Expo at OSPAC Spreads Love and Wellness to West Orange Community

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC), in conjunction with the township and the West Orange Public Relations Commission, hosted the second annual West Orange Loves Wellness Expo on Sunday, where many health and public safety establishments gathered to promote their beneficial services to the public.

The expo also featured free health screenings, like eye tests as well as free health and fitness activities (including Zumba, Tai Chi, Yoga and “Find Relief Physical Therapy” classes) and cooking and beauty demonstrations. There was also a special performance by the Dance Warriors. 

“Our main objective is to promote wellness in the community so that residents will know the health care that is available,” said Susan Anderson, public information officer for the Township of West Orange.


Jeff Bradshaw, local jazz greats headline West Orange’s 13th Anuual 'OSPAC Jazz & Brew Fest'

WEST ORANGE, N.J. (June 17, 2016) -- New Jersey Arts Incubator announced that talented trombonist Jeff Bradshaw will headline its 13th Annual OSPAC Jazz and Brew Fest.

This year’s festival will feature an eclectic array of performers across varied styles and genres, from jazz legends to R&B royalty. With R&B and jazz sensation Alyson Williams, West Orange greats Nat Adderley Jr. and Jan Carden and Montclair’s Jazz House Kids as part of the lineup, one of New Jersey’s most-popular jazz festivals will host live musical performances by top artists both local and national.

With the backdrop of Crystal Lake’s skyline, the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center has served as a musical arena of sounds performed by jazz powerhouses who have traveled the world. The outdoor amphitheater also offers a full-sized stage, cuisine from around the world and a beer and wine garden that often serves as the guests' favorite area to parlay.

Produced by the New Jersey Arts Incubator and Black Star Entertainment Group, this year guests will be in awe of the level of performances at the 13th Annual OSPAC Jazz and Brew Fest.

2016 PERFORMERS: Jeff Bradshaw; special guest Alyson Williams; Nat Adderley Jr; Bob DeVos Trio; Glenn Weber Quintet; Jan Carden; Jazz House Kids.

WHAT: The 13th Annual OSPAC Jazz and Brew Fest

WHEN: Sept. 17, 2016

WHERE: OSPAC, 4 Boland Dr., West Orange, N.J., Noon-8 p.m.


New Jersey Festivals Offer Jazz, Bluegrass and a Chance to Do the Twist Again

973-669-7385; ospac.org.

The Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center began its annual jazz festival in 2001. In 2013, “they were reorganizing, so they skipped a year,” said Susan Anderson, executive director of the New Jersey Arts Incubator, which took over the event last year. Now, she said, the festival is offering beer and wine.

Its sloping amphitheater includes an 800-foot stage with enough room for an 18-piece orchestra, Ms. Anderson said. The brew festival is next to a small lake, but the internationally celebrated lineup of jazz greats is the main draw, said Robert DeVos, the festival’s artistic director.

Included on this year’s roster: the Bill Charlap Trio, Oscar Perez and the Dave Stryker Quartet. Gary Walker of WBGO-FM will be the host of the event. The rain date is Sept. 20. Tickets are $10.



West Orange, New Jersey, August 24, 2015 Saturday, September 19th, the 12th ANNUAL ALL STAR OSPAC Jazz & Brew Fest again presents an All-Star lineup: The Bill Charlap Trio, the Eric Alexander/Harold Mabern Quartet, the Bob DeVos Organ Quartet, the Oscar Perez Latin Jazz Explosion!, and the Dave Stryker Organ Quartet. The festival opens strong with a split bill, “Two Sides of Singing” with Enrico Granafei, also playing harmonica and guitar, who will explore Brazilian and standards, and Madame Pat Tandy, who will delve into blues and soul. WBGO Jazz88.3FMs Music Director and on-air host Gary Walker returns with his knowledge and enthusiasm as the all-day festival’s emcee. Rain date is Sunday, September 20.

