Tuesday, July 31, 2018
by Rick Busciglio (www.njfootlights.net)
The revolutionary 1960’s anti-Vietnam war musical Hair is now on stage in an exceptional joyous, high energy production at the Centenary Stage Company featuring members of Centenary University’s NEXTstage Repertory. Amazingly, it is 50 years since this very first rock musical moved from Off-Broadway to Broadway. Reviews were mixed, but audiences loved the show. (Top: Brandon Conti, center)
Unlike most rock musicals of today, the lyrics were understandable! It also means they shocked with words and actions never seen or heard before in an uptown theater, e.g., full cast nudity at the end of the first act, but omitted in this version. It was also ground breaking for the slim plot. Manhattan high schoolers and drop-outs are protesting the war and the universal military draft. Hatred of the war was exacerbated by the extensive nightly television coverage of the carnage in the jungles of Vietnam. The core of the plot is about Claude a pacifist who unsuccessfully attempts to resist his draft notice.
Director/choreographer Lea Antolini-Lid has assembled a marvelous highly talented diverse cast of about 30 young people. Actually, with most of the cast on stage in spirited movement for the entire play, it might be more accurate to identify her as ‘ringmaster’ in place of ‘director.’ Regardless of the name, the multi-talented Lea Antolini-Lid has “mothered” an exciting, first class theater production equal to many now playing across the Hudson.
Hair is the creation of Gerome Ragni and James Rado (book and lyrics) and music by Galt MacDermot. Three of the songs have become classics: Aquarius (the anthem of the entire national hippie movement),Let the Sunshine In, and Good Morning Starshine.
Not only did Ragni and Rado create Hair, they starred in the initial Off-Broadway run as Berger and Claude. In this production, Berger, the leader of the “tribe,” is impressively played by Brandon Conti. His opening First Act turn is a powerful audience grabber that sets the high energy tone for the rest of the play. The key role of Claude, the nice Polish boy from Queens who is about to be drafted, is played to perfection by Andy Martinez. He drips “sincerity.”
Other ‘spot on’ memorable performances are by: Megan Schmiedhauser (below, left) as Sheila, Berger’s girlfriend and roommate to the two boys. She is high energy blessed with a fine powerful voice. Standout songs are I Believe in Love, Easy to be Hard, and the classic Good Morning Starshine with Alyssa Ramsey; Jesse Bush is Woof, an over the top Mick Jagger fan; Julie Ullmann is the lovable Crissy; Nicole Boscarino is Jeanie; Brianna Javis is Ronny (wonderfulAquarius); Saquan Williams is Hud (has fun with Colored Spade).
Other cast members are Joe Anthony, Nick Bettens, Lisa Kosak (terrific as Claude’s mother), Sean C. Fowley, Dominick Garatino, AJ Lewis, Ryan Robert Washington, Allen Marchioni, Zack Clark, Jake Jackson, Mollie Gash, Cina Gabel. Liz Kent, Mariel Letourneau, Lily Randall, Jibril Scott, Stephanie Rosario, and Najee Esmond. (Above: Andy Martinez & Brandon Conti)
Special ‘tip of the hat’ to the outstanding musicians: keyboard and conductor Greg Paradis; guitar Rick Merino; Ben Weiss; bass Nate Lienhard; drums Justin Kemp. The band is positioned on the right side of the stage on a platform fully visible to the audience and via their exuberant playing become part of the show.
The Creative Team: Director/choreographer Lea Antolini-Lid; stage manager/ assistant director James Russo; Co-choreographer Mariel Letourneau; assistant stage manager Victoria Pulido; lighting designer Ethan Newman; and costume designer Deanna DeGraff.
Four more chances to see Hair- August 2-5 at the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center:
- Thursday, August 2 at 7:30PM
- Friday, August 3 at 8:00PM
- Saturday, August 4 at 8:00PM
- Sunday, August 5 at 2:00PM
- Fridays Evening = $27.50 Adult / $17.50 Child (-12)
- Saturday = $29.50 Adult / $17.50 Child (-12)
- Sunday = $25.00 Adult / $17.50 Child (-12)
- *Thursday (BOGO) = $27.50 ALL SEATS
*BOGO OFFER: Valid ONLY in person at the CSC Box Office
SPECIAL OFFER: $5.00 RUSH TICKETS! Any Student/Any School. Valid only in person. Must present a current student ID when purchasing tickets.
