Christian McBride On Using Music to Unite

Jazz Musician Christian McBride sat with Steve Adubato on “One-on-One” to discuss using music to unite us in these turbulent times.

“I’ve always thought musicians have made the best world ambassadors,” McBride says. “You can’t be upset at any point with music.”

The musician goes on to describe the unifying power of music. “It very much brings to light what we share in common, not what we aren’t on the same page about.”

To learn more about Christian McBride, click here.

Fitness App ‘SweatNow’

#HipNJ has just discovered a brand new fitness app, and we are obsessed. SweatNow is the ultimate app for staying connected with your favorite fitness professionals, their classes, and complete training calendars.

SweatNow is designed by fitness professionals, for fitness professionals and enthusiasts, health clubs, gyms, and studios. The user has the freedom to workout with any fitness instructor in any nearby facility.

Select your location and the types of workouts you’re looking for, and SweatNow will show you all the classes near you in real-time with top-rated instructors. This makes it nearly impossible to find an excuse for missing a workout.

Users receive instant notifications from trainers as soon as there’s a class change or cancellation, and are the first to find out about exclusive pop-up classes and workshops.

The app is super easy to navigate, and is available now on the App Store and Google Play.

To learn more, click here.

New Brunswick on New Year’s Eve

On December 31st, New Brunswick will be home to the region’s most vibrant New Year’s celebration as The Restaurant Guys present the 9th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza.

A collaboration among the city’s hospitality and business communities and produced by Francis Schott and Mark Pascal — a/k/a The Restaurant Guys (owners of Stage Left Steak and Catherine Lombardi restaurants) — New Brunswick New Year’s Eve showcases the city’s prowess and pride as “the capital of Central New Jersey.”

Conceived by Francis and Mark in 2009 as a way for local restaurateurs to rally business during the depths of the Great Recession, what began as a modest event has helped make New Brunswick a holiday and cultural destination, fully funded by donations and sponsorships and drawing crowds of close to 5,000.Says Francis, “Our goal has been to be the opposite of a ‘First Night’ concept — we want to drive visitors into our bars and restaurants to generate business while showing off what a fun town we live and work in. We’ve succeeded beyond our wildest dreams!”

WHAT:
Spectacular fireworks, choreographed to music by world-champion Garden State Fireworks and shot from the roof of the Heldrich Hotel. Drinks specials at downtown restaurants and bars by event sponsors Taittinger Champagne, Hendrick’s Gin, Hudson Whiskey and Monkey Shoulder Scotch. DJ music in Monument Park. Extended hours at many establishments for a post-fireworks nightcap

WHEN/WHERE:
11.30 pm ~ Monument Park, Livingston Avenue + George Street, New Brunswick, NJ Visitors are invited to explore dining and entertainment options pre- and post-fireworks — see list of participating venues at www.newbrunswicknewyearseve.com

Ring the New Year in right!

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