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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”!


New Jersey Grammy Nominated Artists 2017

New Jersey Grammy Nominated Artists 2017

The 2017 Grammy Awards show is just around the corner. The nominees have been announced have been announced and their are some New Jersey natives that we at Hip New Jersey wanted to showcase.

Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, or better known by her stage name, Halsey, has been nominated as a feature artist in two different categories. She has been nominated for best pop duo/group performance for the Chainsmokers song “Closer.” Halsey is also a feature artist on Justin Bieber’s album “Purpose,” which is nominated for album of the year.

Halsey started her career as a YouTube cover artist, but eventually started to make her own music. She is signed to Astralwerks, a subsidiary of Universal Music Group that focuses on electronic and dance music. Halsey is a electronic pop singer and songwriter.

In her short career Halsey has released an album and headlined her own tour. Halsey is only 22-years old and already has two Grammy nominations. Though she is still young, Halsey is on her way to stardom.

? #BelieveInMusic Feb. 12 as your favorite artists take the #GRAMMYs stage. ?

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Another homegrown musician that is nominated for a Grammy is Peter Erskine. Erskine is a jazz drummer that has had a tremendously successful career. Erskine is nominated for the best instrumental album. His album is titled, “Dr. Um.”

Erskine has worked on over 600 albums and film scores throughout his career. Erskine has worked with many big name artists. Some of the artists he has worked with include: Barbra Streisand, Seth Macfarlane, Michael Bublé and many more. Modern Drummer Magazine has voted Erskine the best jazz drummer ten times throughout his career.

Erskine has received many awards and accolades throughout his 45 year career. Erskine owns his own recording label called Fuzzy Music. He has already won two Grammy’s for best large jazz ensemble album. Erskine was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music.

We here at Hip New Jersey, are cheering for Halsey and Peter Erskine to win their categories and make New Jersey proud.