February Shows Light Up Grunin Center

Jan 24, 2018

From rock to jazz to children’s shows, the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College presents an exciting array of entertainment in February. Tickets are available now.

Steven Page & The Art of Time Ensemble take the stage at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2. A founder of the band Barenaked Ladies, Page joins Toronto’s Art of Time Ensemble for an evening of seminal songs by Randy Newman, Radiohead, Elvis Costello, Leonard Cohen, Barenaked Ladies and Page himself. Tickets are $35 to $45 depending on seat location. A dinner add-on is available for $25.

The following day, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, kids of all ages will delight at Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny performed by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. The show adapts Margaret Wise Brown’s 60-year-old classics with “endearing animal puppets, stunning scenic effects and evocative music,” OCC notes. “The hour-long staged adaptation brings a fresh appreciation of the stories and images that have delighted several generations.” Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children.

Also on Feb. 3, at 8 p.m., virtuoso mandolin player Sierra Hull will thrill the audience with her instrumentation and genre-transcending music. As the college explains, Hull’s country/bluegrass album, Weighted Mind, “is a landmark achievement, earning her a 2016 Grammy Award nomination for Best Folk Album. … Hull speaks eloquently, in her challenging and sensitive originals, and her heartfelt vocals, and breaks new ground on the mandolin.” Tickets are $25.

Spend Valentine’s Day with a loved one and The Birdland All-Stars featuring Tommy Igoe, set to perform that Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. “Featuring the finest musicians in New York, The Birdland All-Stars has created new arrangements from David Bowie, The Police and Steely Dan, as well as fresh treatments of iconic compositions by Charlie Parker, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock,” OCC states. Tickets are $43 to $45, and a dinner add-on costs $25.

Finally, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17, catch soul singer and American Idol finalist Michael Lynche as he performs classic R&B. “Charisma, well-crafted song arrangements and a voice soaked in soul give the ‘big man’ class all his own,” the college notes. “This extraordinary vocal talent seamlessly fuses classic R&B, thoroughly modern urban grooves and swoon-worthy vintage soul into a fresh, unique sound.” Tickets are $25.

All performances take place on the main stage of the Grunin Center on the OCC main campus, located on College Drive in Toms River.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call the Grunin Center box office at 732-255-0500 or visit grunincenter.org.  —J.K.-H.

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