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Taylor Simon King, A Celebration of 3 America Troubadours. The lives and careers of James Taylor, Carly Simon, and Carole King have always overlapped and interlinked and their music is unforgettable. Headlined by Lisa Sherman, with Byron Smith, Mary McCrink, Gary Oleyar, Ralph Notaro, Tommy Labella, Lance Stark, Buddy Allen, Todd and Sam Sherman. Produced by former Broadway and Rockettes performer Lisa Sherman and her husband Academy award and Golden Globe winner Franke Previte, co-writer of the iconic Dirty Dancing classic, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” and “Hungry Eyes."
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 8 PM
Back by popular demand, this powerhouse ensemble We May Be Right will deliver an electrifying performance. Wowing audiences of all ages as they authentically re-create the music of one the greatest Rock and Roll Keyboard Players, “Piano Man” Billy Joel. A pianist since age 6, Karl Dietel is a 20-year veteran of the Tri-State area live music scene. He toured nationally for many years with Sean Kelly and The Samples. Karl’s flair for the melodic inspired his most recent challenge of recreating the entire “The Stranger” record, which was so well-received that it gave birth to We May Be Right: Billy Joel Tribute band. Together with veteran musicians Perry Andrews, Derek Davodowich, Luke Kessel, and Jim Ruffi, this band deliver hit after hit along with some of Billy’s best deep cuts. We May Be Right shows bring the audience to their feet singing along to all the classics!
FRIDAY - DECEMBER 3 - 8PM
A little more than half a century ago, a new sound took shape in and around Detroit that revolutionized the music industry. Today, the Motor City Revue faithfully recreates that signature Motown sound and, in the process, takes audiences on a journey back in time to where it all began. This 13-piece band covers the popular and rare Motown and Stax hits, plus rock and soul classics. Although there are many bands that cover Motown tunes, few strive to match the vocal harmonies and instrumental mix that distinguished the original recordings. Motor City Revue was formed to offer music lovers an authentic tribute to the artists and songs that defined a generation. Motor City Revue will have you dancing and singing along to the songs immortalized by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Supremes, and countless others. Come and enjoy Peace, Love, and Soul.
SATURDAY - DECEMBER 4 - 8 PM
Hailing from New Jersey’s epicenter of live music (Asbury Park), ALMOST U2 is one of the most exciting, sought-after tribute acts to hit the scene in years! ALMOST U2 performs their tribute to the legendary band U2 with spot-on accuracy and attention to detail. With music spanning U2’s entire music catalog, their renditions of legendary U2 live performances honor the band and equally the experience of a real U2 concert! These extremely talented and long-time NJ musicians will not settle for anything less than complete authenticity and will deliver the unmistakable live sounds of the original band. U2 fans…this will be a show you will never forget. Featuring: John Garofalo (Lead Vocals) Scott Softy(Guitar/ Keyboard) John Spero (Percussion) and Doug Tiedemann (Bass).
SUNDAY - DECEMBER 5 - 7 PM
The extraordinary singer Gesenia Erolin and the Ronstadt Revue cover every style of music that Linda Ronstadt performed during her illustrious 40+ year career. Gesenia not only has the look, tone, and vocal strength of Linda Ronstadt, she grew up in a bilingual household, singing both Spanish and English songs since her earliest days. The Ronstadt Revue is dedicated to recreating the Ronstadt experience down to the harmonies and multi-genre setlist. This 7-piece band of world-class musicians (some of whom have backed such notables as Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, and Andrea Bocelli), bring a remarkably authentic experience to every show. From the beloved Blue Bayou and powerful You’re No Good, to the soulful Eagles ballad, Desperado, standards such as I’ve Got a Crush on You, and even chart-topping Spanish tunes such as Perfidia, Gesenia doesn’t just channel Ronstadt’s vibrant sound, she embodies her very spirit. There are tribute bands, and then there is this. Don’t miss it!”
SATURDAY - DECEMBER 11 - 12 PM
All Abroad the Polar Express for a magical adventure to the North Pole! The Brook Arts Center in Bound Brook presents our annual Polar Express Event on Saturday, December 11 at 12 noon. All guests will receive a Golden Ticket for a special treat. And if you “Believe,” there will be an extra special surprise for all (Ho, Ho, Ho!).
