Hot Tickets This Summer


Friday, June 15

Journey + Def Leppard

North American Tour

Prudential Center 7:00 pm

Don’t stop believin’…rock legends Journey & Def Leppard come to The Rock with their greatest hits and all-new productions. The groups boast 28 Top 40 singles between them.

Sunday, June 17

The Godfather

Classic Film Screening

UCPAC Mainstage 3:00 pm

Celebrate Father’s Day with Don Corleone and family at this showing of the original 35mm version of The Godfather. Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, James Caan and Robert Duvall. The 1972 film garnered 10 Academy Award nominations and three wins—including the Best Actor Oscar that was famously refused by Brando.

Amanda Ferrell

Friday, June 22

Terry Fator

Live On Stage

State Theatre 8:00 pm

The winner of America’s Got Talent in 2007, Terry Fator won millions of fans with his celebrity impressions and his entourage of off-the-wall puppets—led by Winston the Impersonating Turtle—and became a Las Vegas legend.


Wednesday, June 27

Jill Scott

In Concert

NJPAC/Prudential Hall 8:00 pm

Author, poet, actress and jazz songstress Jill Scott takes the Prudential Hall stage for an evening of music and storytelling. Her award-winning albums include The Light of the Sun and Who Is Jill Scott? while her poetry compilation The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours was a New York Times bestseller.

Daniel Hazard

Friday, June 29


Experience + Innocence Tour

Prudential Center 8:00 pm

U2’s last worldwide tour was ranked the best of the year in 2015. The band comes back to Newark following the release of Songs of Experience, just before Christmas last year. The album was a companion piece to 2014’s Songs of Innocence.


Friday, June 29

Saturday, June 30

Les Paul from Start to Finish

UCPAC Fazioli Room

During James J. Wysocki’s three decades as a Mahwah police officer, he built a close relationship with guitar pioneer Les Paul. His presentation is a snapshot of their 29-year friendship—the honesty, the generosity, and shared laughter—followed by a showing of the guitars and personal items given to Wysocki. (6/29 @ 7:30 PM; 6/30 @ 6:30 PM)

Saturday, July 7


The Tour Reloaded

Prudential Center 8:00 pm

The legendary Bollywood extravaganza comes to The Rock, featuring Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and lots of surprise guests.

Friday, July 13

Girls Night

The Musical

UCPAC Mainstage 8:00 pm

Girls Night has been earning rave reviews since its sensational Off-Broadway debut. Think of it as Desperate Housewives meets Mamma Mia.

Gage Skidmore

Saturday, July 14

Dan & Phil

Interactive Introverts

NJPAC/Prudential Hall

7:30 pm

Internet sensations Dan and Phil present an unpredictable and outrageous interactive experience. It’s cutting-edge British humor at its very best.

Sunday, July 15

Chris Brown

Heartbreak On A Full Moon

Prudential Center 8:00 pm

The multi-platinum, Grammy-winning R&B singer returns to The Rock in support of his 2017 hit album Heartbreak On A Full Moon. He will be joined by hip-hop and R&B rising stars as well as special guests 6lack and H.E.R.

Lifetime Entertainment

Friday, July 20

Bring It!

Live On Stage

NJPAC/Prudential Hall 8:00 pm

Experience the elite world of hip-hop majorette competition live and vote for your favorite performances. Fans of Bring It! also get the behind-the scenes lowdown on the smash-hit series.

Hello, Dolly!

This classic musical—which starred Carol Channing on Broadway and Barbra Streisand on-screen— follows the exploits of matchmaker Dolly Levi as she pursues wealthy bachelor Horace Vandergelder.

UCPAC Hamilton Stage

Friday, August 10 8:00 pm

Saturday, August 11 2:00 & 8:00 pm

Sunday, August 12 2:00 pm

Bugaboo TV

Sunday, July 22

Monsta X

The 2nd World Tour


Hall 8:00 pm

The Korean boy dance group comes through America again after the 2017 release of The Clan Pt. 2.5: The Final Chapter, their first studio album.

Rhino Records

Thursday, July 26

Vanilla Fudge, Badfinger, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels

HippieFest 2018

State Theatre 8:00 pm

Flower power is back and it’s coming to New Brunswick with a nostalgic rock concert featuring Vanilla Fudge, Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, and Badfinger featuring Joey Molland.


