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Watchung Arts Center 
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on the Circle in Watchung, NJ 07069 
Central New Jersey's Home for the Arts
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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.

The Blues 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.

We'll feature 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.

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Directions to the "Dome".
Complete Watchung Arts Center Calendar.
Upcoming Concerts - 2003

Saturday, May 31, 2003, 8PM, $15: Ann Rabson and the Annimators 

 Special guests, The Jeanne Lozier Band

 Venue: The Watchung Arts Center (Directions)

Ann Rabson 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 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

 Venue: The "Dome" (Directions)

John Hammond pic 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!

Friday, April 4, 2003, 8PM, $15: Smokin’ Joe Kubek Band

  Special guests, Matt O'Ree and the Blues Hounds

 Venue: The "Dome" (Directions)

Smokin' Joe & B'nois King 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
Phone:  732-469-1425

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 Horeb School. 
(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 coming weeks.