The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is fully reopening for the 2021-2022 season after halting festivities due to COVID-19. It will be the most “diverse and inclusive season yet,” according to the Center. The lineup features musicians from various backgrounds, such as an Israeli superstar, a social justice-focused band, a Ukrainian quartet, various Celtic groups, a hip-hop violinist, a bayou-soul artist, and a chorus of womxn and non-binary singers.
SOPAC’s 16th season kicks off on September 10th with Eric Hutchinson, a singer-songwriter with a laidback sound who has performed with the likes of Jason Mraz. The season wraps with the iconic guitarist and Byrds frontman Roger McGuinn on June 23.
Note: At this time, all SOPAC patrons are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
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Highlights of the performance lineup include the British Folk revival artist Al Stewart (September 18th), great American Rock band Los Lobos (September 23rd), soulful vocalist Joan Osborne (November 12th), Grammy-winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington (December 11th), Swing group The Hot Sardines (December 16th), Blues band The James Hunter Six (February 18th), and jazz artist Eddie Palmieri (May 21st).
There will be a stand-up performance by Comedian Ryan Hamilton on February 12th as part of SOPAC’s comedy series Laughs in the Loft, presented on the first Wednesday of every month.
Musicians with New Jersey ties will also be performing, including the former longtime drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Max Weinberg (November 19th). John Pizzarelli, the son of the late jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, shares the bill with Catherine Russell in a concert entitled The Songs of Frank Sinatra & Billie Holiday (September 25th). The Montclair-based Nefesh Mountain brings Bluegrass to the stage on December 2nd during their Hanukkah concert.
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Founded in 2006, The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. SOPAC has been serving the community as a performing arts center. It offers artistic and cultural experiences including a variety of live performances, community events, and education programs for all ages. SOPAC is the home for the Seton Hall University Arts Council’s performances, including the Classical Concert Series, Jazz ‘N the Hall performances, and the Seton Hall University Theatre productions. The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
For more information on the 2021-2022 season and to learn more about SOPAC, visit SOPACnow.org.