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PIZZA & RESTAURANT In four convenient locations! U Visit

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220 Spring Street Newton, NJ (Restaurant) 973-579-1480 Fax: 973-579-3106

3 Mill Street Branchville, NJ (Restaurant/Tavern) 973-948-2875 Fax: 973-948-4370

55 Route 15 Lafayette, NJ (Intersection of Rts. 15 & 94)

973-383-4414 Fax: 973-383-4429

Open every day.

124 Route 560 Layton, NJ

(Restaurant/Tavern) 973-948-5020 Fax: 973-948-5023

Ask us about our great Sunday and Monday night pizza specials!


Welcome to The Newton Theatre where our motto is “Have a Good Time, All the Time!” Make yourself comfortable, read about the artists we have scheduled, and check out what’s going on locally. Then enjoy the show and most of all - have a good time… all the time!

HISTORY Newton Theatre was built during the silent film era of the Roaring’20s, a time that saw the unprecedented construction of movie theaters in the country, said Richard Sklenar, executive director of the Theatre Historical Society of America, which is based at the historic York Theatre in Elmhurst, Ill. “That was the biggest period of theater-building in the United States with movie theaters cropping up all over the place,” he said. “Most theaters in the United States were built during that time.” The Newton Theatre, with 180 electric lights illuminating its marquee, was designed by renowned architect Paul C. Reilly, whose other works included the Cathederal Basilica of the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark, Wellmont Theatre in Montclair and 10 other theaters in New Jersey and New York. For the most part, the structure of the Newton Theatre has not changed since it was built more than 80 years ago when Newton was the center of commerce in Sussex County, said county historian Wayne McCabe.

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The Newton Theatre Restaurant Guide Come visit us before and after the show at our location adjacent to The Newton Theatre! Come see us in our other locations, 3 Mill Street in Branchville, 53 Route 15 in Lafayette and 124 Route 560 in Layton. We are open daily, Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Ask us about our great Sunday and Monday night pizza specials. We offer a range of pizza options including deep dish, appetizers, lunch specials, salads, cold subs, hot sandwiches, dinner entrees and desserts.

220 Spring Street , Newton, NJ 07860 (973) 579-1480

Appetizers, burgers, salads, sandwiches, steaks and other pub fare, are some of the many offerings at O’Reilly’s Pub and Grill. Enjoy weekday Happy Hours from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., nightly, Late Night Happy Hours from 10 p.m. until midnight, great events, daily specials, NFL Season Ticket with food and drink specials Sundays during regular season games, live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays, and kids eat free on Monday nights with every adult meal purchased! We are open from noon until 2 a.m. daily, with our kitchen open until 1 a.m. every day!

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CAUGO Comedian Bobby Collins has an ability to truthfully translate the human condition. Audiences across the country relate to his comedic characterizations as he exposes the humor of day-today situations as well as serving up resplendent rants on world events. Through precise physical timing and impeccable audience insight, he has honed his talents while performing from hole in the wall clubs to sold out theaters. Bobby Collins’ rise to top headlining, comedic master was inevitable. His true dedication to his craft is what keeps his vibrant shows consistently sold out. A native New Yorker, Collins possesses a confidence and genuine everyman like-ability that can only be earned. He knows what it’s like to work a day job, in order to pursue a dream. He’s flipped his share of burgers, as well as signing on as a substitute high school history teacher, to pay the bills - all the while performing in comedy clubs at night. After heeding a conversation with his father, with some trepidation, he ventured into sales. Settling into the high fashion industry. A detour that proved so successful, that in the 1980’s he had risen to Vice President at Calvin Klein. It was there that he found himself faced with a life changing decision; remain here or chuck the security (and more than substantial steady income) for the uncertain challenge of heading out on the road - to pursue his dream of becoming a professional, full time stand-up comedian. It was a decision he’s never regretted. Realizing his dream has given Bobby the opportunity to tour with titans of entertainment like Frank Sinatra, Cher, Julio Iglesias and Dolly Parton. As a professional stand-up comedian, he’s worked alongside friends, Chris Rock, Ray Romano and Drew Carey, as well as many others.


