BHM 2022 Movies and Live Performances

South Orange Performing Arts Center

Live Performances

Jazz & Blues in the Loft

Ty Stephens
Sunday, January 30th at 7:00pm

Ty Stephens
A consummate multi-talented entertainer and performer, Ty Stephens has performed around the world, gaining an international audience with a cool, urban-tinged adult-contemporary sound, based on Jazz, Funk and R&B.

Mark Gross Quartet
Sunday, Feburary 6th at 7:00pm
Mark Gross
Mark Gross swings and sings along today’s Jazz vanguard. His prolific sound is rooted in his rich appreciation for Gospel music. For 30 years, he toured the world with some of the biggest names in Jazz. He is currently the Director of Jazz Instruction at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

King Solomon Hicks
Sunday, February 27th at 7:00pm
King Solomon Hicks, the 26-year-old phenom from Harlem is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and composer. Main Stage Freddie Hendrix Quartet Sunday, March 6th at 7:00pm Over the past two decades, Freddie Hendrix has become one of the most in demand trumpeters in Jazz, and beyond. This accomplished composer, arranger and educator from Teaneck, New Jersey has worked with everyone from the Count Basie Orchestra to Alicia Keys.

Main Stage

Saturday, February 5th at 8:00pm

gangstagrassThe intensely innovative urban twang of Gangstagrass blends Bluegrass and Hip-Hop in “a much-needed take on traditional Roots music that, given its context, felt more than a little radical.” (Rolling Stone Magazine). The group first formed in 2006, has recorded 7 albums to date and is perhaps best known as the Emmy-nominated makers of “Long Hard Times to Come,” the theme song to the hit FX drama, Justified.

Be My Valentine: An Evening of Love Songs with Ms. Lisa Fischer
Thursday, February 10th at 7:30pm

Lisa Fischer has performed with the Rolling Stones, Luther Vandross, Tina Turner and Nine Inch Nails and was featured in the Oscar Award-winning documentary film, 20 Feet From Stardom. From foot-stomping rockers to delicate ballads, Gospel and Soul, this astonishing artist is capable of almost infinite emotion.

Kindred The Family Soul
Friday, March 4th at 8:00pm

Married couple Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon are known for music that comes directly from the heart. The duo co-writes relatable and mature R&B songs that are rooted in traditional Soul and Gospel. Kindred The Family Soul were also part of the Neo Soul Philadelphia movement that included Jill Scott. 

CinemaLab Presents Black Music in Film

The Village at SOPAC

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2006 * PG-13 *2h 10m

Dates: January 30th + February 2nd

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CinemaLab BHM 01302022A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way.


Cadillac Records

2008 * R *1h 49m

Dates: February 6th + February 9th

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In this tale of sex, violence, race, and rock and roll in 1950s Chicago, Cadillac Records follows the exciting but turbulent lives of some of America's musical legends, including Muddy Waters, Leonard Chess, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James.



2004 * PG-13 * 2h 32m

Feburary 13th + Feburary 16th

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The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s.


Get On Up

2014 * PG-13 * 2h 19m

Dates: February 20th + February 23rd

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A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.


Straight Outta Compton

2015 * R *2h 27m

Dates: February 27th + March 2nd

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The rap group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.