Eric Roberson

A beautiful July weekend and lots to do!

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Quick, grab your keys and head out! Cocomama performs at Newark Museum’s this afternoon. This New York City based group features women from Mexico, Cuba, Israel, France, Argentina, Oregon and Wisconsin. Formed in 2008 by the percussionist Mayra Casales – who has worked with Regina Carter and Carmen Lundy – they are heavily influenced by the musical traditions of Cuba, Brazil, South and North America. Cocomama released its debut recording Quiero (Truth Revolution Records) in 2015.

Jazz in the Gardens: Cocomama
Thursday, July 23 at 12:15 pm
Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ

Bonnie Maranz

Also on Friday, Basemeant WRX will host another Gallery Night which will showcase local artist Bonnie Maranz who is exhibiting her large scale 3-D abstract oil paintings.

Gallery Night: Bonnie Maranz
Friday, July 24 from 5 pm – 9 pm
Basemeant WRX, 124 Walnut Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042

Enjoy an evening of one act plays directed by Suzanne Trauth at Luna Stage in West Orange on Friday and Saturday night. In EXILED by Elaine Insinnia a nursing home resident is exiled to her room for bad behavior and three resident friends pull out all the stops to spring her. OFF-BALANCE by Rosa Soy tell the story of three former college friends who gather for a birthday party and instead of trivial pursuits, end up with truth or dare.

Evening of One Act Plays
Friday, July 24 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, July 25 at 7:30 pm
Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online here
Under a Ton

Enjoy an evening of great music on Church Street in Montclair on Saturday. Montclair Center Stage has a great line-up in store for you this weekend:

  • 5 pm – 7 pm: Alondra Ramierz-Ladd / Indie/Acoustic
  • 7:10 pm – 7:30 pm: Ava Otterbein / Pop
  • 8 pm – 10 pm: Under a Ton / Rock & Roll Cover Band

 Lula ValdiviaOver at Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant in Montclair on Saturday, Lula Valdivia y el Grupo “SAOCO” will celebrate Peruvian Independence Day with the special participation of Peruvian folkloric dancers. Peruvian singer, Lula Valdivia, continues to entrance audiences at Trumpets with her renditions of traditional Bolerso, Afro-Peruvian Jazz, and Brazilian and Spanish standards. The menu will feature specials that include papas a la huancaina, ceviche, guacamole, salsa, empanadas, arroz y frijoles, quesadillas and sangría.

Lula Valdivia y el Grupo “SAOCO” Peruvian Independence Day Celebration
Saturday, July 25 from 8 pm – 11 pm
Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant, 6 Depot Square, Montclair, NJ, 07042
$320 pp advanced online/ $35 at door
atelierOn Sunday, Atelier Boutique in Montclair presents EMERGE, a shopping experience with stylists, makeup artists and a first look at the fall collection from Annabella NYC, Helen Wang Couture, Robert Greco Ready to Wear collection and many many more. refreshments, music and more.

Sunday, July 26 from 1 pm- 5 pm
Atelier, 47 South Park Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Gerry MastroliaAnother installment of “Music at the Mansion,” returns on Sunday at the Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center. The series showcases talented performers from NYC and NJ and is hosted by NYC Cabaret singer and Bloomfield resident Corinna Sowers-Adler and features Deborah Martin on piano. Performers this Sunday include Gerry Mastrolia, Nathan Chang and Sue Matsuki. Gerry Mastrolia hails from North Jersey and has been performing in Musical Theatre since the age of 9. Some of his favorite roles include… Edna (Hairspray), Horton (Seussical), John Brooke (Little Women) and Jason Willette in Rabbit Hole, just to name a few. Nathan Chang is over the moon to be a part of the Music at the Mansion series! As a self-proclaimed writer of “silly songs”, his music has garnered him a Bistro Award, a MAC award nomination and he has had the honor to perform his work at Jazz at Lincoln Center for the 25th Annual Cabaret Convention. Sue Matsuki is a 10-time MAC Award Nominee/3 time recipient (in 6 different categories). Her “wins” were for: Female Jazz Vocalist; Special Productions for 10 Years in the Making and for Specialty Song, “One Stop Shopping” by Matsuki/Toroian/Page.

Music at The Mansion
Sunday, July 26 at 3 pm
Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ
Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the door or by calling 973-429-0960 to make reservations. Light refreshments will be served.
Check out our Calendar for other local happenings and have a great weekend!