Two-time Grammy Award-winning R&B star Maxwell will take the stage at Prudential Center for the first time on Monday, February 15 as part of his return to the New York Metro area after a five-year hiatus. Nas and Emeli Sande will join the singer as special guests for the evening’s performance.
Tickets are $175, $125, $79.50, $45 and will go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 18 at 10 a.m. via www.Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Remaining tickets will be available for purchase at Prudential Center’s box office beginning Monday, December 21 at 11 a.m.
Maxwell’s show comes just weeks before the 20th anniversary of his genre-defining first album, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite. His most recent album, the platinum-selling BLACKsummers’night, was released in 2009, debuted at #1 and earned him a pair of Grammys.
Maxwell is putting the final touches on the much-anticipated second album in his trilogy, blackSUMMERS’night, planned for release in 2016.
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Pictured above: Sharon Jones sings with The Dap-Kings in “Jazz, Soul & Funk.” (Photo by Laura DiMeo)
To a certain extent, organizers of NJPAC’s fourth annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival know how show-stopping moments will play out, but have no way of predicting the impromptu encounters that crop up when longtime jazz colleagues, friends and fans cross paths on stage or along Sarah Vaughan Way in front of the building.
As President and CEO John Schreiber put it, in an homage to Duke Ellington, fortune smiles on “being at the right place at the right time, doing the right things with the right people.”
Schreiber himself was part of an unbilled quartet that was seen frequently and in all the right places from Nov. 4-15. His mates included jazz aficionado Nick Miceli, Market President of TD Bank, the festival’s title sponsor; Linda Moody, widow of the famed Newark saxophonist for whom the festival is named; and NJPAC Jazz Advisor and Grammy-winning bassist Christian McBride, whose duties took him on stage and behind the scenes. (Even busy NJPAC staffers will go out of their way to listen in when he conducts a master class at the free family event, Day of Swing, this year commemorating the Billie Holiday centennial.)
And not all of these reunions and special interactions among artists and their supporters occurred in front of audiences. Here are some instances of karma that could only happen at Moodyfest:
Following the festival’s opener of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the orchestra’s trumpeter and Artistic Director, Wynton Marsalis, as well as most of his musicians, met backstage with a group of jazz students to talk about artistic values like camaraderie and work ethics. “He gave the kids a life lesson they’ll never forget,” says Miceli, who observed the session.
Two powerful vocalists, Dianne Reeves and Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, were booked together for a Jazz, Soul & Funk concert on Nov. 14, where the unstoppable Jones strutted around the Prudential Hall stage while belting “New Shoes.” Setting a wistful tone, Reeves sang “Beautiful” in solidarity with a stricken Paris, while audience members held up their phone torches.
Newark’s Bethany Baptist Church, where the Rev. Dr. M. William Howard, Jr. spreads the good word on jazz for NJPAC by hosting a free concert each year, welcomed the Oliver Lake Organ Quartet on Nov. 7. Lake, on alto saxophone, performed a selection of original compositions such as “Move Groove,” which incorporates his spoken word remembrance of the late Newark poet Amiri Baraka. The quartet’s appearance ended on a note of praise with the rousing “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me.”
The first of three special events at NJPAC this season to celebrate Frank Sinatra’s centennial, The Real Sinatra Songbook showcased tunes written or commissioned by the Chairman of the Board, sung masterly by Kevin Mahogany, Sue Raney and Tom Wopat. But three members of the sextet also lent their voices to the occasion: Music Director Ken Peplowski, trumpeter Bria Skonberg (with a sultry rendition of “Empty Tables”), and bassist Niki Parrott.
Speaking of Sinatra, the “voice of God” announcement for Tony Bennett’s back-to-back concerts on Nov. 12 and 13 was the voice of Frank, clipped from a years-ago stage introduction for the “greatest singer in the world.” (Bennett returned the favor by evoking Sinatra with Arlen-Mercer’s “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road).”) A couple of rarities: The 89-year-old jazz statesman sang the first number he ever recorded (Al Dubin and Harry Warren’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”) and pulled out a little soft-shoe for “Steppin’ Out with My Baby.” Of his recent Cheek to Cheek hit album of duets with Lady Gaga, Bennett encouraged the audience to pick one up because “she really needs the money.”
