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 held every first Wednesday of the month and each event will feature several comedians in a New York City-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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SOPAC Gala

Saturday, November 6 at 6PM

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

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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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Relive the Last Waltz, the famous 1976 Thanksgiving concert that has become embedded in the Rock and Roll lexicon. Hear Eric Clapton’s “Further On Up the Road,” Ronnie Hawkins’ “Who Do You Love,” Van Morrison’s “Caravan” and many more of the songs from that special night when The THE BAND Band performs.  

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CANCELED – Giants of Jazz 23

Saturday, November 20 at 8PM

Join us for what has become a legendary event in South Orange Village featuring the convergence of countless Jazz greats in an unforgettable evening of music.

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RESCHEDULED – Sons of Serendip

Rescheduled to Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 7:30PM

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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This three-time Grammy Award-winning Jazz drummer has been described as “the definition 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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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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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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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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Red Baraat Festival of Colors is an immersive experience celebrating the spirit of the Hindu holiday of Holi through music, dance and visuals. Led by dhol player Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its merging of North Indian Bhangra with elements of Funk, Go-Go, Rock and raw Punk energy. SPIN Magazine calls the group “a knitted blend of poly-rhythmic panache exploring what it means to communicate music between individuals and across cultures."

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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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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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Sons of Serendip

Wednesday, December 7 at 7:30PM

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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