It’s A Wonderful Life

Come out to the Middletown Arts Center for a live radio performance of It’s A Wonderful Life. Enjoy this holiday classic performed by the talented cast of Classic Radio Road Show.

Let Us Scare Your Pants Off

Enjoy a spooky night out at the Middletown Arts Center as the fantastic crew of Classic Radio Road Show performs two creepy Halloween stories – On a Country Road and The Tell-Tale Heart. This is an outdoor event that starts at 7:30 pm. Buy tickets at the event or online at www.middletownarts.org/events.

MAC Music Café Showcase | Outdoor Edition

Join us for our July singer-songwriters showcase featuring local talent Shotgun Bill Anania, Jim Crawford, Audra Mariel and Fire in the Garden. The concert will take place outdoors, on the MAC’s tented patio. Please check our website for weather-related changes. All safety guidelines will be followed. The event is free with a suggested donation of $5.

SHOTGUN BILL ANANIA
Shotgun Bill is…Bill Anania. I consider myself a late bloomer singer/songwriter. Playing and living in Monmouth County, NJ, you’ll find me performing at events and venues in this area. I worked with Frank Patrouch in “Frank and Bill” since 2012. We released three CD projects, Frank Patrouch “Whiskey and Revenge”, Frank & Bill ” One Good Line” and “Unplugged and Uncouth”. In 2016, I also released my first solo CD, “The B-Sides”, and in the summer of 2017, I released my second solo project, “Train Cars, Prison Bars…and a White Guitar”. Working with my friend Scott “Tango Kid” Yetka, my next album, “Shotgun Bill with the Tango Kid – Lonesome Cowboys”, was released April 2019. During the pandemic we released the “Quarantined” EP. The summer of 2021 will see the release of our fifth project, “Shotgun Bill with the Tango Kid- Lack of Luxury”. Also you can hear all my tunes on Spotify, Itunes, Amazon, Band Camp and CD Baby! From time to time I venture out “hawking” my music..and making a good try at it. So keep your eye open for my show postings and new releases.

JIM CRAWFORD
Jim Crawford was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and at the age of seven emigrated to Canada and five years later to Kearny, NJ, where he finished school before joining the US Army in 1964. Jim started playing for friends in an Irish Bar in Kearny called The Tyrone House which led to gigs in other local pubs in Northern NJ and had a good following for several years before he settled into work and his marriage. After retiring as a union electrician, Jim got back into his music and started writing songs that were based on his life experiences. This resulted two CDs, “Team of my Father” and “Yelling At Me”, that were well received by the local music community. Jim has performed solo and with groups in Albert Music Hall in Waretown, BOTMA in Little Silver, The Cafe Improv in Princeton, The Cafe Artiste in Neptune and numerous coffee houses in the Monmouth area.

AUDRA MARIEL
Martin Howth is the solo looping project of jazz vocalist Audra Mariel. The music has been described as ethereal, even meditative, but also features catchy hooks and thoughtful lyrics. All loops are generated live, without the use of tracks nor additional digital effects (other than the looping effect itself). Martin Howth’s debut album, “The Wayward Warbler”, was released in December 2018, and she is currently recording her next full length album to be released at the end of summer, 2021.

FIRE IN THE GARDEN
Alissa Pecora, Frank Patrouch, Al Milewski and Bill Anania, each came from their own musical and songwriting histories to form fast friendships…after repeatedly bumping into each other at the same restaurants in Keyport where they live. Alissa’s poetry has enchanted listeners for some years before turning that and her sultry voice, toward writing songs with her husband, Frank. Frank, already with his own, long history of song-writing and guitar virtuosity, has performed from England to New York, from Nashville to New Orleans. Al has added his violin, guitar and vocals to bands playing folk/blues, Brazilian and gypsy swing. These three started to perform together about a year ago and have proudly contributed their skills to Musicians on a Mission. Their repertoire is broad, ranging from worldly-wise folk and rock to seductive blues to tranquil jazz.

What People Wore Historical Fashion Show

The Performing Arts Ensemble (PAE) will present WHAT PEOPLE WORE, a one-hour historical fashion show with entertainment for the whole family featuring clothing from the 1500s to 1980s with dances from each time period.

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy this show on the outdoor MAC Summer Stage. In the event of inclement weather, the performances will be brought indoors.