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Rosie O’Donnell specifically requested that Bobby take over as host for Stand-Up Spotlight. Collins is widely regarded as a “comic’s comic.” Through his personal appearances at comedy clubs, theaters, corporate and charity events, coupled with innumerable television appearances on legendary shows like Letterman, The Tonight Show with both Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno, Collins continues to add new fans of all ages to his loyal base of diehard followers. It is his relationship with his audiences that results in sold out shows everywhere he makes an appearance. What you see is what you get - Collins is the same man on and off the stage. Bobby Collins has a genuine love for what he does. With such skillful dissection of everyday life, he weaves his uproarious storytelling with effortless flair and charisma as he successfully dismantles any and all socioeconomic, race and age divides. As evidenced by his birthday performance for Chelsea Clinton at the White House, to appearances in US embassies and USO shows abroad. Night after night, Bobby Collins masterfully reflects the hilarious truth we’re all in this together! Bobby currently has 5 CD’s, 3 DVD’s and a new special slated for early 2018. With the critically acclaimed publication of his first book, “On The Inside – Witisms and Wisdomisms by Comedian Bobby Collins” we learn, through his personal and professional tragedies and triumphs, what has shaped his beliefs. With humorous recall, Bobby recounts his search for balance between career and family.

Mark O’Connor

featuring: The O’Connor Ban

The O’Connor Band’s very first performance took place at the legendary Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas in 2015. In 2017 – less than a year and a half later – they took home the GRAMMY Award for Best Bluegrass Album for their debut recording, Coming Home. In a whirlwind 18 months, the band has also performed at the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony, received standing ovations at the Grand Ole Opry, reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums chart, signed a management deal, and partnered with powerhouse booking agency William Morris Entertainment. They have put together a show unlike any other, one that blends country and pop sensibilities with Americana rawness, bluegrass drive, and chamber music sophistication. “I never expect to like a show – I have been disappointed too many times,” says Velvet Stone’s John Mason. “However, when I first saw the O’Connor Band, I was stunned. This is the best

band I have seen in decades, the best musicians. It was the most entertaining show and the most fun I have had in years.” The O’Connor Band is the product of Mark O’Connor’s imagination – one that has served him well over the course of his four-decade professional career. A former child prodigy and national champion on the fiddle, guitar, and mandolin, Mark has won numerous GRAMMYs and CMA Awards, appeared on hundreds of commercial country albums, collaborated with the likes of Johnny Cash, Wynton Marsalis, Dolly Parton, and Yo-Yo Ma, and performed everything from original violin concertos to swing and jazz. But until recently, he had not worked on a project quite like this. “It’s been one of the most surprising and rewarding experiences to perform with my family members on stage,” says Mark. “It’s really exciting to bend these American genres in new ways, combining accessibility with a real depth of musicianship and writing.”


August 5, 2017 8pm In addition to Mark, the band features his son Forrest, (Harvard graduate and former Tennessee State Mandolin Champion), daughter-in-law Kate (frequent performer on the CMA Awards), and wife Maggie (graduate of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University). The four of them play together as though they have been sharing the stage for many years. The band is rounded out by Joe Smart (national flatpick champion on guitar) and Geoff Saunders (bassist/banjoist extraordinaire). All six band members possess charisma that, when combined onstage, ensnares audiences from start to finish. All are masters of their instruments, all improvise as readily as they play parts in counterpoint, all can sing, and all move about the stage in a free but gripping choreography. Kate’s beautiful and powerful voice belies her age. Forrest’s songwriting is at once poetic and accessible. Maggie’s violin playing blends effortlessly with her husband’s, so much so that,

at times, the two sound like one player. Joe rips solos on the acoustic guitar as though he were playing electric. Geoff arcos high as commandingly as he grooves low. And Mark, of course, does things on the fiddle that has Paganini turning in his grave. If the band’s first year was a flash flood, their second will be a calculated, steady rise. After exploring their bluegrass roots, the band is spending much of 2017 honing a sound that coheres even more than before, one that leverages the band’s songwriting talent and background in acoustic, country, jazz, and classical music in a way that is geared toward wider audiences yet still true to themselves and their roots. With the help of their new creative mentor, Tony Brown, Forrest and Kate are co-writing with some of Nashville’s most adept and insightful songwriters in preparation for the band’s sophomore album, which they plan to release in the near future.

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Prolific singer-songwriter Clint Black has long been heralded as one of Country music’s brightest stars. His many talents have taken him even further, as Black has transcended genres to become one of the most successful artists in all the music benchmark in any artist’s career and has had more than 20 million albums sold worldwide. Black’s continued success can be attributed, in part, to his deep sense of Country music history, and his humble gratitude in being an important part of it. The 1989 debut of his critically acclaimed fan favorite, the triple -platinum Killin’ Time, marked a shift in the industry, with a return to more traditional sounds of the genre. CMT lists this album as one of the 100 Greatest Albums in Country Music. Released while Black was still an unknown Texasbased artist and writer, Killin’ Time boasted five #1 hits – unprecedented from a debut album in any genre – and won Black a collection of awards that included: Country Music Association Horizon Award, CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, American

Music Awards Favorite New Male Country Artist, Academy of Country Music Best New Male Vocalist, ACM Best Male Vocalist, ACM Album of the Year (Killin’ Time), and ACM Single of the Year (A Better Man).

