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234 SPRING STREET NEWTON, NJ 07860 973-383-3700

June - July 2017

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

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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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With demand around the world to see them back in action, JazzRock-Fusion band BRAND X reunite to perform material from their first three albums - Unorthodox Behaviour, Moroccan Roll, and Livestock.


BRAND X are recognized as true musical pioneers, as they helped create an entire musical genre and influenced a broad spectrum of musicians and bands, from Phish to Dream Theatre. They are unrivaled in their creativity, originality and approach. Their contemporaries include bands such as Weather Report, Headhunters, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jaco Pastorious and Chick Corea, all crafting a unique blend of Jazz, Rock, and Ethnic influences now widely known by fans worldwide as Fusion. Many claim it's BRAND X's unique combination of masterful chops mixed with their youthful melodies that make them so special. After years of rumors of a potential reunion, it is finally happening. Three of the four main members came together recently in New York, and according to sources present at the rehearsals, listening to them play was “ traveling back in time to the legendary 'Livestock' album – there was no question this was BRAND X! Their sound was uncannily identical to the BRAND X of 'Livestock' – and that in itself speaks volumes.” 


Original band members include John Goodsall (Guitar) who says, “It's a better version now. We’re all a lot more experienced – a lot more skilled… And that goes for every one of us.”, Percy Jones (Bass) who feels “This music takes us back to a certain space – which was really cool. I wasn't sure I’d ever feel that feeling again – and yet here it is!”, and Kenwood Dennard (Drums) saying “When we used to play this music, it felt eternal. We used to get into a zone where it felt so deep. Now that's exactly how it felt again.” The other band members are Chris Clark (keyboards) and Scott Weinberger (Percussionist).

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Starring BO BICE

June 17, 2017 8PM It’s been more than four decades since drummer/producer Bobby Colomby and friends assembled the first group to successfully blend rock and jazz into a genre-crossing sound and style. So successfully in fact, that the band’s second album, Blood, Sweat & Tears, topped the Billboard charts for many weeks and beat out the Beatles’ Abbey Road for the prestigious Album of the Year Grammy award. That album produced three major hit singles: You’ve Made me so Very Happy, Spinning Wheel, and And When I Die. But now Colomby is looking for much more as he develops Blood Sweat & Tears into a contemporary voice, one that reaches beyond a single, nostalgic audience. “I no longer want to target just one generation. That would be a mistake. With this updated version, I want this band to gain recognition with a wider audience. I want people of all ages to experience what this music has to offer”. Will Blood, Sweat & Tears have any of the original members? “Not a chance,” says Colomby, the last member to leave the band from the first album in 1977. I think of this band like baseball’s Yankees. “When you’re at a Yankee game you’re not going to see Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle or Lou Gehrig. What you do come to expect is a team of top-notch players upholding a tradition of winning. That’s the Yankee legacy. It’s what people expect from BS&T as well... brilliant musicians, singers, songs and arrangements”. Colomby also describes the instrumental players chosen for Blood, Sweat & Tears in glowing terms. “This band, man for man, pound for pound, is better than the first version of BS&T. Without a doubt, they’re a ridiculously talented bunch.” Strong praise, coming from a musician/producer/manager who knows a winner when he sees it. Colomby’s resume includes initiating significant career achievements for Jaco Pastorious, the Jacksons and Harry Connick Jr among others. As well as his management and production of trumpeter Chris Botti – currently one of America’s most successful instrumentalists. “The first version of BS&T,” adds Colomby, “was designed to introduce jazz to pop music. That was my passion... and still is.” Towards that end, Blood, Sweat & Tears will perform their hits with spirit and enthusiasm, as if it was their first performance of those songs. The band will also introduce some new elements into every performance, including a segment devoted to “Songs We Wish We Had Recorded,” done in classic BS&T style. Bobby Colomby’s enthusiastic comments underscore his excitement about the future. The arrival of this latest version of Blood, Sweat & Tears is the next chapter in a musical tale that stretches from the creativity and turbulence of the late ‘60s to the swiftly changing world of the 21st Century. The next invigorating phase in the continuing adventures of BS&T is about to begin. “During the early years of Fox’s hit TV show “American Idol” Colomby received many phone calls from friends telling him to check out singer Bo Bice, saying that his was a fresh voice and that he did a masterful job singing “Spinning Wheel“ A well seasoned southern rock singer with a great stage presence that the audience just loves. Many of my more musically knowledgeable buddies also suggested that I ask Bo to join the band. I’m pleased to say that that’s exactly what happened and by the reaction of audiences world wide it was a great match.” .

