Album release show at Stanhope House

MUSIC. Bands offer tributes to Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Pink Floyd, and John Hiatt plays the Newton Theatre.

| 12 May 2024 | 09:55

Enjoy acoustic melodies, energetic performances and nostalgic tunes on local stages this week.

Friday, May 17

Erin McKenna will grace the stage at Lafayette House, 75 Route 15, at 6 p.m.

At 6:30 p.m., Dave & John Acoustic will take their upbeat tunes to Skylands Craft Beer & Wine Garden, 447 Route 284, Wantage.

At the same time, Lake Mohawk Country Club in Sparta welcomes CoverTwo, for a dose of classic rock from the ‘60s to the ‘90s, and Krogh’s Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza, Sparta, features the soulful tunes of Jonah Kleitsch.

For fans of Pink Floyd, Blue Arrow Farm, 86 Glenwood Road, Pine Island, N.Y., presents Beyond the Wall, a tribute band known for its meticulous attention to detail and immersive performances, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at

At 7 p.m., Paul Derin spins vinyl for Booze & Grooves Night at Milk Street Distillery, 1 Milk St., Branchville.

The Foster Children return to Brick & Brew, 27 Route 23, Franklin, for a night of rock at 7 p.m.

And the I-287 Classic Rock Duo take the stage at McQ’s Pub at Lake Lenape, 165 Andover Sparta Road, Newton, also at 7 p.m.

The Stanhope House, 45 Main St., hosts the Midnight Monarch’s album release show, featuring an ensemble of seasoned musicians exploring a range of rock genres with its latest concept album “The Perfect Machine.” The show promises an electric experience, supported by special guests the Milwaukees and Revel at Dusk. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Flannel Jam transports audiences back to the ‘90s with its nostalgic favorites at Sparta Pour House, 43 Center St., at 8 p.m.

For those seeking diverse cover tunes, Dani Zanoni & Co. perform at the Beacon, 453 River Styx Road, Hopatcong, at 9 p.m.

Or unleash your inner rock star at karaoke night at O’Reilly’s Pub and Grill, 271 Spring St., Newton, also at 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 18

Start your day at the Sparta Farmers Market, 89 S. Sparta Ave., at 10 a.m. with an acoustic performance by Maribyrd.

Angry Erik Brewing, 2 Camre Drive, Newton, invites patrons to revel in the keyboard rock, pop, and country tunes of Sue Polcer starting at 4 p.m.

At 6 p.m., the Lafayette House resonates with the acoustic contemporary rock sounds of Tennessee Honey.

For those seeking a second dose of Maribyrd’s enchanting melodies, Lake Mohawk Country Club hosts her performance at 6:30 p.m.

McQ’s Pub welcomes the Blue Dreamers, while Milk Street Distillery presents the improvisational stylings of Campfire Jukebox Band, blending rock, country, blues and alternative covers, starting at 7 p.m.

At Brick & Brew, audiences can enjoy the country favorites of Matt Gillert, also at 7 p.m.

At 8 p.m., the Newton Theatre, 234 Spring St., presents the rescheduled performance of John Hiatt, a master lyricist and satirical storyteller renowned for his tales of redemption and relationships.

His diverse catalog of albums, including highlights such as “Bring the Family” and “Same Old Man,” promises an unforgettable evening of musical storytelling. Tickets start at $64 and may be purchased online at

O’Reilly’s Pub invites you to sing along to Weezer’s Blue Album performed by Brian St. John at 9 p.m.

Or enjoy the eclectic mix of tunes of Duck Face at the Beacon, also at 9 p.m.

Sunday, May 19

At 2 p.m., Blue Arrow Farm hosts New Jersey Rock Legends Day, featuring tributes to Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi. Backstreets, the pioneering Springsteen tribute band, takes audiences on a journey through the heart of the Jersey Shore. Slippery When Wet, the ultimate Bon Jovi tribute band, channels the energy and attitude of the early Bon Jovi era.

For those seeking a more intimate musical experience, Angry Erik Brewing hosts Scott Heath at 2:30 p.m., treating patrons to a solo acoustic set blending rock and country influences.

Wednesday, May 22

Blue Arrow Farm’s Hot Rod Cruise Night & Summer Concert Series hosted by Danny C kicks off at 4 p.m. with classic rock tunes by Hurley Mountain Highway.

Sean Henry returns to McQ’s Pub at 5 p.m. for his weekly performance.

Homestead Rest, 294 N. Church Road, Sparta, invites karaoke enthusiasts to join Ray Sikora at 6:30 p.m. for a night of interactive fun.

Thursday, May 23

Homestead Rest hosts an open mic night, welcoming performers to showcase their talents starting at 6 p.m. Sign-ups start at 5:30 p.m.

Carolyn Jackson takes the stage at Krogh’s at 6:30 p.m., delivering a blend of solo acoustic pop, rock and country tunes.

Tim Vander Groeff performs at the Early American Tavern, 9 Main St., Sussex, at 6:30 p.m., providing country selections.

At 7 p.m., the Glenwood, 2 Vernon Crossing, Vernon, features the Lost Ryders of the Wawayanda.

Brick & Brew hosts JP of PS Xperiment’s Anything Goes night, combining open mic, karaoke and solo performances, also at 7 p.m.

For those seeking a bit of interactive fun, McQ’s Pub hosts music bingo at 7 p.m.

And O’Reilly’s has music bingo at 8 p.m.

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