Under the Umbrella of Movement at White Eagle Hall on Sunday kicks off the 35th performance season of Carolyn Dorfman Dance, a Garden State-based dance company, with special guest, Grigory Gurevich, who will be performing classic pantomime.
It is one of three events this week at the venue in Jersey City.
Under the Umbrella of Movement is the latest collaboration between the two artists – who first worked together in 1999 – and incorporates, modern dance, mime and movement.
“Under the Umbrella of Movement features contemporary dance and movement that inspires audiences to think, feel, laugh, and engage,” said Dorfman. “We are thrilled to have our debut performance at White Eagle Hall during our 35th anniversary season.”
Photo by Tom McLaughlin
Music fans lined up outside of the newly restored White Eagle Hall on Wednesday, October 11 in Jersey City to see the California-based indie pop group Best Coast perform with the Philadelphia and Brooklyn-based indie rock group Field Mouse.
White Eagle Hall (WEH) is one of the newest additions to the Jersey City arts scene. Constructed and operated by Polish immigrants and craftsmen, its doors first opened in 1910. After 24 years serving as a community center, Saint Anthony’s parish took over as owners, adding a rich history to the hall as home of the legendary high school basketball powerhouse. In 2012, the venue was sold by Saint Anthony’s and it was publicly announced that WEH would undergo a restoration process.
Now, in 2017, WEH has been transformed into a brand new concert and theater scene for Hudson County residents. Along with cutting edge sound and lighting technology, the owners and restoration team still sought to preserve the venue’s unique history, adding and restoring several different elements and fixtures to have as much of a local feel for the audience as possible.
Formed 2002 in Morristown New Jersey, Trophy Scars are an experimental rock band working in multiple categories: blues, neo-psychedelic, experimental, post-punk, and post-hardcore. The band decided to mark their decade-and-a-half milestone with an exclusive performance for their New Jersey fan-base in the newly restored, historic concert hall known for its intimate atmosphere, superior sightlines and cutting-edge sound system.
This one-night only 15th Anniversary Show will be the this New Jersey band’s first ever Jersey City concert. “We’re very excited to play White Eagle Hall,” says John Ferrara, guitarist. “The venue is perfect for this show. We wanted to do something truly special for the fans and we couldn’t have found a better venue to do it in.”
By Mike Kuzan
Photos by Courtney Collins
Drive-By Truckers and Strand of Oaks performed at White Eagle Hall on October 5, 2017. The show carried a heavier weight, coming only 4 days after the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival shooting in Las Vegas and 3 days after Tom Petty’s death. Both bands acknowledged the bleak week in music and also celebrated what music and live concerts mean to us all. White Eagle Hall, while being a relatively new venue, felt warm and receptive to host a night of music when the bands and audience needed it most.
Drive By Truckers
Before she announced an opening slot for Lorde in spring of 2018, Mitski played a show on Sunday (10/1) at recently-renovated Jersey City venue White Eagle Hall as part of her fall tour. It was my first trip to the venue, which is less than a 15 minute walk down Newark Ave from the Grove St PATH Station, and feels roughly Bowery Ballroom sized, although the actual standing capacity is 800. White Eagle Hall also has some nice stained glass in the ceiling, bars upstairs and downstairs.
Like the other NYC-area shows she’s played behind 2016’s Puberty 2, including Webster Hall, Brooklyn Steel, and Panorama, Mitski was accompanied at White Eagle Hall by drummer Casey Weissbuch and guitarist and producer Patrick Hyland. I’ve seen Mitski with a few different lineups of backing musicians, and this is the best arrangement she’s had yet. Patrick’s guitar effects and noise add depth and weight to Mitski’s songs, and his restless onstage energy had him skittering between his pedal board and the side of the stage, an effective visual counterpoint to Mitski’s more deliberate style. Mitski doesn’t need an exuberant stage persona to get her point across, though; the crowd hung on to, and in many cases sang along to, her every word. Songs from Puberty 2 and 2014’s Bury Me at Makeout Creek were enthusiastically receieved, as was her closing cover, of Personal Best’s “This is What We Look Like.”
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(JERSEY CITY, NJ) — For his only New Jersey appearance on his current tour (and his first show ever in Jersey City), Matt Pond PA headlines a triple bill of cutting edge music at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City on September 22 at 8:00pm. The night also includes performances by Shayfer James, and Wild Pink. The show is open to 18 and over.
Featuring Matt Pond – singer, songwriter, founder and namesake – Matt Pond PA is renowned for Pond’s wistful, romantic songs and a chamber pop sound created by an ever-rotating cast of musicians backing. Matt Pond PA (formed in Philadelphia, hence the PA) debuted in 1998, winning top honors in an unsigned bands competition sponsored by online retailer CDNOW, then later gained recognition for their cover of Champagne Supernova on the O.C. Matt Pond’s music has also been featured on the Oxygen Network.