*Discounts available for Centenary students, faculty & staff.
WHEN: Friday, August 3rd, at 7 pm
WHERE: on the beautiful lawn of Rutherfurd Hall, 1686 Route 517, Allamuchy
Never Too Late.
Rain Date is Thursday August 9th-Please check the website: www.rutherfurdhall.org for updates.
WHERE: Union County Performing Arts Center - 1601 Irving St, Rahway
Theater Project Jr presents
WHEN: August 10 –12, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM / Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM
WHERE: Hamilton Stage / Union County Performing Arts Center, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway, NJ
TIX: www.ucpac.org/events or TheTheaterProject.org
Jerry Herman's ever-popular musical based on Thornton Wilder's timeless play reminds us that it's never too soon or too late to seek out new adventures that recapture the joy of being alive. Our 15 young actors are discovering the joy of performing in live theater, some for the very first time, under the expert guidance of director Mary A. Iannelli.
Fourteen New Jersey young people will perform in Hello, Dolly! this year’s presentation by THEATER PROJECT JR. Each summer, the program takes students (ages 8 & up) through an eight-week course that culminates in four performances for friends, family and the community. Along the way, students sing, dance, act, build confidence in themselves, make friends and have a wonderful time.
“The kids are thrilled about performing in such a prestigious environment,” says the program’s director/producer Mary Iannelli, who has helmed the program for over 10 years. “Doing the show in such a beautiful venue really validates their hard work.”
Theater Project Jr has been getting rave reviews from parents and children who return to the program year after year. “Mary challenges each of her kids, and every year they learn and grow as actors. Mary has also created a family atmosphere where the kids all look out for one another and enjoy performing together,” says one parent. “I just can't say enough wonderful things about the program.”
The young people performing in the show are drawn from Union County and beyond by the program’s reputation for providing a happy, supportive setting for budding actors.
Come join in the discovery!
YOU CAN DANCE, YOU CAN JIVE,
COME HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE!
AUDITIONS START TOMORROW!
AGES 18 AND UP
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
|WHERE: RHINO THEATRE GROUP | 247 Wanaque Avenue, 237 Hamburg Turnpike, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442|
Part of NBJP's mission is to showcase the next generation of jazz musicians ... the future "greats!" This is a chance to see them NOW! Drummer Chelsea Hughey leads the band the session. Our Session Special Guest Artist* is guitarist Matt Chertkoff.
* Special guest artist funding provided, in part, by a grant from the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Jackie Jones has electrified audiences throughout the United States as well as in Switzerland, Russia, Germany and Portugal, and of course right here in New Brunswick; She is currently teaching Jazz Voice at NJPAC. Ms. Jones musical associations are formidable... she has opened for the legendary Lou Rawls and has performed with many noteworthy artists including Nat Adderley, Jr.,Roy Ayers, Steve Nelson, Don Braden, Houston Person & Christian McBride.
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SpeakMusic Conservatory is an innovative music school dedicated to individualized, creative music instruction for students of all levels and ages.The SMC Jazz Faculty, Aaron Weiman-piano, Anthony Ware - saxophones, Mike Noordzy - Bass and Corey Rawls - drums, will be performing a mix of standards and original compositions. All four members work regularly with the top professionals in the jazz world both in the NJ/NY area and around.
Stephen is known for his smooth virtuosity, which spans the breadth of jazz, blues, latin, swing, bossa nova and contemporary classics. This dynamic bass/baritone sings to packed houses, across the predominately upscale supper club circuit, on either side of the Hudson River. Come out Friday and enjoy your favorite cocktail or pasta and "Fullersounds!
SPECIAL EVENT: LUCY YEGHIAZARYAN GROUP
WHEN: SUNDAY August 5, 4:30pm-7:30PM
WHERE: STAGE LEFT STEAK, 7 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
Our final free summer concerts sponsored by the The Roxbury Arts Alliance at 7pm this Thursday at the Horseshoe Lake Bandshell and Monday at the Roxbury Library Gazebo.
