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Another Night of Acapella Harmony: Doo Wop Explosion II

Mar 4

Another Night of Acapella Harmony: Doo Wop Explosion II 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Our celebration of doo wop acappella harmony at the Pollak Theatre is back by popular demand. Born on the street corners of urban America, rhythm & blues and doo wop singing reached its peak in the 1950’s, but still has a strong following today. While doo wop singing began as an African American art form, by the late 1950’s it was enjoyed by singers of all races. Doo wop harmony in its purist form is acappella (without instruments or musical tracks). We’ve again assembled some of the top acappella doo wop vocal groups from NYC to Washington DC. Headlining the concert will be R&B and Doo Wop favorites, Pookie Hudson's Spaniels along with Vito & the Salutations. The Spaniels are known for the 1956 million seller, "Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight," a song that defined the whole doo wop era. The current group backed lead singer Pookie Hudson before his passing in 2006 and continues the Spaniels' tradition of superb doo wop harmony. Originating on the streets of Brooklyn, Vito & the Salutations scored regional hits in the early 1960’s with their recordings of “Gloria,” “Unchained Melody” and “Your Way”. Rick Anthony has been handling most of the group's leads for the past 15 years, as the original Vito is no longer with them. The group also contains long time member, Shelly Buchansky, who sang on “Unchained Melody” and many of their other hits. While both Pookie Hudson's Spaniels and Vito & the Salutations almost always sing with bands, we've persuaded both to do this concert acappella, harking back to their early days singing on the street corners. Returning from our last acappella concert are two of the groups that excel every time they perform. The Philadelphia acappella group Quiet Storm remains one of the areas' top vocal groups. Re-MemberThen did a fabulous job last time, on their own set and backing Larry Chance. New to the concert this year are A Perfect Blend and the Copians. A Perfect Blend is a great acappella group from Philadelphia who have been singing since 1990, and had previously won the talent contest on the nationally syndicated "Showtime At The Apollo" TV show. The Copians are made up of former members of other standout Philly acappella groups. Enjoy another night of Doo Wop Acappella Harmony. [This line up is subject to change] A "Meet & Greet" Reception will be held prior to the concert for those holding Golden Seat Tickets.

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Caladh Nua

Mar 9

Caladh Nua 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

Caladh Nua is a tightly-knit, vibrant and staggeringly talented band with its origins deeply rooted in the Southern counties of Ireland. Comprised of five versatile musicians and singers playing a wide selection of instruments - from banjo to fiddle, guitar to bodhran and tin whistle to button accordion - the band has captured the essential qualities of traditional Irish music and balanced them finely with an innovative contemporary flair. Through a series of international tours and festivals across the globe, which saw the band take the stage in cities such as Paris, Vienna, Copenhagen, Berlin, Mumbai and Vancouver, Caladh Nua has cast a uniquely captivating net of Irish music and song over an ever widening worldwide audience. A long list of TV and radio broadcasts of their performances and two acclaimed recordings includes American Public Radio, the BBC, and RTE. Performing a vast repertoire of haunting songs and evocative Irish tunes, Caladh Nua is a young ensemble on the rise.

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Rockin' Road to Dublin

Mar 28

Rockin' Road to Dublin 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

The new generation of Irish music & dance. Experience the difference. Inspired by epic spectacles like Riverdance, RRTD's renowned team of tour professionals is reviving the classic art form to create a new Irish show with a contemporary feel and a broader appeal. Choreographer and lead male Scott Doherty (Riverdance & Lord of the Dance) has teamed up with veteran Celtic rocker Chris Smith to produce an exciting fusion of music, movement and culture that has never been done before. RRTD is a breathtaking display of classic Irish tunes accented by rock 'n' roll riffs, electrifying dancers and a dynamic light show. Enjoy the thrilling sights and sounds as daring performers execute rapid-fire leaps, twirls and footwork, and nimble fiddlers square off with driving electric guitar chords and pulse-pounding drum beats. Fans say, "Rockin' Road to Dublin not only combines Riverdance and Lord of the Dance perfectly, but actually surpasses them!"There will be an open rehearsal and talk back at 4PM.

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BRAVO AMICI - FUNDRAISER FOR AUTISM SPEAKS

Apr 2

BRAVO AMICI - FUNDRAISER FOR AUTISM SPEAKS 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Presented in partnership with Autism Speaks NJ this special concert presentation held on World Autism Awareness Day will feature Geoff Sewell, founder of the classical crossover opera band Amici Forever and his cast of exceptionally talented Broadway performers singing favorite pieces from well-known musicals, operas and popular music. From classic opera favorites like La Traviata's Brindisi to Phantom's All I Ask of You and crowd pleasers like That's Amore, audiences will delight in the uplifting performance by the gifted vocalists of Bravo Amici. The concert will also feature a special video presentation of Sewell's song Heal Me co-written by his wife Simone and featuring daughters Olivia and Sienna (who has autism) highlighting the message that autism is treatable. This event will be held in conjunction with the Art+Autism gallery exhibition opening reception featuring juried work by artists with Autism. Proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks NJ.

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SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY AND THE POOR FOOLS

Apr 28

SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY AND THE POOR FOOLS 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

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. “The Poor Fools tour is a chance for me to try out different material and some Jukes standards in an acoustic-ish form. In this incarnation, musicians such as Jeff Kazee, John Conte, John Putnam, Neal "The Dude" Pawley and I will all be 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. With Lyon shaking up each night's setlist for himself and his gang of multi-instrumentalist band members, these troubadours ride the rails of the runaway train known as Southside Johnny and The Poor Fools.

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Where The Piano Is The Main Attraction

May 6

Where The Piano Is The Main Attraction 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

Packed with sensational amazing talent of all ages on stage with Stormin' Norman Seldin non-stop during this special event. To say that you'll get Bach to Ragtime and piano surprises galore may be an understatement! The keys will sizzle for sure.

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ORCHESTRA OF ST. PETER BY THE SEA - GRAND OPERA MOMENTS

May 20

ORCHESTRA OF ST. PETER BY THE SEA - GRAND OPERA MOMENTS 

Pollak Theatre - 4 PM

Reverend Alphonse Stephenson and the Orchestra of Saint Peter by the Sea return to celebrate the Bravo/Brava moments that make Opera grand in a wonderful evening of beautiful arias and dramatic moments. Both the seasoned opera aficionado and the musically curious will find a thrilling AND thoroughly fun experience with this great orchestra, promising young singers, and Father Alphonse!

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