Producer Cancels Roots And Ribs Festival At OSPAC Due To Financial Challenges

July 29, 2014 at 9:21 PM

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Jim Luce, the Rahway producer responsible for bringing the Roots and Ribs Festival of Music and Food to The Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center in West Orange, N.J. has canceled the remainder of the music series due to lack of sponsorship funds.

Luce announced his exit to the New Jersey Arts Incubator on July 16th, following a deadline set by the nonprofit’s board of trustees for artist engagement agreements and proof of financial resources to continue his season. The request came after Luce had been unable to meet his financial obligations for several productions and the nonprofit was left to pick up his show-related expenses.

The entirety of Luce’s 2014 season has now been canceled. It was to include The Van Cliburn Winners, The OSPAC Guitar Festival, John Beasley, Geri Allen, Saar and Steph, Zach Brock, The Cookers, Joel Fan, Metropolitan Klezmer, Samadhi, the Mulgrew Miller Piano Festival and Adam Rudolph Moving Pictures.Ticket holders for all Roots and Ribs productions are to contact Brown Paper Tickets at or email to obtain a full refund.

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Both parties agreed the termination of the deal allowed NJAI to begin to fill the vacancies created by the cancellation of the Luce productions.

The 11th Annual OSPAC Jazz & Brew Festival will not be impacted and is scheduled for September 20th (rain date September 21st).  The lineup for this year’s Jazz Festival will include West Orange based guitarist/composer Bob DeVos and his Organ Quartet featuring Ralph Bowen on tenor sax, The Hendrik Meurkens Samba Jazz Quartet, Nat Adderly Jr. Quartet, David Stryker Organ Quartet featuring Dave on guitar and Steve Nelson on vibraphone and more. Full line-up to be announced soon. This will be the first year that the festival will feature a beer garden (21+).   Also still on the schedule are FREE Movie Nights in August – Matilda 8/12, The Incredibles 8/19 and Despicable Me 2 on the 8/12. Visit for a full calendar of events.

Concert goers who had subscriptions may contact NJAI or "return" them back to the company as a donation to the nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, eligible for all applicable tax deductions and will receive a letter stating as such. 


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