Don't forget to bring your own chairs or blankets to enjoy the concert and feel free to bring a picnic.
*In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved inside (at the library on Monday, and in the theater on Thursday)
WHEN: Aug 2nd, Thursday 7pm
WHERE: Horseshoe Lake Bandshell
WHEN: Aug. 6th, Monday 7pm
WHERE: Roxbury Library Gazebo
We have a weekend full of performances in between the last of our free concerts.
Come out of the heat and into the dark. Dracula is a tale of love, and those who live in the shadows... bringing our nightmares to life, taking us on an adventure that will make everyone's blood rush!
WHEN: Friday, August 3rd, at 7pm, Saturday, August 4th, at 7pm
Click here for tickets
On Friday and Saturday evening, come out of the heat and into the dark with Dracula performed by It's Fine Productions, and on Sunday at 4pm, we will have the music of Ryanhood coming all the way from Arizona, sponsored by Riverside Rhythm & Rhyme, both hosted by the Roxbury Arts Alliance at the InvestorsBank Theater.
Cameron Hood’s rich and folky lead vocals, Ryan Green’s explosive guitar and mandolin riffs, and their airtight vocal harmonies prompted the Arizona Daily Star to call them, “a match made in radio heaven.”
WHEN: Sunday August 5th, at 4pm
Click here for tickets
COMEDIAN ELECTED TO TOWN COUNCIL IN NEW JERSEY
In 2017 at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC, "COMEDIAN ELECTED TO TOWN COUNCIL IN NEW JERSEY” was nominated for Best Comedy Performance. This great review appeared in BroadwayWorld-DC.
Joey Novick returns home to the Garden State in August for two shows.
From BroadwayWorld-DC: “Comedian Elected to Town Council in New Jersey has heart, reminding us that public service can still be fun and honorable. That is why this reviewer is endorsing comedian Joey Novick.”
Jersey Fringe is a 3-day event featuring multiple theatrical productions at a variety of venues within walking distance of the central location and ticket hub, The Eagle Theatre. Multiple Producing Organizations will offer eclectic, unique selections for festivalgoers throughout the entire weekend.
Joey Novick has been a political comedian, camp counselor, editorial director, professional speaker, attorney, busboy, professional speaker, child actor and an elected official. “But not necessarily in that order,” Novick shared.
“COMEDIAN ELECTED TO TOWN COUNCIL IN NEW JERSEY” is the story of Novick’s election to the Flemington Borough Council and journey in local politics in the Garden State.
As a stand-up comedian, he’s appeared at Bananas Comedy Club, Dangerfield’s, the Comedy Cellar. He’s opened up for Robert Klein, Rosie O’Donnell, Chris Rock and Ray Romano. He's also appeared in New York City at SideShow Goshko, The Liar Show, Mostly True Things and at the New Jersey Storytelling Festival at the Grounds for Sculpture.
“COMEDIAN ELECTED TO TOWN COUNCIL IN NEW JERSEY” was developed in workshop with comedienne Carole Montgomery (Project Development); additional material developed by comedy writer for The Arsenio Hall Show Marty Rudoy (Creative Consultant) and directed by improvisational comedian Marshall Stern. Artwork for logo by cartoonist Jimmy Margulies.
“I started out in politics very jaded and cynical, and after fifteen years, have evolved into being passionate about public service, America, and the future of our very fragile democracy,” Novick continued.
Monday, July 30, 2018
WHEN: Sunday, August 5 | 3:30–6:00PM; 3:30–4:15PM—A quieter experience for those who feel overwhelmed by excessive stimuli.
WHERE: 760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ
ALL AGES WELCOME
Rain or shine
Live Music • Arts & Crafts • Inflatables
Face Painting • Kosher Food Trucks* • Fitness Challenge
and Much More!
Musical performances from Rock 'N' Roll Babies, Triple Threat Theater Camp
generously sponsored by Schumacher Chevrolet of Livingston
For more information about the event or to become a sponsor, contact:
Katy Strulson at 973-530-3915 or firstname.lastname@example.org
*Kosher food available for purchase from the following vendors: JJ’s Holy Cow, Kona Ice and more.
