Nimbus Brings Back Live Arts and Performances with the Outdoor Nimbus Arts Festival This Summer

Megan Maloy
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Megan Maloy

This summer, the Nimbus dance company leads Jersey City and statewide audiences back to live performance with the star-studded, outdoor Nimbus Arts Festival.

The Nimbus Arts Festival features a lineup of nationally-renowned and locally-loved performing artists including Nimbus Dance, Jersey City’s hometown dance company, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, co-presentations with Segunda Quimbamba Puerto Rican Folkloric center,  Riverview Jazz and Hudson West Folk Festival, and special guest: Sarah Lane, star of the American Ballet Theatre. Audiences can expect arts entertainment in a laid-back and socially distanced atmosphere, complete with food trucks, drink refreshments, and artisan vendors.

“After a year of intense isolation, and desperation for many, we are putting our full faith in the arts to help our community renew and come together again,” said Nimbus Artistic Director, Samuel Pott. “As we finally open the Nimbus Arts Center as a hub for Jersey City’s visual and performing arts,  the Nimbus Arts Festival gives a taste of the excitement that is yet to come!”

Located at the Harborside Campus at 107 Morgan St. across from the newly opened Nimbus Arts Center in Jersey City’s Powerhouse Arts District, Nimbus will provide Jersey City with the excellent and innovative programming from which it has built its statewide reputation.

“Mack-Cali has an enduring and significant commitment to the arts in Jersey City. We are proud to partner with Nimbus as they trail-blaze new platforms and events like the Nimbus Arts Festival that bring vibrancy to our community,” said Mahbod Nia, Chief Executive Officer of Mack-Cali Realty Corporation.

With an eclectic mix of performances, including a family-oriented cultural event on June 12 complete with youth talent show co-presented with JC Families, followed by a performance by New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Ensemble, Nimbus invites Jersey City residents to re-emerge and safely enjoy some of the first live performances for over a year.

Ticket prices vary with each event, with the potential to add on chair rentals, drink tickets and other amenities to your reservation. VIP tickets come with a table and chairs for your group as well as bonus benefits.

Mack-Cali is the lead sponsor of the Nimbus Arts Festival. The Festival is supported by Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Jersey City Municipal Council, and the Office of Cultural Affairs, the Exchange Place Alliance, LMC – A Lennar Company, and the HK Organization. CoolVines is the Beverage Sponsor of the Nimbus Arts Festival.

Visit www.nimbusartscenter.org for tickets and more information.

Events

June 12, 1pm – Family Arts & Culture Day

The Nimbus Arts Festival Family Arts & Culture Day offers an afternoon of arts activities for all ages, youth performances, dance lessons, scholarship awards, magician performance, art vendors with youth-oriented craft items, DJ dance party, and more!

June 12, 7 pm – New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble

New Jersey’s World Class orchestra and one of the state’s oldest and most revered arts institutions, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra makes a rare Jersey City appearance with their Brass Ensemble. Performance features NJSO’s exceptional brass musicians in a collection of musical selections that highlight the triumph and grandeur of music written for brass, as well as its subtlety of expression. Opening act by talented Jersey City youth performing artists – winners of the Nimbus Arts Festival’s city-wide Youth Talent Show.

July 10, 7 pm – Jazz in the City

An evening with the Freddie Hendrix Organ Group and the Davis Whitfield Trio, presented w/ Riverview Jazz. Freddie Hendrix, one of the “most in-demand trumpeters in Jazz” boasts performance credits with the legendary Count Basie Orchestra and The Christian McBride Big Band, and with superstars Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Alicia Keys. Davis Whitfield, whose sound has been compared to McCoy Tyner and Thelonius Monk, is an emerging presence in the NYC Jazz scene.

August 21, 7 pm – Roots and Folk

Roots & Folk presents an exceptional lineup of musicians in partnership w/ the Hudson West Folk Festival. Headlined by Damn Tall Buildings, a Brooklyn-based trio known for stretching the genre of traditional Blue Grass with rock, blues, and swing influences, is backed by virtuosic musicianship, vocal harmonizing, and downright beautiful songwriting. Local favorite Abbie Gardner, award-winning songwriter, captivating vocalist, & world-class dobro player, brings her unmistakable magnetism to the Festival; and RC Andrés, with a background in Latin, Brazilian and Spanish percussion, returns to Americana and Country roots with songs from his new album Distilled.

September 26, 1 – 6 pm – Música y Ritmos

¡Disfrutar los sabores Latinos! Música y Ritmos returns with an incredible line-up of musicians, dance and music workshops, visual arts, and food! In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, come out and enjoy! Performances by Segunda Quimbamba Puerto Rican Folkloric Ensemble, and Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet.