With pure tones, entwined acoustic guitars and rootsy songwriting, The Milk Carton Kids weave a captivating spell. The harmonious sound of the twice Grammy Award-nominated Indie-Folk duo has earned them comparisons to Simon & Garfunkel and the Everly Brothers. Their engaging live shows have a touch of comedy with Smothers Brothers-esque banter.

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Described as "one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation"(Wall Street Journal) and "the shining hope of hot jazz" (New York Times), triple threat trailblazer Bria Skonberg is a force to be reckoned with. This multi-award winning trumpeter, singer and composer makes her SOPAC debut combining her signature sound of fiery trumpet playing and smoky vocals. She blends Jazz, Blues and beyond with storytelling and adventurous concoctions of classics and soulful originals.

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Join us for Laughs in the Loft, a new SOPAC series featuring stand-up comics from our own backyard, Brooklyn and beyond! Laughs in the Loft is every first Wednesday of the month and each event will feature four comedians in an NYC-style showcase. The talent will be announced approximately two weeks prior to each show. Come be part of something exciting, fun and hilarious. You never know who might drop in!

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Gaelic Storm

Wednesday, October 13 at 7:30PM

Since appearing in Titanic (where they performed “Irish Party in Third Class”), Gaelic Storm has become a world-class genre-bending Irish Rock band mixing Celtic traditions with something uniquely creative.

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Married couple Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon are known for music that comes directly from the heart. The duo co-writes relatable and mature R&B songs that are rooted in traditional Soul and Gospel. Kindred The Family Soul were also part of the Neo Soul Philadelphia movement that included Jill Scott.

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SOPAC Gala

Saturday, November 6 at 6PM

The annual SOPAC Gala brings together patrons, community leaders and artists to celebrate SOPAC’s achievements, pay tribute to our supporters and raise significant funds.

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Join us as we present the MidAtlantic Symphony Orchestra, Soloists, and Seton Hall University Chamber Choir under the direction of Jason Tramm in this concert version of Mozart’s comic and dramatic masterpiece, Don Giovanni. This event is co-sponsored by the Seton Hall Charles and Joan Alberto Italian Studies Institute and Classical Concert Series.

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Joan Osborne

Friday, November 12 at 8PM

A multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy Award nominee, Joan Osborne is a soulful vocalist who has performed alongside such notable artists as Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris and Mavis Staples.

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Bullied by her two mean stepsisters, Cinderella’s future looks bleak until her Fairy Godmother casts a spell and sends her to the prince’s ball. A magical evening ends with a lost slipper and a young girl whose life is transformed in this musical theatre production that is bursting with hilarity.

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Max Weinberg’s Jukebox

Friday, November 19 at 8PM

A Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame drummer and South Orange native, Max Weinberg invites audiences to create the set list in real-time for this interactive concert experience where anything and everything from the Beatles to the Stones to Bruce and The E Street Band’s biggest hits is on the set list of possibilities!

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Sons of Serendip

Friday, December 3 at 8PM

Skilled on the harp, cello and piano, this quartet of lifelong instrumentalists and vocalists bring a harmonious synergy to the stage. Melding Classical and Pop, Sons of Serendip has collaborated with several orchestras and opened for John Legend.

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Add extra flair to this festive time of year with the energetic all-vocal magic of Rockapella. Clap along to catchy original Pop songs and Contemporary revisions of Motown and Soul classics. The group may best be remembered from the PBS geography game show Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?

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This three-time Grammy Award-winning Jazz drummer has been described as “the personification of Black Girl Magic,” by the AP News. After years of playing alongside Jazz royalty like Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, Carrington has reached the pinnacle of Jazz excellence in her own career as a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters fellow. Along with her band Social Science, she’s stepping out from behind the drums to be a leader in the social and gender justice movements.

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Kinetic and cultured this internationally renowned Grammy Award nominated female African-American a cappella ensemble has a nearly 50 year history of fusing the possibilities of the human voice with theatrical flair and American Sign Language interpretation. Sweet Honey In The Rock has evolved into musical missionaries of equality, empowerment and education. They have used their art form to defend civil rights, social justice, equality and freedom for all.

