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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 .

Theater Coming To Downtown Toms River

Exit 82 Theatre Company will be opening the Exit 82 Studio Theater in downtown Toms River this summer, and #HipNJ has the scoop!

 The Exit 82 Studio Theater will be an intimate, immersive theater complete with concessions, live music, and quality entertainment. This theater will enhance the revitalization efforts in Toms River, opening right next to the upcoming Hops on Main Brewery in the heart of downtown.

Exit 82 Studio Theatre’s season will open with the musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone playing every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from July 6th through July 29th, 2018. Following The Drowsy Chaperone, Exit 82 will produce the campy horror favorite, Little Shop of Horrors this fall. In addition to musicals, the Exit 82 Studio Theater will be home to many performance and entertainment opportunities including a “Monthly Musical” series, cabarets, and reviews.

The Toms River Business Improvement District President, Alizar Nicholas Zorojew, commented, “As the Business Improvement District strives to enhance the environment for the arts to succeed, organizations like Exit 82 are seizing the opportunity.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

#MusicMonday: Happy Hawthorne

It’s #MusicMonday, and #HipNJ is here to tell you about an up-and-coming New Jersey band named Happy Hawthorne.

Before we learn about how the band came to be, here is a breakdown of who is who in this Garden State group:

Steve Hawthorne: Lead Singer/ Rhythm Guitarist

Chris DeCheser: Lead Guitarist/ Backup Vocalist

Deniz Piatt: Drummer

Riley Cocchi: Bassist

Hawthorne got started at The Original Music School in Morristown. There, he met Cocchi and DeCheser. Piatt discovered the group online and jumped right in. “I think it adds a unique aspect to the band,” Cocchi says of being the only female band member.

The band says that they are still developing their sound, which sometimes ranges from rock to jazz.  Their songs are mainly originals, but they tend to perform covers at their live shows.

The band treated the #HipNJ studio to a performance of their original song, “Mad Max.” Check it out below.

They didn’t stop there! Happy Hawthorne also performed their cover of “Hang Me Up To Dry” by Cold War Kids. Watch below!

To learn more about Happy Hawthorne, click here.