McBride’s conversation series, One on One with Christian McBride, began earlier this season at NJPAC in a sit-down with Pat Metheny. On Nov. 12, pianist and singer-songwriter Bruce Hornsby recounted his escapades with McBride (they met while opening for Bonnie Raitt at Radio City) and spoke about the influence of modern classicists like Anton Webern and Elliott Carter on his compositions. To illustrate, he performed “Preacher in the Ring,” “S**t’s Crazy Out Here,” and other examples in duets with McBride on bass.
Jazz: a man’s world? Not according to the women whose presence at the festival was felt mightily, beginning with the Judy Carmichael Trio on Nov. 8.
A surprise appearance by pianist Bill Charlap’s mom, acclaimed Songbook interpreter Sandy Stewart, had the audience buzzing at Charlap’s live re-creation of Miles Davis’ Birth of the Cool on Nov. 14. Charlap’s nonet performed tracks from the iconic album by the pioneering bebopper (“Jeru,” “Venus de Milo,” “Israel”), along with related material, while Stewart chose a 1939 song by Jimmy Van Heusen and Eddie DeLange, “Darn That Dream.”
Earlier that day, at the Newark Museum, some of the greatest jazz love stories ever told were shared by wives and widows at the panel Jazz Wives/Jazz Lives, moderated by Linda Moody. The sisterly, insider gab revealed just as much about the women’s careers as artists, attorneys, businesswomen, caregivers and road managers as it did about their spouses’ pursuit of the spotlight. “Newark First Lady of Jazz” Dorthaan Kirk of festival co-presenter WBGO Jazz 88.3FM, who was married to multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan “Roland” Kirk, joined Brenda Feliciano (saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera); Cecilia Foster (saxophonist-composer Frank Foster); Sandy Jackson (vibraphonist Milt Jackson); and Laurelyn Douglas (trumpet player Jon Faddis). The front row of the auditorium was occupied by a community of other “jazz wives” as special guests.
Newark’s Sarah Vaughan, “The Divine One,” probably would have said Arianna Neikrug had moxie. The 22-year-old gamine from Los Angeles took the grand prize in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition (The SASSY Awards) on the final day of the festival, besting more than a thousand applicants. Neikrug performed two Vaughan classics (“Devil May Care,” “My One and Only Love”) and the jazz standard “After You’ve Gone” in the final round. First runner-up was Angela Hagenbach and second runner-up was Nicole Zuraitis.
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Later this fall, a lineup of six hip-hop acts who saw the height of their popularity during the 90s, but have pushed their relevance and influence into the present day, will take the stage at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center for Masters of Ceremony, a rap concert that will see its second staging this year.
The lineup has almost completely flipped versus the previous show, which took place this past April. That show featured Mobb Deep, Rakim, EPMD, DMX, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, and Kid Capri. The upcoming November 25th show will again star Rakim, and will also feature KRS-ONE, The Lox, Ja Rule, Lords of the Underground and Black Moon.
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I first met singer/songwriter Chaancé Barnes at a Newark museum event four years ago. I initially had no idea that she was a singer, but after I heard her perform “Summertime” from the play Porgy and Bess in the museum’s auditorium, I was absolutely convinced of her talent.
When we met, Chaancé was still an engineering student at Essex County College. But in the last year, she has birthed both a baby girl and a musical project. The feature below is a truncated version of our discussion about her musical journey to date.
Neo-soul artist Chaancé Barnes has the kind of voice that manages to dominate a room with its softness and subtlety. Like a number of other artists in the hybrid genre, Barnes doesn’t rely on recurring riffs or elaborate vocal expressions to grab the attention of her listeners. For her, matter-of-fact lyrics and breathy voice are enough to captivate an audience.
The Newark-born singer touts artists like Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill as favorites and inspirations, but Barnes’ combination of classic jazz and R&B is completely her own creation. Barnes began writing her own music at the age of 19 after an audition with a New York-based talent agent, the same one that helped launch 90s R&B group SWV.
