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“Pac The House” Second Season at HACPAC

The Hackensack Main Street Business Alliance and the City of Hackensack are proud and excited to announce the return of the “PAC The House” at the Hackensack Performing Arts Center (HACPAC). This is the second season of the event, set to include John Pizzarelli, Elijah Bland, Amy Helm, Flor De Toloache and Marc Cohn

On Friday, October 5th, John Pizzarelli, a Paterson Native, starts the series off. Pizzarelli has over 20 solo albums, and has also performed on songs by Paul McCartney, James Taylor and Rosemary Clooney. In the recent years, he’s toured North America, South America, Asia and Europe, performing shows centered on Frank Sinatra’s centennial, the songs of Johnny Mercer, Paul McCartney and Nat King Cole. 

Elijah Bland is next, on Saturday, November 3rd. Bland is a self taught musician, who began playing the piano at 5 years old. He found his own voice, which led him to become an independent recording artist. Bland has performed at B.B. King Blues Club, SOB’s, 54 Below, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), and DC’s historic Howard Theater with artists like  Stanley Clarke, Yolanda Adams, Lenny Williams and George Duke.

On Saturday, February 2nd, Amy Helm takes the stage. Amy is a singer-songwriter who served in her father Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Band, as a backing musician. Amy is currently about to release her second solo album, “This Too Shall Light”, on Sept. 21 and tours year-round. 

Then, on Saturday, March 9th, the all-female Mariachi band, Flor de Toloache, will be performing. The band is named after the flower used in Mexico as a love potion and was formed a decade ago. Their critically-acclaimed debut album received a Latin Grammy nomination in 2015 and they are currently touring in support of their latest album “Las Caras Lindas.” 

Finally, on Saturday, April 6th, Grammy-winner Marc Cohn closes out this year’s “PAC The House” series. The singer-songwriter hit the music scene in the 90s when his debut album went Platinum. His most recent work, “Careful What You Dream: Lost Songs and Rarities,” was released in 2016 and he has toured recently with Michael McDonald. 

This event is sure to include some first-class entertainment that you do not want to miss! Tickets are on sale now. Get ready to see these artists “PAC the House”!

 

Pioneer Productions Presents- The Living Room Series

Pioneer Productions Presents- The Living Room Series

Pioneer Productions kicks off its new Living Room Series with Women’s Work an evening of songs by female songwriters. Conceived and performed by singer/storyteller Wendy-Lane Bailey & composer/pianist Michele Brourman it has a funny, sometimes challenging but always defiantly feminine viewpoint that brings the worlds of Broadway, pop, and country together in one show.

The Living Room Series focuses on intimate concerts in non-traditional venues. “Putting great performers together with an audience in a cozy space can create magic. There are fewer barriers which helps make real connection,” says Dan Vissers, Pioneer’s artistic director. “I can’t think of a better way to start things off than with Wendy-Lane -she’s smart, witty, has great musical taste, and always takes the audience on a great ride!”

Bailey and Brourman have worked together for almost a decade. Brourman produced Bailey’s debut recording Breathing featuring two of Brourman’s songs. “I knew Michele’s songs before I knew Michele the person,” says Wendy-Lane, “It was love at first listen. Plus It’s wonderful to work with someone who gets you and takes your ideas and adds things that make them even more exciting”.

Bailey has collected a unique group of tunes spanning generations and genres. ”I wanted it to be fun and surprising and upend what audiences think they know. Almost everyone knows Ring of Fire was a hit for Johnny Cash, but how many people realize that it was June Carter Cash who wrote it ?” says Bailey.

Women’s Work plays September 16th at 6:00 PM at the Arthur Murray Studios, 26 Bloomfield Ave. 2nd Floor, Denville, NJ 07834. Tickets are $25 and may be obtained at womenswork.brownpapertickets.com . Further information about Pioneer Productions may be found at their website www.pioneerproductionscompany.org .

9th Annual Hoboken Comedy Festival Looking for Comedians

9th Annual Hoboken Comedy Festival Looking for Comedians

Last year over 80 comedians from all over the US performed over several days for comedy opportunities across the United States provided by the Hoboken Comedy Festival. The Festival itself is a 7-day multi-venue 11-show experience in the heart of Hoboken each Autumn. The creators of the Festival are asking for Comedians to submit a 6 minute video online at www.HobokenComedyFestival.org before September 1st to be considered for the New Talent portion.

Taking place September 24th-30th, the festival gives opportunities to 24 New Talent performers, 6 per night Monday to Thursday –the first 4 weekdays of the festival. On each weekday show one of the 6 will “win” another performance on one of the weekend shows, judged by a panel of industry bookers and professionals. Those 4 selected to perform again with then have an opportunity to perform on Sunday and be considered the overall funniest New Talent Performer of the festival.

Along with the New Talent slots in the festival are 11 headliner performances, with a TV tested comedy veteran closing out each show each night. Comedy alum at the Hoboken Comedy Festival are Amy Schumer (performing at the first three Hoboken Comedy Festivals), Artie Lange (SNL), Pete Davidson (SNL), Jermaine Fowler (Showtime), Nate Bargatze (ABC), Carlos Mencia (Comedy Central), Mark Normand (Tonight Show), Judah Friedlander (30Rock), Todd Barry (Louie) and many more.

The festival which celebrates it’s 9th year in 2018, also supports animal welfare and aims to aid in animal homeless by continuing to support and partner with the Liberty Humane Society which they’ve done for the past 6 years. “Our partnership with LHS has been eye opening and heart warming and a crucial component of what we find valuable about running comedy shows with a charitable aspect,” says festival founder Dan Frigolette. “From 2015 to 2017 we even partnered with talented photographer Chris Langston to photograph famous comedians with adoptable dogs for a calendar we sell for more donations.” Each show will donate $1 per head no matter the face value or donated ticket that comes in, and there are opportunities for patrons to give a little extra in the means of cash donations on site at each show. HCF has also donated comedians to host Liberty Humane Society’s Annual Bark in the Park event which takes place every October.

Every Hoboken Comedy Festival show has an Emcee, two Feature acts, and a Headliner, and the corresponding number of New Talent slots depending on the night. Over seven days the Hoboken Comedy Festival will feature 50 New Talent Comedians, and nearly 44 working and established New York City Comedians, boasting more than 94 comedians in total.

Winners of the Festival have gone on to great success, and directly receive stage time at each preceding Hoboken Comedy Festival. The roster includes Brett Druck (Laughs on Fox,) James Myers (Most Upvoted Comedian on Reddit), Kareem Green (Montreal Comedy Festival), Mike Menendez (Comedy Store), Lawrence Deloach (Comedy Central), and Gibran Saleem (MTV). The creators of the Hoboken Comedy Festival also run the NJFunnyfest, Make Me Laugh, and the Comedy’s Best Kept Secret Tour, which travels cross country for multiple shows, cities, and days each winter. A strong performance as new comedians often leads to Nationwide opportunities.

Last year the Festival was able to provide more new talent opportunities than ever before by adding a New Talent component to the outdoor Block Party Show on the Final Sunday of performances.

Comedians at any level can submit a 6 minute performance of themselves hosted on youtube or other streaming sites, by attaching a link through the submission page at www.HobokenComedyFestival.org
Submissions do require a small submission fee.

For more information and to submit please visit: www.HobokenComedyFestival.org

Talent for the Hoboken Comedy Festival will be announced September 1st 2018.