New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 11/25/22


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Rock on! This week’s sound bites…24/11/22

“I gotta tell you,” began The Hollywood Allstars founder, keyboardist Steve Gaspar. “Years ago it was a passion project of mine and when I say years I probably mean about four or five years ago. I’ve been in the music business all my life and I felt like I wanted to put together a quote unquote; super group. A dream team of people I respect and people I enjoy the way they play and enjoy hanging out with and five years later I never thought I’d have you on the phone telling you about it I’ve got the horn section who did the Rolling Stones Steel Wheels tour, the bassist for the Johnny and Edgar Winter groups, the lead vocalist for Tower of Power, a guitarist who’s worked with Blood, Sweat & Tears and Talking Heads; I mean, it’s really literally like a dream come true I mean not to sound like a hackneyed cliché but I’m really lucky to be able to say I’m surrounded by these people never mind getting them all in a band and have a record deal got, what in itself is nowadays cuckoo; you know?”

Spotlight on a Moments Notice

A Moments Notice is a band from Sacramento, California that plays a cross between Metalcore, Deathcore and Hardcore. The band started in 2022. The Penguin Rocks presents this interview with A Moments Notice.

Spotlight on virtue in vain

Virtue In Vain is a metalcore band from Cardiff/London that has been around for about 8 years now. The Penguin Rocks presents this interview with Virtue in Vain.-

Spotlights on Processor

Johan Isaksson, known professionally as Processor, based in Örebro, Sweden, is an electronic music producer. His genres are electronic/ metal/ industrial/ pop/ rock. He plays keyboards and does all the production. The Penguin Rocks presents this interview with Processor.

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Spotlight on Picnic Lightning

Picnic Lightning is a punk rock band from Fort Worth, Texas. Their music is also called southern gothic psych. The Penguin Rocks presents this interview with Picnic Lighting.

Floodlight on Saun Santipreecha

Saun Santipreecha is a solo artist currently living in Los Angeles, CA. He describes his music as electro-acoustic/experimental/ambient (although he admits that the term ambient has a very broad definition, depending on who you ask). He says he likes the emphasis on listening primarily to non-traditional musical sounds and evoking a space that is perhaps unique to this genre. The Penguin Rocks presents this interview with Saun Santipreecha.

Spotlight on Takar Nabam

Takar Nabam is a singer-songwriter, guitarist from Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, India. His music is a mix of pop, rock, jazz, R&B, indie and singer-songwriter. In terms of mood, he finds his music dreamy, romantic, nostalgic. The Penguin Rocks presents this interview with Takar Nabam.

Symphony in C conducts Search for a new conductor

An orchestra’s search for a conductor is a challenging undertaking. For Symphony in C, the nationally recognized Young Professionals Orchestra of the Mid-Atlantic region, the process was complicated by having to switch gears when the pandemic interrupted a series of performances with five guest conductors, each a candidate for the position of music director, who was originally scheduled for the 2020-21 season.

“Jersey City Nutcracker” brings holiday tradition home

For more than a decade, Jersey City has had its own special holiday tradition: Nimbus Dance’s Jersey City Nutcracker. The city-focused show runs December 9-23 at the new Nimbus Arts Center. Host Maddie Orton chats with Nimbus Dance Founding Artistic Director Sam Pott, who choreographed and co-wrote the piece, School Director Harumi Elders, and student dancer Izzy Baculod about participating in this celebrated annual show.

Christmas spectacle starring Radio City Rockettes runs through January 2

(NEW YORK, NY) — America’s #1 holiday show, the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes, presented by QVC, runs through January 2, 2023 at Radio City Music Hall. The Christmas Spectacular, which has inspired and amazed more than 69 million people around the world since its debut in 1933, is a unique tradition where the magic of New York Christmas comes to life. Radio City Music Hall is the only place in the world where audiences can experience the immersive magic of the Christmas Spectacular and the new “Dance of the Frost Fairies” scene. Tickets for the 2022 show are on sale now at

The Monmouth University Center for the Arts Presents Film Screening and Visual Arts Talks at the Closing of Miriam Beerman’s Exhibition

(WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ) — The Monmouth University Center for the Arts presents “Fine Art Conversations” and a screening of Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaos to add an interactive element to the exhibition’s closing day on Sunday, May 11 December from 12:00: 00:00 – 16:00.

The Basie Center presents CHEERS! A holiday wine festival

(RED BANK, NJ) — CHEERS! A Holiday Wine Festival will take place at The Basie Center in Red Bank on Sunday 4 December. There’s no better way to kick off the most festive of all seasons than with family and friends at New Jersey’s premier new wine event. The event will run from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Open to people 21 and older.

Monmouth County received grants to strengthen public health infrastructure

(FREEHOLD, NJ) – The Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners announced that the County received $2,873,271 through two grants to strengthen public health infrastructure.

Hopewell Theater owns artwork on Trenton Holiday Drive

(HOPEWELL, NJ) — For-profit indie venue Hopewell Theater is raising money for local arts and youth arts programs this holiday season with a Holiday Donation Drive for Artworks Trenton, a nonprofit community arts organization.

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Ramapo College presents a virtual event: Considering the Past to Shape the Future: The US and the Holocaust

(MAHWAH, NJ) — Join Ramapo College of New Jersey on Thursday, December 1 at 4 p.m. for an important talk about the recent documentary The U.S. and the Holocaust, directed by Ken Burns, Lynn Novak and Sarah Botstein. This event, presented via Zoom, is free and open to the public. Register here in advance.

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