The Weekend: Music and Museums

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Eddie Palmieri The weekend begins tonight! Bandleader and pianist Eddie Palmieri performs with his Salsa orchestra at NJPAC’s Sounds of the City tonight—a free outdoor concert series. Palmieri is known for his bold, innovative drive in a career that spans more than 50 years as the leader of salsa and Latin jazz orchestras. The winner of nine Grammy Awards, he was declared a 2013 Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Eddie Palmieri at Sounds of the City
Thursday, July 31 from 5 pm – 10 pm
NJPAC, One Centre Street, Newark, NJ


Jersey SoundJersey Sound and Almost Queen and Almost Queen join forces to present a rock and roll show on Friday at Brookdale Park. Jersey Sound is one of the Tri-State Area’s premier oldies band, known for its versatility and talented members. The band offers an eclectic blend of classic Oldies, Motown, R&B and Pop. Almost Queen is a tribute band featuring the songs of the 1970s group Queen. Its members have toured with Thin Lizzy, Dee Snider and Angel. Lead singer Joseph Russo is a veteran of the Broadway stage and has performed in several Broadway tours throughout the world. He is joined by Almost Queen members Steve Leonard, John Cappadona, and Randy Gregg to present one of the best live Queen concerts.

Jersey Sound and Almost Queen
Friday, August 1 at 7:30 pm
Brookdale Park, Watchung Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ



montclair center stage

It’s the first Friday of the month, which means that Montclair Center Stage is up on Church Street from 5 pm-9 pm. The Super Experiment plays R&B and Jazz from  5 pm – 7 pm and MyMyndMocean performs World/ Psych Indian fusion from 7:30 pm – 9 pm.

Montclair Center Stage
Friday, August 1 from 5 pm – 9 pm
Church Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042


When four young jazz virtuosos decided to join forces, the Rhythm Future Quartet was born. That quartet will perform at Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant in Montclair on Saturday night. Named after a Django Reinhardt tune, the Rhythm Future Quartet performs dynamic and fiery arrangements of Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions. The quartet features Jason Anick on violin, Olli Soikkeli and John Eun on guitars, and Greg Loughman on bass. Jason Anick and Olli Soikkeli, the front-men and lead soloists of the group, have been receiving critical acclaim this past year and are considered ‘rising stars’ in the world of Jazz and Gypsy Jazz. The prestigious Wall Street Journal proclaimed, “Olli Soikkeli, is a riveting Finnish guitarist who combines astonishing dexterity and speed with pure soul in a way that places him among the worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django.”

Rhythm Future Quartet featuring Finnish guitar sensation Olli Soikkeli
Friday, August 1 Two seatings: 8 pm and 10 pm
Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant, 6 Depot Square, Montclair, NJ, 07042
$15 pp music, $12 pp minimum


Montclair Art MuseumThis weekend is a Museums On Us weekend, which means that any Bank of America or Merrill Lynch cardholder will receive free museum admission to the following area museums:

  • Montclair Art Museum (MAM), 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ.
  • Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ.
  • Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, 591 Broad Street, Newark, NJ.
  • Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ.
  • Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ.
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.
  • Whitney Museum of Art, 945 Madison Avenue, New York, NY.

Museums on Us
Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3
Free admission for each cardholder (debit or credit) at participating museums


Check out our Calendar for other local happenings.




  1. POSTED BY thanksalatte  |  July 31, 2014 @ 4:28 pm

    Oh these piano concerts are amazing but a tad bittersweet because I played until middle school and then found other things to do besides practice. I have no doubt I would have won at least TEN Grammy’s by now. Oh well, go Eddie!

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