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To all NJ/Metro peeps:  It looks like The Wellmont Theater in Montclair, N.J. is under new ownership.  Sources report that as of Friday afternoon, The Wellmont Theater has left partnership with The Bowery Presents and has, instead, joined Live Nation, as the company lists The Wellmont Theater among its venues on its website.  Hopefully this doesn’t result in their notoriously jacked up service charges.  The following letter was sent to The NY Times:

To the Montclair Community,

When The Bowery Presents was given the opportunity to bring live entertainment back to the historic Wellmont Theater, we could not have been more excited. Working through renovations, sound systems, getting to know our neighbors and the local scene has been a joy over the last four years. We took the responsibility and charge seriously and have worked really hard to bring the best of the best – from Stephen Colbert and Chelsea Handler to Elvis Costello, Bill Maher and Sarah Silverman, to LCD Soundsystem, Wilco, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, to Yo Gabba Gabba!, The Decemberists, Jane’s Addiction, to Tony Bennett and the Moody Blues to The Wellmont Theatre. We were even lucky enough to host local fundraisers for the Montclair Film Festival and REED Academy, always with our Essex County neighbors in mind. It’s how we run our business. It is part of our DNA. From the State Theatre in Portland to Union Transfer in Philadelphia to venues along the East Coast, we understand local communities and their sensibilities. And we are extremely proud of what we have accomplished at The Wellmont Theatre.

All too often big business doesn’t understand the needs of a thriving, growing community like Montclair. We tried to become one of you – we were your neighbor, and we liked to think that we were able to help the restaurants, bars and stores grow and prosper.

We look forward to more opportunities to work in Montclair and North Jersey and bring more up and coming artists, amazing comedians and great concert experiences to an audience that appreciates it. We wish our friends in Montclair nothing but the best.

Sincerely,

The Bowery Presents

(source.)

-j

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Long overdue, but here is the follow up to c’s post. Last Thursday I saw SOJA at The Bowery in NYC. I had hoped to see them in Brooklyn the following day with The Movement, but some scheming led me to Manhattan and lots of smiles. I-Octane was the first opener, who I think c would have liked. His sound could be described as experimental reggae with a splash of Demarco and Serani club swag. He definitely fired the place up. Next was Fear Nuttin band who rocked their reggae-metal set that included ‘Rebel.’ These guys carried on the heavy sound and passed along the word of positive living to SOJA.
Being that I can no longer count the times I’ve seen these guys live on my fingers, I’d like to say I know their performance. Let me tell you, each and every time they blow me away. There is an energy in the room that infects everyone with good vibes. Whether it’s the genuine camaraderie between the band members or the humble and charismatic frontman, Jacob Hemphill, the DC natives are a breath of fresh air. Without a doubt, SOJA burned the place down. Their oxymoronic mellow energy bounced off the walls as they jammed to their classics and showcased tracks off of their new album ‘Strength to Survive.’ Inspired by Bob to truly sing a story for change, you can feel the hope, belief, soul, fear, love, doubt, and courage of one being and hopefully in yourself too. It’s pretty heavy, but SOJA’s music keeps you light on your toes. Always, peace-j

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