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Out Black Potatoe Music Festival
July 8-12: The 19th annual music festival at the
Red Mill Museum Village in Clinton features 46
acts on two stages over four days. Focusing on
independent artists, Black Potatoe is known for
featuring up-and-coming musicians, including
Grace Potter, before they make it big. Clinton
July 10-11: The Grammy-winning blonde
pop star stops at MetLife Stadium for two
nights on her highly-anticipated “1989 World
Tour.” 7 PM; $66.50-$136.50. East Rutherford
July 17: The legendary rock band returns to
Atlantic City for the first time since 2008 on its
“History of the Eagles Tour.” Founding members
Don Henley and Glenn Frey will appear onstage
first and describe how the current members—Joe
Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit— joined the band.
8 PM; $50.50-$181.50. Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic
City ( boardwalkhall.com).
July 17 & 18: The Country Music Hall of Famer,
who recently played himself in a memorable Geico
commercial, heads to Atlantic City and Ocean
Grove. July 17: 9 PM; $55-$85. Caesars, Atlantic City
( caesarsac.com). July 18: 8 PM; $50-$65. The Great
Auditorium (800-590-4064, oceangrove.org).
July 18: The Grammy Award-winning R&B
artist heads to Newark. 8 PM; $55-$125.
Prudential Center, Newark ( prucenter.com).
American Idol Live
July 22: The top five contestants from season 14
hit the road, including East Brunswick native
Jackie Cole Miksanic, known by her stage name,
Jax. The tour heads to Caesars in Atlantic City
on August 1 and the Count Basie Theatre in Red
Bank on August 2. 8 PM; $53-$98. Mayo PAC,
Morristown ( mayoarts.org).
XPonential Music Festival
July 24-26: WXPN 88. 5 FM, Philadelphia’s
public radio station, presents its annual music
festival at the Camden Waterfront. The
diverse lineup includes 30 performers on three
stages, with headliners My Morning Jacket,
St. Vincent, Grace Potter and the Wailers.
$65-$150. Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden
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July 10-19: Everyone’s favorite nanny brings a
spoonful of sugar to the Count Basie Theatre.
From a bottomless carpet bag to penguin
waiters and chimney sweeps, there’s magic for
the whole family in this iconic musical. Fri, 8
PM; Sat, 7 PM; Sun, 3 PM; $22-$32. Count Basie
Theatre, Red Bank ( countbasietheatre.org).
July 17-26: The Algonquin Arts Theatre delivers
six performances of the Tony Award-winning
musical about teenage dreams of stardom in
1960s Baltimore. Fri & Sat, 8 PM; Sun, 3 PM;
$20-$36. Algonquin Arts Theatre, Manasquan
July 17-26: Considered the longest-running
play in modern history, The Mousetrap, by
mystery writer Agatha Christie, brings a
group of strangers together during an ongoing
murder investigation in a blizzard. Soon the
innkeepers start to wonder, is the murderer
trapped inside? Fri & Sat, 8 PM; Sun, 2 PM; $7-
$18. Dante Hall, Stockton PAC, Atlantic City
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Thru July 26: Pack a picnic basket and head to
the Outdoor Stage at the Shakespeare Theatre
in Madison for a delightful performance of
one of the Bard’s early comedies. The King
of Navarre and his three companions try to
devote three celibate years to studying and
fasting, until some unexpected—and beautiful—
females visit the court. College of St. Elizabeth
Amphitheater, 2 Convent Road (973-408-5600,
Once On This Island
July 31-Aug 15: The Pax Amicus Castle Theatre
showcases the one-act musical based on a
Caribbean folktale of star-crossed lover Ti
Moune, a peasant girl who falls for a rich boy
from the other side of the island. Fri & Sat, 8 PM;
Sun, 2 PM; $25. 23 Lake Shore Road, Budd Lake
July 3: The Rush Hour star heads to the Trump
July 3-5: The exhibit “Peter Max: A Tribute to
America” arrives in Stone Harbor’s Ocean Galleries for July 4 weekend, with many of the selected
works celebrating the centennial of Frank Sinatra’s birth. Receptions with the pop-art painter
are July 3, 7-10 PM and July 4, 1-4 PM. Fri-Sun, 10
AM- 10 PM. 9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor (609-
Red Mill Museum Village
Thru Sept: The Clinton 150th Exhibition at the
Red Mill Museum celebrates the anniversary of
Clinton’s incorporation, featuring objects and
memorabilia from historic moments and landmarks in town. Tues-Sat, 10 AM- 4 PM; Sun, noon- 5
PM; adults, $5. 56 Main Street, Clinton (908-735-
Thru Aug 9: The exhibit “Royals & Regalia: Inside
the Palaces of Nigeria’s Monarchs” brings 40 impressive portraits by renowned Lagos-based photographer George Osodi to the Newark Museum.
The portraits showcase more than 20 Nigerian
rulers in palaces and throne rooms, dressed in
ceremonial embroidered robes, elaborate head
accessories and jewelry. Closed Mondays; suggested admission, $7-$12. Newark (973-596-6550,
Noyes Museum of Art
Thru Jan 3: The exhibit “Frozen Earth: Images
from the Arctic Circle” is a compilation of work
from international artists who have taken part in
the Arctic Circle Expedition, an annual residency
of artists and scientists who explore the breath-taking and remote region together aboard a specialized sailboat. Mon-Sat, 10 AM-4: 30 PM; Thurs,
until 8 PM; Sun, noon- 5 PM; adults, $5; seniors and
students, $4. Stockton College, Oceanville (609-
July 2: The Canadian rock band arrives at
the newly unveiled Mercer County Park
Festival Grounds exactly one month after the
release of their 12th studio album, Silverball.
The outdoor concert features special guests
Violent Femmes and Colin Hay, the former
lead singer of Men at Work. 7 PM; $40-$75.
July 3: The outdoor Borgata Festival Park hosts
pop singer Meghan Trainor, known for her
breakout single “All About That Bass.” 7 PM; $45.
Borgata, Atlantic City ( theborgata.com).
July 7: The legendary country singer is back after
a decade away from the North American tour
circuit. Twain brings Grammy Award-nominated
singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw along on her
Rock This Country Tour. 7: 30 PM; $50.50-$151.
Prudential Center, Newark ( prucenter.com).
July 10 & 12 Powerhouse singer
Idina Menzel is a commanding
presence on Broadway (Rent, Hair,
Aida, Wicked ) and the big screen
(Frozen, Enchanted ). Accompanied by a live orchestra, Menzel
will perform a selection of her signature show tunes and American
standards. July 10: 8 PM; $85-$125.
Event Center, The Borgata, Atlantic City. July 12: 7: 30 PM; $35-$175.
PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel
Admission free for all ages. Addfitional charges may apply.