For Black, Killin’ Time was only the beginning. Put Yourself in My Shoes followed in 1990, and quickly went triple-platinum. Since then, Black has had nearly two dozen #1 hit singles, and many Top 5 and Top 10 hits – all of them his original compositions, which is a notable rarity in popular music. The overall number of his awards, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, surpasses the number of his hit records. He has performed for a staggering number of dedicated fans throughout the years.

With such a long and productive career, Black still keeps his output as fresh now as when he was a hun gry, up-and-coming artist. In the late ‘90s, Black took a brave risk and shook things up by leaving his


label of more than a decade, and took a much-needed break to reevaluate where he wanted to take his career next. At that time, he and wife Lisa Hartman Black started a family, and the birth of daughter Lily Pearl gave Black a new perspective and vigor that affected not only his personal life, but his professional and creative sides as well.

and Jodie Foster), as well as with roles in films such as 2000’s Going Home (with Jason Robards) and the starring roles in 1998’s Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack, Flicka 2 (with Patrick Warburton), and Flicka, Country Pride (co-starring his wife Lisa Hartman Black and daughter Lily Black), released in 2012.

In 2003, Black boldly founded Equity Music Group, an especially artist-friendly record company that became home to his own recordings, as well as those of other like-minded artists. It was this company that launched Little Big Town’s career with their platinum-selling album, The Road to Here. Black’s highly anticipated debut album for the label, Spend My Time, received great critical acclaim.

In addition to his established business ventures and various charity foundation efforts, Black branched out even further with an appearance on hit reality series Celebrity Apprentice. As a result of his friendship with fellow contestant and Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton, the two are working to secure one million dollars in matching fund donations for the International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF). Black currently serves as Honorary Chair for the IRSF’s “Research to Reality: Funding Progress” campaign, which helps to accelerate treatments and research to find a cure for the developmental disorder.

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Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto, the powerhouse bass and drums of the group King Crimson for some years, bring that tradition to all their playing. Levin plays the Chapman Stick, from which the band takes it’s name. Having bass and guitar strings, the Chapman Stick functions at times like two instruments. Markus Reuter plays his self-designed touch style guitar – again covering much more ground than a guitar or a bass. And Mastelotto’s drumming encompasses not just the acoustic kit, but a unique electronic setup too, allowing him to add loops, samples, percussion, and more. The result; audiences are fascinated by watching just three musicians onstage perform pieces like Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, King Crimson’s Red and Lark’s Tongues, as well as wild improvs and their own catalog of unique music. The group formed in 2008, originally with two Chapman Stick players. In 2010 Markus, already in a duo group with Pat, was brought in, utilizing his familiarity with King Crimson music and his unique instrument and sense of composition, to become an invaluable third member of the group. Stick Men have released 4 studio albums; Soup, Absalom, DEEP, and Prog Noir. They have toured extensively, and are continuing to do so, with upcoming tour legs in U.S, South America, Russia, England, and Europe.

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T MASTELOTTO TONY LEVIN MARKUS REUTER Tony Levin Born in Boston, Tony Levin started out in classical music, playing bass in the Rochester Philharmonic. Then moving into jazz and rock, he has had a notable career, recording with John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Yes, Alice Cooper, and many more. He has also released 5 solo CDs and three books. In addition to touring with Stick Men, he is currently a member of King Crimson, of the Peter Gabriel Band, and of the jazz band L’Image. His popular website,, featured one of the web’s first blogs, and has over 4 million visits. Pat Mastelotto Very rarely does a drummer go on to forge the most successful career on the demise of their former hit band. Phil Collins and Dave Grohl have managed it, so too has Pat Mastelotto, a self taught drummer from Northern California, who has also been involved with pushing the envelope of electronic drumming. Pat has spent a lifetime jumping genres from pop, to prog, to electronica to world music with – among others – Mr. Mister, XTC, David Sylvian, The Rembrandts, Kimmo Pohjonen, and for the last 20 years with King Crimson. Markus Reuter Markus is a composer, guitarist, and producer. Initially trained as a pianist, he subsequently studied Robert Fripp’s Guitar Craft and learned to play the Chapman Stick, later moving onto the U8 Touch Guitar. Reuter has released several solo recordings and worked extensively with other musicians. He is one of the core members of the experimental band Centrozoon, is half of the duo Tuner (with Pat Mastelotto) and was also a member of Europa String Choir. Reuter has collaborated with Ian Boddy, Robert Rich, No-Man singer Tim Bowness, and many others.