“We were thrilled with the enthusiastic response to last year’s festival,” said Susan Anderson, Executive Producer. “Once again, Artistic Director Bob DeVos has brought in outstanding musicians who cover the spectrum of modern, mainstream jazz.”

Band members include saxophonists Ralph Bowen, Mike Lee & Steve Slagle; trumpeter Ted Chubb; organist Pat Bianchi; bassist Peter Washington; and drummers Kenny Washington, McClenty Hunter, Alvester Garnett & Steve Johns.” Many are leaders in their own right.

Many of the performers make their homes in West Orange and neighboring towns. “There is an added excitement in playing to the OSPAC audience. Listeners return year after year,” DeVos said. “The audience is multigenerational. We attract jazz aficionados, casual listeners, and neighbors sometimes hearing jazz for the first time and

discovering how much they like it.”

The festival grounds open at noon and music runs until 8pm. The festival takes place at a spectacular setting, the Oskar Schindler Center for the Performing Arts (OSPAC) amphitheater, which is nestled on a mountain ridge next to Crystal Lake in West Orange, New Jersey. Music continues that night at Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, where many of these artists perform year round.

“We have also expanded our beer garden to include wine,” Anderson said. The beer and wine garden features Roselle-based Climax Brewing, homemade sangria and is set next to the lake and its walking path. Proper ID is required. There will also be ample food and other vendors as well as children’s activities including face painting by artist Gina Riva-Velasquez.

Grounds open at noon with continuous performances from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Set times and full band personnel may be found at the OSPAC website. Tickets are $10 for adults and include a discount voucher at Trumpets Jazz; restrictions apply. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the venue the day of the show.
Visit http://www.njai.org/events/ Children under 5 are free. Bring blankets and lawn chairs; some chairs are available for a nominal rental.

Prepare to be entertained by this great lineup of jazz musicians. Fully handicapped accessible and free onsite parking. Rain Date, Sunday, Sept. 20.

The OSPAC Amphitheater is located at 4 Boland Drive in West Orange, N.J. For more information call 973-669-7385 or visit www.ospac.org.

Sponsored by New Jersey Arts Incubator (NJAI) and the Township of West Orange. Special thanks to Yamaha Piano and Rockaway Music.

Additional sponsors include Assemblyman John F. McKeon, West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi, Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant, the Law Firm of Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera & Sodono, Bederson & Co., Kantor Plumbing Supply, Bam Bam Restaurant and Lounge, Creating Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, Fogon Latino Restaurant, Friends of Thomas Edison National Historical Park, The Scirocco Group, The Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation and Ysabel's Beauty Salon.

### Contact: Susan Anderson, sanderson@njai.org

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New Jersey Renaissance Faire in West Orange

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WEST ORANGE — Enjoy the flair of a faire?

Then over the weekend, the New Jersey Renaissance Faire Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center was the place to be. There were jugglers, aerialists, sword fighters and other entertainers, charming families and other visitors below sunny skies. 

The faire, was conceived in 2009 by T.J. Miller, John Williams and Phil Leipf, according to organizers. A cast of dozens filled out the experience and the grounds, as merchants sold handmade and engraved goods.

Next up for the New Jersey Renaissance Faire is a partnership with Delaware River Railroad Excursions, to bring visitors you a renaissance faire and live show aboard a steam train. More information is at njrenfaire.com.

OSPAC’s 2015 Season

Enjoy the Arts Under the Stars at OSPAC in West Orange

The Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center, or OSPAC, is a multi-acre outdoor venue situated next to Crystal Lake in West Orange where you can catch concerts, movie nights and other cultural events throughout the summer.

The OSPAC amphitheater was created in 2000 on land bequeathed to West Orange by Larry Pantier, who wished to honor Oskar Schindler, rescuer of a thousand Jews during the Holocaust, including his father.

The 2015 season kicks off on Saturday, June 20, at 7 p.m., with a free Bring-Your-Own-Chair concert featuring Pidgin Droppings and Rude Boy George. Pidgin Droppings creates a pop culture stew of hip-hop, funk, dub, and various types of African music. The NYC-based band Rude Boy George performs 80s New Wave classics, reinterpreted as ska, rocksteady and reggae tunes. There will be a wine and beer tent, as well as various local vendors.

