Looking to “up its game” in celebration of its 20th anniversary this year, the Roxbury Arts Alliance is kicking off its Fall music season with two major acts in September and October. Steve Forbert and Marshall Crenshaw, respectively, will be bringing their renowned music to The Investors Bank Theater at Horseshoe Lake in Succasunna. In November, The Harry Chapin Band comes to the theater for a special performance.
Special guest opener for Forbert is regional favorite and Hackettstown native Jesse Bardwell, formerly of Quimby Mountain Band. In addition to opening for Forbert, Bardwell will be performing with the national recording artist at the show.
The Roxbury Arts Alliance is a non-profit group that has been promoting the arts in and around Roxbury Township since 1997. What began with occasional performances in coffee houses and local houses of worship by several parents of Roxbury High School students has evolved into year-round programming, classes, and performances.
In celebration of the Alliance’s 20th anniversary, on September 16th nationally known songwriter and singer Steve Forbert will be taking the stage. After making appearances with local Mississippi bands, Forbert headed to New York City in 1976 and began performing for spare change in Grand Central Station. His career eventually took off and he began performing in clubs including the legendary CBGB. By 1980, Forbert’s song “Romeo’s Tune” hit No, 11 on the Billboard top 100 chart.
Less than a month later on October 14th, the Alliance will be hosting Marshall Crenshaw. The Detroit, Michigan native made his first big hit in 1978 when he played John Lennon in “Beatlemania” as an understudy in New York and then as part of the national touring company. Not long after, Crenshaw recorded his debut single “Something’s Gonna Happen” resulting in him inking a deal with Warner Bros. Over the course of his career Crenshaw has released 13 albums, some of which have been used in films nominated for Grammy and Golden Globe awards.
On November 4, the series continues with The Harry Chapin Band, a tribute group featuring Steve and Jonathan Chapin.
Show times for both start at 8 p.m. Tickets for these and other upcoming shows can be purchased in advance online or at the door the day of the event. To learn more about the Roxbury Arts Alliance, as well as view the full Fall schedule of events, please visit roxburyartsalliance.org.