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Andy McKee is among the world’s finest acoustic guitarists. His youthful energy and attention to song structure and melodic content elevates him above the rest. To fans of virtuoso musicianship, it is Andy’s attention to song structure and melodic content that elevates him above the rest. To fans of popular music, Andy entertains both the eye and the ear as he magically transforms the steel string guitar into a full orchestra via his use of altered tunings, tapping, partial capos, percussive hits and a signature two-handed technique. Andy’s crossover success has helped him to achieve millions upon millions of YouTube viewers, underscoring his emergence as one of today’s most unique and influential artists. He has been featured as a cover story in both Acoustic Guitar Magazine in the U.S. and Acoustic Magazine in the UK, and is also the figurehead of the unique Guitar Masters tours. McKee’s tour dates have taken him through Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, including tours with legendary acts like Prince and Dream Theater. Fans of sophisticated holiday music had the opportunity to hear Andy on Josh Groban’s Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum Christmas album, Noël. In December 2008 Andy was awarded Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s esteemed worldwide silver medal award for his fingerstyle approach. Live performances of Andy’s have become a point of fascination with his loyal followers. So, in late 2015, Andy decided it was time to release a live album. Featuring tracks from his entire catalog, Live Book was recorded live in December 2015 at The Melting Point in Athens, GA, the Red Clay Music Foundry in Duluth, GA, and Workplay in Birmingham, AL. McKee went through the recordings from all three shows and selected the finest takes of each set. Reflecting on the song choices, he looks to provide current fans the chance to relive their favorite shows, and hopes that he can showcase the energy he creates for those who haven’t been able to attend a show and new fans alike. McKee is the first artist to be signed CGP Sounds, the record label founded by fellow guitarist Tommy Emmanuel. “I’m honored to be a part of his label. I heard Tommy 15 years ago at a festival in Kansas and was blown away by his playing and performing, and I still am,” Mckee stated. “To be the first person on his label is surreal, and I’m excited and proud to be a part of it.”

An Evening of Spirit with

JAMES VAN PRAAGH August 19, 2017 8pm

World-renowned spiritual medium James Van Praagh is hailed throughout the world as a pioneer of the mediumship movement, and recognized as one of the most accurate spiritual mediums working today. His messages have brought solace, peace and spiritual insights, changing millions’ view of both life and death. He has received many awards for his dedication to raising the consciousness of the planet. James Van Praagh is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of over a dozen international best-sellers, including his debut, Talking to Heaven and his latest, highly anticipated book, The Power of Love: Connecting to the Oneness  (Hay House/Nov. 2016). A “survival evidence medium,” Van Praagh provides evidential proof of life after death via highly detailed messages from the spiritual realm. He is hailed throughout the world as a pioneer of the mediumship movement. He is recognized annually on Watkins List of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People – a prestigious list of spiritual teachers, activists, authors and thinkers. Throughout his career, James Van Praagh has appeared on countless national radio and television shows including The  Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, Dr. Phil, 48 Hours, The View, The Joy Behar Show, Chelsea Lately, Coast to Coast AM and many more. He was the host of his own internationally syndicated television show, Beyond. James has also been a successful producer for CBS, creating a mini-series Living with the Dead, based on his life and The Dead Will Tell starring Eva Longoria. He is the creator and executive producer of CBS’s long-running series The Ghost Whisperer starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. He recently launched The James Van Praagh School of Mystical Arts, a labor of love, years in the making that offers a variety of multimedia on-line learning experiences, from professional certifications courses to audio and video courses. James can also be heard weekly on his popular Hay House Radio Show and his UBN Radio/TV Broadcast Spirit Speaks.


