June 14 - Michaela McClain
"Michaela McClain's Folky-Soul sound is reminiscent of Alicia Keys, Joni Mitchell & Norah Jones. Her warm groove creates an atmosphere of love that's irresistible. "
June 21 - Adam Gustavson
Adam Gustavson is a self-styled jazzabilly guitarist and vocalist from West Orange, NJ, as well as the illustrator of over twenty books for children. He can be found occasionally trotting through the tri-state area playing guitar, upright bass, and banjo in The Unpronounceable, a band he helped found with his younger brother, Pete.
June 28 - Julian Paul Keenan
Julian Paul Keenan plays a mean guitar. And trumpet. And sax. And bass. And piano.. and... The one man band that is Julian's guitar will amaze you as his guitar morphs into drums to piano and back to guitar (showing off some engineering skills of his students and justifying his own student loan debt). Playing selections of Blues, Jazz, and Classic rock, Julian is sure to entertain.
July 5 - Amy Beshara & Max Carmichael
"Award winning violinist and fiddler Amy Beshara has a background in classical viola and jazz piano. Max Carmichael cut his teeth as a blues guitarist, and studying classical Indian music in India. Together, they play traditional music from Ireland, Scotland, North America, and even Syria. Amy runs a busy private teaching studio in the Montclair area, that emphasizes creativity as much as technique."
We're talkin' baseball: The best writing sport in America
Local Authors Book Discussion
Filip Bondy & Ron Kaplan
Filip Bondy is a sports columnist for the Daily News, where he
has worked since 1993. He has been cited as one of the top ten sports
columnists in America by the Associated Press Sports Editors. Over the
years, his articles have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, GQ, and the Village Voice. He has also authored or co-authored six books, including Tip Off: How the 1984 NBA Draft Changed Basketball Forever and Chasing the Game: American and the World Cup.
Ron Kaplan is a sports and features writer and editor for the New Jersey Jewish News. His book reviews, author interviews, and articles have appeared in publications such as the Huffington Post, Baseball America, and Mental Floss. He also hosts a blog, ronkaplansbaseballbookshelf.com, on baseball literature.