“I wrote this song called F.L.Y. I don’t remember what it stood for, but the lyrics went, ‘I’m fly, I’m intelligent, I’m beautiful, and I’m eloquent.’ It was like an anthem, and after that, the floodgates really opened in terms of writing,” said Barnes.
“I started dreaming about songs and everything, but that’s how it all started. I had so much on my mind. I had so many things that I wanted to get out and say.”
After that first attempt at writing, the ethos behind Barnes’ words remains the same. Barnes’s lyrics are communal. Whether it’s the pain of heartbreak or the self-empowered stance in an anthem, listeners connect with it, and Barnes’ lyrics offer a space where they can immerse themselves in their feelings.
“I used to listen to music and wonder how these artists did that. At that time, it didn’t occur to me that I would one day be writing my own music,” said the 26-year-old mother of one.
In 2014, Barnes released her first feature project, a 6 track EP titled Lovejourney. The project, a 22-minute voyage through the good, bad and ugly of love, is also Barnes’ first feature project with her partner in life and music, jazz musician Victor Gould.
The pair’s meeting reads like a Newark love story. The couple met at Skipper’s, the no-longer-operating jazz club on University Avenue, after they were both hired to perform at the same event.
“We have a pretty classic story. We went on a couple dates and after that, we just decided that we didn’t want to be without each other, and that was it,” said Barnes.
The project incorporates the pair’s flair for jazz and soul, but it is Barnes’ storied lyrics about being a young woman navigating life and love that bring the project to home base.
“I wrote a lot of those songs in my early 20’s. I was living life. I was young, confident, and I was embracing being independent and in control of the relationships I was in,” said Barnes.
Newark might have helped put the love of her life in her path, but Barnes also credits the city for inspiring her musical growth.
“I love Newark. There are so many outlets for musicians in the city and access to so many musical people. When I first decided that I wanted to pursue music, there was Skippers, there was The Coffee Cave,” said Barnes.
“Newark being such a musical place, and a place where art can thrive, has really kept me going. Before I started writing songs, I wrote a lot of poetry, and I would just sit in Newark and write about what I saw,” continued Barnes.
Barnes’s is still formulating ideas for her next project, but whatever the artist does decide to try her hand at, her voice as a storyteller will certainly shine through.
“I think that it’s our role as performers, to be honest. I don’t think that honesty equals perfection. It can come from a real raw place. I always keep other women in mind when I’m writing. I want my word to possibly be the word of any woman. I want women to be able to listen to my music and say, ‘This is how I feel.'”
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Newark native Alfred Dill is a man who wears many hats: artist, community organizer, and mentor. But as diverse as his titles may appear, they are all an extension of his multifaceted relationship with the city of Newark.
Dill, or “King Pikeezy” as he is known to many, is what one would call a renaissance man or, in his words, a “griot.” In addition to identifying with the term personally, 32-year-old Dill stamps his latest musical endeavor, Young Griot EP, with the term as well.
“Griots were like the keepers of culture. These were people who went out and traveled and came back to the village to tell people about the stories of their travels,” said Dill.
“A lot of them were musical, so I just repurposed that idea. With all the things I’m doing I was like, ‘I’m going to be the young griot,’” he continued.
Alfred “King Pikeezy” Dill, center, wields a bullhorn at the Occupy the City rally on August 8, 2015. His daughter, right, holds a placard proclaiming “Peace” and “Love,” inscribed in a peace sign.
Dill is a graduate of Morehouse College, or “The Black Mecca,” as he calls it. His time at the historically black institution only intensified his innate inclination towards social awareness, one that was seeded during his childhood growing up in Newark’s West Ward.
“Growing up, I was just like every other teen. I got involved with the stereotypical things that were going on in the community. But being involved in different things helped me find myself,” said Dill. “I went to Newark Boys Chorus School and I was traveling a lot [with the school] from the 5th grade [on], so I was also exposed to a different lifestyle. So when I would come back home from these trips, it was like night and day.”
Performing at bar mitzvahs and black-tie events at such a young age showed Dill how far his talent could take him, and inspired him in his adulthood to pay that experience forward by cultivating young talent and encouraging at-risk youth in the city.
