• WBGO's 8th Annual Coat Drive

    November 19, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    WBGO's 8th Annual Coat Drive begins Tuesday, December 1, 2015! This year, we are starting a week earlier and launching on #GivingTuesday, an international day of giving.

    Donate your clean, new or used coats for infants, children or adults in need this winter. Drop off locations and times are:

    12/1/15 through 1/10/2016:

    WBGO: Monday - Friday, 10AM – 4PM
    54 Park Place, Newark, NJ

    Christoffers Flowers: Monday - Saturday, 9AM – 5PM
    860 Mountain Avenue
    Mountainside, NJ

    WBGO Coat Drive

    Coats will be distributed to charities within Essex County.

  • WBGO Partners with City of Newark on New Festival

    November 11, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    November 15 - 21, 2015

    Taking it's title from Amiri Baraka's book, Blues People, which Langston Hughes called "A must for all who would more knowledgeably appreciate and better comprehend America's most popular music," this new festival produced by the City of Newark launches this Sunday, November 15, with a week long series of free concerts around Newark.

    The festival travels around the city visiting several restaurants and ending in the Terrace Ballroom at the iconic Newark Symphony Hall with the well loved Newark tradition of the Organ Jam.

    Performers on the festival include:

    Antoinette Montague
    Guy Davis
    Rob Paparozzi
    DD Jackson
    Valerie Adams
    Bradford Hayes
    Rhoda Scott

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    Newark native Rhoda Scott in the WBGO Performance Studio

    The performances will be interspersed with tributes to Newark's own:

    Kimako’s  Blues People
    Pearl McKinnon & Her Kodaks
    Latin Jazz Music
    Little Jimmy Scott
    Robert Banks
    Ms. Rapsody
    Carrie Smith
    Eric B

    The concept behind the festival was to celebrate jazz, Latin, rhythm and blues, gospel, blues, spirituals, be bop, pop, country, doo wop and soul music by bringing performers with international roots together with those with local Newark roots.

    Rob Paparozzi with WBGO's Michael Bourne


    SUNDAY, NOV 15 Nancey Jackson Johnson

    Four For Christ

    *2-3:30 & 4-5:30 PM

    Diamondz N Da Ruff Cafe

    71 Clay Street  07104

    # 862-902-8083

    MONDAY, NOV 16 Choice: Bad Boys of A Cappella

    Pat Tandy

    *7-8:30 & 9-10:30 PM

    King’s Restaurant

    557 Clinton Avenue   07108

    # 973-396-2963

    TUESDAY, NOV 17 Rob Paparozzi

    Antoinette Montague

    *7-8:30 & 9-10:30 PM

    Mr. Adams Restaurant 1034 McCarter Highway  07102

    # 973-622-6221

    WEDNESDAY, NOV 18 Guy Davis

    Ray Rodriguez y Swing Sabroso

    *7-8:30 & 9-10:30 PM

    Sol Mar Restaurant

    267 Ferry Street  07105

    # 973-344-3041

    THURSDAY, NOV 19 DD Jackson

    Valerie Adams

    *7-8:30 & 9-10:30 PM

    Duke’s Southern Kitchen

    11 Clinton Street  07102

    # 862-763-5757

    FRIDAY, NOV 20 Bradford Hayes

    11:30 AM – 3:00 PM

    De’Borah’s Jazz Café

    18 Green Street  07102

    # 973-848-0046

    FRIDAY,  NOV 20 Ronnell Bey

    Leo Johnson

    *7-8:30 & 9-10:30 PM

    Blue Mirror Restaurant

    257 Clinton Avenue  07108

    # 973-732-7979

    SATURDAY, NOV 21 Organ Jam


    Rhoda Scott

    *7 – 11:00 PM

    Terrace Ballroom

    Newark Symphony Hall

    1030 Broad Street  07102

    # 973-643-8014

    *Call for reservations:   Sunday   -  2 PM Show or 4 PM Show  /  Monday thru Friday Evenings - 7 PM Show or 9 PM Show

    1. Call for free tickets:     Saturday - 7 PM Show
  • WBGO Travel: Newport Jazz Festival 2016 Day Trips

    October 27, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    The Bus Stops Here, and takes you straight to the gate of the world famous Newport Jazz Festival!

    WBGO Travel welcomes you to join us on a day trip to one of the best festivals of the world: The 62nd Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island!  Choose a fun filled day of your choice! The festival takes place Friday July 29th, Saturday July 30th and Sunday July 31st.  Bus departure locations and times are:  Jazz at Lincoln Center in Manhattan, BRIC House in  Brooklyn, NJPAC in  Newark, NJ (5:30AM Departure) & Berklee College of Music in Boston (8:45AM Departure).  We bring you right to the door step of the hippest, jazziest music filled event of the year!

    This excursion includes: round trip bus travel from one of our departure locations directly to the festival gate on the day of your choice and general admission ticket to the festival for the full day.

    Full lineup announced!  Kamasi WashingtonPeter ApfelbaumChick Corea featuring Christian McBride and Brian BladeBen WilliamsSullivan FortnerTyshawn SoreyDarcy James, Tierney Sutton, Angélique Kidjo, who was recently nominated for a Grammy for her album "Sings", Gregory Porter and more! Click here for the complete 2016 Newport Jazz Festival Lineup!

    Book your package by January 21, 2016 and save close to 20% with an option to change your date once the full line up is announced.

    Guests can receive a 50% refund before April 30th, 2016.  After May 1, no refunds will be issued but you may transfer your package to another guest.

    For more information and to book your package today, click here!

    Manhattan/Brooklyn/Newark Rates

    NYC only
    Saturday & Sunday
    Early Bird (Now thru Jan 21, 10am) $175 $195 Book Day Trip Travel Now
    Advance Sales (Jan 21, 10am - Apr 30) $195 $215 Book Day Trip Travel Now
    Regular $225 $245 Book Day Trip Travel Now
    Student $145 $165 Book Day Trip Travel Now

    Boston Rates

    Friday Saturday & Sunday
    Early Bird ( Now thru Jan 21, 10am) $150 $170 Book Day Trip Travel Now
    Advance Sales (Jan 21, 10am - Apr 30) $170 $190 Book Day Trip Travel Now
    Regular $185 $205 Book Day Trip Travel Now
    Student $120 $140 Book Day Trip Travel Now