2015 Performances

  • Shayfer James & Mason Beggs

    Shayfer James is an internationally touring songwriter and performer whose music has been dubbed "New & Noteworthy" by iTunes.

    Shayfer James is an internationally touring songwriter and performer whose music has been dubbed "New & Noteworthy" by iTunes. Shayfer is currently living in Jersey City and is the creator of a local collaborative arts project called "March of Crows". Learn more, listen, and watch at www.shayferjames.com.
    Mason is a Director/Producer/Professor based out of Jersey City, NJ. He is the Main Stage and Youth Theatre Director at Art House Productions, Drama Director at Saint Peter's University, and an Adjunct Professor at The New School for Drama where he received his MFA in Directing.

  • Quanda Johnson

    Metamorphosis is change; as a performance artist and scholar, I'm looking for innovative ways to disrupt, ...

    Metamorphosis is change; as a performance artist and scholar, I'm looking for innovative ways to disrupt, fragment, and/or dismantle entrenched ideas/archetypes about Blackness. Collage, usually relegated to the world of visual art, is a device that can be utilized in performance as a "change agent," or catalyst to initiate fresh ways of thinking about race and, consequently, moving our culture beyond tolerance to actually seeing the other as ourselves.
    Quanda Johnson is a Fulbright Scholar and a Dean's Graduate Scholar at New York University's Gallatin School for Individualized Study. A performer from Broadway to grand opera, she seeks ways to utilize performance to disrupt and consequently alter entrenched, cyclical conversations concerning Blackness and the African Diaspora.

Performances

2014 Performances

  • KATJA LARSSEN

    At just 13 years old Katja Larssen is already a successful singer songwriter.

    At just 13 years old Katja Larssen is already a successful singer songwriter. A lifelong resident of Jersey City she began performing at Jersey City events including ‘Groove on Grove’, ‘Ladies That Rock’, ‘The 4th Street Art & Music Festival’ and ‘All About Downtown’ by the age of 9. More recently Katja performed at the Inauguration of Mayor Steven Fulop singing ‘America the Beautiful’. She also recorded a duet and back up vocals for the Children’s Christmas album ‘Merry Christmas from Grandma Mikie’. As an 8th grade student at the Learning Community Charter School Katja has set her sights on academics and activism having become a state finalist in the group creation of a documentary ‘LBGTQ Rights: A New Era’ for National History Day 2013-2014 in the state of New Jersey. Her passion for creativity and early interest in spreading ideas make her the perfect candidate to open the 2nd annual TEDxJerseyCity conference, ‘Brave New World’.

  • TIM RUIZ

    Timothy Ruiz is a songwriter, singer, poet, guitarist and producer that …

    Timothy Ruiz is a songwriter, singer, poet, guitarist and producer that is in a constant state of creation, expression, and relation to the world around him. Performing for the past 12 years, he is no stranger to the stage and it’s many avenues. Growing by the show, Timothy is committed to bringing an experience to the audience by asking them to reminisce about life situations that stir a vast array of emotions. Check his music out at www.soundcloud.com/timothy-ruiz, www.soundcloud.com/timothy-ruiz-jersey-city, and search YouTube for many videos of live performances that cover years of his stages in artistry.

  • Dan O’Dea and Eagle Ridge

    Dan O’Dea and Eagle Ridge are a bluegrass band based out of Jersey City, NJ.

    Dan O’Dea and Eagle Ridge are a bluegrass band based out of Jersey City, NJ. The group consists of Nick Conte – guitar, Mike Mulhollan – banjo, Ken Trotta – bass, and Dan O’Dea – fiddle and mandolin. Eagle Ridge has been playing together in various incarnations for the last four years. In July, O’Dea started the Jersey City Bluegrass Jam, which happens every Tuesday night at the Lamp Post Bar and Grill on 2nd St. Co-hosted by Eagle Ridge guitarist, Nick Conte, the jam brings up to twenty musicians together around a single microphone to play some good old fashioned bluegrass. Earlier this year, Dan and the boys had the chance to perform at the New Jersey Folk Festival, and last month, they opened for Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain String Band. Dan has one album, Eagle Ridge, available on iTunes and Spotify, and the band is currently in the studio working on their next release. Visit www.dansbands.com for more information.

  • Giselle Bellas

    Cuban-American artist, Giselle Bellas’ young career has included …

    Cuban-American artist, Giselle Bellas’ young career has included soloperformances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall in New York, Miami’s Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, and Orlando’s Bob Carr Performing Arts Center. She has recently appeared in independent films and performed in various concerts throughout the U.S. In anticipation of the grand opening, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, FL released a documentary on Giselle. She resides and performs throughout Jersey City and the Tri-State area. Currently, Giselle is recording new music that incorporates her classical training in a contemporary style.

