Compiled by Kevin Coughlin
This is the weekend local music fans wait for all year: The Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival returns to the historic Morristown Green on Saturday.
Details are below; what’s important is that you clear your calendar for 10 hours of free fun.
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THURSDAY, AUG. 14, 2014:
Who was your favorite Abba? Is that grammatically correct? In Swedish? Ask the experts, at Abba the Concert, at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, 8 pm. The official Abba fan club hails this as the world’s best Abba tribute band. Abba Dabba Do! Hear such hits as Mamma Mia, S.O.S, Waterloo and Dancing Queen. Tickets $29-$69. At 100 South St., Morristown. Call 973-539-8008 for details.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents The Alchemist, a bawdy comedy about 15th century con men, at 8 pm. Tickets are $15-$75, at the F.M. Kirby Theatre on the campus of Drew University, 36 Madison Ave., Madison. Shows also on Friday night, and two shows on Saturday and Sunday. Call 973-408-5600 for more details.
FRIDAY, AUG. 15:
Two members of one of the great families in acoustic music come to The Minstrel at 8 pm: Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche. Suzzy hails from the Roches, three sisters who practically invented harmony. Lucy’s father is Dead Skunk tunesmith Louden Wainwright III. Opener Josh Joffen is from the Greenwich Village scene of the ’80s. Admission is $9 for adults; children 12 and under are free. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township.
SATURDAY, AUG. 16:
Attention, music lovers! The fourth annual Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival takes over the historic Morristown Green from noon to 10 pm, with an eclectic lineup offering something for everyone. The hot Brazilian jazz group Trio Da Paz kicks off the show at noon. At 2 pm, the legendary Bucky Pizzarelli leads a “guitar summit” with Frank Vignola, Vinny Raniolo and Ed Laub. Next up at 4 pm, drummer Winard Harper and Jeli Posse take over. The music keeps flowing at 6 pm with harmonica wizard Mikey Junior and his band. And at 8 pm, Matt Schofield–one of England’s top blues guitarists–headlines the program. Admission: $0. Bring a lawn chair or beach blanket; come out early to stake out a primo spot. Between sets, “walk around, visit our shops, have lunch, have dinner. Enjoy all the amenities of our downtown,” says Mayor Tim Dougherty.
SUNDAY, AUG. 17:
The Morristown Farmers Market is back for its 24th season, courtesy of the Morristown Partnership and its sponsors. From 8:30 am to 2 pm, you can find produce from North Jersey farms, baked goods, and more, in the municipal parking lot 10, behind the post office. Lots of entertainment- and wellness events will be sprinkled throughout the year. The Farmers Market is open on Sundays through the end of November.