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James Maddock - Hamilton Stage at Union County Performing Arts Center - 6/7/13


James Maddock and his band will perform at the Union County Performing Arts Center’s Hamilton Stage in Rahway on Friday, June 7th at 8 p.m.  Tickets are just $25 and can be purchased at  The concert is part of the on-going Split Level Concert Series which highlights critically acclaimed singer-songwriters in a uniquely intimate setting.

British-born James Maddock first came to notoriety in the U.S. as leader of the band Wood, whose 1999 release, Songs From Stamford Hill, remains a fan favorite to this day.  The album produced "Stay You," a Top 5 Triple A hit which was included in the first Dawson's Creek compilation. It took ten years before fans would hear from James again, when he released the exquisite collection of songs, Sunrise On Avenue C, which won him the 2010-11 NY Music Award for Best Americana Album.  In 2011, James released Wake Up and Dream, named one of the top albums of that year in New York radio station WFUV’s Listener's Poll.  The song “Beautiful Now,” co-written with Mike Scott of Waterboys fame, was named the #9 song of the year in the same poll.  Now James has brought together an incredible team, including multi-instrumentalists Tony Scherr and Larry Campbell and producer Matt Pierson, to create Another Life, which will be released this summer.  The album, funded entirely on fan pledges and support, is the culmination of James' rebirth and subsequent maturation as a solo artist. 

James currently resides in New York City and is a frequent performer at the acclaimed Rockwood Music Hall in lower Manhattan.

Upcoming Split Level Concerts include:
Livingston Taylor – June 15 at the UCPAC Hamilton Stage

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Natalia Zukerman – September 21st at the UCPAC Loft

Sarah Borges – October 26th at the UCPAC Loft

Mieka Pauley – November 23rd at the UCPAC Loft

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Update: Health Authorities Still Investigating Flu Death of Elizabeth Schoolgirl

February 19, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health is continuing to investigate the cause of the passing of elementary school student Daniela Genaro after it was confirmed that the student had been diagnosed with influenza. Officials said it "presently remains unclear whether or not the virus was the primary contributing factor to the child's passing."

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A seemingly dubious distinction belongs to this week’s Parshah, Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20–30:10). It is the only reading in the Torah — from the first Parshah of the book of Exodus (in which he is born) until the end of the book of Numbers — where the name of Moses is not mentioned. Tetzaveh’s opening words are V’atah ...

Congratulations to UCDC Chairman Nick Scutari

February 23, 2018

Dear Editor:

First, congratulations to Chairman Nick Scutari. I look forward to working alongside him as 1st Vice Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee. 

For the last three weeks, this campaign for UCDC Chair displayed the power we have and the voice we share. You are the leaders, citizens and activists who are helping shape our future. What you do in your hometowns and ...

Being Alone on Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2018

Valentine’s Day is a day filled with Hallmark cards, chocolate covered strawberries, red roses and special dining.  It’s a day to express our love and affection to those close to us.  Some of us have expectations that this day will be blissful, we may even receive that diamond ring that represents engagement or marriage.

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Scotch Plains Public Library Presents, “The Shannachie of Glendunbun Ballybeg: Traditional Celtic Tales”

February 25, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Storyteller David Emerson will retell the colorful and ancient tales of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Cornwall in a presentation on Thursday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. that will “warm, tickle, or chill the heart” at the Scotch Plains Library. This program is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Registration is recommended.

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