WHEN: 8/1/2018, 11:00AM and 1:30PM
WHERE: Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road.
TICKETS: Museum Members: $10; Non-Members: $12; Group Rate available for groups of 20 or more: $9; Combination Ticket (Museum Admission & Theatre): $15
A perfect, rockin' family event. A Bickford favorite returns with pure laser fun set to contemporary, pop/rock music that is guaranteed to bring the house down.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
WHEN: 8/2/2018, 11:00AM and 1:30PM
WHERE: Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown
TICKETS: Museum Members: $10; Non-Members: $12; Group Rate available for groups of 20 or more: $9; Combination Ticket (Museum Admission & Theatre): $15
Based on the original story by Madame Leprince De Beaumont, this production has all the magic and mystery that we have come to expect from this charming tale plus some new characters that add to the fun on stage. To find the true love and heart of the Beast, the Beauty must see through his outward appearance. This story is presented by Paper Moon Puppet Theatre of New Jersey.
*The 11:00AM performance is a Sensory-Friendly performance, which is a theatre experience in which the environment and typical "rules of attendance" have been relaxed to accommodate individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities and the families and professionals who support them.
Sunday, July 29, 2018
THEATER & MUSIC FESTIVAL
A FREE four-day festival of Latinx play readings, live music events, conversations with artists & more! Click HERE for the full festival line-up and the Spanish translation (Oprime AQUÍ para ver el itinerario completo). RSVP
Rental Event Sponsored by Maureen & Steven Van Zandt and Count Basie Center for the Arts
The evening’s benefit concert will feature live musical performances from the Rockit Academy, event honoree and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Eddie Brigati, and other Special Guests. It will include The Beatles’ Abbey Road, selections from George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh, and classics from The Rascals. BUY TICKETS
Prepare to be Inspired and Experience the world of Independent Cinema once again at Monmouth Film Festival, voted New Jersey’s Best Film Festival. The three-day event will consist of top feature and short films from across the globe, starring actors such as Paul Lieberstein (The Office), Michael Kelly (House of Cards) and Aya Cash (Wolf Of Wall Street). BUY TICKETS
YOUTH EDUCATION CLASSES
For Ages 10–17
Two weeks of classes specifically designed for students on the autism spectrum—take 1 or 2 weeks! Classes will focus on movement activities, storytelling, imagination, and social interaction using a variety of dramatic techniques. BOOK CLASS
PAMELA’S FIRST MUSICAL
Book by Wendy Wasserstein and Christopher Durang
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by David Zippel
Directed and Choreographed by Graciela Daniele
It’s Pamela’s birthday and, to celebrate, her eccentric and fabulous Aunt Louise is taking her to the big city to experience her very first Broadway musical! With a combined total of more than 20 Tony Award nominations and 6 wins, the team behind Pamela’s First Musical is bringing the theatrical event of the season to Two River Theater! Show runs Sept 8–Oct 7. BUY TICKETS
WHEN: Thursday, August 2nd at 6:30PM.
WHERE: White Eagle Hall, 337 Newark Ave.. Jersey City
Hudson County Pride Month Kick Off & Community Awards Presented by Jersey City Theater Center, in partnership with Hudson Pride Center and Hudson County Cultural Affairs/Tourism Development.
The joint initiative for the August month long PRIDE celebration is New Jersey’s first, ever. The steppingstone, that is Hudson County PRIDE Month, has come to fruition through teamwork and mutual respect of all 12 municipalities the County Executive, Board of Chosen Freeholders, Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs and Hudson Pride Center. Numerous PRIDE events will be held throughout the county all month long, beginning with the Kick-Off Party,
The complete list of scheduled of events for Hudson County PRIDE Month information: JerseyCityPride.com
The Strollers are proud to announce auditions for
THE GAME'S AFOOT, or HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS
by Ken Ludwig
directed by Alan Foster
For full information, see the attached announcement or visit our website.
WHEN: Monday, Aug 27 @ 7:30-10pm, Tuesday, Sept 4 @ 7:30-10pm, (Callbacks Fri, Sept 7 @ 7:30pm if needed)
WHERE: The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood, NJ
Performance dates: Fri & Sat, Nov 9 &10, 16 &17 @ 8pm; Sun, Nov 11 @ 2pm
Rehearsals will take place at the BCPA and other nearby venues.
