As we anticipate turning the clocks ahead and finally regaining those long, sunny afternoons, there’s plenty to look forward to in the Garden State’s warmer seasons. For many, it’s a time to fling open the door, grab your friends and family, and rush towards new and exciting events. Luckily, the state has plenty planned to satisfy locals’ cravings for dazzling lights and spectacular attractions. To see all of this and more, here are 10 NJ performances happening this spring.
1. Steve Martin and Martin Short – Atlantic City and Bethlehem, NJ
For a musical comedy duo that’s second-to-none, Steve Martin and Martin Short have just the right performance. Legends in their own right, combining these two humorous masterminds creates a whole new layer of laughter and thrill. Martin and Short have performed together since 2016, bringing the hilarious act to New Jersey’s front door. On March 25 at the Wind Creek Event Center and March 26 at the Borgata Casino Event Center, watch their humor and lively entertainment in person. And, if you’re still yearning for more, rest assured that their latest hit show, “Only Murders in the Building,” was renewed for another season.
2. Justin Bieber – Newark, NJ
After a long year of anticipation, Justin Bieber has finally rescheduled his 2021 Justice World Tour. As one of the best-selling music artists of all time, this pop and R&B idol has already sold 150 million records worldwide, earning two Grammy awards and 22 nominations. Luckily enough, at the Prudential Center on March 31, this artist is showcasing all of these talents live. So, whether it’s to satisfy your inner “Bieber Fever” or indulge in the fandom just once, be sure to snag tickets early.
3. Chris Rock – Atlantic City, NJ
Beginning his first world tour in five years, Chris Rock’s “Ego Death tour” will kick off in Atlantic City on April 2 at the Borgata Event Center. As an Emmy and Grammy Award-winning comedian, actor, director, writer, and producer, Rock’s return to live comedy shows was long-anticipated. His decades-long career as one of the greatest comedic voices has earned him significant notoriety, even becoming a New York Times best-selling author. If you’re searching for NJ performances full of laughter, revitalization, and legendary comedy, attending this performance is a must.
4. The Beach Boys – Red Bank and Morristown, NJ
For that feeling of fun in the sun, what better concert to attend than The Beach Boys? With two consecutive New Jersey concerts, this American rock band is sure to make waves throughout the Garden State. Formed in 1961, this group sold over 100 million records worldwide. Continuing that passion for musical performance, the Beach Boys/Mike Love concert will swing through the United States before continuing abroad. In New Jersey, their first concert takes place on April 4 at the Mayo Performing Arts Center’s Community Theatre. The Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre will host a second performance on April 5.
5. The Bachelor Live On Stage – Morristown, NJ
Have you ever watched “The Bachelor” at home and found yourself shouting at the television screen? Instead of simmering in the drama alone, interact with the cast and fans yourself. On April 6, The Bachelor Live On Stage will visit New Jersey’s Mayo Performing Arts Center. Hosted by former bachelorette Becca Kufrin, the two-hour event will immerse the audience in the world of “The Bachelor.” If you’re lucky, producers may choose you to join Kufrin and contestants on stage to re-enact life at the mansion. The real question isn’t whether you should attend, but “will you accept this rose?”
6. PopCon 2022 – Toms River, NJ
Nothing says spring like music festivals. This year, Toms River’s PopCon 2022 works to combine warm weather with pop sensations to truly bring the heat. Running from April 30 to May 1, this weekend event is hosted at the RWJBarnabas Health Arena located near Toms River High School’s North Campus. The festival is headlined by hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd and pop-punk star Jxdn. It will include some of the biggest names and most-streamed musical artists. PopCon 2022 will announce the lineup of acts soon, so stay tuned for updates on acts and special events.
7. Marc Maron – Red Bank, NJ
There’s no place like home. Born and raised in Wayne, Marc Maron exemplifies this phrase as he returns to New Jersey, performing at The Count Basie Center for the Arts on May 21. Famous for his career in stand-up comedy and acting, Maron had the most appearances of any comedian on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” Today, he is best known for his podcast, “WTF with Marc Maron,” which primarily features interviews with celebrities including Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, and former president Barack Obama. His performance will feature honest, hilarious comedy as part of his “This Might Be The Last Time Tour.” If you’re unable to attend his New Jersey act, be sure to watch him in the Netflix series “Glow” or his upcoming movie, “The Bad Guys.”
8. J Balvin – Newark, NJ
Referred to as the “Prince of Reggaeton,” there’s no better Latin music concert to attend than J Balvin’s. Hosted at the Prudential Center on May 21, J Balvin’s Jose Tour aims to create a thrilling atmosphere of R&B, electronica, house music, and reggaeton. As one of the best-selling Latin music artists, this Colombian singer and rapper has won five Billboard Latin Music Awards. Whether through collaborations or solo Latin Urbano, J Balvin’s musical tones spark liveliness and excitement in any crowd.
9. Gavin DeGraw – New Brunswick, NJ
If you’ve ever seen the popular television drama “One Tree Hill,” you’ve heard the catchy opening theme song. For Gavin DeGraw, this was just one of his many hit songs during the early 2000s. Combining soothing melodies of pop and country music, his artistic genius created an entirely new genre of music. To experience all of his addictive tunes, visit his New Brunswick performance at State Theatre New Jersey on May 22 at 7:30 p.m. Serving as an introduction to his upcoming album, Gavin DeGraw’s Full Circle Tour combines notes of nostalgia and revitalization to the Garden State.
10. Barefoot Country Music Fest – Wildwood, NJ
Celebrate the end of spring at the Barefoot Country Music Fest, hosted between the famous Morey’s Piers in Wildwood. With five stages and more than 40 artists, this is one of the Garden State’s most thrilling entertainment experiences. As Jersey’s Original Country Music Fest, the Party on the Beach celebrates famous country singers including Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Cole Swindell, and more. The Music Fest runs from June 16 to 19, ending just before midnight––giving attendees plenty of time to enjoy the beach and blues.
Are there any NJ performances you’re anticipating this spring? Let us know below!
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