youngblood Hart

Nov 8

True Blues with Corey Harris, Guy Davis, and Alvin Youngblood Hart 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Hosted by Corey Harris, a MacArthur Grant recipient, and featuring renowned roots musicians Guy Davis and Alvin Youngblood Hart, True Blues chronicles the extraordinary living culture of the blues in an evening of music and conversation. In bringing the True Blues film to the concert stage, the True Blues concert vividly brings to life this crucial wellspring of American music.

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Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools

Nov 14

Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools return to the Pollak Theatre for another riveting evening embarking on a stripped down journey through Johnny Lyon’s eclectic version of the Great American Songbook. Playing a wide range of music from Dylan, Mose Allison, Muddy Waters, NRBQ, Richard Thompson, Emmylou Harris, The Band, George Jones and more, The Poor Fools also dive into some of the Southside's Asbury Jukes material–revisiting some classics as well as the underperformed deep tracks. In this incarnation, musicians such as Jeff Kazee, John Conte, Tommy Byrnes, and Neal "The Dude" Pawley join Johnny for singing, playing, and having some fun on stage. It will be a loose mix of songs, stories and banter between the musicians and–hopefully–the audience. Opening Act: Bob Berger. All ticket holders will receive a free autographed poster signed by the artists after the show.

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Ani DiFranco

Nov 18

Ani DiFranco 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Folk singer Ani DiFranco melds soul, funk, jazz, electronica and spoken word into her eclectic repertoire, which features the songs “Untouchable Face,” “32 Flavors” and “Wishin’ and Hopin’.” A Grammy-winning songwriter and collaborator, DiFranco has never stopped evolving, experimenting or pushing the limits of what can be said and sung, over the course of more than 20 albums. Her CDs include the live two-disc Living in Clip, the career retrospective Canon and her latest release, ¿Which Side Are You On? Fan PreSale: Tues. July 22 at 10 am. General Public Onsale Thurs. July 24 10 am.

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Mary Chapin Carpenter

Nov 20

Mary Chapin Carpenter 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter will appear at the Pollak Theatre this fall in an intimate, acoustic performance. The tour marks Carpenter’s return to singing both timeless hits and deep cuts from her expansive and beloved 13-album catalog after performing with orchestras in early 2014. Over the course of her career, Carpenter has sold over 13 million records. With hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards and two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals. Her songs speak to the most personal of life’s details and the most universal. Opening the show will be Tift Merritt.

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Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea

Dec 5

Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

There’s simply no better way to start the holiday season than to spend this special evening with Conductor Father Alphonse Stephenson as he provides humorous and personal anecdotes amidst a program of holiday classics and carols performed flawlessly by his 42-piece orchestra and distinguished vocalists. This well-established Christmas tradition is celebrating its 24th year at Monmouth University. Be sure to get your tickets early for this annual sell out!

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David Lindley & John Hammond

Jan 30

David Lindley & John Hammond 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Throughout his long and distinguished career David Lindley has performed music that redefines the word “eclectic.” He founded and lead the first world music rock band, the Kaleidoscope, has collaborated with artists such as Jackson Browne, Henry Kaiser and Ry Cooder and is leader of his own band El Rayo-X, that intergrates American roots music and world beat with a heavy reggae influence. Lindley has been one of Hollywood’s most in demand session musicians playing with Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, Crosby and Nash, Warren Zevon, and many others. His live performances incorporate an incredible array of stringed instruments into a unique concert experience. John Hammond, Jr. is one of a handful of white blues musicians who was on the scene at the beginning of the first blues renaissance of the mid-'60s. A Grammy winner whose 50-year career has seen successful collaborations with the likes of Tom Waits, Dr. John, Duane Allman, Robbie Robertson, and G. Love and who once boasted both Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix in his band; Hammond does justice to classic blues by combining powerful guitar and harmonica playing with expressive vocals and a dignified stage presence.

