Baristanet Fourth of July Guide to Parades, Picnics, & Fireworks

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 Fourth of July

Next Monday, July 4,  we celebrate our country’s independence and we have the 411 on local parades, picnics, and firework shows:

Montclair
Parade, Family Picnic, & FireworksMontclair will host its 66th annual Independence Day parade celebrations with spectacular performances and entertainment on Monday, July 4. Jeh Johnson, U.S. Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, will lead the parade as Grand Marshal. The parade begins at 11 am along a 1.6-mile route traveling west on Bloomfield Avenue to Midland Avenue, continuing to Watchung Avenue, west to Valley Road and ending at Edgemont Park, where the annual Family Picnic will be held. The Montclair July 4th Fireworks display will take place at Yogi Berra Stadium on Montclair State University campus. The stadium admission fee is $3 per person or $10 for a family (family = up to 6 people; $2 per person beyond 6), free for kids ages 5 and under. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Free parking will be available at the Carparc Diem deck, adjacent to Floyd Hall Arena and at the Red Hawk parking deck.

Essex County’s Free Music Series and Fireworks Spectacular
Free concert by AM Gold and Fireworks Spectacular at Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair on Friday, July 1 at 7:30 pm.

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Cuban National Baseball Team Coming To Montclair To Play Jackals, Cuban Pete’s To Host

BY  |  Monday, Jun 27, 2016 3:54pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Yogi Berra Museum's softball campers got a unique opportunity to eat lunch and chat with the Cuban National Baseball team.

Yogi Berra Museum’s softball campers got a unique opportunity to eat lunch and chat with the Cuban National Baseball team. Photo: Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center

The Cuban National Team is concluding its historic 19-game tour of North America playing teams in the Can-Am independent league, with a three-game series against the New Jersey Jackals at Yogi Berra Stadium (June 28-30) before returning home. The Cuban National Team, which has won three Olympic gold medals and 25 World Baseball Championships, is the same team that played the Tampa Bay Rays in an exhibition last March following President Obama’s historic trip to Havana.

Montclair Center’s Cuban Pete’s restaurant will host the players at a lunch on Tuesday, June 28, to welcome them to the township. Cuban Pete’s owner Dominick Restaino will be throwing out the first pitch at the Tuesday, June 28th game.

“These connections are what makes downtown Montclair exciting and vibrant,” said Israel Cronk, Executive Director of the Montclair Center BID, “and it’s amazing that we have an example of renewed Cuban/American relations right here in our own downtown.” Continue Reading

Outdoor Jazz Concerts All Summer Long at the Newark Museum

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Besides being NJ’s largest museum with an impressive collection of American art,  Newark Museum offers wonderful cultural events.  Jazz in the Garden is a gem of a series offered every summer. Celebrating its 51st year of summertime outdoor concerts, Jazz in the Garden is the nation’s longest running jazz festivals.  The series has included both local musicians as well as international stars. Some of the notables who have performed are Jimmy Guiffre, Houston Person and Etta James, Ron Carter, Cedar Walton, David Murray and Lou Donaldson.

The 2016 concert series takes place on five consecutive Thursdays, rain or shine, beginning July 7 from 12:15-1:45 p.m. Additionally, two Friday evening performances will take place August 12 and September 16 beginning at 6:30 pm.

The full Jazz in the Garden schedule is:

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Seed Artists Present FuturePresent: Bandsc@pe at Montclair Public Library

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Seed Artists and the Adult School Department of the Montclair Public Library will present FuturePresent: Bandsc@pe, an evening of adventurous jazz and a journey through the neuroscience of music on Wednesday, June 29 at the library plaza.

The trio of Pheeroan akLaff (drums), Scott Robinson (reeds, brass, woodwinds, theremin…) and Julian Thayer, Ph.D. (bass), have been pushing the boundaries of jazz for 25 years. Between them, they have recorded and performed with everyone from Ella Fitzgerald, Sting and Vernon Reid to avant-garde icons Cecil Taylor and Anthony Braxton. With the help of three very special guests—Nat Adderley Jr. (piano), Aska Kaneko (violin), Julius Tomkins (guitar)—they will take the audience on a wild musical ride that starts with jazz and ends wherever their collective creativity takes them.

