Current Month Community Arts Calendar from SOMA Artnet - Updated Monthly

June 30 Café Meow presents trombonist Ben Williams and pianist/vocalist Richard Eisenstein, and evening of classic American and Brazilian standards. Program begins at 7:30. Location: 1878 Springfield Ave in Maplewood. 973-275-6369 or

July 4, Maplewood 4th of July Celebration and July 14/15, Maplewoodstock 1978 Maplewood Arts Center welcomes children and adults to participate in a site-specific art installation designed by John Kaufman. (if you are interested in joining the planning process meet in Memorial Park, Saturday, June 30 at 9 AM, at the skate house in M Memorial Park.

The Baird Presents Summer Concerts in the Park: every Wednesday in July at 7:30 in Meadowland Park in South Orange. Rain site: South Orange Middle School.

July 11 Guy Davis, award winning blues singer with a special tradition of storytelling

July 18 Bearfoot, Alaska-based group draws from bluegrass, old time and contemporary folk traditions.

July 25 New York Voices, Grammy award winning jazz vocal ensemble with original arrangements that include Brazilian, R&B, classical and pop.

August 1 Denise Thimes with special guest, is the newest, hottest jazz vocalist with sounds from mellow tones to upbeat, original scat.

Maplewood’s Summer Music Concert Series: Maplewood Memorial Park amphitheatre across from the train station

July 8 Summer Band Concert featuring the Maplewood Community Band and the Central Jersey Wind Symphony , 7 to 9 PM

July 14/15 Maplewoodstock All music, all day long in the. Listen to music, eat, create art; enjoy the arts and meet your neighbors. Schedule of bands:

July 22 Maplewood Jazzfest featuring Swingtown and many local Jazz artists and showing of the classic movie Jazz on a Summer’s Day, 5 to 8:30 PM

July 29 Underground Concerts presents Glen Velez and Lori Cotler, percussion and voice.

Until July 15 The Pierro Gallery of South Orange presents Singularity in the Communal Tide, Culture and Identity in the Moment, curated by Rupert Ravens. Artists represent a world-wide perspective. The gallery is located in the Baird Center, 5 Mead St. Call 973-378-7754, or go to

OPPORTUNITIES Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, the resident theatre company at the Baird Center, 5 Mead St in South Orange, is offering a summer Theatre Conservatory. Programs are offered for students 10 to 17 in a variety of disciplines. For information call 973-378-7754, ext 2228 or

1978 Maplewood Arts Center has a full program of summer art enrichment for kids….go to

Pierro Gallery of South Orange is calling for entries for Essex Exposed 5; A Juried Exhibition of Essex Co Artists. This bi-annual event features visual artists in all fine art mediums who live or work in Essex County. The deadline for submitting is August 6 Go to

FYI: Meet the Artist TV, where local artists create, perform and chat. Channel 35 in Maplewood and Channel 19 in South Orange., Monday at 9 PM, Tuesday at 9 PM and Thursday at 8 PM. For info and booking call 973-762-5580. FREE