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Stellar Lineup Of Entertainment Scheduled For NJPAC
The New Jersey Performing Arts center is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey - where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day.  NJPAC's mission is to:  Present the world's greatest artists in the State's most spectacular setting;  Convene ongoing civic, social, cultural and intellectual exchanges; Engage New Jersey's diverse population; Enhance and transform the lives of children and families through arts education; and Help drive Newark's revitalization

NJPAC's August lineup adheres to this mission with the likes of comedy icons Keenan, Damon, Shawn and Marlon Wayons, musical heavyweights Pat Metheny and Bruce Hornsby, Jamaican reggae artist Beres Hammond, and international superstar soprano Sarah Brightman, among others.  Below are the dates and times of the performances of the aforementioned and other performers.


Don't miss the first-time-ever metro area appearance of Hollywood's First Family of comedy! Keenen, Damon, Shawn and Marlon Wayans share an evening of hilarious stand-up comedy in this unprecedented reunion.

The brothers have enjoyed success as directors, screenwriters, comedians and actors. Shawn, 43, and Marlon, 42, are best known for the sitcom The Wayans Bros., which aired from 1995-1999 on the WB. Keenen, 56 - the oldest of 10 siblings - and Damon, 54, created, wrote and starred in the Fox Network program In Living Color, which ran from 1990-1994.


Friday, August 1, 2014 8:00 PM


Gabriel Iglesias has been described as a witty and electrifying performer who delivers a uniquely hilarious comedy experience. By popular demand, he's back at NJPAC in an exclusive New Jersey appearance!

His high-octane show is a sure-fire hit: a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects that bring his personal experiences to life.

Iglesias' animated comedy style has made him popular among fans of all ages. His first two DVD specials - Hot & Fluffy and I'm Not Fat … I'm Fluffy - sold well over 1 million copies. His third Comedy Central  DVD special is Aloha Fluffy. Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution premiered on that network in 2011 and became one of its highest rated stand-up series.


Saturday, August 2, 2014 8:00 PM


Two music legends, together in one megashow! Twenty-time Grammy winner Pat Metheny ("Last Train Home") appears with multi-Grammy-nominated singer and pianist Bruce Hornsby ("The Way It Is").

Campfire Tour 2014 includes the Pat Metheny Unity Group's music from KIN (←→), their new release, as well as some catalog favorites. Hornsby's hard-driving blend of jazz, classical and bluegrass will feature Sonny Emory on drums.

The past year has been remarkable for Metheny. After receiving his 20th Grammy for Unity Band and releasing the critically acclaimed Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol. 20, he was voted into DownBeat magazine's Hall of Fame, making him the youngest member and fourth jazz guitarist to be chosen. With the release of KIN (←→), Metheny has again re-invented himself in an ever-evolving career.

Hornsby has built one of the most diverse and adventurous careers in contemporary music as a performer, songwriter and collaborator. With Bruce Hornsby and the Range he produced hits like "Mandolin Rain" and "Every Little Kiss," and went on to further successes with The Noisemakers. He has performed with the Grateful Dead, Don Henley and Bonnie Raitt and has composed and recorded several projects for filmmaker Spike Lee.

SCHEDULE - Friday, August 8, 204 - 8:00 pm


An evening of romantic, soulful reggae with long-reigning singer-songwriter Beres Hammond, Jamaica's undisputed king of "lovers rock" and one of contemporary reggae's most iconic stars.

Hammond is an artist whose music manages the remarkable feat of being cool and hot in equal measure. "It's the most perfect mix of reggae and soul we've ever heard," says Reggae Reviews.

During his four-decade-long career, Hammond has lent his signature, smoky-sweet style (often compared to Otis Redding or Teddy Pendergrass) to every kind of rhythm track - from the funked-up reggae jams of 1970s fusion (performed with his then-band, Zap Pow), to the lush instrumentation of his classic Soul Reggae LP, to the spare digital beats of his dancehall breakthrough, What One Dance Can Do , and its follow-up, A Love Affair (recorded in collaboration with Buju Banton). In recent years, Hammond has continued to blaze a trail of contemporary world music hits. His 2012 CD, One Love, One Life, is a laidback collection of lovers' serenades that reached the top of the Billboard reggae charts.

"In his native Jamaica, Hammond enjoys an iconic status just a few notches below that of Bob Marley," says Rolling Stone. "A specialist in intimate love songs often told from the viewpoint of the blue-collar, 'common' man, he has been described as his country's Marvin Gaye, and also its Springsteen."


Saturday, August 23, 2014 8:00 PM


The international superstar soprano, acclaimed for her roles in Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, embarks on an adventurous new tour. Exclusive area engagement!  Beloved for her staggering, multi-octave vocal range, Brightman is enjoying a three-decade career of film and stage performance, selling more than 30 million records worldwide. She is the first artist invited twice to sing theme songs at the Olympic Games and is frequently credited with pioneering the classical crossover genre, allowing music once reserved for conservatories and concert halls to seep onto the pop charts.

With the release of her 11th studio album, Dreamchaser, Brightman - an official cosmonaut in training - explores feelings and experiences connected to her plans to become the first recording artist to travel to the International Space Station.


Sunday, August 24, 2014 7:00 PM
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