Monday, September 12, 2022

Join us this week at SOPAC!



Join Us This Week!



Rhapsody in Color: Aida Jones Abstract Paintings


The Herb + Milly Iris Gallery presents

Rhapsody in Color: Aida Jones Abstract Paintings
Opening Reception THU, SEP 15 at 5PM

The exhibition will be on display from SEP 15-NOV 6.

A new series of vivid, energetic abstract paintings from Maplewood-based artist Aida Jones with bold, bright, modern colors mixing straight-edged, smooth surfaces with curved, textured shapes and scribbled lines resulting in wonderful opposing tensions. 



George Porter Jr. & Runnin' Pardners


Jazz, Rhythm and Blues

George Porter Jr. & Runnin' Pardners
THU, SEP 15, at 7:30PM

A forefather of Funk, George Porter Jr. is best known as a member of The Meters, the New Orleans-based Grammy-winning R&B group he formed alongside Art “Poppa Funk” Neville, Leo Nocentelli and Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste.



David Broza & Trio Havana



David Broza & Trio Havana

SAT, SEP 17, at 8PM

David Broza is one of the most innovative and creative musicians in the world today. His 40+ year career encompasses Blues, Jazz, Rock, Country, Folk and World music. Singing in Hebrew, Spanish, English and Arabic, he brings together audiences of all cultures, bridging barriers of language through his music. At this SOPAC performance, he is joined by Cuban “Trio Havana” with Jorge Bringas, Manuel Alejandro Carro and Yuniel Jiminez. Together they bring a unique interpretation to the full spectrum of Broza’s rich repertoire of hits.




Coming Up



Bettye LaVette & Raul Midón

Bettye LaVette & Raul Midón

FRI, OCT 7, at 8PM

Soul singer-songwriter Bettye LaVette has been called the High Priestess of R&B. Her “pure Blues growl” and commanding presence have earned this Grammy-nominated performer comparisons to Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner. Blind since birth, Raul Midón lives in a world of sound. His tropical groove, lyrical sophistication, silky voice and electric guitar are his signature. 


Paula Cole & Sophie B. Hawkins

Paula Cole & Sophie B. Hawkins
THU, NOV 10, at 7PM

Carried by her powerful, radiant voice, Grammy winner Paula Cole has a musical catalog defined by honest lyrics that covers Blues, Jazz, Folk, Pop, Gospel and Americana. Multi-instrumentalist Sophie B. Hawkins, described as a “somber Folk singer, saucy Pop gal, note-bending Jazz chanteuse,” (Rolling Stone), has been tugging at heartstrings for decades with her captivating storytelling. Both singer-songwriters are known for their indelible 90s hits—Cole’s “I Don’t Want to Wait” and Hawkins’ “As I Lay Me Down.”




Save the Date!



Save the Date! Monster Bawl

Monster Bawl
SAT, OCT 29, at 8PM

Looking for a spooky good time? Fright this way! Grab your friends and head to Monster Bawl, a Halloween Party in the SOPAC Loft. 

Prizes will be awarded in various costume categories. Emotional Rex band will perform. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. Dance, drink and be scary!

Tickets on sale soon!



From our Friends at North Jersey Blues Society



North Jersey Blues Society

The North Jersey Blues Society (NJBS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded to celebrate the heritage of Blues music through:

  • Promoting the performance of local and national Blues musicians in northern New Jersey. 
  • Offering Blues artists and audiences artistic programming and venue opportunities. 
  • Providing educational opportunities to increase awareness of Blues music and art. 


Coming Up at SOPAC

SEP 22  Kathleen Edwards 

SEP 23  The James Hunter Six

SEP 24  John Pizzarelli & Catherine Russell: The Songs of Frank Sinatra & Billie Holiday

OCT 2  Kevin Nealon

OCT 5 + Every First Wed of the Month Laughs in the Loft

OCT 7  Bettye LaVette & Raul Midón

OCT 8  Chris Smither & Tim O’Brien with Jan Fabricius

OCT 9  Paul Reiser

OCT 26  Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

NOV 3  An Evening with Jim Messina


NOV 9  Darlingside

NOV 10  Paula Cole & Sophie B. Hawkins

NOV 11  Ain't No Mountain High Enough! Valerie Simpson & Friends Sing Ashford & Simpson

NOV 12  The Last Waltz Celebration featuring The THE BAND Band with TTBB Horns & Special Guests

NOV 17  An Evening with Josh Ritter

NOV 20  Bubblemania!

DEC 1  Hot Sardines Holiday Stomp

DEC 2  Judy Collins Holiday & Hits Show

DEC 3  Martin Sexton

DEC 7  Sons of Serendip

DEC 9  A Rockapella Holiday

View the Calendar


Covid-19 Precautions & Policies



New Jersey State Council on the Arts

Wheelchair Accessibility and Handicap Parking, Large Print Programs, Assisted Listening Devices


SOPAC is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit. Programs are made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Programs are supported in part by a grant from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism.

SOPAC is committed to making arts experiences as enjoyable as possible for all. If a member of your party needs assistance, notify the Box Office at 973-313-2787 when tickets are purchased.