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Pictured (The rockabilly band “Screamin Rebel Angels” perform at the 2016 Hub City Music Festival at Hub City Brewhouse).

Marking 5th Anniversary of Event Dedicated To Promoting Food Justice

The Hub City Music Festival is presented in partnership by the New Brunswick Cultural Center and Iguana Music and this year brings dozens of musical performances to New Brunswick while also helping our neighbors in need through our support of Elijah’s Promise.

This fifth annual festival continues to be an excellent way to showcase local performing artists and support the local music scene. The Hub City Music Festival takes place from Thursday, April 13th to Sunday, April 23rd at various venues throughout New Brunswick and Highland Park. The festival has a number of volunteer staff and event coordinators to help make it possible. This year we have partnered with music writer Bob Makin who is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his Makin Waves column and coLAB Arts. 

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Elijah’s Promise is a local nonprofit organization that harnessing the power of food to break the cycle of poverty, alleviate hunger and change lives. Festival proceeds benefit the programs at Elijah’s Promise working to create a community where no one goes hungry for lack of food or funds; where a good meal is a nutritious meal; where the community learns to steward natural and financial resources wisely; and where they make opportunity available to those who seek it.

This year’s acts include: Swing Sabroso, The Do Rights, The Mad Notes, Kevin Hill, Secretary Legs, Spowder, Secret Mountain, Atom Driver, Secret Sound, Danielle Illario Trio, Lesser Séamus Trio, Diesel Wagon, Classical Revolution, Anthony Carerra, Comb the Dessert, Lowlight, Disposables, RovknRoll HiFives, The Turnbucklers as well as many buskers and open mic performances. Five short musicals are being produced as part of the festival and the Court Tavern will host its first all ages show in years. See attached poster for venues and other details.

Suggested donations varies by event ($5-$10) and benefits Elijah’s Promise. All are welcome, whatever they are able to give.  For a complete schedule, please visit or

New Brunswick Cultural Center is a not for profit 501(C) whose mission is to stimulate the cultural development and economic growth of arts and entertainment in New Brunswick through the enhancement, preservation, maintenance and effective administration of existing and future venues that service the primary constituent base of the New Brunswick Cultural Center and by nurturing viable arts, educational and entertainment organizations that reach the diverse communities of New Brunswick and the region.

Iguana Music was founded by Michael Steinbruck and is celebrating nearly 25 years of community building through music. The purpose of Iguana Music is to strengthen communities by bringing people together through great live music events. They coordinate events without charge in the New Jersey area and feature a wide variety of musicians, music and instrumentation. Most Iguana Music events have an additional fundraising emphasis for non-profit charitable organizations, but all events serve to bring community members together in an open and inclusive way. Poverty and food justice are of particular concern to Iguana Music.

Hub City Music Festival is a partnership of the New Brunswick Cultural Center and Iguana Music.  For more information please contact Tracey O’Reggio, New Brunswick Cultural Center, (908) 917-2862 or Michael Steinbruck, Iguana Music & Sound, (732) 754-5649.

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