Artists Untied for Puerto Rico
7:00 PM19:00

Artists Untied for Puerto Rico

Aquino will take part in AUxPR. An evening of various performances like music, theatre, and poetry with all proceeds benefiting relief efforts in Puerto Rico after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. The benefit is scheduled to take place on Monday, November 13th at The Physics Theater in The Times Square Arts Center, located on the 5th floor of 300 W 43rd St in New York City. There will be a one-hour post show reception at 9p. 

View Event →
City Stars - Album Release
2:00 PM14:00

City Stars - Album Release

City Stars Release PosterUPDATE.jpg

City Stars, the second album by New Jersey native Aquino, will be released on October 13 by Cocotazo Music. City Stars follows his 2015 release Giants Will Fall. The Montclair Times called Giants Will Fall, “…a wide range of sounds, textures and a relentless creative streak,” while You Don’t Know Jersey said, “There is a connectivity running through the songs that is held together by excellent musicianship and Aquino’s emotional and honest delivery.”

In City Stars, Aquino explores themes of growing up Latinx in an urban center of northern New Jersey. “I drew upon different characters—or ‘stars’—I’d met in my youth and their fascinating stories. Most of the songs reflect on their passions and missteps, and the trajectory on which it set them. The opening track, ‘Milly,’ explores a young Latina on the brink of womanhood who makes a life-altering choice. The title track follows two young lovers and their desire to see past the light pollution of the city. The last song, ‘We All Dance Like Fire’—a reflection on who I’ve become since moving away from the city—is dedicated to my wife.” The new songs were recorded in New Jersey and engineered by Jim Killgore in Ontario, Canada. The album was recorded over the span of a year with the help of some of New Jersey’s best independent musicians.

To celebrate the release of City Stars, Aquino will host an album release party at the Bloomfield Public Library’s Little Theatre on October 14. The event will begin at 2:00pm. Larée Cisco will perform an opening set. Admission is$10/person. Proceeds will be donated to the ConPRmetidos Hurricane María and Irma Recovery Fund. ConPRmetidos is an organization, “connecting people in order to foster commitment with the personal, social and economic development of Puerto Rican communities wherever they are.”

View Event →
Spaghetti Sessions Songwriter Showcase: Live at The Parlour
to Sep 22

Spaghetti Sessions Songwriter Showcase: Live at The Parlour

An evening of great singer-songwriter performances, featuring musicians and their songs - many of them developed through the on-going Spaghetti Sessions workshops.

Featured Artist: Chrissy Roberts

Showcase Artists:
Michael Aquino
Frank Ippolito
Sylvana Joyce
Chris Whitlow

About the featured artist: 

Chrissy Roberts is a guitar picking NJ singer songwriter with 3 CD’s under her belt including her newest one Handcrafted. She recently started recording for a 4th CD as well! Chrissy was excited to recently release a video for her song “Solitude” (find it on You Tube). Her movement CD for kids called Kid Notes is inspired by her work as a pediatric Occupational Therapist. She loves to write songs and share music with good friends at Spaghetti Sessions songwriter workshop and is so happy to be a part of the showcase!

About Spaghetti Sessions Performing Songwriter Workshop: Since 2011, the Spaghetti Sessions has held their monthly songwriter workshop in downtown Jersey City. Musicians perform to a roomful of their peers who offer insights and feedback on the works-in-progress. Over the years, the Sessions have fostered a growing community of musicians, many of whom have gone on to become established artists throughout the JC area and beyond.

View Event →