Backbeat: 2018 Happy Together tour comes to the State Theatre on Fri., June 15

Get ready to get nostalgic.

The 2018 Happy Together Tour is coming back to the State Theatre in New Brunswick, and with it comes six performers from the days of the ’60s and ’70s.

Signature headliner is The Turtles, known for their ground-breaking chart-toppers including “Happy Together” and “Eleanore.”

Attendees can expect founding member and singer Mark Volman to bring his trademark antics to the performance, however; Howard Kaylan will not be in attendance due to medical reasons. Filling his spot is Ron Dante (of The Archies), whose best known for his bubble-gum vocals on classics like “Sugar, Sugar.”

Also on the bill: Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night: Gary Pucket & The Union Gap; The Association; Mark Lindsay (former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders); and The Cowsills. Check out each act ahead of time at youtube.com.

The show runs about 140 minutes, giving each act about 20 minutes to perform. For more information or to order tickets, log onto statetheatrenj.org. Note: this venue does not have elevator access.

IF YOU GO

2018 Happy Together Tour

Where: State Theatre

15 Livingston Ave.

New Brunswick, NJ

When: Fri., June 15 at 8 p.m.

How Much: $35-$95

AGES 10+

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

It’s more than just learning about another culture.

The 8th annual Mercer County Cultural Festival aims to allow attendees from all backgrounds to experience other cultures and celebrate them as well.

Slated for Sat., June 16, this free event brings together a variety of live music, dance performances, heritage artisans, food trucks, demonstrations, a biergarten, and children’s activities. All ages are welcome and parking is free.

The event – to take place at Festival Grounds in West Windsor – begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 7. For more information, log onto mercercountyparks.org and click “Festival Grounds Events.”

ALSO FEATURED:

They’re four guys with a big sound.

NOBI is a music and art ensemble that churns out original sound motifs that are meant to “embody a determinative spiritual narrative.”

They are the featured performers at Small World Coffee on Sat., June 16. They advertise their show as acceptable for all children “under eighty” years old; the script for this performance intends to celebrate World Sea Turtle Day.

Members include Adrian Valosin, Herb Robertson, Will Constantine Jr., and Douglas Miller. For this show, they will be performing a select collection of works from their upcoming ballet, Nobis Orbus. Attendees can also expect impromptu spoken-word performances relevant to the environment and conservation.

Check them out ahead of time at micmag.org/nb/

Music starts at 8:30 p.m. and admission is free and open to all ages. The venue is located at 14 Witherspoon St. in Princeton. For more information, log onto smallworldcoffee.com.

SAVE THE DATE:

They perform roots blues as if it was the early twenty-first century.

Mulebone is an American-blues based duo led by roots music connoisseur Hugh Pool and multi-instrumentalist John Ragusa. They are reminiscent of The Great Mississippi John Hurt & The Reverend Gary Davis, with their own modern twist.

They don’t just imitate the classics. They reinvent them, making each song their own. In between classic covers, attendees can expect a variety of originals.

Sample their sound ahead of time at mulebonemusic.com.

They are the featured performer at the Record Collector in Bordentown on Sat., June 23. Showtime is 8 p.m. and doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The venue is located at 358 Farnsworth Ave. For more information, log onto the-record-collector.com.

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