Date Night: Music and Comedy Top Weekend Shows

From Paco de Lucia to Ravi Coltrane and Aziz Ansari, shows around the region will keep audiences entertained.

Wellmont Theatre, Montclair

THIS WEEKEND Saturday — Comedian Aziz Ansari, one of the funniest character actors in TV and film, delivers his stand-up act to the Montclair audience, 8 p.m.

NEXT WEEK   John Prine, with Kevin Gordon, 8 p.m., Friday, April 20; Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 21

BOOK IT NOW Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 19.

Check out wellmonttheatre.com for more shows.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark

THIS WEEKEND: Tonight — Paco de Lucia, one of the great flamenco and jazz guitarists of his generation, performs with his band; 8 p.m., Friday; Prudential Hall; Theresa Caputo, star of TLC'sLong Island Medium, helps audience members connect with the dead; 8 p.m., Victoria Theater 

NEXT WEEK: Audra McDonald, one of musical theater's most accomplished leading ladies performs the best of the Broadway and Hollywood songbooks; 8 p.m., Friday, April 20, Prudential Hall

BOOK IT NOW: Daughtry has gone from American Idol contestant to Grammy-nominated pop band. He and his band rock Prudential Hall at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 25; Straight No Chaser, a 10-man ensemble, bring their crazy a cappella harmonies to Prudential Hall, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 28. 

Check out njpac.org to check out these and other events.

The Prudential Center, Newark

THIS WEEKEND: Saturday — Nets v. Boston Celtics, 7:30 p.m.

NEXT WEEK: Nets v. Miami Heat, 7:30 p.m., Monday; Devils v. Florida Panthers, 7 p.m., Tuesday; Nets v. Knicks, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday; Devils v. Panthers (yes, again), 7 p.m., Thursday

BOOK IT NOW:  G Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2; Red Hot Chili Peppers, 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, May 4, 5; McDonald's Gospelfest, 4 p.m., Saturday, May 12 

Check out 
prucenter.com for details about these and other shows.

South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange

THIS WEEKEND: Saturday — Adam Pascal & Anthony Rapp, original cast members of the Tony Award-winning musical RENT, reunite for a concert featuring a mix of pop and original songs as well as Broadway tunes, 8 p.m.; 

NEXT WEEK: No shows

BOOK IT NOW: Resurrection Blues, Arthur Miller's 2006 allegorical comedy about a captured mysterious miracle-maker who will be killed on a reality show, Thursday through Sunday, April 26-29.

Go to sopacnow.org for more details about all shows.


Top-40 pop stars All-American Rejects perform at 9 p.m. in The Music Box; Saturday — Cage Fury Fighting Championship, 7 p.m., Event Center; "Live From Daryl's House," with Daryl Hall and featuring special guests Sharon Jones and Allen Stone, 9 p.m., The Music Box

NEXT WEEK: "Shut Up, Sit Down & Eat," a Comedy Club Special Event featuring Tino Giorgi, Joe Moffa, Chris Monty & Eric Tartaglione, 9 p.m., Music Box, Friday through Sunday, April 20-22 

 BOOK IT NOW: Angst-pop stars Counting Crows deliver their hits and new songs, Saturday, April 28, at the Event Center; Russell Brand, the soon-to-be former-Mr.-Katy-Perry does, well... whatever it is that he does, Thursday, May 4, 9 p.m., The Music Box

Check out theborgata.com for details about these and other shows.

Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank

Comedian Sinbad brings his wacky, rambling act (but with any luck, he kept his '90s-era Zubaz pants in the closet), 8 p.m., Friday, April 13

NEXT WEEK: No shows

BOOK IT NOW: Squeeze, one of the few '80s bands to survive the '80s music scene with their livers, noses and bank accounts intact, performs their impressive list of hits at 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 25; Music and biofuel icon Willie Nelson performs at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 12; Steve Winwood, whose music and influence on music has spanned decades, performs at 8 p.m., Sunday, May 27.

Go to countbasietheatre.org for more details about all shows.

Kean University, Union

THIS WEEKEND Friday and Saturday — The Kean University Dance Ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m., Wilkins Theatre; Saturday — Jazz performer Ravi Coltrane, 7:30 p.m., Enlow Recital Hall

NEXT WEEK  no shows

BOOK IT NOW Kathy Mattea, 3 p.m., Sunday, May 6. 

