The South Orange Performing Arts Center’s 18th Season is almost here!

Beginning on Thursday, September 14 at 5PM with the opening of The Herb + Milly Iris Gallery’s next exhibition FULL CIRCLE, by painter Ben Niles, capturing the convergence graphic design and painting with vibrant colors and patterns, and continuing with the first musical performance on Friday, September 15 at 8PM by Journeyman: A Tribute to Eric Clapton, this season, and this month of September, has something for every member of the family!

“Season 18 at SOPAC comes roaring to life in September, and I can’t wait to see you in the house!” explains Executive Director Stephen Beaudoin.  “As North Jersey’s destination venue for creativity, community, and connection, our line-up of season-opening arts experiences – everything from a new show from stunning South Orange artist Ben Niles to the SOPAC debut of acclaimed Afro-Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martinez, and much more – has plenty of inspiration and joy for you to experience. I invite you to step away from your worries and join me at SOPAC to be transformed this September.”

Bring your friends and family together at SOPAC for unforgetable arts experiences this September!


Explore Events Coming to SOPAC this September


The Herb + Milly Iris Gallery presents
Opening Reception
THU, SEP 14 at 5PM

Join us at the free opening reception of FULL CIRLCE, Ben Nile’s new exhibition in The Herb + Milly Iris Gallery, showcasing a remarkable fusion of acrylic, ink, and graphite, skillfully intertwined with the technique of screen printing.  Don’t miss this celebration of creativity and the interconnectedness of diverse art forms.
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A Tribute to Eric Clapton
FRI, SEP 15 at 8PM

Don’t miss your chance to see Journeyman, the only nationally touring Eric Clapton tribute band, at SOPAC! Fronted by guitar virtuoso Shaun Hague, with Kenny Wane Shepherd, Amos Lee, and John Waite, Journeyman covers all Clapton classics—“Layla,” “Badge,” “The Core,” “White Room,” “Lay Down Sally,” “Tulsa Time,” “Cocaine”—and more!
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LiV Warfield
SAT, SEP 16 at 8PM

A LiV Warfield show is like no other. It’s like watching Tina Turner, Sade, and James Brown all in one, but she is uniquely her own artist. Don’t miss her powerful vocals and enormous stage presence on the SOPAC Mainstage!
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Pedrito Martínez Group
Echoes of Africa
SAT, SEP 30 at 8PM

Experience the world-class, Grammy-nominated Pedrito Martínez Group!  “A source of rhythmic delight and inspiration” (The New York Times), Pedrito Martínez is a master of Afro-Cuban rumba and Yoruba traditions.  Don’t miss the feast of musical mastery at SOPAC!
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