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December 14, 2017

February Shows Melt The Ice At Grunin Center

This February, the Grunin Center for the Arts is featuring an exciting array of entertainment from jazz to R&B to children’s shows and more. All performances take place on the Main Stage, Grunin Center, Ocean County College, Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ. Please use Parking Lot #2. Purchase tickets online at http://grunincenter.org, call 732-255-0500, or visit the Box Office, Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm.

(ROCK/POP) Songbook: Steven Page & The Art of Time Ensemble – Fri, February 2 at 8pm. Tickets: $35-$45 (Dinner Add On: $25). A founder and former-lead of the iconic band Barenaked Ladies, Page joins Toronto’s Art of Time Ensemble in an evening of seminal songs by Randy Newman, Radiohead, Elvis Costello, Barenaked Ladies, Leonard Cohen, Page himself, and others. These gems are reimagined and reinvented by some of the greatest minds in classical, pop, and jazz – delivered by a defining voice in contemporary rock. Songbook is chamber music for the modern era.

(CHILDREN) Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny – Sat, February 3 at 11am. Tickets: $15 adult and $10 children. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s acclaimed show adapts Margaret Wise Brown’s 60-year-old classics. Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while Runaway Bunny’s tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. Both feature endearing animal puppets, stunning scenic effects, and evocative music. The hour-long staged adaptation brings a fresh appreciation of the stories and images that have delighted several generations.

(FOLK/COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS) Sierra Hull – Sat, February 3 at 8pm. Tickets: $25. Hull has been recognized from age 11 as a virtuoso mandolin-player, astonishing audiences and musicians alike. Her country/bluegrass album, Weighted Mind, is a landmark achievement, earning her a 2016 Grammy Award® nomination for “Best Folk Album.” With instrumen-tation comprised largely of mandolin, bass, and vocals, this is genre-transcending music at its best. Hull speaks eloquently, in her challenging and sensitive originals, her heartfelt vocals, and breaks new ground on the mandolin. 

(JAZZ) The Birdland All-Stars featuring Tommy Igoe – Wed, February 14 at 7:30pm. Tickets: $43-$45 (Dinner Add On: $25). Featuring the finest musicians in New York, The Birdland All-Stars has created new arrangements from David Bowie, The Police, and Steely Dan, as well as fresh treatments of iconic compositions by Charlie Parker, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock. Igoe is one of the world’s most prominent drummers, bandleaders, and music education authors. He created the drumset book for Disney’s Broadway production of The Lion King, also serving as associate conductor.

(R&B) Michael Lynche: R&B Legends – Sat, February 17 at 8pm. Tickets $25. An “American Idol” finalist, Lynche is a new breed of soul singer. Traces of Donny Hathaway, Al Green, Luther Vandross, Sam Cooke, and James Brown all seem to flash in this uniquely talented performer. Charisma, well-crafted song arrangements, and a voice soaked in soul give the “big man” class all his own. This extraordinary vocal talent seamlessly fuses classic R&B, thoroughly modern urban grooves, and swoon-worthy vintage soul into a fresh, unique sound. 

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