Lisa Fischer has performed with the Rolling Stones, Luther Vandross, Tina Turner and Nine Inch Nails and was featured in the Oscar Award-winning documentary film, 20 Feet From Stardom. From foot-stomping rockers to delicate ballads, Gospel and Soul, this astonishing artist is capable of almost infinite emotion.

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Jim Messina

Thursday, March 5 at 7:30PM

An undisputed expert in the fine art of making hit music, Jim Messina’s legacy of musical genius spans five decades, three super groups, a vibrant solo career and scores of producing and engineering credits.

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The Smithereens’ take no prisoners sound, reflecting their Garden State roots, has resonated with fans worldwide over the course of 17 albums and 2,500+ live shows. Best known for writing and playing catchy 1960s-influenced Power Pop that inspired countless Alternative rockers including Kurt Cobain, The Smithereens gained popularity with their irresistibly catchy hooks and rapturously fuzzed-out guitars.

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Whether discussing his career in comedy or in public service, Al Franken delivers a singular experience - leaving audiences thoroughly entertained, more knowledgeable and either optimistic or very depressed about our nation’s future – depending on how he feels that day. As Franken said when he left the Senate, “I may be giving up my seat, but not my voice.”

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Whether discussing his career in comedy or in public service, Al Franken delivers a singular experience - leaving audiences thoroughly entertained, more knowledgeable and either optimistic or very depressed about our nation’s future – depending on how he feels that day. As Franken said when he left the Senate, “I may be giving up my seat, but not my voice.”

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The Stylistics are known for their many recognizable hits such as the Grammy Award-nominated “You Make Me Feel Brand New” plus numerous classics including “Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love),” “Let’s Put It All Together,” “Stop Look Listen,” “You Are Everything” and more. The Stylistics remain the real deal, fabulously entertaining and musically breathtaking with the hits that made them a household name.

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Two celebrated singer-songwriters return together to the SOPAC stage. Lucy Kaplansky is a rare vocal talent, “a truly gifted performer…full of enchanting songs” (The New York Times). Richard Shindell is a writer whose songs paint pictures, tell stories, juxtapose ideas and images, inhabit characters, vividly evoking entire worlds along the way and expanding our sense of just what it is a song can be.

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In this inspiring multimedia performance and motivational journey, Shaun Boothe discusses strength, character, media and the role of women. The inspiring life stories of cultural icons Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Malala Yousafzai and Oprah Winfrey are told through music and rhyme. Shaun repackages history in a way that connects with students and reinforces the importance of living a meaningful life. It is a celebration of greatness made not just to inform and entertain but to inspire and awaken the greatness within us all.

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Fronted by Shaun Hague (Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Amos Lee, John Waite), Journeyman has become the #1 tribute to Rock and Blues guitar hero Eric Clapton. With more than 50 years of music to choose from, Journeyman covers it all – “Layla,” “Badge,” “The Core,” “White Room,” “Lay Down Sally,” “Tulsa Time,” “Cocaine” and many more.

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One of the most innovative and creative musicians in the world today, David Broza brings together audiences of all cultures, bridging barriers of language and genre through his music. He is joined by Cuban “Trio Havana” with Jorge Bringas, Manuel Alejandro Carro and Yuniel Jiminez as well as special guest and flute virtuoso Itai Kriss. Together they bring a unique interpretation to the full spectrum of Broza’s rich repertoire of hits.

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Max Darwin earned the moniker "The Amazing Max" for his extraordinary skill as a magician as well as for his ability to entertain adult audiences while keeping the little ones spellbound. This high-energy, interactive and all-around silly show will delight the young, the old and everyone in-between!

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Stanley Jordan plays Jimi

Thursday, March 26 at 7:30PM

World-renowned guitarist Stanley Jordan has developed a new live show called “Stanley Jordan Plays Jimi.” Stanley explains it as, “This is my fantasy Jimi Hendrix concert if Jimi were still alive and playing today. By re-imagining his music and channeling his persona I try to bring that fantasy to life.”

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KT Tunstall

Friday, March 27 at 8PM

KT Tunstall broke into the public eye in 2004 with "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree.” She's had much success since, picking up three nominations before winning a BRIT Award and a Grammy Award nomination. She is also the recipient of an Ivor Novello Award for her self-penned hit “Suddenly I See."

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Damien Escobar sits at the intersection of Hip-Hop and Classical music. His classic yet edgy style comes complete with an unstoppable swagger that has helped propel his career from playing the violin in NYC subways to performing for President Barack Obama, Former President George W. Bush, the royal family of Dubai, Oprah Winfrey and many more.

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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.

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Cinderella

Saturday, April 4 at 2PM

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.

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A fun-filled, sidesplitting and dazzlingly glamorous sing-along! Celebrating the divas of today and yesteryear, the female and genderqueer artists we’ve looked up to our whole lives, the show abounds with glorious singers who gave our dreams wings. Think karaoke with glitter, feathers and fabulous singing, as the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus divas come into their own onstage.  

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Aaron Neville Duo

Thursday, April 16 at 7:30PM

New Orleans-born Aaron Neville brings his unmistakable sound, heard in classic ballads like “Tell It Like It Is” and “Don’t Know Much” – his hit duo with Linda Ronstadt – to the intimate SOPAC stage in an evening of sublime artistry. Slipping easily from Funky to R&B and Soul, Aaron Neville is surely one of the most distinctive vocal stylists of all time.

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Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, New Jersey Tap Ensemble and Umoja Dance Company join forces to bring the excitement of three different styles of dance to the SOPAC stage. One incredible evening featuring three different styles of dance, inspired by Asian lyricism, the infectious energy of American Tap and West-African vibrance.

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Joan Osborne

Friday, May 15 at 8PM

A multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy Award nominee, Joan Osborne is a soulful vocalist who has performed alongside many notable artists including Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Emmylou Harris and Mavis Staples, to name a few.

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Ten-time Grammy Award-winner and NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his Jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri.

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