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CLASSICS • CONCERTS • ART HOUSE • INDIE Here are just a few of the Award winning/nominated movies shown at The Newton Theatre... “Arrival” “Fences” “Florence Foster Jenkins” “Hell or High Water” “Manchester by the Sea” “Moonlight”

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An Evening with

Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo

Renowned songwriter, singer, true believer, Alejandro Escovedo released Burn Something Beautiful on October 28th, 2016 via Fantasy Records. The new album, Escovedo’s first solo endeavor since 2012’s highly acclaimed Big Station, is in actuality, a highly collaborative affair. Teaming with Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5) to co-write the album’s songs, Escovedo also enlisted the pair to act as the project’s producers. Escovedo and company take some mighty big swings here. At once a celebration of the rock and roll life, a contemplation on mortality, and the healing power of love, Burn Something Beautiful connects repeatedly with Escovedo’s soulful heart and voice at its core. The project coalesced with the help of an esteemed group of musicians who give the album a genuine band feel. They include guitarist Kurt Bloch (The Fastbacks), drummer John Moen (The Decemberists), vocalists Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) and Kelly Hogan (Neko Case, The Flat Fie) as well as saxophonist Steve Berlin (Los Lobos). In a trailblazing career that began with The Nuns, San Francisco’s famed punk innovators, to the Austinbased-based alt-country rock pioneers, Rank & File, to Texas bred darlings, True Believers, through countless all-star collaborations and tribute album appearances and finally a series of beloved solo albums beginning with 1992’s acclaimed Gravity, Escovedo has earned a surplus of distinctions: No Depression magazine’s Artist of the Decade Award in 1998 and the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing in 2006, just to name two.

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In the rock’n’roll era, the vast spaces of west Texas have been filled with great music. Singer-songwriter Joe Ely stands in a tradition born out on these gritty plains. It includes Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Tanya Tucker, Guy Clark, Delbert McClinton, and Joe’s enduring musical partners, Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Ely lives in Austin and spends much of his life on the road. But when he’s accumulated enough song ideas, Lubbock is where Joe heads. “Somehow, just driving for hours down those country roads is still the best place for me to finish my songs.” Panhandle Rambler is one of the most personal albums Joe Ely’s ever made. It brings forth this terrain, the spirited people it produces and that special sense of destiny, be it terrible or glorious, that its very vastness creates. Wonderin’ Where, perhaps the album’s most beautiful melody, pays tribute to the trembling towers, the railroads, the “cross between a river and a stream” where he played, and the dreams and nightmares that flitted across that kid’s mind and heart, and the loneliness of bearing such secrets. If it is possible to write a love song for a place, this is one of the great ones. The closing song, You Saved Me, is a love song to Joe’s wife, Sharon. The lyric never mentions her name, but no one who’s known Joe Ely longer than about a day could mistake her. This is a classic Joe Ely album. It’s beautiful and it’s inspiring.

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Texican rock’n’roll trio of brothers Los Lonely Boys has had a charmed career. They debuted in 2003 with a multi-chart gold single, sold millions of albums, won a Grammy, racked up reams of critical acclaim, opened for The Rolling Stones, among many other accomplishments. Brothers Henry, JoJo and Ringo Garza also played and recorded with such legends as Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana. Los Lonely Boys have proved themselves to be one of the most stunning and wonderful musical success stories of the last decade, as they continue carving out their legend with each album. The band has already shown they can “up the ante with greater musicianship and confidence” (People) every time out. They heighten the trajectory, open up their sound, and show what flourishing maturity feels like from these veteran yet still young and burgeoning musical talents. The trademark Los Lonely Boys genetic vocal blend is deeper, richer, more fluent and confident than ever. Their rhythms are utterly irresistible as well as flush with smart syncopation and muscular drive.

JoJo Garza, bassist and middle brother in the triumvirate, says “It’s just progress, maturation and growth. Growing up, being older, seeing the world we’re living in. It’s also touching base with home.” Los Lonely Boys’ tale to date is already the stuff legends are made of: Playing behind their father as kids in cantinas and honky-tonks. Moving to Nashville in their teens to try to win a record deal. Returning to their native Texas, where the brothers made their bones on the club scene as a live act. Releasing their self-titled debut, which goes double platinum, and penning a #1 radio hit in Heaven. And after twelve years of championship seasons, Los Lonely Boys enter the rock’n’roll pantheon of legendary musical artists while also remaining true to themselves. “We’re still Lonely Boys,” JoJo insists, chuckling in agreement that they are also now Los Lonely Men who have truly come of age. “We’re still family, we’re still three brothers, we’re still doing what the good Lord has blessed us with, and that’s singing and playing for people who really want to listen.”