FOR KIDS: If you have a doll in a historical costume, you are invited to show it!

PERFORMANCES:
SUNDAY, JULY 25 AT 2 PM
SUNDAY, AUGUST 1ST AT 7 PM

Call to reserve FREE tickets: 732-614-5426

Full info: https://middletownarts.org/what-people-wore/

Dunbar Repertory Company presents “Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery”

Dunbar Repertory Company is excited to present Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery at the MAC’s Open Air Theater this July!

Written by Shay Youngblood
Directed by Darrell Lawrence Willis, Sr.

Show Dates:
July 9, 10, 11 & July 16, 17, 18
Friday & Saturday 8 PM | Sunday 4 PM

Tickets: $20

ABOUT THE SHOW
This is the story of a young Black girl’s coming of age in the South in the 1960’s. Daughter is the main character, a 25-year-old narrator whose mother died when she was very young. She was raised by the women in the community, some blood related, some not, and at the age of 12, she began her journey to womanhood guided by these very diverse, non-traditional, older Black women. As she reflects, Daughter becomes a child again, reliving her vivid memories of growing up, recalling the rituals, the faith healings, the stories she was told and the lessons she learned about survival, healing, faith and mystery.

THE CAST:
Cheryl Monden, Lorraine Stone, DaNeen Wyche

Weissfest 2021: Celebrating Rock ‘n Roll Photographer Mark Weiss

Middletown Arts Center presents a special three-day weekend of events celebrating renowned Rock ‘n Roll Photographer Mark “WEISSGUY” Weiss’ birthday and his 40+ years as a Rock ‘n Roll photographer.

Check out his gallery exhibit, The Decade that Rocked, on view at the MAC now through August 15! www.middletownarts.org/decade-that-rocked

June 24th Opening Reception
THURSDAY, JUNE 24TH 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Spend an evening with Rock ‘n Roll Photographer Mark Weiss at the Opening Reception of his MAC exhibit “The Decade that Rocked”, featuring his one-of-a-kind photos and artwork that celebrate the music icons of the 1980s and his personal stories of life with the legends. Wine, beer, and light fare will be served. Tickets are required to attend the Opening Reception and all proceeds benefit the Middletown Arts Center.

GET TICKETS: www.middletownarts.org/weissfest-2021

Friday, June 25th
An unbelievable collection of music from the 80s with a variety of 45-minute performances on the MAC’s outdoor stage including a very special appearance by the legendary drummer, Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne, King Kobra, Blue Murder, and the list goes on). Hosted by The WRAT 95.9 DJ personality Tom Hanley. FREE to attend!

Saturday, June 26th
The fun continues with more great musical performances saluting the 80s. FREE to attend!

Full info & weekend lineup: www.middletownarts.org/weissfest-2021

Classic Radio Road Show LIVE!

Classic Radio Road Show returns to live performances on June 23rd at 7:30 PM on the Middletown Arts Center patio!

Recreating classic radio programs, live on stage, the group will present two 1940’s radio comedy classics: an episode of Blondie (with Dagwood of course), along with an installment of the hilarious couple, Fibber McGee & Molly.

Tickets are $12 and available online or by calling the Box Office at 732-706-4100

The performance will take place outdoors under our patio tent, rain or shine.

Full info & get tickets: https://middletownarts.org/june-radio-road-show/

The MAC One-Acts Play Festival

A celebration of NJ playwrights!

Middletown Arts Center is thrilled to celebrate these seven talented NJ playwrights at the MAC! Join us for The MAC One-Acts, two evenings of engaging and entertaining original works!

After an incredibly successful virtual show last spring, we’re taking this year’s one-act festival outdoors and in person. Join us on June 4th and June 5th at 7 pm in our outdoor canopy space for two intimate evenings of readings. All seating will be socially distanced.

NIGHT ONE

The Drifters Gallery?by JQ Hennessy

A Play by Us?by Faith Montagnino

Our Day Will Come?by Felicia Russell

NIGHT TWO

Complaint?by Vincent Apollo

Two Leopards Climbing a Fire Escape?by Alexis Kozak

Big in Texas?by Mike Sockol

The Mundane Can Be a Comfort?by Susan Speidel

While this is a free event open to the public, we ask that you please RSVP so we can plan our seating arrangements accordingly. Any and all donations are appreciated!

