Thursday, July 5, 2018

2018 SOPAC EVENTS: BUY TICKETS NOW

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July 26: Mary Chapin Carpenter

Impossible to pigeonhole in a single genre, Mary Chapin Carpenter’s music has earned her accolades from every corner, including five Grammy Awards and the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year twice over.  From thoughtful ballads like “Superman” to rollicking and irreverent rockers like “Passionate Kisses,” Mary Chapin Carpenter’s captivating voice and songwriting has kept her at the top of the charts for over 30 years. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 7:30PM Tickets: $58-$78. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org

July 27: Patty Griffin

Patty Griffin is among the most consequential singer-songwriters of her generation, an evocative American artist whose wide-ranging canon explores the intimate moments and universal emotions that bind us together. Over the course of two decades, the two-time Grammy Award winner (and seven-time Grammy Award nominee) has crafted nine classic studio albums and two live collections, a remarkable body of work in progress that prompted The New York Times to hail her for "writing cameo-carved songs that create complete emotional portraits of specific people...her songs have independent lives that continue in your head when the music ends." South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 8PM Tickets: $48-$58. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org

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August 19: Justin Hayward – “All The Way” In Concert Featuring Mike Dawes

Enjoying fifty years at the peak of the music industry, Justin Hayward’s voice has been heard the world over. Known principally as the vocalist, lead guitarist and composer for the Moody Blues, his is a talent that has helped soundtrack more than a generation and created a legacy that remains undimmed. The band has achieved a lasting place in history with its 2018 induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 7:30PM Tickets: $68-$88. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org

Sept 12: Indigo Girls

The Indigo Girls, Emily Saliers and Amy Ray, have secured their spot as two of the most legendary singer-songwriters of this generation. They have spent thirty-five years performing together, produced 15 albums (seven gold, four platinum, and one double platinum), earned a Grammy Award and seven Grammy Award nominations, and have toured arenas, festivals, and clubs the world over. It is rare to find musicians together so long, rarer still with such profound successes. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 7PM & 9:30PM Tickets: $78-$98. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org

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Sept 14: Colin Quinn “One in Every Crowd”

From the old MTV days to SNL to Comedy Central to Broadway, Colin Quinn is apparently refusing to leave the business. So, if you enjoyed his other one man shows, or you just are at a place in your life where you are lost and you need intelligent laughs, come see his new show, “One In Every Crowd.” South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 8PM Tickets: $33-$48. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org

Sept 29: The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston

The Grammy Award-winning Manhattans have earned the right to be called R&B legends. With decade-spanning top hits like “Kiss and Say Goodbye,”  “Shining Star” and “There’s No Good in Goodbye,” they still bring their vocal magic to every performance. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange NJ 07079. 8PM Tickets: $58-$78. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org

Oct 3: Independent Voices: Maggie Haberman

Maggie Haberman is a White House correspondent for The New York Times and a political analyst for CNN. She previously worked for Politico and the New York Daily News, where she was a political reporter. Independent Voices is a new SOPAC series of speakers with a story to tell, hosted by Budd Mishkin. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange NJ 07079. 7:30PM Tickets: $30-$44. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org

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Oct 4: Madeleine Peyroux

Madeleine Peyroux's musical journey is truly compelling, and reflects her independent spirit.  Known for her dusky, lyrical style, and affinity for reinterpreting classic jazz, blues, and folk standards, Madeleine Peyroux is and artist who gazes fearlessly into the depths of a song and reflects back a searing emotional truth. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange NJ 07079. 7:30PM Tickets: $59-$79. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org

Oct 13: POCO

For more than 50 years, the distinctive harmonies and stellar musicianship of POCO helped define the sound of Country-Rock and led the way in what is now known as “Americana.” Still rockin’ - the band has been reborn with co-founder Rusty Young at the helm. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange NJ 07079. 8PM Tickets: $38-$58 (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org


Nov 2: Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary

Legendary Folk singers Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey celebrate the music of Peter, Paul and Mary! During its legendary career, the trio won five Grammy Awards, produced 13 Top 40 hits as well as eight gold and five platinum albums. In spite of their commercial success, the group retained its core values, continuing a centuries-old tradition of people raising their voices in song for the sake of freedom. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange NJ 07079. 8 PM Tickets: $65-$88. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org

