The Weekend: Boogie Nights, Rock n’ Roll, Comedy and More

Won’t you take me to Funkytown? It’s not far at all, in fact Maplewood is Funkytown this weekend. The people of Studio B, who bring Story Slams, movie screenings and more, now bring Boogie Nights Disco to Baristaville on Friday night:

From the sound of things, you’ve been wanting to mix it up on the dance floor for some. We have too. In fact, we’ve been wanting to bump, hustle, and electric slide our way right into 2012! So, in honor of National Disco Day in Maplewood (we’re making that up), we’re throwing down some of the best tracks from the Brother’s Gibb, and their more talented contemporaries, and inviting you to come in and shake it. Splits are optional, high kicks are a must. We’re providing a quick disco lesson with our own groove thang, Jaycee. Danny Terrio never looked this good!

So do the hustle, shake your groove thang and dance the night away at the Burgdorff Center For the Performing Arts tomorrow night.

Boogie Nights Disco
Friday, January 20 at 8 pm
Burgdorff Center For the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood, NJ
$10, includes disco dancing lesson.

From 70s disco move into 80s and contemporary rock on Saturday. Veteran rocker Martin Briley, who has written songs for such musical performers as Kesha, Michael Bolton, Pat Benatar, Gregg Allman, Kenny Loggins, Jeff Healey, and Orianthi, will be performing with his band, The Martin Briley Band, at Hat City Kitchen. Best known for his 1983 top 40 pop and MTV hit “Salt of My Tears,” Briley has penned compositions that have sold over twenty million copies around the world. Briley is now a Baristaville resident and loves it. “I moved to the Montclair/Bloomfield area from Manhattan a couple of years ago, to discover that most of the best players on the East Coast live right around here,” says Briley.  “My band features Ira Siegel (guitar/vocals), Frank Vilardi (drums), Doug Hall (keyboards/vocals), and Matt Anthony (bass), who are not only some of the most in-demand musicians in the business, they also live in the neighborhood!” Sharing the bill will be The Mar-Tays, who have recorded or performed with such artists as Simon and Garfunkel, Whitney Houston, Hall and Oates, Bette Midler, Beyoncé, and Luther Vandross. Check them out on Saturday night.

The Martin Briley Band
Saturday, January 21 at 9 pm
Hat City Kitchen, 459 Valley Street, Orange, NJ
For reservations, call 862.252.9147 or go online here.

Another option on Saturday night is A Night of Laughter. Emmy Award winning actress and comedian Judy Gold will perform at Montclair State University for the WomenTwoWomen organization. Best known as the star of the critically acclaimed long-running Off Broadway hit show 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, for which she was nominated for a 2006 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance.The show also won the 2007 GLAAD award for Outstanding New York Theater.

A Night of Laughter with Judy Gold
Saturday, January 21 at 8 pm
Memorial Auditorium at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, 07043
$25 general admission / $45 VIP seating and party with Judy. Purchase online here.

And yet another Saturday night option (Baristaville is awesome) is the premier of Bill T. Jones’s Story/Time, which we reviewed here.

Premieres Saturday, January 21 and runs through January 26.
Alexander Kasser Theater, Peak Performances, MSU, 1 Normal Avenue, Little Falls, NJ
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the box office or online here.

On Sunday, enjoy some Blues “In the Loft” at SOPAC. This series brings you blues and jazz concerts in a casual, affordable and fun concert series featuring up-and-coming musicians and seasoned professionals.This weekend enjoy acoustic blues with Colin Jon, Heath Mensher and Benoir, hosted by Mike Griot of PWI Entertainment. Colin John’s  infectious, genre-defying style was described by the British music magazine Mojo as “ferociously entertaining funked – up R&B.” Heath Mensher (Vocals, Harp) and Benoir (Guitars, Vocals) have been playing together since they were children, honing their blues skills on Long Island. They formed the Suffering Blues Band with renowned Bassist Kentucky Parkis and drummer Freddie McCondichie. Performing their “traditional gutbucket blues and hard funk style,” The Suffering Blues Band sound was an audience favorite at the 2011 South Orange International Blues Festival.

In The Loft at SOPAC
Sunday, January 22 at 5 pm
SOPAC, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ
$15 cover can be purchased online here.

West Orange’s Luna Stage brings you the Indie Music Circus, where three acts replace three rings. Indie Music Circus was created in 2008 by Michael with the vision of creating a supportive community for musicians and audience alike. A place where musicians can find an attentive audience and a place where an audience could find fantastic original music. This monthly showcase for independent musicians will feature Johnny Reyes, Candice Artist and Carl Croce with special guest host Deivito this weekend.

Indie Music Circus
Sunday, January 22 at 6:30 pm
Luna Stage Theatre Company, 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ
$5 admission

To see what else is going on in Baristaville, make sure to check our calendar.

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  1. i have a joke:
    What do you do if you get lost in an Icelandic forest?

    Stand up!

    get it???????????
    Icelandic forests have extremely low trees. LOL!!!!!!

  2. How much does a polar bear weigh?
    -Enough to break the ice, Hi Im Jimmytown.

    Its all about the delivery!

    I wont be attending. $25 to see a comedy show that doesn’t serve booze is sad, not funny.

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