  • Meagan Woods & Co.

    Meagan Woods graduated with a BFA in dance from Rutgers University, earning the Margery Turner Award for choreography.

    Meagan Woods graduated with a BFA in dance from Rutgers University, earning the Margery Turner Award for choreography. She has performed professionally with Liz Lerman, Sarah Skaggs, Orit Ben-Shitrit, Glitterati, SHUA Group and Insurgo Stage Project. Meagan is the originator of Dance Within the Art at the Zimmerli Art Museum, and frequently serves as a choreographer and lecturer for the museum. She also choreographs, designs, and guest lecturers for Rutgers University. Meagan is co-producer of the Art House Productions event Your Move, NJ’s annual modern dance festival. She also choreographs the musical theater programs at Art House and St. Peter’s University.
    http://www.meaganwoodsandcompany.com

  • Sean Kiely

    Sean Kiely released his first record “Arch Envy” under the name “SEAN0SEAN” on Mecca Lecca Recording Co. in 2012.

    Sean Kiely released his first record “Arch Envy” under the name “SEAN0SEAN” on Mecca Lecca Recording Co. in 2012. It’s a collection of anxious pop songs that look sideways at the deep weirdness of current life in the U S A. Following that release, Sean moved away from the studio manipulation and electronic textures of “Arch Envy,” and started over on the acoustic guitar. A new group of songs developed out of this: more direct and personal, looking inside and out for connection. These songs comprise the upcoming record “Your Logo, My Logo.” Sean was born in Brooklyn, NY, and lives in Jersey City, NJ. He plays regularly at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City. seankielymusic.com social media: /sean0sean

  • Summer Dawn Hortillosa

    Summer Dawn Hortillosa is a Jersey City- and Kearny-based playwright, director and actress. She is also the co-founder of 68 Productions.

    Summer Dawn Hortillosa is a Jersey City- and Kearny-based playwright, director and actress. She is also the co-founder of 68 Productions. Her career began in 2007 when she won the New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival at 16and later made her directorial debut as an Art House Productions Emerging Artist. In August this year, her one-woman show “So What If I Loved You” debuted at the Jersey City Theater Center’s Merseles Studios.
    Other recent works include “Secrets; Love,” at the Monroe Center for the Arts in Hoboken and Downtown Urban Theater Festival in SoHo; her one-woman show “Kookspeak,” at various festivals in the Hudson County, N.J., area; as well as “Before, After and Always” and “Three Bites,” two dramedic one-acts at STAGEfest at the Loew’s in 2013 and 2014.
    Summer is a recipient of the Governor’s Award in Arts Education for Theater Arts and Lavina Kohl Permanent Career Award in Literature from the New Jersey chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters. She is also a journalist covering arts/entertainment and news in Hudson County. Her arts, music, theater and writing blog is http://www.summerization.com.

2013 Performers

  • Roland Burks

    “On a clear day you can see forever”, from the musical by the same name, by Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane.

    “On a clear day you can see forever”, from the musical by the same name, by Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane. Roland Burks is a 30 plus year veteran of the stage, having performed more than 75 leading and supporting principal roles in opera, oratorio, musical theater, and concert, both here and abroad, with such companies as New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, International Opera Theater in Italy, and Teatro Real in Madrid Spain to name a few, in such great roles as Sweeney in Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd”, Porgy in Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess”, and Scarpia in Puccini’s “Tosca”.

  • The Dominoes

    The Dominoes are a nationally renowned female chamber choir.

    The Dominoes are a nationally renowned female chamber choir. They have performed, by invitation, eight times at Carnegie Hall. Other notable New York City performance venues include Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the General Assembly of the United Nations, “You’ll never walk alone”, from Carousel, by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

  • The Audiobodies

    We are very excited to have the Audiobodies performing alongside the debut of their brand new music video for their song “Free”.

    We are very excited to have the Audiobodies performing alongside the debut of their brand new music video for their song “Free”. After years of performing in the New Jersey/New York City music scene, musician J. Hacha De Zola met vocalist Wyme (pronounced “Why-Me”) in a small subterranean music venue, below a grungy Jersey City bar, amid plastic lawn furniture and flickering tea candles. Hacha De Zola was the house guitarist and Wyme was the featured vocalist/poet of the evening. The pair formed an instant bond as Wyme stepped up to the microphone, and The Audiobodies were born that night.With energetic performances and spiritually conscious lyrics, The Audiobodies combine Wyme’s smooth soulful vocals and harmonies with Zola’s alt-rock guitar style. The result is urban world music with tinges of psychedelic rock and soul.