MAX WEINBE Fresh off the hugely successful Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band’s The River Tour 2016-2017, where the group played 89 concerts nearly four hours long each night in 15 countries amassing $300,000,000 in ticket sales, Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Drummer Max Weinberg announces a new touring concept for the small venue—“Max Weinberg’s Jukebox”. Performing songs from the glory days of rock and roll Weinberg invites the audience to create, in real time, the set list he and his crack four piece group will play. A truly interactive experience, you’ll get to choose from a video menu of over 200 songs - everything from the Beatles to the Stones to Bruce and The E Street Band’s biggest hits—and hear the group play ‘em the way you want to hear them played! That’s right—the crowd gets to yell out their choices and Max plays them! This unique approach is fun and satisfying. How many times have you attended a show where you yearned to hear your favorite performer play your favorite song? With Max Weinberg’s Jukebox your dream will be realized. Weinberg, the driving rhythmic force propelling The E Street Band for 43 years, is also known to millions of fans for his 17 year stint as the bandleader and comedic foil to talk show host Conan O’Brien and is the only musician in history to make the leap from a starring role in one of the world’s iconic rock groups to leading his eponymous band on NBC’s “Late Night” and “The Tonight Show”. And if that wasn’t enough Weinberg managed to do both gigs simultaneously from 1999-2009.


ERG’S JUKEBOX Throughout his 50 year professional career Weinberg has played with some of the biggest and most diverse names in music—James Brown, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, BB King, Tony Bennett, Ringo Starr, John Fogerty, Stevie Winwood, Sheryl Crow—even Isaac Hayes performing his legendary “Shaft” with a 30 piece orchestra Max conducted on the Late Night broadcast. In 2009 Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band performed the halftime show at Super Bowl 43 to the largest audience ever recorded for that event—over 100,000,000 people. Weinberg also has the distinction of being the drummer on the two biggest selling rock albums in history—Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The USA and Meatloaf ’s Bat Out Of Hell. Weinberg also has the distinction of being the drummer on the two biggest selling rock albums in history—Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The USA and Meatloaf ’s Bat Out Of Hell.


Perhaps best known as the comedian who puts the cerebral in Cerebral Palsy, Josh Blue centers much of his self-deprecating act around his disability. He exploded onto the national comedy scene by capturing the attention and endearment of the country as the winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Having already established himself as one of the most sought after comedians on the college circuit, his weekly appearances on Last Comic in the summer of 2006 expanded his fan base exponentially. Josh starred in Comedy Central Presents: Josh Blue, which received rave reviews from fans and critics alike.  More recently, Josh debuted a one-hour Showtime special, Sticky Change, where he cracks jokes and tells stories about everything from being a white African-American, to dealing with cabbies who think he’ll pay in sticky change.  He has appeared twice on Ron White’s Comedy Salute to the Troops on CMT.   Possessed with an undeniable like-ability and comedic timing that belies his youthfulness; Josh continues to break down stereotypes of people with disabilities one laugh at a time.  His stand-up routine is in a constant state of evolution and his off-the-cuff improvisational skills guarantee that no two shows are exactly alike. Josh has appeared as a regular guest star on Comedy Central’s Mind of Mencia and his story has been featured on Fox, CBS, ABC,and MSNBC. He was the first comedian to perform stand-up on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, was named Best Winning Reality Show Guest for his appearance on Live with Regis and Kelly, and made a standout guest appearance on Comics Unleashed. He became the first comic to debut a stand-up special on the big screen when 7 More Days in the Tank was shown in theaters across the country. Josh is a repeat guest on such nationally syndicated radio programs as NPR’s Talk of the Nation and The Mancow Show and has been featured in numerous print publications including People Magazine and The New York Times. Josh has also performed at the prestigious HBO-Aspen Comedy Festival, Comedy Central’s South Beach Comedy Festival, and The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas. Josh has even become quite an Internet sensation with his top two YouTubevideos over 3.5 million plays.   Josh was also a member of the US Paralympic Soccer Team and competed in Athens at the Paralympic Games, the world’s second largest sporting event. Josh is a single father living in Denver, CO with his son, Simon and daughter, Seika.

