Greater Morristown weekend preview: Ready for the Jazz & Blues Fest?

Walter Trout will headline the 2017 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by by Bob Steshetz
Walter Trout will headline the 2017 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by by Bob Steshetz
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There is only one place to be in Greater Morristown on Saturday, and that is the historic Morristown Green.

The seventh annual Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival brings another star-studded lineup downtown. Money cannot buy a day like this–it’s absolutely FREE!

Scroll down for all the details–and for fun things to do for the rest of the weekend.

Check our handy calendar for even more activities–and add your own events, too!


THURSDAY, AUG. 17, 2017:

Meet photographer Juan Pablo Mejia and musician Sane Insane from 5 pm to 7:30 pm at Morristown’s Gateway Totems. That’s the park at the entrance to the Community Garden at 17 Early St. Presented by Morris Arts and Grow It Green Morristown. Free.

The Australian duo Air Supply (Lost in Love, All Out of Love, One That You Love) comes to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets: $49-$89. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

Air Supply
Air Supply

FRIDAY, AUG. 18:

Morning Yoga with Munah Hayes returns to the Morristown & Township Library at 9:30 am. Free. Bring a yoga mat. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

Jean Rohe and Liam Robinson
Jean Rohe and Liam Robinson

Jean Rohe, a Folk Project favorite since age 8, is all grown up and she headlines at The Minstrel in Morris Township with Liam Robinson, a cast member in the Tony Award-winning  play Warhorse. With openers Gerry and Olga. Showtime is 7:30 pm. Admission: $10. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road.

 

 

 

 


SATURDAY, AUG. 19:

The Morris Plains Farmers Market is back, every Saturday through Oct. 7, from 9 am to 2 pm on Merchant’s Block, near the Model Railroad Club Building.

The seventh annual Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival promises another fun, free day of great music, from noon to 10 pm on the historic Morristown Green. Here is the lineup:

'ONE HELLUVA GUITAR-PLAYER' : That's what The Boss calls Serbian-born Ana Popovic, coming to Morristown in August. Photo by Jack Moutaillier.
‘ONE HELLUVA GUITAR-PLAYER’ : That’s what The Boss calls Serbian-born Ana Popovic, coming to Morristown in August. Photo by Jack Moutaillier.

Noon: Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, perhaps best know for the Boardwalk Empire soundtrack

2 pm: Jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, a true living legend at 91

4 pm: Louis Prima Jr. and his big band, BIG favorites from last year

6 pm: Serbian-born guitarist Ana Popovic, whose fans include Bruce Springsteen

8 pm: Headliner Walter Trout, a Jersey boy who cheated the Grim Reaper for an extended encore; as a bonus, he’s bringing Mark Rivera, longtime Billy Joel bandmate and Ringo Starr’s band director.

Bring a lawn chair or beach blanket, kick off your sandals, and soak up the sunny vibes. Grab a bite at one of Morristown’s many great restaurants. Bring a friend–or make lots of new ones. And come back here to MorristownGreen.com afterwards for highlights of what is sure to be another unforgettable day.

Walter Trout will headline the 2017 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by by Bob Steshetz
Walter Trout will headline the 2017 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by by Bob Steshetz

 


SUNDAY, AUG. 20:

The Morristown Farmers Market is back for its 26th season, every Sunday through Nov. 19, between 8:30 am and 2 pm. Outdoors in the parking lot between Morris and Spring Street, off Dumont Place. Presented by the Morristown Partnership. Call 973-455-1133 for more.

The Jazz Fest is over– but the jazz continues on the Morristown Green with the Steve Hess Trio, which will perform during a 10 am outdoor worship service of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown. Pastor Dave Smazik’s sermon will examine “Being Great.” All are welcome; bring a lawn chair.

Worship service on the Morristown Green, July 24, 2016. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Worship service on the Morristown Green, July 24, 2016. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Alyssa Kim
Alyssa Kim

Works by Mozart and Sibelius highlight the finale to the Baroque Orchestra of New Jerseys Summer Music Festival. Led by Maestro Robert Butts and featuring violinist Alyssa Kim, the orchestra starts at 3 pm in Dolan Hall at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morris Township. Tickets: $5 to $40.

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