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LA Theatre Work’s In the Heat of the Night

Feb 5

LA Theatre Work’s In the Heat of the Night 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

John Ball’s 1965 novel, In the Heat of the Night, which was adapted into a five time Academy Award-winning film starring Sidney Poitier and a hugely popular television series, tells the story of black police detective Virgil Tibbs passing through the small town in the Carolinas on a hot August night in an America during the 1960s grappling with integration and an evolving acceptance of the Civil Rights Movement. Now in conjunction with LA Theatre Works, the foremost radio theatre company in the United States, playwright and screenwriter Matt Pelfrey’s riveting stage adaptation of this classic American thriller comes to life in a "live-in-performance" radio drama.

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Jason Isbell

Feb 6

Jason Isbell 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

A former member of the Southern rock outfit Drive by Truckers, Jason Isbell’s solo career has seemed effortless, from Sirens of the Ditch (2007) to Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (2009), through Here We Rest (2011) and last year’s Live From Alabama. He writes open -hearted songs full of storm and drama, bursting with personal truths, and echoing with the southern sound of his Alabama upbringing. Embracing his newfound sobriety, Isbell next produced an album of haunting atonement and redemption, the sparse and impressive Southeastern, which was a critical success and commercial breakthrough. Tickets on sale Friday, August 22 at 10 am.

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Turtle Island String Quartet

Feb 26

Turtle Island String Quartet 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Winner of the 2006 and 2008 GRAMMY® Awards for Best Classical Crossover category, Turtle Island fuses the classical quartet esthetic with contemporary American musical styles, and by devising a performance practice that honors both, the state of the art has inevitably been redefined. Cellist nonpareil Yo-Yo Ma has proclaimed TIQ to be “a unified voice that truly breaks new ground – authentic and passionate – a reflection of some of the most creative music-making today.” Formed in 1985, the Turtle Island Quartet has been a singular force in the creation of bold, new trends in chamber music for strings.

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GIRLS NIGHT: THE MUSICAL

Mar 7

GIRLS NIGHT: THE MUSICAL 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

See the Off-Broadway sensation that audiences can’t get enough of from coast to coast! Share the fun and laughter in this hilarious, feel-good comedy as five girlfriends re-live their past, celebrate their present, and look to the future on a wild night out! Featuring the most famous female empowerment hits of the last four decades including “Lady Marmalade,” “It’s Raining Men,” “Man I Feel Like A Woman,” “I Will Survive,” and many more.

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Lauren Fox: Canyon Folkies Over the Hills & Under the Covers

Mar 21

Lauren Fox: Canyon Folkies Over the Hills & Under the Covers 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Returning to the Pollak stage after wowing audiences last season with her recreation of the love story between Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell that resulted in some of the biggest hits of their careers, Lauren Fox's new show is wistful journey through a time and place where today's musical icons became legends. From the mid-sixties to the early-seventies, something magical took place in Southern California...and it all happened in a bucolic stretch of hills, just above the Sunset Strip, called Laurel Canyon. Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, The Byrds, The Mamas & The Papas, The Eagles, and Crosby, Stills & Nash, to name just a few, all lived, loved, created, and collaborated there. Lauren Fox tells the story of this epic time in American music history, and sings the songs that it inspired.

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Toshi Reagan and BIGlovely

Mar 27

Toshi Reagan and BIGlovely 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Daughter of Bernice Johnson Reagon, founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock, Toshi Reagon is a one-woman celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music. This versatile singer-songwriter has moved audiences of all kinds with her big-hearted, hold-nothing-back approach to rock, blues, R&B, country, folk, spirituals and funk. The New York Times described her blend as “...a love of mixing things up...[her] vocal style ranges from a dirty blues moan to a gospel shout to an ethereal croon.” Leading her renowned band--BIGLovely, launched in 1996--she instantly connects, inspires and empowers. Reagon has collaborated with top innovators in music field including Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello, Ani DiFranco, Pete Seeger, Dar Williams, Lizz Wright, Me’shell Ndegéocello and Marc Anthony Thompson (aka Chocolate Genius).

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