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: “We are polishing the guitars, cleaning up the drums, I have a new front tooth, and our crew have bought themselves cara, some new tunes, and an airline ticket to the USA, to be joining our old pals Saxon on what will be a celebration tour of orite places. Look forward to seeing you there! Kisses, UFO.”

even more stories about UFO than they’ve composed songs. Any band who have been in the music business for more than re bound to have experienced difficult times, but also dazzling successes and spectacular events. UFO’s success story began n way back in 1969, when vocalist Phil Mogg, drummer Andy Parker, guitarist Mick Bolton and bassist Pete Way formed Even in the Seventies, the band distinguished themselves with their very own, unmistakable style, touching a nerve among ing following with rock numbers like Prince Kajuku, Follow You Home or C’mon Everybody from their albums UFO 1, d UFO Live.

breakthrough arrived when German guitarist, Michael Schenker, joined the fold in 1973, having left his band Scorpions n offer by Phil Mogg and Pete Way. UFO released three consecutive releases with Schenker (Phenomenon (1974), Force It d No Heavy Pettin’ (1976)), featuring classics like Doctor Doctor, Shoot, Shoot, or Rock Bottom.

cut Strangers In The Night came out in 1979 and is referred to by the press as one of the best live releases of all time, signaling the end of the Mogg, Way, Schenker, Parker & Raymond line-up. The reorganized band underwent fifteen years y various eras and numerous line-up changes.

UFO is touring with their long standing line-up of two original members, vocalist Phil Mogg and drummer Andy Parker, c-era Paul Raymond on Keyboards and Guitar, American guitar slinger Vinnie Moore and bassist Rob De Luca – the perement.

d of Saxon: “It’s great to be back on the road with UFO. The last time we toured together was in the 80’s so should be fun que package for the fans. Keep the faith”

SAXON are truly monsters of rock. They are touring on their latest release Battering Ram together with the new live DVD el Your Power, both on the UDR label. Saxon are vocalist Biff Byford, guitarist Paul Quinn, drummer Nigel Glockler, guig Scarrett and bassist Tim “Nibbs” Carter.

est JARED JAMES NICHOLS has definitely got it. The Wisconsin-born, Los Angeles-based singer, writer and guitarist’s ld Glory & The Wild Revival channels blues grit and gusto through bombastic arena-size rock ‘n’ roll. It’s raw, raucous and y real.

Sugar Mountain September 23, 2017 8pm

Celebrating the Genius of Neil Young Sugar Mountain brings together an ensemble of veteran musicians from the New Jersey music scene who faithfully replicate the songs of one of our era’s most prolific and beloved singer/songwriters, Neil Young. Neil Young’s career spans an amazing five plus decades, from the seminal country rock sounds of Buffalo Springfield and super group Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to garage band Crazy Horse and countless genre bending solo releases, spanning everything from folk, country, electronic and hard rock to rockabilly. Sugar Mountain brings to life the Neil Young concert experience, covering all of the best known songs, hits and deep cuts that are sure to thrill all, from the most ardent of fans to the casual listener. Sugar Mountain is Briz (lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica), Tom Delaney (acoustic and electric guitars, pedal steel, backing vocals), Luke Liddy (keyboards, backing vocals), Walter Super (bass guitar, backing vocals), John Torhan (drums and percussion).

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You’ve been here, you’ve seen the beautiful theatre, you’ve experienced some great shows with iconic performers. The staff is nice and helpful, the seating is up close and personal, and sometimes you even get to meet a rock star! BUT… a visit to the restroom can be quite a challenge. They’re small and cramped with just a couple of stalls and sinks, there’s crazy long lines- it’s just not very pleasant. Well, we have good news! The team at the Newton Theatre is planning a huge restroom renovation as well as adding a wheelchair accessible restroom. But...We need YOUR HELP! Just think- If just half of the 20,000 people who have visited the theatre throw in $10, we’ll have new restrooms in no time! With your help we can make this a reality, and in return you’ll earn some awesome rewards, as well as some beautiful new restrooms! Thank you and Keep Rockin’!

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2017 8PM John Waite has been successfully writing, recording and performing some of the most listenable, enduring and appreciated popular music for more than 35 years. One cannot help but both recognize and marvel at the shimmering legacy of this British born rock star. The ride began when Waite was tapped as bassist and lead vocalist for the Babys who rocketed to Top 20 chart positions with a pair of infectious hits, Isn’t it Time from the band’s sophomore LP, Broken Heart in 1977 and the monster ballad, Every Time I Think of You off 1978’s Head First. But it was the album’s rhythmically aggressive and seductive title track where fans got their first glimpse of the authentic John Waite, a no-holds-barred rock n’ roll performer devoted heart and soul to live performance and making sure every fan in the audience left the concert hall just as elated and exhausted as the band they’d paid to see. The Baby’s disbanded at the end of 1980. From the ashes, however, rose an abundant and prodigious solo career, ignited by the well-received release, Ignition, that featured the single, Change, which rode the AOR charts for weeks in 1982, the year a new cable channel that would alter the course of popular media culture called MTV launched. At the forefront of its early play list was the video for the Holly Knight-penned track that in 1985, was included on the platinumselling Vision Quest soundtrack. John’s next solo effort, 1984’s No Brakes, did exactly what the title inferred, barreling to international acclaim and U.S. platinum success thanks to the smash hit, Missing You, which reached Number 1 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles, Album Rock Tracks and Adult Contemporary charts.

