The Weekend: What’s Happening After Thanksgiving


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You have an extra long holiday weekend after Thanksgiving. What to do? Personally, I eat leftovers, attend a close friend’s annual holiday kick off party, and start decorating for Christmas. But if you’re eager to get out, burn off those calories, and/or get your holiday shopping started, there are plenty of options.

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Here’s what else is happening this weekend:


Turn Black Friday bright with some tunes and songs by Amy Beshara & Max Carmichael at 73 See Gallery in Montclair. They’ll perform American Old Time, Irish, and Scottish traditional tunes and songs, plus new and original tunes, played on fiddle and banjo, plus Irish bouzouki, flute, and whistles.

Amy Beshara & Max Carmichael
Friday, November 27 at 6:30 pm
73 See Gallery, 73 Pine Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Tickets are $5

Masters of Ceremony

Join the all-star hip-hop reunion of old school greats from the ‘80s and ‘90s at NJPAC on Friday night. Back and better than ever! Relive the party vibe of the Golden Age of hip-hop and freestyle at this one-of-a-kind show of block-rocking artists: KRS-One, The Lox, Ja Rule, Rakim, Mad Lion, Lords of the Underground, and Black Moon.

Masters of Ceremony
Friday, November 27 at 8 pm
NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ
Tickets are $54 – $104 and can be purchased online here

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Attend the 18th annual Giants of Jazz celebration at SOPAC on Saturday. Honoree George Cables will be joined by some of the greatest names in Jazz in this star-studded night of music. Cables has performed and recorded with some of the greatest jazz musicians of our time. He has emerged as a major voice in modern jazz. He is currently performing and recording as a soloist, with trio and larger ensembles, and as a clinician in college jazz programs. In addition to composing and arranging for his own albums, Cables has contributed to recordings by Dexter Gordon, Art Pepper, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Bobby Hutcherson and many others. He is noted for his fresh interpretations of classic compositions and for his innovative style of writing.

Giants of Jazz Honoring George Cables
Saturday, November 28 at 8 pm
SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ
Tickets are $50 – $60 and can be purchased online here

lil' bastadOr head upstairs at Tierney’s on Saturday night to see the Lil’ Bastad Thanksgiving Dance Off! The tongue in cheek name is evidence of the winning humor and unique style that instantly connect their audiences with their music. This five piece blues-based band formed in 1999 through their musicianship and great love for the Blues, R&B and Funk. Lil’ Bastad combines “old school” styles with their own contemporary feel, to form a winning musical balance.

Lil’ Bastad Thanksgiving Dance Off
Saturday, November 28 at 9 pm
Tierney’s Tavern, 136 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ
$10 cover

Stearns MatthewsAnother installment of “Music at the Mansion,” returns on Sunday at the Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center. The series showcases talented performers from NYC and NJ and is hosted by NYC Cabaret singer and Bloomfield resident Corinna Sowers-Adler and features Deborah Martin on piano. Performers this Sunday will include include Randie Levine-Miller, Frank Dain and Stearns Matthews. Randie Levine-Miller recently sang, as well as hosted, at the Metropolitan Room’s Longest Running Variety Show Ever, now included in the Guiness Book of World Records. Vocalist Frank Dain received a 2013 MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) nomination for Male Vocalist for his Magic of Mathis show. He has appeared at the Metropolitan Room, Don’t Tell Mama, Steve McGraw’s, Danny’s Skylight Room, Judy’s and the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Stearns Matthews is a double 2015 MAC Award winner for Best Male Vocalist and Best Recording for his debut album, SPARK (a collaboration with musical director/arranger Christopher Denny and producer Paul Rolnick). He has appeared multiple times in the Mabel Mercer Foundation’s annual Cabaret Convention in New York City.

Music at The Mansion
Sunday, November 29 at 3 pm
Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ
Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the door or by calling 973-429-0960 to make reservations

Check our Calendar for more happenings this weekend and enjoy!

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