Imagine yourself in an intimate place, absorbing the glorious sound of
music or laughing to the
comedian’s antics while surrounded by the inspiring colors and forms of works of art!
The Heinz W. Otto Gallery has 12-foot ceilings, superb acoustics, and a seating capacity of 100.
Saturday, January 24, 8 p.m.
“All the flat top cats and dungaree dolls” are headed to the Watchung Arts Center for an evening of 1950’s rock-n-roll
RAVE ON! is a band that features the music of Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison, playing hits like “That’ll Be The Day,”, “Not Fade Away,” “Peggy Sue,” “Pretty Woman,” “Crying,” and “Only The Lonely,” along with other classic, early rock-n-roll songs.
This is the music that paved the way for rock-n-roll and influenced The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and countless other artists.
RAVE ON! is living proof that Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and the music of early rock-n-roll is timeless and continues to appeal to people of all ages.
RAVE ON!’s show is always a crowd pleaser.
Chris Roselle - Guitar & Lead Vocals
Pete Farley - Bass Guitar & Background Vocals
Don Guinta - Drums & Background Vocals
Lauren Hooker & Friends
Saturday, January 31, 8 p.m.
Lauren Hooker previously appeared at the Arts Center’s sold-out concert, “Three Jazz Divas”, in February, 2014.
Ms. Hooker will sing selections from her newly released CD, “All For You – My Heart and Soul”, and play piano and Native American flute. She will be joined by Dave Rimelis on violin and guitar; Mike Richmond on bass; Jonathan Luks on tap and percussion; and special guest Marty Eigen on woodwinds.
Originally from Plainfield, NJ, Lauren Hooker, a critically acclaimed and award-winning NYC-based recording and performing artist, helps to continue the tradition of innovative jazz performance. Critics from across the nation and abroad have likened her favorably to Dianne Reeves, Nancy Wilson, Anita O’Day, Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington, but with a style uniquely her own and “a voice with its own distinctive character” (AllAboutJazzUK).
Awarded Honorable Mention as one of AllAboutJazz-NY's selected Best Vocal CDs in ‘07 for her debut CD: “Right Where I Belong”, she is also included in Royal Stokes’ List of Best Jazz Vocal CDs of ‘10 for “Life of the Music” (Miles High Records), which includes mostly original material, in addition to winning a Jazz Twirlie Award in ‘11 for Jazz Vocals.
Ms. Hooker’s arrangements of jazz standards and original compositions include lyricist credits to instrumental standards by Thelonius Monk, Fats Waller, Charles Mingus, Mal Waldron (whom she recorded with in the early 90’s), Wayne Shorter and Vic Juris.
Lauren appears regularly as a solo pianist/vocalist, as well as a singer leading her own quartet. She has been featured on a number of television shows including NJN Public Television’s State of the Arts: “Abstractions in Music, Art and Theater” filmed live at the Cape May Jazz Festival and on BCAT "Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings Series" shown throughout Manhattan’s five boroughs. She has been featured on numerous radio stations across the country and abroad and was the guest artist on WBGO’s Singers Unlimited with Michael Bourne on Nov 30, 2014. She has performed and/or recorded with some of the best in the business including Rufus Reid, Allen Farnham, Mike Richmond, Vic Juris, Bucky Pizzarelli, Reggie Workman and Billy Holiday’s former pianist, Mal Waldron.
Lauren also performs regularly via her Arts in Education Company which she founded in 1993; Musical Legends, LLC: teaching cultures through the arts and arts through the cultures, which includes a Jazz 4 Kids Show featured twice in WBGO’s Children’s Concert Series. The Cathedral of St John the Divine in NYC recently commissioned Ms. Hooker to write and perform a theater piece based on the Phoenix in honor of their critically acclaimed “Phoenix Exhibit”.
A dessert reception will follow the concert, providing an opportunity to meet the performers.
Please note: the date for the February Improvables performance has changed.
Adult Improv: Saturday, January 10, 8 p.m.
Family Improv: Saturday, February 7, 8 p.m.
Adult Improv: Saturday, March 14, 8 p.m.
Family Improv: Saturday, April 25, 8 p.m.
Adult Improv: Saturday, May 16, 8 p.m.
The Improvables have been providing the Center’s audiences with zany, raucous one-of-a-kind and never-to-be-repeated humor since 2002. Each show features a series of games in which the performers act out various scenes, based on audience suggestions, without advanced knowledge of the topics. Come ready to laugh at the antics of this wonderful improvisational troupe of actors including Randy Schweriner, David Kritz, Michele Kerekes, and Brandon Lericos of Bridgewater, Phil Hochman of Plainfield, Roberta Maher of Mt. Arlington and Mike Griffin of Hillsborough.
Family-friendly shows are suitable for children 10 and older, while adult shows are “R” rated.
Also in January
|Saturday, January 17||
A Broadway Evening with Roseann Latore Sicola
Enjoy videos of some of the past season's performances at the WAC
The Three Jazz DivasLauren Hooker sings "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
Saturday, Feb 1
Saturday, May 31.