The Weekend: Jazz, Opera, Blues, and More


Lots of great events to enjoy this weekend!

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Here’s what else is happening this weekend:

Opera Theatre of Montclair will present the last weekend of Mozart’s comedic The Abduction From The Seraglio (“Die Entführung aus dem Serail”). The opera will be sung in the original German with English subtitles and dialogue and be conducted by German maestro Markus Grae-Hauck, a local favorite as well as an international conductor.This new family-friendly staging retells the classic story of the Turkish harem, pirates and rescued lovers through the eyes of a child’s nighttime dream.

The Abduction From The Seraglio
February 18, 19, and 20  at 8 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, 67 Church Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Tickets are $20 – $70 and are are available online here
Johnny Charles Blues Band

New Jersey bluesman Johnny Charles performs at Hat City Kitchen in Orange on Friday alongside powerhouse vocalist, Rachel Wise. JC’s influences are vast… from early Yardbirds to Roy buchanan to the jazz style of Harry Leahey. Combining these influences with his own style has proven that Johnny Charles is a force to be reckoned with. Don’t miss out on an amazing night of Blues.

Johnny Charles Blues Band featuring Rachel Wise
Friday, February 19 at 8 pm
Hat City Kitchen, 459 Valley Street, Orange, NJ
$10 cover
Big Fun(K)

Over at Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant on Saturday enjoy the Don Braden, Karl Latham, and the Big Fun(K) New Album Preview Party. Go out and be the first to hear brand new funky/jazzy explorations of classics by Earth, Wind and Fire, Marvin Gaye, Neil Young, Stevie Wonder and others, plus hot new originals — all from the band’s upcoming album recording.

Big Fun(K) New Album Preview Party
Saturday, February 20 for two sets at 8 pm and 10 pm
Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant, 6 Depot Square, Montclair, NJ, 07042
$18 pp in advance, $20 at the door /$12 pp minimum
Tom Papa

New Jersey’s own Tom Papa is one of the top comedic voices in the country, finding success in film, TV, radio and live stage. See him perform at NJPAC on Saturday night. This year, Papa will shoot his third stand-up special, which will be produced by Steven Soderbergh. His two critically acclaimed specials – Tom Papa: Freaked Out and Tom Papa Live in New York City – were directed by Rob Zombie. Papa is the host of the hit podcast and SiriusXM show, Come to Papa, which explores the funny side of life, occasionally with guests like Mel Brooks, Ray Romano, Carl Reiner and Jerry Seinfeld.

Tom Papa
Saturday, Februry 20 at 8 pm
NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ
Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online here
Tommy Campbell

Tommy Campbell will perform at the SOPAC Jazz in the Loft on Sunday. Jazz in the Loft is an intimate series of concerts hosted in the casual cabaret-style setting of the SOPAC Loft. Tommy Campbell, inspired by legendary drummers such as Buddy Rich, Billy Cobham, Max Roach, the late greats Art Blakey and Tony Williams, has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the genre’s leading talents.

Tommy Campbell: Jazz in the Loft
Sunday, February 21 at 7 pm
SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online here
Check out our Calendar for other local happenings and have a great weekend!

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