Rock New Brunswick Celebrates Hub City’s Diversity, Music, History & Biz Development

Hub City Sounds annual local music fest expands to 3 days & 5 events Sept. 8-10

New Brunswick Cultural Center's Hub City Sounds, Smugbug Productions and NJ Music Media Partnership in association with Volume IV, NJ Skateshop, Caroline Romanelli Presents and Scarlet Pub will present ROCK New Brunswick. The expanded version of Hub City Sounds' annual FREE local music festival will take place Friday, Sept. 8 to Sunday, Sept. 10 throughout New Brunswick.

New Brunswick will celebrate its diversity, music, history, entrepreneurship and economic development throughout five events. Featured events are:

—New Brunswick Music Scene Archive ROCK New Brunswick Panel Discussion, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, Rutgers University Alexander Library, 169 College Ave. Panelists include Dennis Diken, drummer of Jersey legends The Smithereens; Sharief Hobley, who came to prominence within the local music scene in the mid-1980s with the funk-rock band Spy Godz and has had a successful career since with Amandla, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Cee Lo Green, Michael Jackson and more; Audrey Rose, poetess-rapper of the New Brunswick jazz-punk spoken-word outfit The Wichts and former programmer of a popular Hub City show house, The Blueberry Shire; Andrew Spina, owner of Hub City’s only record store, Spina Records, an Easton Avenue shop that focuses on vinyl and collector’s items; and Bob Makin, an award-winning New Jersey music writer for nearly 40 years who has covered the New Brunswick music scene since 1989.

—Alcohol-free all-ages ROCK New Brunswick Warmup Party with Mr. Payday (, Spowder (, Glazer ( and Schwervon! from Kansas (, 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Sept. 9, Volume IV, 120 Jersey Ave. $5

—Alcohol-free all-ages ROCK New Brunswick Warmup Party with Neighborhood Watch DJ collective, 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, NJ Skateshop, 160 Easton Ave. (across the street from Scarlet Pub). Free show

—ROCK New Brunswick festival, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, Boyd Park, Memorial Parkway at Commercial Avenue. FREE admission with DIY Market, food trucks, busking artists, free community workshops with Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership, LEGO Play, and Brodsky Center for Innovative Print of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, and performances by:

Noon-12:30: Killer Shrimp
12:30-12:40: Vertical Fixation aerial acrobats (
12:40-1:10: Nalani & Sarina (
1:10-1:20: DJ Don Dazzo (of Whirling Dervishes and Everlounge)
1:20-1:50: Cook Thugless (
1:50-2: Vertical Fixation
2-2:30: The Anderson Council (
2:30-2:40: DJ Don Dazzo 
2:40-3:10: Silent Knight ( & The Band Called FUSE (
3:10-3:20: Vertical Fixation
3:20-4: Sharief in Burgundy feat. Sharief Hobley (John Legend, Alicia Keys, Amandla, Spy Godz) 
4-4:10: DJ Don Dazzo
4:10-4:50: Hub City Stompers (
5-6: (to be announced July 31)

—ROCK New Brunswick After Party with Speed Queen (, Experiment 34 (, and The Clydes (, 8-11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, Scarlet Pub. 21 and up. $5. .

ROCK New Brunswick mainly was curated and will be co-promoted by 19 music media outlets working in conjunction and cooperation with each other. They are NJ Music Media Partnership:
Carousel Arts, CoolDad Music, Danny Coleman's ROCK on RADIO,, Jersey Beat, Jersey Indie, Jersey Rock, Live from the Dining Room, Makin Waves, MyCentralJersey, MikeroMedia, New Brunswick Music Scene Archive,, New Jersey Stage, The Pop Break, Speak Into My Good Eye, WRAT 95.9FM, and WRSU - Rutgers Radio.

New Brunswick Cultural Center is a nonprofit umbrella organization working to support, promote and develop arts, art education and community arts engagement in the New Brunswick area in partnership with resident companies State Theatre of New Jersey, George Street Playhouse, Crossroads Theatre Co., American Repertory Ballet, Zimmerli Art Museum, and Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, as well as coLAB Arts, City of New Brunswick and more.

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