SATURDAY - DECEMBER 11 - 8 PM
The Closet Carpenters perform all the Carpenter’s hits, deep cuts, and the Christmas songs that Karen and Richard Carpenter were known and loved for. Two full hours of music that will have you singing along. Authentically recreated and arranged true to the originals, with a little extra oomph and dynamics brought to the table by seven musicians who are dedicated to bringing you the true experience! It is rumored that the ghost of Bowie and Bing have cleared their celestial calendars and will be joining us as well! See you there!
DECEMBER 12 - 3 PM
Enjoy selections from Dvořák, Rossini, and Debussy for a wonderful afternoon of classical music with the Brook Orchestra. Join us as the Brook Orchestra kicks off their forty-eighth season at the Brook Arts Center on Sunday, December 12 at 3 pm. Under the direction of conductor Thomas Vacca, the orchestra will perform a colorful program that features popular works by Dvořák, Rossini, and Debussy. During Vacca’s time at the helm, the Brook Orchestra has made substantial progress in artistic growth, innovation, and the expansion of the Orchestra membership and audiences. The Brook Orchestra is excited to be back on the historic Brook Theater’s stage to bring audiences a sensational afternoon program of these masterpieces
Promo Code does not apply.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12 - 7 PM
The Princeton Brass Band and the New York Staff Band will present an evening of holiday music for all ages. The Princeton Brass Band was founded in May 2004. It is what is commonly referred to as a 'British-Style' brass band (cornets, flugelhorn, alto/tenor horns, baritones, euphoniums, tenor and bass trombones, Eb tuba and Bb tuba and percussion) with 28 players, to distinguish it from the 'American-Style' jazz brass band. The Princeton Brass Band is now a major cultural presence in New Jersey and the USA, drawing top players from throughout the region. Serving continuously for more than a century, the New York Staff Band (NYSB) is regarded as one of the foremost brass bands in The Salvation Army, a worldwide church with a strong social-service orientation. Promo Code does not apply.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 - 8 PM
Back by popular demand! Together on one stage! WELL ALRIGHT and Diamonds on the Moon will rock the house! This is one concert you don't want to miss... the music, sounds, imagery, and energy of a real Stones and Pink Floyd Concert!
SATURDAY - JANUARY 15 - 8 PM
Elvis, The Legend Lives featuring Anthony Liguori with Bill Turner and the Blue Smoke Band returns to the Brook Arts Center. One of the country's top Elvis tribute artists, Liguori performs his sold-out show in concerts, casinos, and cruise ships. The authentic musical accompaniment for Liguori‘s tribute show is Bill Turner and the Blue Smoke Band, the country's # 1 Elvis Tribute Band.
SATURDAY - JANUARY 22 - 8 PM
The Ultimate 90's throwback experience! The Best of Foo and Lounge Fly will bring the best of the 90's music to this classic vaudeville theater. The bands' commitment to the material, sound, and showmanship makes the groups stand out as the best. The authentic sound and visual experience transport the audience back to the ’90s. Playing the hits and the deep cuts that made Stone Temple Pilots and Foo Fighters one of the greatest rock bands of the ’90s (and beyond).
SATURDAY - JANUARY 29 - 8 PM
The British Legends of Rock is a standout and unique musical experience! These talented musicians faithfully and meticulously reproduce the golden age of British rock note for note just like the original recordings. Performing a powerful rock show celebrating the two undisputed greatest decades of British rock music. They dig deep into the British catalog A-Z from the Animals to Led Zeppelin and everything in between.
SATURDAY - FEBRUARY 12 - 8PM
Appearing at the Brook Arts Center on February 12, 2022, is Danny Aiello’s The Italian Chicks. THE ITALIAN CHICKS is a two-hour comedy and variety show that takes you back to a time and place when life was simpler, and culture and traditions were respected and honored. The show is a passionate blend of comedy, characters, music, song parodies, and Italian-American culture. When these four dynamic, talented women come on stage, they will make you remember things that you paid your shrink to forget. The show is a celebration of food, family, memories, and Italian tradition. You don’t have to be Italian to love this show—all you need are family memories and a love of tradition and culture. The show premiered at the Laugh Factory in NYC, NY January 9, 2010, to a sold-out house. Now, after nine years, the Italian Chicks are growing their family! Tickets will make a great Valentine’s Day gift for your special someone, or make it a ladies' or guys' night out, bring the entire family for an evening of nonstop laughs!