Dr. Thayer, an eminent cognitive scientist at Ohio State University, will intersperse the concert with an engaging discussion of the neuroscience of music and the nature of improvisation.

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The Weekend: Jazz, Soul, Comedy, David Cassidy, and More!

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 23, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Another weekend full of great local events to enjoy!

We told you about:

Here’s what else is happening:

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Newark Black Film Festival Season Kicks off With What Happened, Miss Simone? on June 29

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The Newark Black Film Festival (NBFF), the longest running festival of its kind in the U.S., will kick off its 42nd season on June 29 at 7 pm at the Newark Museum with What Happened, Miss Simone?, a documentary that examines the life of classically trained pianist Nina Simone, an American icon, singer and civil rights activist known as the “High Priestess of Soul.”

The documentary screened at the 2015 Montclair Film Festival and was nominated in January 2016 for an Academy Award for Best Documentary – Feature.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, and Leopoldo Fleming, Ms. Simone’s percussionist, will speak at the event.

Other films in the Newark Black Film Festival are:

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Giveaway: Tickets to See Soul Asylum and The English Beat at The Wellmont Theater

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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Soul Asylum and The English Beat will perform at The Wellmont Theater this Friday and Baristanet has two pairs of tickets to give away to two Baristanet readers! Continue Reading

Jeh Johnson, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, to Be Grand Marshal at 66th Annual Montclair July 4th Parade

BY  |  Monday, Jun 20, 2016 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Jeh JohnsonMontclair will host its 66th annual Independence Day parade celebrations with spectacular performances and entertainment on Monday, July 4. Jeh Johnson, U.S. Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, will lead the parade as Grand Marshal.

 

PARADE HIGHLIGHTS

The parade begins at 11 am along a 1.6-mile route traveling west on Bloomfield Avenue to Midland Avenue, continuing to Watchung Avenue, west to Valley Road and ending at Edgemont Park, where the annual Family Picnic will be held.

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Giveaway: Tickets to Jonathan Edwards at Outpost in the Burbs

BY  |  Monday, Jun 20, 2016 9:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Outpost in the Burbs presents it’s final show of the Spring 2016 season, with veteran folk-singer Jonathan Edwards on Friday, June 24, and Baristanet has a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader!

Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, Jonathan Edwards simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age.Edwards’ highly respected repertoire includes such classics as “Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy,” “Sometimes,” “One Day Closer,” “Everybody Knows Her,” “Athens County,” and the anthemic “Sunshine (Go Away Today),”that fierce proclamation of protest and independence that resonated with thousands and thousands of frustrated and angry young men and women when it was first released in 1971. Almost 40 years later, at show after show, the song continues to be embraced by faithful followers and new fans alike.

New York City-based songwriter and guitarist Luke Brindley will open.

At this show the Outpost will raffle off a basket of signed CDs of every artist who played the Outpost this past Fall and Spring seasons PLUS a guitar signed by every artist. Raffle tickets ($1 and $5) will be for sale!

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Montclair Celebrates Third Annual Make Music Day

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 9:05am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Montclair’s Make Music Day is back for the 3rd year and will fill our town with beautiful music.

Make Music Day began as Fête de la Musique 32 years ago in France. The holiday that is meant to be a celebration of music quickly took off around the world. Two years ago Montclair became one of over 800 cities world wide that celebrated Make Music Day with its own events.

Organizer Greg Pason has helped set up a multi-day schedule of music for Montclair at over 15 venues. Performers will be on Glenridge Avenue (in fort of DollyMoo and MIshMIsh Cafe), Verdifgreen, East Side Mags, Montclair Public Library, Heratij, Just Kidding Around, Sorrelli, FIAF, Watchung Booksellers, Pedal MTC, Upper Montlclair and Mountain Avenue Train Stations, Olive That and More, and 73 See Gallery. Check out the full schedule and details here. Continue Reading

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