NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The fifth annual Hub City Music Festival is set to boom and groove through New Brunswick this week.
The event began with a series of shows over the weekend. It’s slated to resume on April 20 with an all-star open-mic night at Glo. After that, roughly 20 bands and musical theater performances will play across the city and in Highland Park next weekend.
Suggested donations for each event range from $5 to $10. Proceeds benefit Elijah’s Promise, the city-based nonprofit and soup kitchen, which serves meals daily and helps people living in poverty.
Festival organizers consider the event to be “an excellent way to showcase local performing artists and support the local music scene.”
The New Brunswick Cultural Center, a nonprofit dedicated to boosting the arts in the city, and Iguana Music, an event group focused on building community through music, are the driving forces behind the festival. They have also partnered with Bob Makin, a local music writer, and coLAB Arts, an “artist-driven” organization.
The festival began on April 13 and runs through April 23.
Upcoming shows include:
Thursday, 8 p.m. April 20, Glo: all-star open mic with Kevin Hill
Friday, 9:30 p.m. April 21, The Old Bay: Secret Sound and Danielle Illario Trio
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22, Earth Day at Promise Garden: Lesser Seamus Trio, Diesel Wagon, Classical Revolution and Anthony Carrera
Saturday, 4-8 p.m. April 22, the streets of New Brunswick: Busker Day
Saturday, 8 p.m. April 22, The Court Tavern: Comb the Desert, Lowlight, Disposables, RocknRoll HiFives and The Turnbucklers. Note: This show is open to all ages.
Sunday, 6-8 p.m. April 23, Pino’s Highland Park: Five short musicians written and rehearsed in just 48 hours.