Arts Council of Princeton Spring Concerts

Robeson Center Performances range from jazz, blues, world-fusion, folk, musical theater, and culturally-specific roots music. With Robeson Center Live!, Café Improv – a monthly showcase of local and regional artists broadcast on Princeton Community Television – and community collaborations, Robeson Center Performances present a diverse range of artists in the intimate setting of the Arts Council of Princeton’s Solley Theater, one of New Jersey’s best listening rooms. These performances present live music, theater, spoken word and comedy, in an uncluttered sound space,
providing the audience with an inspiring, up-close-and-personal experience.

Tickets are available online below and at the door, 30 minutes before start time on a first-come, first-served basis.


Einstein by Jack Fry

Saturday, March 11, 3pm & 7:30pm

by Jack Fry

$15/10 ACP members, students, seniors

Einstein comes back from the beyond! Upset with the way his image has been cheapened and vowing to set the record straight, he tells us the remarkable and sometimes harrowing story of relativity and his struggles as a father. Based on the recent release of 15,000 documents about this curious man, Jack Fry breathes life into one of the most intriguing icons of all time. Directed by Tom Blomquist. Buy matinee tickets or evening performance tickets now!

Leila Adu

Friday, 3/17, 7pm

Leila Adu

$15/10 ACP members, students, seniors

This young New Zealander of Ghanaian descent treats genre distinctions in much the same way that Godzilla treated those little cities made out of cardboard. She is a singer-songwriter, but more than that, she is part of a generation of highly accomplished young musicians such as Micachu, Joanna Newsom, and Esperanza Spalding who are eroding the distinctions between popular music and the increasingly academic worlds of jazz and instrumental music. Buy tickets now!

Cafe Improv

Every 4th Saturday of the Month

Cafe Improv

$2/1 ACP members, students, seniors

Cafe Improv happens on the fourth Saturday of every month at 7pm. Attendees can expect an evening of exciting local music, poetry and comedy. For a list of performers, to register to play and for more information visit Spring 2017 Cafe Improv dates are March 25, April 22, May 27, and June 24.

Sonic Liberation 8

Tuesday, April 4, 7pm

Sonic Liberation 8 featuring Oliver Lake
Jazz Appreciation Month Event


Join us in the Arts Council of Princeton’s Solley Theater for a unique Jazz Appreciation Month performance: Sonic Liberation 8 featuring Oliver Lake. Sonic Liberation 8 is deeply rooted in the traditions of Afro Cuban music and has spent years fusing that grand tradition with new sounds, including composed jazz, modern chamber composition, and the powerful Orisha spirit. This eight-member ensemble has played extensively in the Philadelphia and New York areas and at festivals and cultural institutions throughout the Midwest U.S. and Canada. Sonic Liberation 8 has consistently won international critical acclaim and has been Top 10 by the Village Voice, All About Jazz, Jazziz, and more. This Jazz Appreciation Month event is held in collaboration with the Princeton Public Library.Register Now!

Liberian Women's Chorus

Sunday, April 9, 3pm

The Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change
Commemorating Paul Robeson’s Birthday


The Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change brings the power of Liberian traditional song to the forefront of efforts to make communities safe and strong. Composed of renowned singers, dancers and musicians from Liberia — Fatu Gayflor, Maima Kiazolu, Marie Nyenabo, Yomo Payne, Zaye Tete, and Tokay Tomah — the Chorus inspires awareness and dialogue about domestic violence and other concerns of Liberian immigrants. The Chorus was formed in response to these artists’ own community research which found that local Liberian immigrant women have a hard time accessing re-sources and getting the support they need. Together, these award-winning performers create music intended to encourage women to make their voices heard, and to take positive steps forward. Register Now!!

Mary Lou Williams

Tuesday, April 18, 6:30pm

Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band
Film and Discussion
Jazz Appreciation Month Event


Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band is a documentary about a brilliant outlier, a woman who dared to live on her own terms. In a time when women were expected to stay at home and raise children, Mary Lou Williams forged her own path as an unparalleled jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. This is also the story about a woman who pays a high price battling the gender and racial barriers in her way. Through her lens, this film tells a larger story about women’s ongoing struggle for equality. The gender politics that Mary Lou Williams encountered throughout the twentieth century still remain the struggle to be treat-ed as an equal based on merit; the fight for equal wages; and society’s over-emphasis on physical beauty. This Jazz Appreciation Month event is held in collaboration with the Princeton Public Library. Register now!

Communiversity Music

Sunday, April 30, 1-6pm

Communiversity ArtsFest


On six stages of live performances, musicians and artists cover everything from Blues, R&B, Rock, Folk, and Performance Art, showcasing the best in local talent. Join us for Central New Jersey’s largest and longest running cultural event! Learn more here!

Teen Open Mic flyer

Friday, May 5, 7pm

Teen Open Mic Night


Teen Open Mic Night is presented exclusively for local high school students. This free event brings together students from surrounding high schools to perform original compositions, karaoke, improv and a capella, giving teens an opportunity to meet others outside their school district. This event is for teens only–no parents/adults other than staff will be admitted. Open Mic Night is sponsored by What’s Up Princeton partners: Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton Shopping Center, Corner House, HiTOPS, Princeton Public Library, Princeton Recreation Department, and the Princeton Family YMCA. Register here!

Summer Concert Courtyard Series 2015

Summer Concert Courtyard Series 2015

Every Thursday from June 22 – August 24, 6pm

32nd Annual Summer Courtyard Concert Series


The Arts Council of Princeton and the Princeton Shopping Center present the 32nd annual Summer Concert Series featuring the best in local and regional jazz, folk, world, rock, and blues. Join us every Thursday, 6-8pm, from June 22-August 24 at the Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N. Harrison Avenue, Princeton. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair! In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be inside the Arts Council’s Pop-Up Studio at the Princeton Shopping Center.