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Mdou Moctar immediately stands out as one of the most innovative artists in contemporary Saharan music. His unconventional interpretations of Tuareg guitar have pushed him to the forefront of a crowded scene. Back home, hes celebrated for his original compositions and verbose poetry, an original creator in a genre defined by cover bands. In the exterior, where Saharan rock has become one of the continents biggest musical exports, hes earned a name for himself with his guitar moves. Mdou shreds with a relentless and frenetic energy that utterly sets him apart.Mdou Moctar hails from a small village in central Niger in a remote region steeped in religious tradition. Growing up in an area where secular music was all but prohibited, he taught himself to play on a homemade guitar cobbled together out of wood. It was years before he found a real guitar and taught himself to play in secret. His immediately became a star amongst the village youth.In 2008, Mdou traveled to Nigeria to record his debut album of spacey autotune, drum machine, and synthesizer. The album became a viral hit on the mp3 networks of West Africa, and was later released on the compilation Music from Saharan Cellphones. In 2013, he released Afelan, compiled from field recordings of his performances recorded in his village. Then he shifted gears, producing and starring in the first Tuareg language film, a remake of Princes Purple Rain (Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red in It). Finally, in 2017, he created a solo folk album, Sousoume Tamachek, a mellow blissed out recording evoking the calm desert soundscape. Without a band present, he played every instrument on the record. I am a very curious person and I want to push Tuareg music far, he says.2019 brings his first recorded in a proper studio - Ilana (The Creator), out Mar. 29th on Sahel Sounds. He has shared the first single, Kamane Tarhanin, and has announced spring tour dates in support of the new record. A long time coming, Ilana is Mdous first true studio album with a live band. Recorded in Detroit at the tail end of a US tour by engineer Chris Koltay (the two met after bonding over ZZ Tops Tres Hombres), the band lived in the studio for a week, playing into the early hours. Mdou was accompanied by an all-star band: Ahmoudou Madassanes (Les Filles de Illighadad) lighting fast rhythm guitar, Aboubacar Mazawadjes machine gun drums, and Michael Coltuns structured low-end bass. The album was driven by lots of spontaneity Mdous preferred method of creation jumping into action whenever inspiration struck. The resulting tracks were brought back to Niger to add final production: additional guitar solos, overdubs of traditional percussion, and a general ambiance of Agadez wedding vibes.The result is Mdous most ambitious record to date. Ilana takes the tradition laid out by the founders into hyperdrive, pushing Tuareg guitar into an ever louder and blistering direction. For Mdou, his style is to draw on both modern and traditional sources and combine elements into new forms. In Ilana Mdou reaches back into Tuareg folklore for inspiration, riffing on the hypnotic loops of takamba griots, or borrowing vocal patterns from polyphonic nomad songs, and combining them with his signature guitar. You can hear the effect in tracks like Kamane Tarhanin, where a call and response lyric lifts up over a traditional vocal hum before breaking into a wailing solo with tapping techniques learned from watching Youtube videos of Eddie Van Halen.As Mdou travels the world, he divides his time between two places, alternating from lavish weddings in Agadez to sold out concerts in Berlin nightclubs. It offers a unique perspective, but also means that he needs to address different audiences. At home, his compositions send a message to his people. Abroad, his music is an opportunity to be heard and represent his people on a world stage.

Location: Monty Hall 43 Montgomery Street Jersey City, NJ. | Start: 6/26/2019 9:00:00 PM End:
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Almost everyone in Hawaii has strummed a ukulele at one time or another. But at the age of 14, Jake Shimabukuro realized that he was doing something a little different with the four-stringed instrument – OK, a lot different. Shimabukuro’s wholly unique approach to the ukulele started early. As a youngster growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, he started playing the instrument at the age of four and began developing his craft further by studying the likes of musical masters such as Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon. As he matured, Shimabukuro also found inspiration from guitar players, drummers, pianists, and singers. Even athletes helped fuel the intensity of his artistic fire. Shimabukuro’s records have topped the Billboard World Music Charts on numerous occasions, and as a live performer he has become one of the hottest tickets around. He’s played with world-renowned orchestras and at prestigious venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center and the Sydney Opera House, and has dazzled audiences at music festivals including Bonnaroo, SXSW, the Playboy Jazz Festival and Fuji Rock Festival. He even performed for that rarest of audiences: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Not too shabby for a humble young man from Hawaii and his trusty ukulele. Shimabukuro tours roughly half the year and makes frequent appearances on media outlets such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, A Prairie Home Companion and NPR’s Morning Edition. His newest record, The Greatest Day, was released on August 31, 2018. “I’m really excited to play the new songs in my shows,” he says. “Making this record was one of the highlights I’ve had in the studio. I couldn’t be happier with the sounds and arrangements. But most of all, we had a ton of fun making it.”