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(JERSEY CITY, NJ) — The BoDeans bring their distinctive roots rock in a very special show at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City on September 13. The band is playing only a handful of listening rooms in select markets, featuring performances of quieter, intimate, more stripped-down versions of classic BoDeans songs. White Eagle Hall – a newly restored historic theater – is an optimum setting for the types of shows the BoDean’s have planned for their current tour.
In their remarkable , now 30+ year musical career, the BoDeans have blended roots rock with alt-rock, creating compelling songs and high energy performances, resulting in unpretentious rock & roll and an intensely loyal following.
By Andrew Sacher / Brooklyn Vegan
Trophy Scars returned from a short hiatus in June with the single “Panic Machine,” and now they have announced their first live show in two years. The show is in celebration of the band’s 15th anniversary, and they’re promising songs from all over their very diverse career. They’ve experimented with post-hardcore, blues, prog, psychedelia, and more over the years, and hearing a mix of all of those styles in one night sounds very exciting. Here’s what the band writes:
15 years: Darts, Hospital, Alchemy, Alphabets, Bad Luck, Darkness, Never Born, Vacants, Diapha… hold up…
Welp, I guess we can’t keep it a secret for much longer… FIRST SHOW IN 2 YEARS! This is going to be an extravaganza celebrating our 15 Year Anniversary. Be prepared to melt as we play songs (v) old and (v) new. This limited event is already certified as one of the most important and spectacular of our career. Catch the rare sensation at the new and confoundedly wondrous White Eagle Hall. Tickets available Friday. Let your friends know you have a secret date with your childhood lover November 4.
Marc Cohn kicks off his 25th anniversary tour at White Eagle Music Hall, making this his one time only performance for a New Jersey/New York audience. His beautiful song-writing and melodic voice brought a warm, cozy illuminating feeling to his loyal fans, acclaimed critics and colleagues.
Last year, Cohn celebrated his 25th anniversary, Grammy award-winning, platinum-selling, self-titled debut album by releasing Careful What you Dream: Lost Songs and Rarities, featuring never heard before songs, and demos dating back years before his debut album and the Grammy Award that followed.
Chrissi Poland opened for Marc, whom also quite talented with a beautiful voice, sang a variety of her own songs, covers, and even a song from Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce (which is an awesome show)!!
His great talent and ability to mesmerize his audience with his sharp and funny wit along with his voice and words illuminated his fans and brought a closer intimacy with ourselves, in some ways. Calm and cool vibes filled with venue and it was a pleasure to hear Cohn speak of his life through his music. Marc Cohn comes off as one of the most kind and soulful people in this world, he shares his art with a passion for song-writing and it shows.
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(JERSEY CITY, NJ) –What do REM, The Foo Fighters, Rob Zombie, and ZZ Top have in common? They all love, have been influenced by and covered the songs of the renowned Texas-born, singer songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player, Roky Erickson, who brings his psychedelic rock and roll to White Eagle Hall in Jersey City on September 8.
In 1965, Erickson founded the groundbreaking garage band, the 13th Floor Elevators – a pioneering psychedelic rock band, preceding – and influencing – acid rock superstars such as Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead. While Erickson may not have had any top-10 hits, the 13th Floor Elevators garnered an intensely loyal cult following, many of whom were other musicians as well as rock aficionados and music critics. One significant indication of his lasting influence, decades after its release Erickson’s incendiary first single, You’re Gonna Miss Me, was featured in the opening scene of High Fidelity.
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The paranormal comes to Jersey City on Aug. 16 as American ghost hunter Chad Calek brings his “Sir Noface Lives Tour” to White Eagle Hall, 335-337 Newark Ave.
Along with fellow investigative filmmaking partner, Justin Holstein, Calek will present footage of paranormal activity from his documentary, “Sir Noface.”
It is the only presentation of the program in the New York/New Jersey area.
In addition to the screening, the event includes a presentation of Calek and Holstein’s most compelling evidence captured over the past 25 years, Q&As with the hosts, and a special 2-hour VIP dinner meet and greet.
As a paranormal investigator, Calek spent more than 25 years investigating the world’s most haunted locations. He is best known as the on-screen focus, director and producer of the American Ghost Hunter documentary, which chronicled the Calek family’s 20-year battle with the paranormal.
Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) is looking for qualified applicants to participate in our internship program. Internships will run through the Fall/Spring Semesters.
Applicants must be enrolled in a local University, able to devote 5-10 hours per week during the months of October to April. Other requirements include: a basic knowledge of social media, Internet research and some computer programs (Word, Excel, Photoshop etc.). Most importantly they must have an interest in the arts as a career. Interns will be working on a wide with a variety of arts and artists.
Interns will be working at White Eagle Hall, a theater with 400-800 capacity, for its presentations of theater, music and other events as well as at Merseles Studios, which features a black-box theater, art gallery and artist studios. Interns will have the unique opportunity to attend programming at both venues, sit it on planning meetings, and work directly with JCTC and White Eagle Hall management staff. Interns will gain valuable experience, expand and improve their skill-sets, and learn about how both the for-profit entertainment world as well as the nonprofit theater and arts worlds work.