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With the Hot Sardines, experience a raucous, razzle dazzle celebration featuring classic Jazz and Swing holiday favorites and original tunes performed by the eight-piece band. Their brassy horn arrangements and rollicking piano melodies combined with the vocals from a chanteuse will transport listeners to a past era.

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Gangstagrass

Saturday, February 5 at 8PM

These Emmy Award-nominated musical pioneers have created a spirited, foot-tapping fusion of Bluegrass and Hip-Hop. You may recognize their unique urban twang from “Long Hard Times to Come,” the theme song to the hit FX drama, Justified. You will enjoy Gangstagrass if you listen to artists like Old Crow Medicine Show, Carolina Chocolate Drops and The Devil Makes Three.

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Breathtaking, mind-blowing and astonishing are just a few words that describes The Heart & Soul of Magic. This show features two world class magicians, Ran’D Shine and Jamahl Keyes, in a unique production that weaves a tapestry of psychological illusions, comedy and music to create an immersive amazing experience that will keep you at the edge of your seat.

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Ryan Hamilton

Saturday, February 12 at 8PM

The wholesome, rural Idaho-bred comic’s Netflix special, Happy Face, was called “the special you can’t watch enough times.” Ryan Hamilton was named one of Rolling Stone’s Five Comics To Watch and can be seen in numerous television appearances.

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Founded by songwriter and vocalist Jay Farrar, Son Volt is an Americana Rock band that also infuses Folk, Country, Blues and Soul into their sound. Their songs often seek out the ghosts of America's discordant or forgotten past. The group marked their 25th anniversary in 2020, while in lockdown due to the pandemic. They released their 10th studio album, Electro Melodier in July 2021.

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A longtime friend of Hootie and the Blowfish, the guitarist has been called the “great American romantic” (The New York Times). Edwin McCain's tender, instantly recognizable ballads "I'll Be" and "I Could Not Ask for More" are immortalized in several 2000s film and TV soundtracks.

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DakhaBrakha

Saturday, April 2 at 8PM

You're in for a sonic feast as well as a visual spectacle. The award-winning, thunderous theatrical quartet DakhaBrakha blends ancient Ukrainian Folk melodies into a subversive musical tapestry that embraces Indie -Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop, the avant-garde and traditional instrumentation from around the world.

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The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star award-winning supergroup comprising eight of the finest performers/composers at work in Jazz today. The current ensemble features Lizz Wright on vocals, Chris Potter on saxophones, David Sánchez on saxophones, Etienne Charles on trumpet, Warren Wolf on vibraphone, Edward Simon on keyboards, Aneesa Strings on bass and Kendrick A.D. Scott on drums.

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With pure tones, entwined acoustic guitars and rootsy songwriting, The Milk Carton Kids weave a captivating spell. The harmonious sound of the twice Grammy Award-nominated Indie-Folk duo has earned them comparisons to Simon & Garfunkel and the Everly Brothers. Their engaging live shows have a touch of comedy with Smothers Brothers-esque banter.

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Tommy Emmanuel, four-time winner of Australia's Best Guitarist Award, has helped bring the art of Rock guitar down under to a higher awareness by bringing a sense of Jazz improvisation into a mix that also includes Blues, Country, Rock, Classical, and Spanish music. He is often regarded as one of the greatest acoustic guitarists of all time.

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Los Lobos

Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30PM

The trademark of this great American Rock band is its ability to meld styles, including Blues and Mexican Folk. The Grammy Award-winning group Los Lobos is known for its cover of Ritchie Valens' iconic “La Bamba.”

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This award-winning adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s beloved tale follows the dreams of a young girl who believes there is a better life waiting for her above the surface of the ocean. With stunning scenery and costumes, original songs and chart-topping hits, this show is an adventurous and delightful musical theatre experience.

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