Watchung Arts Center
18 Stirling Road
on the Circle in Watchung, NJ 07069
Central New Jersey's Home for the Arts
The Watchung Arts Center Blues & Roots
Concert Series is a brand new music series featuring well-loved
national and regional blues performers together with
our area's most talented blues artists. Check the schedule below for our upcoming concerts.
is America's musical gift to the world. A
people's story that is rooted in the deep South and that follows
their migration North to Chicago, West to the San Francisco
Bay Area and East to the Carolinas. The Blues is a precursor
to Jazz and the wellspring for R&B and Rock n' Roll.
Blues traditions are being carried on today by prominent artists
like B.B. King whose career spans the better part of modern
blues and Eric Clapton who cut his teeth on the raw sounds of
America's blues pioneers like Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy
and Muddy Waters.
a variety of Blues, R&B, Cajun and Zydeco bands
and solo performers -- in electric as well as acoustic
presentations. Most shows will include both a feature performer
and an opening act. Admission to all presentations
will include an intermission with desserts and coffee. Also,
our shows take place at one of two excellent listening rooms - The Watchung
Arts Center or the "Dome".
So, "Step it
up and go" to an upcoming show! You will not be disappointed.
Special guests, The
Jeanne Lozier Band
Venue: The Watchung Arts Center (Directions)
Ann Rabson (of Saffire --The Uppity Blues Women) makes
a rare appearance with her talented nephew, Kenji Rabson and the
legendary, Charles “Honeyboy” Otis!
Back home in Indiana, Ann heard Big Bill Broonzy’s version of
“Move to the Outskirts of Town” and her life was changed. Ann says
her world “went from black and white to color”. Now, in her 40th
year as a recording and touring blues artist, Ann Rabson is known and
respected worldwide. As a blues performer, she is a triple threat!
She demonstrates perfection, nightly, on great two-fisted piano solos;
with her smoky, barrelhouse vocals; and with her intricate, finger-picking
guitar style. She is joined here by nephew Kenji, a sought after
NYC jazz bassist, and by Charles “Honeyboy” Otis, a quintessential gentleman
timekeeper and lyrical percussionist. Come see and hear the heart-stopping,
jaw-dropping style of blues that has won Ann seven consecutive nominations
as the W.C. Handy Award Female Traditional Blues Artist of the Year.
Jeanne Lozier Band - Englewood New Jersey native Jeanne Lozier,
who burst upon the nightclub and festival scenes with Tommy Knight
and Moose and the Bulletproof Band, has teamed up with Sticky
Fingers' Gar Francis on guitar, Mike Fagan on guitar &
vocals, Tony Storm on bass, and Glen Johnson on drums. Jeanne hopes to capture the hearts of a new breed of listeners with her sultry, yet powerful vocals that have already attracted
such notables as Ernest Hayes of Screaming Jay Hawkins fame.
Saturday, March 29, 2003,
8PM, $25: John Hammond
From coffeehouses to concert halls,
festivals and beyond, John
Hammond has spent forty years entertaining blues,
folk and rock audiences around the world, performing intense
solo-acoustic blues. A Grammy Award winner and four time nominee,
Hammond is also a multiple W.C. Handy award winner who
has shared the stage and/or recorded with many of the masters,
including Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker and
Howlin' Wolf. John has recorded over twenty five albums
and his passionate commitment to traditional blues made him
the natural choice to host the BRAVO TV special and Sony Home
Video, "The Search for Robert Johnson". His latest
CD "Wicked Grin", penned and produced by his longtime
friend Tom Waits, has been collecting accolades all year.
Tickets are $25. Show
starts at 8PM.
Screaming Hot Texas Blues
Comes To New Jersey!
Special guests, Matt O'Ree and the Blues
Smokin’ Joe Kubek is one of the hottest guitar
players on the blues scene today. He and his guitar have
been burning up stages for the past 30 years. A prodigy
at the age of 14, Kubek frequented the clubs around Dallas playing
with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King and Freddie King. At age
19, he was a member of Freddie King’s band. His style is most
often compared to that of Vaughan and yet the influences of the “Three
Kings” are ever present, as well as, those of Hendrix and Winter.
Kubek hit his stride when he teamed up with bebop jazz guitarist, B’nois
King. Somehow, King’s silky smooth vocals and fat jazz rhythm chords
are a perfect match to Kubek’s blues-rock lines.
Their brand new Blind Pig release, “Roadhouse
Research” is a scorcher!
Special guests, Matt O’Ree and the Blues Hounds
will open the show. Matt’s “Hounds” are veterans of the
New Jersey blues circuit and have opened for Bernard Allison,
Robin Trower and Government Mule.
Directions to the "Dome":
The Alliance Bible Church
52 Mount Horeb Road
Warren, New Jersey
From Route 22: take Warrenville Road north which
becomes Mt. Bethel Road. Shortly after the light at Mountain
Boulevard you will see DiNardo’s Mobil. Make a left on to Mount Horeb Road and travel 2.7 miles
down Mt. Horeb Road and you will see the Alliance
Bible Church on the left hand side.
From Route 78: Take exit 36 Basking Ridge –
Warrenville. From the West bear right onto King George Road….From
the East Make a left at the light at the end of the ramp onto King George
Road. (King George turns into Mount Bethel) This is county road
651…. stay on it for approx. 2.2 miles to DiNardos Mobil.
(In that 2.2 miles you will have passed an Exxon, The Inn
at Mount Bethel, Technology Road and Custom Cabinets).
Make a Right at DiNardo’s Mobil on to Mount Horeb Road.
Stay on Mount Horeb Road for 2.7 miles and the Alliance Bible Church
will be on your left hand side SHORTLY after passing the Mount
(You will have passed the Central School, a Nature Trail
Parking sign, the Temple Har Shalom and Dock Watch Hollow Road while
on Mount Horeb Road).
From the Watchung Arts Center: Proceed on Mountain
Boulevard to the light at Mount Bethel Road. Make a right and
then follow Mount Bethel Road to Di Nardo’s. Make a left on to Mount Horeb Road and travel 2.7 miles down
Mt. Horeb Road and you will see the Alliance
Bible Church on the left hand side.
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Please visit this page again. This is a new series
and we expect to add several concerts to the schedule in the