Wellmont Theatre, Montclair
THIS WEEKEND NO SHOWS
NEXT WEEK Longtime powerballadeers (and husband and wife) Pat Benatar & guitarist Neil Giraldo remind us that "Love is a Battlefield", 8 p.m., Thursday
BOOK IT Singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson, Friday, March 2; Levon Helm Band, led by the iconic member of The Band, performs on a bill that also includes former J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf, Friday, April 6 (Show postponed from Feb. 10).
Check out wellmonttheatre.com for more shows.
The Ringside Pub, Caldwell
NEXT WEEK: The Stiff Joints, a Livingston-based rock n roll band performs Saturday, March 3 at 9 p.m.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark
THIS WEEKEND: Friday — "Afropop Dance Party," From old-school grooves to today's hits, this dance party kicks off at 7:30 p.m. in the Chase Room; Saturday — Hugh Masakela, the South African singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist whom Rolling Stone calls "one of the most thrilling live performers around," 7:30 p.m.
NEXT WEEK: Jugglers, cyclists, tumblers and other crowd-pleasing artists lead the Peking Acrobats into Prudential Hall, 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 2; Soweto Gospel Choir, 8 p.m, Saturday, March 3
BOOK IT NOW ; The Chieftains celebrate their 50th Anniversary and help audiences kick off the countdown to St. Patrick's Day; 8 p.m., Saturday, March 10.
Check out njpac.org to check out these and other events.
The Prudential Center, Newark
THIS WEEKEND: Tonight — Devils v. Vancouver Canucks, 7 p.m.; Saturday — Seton Hall Men's Basketball v. Rutgers, 5 p.m.; Sunday — Devils v. Tampa Lightning, 1 p.m.
NEXT WEEK: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Thursday, through Sunday, March 4
BOOK IT NOW: Devils v. Rangers renew their grudge match and slug it out for local fans' loyalty, 7 p.m., Tuesday; Nets v. LA Clippers, 8 p.m.; Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil, 8 p.m., Friday, March 30, Saturday, March 31
Check out prucenter.com for details about these and other shows.
South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange
THIS WEEKEND: no shows
NEXT WEEK: no shows
BOOK IT NOW: Author and monologist Malachy McCourt performs "Living Life and Laughing at Death" at 8 p.m., Friday, March 9; Country singer/songwriter Pam Tillis performs at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 10.
Go to sopacnow.org for more details about all shows.
THIS WEEKEND: DJs take center stage this weekend: Tonight — Eli Escobar, 10 p.m., Mur.Mur; Saturday — DJ Ruckus, 10 p.m., Mur.Mur; Lil Jon, 10 p.m., Mixx; Sunday — "Mixx Sundays with Paul Castro," 10 p.m.
NEXT WEEK: D-Nice with Hyper Crush gets the dance crowd going, 10 p.m. Monday at MurMur; Eli Escobar returns Friday, March 2, 10 p.m., Mur.Mur; Percussionist/DJ Ravi Drums performs at Mixx, with music by DJ Echo; 10 p.m., Saturday
BOOK IT NOW: Legendary Irish rockers The Saw Doctors help you celebrate St. Patrick's Day, 9 p.m., Saturday, March 17, The Music Box; Liza Minelli brings her revue to the Event Center, 8 p.m., Saturday, March 24; Lewis Black rages about things large and small, 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, The Music Box; Kevin James takes a break from family-friendly films to perform his stand-up act, 8 p.m., April 7, Event Center,
Check out theborgata.com for details about these and other shows.
Kean University, Union
THIS WEEKEND Friday —Sunday — The Odyssey, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wilkins Theater (also continues Friday and Saturday, March 2, 3) Sunday — The Beethoven Septet, 3 p.m., Kean Hall
THIS WEEK No shows
BOOK IT NOW George Winston, 3 p.m., Sunday, March 4; Ravi Coltrane, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 14; Kathy Mattea, 3 p.m., Sunday, May 6.
Check out keanstage.com for details about these and other shows.
Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown
This Weekend: Tonight — The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday — New Jersey Ballet's Repertory Concert of Audience Favorites, 8 p.m.; Sunday — The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players: "I've Got a Little Twist", 3 p.m.
NEXT WEEK: "Morristown's Got Talent" brings out the best in talented performers looking for their big break, 8 p.m. Wednesday
BOOK IT NOW: Garden State Folk and Roots Festival, 3 p.m., Sunday, March 11; Women of Ireland, a celebration of traditional Irish music and stepdancing, 3 and 8 p.m., Saturday, March 17; Country gal Loretta Lynn graces the stage at 8 p.m., March 30.
Check out mayoarts.org for details about these and other shows.
Scotty’s Steakhouse, Springfield
THIS WEEK: Tonight and Saturday — Seymour Swann, regularly seen on HBO, BET and Comedy Central, headlines a show that also features Matt Christmas and Darry Charles.
NEXT WEEK: New York's Rising Star Chris Monty takes the stage, March 2-3.
BOOK IT NOW: Brad Trackman, a regular guest on late-night TV shows and MTV, headlines a show that also features Lori Palminteri and John Clark. Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10.
For details and more information, log onto scottyssteakhouse.com.
Shanghai Jazz, Madison
THIS WEEKEND:Tonight and Saturday — Jazz legend Freddy Cole and his quartet come to Madison for two special performances. *Special per-person music charges and drink minimums in effect.
NEXT WEEK: Guitarist John Zweig brings his trio to Shanghai Jazz Tuesday; The Evan Sherman Trio, featuring Curtis Lundy on bass, take the stage on Wednesday.
BOOK IT NOW: Junior Mance, who performed with Dinah Washington and Dizzy Gillespie, performs with his eponymous trio, Saturday, March, 3; Guitar legend and stalwart Jersey guy Bucky Pizzarelli performs on Wednesday, March 7.
All shows 6:30 and 8:30. Check out shanghaijazz.com for more details.
State Theatre, New Brunswick
THIS WEEK: Tonight — Duuuuuude! The Pink Floyd Experience begins at 8 p.m. (Blacklight not included); Saturday — New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performs "Spanish Inspiration," 8 p.m.
NEXT WEEK: SmartTalk Connected Conversations: Donna Brazile, a longtime Democrative political strategist delivers "Inspiring Civility: Stirring the Pot in American Politics." 7:30 p.m., Tuesday
BOOK IT NOW: Larry the Cable Guy delivers his red-neck ruminations at 8 p.m., Sat, March 10; The Irish Rovers spread their luscious harmonies with the season's traditional hits at 8 p.m., Sunday, March 11; HD screening of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's historic 2002 concert in Barcelona; 8 p.m., Friday, March 16
Check out statetheatrenj.org for more details.
Stress Factory Comedy Club, New Brunswick
THIS WEEK: Tonight and Saturday — Wendy Liebman, a hysterically jarring subliminal comedian brings her storied act to New Brunswick.
NEXT WEEK: Bob Marley — no, not that one, the one from Boondock Saints and Conan O'Brien appearances — Thursday through Saturday, March 1-3;
Book It Now: Comedy stalwart Dom Irrera performsFriday and Saturday, March 9, 10
Check out stressfactory.com for more details.