Location: Newton Theatre 234 Spring Street Newton, NJ. | Start: 6/15/2019 8:00:00 PM End: 6/15/2019 11:00:00 PM
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New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival Vendor Tables Vendor sign up: LOAD IN FRIDAY OCTOBER 11TH 2019  12pm-4pm (Load in ends right at 4pm and load in doors will be closed. You must be set up by 4:30pm) Thursday set up is available but you must contact KristenNJHC@gmail.com VENDOR SIGN UP PRICES TILL MAY 3RD 2019 (AFTER MAY 3RD 2019 PRICE WILL INCREASE $25.00): Press 6-foot Table - $175 Filmmaker 6-foot Table - $200 Horror Artist Alley 6-foot Table - $200 General 6-foot Table - $300 6-foot Table/Sponsorship - $475 (2) General 6-foot Tables - $500 Limited 10x10 Booth - $525 (2) Limited 10x10 Booths - $975 (3) Limited 10x10 Booths - $1,500 AFTER 5/3/19: Press 6-foot Table - $200 Filmmaker 6-foot Table - $225 Horror Artist Alley 6-foot Table - $225 General 6-foot Table - $325 6-foot Table/Sponsorship - $500 (2) General 6-foot Tables - $525 Limited 10x10 Booth - $550 (2) Limited 10x10 Booths - $1000 (3) Limited 10x10 Booths - $1,525 **VENDOR TABLE PURCHASES FOR NJ HORROR CON AND FILM FESTIVAL ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
  We must receive your full payment for you to reserve a vendor table.  We cannot reserve a vendor table without payment.  6 Foot long Tables and more sizes available Best price around Get your product name or business out to the public Great networking between filmmakers celebs and other vendors Every Vendor must have a NJ STATE TAX ID NUMBER BY SHOWTIME. If you do not have a NJ State Tax ID #. Please go to the link to get one:  http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/pdf/pubs/sales/anj15.pdf Fill out Form NJ-REG TABLE PURCHASES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. Filmmaker/Producer Ryan Scott Weber and Comic Book Men Producer/ Pop Culturist Rob Bruce have formed New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival. We are pleased to announce that a new Horror Film Festival and Convention. The official Facebook page which can be found under www.facebook.com/njhorrorcon. The event will include over 20 well known celebrities, many indie Horror films, red carpet, awards, exclusive Q and A panels, 200 vendors and many more to be announced. New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival will be announcing celebrity guests and films as they are confirmed. Hotel will be available soon. Mention “New Jersey Horror Con” and get a special rate. New Jersey Horror Con co-founder, Ryan Scott Weber, commented, “The New York/ New Jersey area has many enthusiastic horror fans and filmmakers that need an outlet like this to celebrate films and the genre. Rob Bruce and I are excited to deliver a great experience for fans and professionals alike. “We are pleased to join together great people and create something new and fresh “says New Jersey Horror Con co-founder, Rob Bruce. “Ryan and I are born and raised in New Jersey. We can not wait to create an event dear to our hearts.” Our Policy: All Vendors must comply with rules established by the management of New Jersey Horror Conventions, LLC (NJHC) and the host venue, Showboat Hotel . Vendors should notify NJHC at the time of registration if wall space will be needed.  Vendors may not use anything that will damage the hotels walls. Vendors will be held responsible for any damage that they cause. Vendors will not use anything other than blue painters tape to affix displays to the walls. NJHC reserves the right to refuse to allow displays or the sale of merchandise that it determines to be dangerous or offensive. If you are concerned about whether your display or merchandise may be considered dangerous or offensive by NJHC management please contact us prior to registration for pre-approval. NJHC in no way supports, warrants or endorses any merchandise, exhibits, views, beliefs or actions displayed, offered, sold or taken by any Vendor. Vendors acknowledge and agree that they participate in the New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival at their own risk, and that NJHC does not make any representation or warranty with regard to any matter relating to the New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival, including without limitation, foot traffic or sales volume. Vendors shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless all members, volunteers, workers, employees and agents of NJHC and the Showboat Hotel  and their respective successors and assigns from and against any and all loss, cost, damage, liability, theft, expenses, claims or actions of any kind or nature arising from any personal or property damage, loss or theft arising in any manner from participation in the New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival.  As part of the registration fee, each Vendor shall be provided with  TWO (2) weekend passes for the first table/booth purchased and 1 additional weekend pass for each additional table/booth. Each additional weekend pass for persons providing services for the Vendor shall be provided at a discounted rate of  $30 for each weekend pass.  All Vendor tables must be operated by at least one person during the entire time that the Vendor Room is open to the public for the con and film festival.  NJHC reserves the right to require any Vendor remove themselves from the venue and forfeit their registration fee for non-compliance with the rules established by NJHC or the Showboat Hotel . Vendor acknowledges and agrees that Sohowboat Hotel  may assess separate penalties for failure to comply with the rules established by the venue. VENDOR ROOM HOURS  Fri: 5pm-11pm Sat: 10am-7pm Sunday 10am-5pm 