Saturday, July 28

The Bacon Brothers

In Concert

UCPAC Mainstage 8:00 pm

Award-winning actor Kevin Bacon and his brother Michael come to the Mainstage in Rahway with bandmates Paul Guzzone, Joe Mennonna, Ira Siegel and Frank Vilardi.

Saturday, July 28

Kevin Hart

The Irresponsible Tour

Prudential Center 7:00 pm

The hardest-working man in comedy takes the stage at the Prudential Center. His 2017 film credits include The Upside and Jumanji, and he stars opposite Tiffany Haddish in the 2018 comedy Night School.

Saturday, August 4

The McCartney Years

UCPAC Mainstage

8:00 pm

Dubbed “the best on the scene” by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Denny Laine and former Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein, this tribute band features Yuri Pool as McCartney in a period-true and technically stunning show.


Friday, August 10

Beres Hammond & Friends

In Concert


Hall 8:00 pm

Grammy-nominated Beres Hammond presides over an evening of feel-good reggae, sharing the stage with a lineup of special guest artists.

Saturday, August 18

Bad Bunny

La Nueva Religion Tour

Prudential Center 8:00 pm

Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio—aka Bad Bunny— performs his signature Trap Latino singles live in Newark, including “Diles,” “Soy Peor” and “Tu No Vives Así.” His YouTube videos have amassed more than half a billion views.


Lindsey Turner

Tuesday, September 4

Fall Out Boy with Machine Gun Kelly

The Mania Tour

Prudential Center 7:00 pm

Pop punk icon Fall Out Boy celebrates the 2018 release of Mania, their seventh studio album, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 in January.


The Hollywood Social Lounge

Friday, September 7

Saturday, September 8

Trevor Noah

Live On Stage

NJPAC/Prudential Hall 8:00 pm

The Daily Show host and sharpwitted stand-up comes to Newark following an award-winning 2017, which saw him capture an Emmy for his TV show and a pair of NAACP Image awards for his book Born a Crime.

Big Machine Records

Saturday, September 8


Still the Same Tour

Prudential Center 7:00 pm

Award-winning country duo Sugarland comes to The Rock as part of a 48-city tour. Singer-songwriters Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush released their sixth album (and first in eight years), Bigger, in 2018.

Friday, September 14

Jo Koy

Break the Mold Tour

NJPAC/Prudential Hall 8:00 pm

The Filipino-American comic— whose PF Chang greeter character is a side-splitter—achieved headliner status after more than a decade working comedy clubs and cable TV shows. His third comedy special in 2017 was one of the most popular on Netflix.


Saturday, September 15

Paul Simon

Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour

Prudential Center 8:00 pm

Simon calls this tour a “fitting culmination” of a performing career that began in the early 1960s. “It feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief. I love making music, my voice is still strong, and my band is a tight, extraordinary group of gifted musicians.”

Thursday, September 20

Animotion, Wang Chung, A Flock of Seagulls & Friends

Lost 80’s Live

State Theatre 8:00 pm

The Lost 80s Live tour celebrates the New Wave and Pop radio hits that made the decade great, including “Obsession,” “Dance Hall Days” and “Always Something There to Remind Me.”


Sunday, September 23

Gipsy Kings

In Concert

NJPAC/Prudential Hall

7:00 pm

An evening of salsa, flamenco, rumba and pop music awaits at NJPAC, courtesy of the heralded Gipsy Kings. The band introduced the world to progressive, poporiented flamenco 35 years ago and hasn’t slowed down.

September 26 to October 21

The Color Purple: The Musical

Paper Mill Playhouse (See web site for showtimes)

Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer-winning novel and the 1985 Steven Spielberg film, this musical features a book by Marsha Norman and a Grammy-winning score infused with jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues.


Thursday, October 4

James Comey

New Jersey Speaker Series

NJPAC/Prudential Hall

8:00 pm

The controversial former FBI Director has been in the spotlight this year—a situation that promises to be even more interesting come October.

Editor’s Note: This overview of local entertainment, curated by Rachel Stewart, is just a taste of our area’s overall performance picture. For full listings, log onto the following web sites:
State Theatre •
Paper Mill Playhouse •
Prudential Center •
Union Country Performing Arts Center & Hamilton Stage •