“Music is my forte, and I just wanted to do something positive for the community. I wanted to use music to bring some positive energy to at-risk teens,” he explained.
The organization, which functions as a collective of Dill and his friends, brainstorms creative community events to keep teenagers engaged and off the street. “We want to make it popular to be positive, you know?” said Dill.
A scroll through the group’s Facebook page will surface a public service announcement from 2013, in which Dill implores community members to attend a Toy Gun Exchange program organized by the group. Children and parents are expected to exchange toys that promote violence for basketballs, books and other positive material. Then-mayoral candidates Ras Baraka, Shavar Jeffries, and Anibal Ramos, among other Newark notables, make cameos in Dill’s video to promote the event.
With branded gear, engaging events and musical stylings that are sure to pique the interest of millennials, Dill wants to show that positivity, community involvement, and fun aren’t mutually exclusive.
“I want to be the balance. I want to use my music and my talent to stir the community in a good way,” Dill said.
Dill’s youthful foray into this realm was somewhat accidental. After a happenstance meeting with then-mayor Cory Booker, Dill became actively involved in the “Fathers Now” initiative. The program helped prepare young black men for fatherhood and ultimately an active role in the community. Dill excelled in the program, and was honored with the title “Father of The Year.”
Dill, center, shakes hands with Lavar Young, then president of the now-defunct nonprofit Newark Now, at the Father’s Now awards ceremony in 2011. Educator Dr. Steve Perry poses on the right.
“I saw how people were responding to me after I got involved [in the community]. It was a great feeling to be recognized by people for doing something good. It showed me that you don’t have to be on the street for the community to recognize you,” said Dill.
Dill’s musical endeavors are laced with the same awareness that is alive in his activism. During a performance at the weekly Co-Lab Open Mic at downtown Newark’s SEED Gallery, where Dill is a curator, Dill’s evocative words and spirited performance permeated the room. He delivered charged lyrics with deft movement, while eliciting responses from the crowd ranging from vigorous head nods to claps and brows furrowed in deep thought: all an affirmation that his audience identified with the stories Dill told.
“I want people to say, ‘I’m thinking when I’m listening to Keezy,’” he explained.
Dill uses the city’s storied and varied history with everything from art and music to crime as the building blocks of his work. In one of his recent videos, Young Renaissance, viewers get a glimpse of Newark’s downtown area, with the city’s infamous arcade making an appearance.
Dill said he hopes his love affair with Newark will one day manifest into a tangible space where he can continue to do the work he’s doing now, but on a larger scale.
“I would like to create a community center, but not just any community center. With everything that’s going on in Newark and the resurgence of the art community, I want to create a space for kids where they can get a balance of education and art,” said Dill.
“When I was growing up, we didn’t have that. You got off the bus after school and you went home. I don’t want that. I want to do something different.”
All images provided by Alfred “King Pikeezy” Dill
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Work by Newark artists line the exposed brick walls of Seed Gallery, located on the third floor of a Market Street walk-up downtown Newark.
But Seed doesn’t just showcase the work of Newark’s visual artists. At 8 p.m. every Tuesday night, Newark-area singers, instrumentalists, spoken word artists and rappers trudge up the gallery’s steep and narrow stairs, some with instruments in tow, to participate in Co-Lab, an event that is parts open mic, art show, and concert.
Above: A sampling of Co-Lab’s weekly flyers
Seed Gallery founder Gizem Bacaz describes the weekly event as “a fusion of different vibes, all created by chance.” Since the gallery’s inception in 2007, Bacaz and her team have used the space to encourage local artists of all genres to showcase their work. Co-Lab is a weekly manifestation of Seed’s mission.
“Seed is not your cookie-cutter art gallery,” said 33 year-old Bacaz before last week’s open mic. “It’s more involved, and there’s more life to it.”
In addition to their gallery setting, the key appeal of the Co-Lab open mics is that audience members and performers can’t predict how the evening will take shape. Instead, both parties co-create the show as it goes along.
