Highland Lakes

Country Club and Community Association

Concert Series

The ongoing mission of the Highland Lakes Concert Series is to invite established, critically acclaimed musicians, comedians, and performance artists on tour in the New York metropolitan area to perform at the Clubhouse’s Seckler Stage throughout the year.

The Concert Series is spearheaded by community members who have decades of professional experience in the entertainment industry (booking, technical, administrative and maintenance). They leverage their expertise and industry relationships to bring performers to Highland Lakes that would not likely be passing through otherwise.  In order to attract such talent and meet the demanding needs of these performers, the Club acquired and installed a state-of-the-art sound system. (Read what Inside NJ magazine thinks about it.)

Tickets for Concert Series events will be made available in advance to members-in-good-standing and at the door on a first-come, first-served basis—if members do not purchase all available tickets to a given event, additional tickets to that event may be made available to the general public at the door to help support costs. Event capacity is limited to the rated occupancy of the Seckler and Craft rooms at the Clubhouse, and the maximum capacity will vary from show to show depending on how seating is organized.

Bands and artists interested in potentially performing as an opening act at Seckler Stage should submit electronic press kits, tour dates, press clippings, social media links and stage plot information to concertseries@hlcc.org.

Club members interested in receiving updates and notification about Concert Series news and upcoming events, and/or learning how they can volunteer or assist are invited to contact concertseries@hlcc.org.


Saturday, May 21

trashcan sinatras logoThe Concert Series begins its 2016 season by welcoming famed Scottish party band Trashcan Sinatras to Seckler Stage on Saturday, May 21. More than 26 years after releasing Cake, their critically acclaimed debut, the Trashcans are in the process of recording their sixth album—their first new record since 2010’s “In The Music.” If you don’t know why Rolling Stone magazine said, “the world would be a poorer place” without the Trashcans,” come down to the Clubhouse to find out in person. Critically acclaimed and widely revered for their unique brand of smart pop, they’re paying Highland Lakes a special visit for an intimate warm up show before embarking on their 11-show major city tour of the U.S.

TCS_Portraits_Duotone_Group_Square_ATickets for Trashcan Sinatras at Seckler Stage went on sale March 25. Tickets for members-in-good-standing and their guests are $22; tickets for non-members are $25, and VIP tickets (including admission to sound check and meet-and-greet with the band) are $50. Contact the Concert Series at 973-271-9780 or Club Office at 973-764-4366 to buy tickets, or visit hlcc.org/events/concert-series for more information. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., show starts at 8:00 p.m.

Sun., June 5 – The Marcus King Band
Led by a 19 year-old Greenville, SC-based guitar prodigy, the Marcus King Band will perform outdoors during the day on the Clubhouse lawn, or inside if it rains. (We’re discussing the possibility of bringing in an outside BBQ vendor to sell food, but no decision has been made yet.) The group has opened for such acts as the Foo Fighters, Johnny Winter and Gov’t Mule, so don’t miss your chance to say you saw Marcus at Highland Lakes before he Marcus Kingbecame a household name. Tickets are currently available to members-in-good-standing and their guests for $15; tickets for non-members are $20.

Sat., June 25 – Sugar Jay
If you saw jazz saxophonist/flutist Jay Rodriguez play here last year with Azucar and Danny Bacher, you already know how undeniably powerful and sophisticated his music is. He’s coming back with a new band, called Sugar Jay—not surprisingly, it’s a groove-based quintet that fuses the blues, funk, soul, and hip-hop in a social music stew. Playing Sugar Jay Rodriguezalongside Rodriguez (Groove Collective, Fred Wesley, Bernie Worrell, Prince) is drummer Damon Duewhite (Roberta Flack, Hugh Masakela), guitarist Billy Spaceman Patterson (Miles Davis, James Brown), organist Adam Klipple (Defunkt, Smokey Robinson), and percussionist Chuggy Carter (Donny Hathaway, Jon Hammond).  Tickets for members-in-good-standing and their guests are $20; tickets for non-members are $25.

Sat., July 23 – Avalon Jazz Band
avalon3The mesmerizing Tatiana Eva-Marie and Adrien Chevalier will return to Highland Lakes for the third time with their intoxicating French Café swing jazz band. As club president Bob Hughes will enthusiastically attest, don’t expect to hear any of the songs they played previously again (although Bob’s praying for some Edith Piaf), because every Avalon performance has its own unique trajectory, but do expect the group to transform the Clubhouse into a hotspot of the 1940’s Parisian jazz scene (think Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli). Please bring your own form of air conditioning, it could be une nuit chaude à retenir. Tickets for members-in-good-standing and their guests are $20; tickets for non-members are $25.

Sat., Oct. 22 – Walter Salas-HumaraWalter salas humara at CBs
Revered singer/songwriter, visual artist, and founder of the Silos, Walter Salas-Humara will appear at Seckler Stage for a solo performance in support of two new records. “Work: Part One,” is an acoustic rendering of some of his best songs from the ’80s, and is intended to be the first in a series of acoustic albums, while “Explodes and Disappears” is an album of entirely new songs. Tickets for members-in-good-standing and their guests are $15; tickets for non-members are $20.









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