Wednesday, July 18, 2012



SarahBorgeswineglasspicSARAH BORGES
WHEN: Saturday, July 21, at 8 PM
David and Carol Lackland Center’s Sitnik Theater, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
ADMISSION: $30-$35 in advance and $35-$40 on the day of the performance.
Tickets for Sarah Borges and the rest of the Jammin’ in July Summer Concert Series are available through the CSC Box office at 715 Grand Ave., open 1-5 PM Monday through Friday, and 2 hours prior to each performance. They may also be purchased online at, or by calling the box office at 908.979.0900. A Summer Concert Series Pick Three Flex Pass subscription is $75.00 per person

Singer-songwriter Sarah Borges, a WNTI 91.1 favorite, is back by popular demand as part of Centenary Stage Company’s summer concert series, “Jammin’ in July.”

Borges last appeared in Hackettstown when she opened for the Smithereens. Her music is a fun and funky eclectic mix of rock-and-roll, country twang and everything in-between; it has been described as “walking that fine line between punk and country.”

Borges has toured the United States extensively and has crossed the pond to play landmark venues such as the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England where the Beatles first got their start.  Borges’ live shows are reported to be “the stuff of legend,” with audience members dancing in the aisles, or singing along to the choruses—all regular occurrence at a Borges show.  Borges herself has said “we always want people to dance.  That’s the best way to get a show going.” 

Borges’ down-home roots highly influence her music. Her first studio album, Silver City, was named for her hometown of Taunton, Massachusetts, which has a rich history in silver mining and is located 40 miles south of Boston.  She has been honored by the Boston Music Awards and has performed at the Americana Music Association conference.  Borges’ discography includes Silver City, Diamonds in the Dark, The Stars Are Out, and her newest album Radio Sweetheart, produced by Steve Berlin, a longtime member of Los Lobos.  Radio Sweetheart offers fans nine original songs and one cover of Lloyd Price’s “Heavy Dreams.”

GRIPWEEDS2010-smallOpening for Sarah Borges will be the high-octane band, The Grip Weeds. Described as a touch of John Lennon, a bit of The Byrds, a dash of The Kinks, pinch of The Who and a dollop of more muscular Zombies, “you get something quite original actually. And quite cool," says the E-Street Band’s legendary Steven Van Zandt.  The critically acclaimed Psychedelic Rock /Power Pop quartet consists of brothers Kurt and Rick Reil (on drums and guitar respectively), Kristin Pinell (guitar) and Dave DeSantis (bass), with all four singing, surrounded by their vintage equipment. The band is said to produce slices of perfect, radio-friendly guitar-pop, psychedelic enough to appeal to record junkies and Sixties-retro fans, but edgy enough to fit into a modern rock set. The Grip Weeds’ new CDs  and DVDs, Speed Of Live and Live Vibes are available at

The July 21 concert with Sarah Borges’ and The Grip Weeds  is produced in conjunction with NPR affiliate WNTI 91.9, Centenary College’s own radio station.  

The 2012-13 season of performing arts events at Centenary Stage Company is made possible (and affordable) through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, and CSC members and sponsors, including Premiere Sponsors Fulton Bank of New Jersey and Heath Village Retirement Community, as well as Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, and Mama’s and Café Baci in Hackettstown.