Fourteen-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Ricky Skaggs’ career is easily among the most significant in recent country music history. Legendary guitarist Chet Atkins once credited Skaggs with “single-handedly saving country music.” His life’s path has taken him to various musical genres, from where it all began in bluegrass music, to striking out on new musical journeys, while still leaving his musical roots intact. Born July 18, 1954 in Cordell, Kentucky, Skaggs showed signs of future stardom at an early age, playing mandolin on stage with bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe at 6 and appearing on TV with Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs at 7. He emerged as a professional bluegrass musician in 1971, when he and his friend Keith Whitley were invited to join the legendary Ralph Stanley’s band the Clinch Mountain Boys. Skaggs then went on to record and perform with progressive bluegrass acts like the Country

Gentlemen and J.D. Crowe & the New South, whose self-titled 1975 Rounder Records debut album was instantly recognized as a landmark bluegrass achievement. He then led Boone Creek. But Skaggs turned to the more mainstream country music genre in the late ‘70s when he joined Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band, replacing Rodney Crowell. He became a recording artist in his own right in 1981 when his Epic label debut album Waitin’ for the Sun to Shine topped the country charts and yielded a pair of #1 hit songs. Overall, his productive stay at Epic Records would result in a total of 12 #1 hits. Additionally, he garnered eight Country Music Association Awards--including the coveted Entertainer of the Year trophy in 1985. Skaggs, of course, fit right in with young “newtraditionalist” ‘80s artists like Randy Travis, and helped rejuvenate the country music genre

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after the worn-out “Urban Cowboy” period. Skaggs put his own stamp on the country format by infusing his bluegrass and traditional country music roots into the contemporary Nashville sound. Skaggs’ 1997 album Bluegrass Rules!, released on his newly-formed Skaggs Family Records label, marked a triumphant return to bluegrass— which he’s solidified ever since with a series of GRAMMY® Award winning albums, recorded with his amazing bluegrass band, Kentucky Thunder (8-time winners of the IBMA ‘Instruc mental Group of the Year’). “This group of guys meets my approval every night,” Ricky says. “Each and every one of the pickers in Kentucky Thunder totally amazes me in every show...and that, to me, outweighs any award we could ever win.” The all-star lineup of Kentucky Thunder includes Paul Brewster (tenor vocals, rhythm guitar), Scott Mulvahill

(bass, bass vocals), Russ Carson (banjo), Jake Workman (lead guitar), Mike Barnett (fiddle) and Dennis Parker (baritone vocals, guitar). Ricky struck his first chords on a mandolin over 50 years ago, and he continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music. Clearly his passion for it puts him in the position to bring his lively, distinctively American form of music into the ears and hearts of audiences across the country and around the world. Ricky Skaggs is always forging ahead with cross-cultural, genre-bending musical ideas and inspirations.



JUNE 30, 2017 8pm The ultimate girl’s night out is back! The boys from the Outback, Australia’s hottest export - Thunder From Down Under - will hit the stage showing off chiseled bodies, seductive dance routines, cheeky humor and boy-next-door charm. This show offers a fully interactive experience. The men of Thunder bring fantasies to life and turn wild dreams into reality as they dance their way through the crowd and even select a few lucky ladies to join in the fun on stage. This is a chance for fans to get up close and personal with these Aussie hunks! Critics, celebrities and fans from around the world rave that Thunder From Down Under is the best male revue show on the circuit. It is the ultimate bachelorette party, divorce party and girls’ night out destination. Recommended for adult audiences. No full frontal nudity. Gentlemen are welcome.

