The Weekend

Emmet Cohen

There are many options to get out this weekend. Here are some highlights, but check our calendar for even more events in Baristaville and beyond.

Tonight catch  a concert by the very talented pianist Emmet Cohen at Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield. Emmet, a Temple Ner Tamid member, is a rising star on the national jazz scene. He was a 2011 finalist in the prestigious Thelonius Monk Piano Competition. He has performed with and been recognized by jazz luminaries such as Christian McBride and Herbie Hancock.

Emmet Cohen Concert
Thursday, July 26 at 7:30 pm
Temple Ner Tamid, 936 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ
$20 per person

Also tonight is another concert of a different sort. Starseed Yoga presents a 13 HANDS concert /Kirtan experience, which is a blend of contemporary, Bhakti, spiritual, meditative and world chant music. With a whole array of instruments from Native Flutes to Hand Drum and other world percussion and guitars, 13 HANDS, aka Dalien, aka Daniel McBride shares an “uplifting, mesmerizing and healing community experience that is family friendly and allows your heart and voice to shine and illuminate!”

13 HANDS Concert / Kirtan Experience
Thursday, July 26 at 8 pm (dorrs open at 7:30 pm)
Starseed Yoga, 271 Grove Avenue, Building C, Verona, NJ
Pre-Reg Rate: $20 / Evening of the concert: $25 / Family Rate: $40


Enjoy some more great music on Friday over at Brookdale Park in Bloomfield. The Essex County Free Concert Series Summer Music will feature the Springsteen Tribute: The B Street Band. Originally known as Backstreets, The B Street Band was formed in Asbury Park  in May of 1980 by musicians Will Forte and the late Bob Chipak. The addition of Springsteen look-alike, Glenn Stuart, furthered the success of the band who now play all your Springsteen favorites as well as the music of Roy Orbinson, Billy Joel, 70’s Disco, and Motown to Tom Petty and John Mellencamp. Also performing are The Infernos, another longtime Jersey band. Bring your lawn chairs and sing and dance any way you want it.

The B Street Band and The Infernos
Friday, July 27 at  7:30 pm
Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair, NJ


On Saturday morning, go watch “Not a Feather, but a Dot” a documentary film on the history of the evolution, perceptions and changes in the Indian-American community, made by Columbia High School alum Teju Prasad. The film aims to break down the  many misconceptions about the Hindu religion and Indian culture. Learn more about Teju Prasad here.

Not a Feather, But a Dot
Saturday, July 28 from 11 am – 12 pm
Maplewood Theater, 155 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood, NJ
Tickets $10, Tickets + DVD $20. Purchase tickets at the door.


On Saturday night, don’t forget about Luna Stage’s Luna Fusion Fest, which begins with a concert by The Mahavishnu Project. On Sunday, catch Ed Palermo and his Big Band.

Luna Fusion Fest
Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29. Afternoon events at 3 pm / Shows at 8 pm
Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ 
Afternoon events are free and evening shows are $20 for adults and $15 for students with ID. Buy your tickets online here.


Sean Harkness

Another 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. Enjoy musical theater performer Gerardo Mastrolia, cabaret singer Fran Leonardis and award winning guitarist Sean Harkness. Gerardo Mastrolia is a New Jersey native and musical theater student at the New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts.  His favorite roles include Horton the Elephant in Seussical the Musical, Edna Turnblat in Hairspray and Sir Harry in Once Upon a Mattress.  Most recently, he has been booked for several private parties impersonating Liza Minnelli. Singer Fran Leonardis was the 2011 second runner up in the Metrostar Talent Challenge which was held at the Metropolitan Room in NYC.  Most recently, Fran was seen in Ruthless: The Musical and as the Rappin Granny in The Wedding Singer. Guitarist and Windham Hill recording artist, Sean Harkness recently garnered both the Outstanding Instrumentalist of 2011 Backstage Bistro Award, and a MAC Award [Manhattan Association of Clubs and Cabarets] for his New York solo shows. Sean has appeared as an artist and sideman extensively in New York’s finest jazz venues including the Blue Note, Smoke, Small’s, the Jazz Standard, Birdland,  the Metropolitan Room,  and Top Of The Rock at Rockefeller Center, to name a few.

Music at The Mansion
Sunday, July 29 at 3 pm
Oakside 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. Light refreshments will be served. 


To find out what else is going on this weekend, be sure to check our calendar.

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