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  • WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO SINATRA CENTENNIAL BIRTHDAY BASH

    November 23, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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  • 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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    BLUES PEOPLE FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL
    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.

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    Rob Paparozzi with WBGO's Michael Bourne

    FULL FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

    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

    featuring

    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 are:

    Newark travelers have the option of parking at the Military Park Garage for an all-day rate of $20. Garage will open at 4 am and will stay open until all travelers have returned.

    Bus will arrive at designated location for boarding at 5AM and will depart PROMPTLY at 5:30AM.

    Bus will arrive at Berklee for boarding at 8AM and will depart PROMPTLY at 8:30AM.

    After May 1, no refunds will be issued but you may transfer your package to another guest.

    Buses will be at the Festival gate at 6pm to board for departure. Buses will leave the gate about 6:30pm. More specific timing will be publicized once the Festival lineup is announced mid-July.

    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.

    Click here for the complete 2016 Newport Jazz Festival Lineup!

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

    Manhattan*/Brooklyn/Newark* Rates

    *Saturday tickets for Manhattan and Newark are sold out. Friday and Sunday are still available.

    Friday
    NYC only
    Saturday or 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 or 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

    Folding Chairs

    Get your WBGO Folding Chair
    If you do not have a chair that meets the regulations of the Festival, we will have some onsite for purchase. If you advise us by email or phone that you are interested we will have it for you when you arrive for $30. Should you purchase it onsite it will be $40.
    Dimensions are : 29”H x 19” W x 19” L. Seat to floor is approx. 18” H. Weight limit – approx. 250 lbs. It folds and fits into a carrying case with a strap, they are lightweight and easy to move about. Available in red. There is limited availability! Chairs can be purchased individually when you make a booking. Click here to get your WBGO Folding Chair!
  • Newport Jazz Festival Weekend 2016

    October 27, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    WBGO Travel invites you to bask in the fun and music at the Newport Jazz Festival July 29-31, 2016.

    Full Line up Announced!   Kamasi WashingtonPeter ApfelbaumChick Corea featuring Christian McBride and Brian BladeBen WilliamsSullivan Fortner, Tyshawn Sorey, Darcy 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 line up!

    We’re rolling out the red carpet just for you Thursday night when you check in at Newport’s only resort-style hotel, the Hyatt Regency Newport, where you can relax, unwind, go for a swim or take a bike ride!  Next, enjoy a toast to the weekend with fellow travelers with a welcome reception at the Historic Bowen's Wharf.  Finally, get ready for the Friday kickoff of the Newport Jazz Festival!

    Friday night it’s time to enjoy some music in your reserved box seats for the concert at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

    Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, we’ll have a complimentary shuttle that will take you to the ferry dock where you'll be transported to where your music filled day awaits at the popular, legendary outdoor festival inside historic Fort Adams State Park.  And we’ll make sure you are well taken care of as WBGO weekend travelers will enjoy unique and exclusive access at the festival!

    Before departing back to reality on Monday, join us for a “Bon Voyage Breakfast” while you take in the relaxing view of the water.  During your stay WBGO will provide you with an insider’s guide to some of the best places to visit in Newport.  When the music isn’t playing, the activities department can make a list of things to do, or you can take a swim in one of the hotel’s two pools (indoor heated or saltwater outdoor), relax at the hotel spa, enjoy complimentary bike rentals, outdoor fire pits and take advantage of the 24 hour fitness center.

    Details of Newport weekend package (based on double occupancy):

    • Welcome reception at Alex and Ani store at the historic Bowen's Wharf
    • 4 night hotel stay at the resort-style Hyatt Regency Newport (Check in Thursday/Check out Monday)
    • Two reserved seat concert tickets for Friday night, 8pm at The International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino, plus round trip ground transportation to/from venue and hotel
    • Two general admission festival tickets for Friday, Saturday & Sunday
    • Access to WBGO shade tent on festival grounds
    • Bon Voyage Breakfast at the hotel on Monday morning
    • Parking at the hotel for 4 nights

    **Not included in package pricing: Ferry passes to festival site , parking at festival, and transporation to and from Newport

    For FAQ about the Newport Jazz Festival Weekend click here.

    For Newport Shuttle Information click here.

    Rates & Reservations:

    Double Occupancy (4 nights: Check in Thursday/Check out Monday):

    $2,997 - EARLY BIRD (ended 1/21/16 at 10AM)
    $3,197 - ADVANCE (includes above detailed package for two people ends April 30)
    $3,397 - REGULAR (includes above detailed package for two people)

    Single Occupancy (4 nights: Check in Thursday/Check out Monday):

    $2,475 - EARLY BIRD (ended 1/21/16 at 10AM)
    $2,697 - ADVANCE (includes above detailed package for one person ends April 30)
    $2,897 - REGULAR (includes above detailed package for one person)

    Inquire about family rates.

    Reservations: Please call WBGO Travel & Events at 1- 973-624-8882 or email events@wbgo.org.  A $500 deposit is requested upon booking.

    Checks payable to WBGO/Newark Public Radio.

    Mailed to WBGO - Attn: Travel & Events, 54 Park Place, Newark NJ 07102, or by credit card.   Full payment due by June 27, unless a special plan is arranged.

    Read our Cancellation Policy.

    Folding Chairs

    Get your WBGO Folding Chair
    If you do not have a chair that meets the regulations of the Festival, we will have some onsite for purchase. If you advise us by reply email or phone that you are interested we will have it for you when you arrive for $30. Should you purchase it onsite it will be $40.
    Dimensions are : 29”H x 19” W x 19” L. Seat to floor is approx. 18” H. Weight limit – approx. 250 lbs. It folds and fits into a carrying case with a strap, they are lightweight and easy to move about. Available in red. There is limited availability! Chairs can be purchased individually when you make a booking. Click here to get your WBGO Folding Chair!