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JULY 7, 2017 8PM Lee Rocker and the Stray Cats sold more than 10 million records, garnered an astounding 23 gold and platinum records worldwide, and were music video pioneers of the MTV. The Stray Cat’s worldwide mega hits Stray Cat Strut, Sexy and Seventeen and Rock this Town have become a part of the fabric of rock and roll. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has included Rock this Town as one of the 500 most important songs in rock. From the cover of the Rolling Stone magazine, to appearing on Saturday Night Live, to headlining the US Festival and touring with the Rolling Stones, Lee Rocker has seen and done it all. In addition to the Stray Cats and the Stones, he has toured and performed with George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, and John Fogerty. In 1982 Rocker and his father Stanley Drucker, (classical clarinetist) both received Grammy nominations; a twice only occurrence in the history of the Grammy Awards. In 2012 Lee appeared on Broadway in the hit musical “Million Dollar Quartet” and in 2014 he was inducted into the Bass Player Hall of Fame. Rocker has received numerous honors for his contributions to music and the arts, including being inducted to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, the Long Island Music Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Visionary Artist Award by the City of Laguna Beach California. Lee Rocker has been consistently touring, recording and performing around the globe since 1980 and has cultivated a fanatically loyal following of rockers, rebels and all types of music lovers. He is known for making his upright double bass appear as if it were a lightweight instrument as he spins, throws it in the air, catches and plays it on stages throughout the world. During his show he tells stories about his days on the road and in the music business for the last 35 years – including sharing stories about his adventures lugging the giant piece of equipment around. He rocks every town, leaving audiences on their feet and cheering.


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The ultimate tribute to The Allman Brothers Band, Live at The Fillmore was founded on the idea that, (as Greg Allman was quoted as saying), The Allman Brothers weren’t a jam band - but “a band that jams”. Fans who had the good fortune to experience the Allman Brothers shows ‘back in the day’ know that though they did leave room for improvisation and personal expression, for the most part the songs remained the same. This has continued to be Live at The Fillmore’s approach to performing their music. Comprised of highly talented, seasoned and committed musicians, Live at The Fillmore authentically brings back the performances of the original Allman Brothers Band for those who were there, and for those who have a similar love of the music and wish they had been there to experience it. Hailed by critics and audiences as the best Allman Brothers tribute around, Live At The Filmore is the continuation of the band members’ devotion to performing the music of the original Allman Brothers Band as it was performed in those early years before the untimely deaths of Duane Allman and Berry Oakley and the departure of Dickey Betts.


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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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Gary Puckett and the Union Gap was one of the most successful musical groups of the sixties, when they achieved worldwide prominence. Gary’s unmistakable voice garnered six consecutive gold records and top ten Billboard hits! Signature hits include Young Girl, Woman Woman, Over You and Lady Willpower. Gary Puckett and The Union Gap’s success is stunning. They sold more records in 1968 than any other recording act, including The Beatles. Gary is one of a few artists whose first five releases went gold; an accomplishment not even Elvis can claim. He played a command performance at the White House for Prince Charles and Princess Anne by special invitation of the President. Gary has also made more than 50 television appearances, including a PBS special aired in August 2001. Their hit single Young Girl was reissued by popular request in England where it reached number one and achieved a Silver Record Award for the second time, a full six years after the song was

Friday, October 3, 2014 8PM ap July 15, 2017 8pm initially released. Gary Puckett and The Union Gap’s “Greatest Hits” album is one of CBS’s best selling “Collector’s Series” albums today. Gary was a founding member of the incredibly successful “Happy Together” Tour playing to sold out performances in over 100 cities nationwide. Gary was invited to tour with the Monkees on their national reunion tour, which established itself as the major box office success of the 1986 touring season. Since then he released a live album recorded in Europe, and a Christmas CD. His next live album, titled Live, released in 2002, featured the song Home which was dedicated to all the men and women defending our country. Over the years Gary has made more than fifty television appearances and he continues to perform to sold out crowds every year.

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Our Goal is to… • EXPAND & RENOVATE THE RESTROOMS!• ADD DISABLED-ACCESS! • GET RID OF THE LONG LINES! 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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