There is some great music to be heard this weekend.

Don’t forget about James Maddock at The Outpost, V-Day Montclair’s production of The Vagina Monologues, The New Jersey Jewish Film Festival, and journalist Ken Auletta’s talk at MSU.

Here are other weekend highlights:

Rhonda DenétVocalist Rhonda Denét and her band, The Bad Cats, celebrate Women’s History Month at Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant tonight by paying tribute to several African American women who have made a significant mark on Jazz. Artists include: Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson, Dina Washington, and Etta James.

Rhonda Denét Quartet
Thursday, March 27 for two sets at 7:30 pm and 9 pm 

Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant, 6 Depot Square, Montclair, NJ, 07042
$10 pp music  $7 pp minimum


Emily DangerBrooklyn based dark cabaret rock band, Emily Danger, will be performing at Hat City Kitchen in Orange on Friday night. Substituting lead guitar for lead violin using electronic pedals, looping, and computerized drums, Emily Danger is known for their modern and accessible sound. Described as “Radiohead meets Jeff Buckley and Heart”, Emily’s voice packs a punch with her over four-octave range and incredible versatility. The band regularly address social, political, and feminist issues in their songs and desire to connect to their audience as well as inspire change with their words.

Emily Danger
Friday, March 28 at 8 pm
Hat City Kitchen, 459 Valley Street, Orange, NJ
$10 cover



Deena and the Laughing Boys

Tierney’s in Montclair showcases three great bands on Saturday night. Deena Shoshkes’s music has been called “direct and artful,” by the New York Times. She began her music career as co-founder of The Cucumbers, a leading band in the 80s indie pop scene in Hoboken, NJ, with reviews in Rolling Stone and People Magazine and videos on MTV. She’ll front Deena and The Laughing Boys on Saturday night. The second band, House of Toolik,will play their old school art rock and tunes from their recent album ‘Winter Moon’ and upcoming ‘Aquarium School.’ Sad About Girls rounds out the trifecta with its heartfelt, smart, and catchy tunes.

Deena and The Laughing Boys, House of Toolik, and Sad About Girls
Saturday, March 29  at 9 pm
Tierney’s Tavern, 138 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07042
$10 cover 


1509136_715609768479023_1849095660_nA band featuring three Montclair High School students No Noise will perform at The Bitter End in NYC to benefit the Youth Arts Forum and Cystic Fibrosis. The talented indie, Alt Punk teen band features Max Schoenwetter, Sam Unger, Mikaela Itkin-Weinstein, and Alec Tobin.

No Noise
Saturday, March 29 at 1 pm
The Bitter End, 147 Bleeker Street, NYC







Alan Paul and the Big in China BandAlan Paul and the Big in China Band will perform at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange on Saturday, March 29. The synagogue’s English Tudor mansion will be transformed into a pub scene for the evening; in addition to the show, a full menu of unlimited bar food and drinks will be served. Big in China’s music is modeled on the signature east-meets-west fusion rock of Paul’s previous band, Woodie Alan, as well as tunes influenced by The Allman Brothers and The Grateful Dead. Paul, a member of TSTI, formed Woodie Alan during his years in China and the band earned Beijing’s Band of the Year award in 2008. His published autobiography, “Big in China,” chronicles his experience of arriving in China with his family as a stay-at-home father and leaving Beijing as a rock star. His story is being made into a feature film.

Alan Paul and the Big in China Band
Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 pm
Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel,432 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ
$75 per person covers ticket and refreshments. A portion of the proceeds will benefit various programs at TSTI. Advance reservations are required here



380_JamwithBandsOn Sunday, Jam With the Bands at Just Jake’s in Montclair.  Enjoy great live performances from School of Rock Montclair, The Manhattan Project, All We Are, Negros Americanos and Black Lace Blues in a fundraiser to benefit S.O.F.I.A. (Start Out Fresh Intervention Associates) and Brother to Brother organizations.

Jam With the Bands
Sunday, March 30 from 2 pm – 5 pm
Just Jakes, 30 Park Street, Montclair, NJ US 07042
$10 in advance / $15 at the door. Call 973-652-8193 to purchase tickets.



Check our calendar for other happenings.



3 replies on “The Weekend: Jazz, Rock, Pop and More”

  1. Thank you for sharing the wide range of musical choices happening this weekend! As a volunteer for Outpost in the Burbs, I would like to say that we at the Outpost are thrilled to be part of such a vibrant arts community.

    Gail Prusslin

  2. Also tonight, our band, The Porchistas is hosting a 3 band house concert, including the return to Montclair of Pinegrove after a midwest tour. An Asbury Park band “The Drive Home” will also be playing. doors open 8pm.

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