Tuesday, January 26, 2016


McCarter Theatre Center continues its 2016 Signature Series with three special music events. 

Tickets are on sale now at the Box Office, by phone at 609-258-2787 or online at

McCarter’s Signature Series is curated by Special Programming Director William W. Lockwood, who remains the driving force behind McCarter Theatre Center’s reputation as one of the premiere arts presenters in the country.

WHEN: FRIDAY, JANUARY 29 – 8:00 p.m.
Matthews Stage, 91 University Place, Princeton
TICKETS: $50.00 - $62.00
Limited seating available

America’s own Buddy Holly is often cited as the single most influential creative force in early rock n’ roll who paved the way for the next generation of legends (including Elvis, The Stones, Dylan, and The Beatles). This Broadway musical (which ran in London for 22 years) follows his meteoric rise to fame from his humble country music roots to the top of the charts and his untimely death in 1959, at the age of only 22 (“The Day the Music Died,” according to Don McLean’s song). But the best way to describe this show is simply to list the 50s favorites that we can’t get out of our heads, golden oldies which will have you on your feet and rockin’ in the aisles: Peggy Sue, That’ll Be the Day, Raining in the Aisles, Not Fade Away, Maybe Baby, Ritchie Valens’ La Bamba and the Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace.

Richard Thompson Beautiful Days Festival 19 August 2012RICHARD THOMPSON – ACOUSTIC SOLO CONCERT

WHERE: Matthews Stage, 91 University Place, Princeton
TICKETS: $25.00 - $48.00

Richard Thompson’s return to McCarter is a little overdue this time around, but the wait is over. Throughout a career that now spans 40 years, this singer / songwriter / guitarist has created a body of work (40 albums and over 400 songs) unsurpassed in its sheer musical invention, emotional precision, and diversity, earning Grammy nominations and tribute albums galore. So it’s not so surprising that he’s been called the finest rock songwriter since Bob Dylan (Los Angeles Times) and is a perennial contender for the title of greatest living rock guitarist (Rolling Stone).

Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour 2016_Raul Midon, Nicholas Payton, Ravi Coltrane_(c)R.R. Jones

WHEN: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12 – 8:00 p.m.
Matthews Stage, 91 University Place, Princeton
TICKETS: $25.00 - $58.00

The Monterey Jazz Festival, the longest continuously-running jazz festival in the world, returns to the road in 2016, featuring critically-acclaimed, GRAMMY®-winning jazz artists. The latest edition of the all-star tour band features Raul Midón on guitar and vocals; Ravi Coltrane on tenor and soprano saxophones; Nicholas Payton on trumpet; musical directorGerald Clayton on piano; Joe Sanders on bass; and Gregory Hutchinson on drums.

World-renowned for its artistic excellence, sophisticated informality, and longstanding mission to create and support year-round jazz education and performance programs in local, regional, national, and international venues, Monterey Jazz Festival has stayed true to expanding live performances of jazz around the country since 2008 by presenting national tours that have reached over 100,000 fans in 135 shows across the United States and Canada.

Raul Midón has appeared at Monterey three times, in 2009, 2011 and 2015. Ravi Coltrane first appeared at Monterey in 2001, nearly 41 years to the day after his own father, John Coltrane, made his debut at Monterey in 1960. Ravi also appeared at the Festival in 2013 and 2015. Nicholas Payton was the Festival’s Artist-In-Residence in 2000, and appeared again in 2015. Gerald Clayton, Joe Sanders, Gregory Hutchinson and Kendrick Scott, some of the rising stars in the jazz world, have been recent performers on Monterey stages, both at the Monterey Jazz Festival itself, and as high school students at the Festival’s 45-year old student competition, the Next Generation Jazz Festival.

Raul Midon, vocal
Nicholas Payton, trumpet
Ravi Coltrane, tenor & soprano saxophone
Gerald Clayton, music director
Joe Sanders, bass
Gregory Hutchinson, drums