Nov 3: The Naked MagiciansSeen on London’s West End, in 200+ cities around the world, and by over 50 million on TV (NBC, ABC, FOX, iTV) – The Naked Magicians is undoubtedly the world’s funniest and naughtiest magic show! The show features magic, mirth and more than a touch of mayhem as these two hot and hilarious Aussie magicians say abracadabra and take magic to a whole new level. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange NJ 07079. 8 PM Tickets: $25-$45. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org

Nov 9: Olate Dogs: Winners of America’s Got Talent

The Olate Dogs are the winning act from Season 7 of America's Got Talent, capturing the $1,000,000 prize. Led by father Richard Olate, and his son Nicholas Olate, the Olate Dogs are a high-energy, fast-paced act filled with amazing pet tricks. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange NJ 07079. 8 PM Tickets: $25-$75* *$75 ticket includes premium seating and a post-show meet and greet! (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org

Nov 17: Pinocchio
(Kids ‘N Family performance)

Pinocchio is a wooden boy who longs for more. Join him on an adventure of magic and wonder as he sings and dances his way to becoming a real boy. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange NJ 07079. 2 PM Tickets: $20. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org

Nov 17: Todd Barry

Comedian and actor Todd Barry is widely recognized for his roles as the bongo-playing “Third Conchord” on HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and Mickey Rourke’s deli boss in 2009 Oscar winner The Wrestler, and renowned throughout the entertainment industry for his nuanced, measured, and thoroughly original approach to stand-up. Time Out New York raves, “Acerbic wit, deadpan delivery and wickedly smart punchlines.” South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange NJ 07079. 8 PM Tickets: $25. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org

Nov 29: Klezmatics "Happy Joyous Hanukkah, Lyrics by Woody Guthrie"

For Hanukkah, the foremost and best-loved Klezmer band offers a program from their Grammy Award-winning collaboration with Woody Guthrie’s recently discovered lyrics. The Klezmatics bring their hip, East Village sensibility to this favorite time of year, when candles and family warmth light up the dark nights. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange NJ 07079. 7:30 PM Tickets: $30-$45. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org

Nov 30: Loudon Wainwright III, Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche - “All In A Family”

Enjoy an evening of thoughtful songs and plenty of familial harmonies with Grammy Award-winning American Folk singer Loudon Wainwright III and acclaimed songwriters Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange NJ 07079. 8 PM Tickets: $35-$45. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org

Dec 7 – 8   American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker

American Repertory Ballet brings the beloved classic to the stage with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, stunning new sets, thrilling choreography, and a cast of over 100 performers. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange NJ 07079. Dec 7 at 7PM,  Dec 8 at 2 PM & 7 PM Tickets: $25-$30. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org

Dec 20: Cherish the Ladies: Celtic Christmas

Celebrating 32 years of music-making, Cherish the Ladies continues to delight audiences with its beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing. You’ll delight in the special Christmas music that embodies the beauty of the season- Celtic style! South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 7:30PM Tickets: $30 - $40. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org

Jan 11: The Phantom Tollbooth
(Kids ‘N Family Performance)

Milo unexpectedly receives a phantom toll booth one afternoon and drives his toy car through it. He is transported to a magical land where he learns valuable lessons in life and discovers a love of learning. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 2PM Tickets: $20. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org

Feb 10: The Amazing Max
(Kids ‘N Family Performance) CANCELLED

Max Darwin earned the moniker "The Amazing Max" for his extraordinary skills as a magician as well as for his ability to entertain adult audiences while keeping the little ones spellbound.  This high-energy, interactive and all-around silly show is appropriate for audiences of all ages. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 2 PM Tickets: $20. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org

Mar 2: Beauty & the Beast
(Kids ‘N Family Performance)

A dying rose, a clock, a candlestick and a teapot who talks. All these ingredients, and more bring the story of Beauty and the Beast to magical life! South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 2 PM Tickets: $20. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org

Mar 23: Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat
(Kids ‘N Family Performance)

The Cat in the Hat will certainly charm your little ones, in this classic Dr. Seuss tale. The most mischievous cat ever leaps to life from the page to the stage. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 2 PM Tickets: $18. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org

Apr 7: The Jungle Book
(Kids ‘N Family Performance)

Join young Mowgli as he learns the ‘Laws’ of the jungle in this time-honored adventure. Rudyard Kipling’s tale of the Jungle Book will delight the young, and the young at heart. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. 2 PM Tickets: $20. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org