Man + Cat

2016-11-16_12-10-55Did you ever wonder what a man with a cat sounded like when he sang? Well, your wait is over!

Check out Adam Melchor at the Fox & Crow on Sunday, November 27th.

Adam Melchor is a songsmith hailing from Northern New Jersey. Christine Bochicchio of the Aquarian Weekly writes “Adam Melchor’s angelic vocals and poetic lyrics make him an act that deserves to be heard” after giving him 5 out of 5 stars on his debut EP.

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Free Family-Friendly Concert

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Con Vivo Music is back with another free, family-friendly concert! This time we’re celebrating independence with an exploration of art song by American composers on July 9. The concert will feature two amazing vocal soloists: Sarah Nelson Craft and Barry L Robinson.

The concert will span America’s rich heritage of musical styles including classical, jazz, musical theater, and spirituals from composers Aaron Copland, Charles Ives, Margaret Bonds, Henry Thacker Burleigh, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and CVM’s own Mazz Swift.

Performed by Sarah Nelson Craft (mezzo-soprano), Barry L Robinson (baritone), Mazz Swift (violin), and Christopher Cooley (piano). Continue reading

Riverview Jazz Festival

2016-06-06_13-13-27The 2016 Riverview Jazz Festival is well underway and running through June 11th. The flagship event will take place from noon until 8 pm on Saturday, June 11th at Riverview Fisk Park in The Heights.

This year’s flagship event at Riverview Fisk Park will feature two stages and nine bands, beer provided by BuyRite, food trucks curated by Hudson Kitchen, a vintage flea market by Pacific Flea, kid friendly activities, and a cobblestone artwalk produced by Riverview Neighborhood Association with artist Jeankarlos Cruz. And best yet – it’s free to the public! The fourth annual Riverview Jazz Festival is co-presented by Jersey City Cultural Affairs.

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Get Your Groove On!

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How has JC FYI gotten this far into the summer without mentioning that you should be going to Groove on Grove! #Shameful

Groove presents FREE, LIVE concerts downtown at the Grove Street PATH station plaza. The concert take place on Wednesdays from 6 PM to 9 PM from May through September.

The weekly music series began in 2008 featuring a wide variety of musicians, performers, local businesses and sponsors. This is a family friendly event that brings our community together to celebrate Jersey City and its diversity. Check out their FB  feed for the most recent updates.grooveongrove7

Glen, Tea NJ, & You

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Join musician and rockin’ cool guy Glen Coleman and friends–drum roll please–at Tea NJ located in downtown Jersey City. The jam starts at 2 pm on this coming Sunday, April 17th.

Glen will play for the first hour and will be sharing some brand-spanking new songs. Afterwards, you share your song, or create music with Glen, or you catch a buzz by just bein’ yo’self. Wine + Music + Friendship + Sunday afternoon.

You in?

About Glen

Glen’s music has been placed in independent films and plays and was recently featured on ABC World News programming. In January 2008, his single, “Something Better” from his recently released debut cd, “. . .before the crowd.” ranked number one for most requested song on Midnight Blues Radio. His song “Fish” also ranked best folk/roots song on Moozikoo Radio. Glen is currently promoting “. . .before the crowd,” produced by music veteran Dean Bailin. Glen’s music has inspired musical collaborations with a broad range of talented performers and artists. His recent collaborations include work with master slam poet, Dujuana Sharese; award winning classical saxophonist, Kevin Gosa; award winning performance artist, Christine Goodman; Irish troubadour, Matt Gibbons; and multi instrumentalist and vocalist, Dan McBride.

Freedy Johnston Comes A’callin’

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A gifted songwriter whose lyrics paint sometimes witty, often poignant portraits of characters often unaware of how their lives have gone wrong, Freedy Johnston seemingly appeared out of nowhere in the early ’90s and quickly established himself as one of the most acclaimed new singer/songwriters of the day. Johnston was born in 1961 in Kinsley, KS, a small town with the odd distinction of being equidistant between New York City and San Francisco.

Johnston will be performing in The Parlour at The Fox and Crow on Saturday, April 2nd. The show starts at 10 PM and the suggested donation is $10.

JC: Where Great Art Lives

2016-03-08_13-33-50Sure there is a slew of Easter events about to happen in Jersey City, but here is a great one to consider! On Sunday, March 20th at 6pm, Music director Christopher Greene of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will present the “Easter” portion of Handle’s Messiah*.

A new 16-voice choir, the St. Paul’s Singers, will be accompanied by a nine-piece orchestra from Con Vivo Music. Soloists are Darlene Southard Wyzga, soprano; Allison Gish, contralto; David Kellett, tenor; and James Splond, bass.

And for sure, we’re all used to the Hallelujah Chorus, from the Easter section, as the closer at Christmas Messiah concerts, but wouldn’t it be fun to hear it in its original context? And I’m not saying that you couldn’t also just Google some performance on YouTube, but really, you cannot beat hearing it performed live and in person!

Buy your tickets online today for only $20. Don’t miss this outstanding performance!

*I know you’re thinking “dead white dude” right about now, but honestly, Messiah puts the classic in Classical.

Live at Monty Hall!

2016-02-03_10-55-33Tickets are still available to see JENNYLEE (JENNY LEE LINDBERG OF WARPAINT) live at Monty Hall located at 43 Montogomery Street in downtown JC. The concert is on Friday, February 26th and the tickets are $12-$15.

via event press – Having spent the past decade defining the groove that allows psychdream benders Warpaint the luxury to drift between genres and eras, Jenny Lee’s first attempt at solo life proves equally loose, open, and driven by the rhythm of the heart. Layered with overtones of darker pop and new wave classics, the album rides like a series of small poems, often sparse with verse, but continuously brimming with soul. Whether or not it was Lee’s intention to create a piece that feels as much as it declares, she has done so in classic style. Listening from start to finish there is a sense of channeling, of the type of motion that can only occur in the early hours of the morning or the latest hours of the night, that space between thinking and doing. There is an innocence in these tracks, as there is innocence in the drawings of our youth, a roughness, a rawness, a vulnerability but also a confidence the confidence of knowing there are no rules, the confidence of having traveled the world playing songs to the millions, and realizing you still have so much more to say.

Written slowly over the course of the past few years, Right On, is the culmination of a lifetime of collected ideas ghosts of relationships past, stories of reckless abandon, escape routes disguised as reasons to dance. Coproduced in Los Angeles by long time friend and collaborator Norm Block, a rhythm section in his own right, the stripped down openness of the instrumentation allows Jenny Lee’s haunting melodies to carry their weight as needed, sometimes rising to a powerful scream, and others whispering quietly into the fog. With the album’s release, and the promise of solo-touring, Lee is excited by the idea of having room to spread her wings as a front woman, not because she craves the spotlight but because putting down the bass will afford her a range of motion she might not otherwise have accessed both physically and spiritually. If the gravity of the songs in their recorded form is any indicator, audiences should be prepared for an awakening as much as a concert.

Jenny Lee has no intentions of ending her work with Warpaint any time soon, but with Right On, she has found new pieces of herself that will only serve to broaden and deepen her musical well. With this sonic growth, in turn comes a personal growth which will no doubt lead to richer songs, greater art, and truer feeling a wonderful cycle which we are all lucky enough to be a part of.