New Jersey’s Live Music Revitalization Program

The Live Music Revitalization Program

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Many can attest to how things were ‘back in the day’. You could take your pick on the places to see great performances in Newark, Atlantic City, Hoboken.  New Jersey houses talent that is geared for the world stage.  So, we need to make sure we support it; nurture it; prepare it.  That’s where the New Jersey Live Music Revitalization Program comes in.


As a musician, I was accustomed to performing in NYC.  After all, anyone serious about their craft would be … or so I thought.  I never considered performing closer to home.  I foolish was I?!  My family and friends shouldn’t have to go to Manhattan to see me perform. So, I decided to work on getting gigs closer to home.  But as I surveyed local venues and musicians, I found few options; and even fewer opportunities. At the same time, while speaking with these same people – I consistently heard of how nice it was ‘back in the day’. I came to enjoy their vivid flashbacks as they described how they used to hop from venue to venue to perform and/or support other musicians as they played. Apparently, they weren’t alone! More and more people felt the same way! Of course, there is Symphony Hall, NJPAC and the Rock for well – known and established acts but very few for “homegrown/ still-home talent.” I want to bring that aspect back but upgrade it to ‘Version 2.20 and Beyond’! I want to keep incoming business people here for a few more hours; and travelers here for a few more days! I want to spur creativity and venue battles! I want to incite traffic jams and parking wars! I want to bring Newark’s live music scene to the trending sites and front pages; in digital and print! I hope you share this excitement because this could be a really, really cool thing!


I’m sure you’re wondering – how can this be done? is working with various venues and stakeholders to bring Newark’s Live Music Scene back!  This is exciting stuff!  Stay tuned and join in!  This is going to be amazing!


Our Goals

  • To spur a local musical movement, positively impacting New Jersey’s growth and development.
  • Engage the local community in quality musical pursuits.
  • Attract more visitors and tourists directly to enjoy musical/cultural atmosphere, environment and offerings.
  • Provide competitive wages for skillful, talented and reliable musicians.
  • Recognition and designation of World Class arts and culture with innovation and substance.


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Shy Hopkins

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