Auditioners will read with others from sides provided. Cold reading is fine, but sides are available for review on the Auditions page of our website.
Please come prepared with a complete list of your conflicts for the entire rehearsal and production time frame.
Friday, July 27, 2018
Bye Bye Birdie
WHEN: July 27, 28, August 3, 4 at 7:30 p.m.; July 28, 29, August 4, 5 at 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Ave., Summit
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Put on a Happy Face! Army-bound rock star Conrad Birdie is the talk of the town, and All-American girl Kim MacAfee is chosen for a very public farewell kiss before his departure. Kids, parents, and show biz people hilariously collide as Sweet Apple, Ohio prepares for the big event.
With two Broadway runs and a hit motion picture, this classic musical is a fun time for the whole family.
Hit songs include Put on a Happy Face, One Last Kiss, One Boy, A Lot of Livin to Do, Kids! and Rosie.
Book by Michael Stewart, Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Lee Adams
Directed by John Ertman, Music Direction by Natalie Pereira
Choreography by Lara Gavagan
Thursday, July 26, 2018
"Probably a poltergeist; they're enormously cunning, you know."
WHERE: F. M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave. (on the Drew University campus), Madison
Cocktails, British high wit, and a stylish ghost inhabit this delicious comedy that literally turns a pristine English country house inside out. An eccentric medium is asked to conduct a séance, only to conjure up the ghost of a past wife hellbent on causing mayhem. One of Coward's most popular plays, we have not presented it in over 20 years.
*Offer expires August 20. Not valid on prior purchases. Other restrictions may apply. Please call the Box Office for more information.
Illustration by Scott McKowen
Live Concert: Chantilly Whiskey
WHEN: Saturday, July 28th, at 8:00PM
WHERE: Darress Theater, 615 Main Street, Boonton
TICKETS: $25 at the door and online
Tickets can be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets or by clicking HERE
For additional info, call the box office: 973-334-9292 or www.darresstheater.com
Formed in late 20012 by singer-songwriter Meghan VanKurin, Chantilly Whiskey has been busy performing covers of today's favorite country radio hits as well as fan favorite originals. They have also been openers for Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, and others.
WHEN: Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:00 PM
WHERE: UCPAC Mainstage, 1601 Irving St., Rahway, NJ
Most people would agree that there’s nothing stronger, more durable and occasionally, even more volatile, than the bond between brothers. And when that bond includes the common goal of making music, the results often offer reason for an audience to sit up and take notice. While casual observers may be awed by their Hollywood credentials, critics have been quick to note that the brothers—Michael on vocals, guitar and cello and Kevin on vocals, guitar and percussion—along with the band that’s been with them since the beginning—Paul Guzzone (bass, backing vocals), Joe Mennonna (keyboards, accordion), Ira Siegel (lead guitar, mandolin and backing vocals) and Frank Vilardi (drums)—eschew any hint of glitz and glamour in favor of an ethic gleaned from the hard lessons that come as a result of determination and drive.
Freedy Johnston will open for The Bacon Brothers! "Bad Reputation" is one of the many amazing songs Johnston has produced. On top of Rolling Stone Magazine naming Johnston Songwriter Of The Year, Johnston went on to make This Perfect World, an album that would shortly start to end up on everyone's All-Time Best Album Lists.
WHEN: Jul 20, 2018 - Jul 29, 2018
WHERE: UCPAC'S Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway
We are thrilled to be working with the creators of Bring it On (Jeff Whitty, Amanda Green, Tom Kitt, and Lin-Manuel Miranda) to create a brand new Junior Version!
Bring It On: The Musical tells the story of Campbell Davis, a young cheerleader who dreams of leading her squad to victory at a National competition. The story focuses on the world of competitive cheerleading and the intense rivalries it creates. Campbell’s future is secure: handsome boyfriend, a killer squad, and the newly awarded title of cheer captain. Suddenly, however, she is mysteriously reassigned to another school: the inner-city Jackson High, where she knows hardly anyone and worse, they don’t have a cheerleading squad! Despite the challenges of fitting in at a new school, Campbell befriends some tough girls on the dance squad and helps them become a powerhouse competitor for the National Cheerleading Championships.