New Jersey Renaissance Faire

OSPAC is also home to the New Jersey Renaissance Faire (July 25-26) and the 12th Annual Jazz & Brew Fest is set for Saturday, Sept. 19. Since 2012, the facility has been the home of The New Jersey Arts Incubator, an arts-based economic development tool for the community. Three free Family Movie Nights are planned this August on Tuesdays: Frozen (8/4), Maleficent (8/11) and The Lego Movie (8/18).

Available to Rent

Planning your own party? OSPAC is available for rent for private concerts, weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, corporate functions and other celebrations.


OSPAC is located at 4 Boland Drive in West Orange. For more information, call 973-669-7385 or email info@NJAI.org.

Visit OPAC online at www.njai.org.

Check the calendar for a full schedule of events: www.njai.org/events.

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OSPAC expands its horizons, embraces varied music genres

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center’s 2015 season promises to be unlike any previous year, with a lineup that includes three music festivals celebrating a diverse range of genres.

The outdoor venue’s first ever Latin Night debuts Aug. 1, featuring a free concert by salsa dura band Johnny Mambo and Friends, as well as authentic Hispanic food. Aug. 8 will see the premiere of the free Househead Summerfest, an event paying tribute to ’80s and ’90s house music, complete with performances by legendary genre artists Kenny Bobien and Vicky Martin. And the season will culminate in the 12th annual Jazz and Brew Fest on Sept. 19, a West Orange tradition offering an afternoon’s worth of jazz performances, local vendors and an extensive beer and wine garden.

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You're Invited to the 11th Annual OSPAC Jazz and Brew Festival

The lineup for the 11th Annual OSPAC Jazz & Brew Fest has just been announced. It includes:
Bill Charlap Solo Piano
The Hendrik Meurkens Samba Jazz Quartet
The Bob DeVos Organ Quartet
Billy Drummond's "Freedom of Ideas"
The Nat Adderley, Jr. Quartet
The Dave Stryker Organ Quartet
Jazz House Kids will open the all day festival at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC) amphitheater nestled on a mountain ridge next to Crystal Lake in West Orange, New Jersey.
"These musicians perform nationally and internationally but many make their homes here in West Orange," said Susan Anderson, executive producer. "They are bringing in top musicians as part of their groups including Orrin Evans, Steve Nelson, Tim Ries, Adriano Santos, Vincent Herring, and Francois Moutin."
There will also be a beer garden that will be located lakeside and will feature a variety of ales including an Oktoberfest flavor. Proper ID is required.
Grounds open at noon and the music runs from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and children and can be purchased in advance at brownpapertickets.com or at the venue day of show. Children under 5 are free.
Bring blankets and lawn chairs and prepare to be entertained by this great line up of jazz musicians. Rain Date, Sunday, Sept. 21.
The OSPAC Amphitheater is located at 4 Boland Drive in West Orange, NJ. For more information call 973-669-7385 or visit www.ospac.org. Ample parking, handicapped accessible. See website for artist performance times.

Israel’s ‘first lady of soul’ to perform at OSPAC

by Robert Wiener
NJJN Staff Writer

June 25, 2014

When Israeli singer Ester Rada performs on July 1 at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center in West Orange, she will combine influences ranging from folk songs of her Ethiopian heritage to the jazz versatility of Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone, to the reggae beat of Bob Marley, and the lyrical compositions of Stevie Wonder.

Rada is the first performer in OSPAC’s “Roots and Ribs Festival,” a series of multi-cultural musical events planned for the summer.

She is the daughter of Ethiopian immigrants who grew up in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba. Rada began performing at the age of six as a member of a choir led by Israeli singer-songwriter Shlomo Gronich. 

“But at the age of 10, I discovered MTV, and it changed my life,” she told NJ Jewish News in an e-mail interview. “Before that all I knew was religious, Israeli, and Ethiopian music.”

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