New Brunswick Events

Comedian Ron White visits the State Theatre in New Brunswick on Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. Ron “Tater Salad” White, best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking funnyman from the “Blue Collar Comedy” phenomenon, makes his return to The State with his new stand-up show. White has achieved three Grammy® nominations, a Gold Record, two of the top rated one-hour specials in Comedy Central history, a book that appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List, and CD and DVD sales of over 10 million units. Tickets start at $45.

The 2019 North Jersey Orchid Society Show and Sale is Friday January 18 through Sunday January 20, 2019 at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University in New Brunswick NJ.  The show is from 9 AM to 5 PM on Friday and Saturday and 9 AM to 4 PM on Sunday. The show features spectacular orchid exhibits showcasing plants grown in homes and greenhouses across the tri-state area as well as world-renown vendors. This show is partially funded by the Rutgers University Department of Plant Biology. Dr. Plant’s (Stephen Kotarski) exposé video clip from the 2018 Orchid Show at Rutgers. Dr. Plant is always entertaining!

Enjoy Valentine’s Day Dinner at Due Mari in New Brunswick. Prix Fixe Menu $65 per person – with suggested wine pairings – $95 More information

See John Mellencamp live in concert at the State Theatre Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. Set to coincide with a highly anticipated new album release, Mellencamp will embark on a 2019 tour of “The John Mellencamp Show” which will feature the rock icon’s classics such as “Jack and Diane,” “Hurts So Good,” “Pink Houses,” “Small Town,” and “Authority Song,” plus some new material. Mellencamp’s live shows have garnered huge critical acclaim with the Hollywood Reportercalling it a “triumphant, career-spanning show” and a “superb performance…still full of fiery defiance” by the Boston Globe. His extensive touring and live shows have solidified the Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer’s place at the forefront of American music for the past 40 years. Mellencamp’s career in music has seen him transition from pop star to one of the most highly respected singer/songwriters of a generation. Mellencamp is incredibly acclaimed; he is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Grammy® winner, a recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, ASCAP Foundation’s Champion Award, The Woody Guthrie Award, and Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and more recently, the Founders Award, the top honor assigned by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.  Additionally, […]

Renée Fleming takes the stage at the State Theatre Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. From the State Theatre NJ: “A SUPERSTAR BY ANY MEASURE…” —The New York Times See this legend live on stage! Renée Fleming is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time and has captivated audiences with her sumptuous voice, unsurpassed artistry, and compelling stage presence. Known for bringing new audiences to classical music and opera, Renée has sung not only with Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, and Andrea Bocelli, but also with Elton John, Paul Simon, Sting, Josh Groban, and Joan Baez. She has hosted a wide variety of television and radio broadcasts, including the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series and Live from Lincoln Center. Winner of four Grammy® Awards, Renée has sung for momentous occasions from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. In 2013, President Obama awarded her America’s highest honor for an artist, the National Medal of Arts. In 2014, she became the first classical artist ever to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Program highlights include: Johannes Brahms: “Meine Liebe ist grü,” Op. 63, no. 5 Heitor Villa-Lobos: “Ária […]

See Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt, two of America’s most admired singer-songwriters, live at the State Theatre in an intimate acoustic evening! Four-time Grammy Award®-winning singer, composer, and actor Lyle Lovett—whose hits include “If I Had a Boat” and “She’s No Lady”—has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel, and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Best known for his high-quality songwriting filled with wit and charm, Lovett has built his career “on the reputation of his live shows, which routinely sell out theaters and concert halls coast to coast” (The New York Times). Over the course of a four–decade songwriting and recording career—and since the release of his 1974 debut, Hangin’ Around the Observatory—rarely has more than a year or two passed without a new John Hiatt collection hitting the shelves. His musical styles on his albums vary from blues to new wave, to country. A member of the prestigious and highly selective Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Hiatt has been nominated for nine Grammy Awards®. He has also penned songs that became […]

Lewis Black, Grammy Award®-winning stand-up comedian, actor, and author is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. He takes the State Theatre stage March 7 at 8 p.m. Following 2017’s highly successful tour, Black returns to New Brunswick with The Joke’s On US Tour! Lewis Black came into national prominence with his appearances on The Daily Show in 1996. Those appearances on The Daily Show led to comedy specials on HBO®, Comedy Central, Showtime, and Epix. He has released eight comedy albums, including the 2007 Grammy Award®-winning The Carnegie Hall Performance. He won his second Grammy Award® for his album Stark Raving Black and has published three bestselling books: Nothing’s Sacred (Simon & Schuster, 2005), Me of Little Faith (Riverhead Books, 2008),  and I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas (Riverhead Books, 2010). Tickets start at $55.

From StateTheatre NJ: Gladys Knight at State Theatre March 24 at 7:30 p.m. See seven-time Grammy® Award-winner Gladys Knight live in concert! Knight’s hits include “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “I’ve Got to Use My Imagination,” and “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me.” Knight has enjoyed #1 hits in multiple genres, including Pop, Gospel, R&B, and Adult Contemporary. Knight has also been featured on the small screen in television shows like Empire, 30 Rock, American Idol, and the Lifetime movie, Seasons of Love. In 2012, she joined the cast of ABC’s hit reality competition Dancing with the Stars for season 14, partnering with Tristan MacManus. Tickets start at $45.

The Indigo Girls will take the stage at the State Theatre March 26 at 8 p.m. From the State Theatre: With over 14 million records sold (including hits such as “Closer to Fine,” ”Galileo,” and “Least Complicated”) Grammy Award®-winning folk rock duo Amy Ray and Emily Saliers “personify what happens when two distinct sensibilities, voices, and worldviews come together to create something transcendently its own.”—Rolling Stone

From State Theatre: Kip Moore appears at the State Theatre May 3 at 8 p.m. See Country star Kip Moore live in concert! Moore’s hits include “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck,” “More Girls Like You,” “Last Shot,” “Beer Money,” and “Hey Pretty Girl.” Kip Moore’s current Top 20 single “Last Shot” is the second taken from his revered third studio album Slowheart and follows his fourth #1 hit “More Girls Like You.” Slowheartgarnered instant praise from critics as Moore’s “most complete, cohesive declaration of his artistic sensibilities yet” (NPR), as well landing on multiple “Best Of” lists including Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone. Slowheart follows the acclaim that surrounded Moore’s sophomore album Wild Ones—heralded as “an impressively singular release from Music Row” by The Guardian—and his Platinum debut album Up All Night that spawned three #1 hit singles, including Gold certified “Beer Money,” Platinum certified “Hey Pretty Girl,” and the Double Platinum breakout hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck. “

From State Theatre: THE ILLUSIONISTS – LIVE FROM BROADWAY™ is produced by Simon Painter, Tim Lawson and MagicSpace Entertainment. Conceived by Simon Painter, the show’s creative team also includes executive producer Tim Lawson, director Neil Dorward and creative director Jim Millan. Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, THE ILLUSIONISTS has shattered box office records worldwide and thrilled audiences of all ages with a mind-blowing spectacular showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of five of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Tickets start at $49.