Check out keanstage.com for details about these and other shows.

Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown

This Weekend: Tonight — MercyMe, Grammy-nominated, multiple GMA Dove Award winners for Christian Contemporary music, 8 p.m.;  Saturday — The Passing Zone: Gravity Attacks, Jon Wee and Owen Morse merge comedy, juggling and dangerous stunts with hilarious results, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

NEXT WEEK: "Gabriel Iglesias: Stand-up Revolution Tour" gives the crazy comedian  the chance to get a Mo-town audience fired up, 8 p.m., Thursday; Dance Theatre of Harlem provides mixes bal and modern movement, 8 p.m., Friday, April 20; Catskills on Broadway features "Borscht Belt" favorite comedians Freddie Roman, Mal Z. Lawrence and Dick Capri, 3 p.m., Sunday, April 22.

BOOK IT NOW: Guitar hero Joe Walsh brings his "Analog Tour" into Mo-town at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7; Darius Rucker, the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish who's now topping the country charts as a solo performer, plays at 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13.

Check out mayoarts.org for details about these and other shows.

Scotty’s Steakhouse, Springfield

THIS WEEK: Tonight and Saturday — Carole Montgomery, New York City resident and performer of the one-woman show, PT&A Mom, brings the act she has honed for years as a headlining comedian and frequent guest on Comedy Central and Nick @ Nite's Funniest Moms and other showsMick Thomas and Jason Pollock are also featured on the show

NEXT WEEKBuddy Flip, a regular on the Atlantic City and Las Vegas comedy circuits and on radio's nationally syndicated Joey Reynolds Show, performs.The show also features Tracy Locke and Danny Palmer; Friday and Saturday, April 20, 21

BOOK IT NOW: Kyle Grooms, a bright voice on the comedy scene, boasts regular work on Chappelle's Show and NBC's Last Comic Standing, performs for the Scotty's crowd on a show that also features Terry McNeely and Mary Radzinsky

For details and more information, log onto scottyssteakhouse.com.

Shanghai Jazz, Madison

THIS WEEKEND: Tonight — David Ginsburg Quartet; Multi-Grammy winner Helio Alves brings his trio to perform Brasilian jazz for the Shanghai Jazz crowd; Sunday — Thaddeus Expose Group

NEXT WEEK: Herb Woodson Blues Soul Quartet, playing everything from Van Morrison to Otis ReddingFriday, April 20; Don Braden, acclaimed saxophonist and musical director for the Cosby Show, leads his Don Braden Quartet into Madison, Saturday, April 21.

BOOK IT NOW: Marcus McLauren Trio, led by the star bassist who performed with Abby Lincold and Clark Terry, Saturday, April 28.

All shows 6:30 and 8:30. Check out shanghaijazz.com for more details.

State Theatre, New Brunswick

THIS WEEK: No shows

NEXT WEEK: Johnny Mathis, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 21 

BOOK IT NOW:  Dickey Betts and Great Southern, 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 25; "American Pie" writer Don McLean celebrates the 40th anniversary of one of pop music's most enduring songs, 8 p.m., Friday, April 27

 Check out statetheatrenj.org for more details.

Stress Factory Comedy Club, New Brunswick

THIS WEEK: Tonight and Saturday — Marc Maron, host of WTF? with Marc Maron and a regular guest on Late Night with David Letterman and The Craig Ferguson Show, performs for the New Brunswick crowd.

NEXT WEEK: Neal Brennan performs from Thursday through Saturday, April 19-21

Book It Now: Jon Lovitz, former Saturday Night Live cast member and star of many terrible movies, brings his stand-up act to New Brunswick on Thursday and Friday, April 27, 28

Check out stressfactory.com for more details.

Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway

THIS WEEKEND: Saturday —  An Evening with Amy Correia, 8 p.m., The Loft at UC PAC; Sunday — The 50th Anniversary celebration of The Duprees, performing on stage with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, 3 p.m.

 NEXT WEEK: No shows

BOOK IT NOW: Wayne Newton, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 28; An acoustic evening with rock/pop legend Dave Mason, 8 p.m., Thursday, June 28

Go to unioncountypac for more details about all shows.


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