Theater Management interns will gain hands-on experience with how to organize and produce performances at both Merseles Studios black box theater and White Eagle Hall. Ideal candidates will be interested in both working behind the scenes with artists and production personnel as well as interacting with the audiences. Duties include:
- Theater space set up
- Theater maintenance and upkeep
- Stage design
- Sound & Lighting production
- Box Office management
- Rehearsal management
Marketing Interns will focus on social media, market research and community outreach, working closely with the JCTC/White Eagle Hall media departments in creating content and dispersal of that content.
- Market research, including identify audience segments, media outlets, etc.
- Community outreach
- Email blasts, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Posts
- Maintaining and expanding Social Media Presence
- Creating & Distributing fliers and other materials.
Media Interns will assist in the creation and distribution of JCTC/White Eagle Hall content and branding.
- Create, Collect & Prepare JCTC/White Eagle broadcast content in the form of video, photography and podcasts.
- Image Editing
- Community Outreach
- Working on the other side of the lens as temporary brand ambassadors by attending community events to promote JCTC/White Eagle Hall.
Art Gallery Management
Interns in our Art Gallery Management program receive hands-on experience on all aspects of art gallery management, including curation, art hanging, exhibition layouts and design, and marketing. Duties will include:
- Assisting Visual Arts Coordinator
- Hanging show in gallery
- Gallery wall prep & lighting design
- Art selection for exhibition
- Organizing art jpegs and artist bios & statements for promotional, marketing and social media usage
- Creaking marketing and social media content
- Market research and community outreach
- Gallery sitting (managing gallery/front desk during gallery hours)
- Assisting in organizing and executing artist talks
By Chris Quartly / Free Williamsburg
The Mountain Goats were in town recently but that was just an opening slot for Jason Isbell (albeit at the wonderful Beacon Theatre). A headline tour was announced last month which included a nearby show in Jersey City at the recently re-opened White Eagle Hall (tickets). However, while an NYC date was missing from those shows, the band have since added one at Brooklyn Steel on the 12th of November, tickets are on sale now (full dates below the jump).
Mountain Goats latest album (their sixteenth), Goths, was released in May via Merge Records and it’s a great addition to their discography. It also happens to be their first guitar-less record, driven mostly by slick basslines, jazzy synths and horns, along with Jon Wurster’s masterful percussion.
Waxahatchee has released a video for “Recite Remorse,” one of the highlights of her new album Out in the Storm. It’s one of the album’s most atmospheric songs and also one of the most lyrically honest and vulnerable, and the hazy, oceanic video suits it well. Watch below.
Having recently played Brooklyn’s Warsaw (pics), Waxahatchee has also expanded her tour. She has a newly-added fall run with Canadian post-punks Ought opening.
The run with Ought includes Jersey City’s White Eagle Hall on November 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/28) at 10 AM. Updated dates are listed below.
A New Jersey native comes back to his home state for one show. Frank Iero and the Patience will perform at White Eagle Hall on Saturday close to his hometown of Belleville.
Previously a member of My Chemical Romance and Leathermouth, he went on the solo route as a punk artist in 2014.
Iero and his band performed under the group name frnkiero and the cellabration before he changed the name and direction of the group.
Frank Iero and the Patience formed shortly after the start of his previous band, releasing the album, “Parachutes,” in October of 2016. Iero is playing alongside bandmates Evan Nestor, Matt Olsson and Alex Grippo.
The Homeless Gospel Choir will open for the band.
White Eagle Hall has hired Webster Hall alum Heath Miller, founder of Excess db Entertainment, as its exclusive talent buyer and an awesome line-up of indie, punk, and alternative rock bands have already been booked, including New Found Glory on November 7th!
Mr. Miller is an industry veteran and has been lining up the talent at small and mid-size venues in New Jersey and New York City for twenty years. In addition to his exclusive work for White Eagle Hall, he will continue to book exclusively for Webster Hall and Mexicali Live (Teaneck, NJ) as well as non-exclusively for NYC venues Stage 48, Highline Ballroom, and Le Poisson Rouge.
Besides New Found Glory’s November show which will be part of their 20th anniversary tour, the impressive new list includes Belleville native and former My Chemical Romance band member’s solo project Frank Iero & the Patience (7/22), psychedelic icon Roky Erickson (9/8), and Durham, NC-based indie folk rock band The Mountain Goats (11/10).
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(JERSEY CITY, NJ) — One of the most beloved and respected singer/songwriters kicks off his new tour with an exclusive, intimate concert at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City. Marc Cohn, most famous for the beloved classic, Walking in Memphis, makes his only New Jersey/New York appearance this Summer at this newly restored, historic theater. His performance will take place on Thursday, August 3 at 8:00pm. Opening the night is Chrissi Poland. Tickets range from $45 to $75. The show is open to those 18 and up.
By combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man, Cohn has long solidified his place as one of his generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters, generating a loyal audience following and acclaim from critics and colleagues alike.
“Marc is one of the most soulful, talented artists I know,” says Bonnie Raitt. “I love his songs, he’s an incredible singer, and I marvel at his ability to mesmerize every audience he plays for.”