Arts & Entertainment

Press Releases



MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Film announced today that singer-songwriter Jon Batiste, leader of Stay Human, the house band on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, will perform at Montclair Film’s ‘70s Mixtape Dance Party on February 24 at 8:00 PM at The Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ. Jon Batiste joins Stephen Colbert, Patrick Wilson, and Warren Zanes on the roster, which features The Loser’s Lounge playing dancefloor hits of the 1970’s.

Batiste is an internationally acclaimed musician, bandleader and composer. As an educator and television personality, he spreads his unbridled optimism coupled with a profound understanding of the arts. Born into a long lineage of New Orleans musicians, Batiste is a graduate of The Juilliard School with a Master’s degree. After graduating, he toured globally with his band Stay Human and currently appears nightly on national television as the bandleader and musical director on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

The event features three ticketing levels, including a $200 VIP Experience, with dance floor access, a pre-show reception catered by Events by Joni and featuring fun culinary creations from the 1970’s era and complimentary beverages throughout the event, a $100 Dance Floor Experience featuring dance floor access and two complimentary beverages, and a $30 Concert Experience, with General Admission seating in the balcony. The party also features a giant Boom Box sculpture for photography, created by local artist Shaun Killman.

Sign Up for E-News

Additionally, Montclair Film announced their second StorySlam theme, Oops! I Did It Again! for the February StorySlam event, will taking place at 7:30 PM on Saturday, February 17th at Cinema505, located at 505 Bloomfield Avenue in downtown Montclair. Storytellers may pre-register by purchasing a “Storyteller” ticket, indicating their desire to tell a story at the event, by visiting The evening will once again feature music from our house band The Tall Pines and will be hosted by Risa Barash.

The March StorySlam will be held on March 24th, as well as a special Slam My Story! series High Schoolers for that premieres on March 18th, with winners from each event invited to participate in a special program of storytelling presented at the Wellmont Theater on Saturday, April 28th at the 2018 Montclair Film Festival. The Slam My Story! youth program is funded in part by a grant from Partners for Health.


Tickets for all events are available at



TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Charter School to Open at Site of Former Burnet Street School in Newark

July 22, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - The former Burnet Street Elementary School this fall will see its hallways filled with students again.

Marion P. Thomas Charter School will open the Performing Arts & Culinary Academy to pre-K through 8th grade students at 28 Burnet St. The site previously housed the Paulo Freire Charter School until 2016 and the Burnet Street School until 2012.

“I think it will ...

Mayors Push for Law Permitting Driver's License for Immigrants

July 22, 2018

PERTH AMBOY, NJ - Five mayors from northern and central New Jersey today called for passage of a state law permitting immigrants to get driver's licenses even if they are undocumented, saying it boosts public safety as well as the economy.

"This is important for every resident for a better life and a better life for the state of New Jersey," said Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda ...

Upcoming Events

Mon, July 23, 4:00 PM

Bellevue Avenue Branch, Upper Montclair

Ants in the Pants: Children’s Author Jolie Della ...


Mon, July 23, 7:00 PM

Hospital Auditorium, Glen Ridge

Tour of the Birthing Center

Health & Wellness

Tue, July 24, 2:00 PM

Montclair Public Library, Auditorium, Montclair

What’s All That Jazz About? with Shenole Latimer

Arts & Entertainment Education

To Our Current and Future Representatives

July 18, 2018

To Our Current and Future Representatives - Wherever They May Be:

We can never forget we are a nation of immigrants. 

We cannot fall prey to fear, ignorance and anger when we  have been historically driven by freedom and justice. 

We must have the courage and will to fight hate, bigotry and prejudice. 

We must not wake up to what we hoped was a bad dream and ...

Ants in the Pants: Children’s Author Jolie Della Valle, July 23

July 22, 2018

Enjoy an imaginative journey with Jolie Della Valle as she reads her children's book, Georgie and the Ants in the Pants, and plays interactive songs with her ukulele! Children will learn what it means to embrace the "ants" in their pants! Be prepared to dance and sing along with Jolie! Afterwards, there will be a book signing to follow! Della Valle is a children's author and ...