Small Venues, Big Music

Live music is an obsession of mine, especially when performed in small, intimate venues. Granted, there are not a lot of cozy concert halls in South Jersey—unless you know where to look.

A favorite of mine is the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood, a gorgeous, 1930s music hall that seats about 1,000 and hosts everything from intimate acoustic sets to elaborate Broadway productions. It’s easy to let some of the Scottish Rite’s most notable performances sneak under the radar if you aren’t paying attention. For example, on October 27, the venue will host the Indigo Girls. To miss these two remarkable singer-songwriters in such a relaxed setting would be a shame.

The same goes for singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, who will be appearing October 6 at another personal favorite venue, the McCarter Theatre for the Performing Arts in Princeton. Each year, McCarter offers more than 200 performances of theater, music, and dance. Coming up October 22 is another artist to get excited about: Jake Shimabukuru, the remarkable Hawaiian-born ukulele virtuoso.

Got a favorite music spot in New Jersey? Let us know.

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