Location: Showboat Casino 801 Boardwalk Atlantic City, NJ. | Start: 10/11/2019 12:00:00 PM End:
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Come to the table and meet with fellow parent leaders in your county! Discuss strategies, challenges and success stories for running a school district-based Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG) or a community-based group.   Our Spring Roundtable will include a representative from the NJ Department of Education who will be discussing the School Performance Reports. The School Performance Reports reflect the New Jersey Department of Education's (NJDOE) extensive efforts to engage with parents, students and school communities, and share the information that is most valuable in providing a picture of overall school performance. We will discuss how these reports will help you to: Learn more about your school and district Start conversations with school community members and ask questions Engage with school communities to identify what schools are doing well and where they can improve Presenters: Stefanie Babits, Parent Group Specialist For more information email: sbabits@spanadvocacy.org  

Location: Clark Public Library 303 Westfield Ave Clark, NJ. | Start: 5/23/2019 6:30:00 PM End:
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Brings You The Hottest Party Of Summer 2018 Saturday, July 20, 2019  NJ Battle Ship Camden Water FrontIt's the All White 12TH Annual AffairThis promises to be a unique party experience for the grown and sexy mature audience.Multiple rooms and Outdoor Deck featuring Live Performances, Surprise Guests, Cigar Lounge, Live Bands, and Poetry all beside a perfect atmosphere for the perfect night. The summer biggest all white affair, is a great event. We been doing this event going in to 12 years. So We look to do something special by using the NJ Battle Ship indoor outdoor Venue and touring the history of one of the most interesting and enjoying some of the best DJ's in the Area. With some great live Entertainment. This event we are looking for the 25 & older audence that can enjoys having a great event. Over the years for this event we have drawing well over 25,000 people. Look to see you Saturday July 20, 2019.

Location: Battleship New Jersey 100 Clinton St Camden, NJ. | Start: 7/20/2019 9:00:00 PM End:
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Location: The Stress Factory 90 Church Street New Brunswick, NJ. | Start: 11/15/2019 7:30:00 PM End:
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Location: The Stress Factory 90 Church Street New Brunswick, NJ. | Start: 11/15/2019 9:45:00 PM End:
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Location: The Stress Factory 90 Church Street New Brunswick, NJ. | Start: 11/16/2019 9:45:00 PM End:
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Lady Dunsworth's Dilemma Lady Dunsworth's Dilemma is a spectacularly funny and distinctly original backstage farce that showcases the wit and comedic timing of the hilarious Mill Race Theatrical Company. Synopsis: A dysfunctional but lovable cast of actors attempts to survive the opening night of their new Victorian comedy. Ages: 13+ for strong language and suggestive themes. Lobby opens at 7:30 PM. Doors close for the performance at 8:00 PM. Free on-site parking is available. Frequently Asked Questions Who do I contact if I have questions? Email us at info@millracetheatricalcompany.com or call the box office at 609-288-2713. What is the refund policy? Each ticket represents a reserved seat. There are no refunds or credits for tickets once purchased. Is my ticket transferrable? Can I update or change my ticket information? If the tickets are for an upcoming presentation of Lady Dunsworth's Dilemma, you can transfer your ticket to another person or update your ticket information by following these instructions. Tickets for shows that have already occurred cannot be transferred to upcoming shows. Will there be a chance to meet the performers? We hold a brief meet & greet after the show so ticketholders can hang out with the cast. Can I record the show? There is no video or photography permitted during the show. Are strobe lights or fog machines used during the performance? No strobe lights or fog machines are used during Lady Dunsworth's Dilemma. Is there room for larger wheelchairs or scooters? Yes! The regular seating area has ample room for wheelchairs and scooters. Please let the ushers know if you have any additional needs upon arrival.

Location: Mill Race Theatrical Company 30 Church Street Mount Holly, NJ. | Start: 4/26/2019 8:00:00 PM End:
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Location: Kennedy Center 429 John F Kennedy Way Willingboro, NJ. | Start: 7/1/2019 12:00:00 AM End: 7/3/2019 12:00:00 AM
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