GET TICKETS: www.middletownarts.org/mac-one-acts

Questions? Email artscenter@middletownnj.org OR call 732-706-4100.

Please Note: Adult content and language. Parental discretion is advised.

The Decade that Rocked: A Tribute to Eighties Rock & Metal by Photographer Mark Weiss

The Decade that Rocked: A Tribute to Eighties Rock & Metal

Middletown Arts Center is excited to reopen our gallery doors with the work of renowned Rock n’ Roll photographer and longtime local resident Mark “WEISSGUY” Weiss!

EXHIBIT DATES: May 21 – August 15

The show will be on view from May 21 through August 15 and celebrates Weiss’s birthday with an entertaining weekend of events from Thursday, June 24th to Saturday, June 26th. Gallery hours are currently by appointment only.

BOOK A VIEWING: www.middletownarts.org/decade-that-rocked

WEISSFEST 2021: www.middletownarts.org/weissfest-2021

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
The Decade that Rocked: A Tribute to the ’80s encapsulates the heyday of these rock and metal icons with images of a young Jon Bon Jovi at the Freehold Raceway in 1980; Ozzy Osbourne on the roof of Asbury Park’s Convention Hall in 1981; Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider taking on Washington D.C. in 1985 for the Parents of Music Resource Center hearings; Guns N’ Roses outside CBGB in Manhattan in 1987 and much more.

ABOUT MARK WEISS
Mark “Weissguy” Weiss is a world-renowned photographer who has traveled the globe photographing legends from Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith, and Mötley Crüe to Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Bon Jovi, and KISS. Weiss’s iconic images capture the artists onstage, backstage, and behind the scenes. He visually documented historic events including the US Festival, Live Aid, the Moscow Music Peace Festival, and the PMRC hearings in Washington, DC. His photographs have been published in thousands of magazines worldwide, and he is responsible for two of the era’s defining album covers, Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet and Twisted Sister’s Stay Hungry. His inimitable photographs helped craft the visual imagery of rock and metal in the 1980s.

Weiss currently donates a portion of proceeds from his CHARITYBUZZ auction sales of signed photography to the MAC. Go to CHARITYBUZZ and bid now! >> https://www.charitybuzz.com/support/middletowntownshipcouncil

FULL INFO: www.middletownarts.org/decade-that-rocked

MAC Music Café Showcase | Outdoor Edition

Join us for our first Singer-Songwriters Showcase of 2021! We’re excited to welcome back originator, Shotgun Bill Anania, as he performs with local talent, Dan Leyes, Kevin J. Allen, Kevin Liebkeman and Andy Brasko. The concert will take place outdoors, on the MAC grounds stage. Please check our website for weather-related changes: www.middletownarts.org/mac-music-cafe-showcase-outdoor-edition

DAN LEYES

Bradley Beach singer-songwriter Dan Leyes is “bluesy folk” or “funky country”… He and his songs are loved by many people. Dan Has just released his first CD, “Single Step”. If you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing and meeting Dan, defiantly come on down! You will love it!

SHOTGUN BILL

Hailing from Middletown, New Jersey, Bill began playing bass in 1973, playing in bands throughout high school and college, before life eventually took him in a different direction. He has been working with Frank Patrouch since 2012, through a solo CD of Frank’s. This reunion prompted them to make a new record as a duo, 2015’s One Good Line, and hit the road, playing coffeehouses with their own brand of 70’s country rock. In 2016 he released Shotgun Bill- the B- Sides. Also in 2016, Frank & Bill release another CD entitled Unplugged and Uncouth. In the summer of 2017, he released his second solo album with 16 new original songs, Train Cars, Prison Bars…and a White Guitar (available on iTunes, Amazon, Band Camp and CD Baby and you can listen to songs on Spotify. Learn more at www.shotgunbillmusic.com.

KEVIN LIEBKEMANN

Kevin Liebkemann writes songs telling stories about love gone right, love gone wrong, all the little bumps in the road of life, as well as his primary vice, good food. He hosts the Seaside Ramblers, a jam group known for its lively sessions on the Seaside Boardwalk and its delicious potluck dinners. Kevin serves up his home-cooked songs at local shows, open mics and jams. You can keep up with him at https://www.reverbnation.com/kevinliebkemann.