Bernie Williams: From center field to center stage

Make text smaller Make text larger


  • Photo provided Bernie Williams.

If you go...

WHO: Bernie Williams.
WHAT: Former Yankees All-Star and musician.
WHEN: 8 p.m., Saturday, June 14.
WHERE: Newton Theatre, 234 Spring Street, Newton, N.J.
HOW MUCH: $69 premium, $59 orchestra and $49 balcony.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: or 973-383-3700.

Former Yankees All-Star and touring musician Bernie Williams will perform at the Newton Theatre on Saturday, June 14.

As a child in Puerto Rico, Bernie Williams discovered two loves, baseball and music. The young student-athlete excelled in both pursuits, attending Escuela Libre de Musica and becoming one of the most noted young athletes on the island.

He was signed by the New York Yankees in 1987, and after working his way through the farm system, the switch-hitting Williams made his Major League debut with the Yankees on July 7, 1991.

In his 16-years patrolling centerfield, Williams was a four-time World Series Champion and a five-time All Star. Williams has more post-season RBIs to his credit than any other player in Major-league history.

His resume also boasts six American League pennants, and numerous other awards. Williams is among the Yankees’ all-time leaders in every major batting category, his performance statistics stand alongside such legends as Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio.

Throughout his years in baseball, Williams’ passion for music never waned. The sound of his guitar would often be heard emanating from the Yankees clubhouse. In 2003 Williams released his first album, "The Journey Within," a fusion of jazz, rock and Latin rhythms. It was met with strong critical praise and instant chart success, reaching number three on Billboard’s “Contemporary Jazz Chart.”

Williams raised his musical game even further in 2009, with the release of his second album, "Moving Forward." Featuring appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Jon Secada and Dave Koz, the album debuted as Billboard’s number two Contemporary Jazz album, and held that chart position for five straight weeks, creating two Billboard number one singles. Moving Forward was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Album.

Williams also authored his first book, "Rhythms of the Game: The Link Between Music and Athletic Performance" by Hal Leonard Books in July 2011, in which he examines the symbiotic relationship between musical artistry and athletic performance through the eyes of a man who has mastered both.

Williams has a long history of service to the community. In 1997, he took over as the New York Yankees representative to the Children Health Fund, which provides health care for under-privileged and homeless children. He donated and raised money for this organization with each home run he hit.

Williams is also a staunch advocate for arts and music education, serving as a spokesperson for the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation, and has lobbied on Capitol Hill to our nation’s leaders in Congress to ensure arts and music remain a vital part of a child’s education.

Williams also serves the Hillside Food Outreach as an Honorary Board Member. His commitment to feed the hungry is evidenced by his financial support of the Outreach’s mission and, each year lends his celebrity status by hosting its annual Fundraising Benefit.

Tickets for Bernie Williams are $69 for premium seating, $59 for orchestra and $49 for balcony. Purchase tickets by visiting or contact the box office at 973-383-3700.

The historic Newton Theatre, located at 234 Spring Street in Newton, N.J.

Make text smaller Make text larger


Pool Rules


Author presents book at Cedar Mountain school
VERNON — New York Times Freelance Art Director, author, and illustrator Sarah Williamson presented her latest book, “Where are you?” on April 13 to the...
Read more »

Graham leads Vernon over Pope John
Patrick Graham scored three goals, leading Vernon to a 7-4 win over Pope John XXIII.
Cole Genneken scored two goals for the...

Read more »

Friends of library plans book sale
The Friends of the Library, Dorothy Henry Branch at 66 Route 94, Vernon, will have a Used Book Sale on May 4 and 5, 2018 at 9:30...
Read more »

Earthfest scheduled for April 29
VERNON — Vernon Chamber Charities will host its 18th Annual Vernon Earthfest event that celebrates active initiatives to protect the community¹s environment will be...
Read more »


Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers


Local News
Should we arm teachers?
  • Apr 20, 2018
Local News
Palumbo named to Leading Edge Society
  • Apr 19, 2018
Local News
Wildfires legislation passes Assembly
  • Apr 19, 2018
Local News
Read the river before you launch
  • Apr 18, 2018


Find more about Weather in Lafayette, NJ