“I don’t have a plan and most of the songwriting is a knee jerk reaction of being alive. I try to speak from an honest place where the listener can both hear and feel where I’m coming from; the job is mine, to help them understand me. There’s a real need as an artist to express who you are and where you’re coming from.” In 1988, a reunion with former Baby’s band mates, Jonathan Cain and Ricky Phillips –along with uber-guitarist Neal Schon from Journey and drummer Deen Castronovo –resulted in the John Waite fronted supergroup, Bad English. And in 1989, the group’s ballad, When I See You Smile, – penned by Grammy-winning songwriter, Diane Warren – went to Number 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and was certified Gold. The album reached Top Five and sold more than two million units in the U.S. alone. Bad English released two albums before breaking up in 1992. Since returning to the recording studio and concert trek as a solo artist in 1995, John has produced a string of solid, existentially eccentric, and blisteringly electric rock n’ roll records. The story is far from over for the rock star/balladeer/storyteller who was inspired onto his musical path by childhood blues-based heroes like Free, the Small Faces and Humble Pie, along with a deep connection to the Celtic folk music of his homeland. The legacy of John Waite is a beautiful combination of sound and vision, the chronicle of an authentic artist, a superstar, who walks and rocks among us.

September 28, 2017 8PM Spyro Gyra is an unlikely story of a group with humble beginnings in Buffalo, NY who has continued to reach an international audience over forty years, resulting in sales of over 10 million albums and having played over five thousand shows on five continents. They have accomplished this due to a forward looking approach combined with the work ethic of an underdog, always challenging themselves to do something new while never resting on past success. It has proven to be a recipe for longevity for this jazz group while music has gone in and out of styles in ever shorter cycles. Spyro Gyra are contemporary jazz icons who observed their fortieth year as a band in 2014 with shows that showcased their breakthrough Morning Dance album. After that year of looking back, they decided to spend 2015 concentrating on their more recent material, playing many songs from their post 2000 releases. The audience reaction to their recent material was nothing, but positive. They released their their 30th album of new material, The Rhinebeck Sessions, in 2013, which Jazztimes called “inspired”. Travis Rogers of the Jazz Journalists Association picked it for Jazz Album Of The Year. Something Else Reviews called it “Their finest album since their early 80s heyday” and made it a TopTwenty pick for the year. George Harris of the Jazz Weekly enthused, “I gotta tell ya, these guys still sound GREAT.” “My hope is that our music has the same effect on the audience that it does on me,” says group leader Jay Beckenstein. “I’ve always felt that music, and particularly instrumental music, has this non-literal quality that lets people travel to a place where there are no words. Whether it’s touching their emotions or connecting them to something that reminds them of something much bigger than themselves, there’s this beauty in music that’s not connected to sentences. It’s very transportive. I would hope that when people hear our music or come to see us, they’re able to share that with us.”

September 29, 2017 8pm


With Classic Albums Live, it’s all about the music - note for note, cut for cut. A group of Canada’s most acclaimed musicians will come together to re-create one of rock’s most celebrated albums, Rush 2112. The album will be played in it’s entirety, without costumes, impersonations or gimmickry. Just great music. 2112 is the sound of young men becoming world class musicians. It was the album that echoed out of passing cars, school parking lots and Massey Hall. Rush were unusual. Early comparisons to Led Zeppelin didn’t stick. They were there own thing. The band’s label didn’t want Rush to do another “concept” album. The band ignored this advice and went on to record their first major commercial success and a signature record, which enabled them to chart their own course moving forward. While rehearsing the album - it quickly became apparent that Classic Albums Live needed more than a trio on deck. So they added two extra guitarists, a keyboard player, an orchestral percussionist and a stand alone singer. It takes a small army of musicians to take on what the lads are capable of. Classic Albums Live is an orchestra of rock musicians. It’s all about playing the music perfectly and honoring the bands who first recorded them. This is important music. CAL towers above the tribute bands. CAL is the musical standard for rock and their audiences quickly realize this after just one show.

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