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24-Hour Music Marathon Debuts as South Orange Vies for 'Live Music Capital of North Jersey'

The Accelerators Credits: Gregory Burrus
MPACK BAND lead by Clarence Conover Credits: Gregory Burrus

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Don't be surprised if you hear jazz floating through the Village Center's air in the wee hours of the morning this upcoming weekend. The South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA) is launching its 24-Hour Live Music Marathon, featuring a range of music styles that will keep you up all day and night -- for all the right reasons.

The method behind SOVCA's music madness is an ambitious campaign to make South Orange the "Live Music Capital of North Jersey."

"We feel we have per capita the largest amount of musical events going in North Jersey," said Gregory Burrus, manager of the Downtown After Sundown series and one of the marathon's curators.

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The marathon begins at the Sloan Street Gazebo on Saturday, May 20 at noon and lasts until noon the next day.

Daytime acts will include 8-year-old guitarist Marel Hidalgo on Sloan Street, the bluesy Andy Lackow and Messing Around at Spiotta Park, and Darry Clark Fusion at Stony's Restaurant.

Late night shows feature Alishia Taiping and her Forget The Whale Band at 1 a.m. followed by South Orange's own Mark Murphy Music School between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. 

And enjoy your 5 a.m. cup of joe while listening to jazz vocalist Patricia Walton.

“The overnight hours are tough,” said Murphy, “but we’ve got some talent just crazy enough to do it."

Bob Zuckerman, SOVCA’s executive director, hopes the event will call attention to the immense musicality of the village during its quest for the music capital moniker.

"With 60-plus live concerts per summer during our Downtown After Sundown concert series, live performances in our restaurants and bars, more than 150 shows that SOPAC stages during the year, school concerts, the South Orange Symphony plus all our special events such as Summer Nights on Flood's Hill, PlayDay and the Seton Village Food Truck Festival, it's easy to make that claim for a village our size, and we're standing by it," Zuckerman said.

View the event page for a full schedule and further information.


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