2021 Gregory Burrus Production Year In Review

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Over 46 events produced 586 programming hours in 2021

2021 What a fabulous, poignant, reflective year?  In the beginning we thought about it being a year of restart, recovery and renewal. I think we all lost some family, friends and in our case some fabulous musicians. Unfortunately the losses continued so definitely a challenging year and we all found a way to live again. For us the listeners, a live music concert is a pleasurable social event that is among the most visceral and memorable forms of musical engagement. It’s the same for the musicians with the added note that for many it’s not a side business, it’s their lifeblood and the thing that keeps them alive. With that in mind we soldered on thru the year making music and great memories.

Enjoy 2021 Year End Pictorial Recap

January 2021





  • James Scott and JAM Network TV produced a fabulous 2 Nights on the Newark Waterfront. Staring Nat Adderley Jr, George Gee, Kim Clark, Comedians, Rappers and more.

June, July, August

  • City of Orange Farmers Market – We rolled through Summer Wednesdays with a jumping Wednesday afternoon R&B driven City of Orange Farmers Market. From 12-5 pm this program grew from a few attendees to a full house every week. 
  • Cranford Summer Sounds – This year we were also honored to crank up live music for the town of Cranford. We enjoyed a really great set of  Downtown Cranford Summer Sounds performances every Thursday evening all summer long. 
  • Jazz On Sloan – We kicked off some wonderful Jazz on Sloan Street performances at the South Orange Gazebo with Jazz Jams and we added a new genre – Opera and Classical Theatre events – which you can read more here and here.
  • West Orange Arts Center -Celebrating Life via Art and Live Music at Juneteenth WOAC BLM Artist Exhibition Reception. Check it out – WOAC Celebrates Juneteenth
  • Westfield Open Quimby – Folks also enjoyed some great live music bands we provided to the town of Westfield Open Quimby Live Music program.
  • South Orange Village Juneteenth Celebration – We provided some fabulous bands in support of National Juneteenth Celebration on Floods Hill in South Orange, NJ.|
  • Drag Queen Bingo – supplied DJ music for the June 27 in the Sloan Street Parking Lot – bingo and family friendly event with our New Jersey DJ Services- DJ Redline which was produced by SOVCA and South Orange Village Recreation Department
  • Maplewood Community Music Concert Band was at the South Mountain Reservation on . Cherry Lane near the Paddle Boat House in West Orange. A beautiful annual celebration of over 60 musicians on the shore of the reservation with stunning views. Swing Town Big Band also had some wonderful Jazz performances in Maplewood, South Orange, etc.

August Annuals

Too many performers to mention here so click a link above and note that we did live stream most of these performances and depending on your choice of platform, you can relive these live music concerts at these links.


  • Maplewood Porchfest – We started with the Maplewood Community Music’s Maplewood Porchfest which was a nonstop all day community fest of porch owners, honk paraders,  lemonade stands and what really makes it happen, awesome local music performers and enthusiastic attendees.
  • Bloomfield Latina Festival – in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month  with music, art and food trucks at Millbank Park and Carlos Frias and Circulo Social had a great time.
  • 24 Hours of Music JamboreeThen after a July weather cancellation, thanks to South Orange Downtown we conducted the 5th Annual 24 Hours of Music Jamboree, adapted for our times. 
    • Saturday gave us 12 hours of music starting at 10 AM with Jazz Across the Generation performances from teenagers to octogenarians. We heated up the evening with an R&B Live Music performance followed by a DJ Dancing Party. 
    • Overnight Saturday to Sunday gave us various online musical performances including a wonderful performance from Japan by the Kumiko Tanaka Trio.
    • On Sunday hosted a Tribute to Darryl Clark. It was a glorious day headlined by the famous Nat Adderley Jr and his Trio, DC Fusion performance with members of Darryl’s former band. We opened with the South Orange Farmers Market Gazebo Jazz Jam performance. It was an all day, very sunny Sunday afternoon of beautiful music and great tributes. 


  • Jazz973 at Newark’s Clements Place – Finally saw the return of our beloved Clements Place Jazz Venue and while all the performances through December were fabulous, A few highlights were great performance by 87 year old Houston Person with Matt Chertkoff and another by 94 year old Bassist Bill Crow led by 19 year old Leonieke Scheuble  performing for us our Jazz973 program on Wednesday evenings.
  • October Live Music Fest – This year the October Live Music Fest took over South Orange, NJ Spiotta Park and we had a really good time every weekend when the weather cooperated. 
  • Autumn Sounds – Meanwhile the town of Cranford NJ reached 150 years old and MPACK was there to perform. 
  • Pink Out Cranford – Also in October we performed for Pink Out Cranford Events. 
  • Cranford Scarecrow Stroll – Finally we performed a few weekends for the wonderful Cranford’s 14th Annual Scarecrow Stroll which has some amazing scarecrows. 

On the Community Support

We honored to be selected to produce Behind Closed Doors – Domestic Violence Project Part 2



Of course along the way we conducted a number of private events. For all venues and artists we continued producing and promoting live music events on various platforms and towns.

Venues Around Our Towns

This year consisted of multiple live music events, sometimes on the same day, conducted across multiple towns like South Orange, Newark, Cranford, Maplewood, City of Orange, Westfield, West Orange, Montclair and more. You can read more here.

Videography – Livestream

We documented these events via video and live streamed them on multiple platforms such as youtube, facebook, twitch and websites. You can read more below: 



In The News

In addition, we continue to provide additional artists promotions via articles on local news sites, TAPinto Arts and Entertainment, Patch SOMA, Newsrecord and and blog posts across New Jersey via JerseyIndie and JerseyNYC.  

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/soma/ (search gregory burrus)



Across Social Media

As we move through another year of unknowns, while we run through another – are we inside or outside life, please continue to stay in touch with all our live music events. We are programming events for 2022 so check out the links and signup to know when we will go live again. 






Stay Safe, Stay Healthy and Stay Connected. 

Thank you again for joining us on this live music journey. 

Ready for 2022

About Gregory Burrus

Photographer – Patrick Hilaire @L1stener

Gregory Burrus spends his time as a  Live Music Producer, Promoter, Videographer, Photojournalist, Arts and Entertainment Writer, Blogger, Business Reviewer, and Community Events Reporter. Gregory develops, manages, promotes and documents live music programs in the Greater New Jersey and New York Area. 


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2021 Gregory Burrus Production Year In Review

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