This 70-minute musical is appropriate for audiences of all ages.
THE CHILDREN’S HOUR
by Lillian Hellman
WHEN: July 26th - August 5th every Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm, and select Wednesdays at 8pm. A talkback will occur after Friday evening performances. July 27th join us in a post-show discussion with the cast, director, and Brian Herrera, Assistant Professor of Theater at Princeton University. Friday, August 3rd join us in a post-show discussion with the cast, creative team, and Artistic Director Daniel Krane.
WHERE: Hamilton Murray Theater, Princeton University, Princeton
TICKETS: $29.50 for general admission, $24.50 for students and matinees.
To order tickets, visit http://www.princetonsummertheater.org/tickets or call the PST box office at 1-732-997-0205.
Princeton Summer Theater (PST) continues its 2018 season with The Children’s Hour. This fiery American classic by Lillian Hellman (The Little Foxes) depicts a world where rules are rigid, rumors fly faster than truth, and the hint of scandal is enough to bring two schoolteachers’ lives crashing down.
Director Maeli Goren’s take on The Children’s Hour is rooted in the deeply political context in which the play was written. In her director’s note she explains how “during the development of the play, Hitler came to power in Germany, the KKK continued its resurgence throughout the United States, and the tides of nationalism, racism, xenophobia, and homophobia rose steadily worldwide.” She finds the world of The Children’s Hour to be “obsessed with how to be good: how good people look, dress, grow up, speak, and love. It’s a world where goodness is a costume we put on, and the fabric can be easily torn by those around us. A familiar place where in order to guard our own goodness, we need to be able to point our fingers at the folks who are bad.” [Above left: Mary (E Harper Nora Jeremijenko-Conley, center) explains what she’s seen to Dr. Cardin (Evan Gedrich, left) and Mrs. Tilford (Maeve Brady, right).]
Company members Allison Spann, Maeve Brady, E Nora Harper Jerimijenko Conley, Carol Lee, Lydia Watt, Rebecca Wei-Hsieh, and Chamari White-Mink will be returning to the stage in this production and will be joined by a new company member, Evan Gedrich.
PST’s The Children’s Hour Features:
- Maeve Brady as Peggy Rogers and Mrs. Tilford
- Evan Gedrich as Lois and Dr. Cardin
- Rebecca Wei Hsieh as Rosalie Wells and Grocery Boy
- E Nora Harper Jerimijenko Conley as Mary Tilford
- Carol Lee as Evelyn Munn and Agatha
- Allison Spann as Martha Dobie
- Lydia Watt as Karen Wright
- Chamari White-Mink as Mrs. Lily Mortar
TOP: Evelyn (Carol Lee), Peggy (Maeve Brady), Lois (Evan Gedrich), Mrs. Lily Mortar (Chamari White-Mink), Rosalie (Rebecca Wei Hsieh), and Mary (E Harper Nora Jeremijenko-Conley) in sewing class at the Wright-Dobie School.
WHEN: August 2; Doors 6:30; show 7:30 PM
WHERE: Wellmont Theatre, 5 Seymour St., Montclair
New York post-hardcore luminaries Glassjaw and Quicksand have announced a co-headline tour this summer.
In late 2017, both bands reemerged from relative quiet to challenge and change preconceptions about their music with parallel albums: Glassjaw's Material Control (Sony RED MUSIC) and Quicksand's Interiors (Epitaph Records). Both records prove that neither band was content to rest on their respective laurels. The live shows that followed the albums releases were as pure and inspired as early day performances with even greater strength and passion.
While the two bands have surprisingly never shared a stage together, their contributions to true post-hardcore is indisputable, specifically New York post-hardcore. "Growing up on Long Island, in the shadow of Quicksand and the world that they had come out of, was a huge influence of the bands we were in and the music that Glassjaw would go on to make," states Glassjaw frontman Darryl Palumbo. "Even though we're a few years apart, it's a ton of the same influences: bad brains, Fugazi, tons of gigs in sweaty basements and VFW halls. It's nothing short of awesome to see both us still making music from our hearts and honestly not giving a f**k."