A new music & concert experience is coming to New Jersey. Music With Friends NJ is a membership only private concert series that is being held at the smaller of 2 stellar theaters at NJPAC in revitalized downtown Newark. Members are joining from surrounding New Jersey suburbs, north & south NJ, and out of state from Pennsylvania & New York.
Membership recruitment began with a successful soft launch in late summer as the company began to ramp up its marketing efforts during the fall and winter seasons in preparation for its Spring 2020 launch.
Owner David Stone came up with the idea of developing a private concert series in 2017 and started developing the format when he was introduced to Larry Farber in Charlotte, North Carolina. “Larry started his own successful private concert club in 2006 in Charlotte, and subsequently in Houston. After we met and became friends over the course of several months, I suggested that I license Larry’s club name Music With Friends and adapt my format to his template to ensure greater success using his resources, commented David Stone.
What exactly is Music With Friends NJ? Think of it as a private country club, but for music and concert lovers. It’s an exclusive membership concert club that provides great performances at the small intimate Victoria theater at NJPAC, featuring iconic & legendary performers that normally play considerably larger venues. It’s as close to a perfect experience as a music lover’s evening can get. “The ability to get away from life for a while, hanging with friends and recapturing the great feelings we experience within an intimate venue is a truly awesome!” stated David Bell, Music With Friends Club Director. Bell comes to MWF and is collaborating with Stone after spending five years as the Co-Founder and General Manager of YB Fitness – a nationally recognized, full-service health club in Short Hills New Jersey.
Stone said, “If show attendees want a true VIP music experiences, then this club is what they are looking for.” The club experience is open to a maximum of 450 club members and includes a pre-show networking event with other members along with open bar service, upscale dinner stations, and pass out hors d'œuvres, followed by a post-concert dessert & beverage, with convenient underground parking, all included with members annual dues. David Bell explains “It’s live music the way it was meant to be, up close & personal. For those wishing to impress their clients, this event will surely create a special memory that will create a more personal experience and enhance your client relationship”. The night will feature icons like Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Doobie Brothers, John Fogerty, Steely Dan, or Joe Walsh. The best part is, you get to do this three times a year without ever pulling out your wallet throughout the evening. The concerts will feature artists that mostly perform at much larger venues like The Beacon Theater or Radio City Music Hall. Those artists will be performing for 450 members at each of our private concert events for an exclusive experience like no other. No rushing, pushing or shoving. This is an elevated concert experience with large venue performers in a small intimate theater.
Music With Friends is also supporting local charities. They are reserving a section of seats and donating tickets to regional nonprofits to auction off at their gala events or online to help them raise a considerable amount of funds for their charity.
Stone had been producing his own rock & roll public concert series since 2009, originally with New York radio personality Pete Fornatale until his death in 2012 and has since continued on his own. He also manages Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Richie Furay, founding member of Buffalo Springfield & Poco. David Stone has been committed to serving New Jersey residents with his wife & business partner Nancy with their retail shops in downtown Millburn, Nancy And David Fine Jewels, and a second shop STYLE by Nancy And David at Footnotes. They also reside in Short Hills and are NJ residents since 1984.
Applications for membership for the inaugural 2020 season are now open. Cost for exclusive membership is $875 for a one time only initiation fee, followed by an annual membership fee of $1,800.
Inquiries for Music With Friends NJ corporate or personal club membership can be made by emailing Membership@MusicWithFriends.com, or by calling 973-671-8849.