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Counting Crows Launch New Jersey’s Newest Rock Venue: Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey

Posted By Roxy On October 30, 2008 @ 10:34 am In Art and Culture, Entertainment, Events | No Comments

[1] It’s another cold, cold October morning commute on New Jersey Transit from the Bernardsville train station to our office in New York City, and again the [2] Newark [3] Star-Ledger is keeping me warm, or at least up to date on the latest happenings in the Garden State. In the Thursday H&G (home & garden) Today section, the Star-Ledger’s Jay Lustig reviewed Tuesday night’s Counting Crows show, part of a three-night stand ending tonight (Thursday, October 30th) at the [4] Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey. If you check out Lustig’s review in the Star-Ledger and are inspired to see the show, tickets are still available for tonight’s Counting Crows, with Wild Sweet Orange opening, performance at the Wellmont Theatre. Call (877) 935-5668 or visit the [4] Wellmont web site.

Montclair’s Wellmont, originally built in 1922, closed in 2006 after having degenerated from old-fashioned elegance to a cookie-cutter triplex. Lustig reports that “the bright interior… features a peach, gold, blue and white color scheme, classically inspired columns and friezes, and a domed ceiling. The floor was open for this show, but will be covered with seats for others, with the capacity for some [shows] sinking as low as 1,800… With the triplex divisions gone, it has turned back into the classy old theater it once was,” creating an intimate setting for a rock concert and filling the void in the North Jersey concert scene created by the closing of Passaic’s Capitol Theatre in the mid-90s.

Tuesday night’s Counting Crows show launched a busy 27-show calendar of events, with an emphasis on rock, pop, R&B and blues, upon the completion of the $3 million renovation of the 2500-capacity Wellmont Theatre. Upcoming performances include:

  • B.B. King
  • Tony Bennett
  • Steely Dan
  • New Year’s Eve Celebration with Jersey indie-rock heroes Yo La Tengo and The Feelies
  • Saturday, November 8: Bill Maher

I’m looking forward to seeing a show at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair. Since Rex and I left New York City’s West Village in October 2003 to move into our home in [5] Mendham Township, New Jersey, my Jersey Girl roots have taken hold. From the newly renovated Count Basie Theatre in [6] Red Bank, New Jersey to the Mayo Center of the Performing Arts (see my review of last week’s Joan Jett concert) in [7] Morristown, New Jersey to the Paper Mill Playhouse (we’re taking London and Maddie to see a live performance of Disney’s High School Musical there in November) in [8] Millburn, New Jersey, to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and the Prudential Center in [2] Newark, New Jersey, Roxy’s home state has given our family a wide range of opportunities to see great live performances without the stressful drive or train trip in to Broadway or the New York City concert venues.

The [4] Wellmont Theatre

5 Seymour Street

Montclair, NJ

(877) 935-5668


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