This particular night, dim lights and the seductive sounds of R&B set the tone for the evening as performers take the stage. The mix was eclectic: soulful musings about natural hair in one performance; stories culled from the streets of Newark and reenacted on stage in rap form in another.
“What happens at Co-Lab is the turning of your life into art. That’s really what it’s all about,” said Bacaz.
Co-Lab is intended as a safe space where the line between art and life is blurred and where artists find themselves dissecting history, politics and society in the name of performance. According to Bacaz, this differentiates Co-Lab from any other open mic on the scene.
“Co-Lab isn’t just an open mic, it’s a full fledged experience,” Bacaz concluded.
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The Newark Black Film Festival will kick off its 41st season on June 24 at the Newark Museum with the film “Half of a Yellow Sun,” based on the novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Youth Cinema, the accompanying summer-long series of free children’s features and short films, debuts on July 6 at the Newark Public Library and July 8 at the museum.
The NBFF is the longest running festival of its kind in the country, providing a forum for emerging writers, directors, producers, performers and patrons of the black cinema since 1974.
The films that are shown reflect the diversity of black experience in America both past and present. Each film selection encompasses a wide range of cinematic forms from documentary to avant-garde.
“Organizations like the Newark Museum have a long history of uniting and strengthening our communities and contributing to New Jersey’s cultural vibrancy,” said NJ Bank of America President Bob Doherty, a NBFF sponsor.
Screenings are free, but seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. All NBFF screenings begin at 7 p.m at the museum. All Youth Cinema screenings will be held Mondays at the Newark Public Library at 10:30 a.m., and at the museum on Wednesdays at 1 p.m.
The schedule for the NBFF and Youth Cinema are as follows:
Newark Black Film Festival Schedule
June 24 – Half of a Yellow Sun
Twin sisters from a wealthy Nigerian family take wildly different paths in life, but both become swept up in the struggle to establish Biafra as a republic while preoccupied by their romantic entanglements and betrayals. Opening reception: 5:30 pm.
Speaker: Biyi Bandele, filmmaker. Host: Mary Sue Sweeney Price.
July 1 – Clipped Wings, They Do Fly
Billy Ray suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder, compounded with Schizophrenia, and finds himself on trial for murder, a crime which he does not remember committing.
Speaker: William Michael Barbee, writer. Host: Wilma Grey.
July 8 – Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
A film that explores how African American communities have used the camera as a tool for social change from the invention of photography to the present.
Speakers: Thomas Allen Harris, director, producer and writer; and Deborah Willis, producer. Host: Richard Wesley.
July 15 – Love Always, Eartha
A frail little girl is hopelessly abandoned by her mother and thrown into a world of abuse is rescued by an aunt, moves away to New York City and becomes that talented woman known as Eartha Kitt.
Speaker: Dierdra McDowell, writer and producer. Host: Ralph Waller.
July 22 – Roots of My Heart
Gloria Rolando’s film about an AfroCuban woman who seeks her roots through her family history of old photos, newspaper clippings jealously guarded by her grandmother.
Speaker: : Yesenia Selier, performer, researcher and teacher; and Ben Jones, artist. Hosts: Gloria H. Buck and Ben Jones.
July 29 – Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth – New Jersey Institute of Technology
This documentary tells the compelling story of an extraordinary woman’s journey from her birth in a shack in the cotton fields of Georgia to her recognition as a key writer of the 20th Century.
Speaker: Pratibha Parmar, filmmaker; and Shaheen Haq, producer. Host: Lisa Payne.
NBFF Youth Cinema Schedule
July 6 and July 8: Ages 4-12
Not So Fast, Songololo
Obara & The Merchants
July 13 and July 15: Ages 4-12
Burkina Faso: The Tyrant and the Child
Cliques, Phonies & Other Baloney
Chato and the Party Animals
July 20 and July 22: Ages 4-13
Ellington is Not a Street
The Frog Prince
Koi & the Kola Nuts
July 27 and July 29: Rated G
Happy to Be Nappy & Other Stories of Me
Ruth Law Thrills a Nation
August 5: Ages 5-12
August 12: Ages 5-12
Kirikou and the Sorceress
Featured image courtesy of Newark Museum
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The McDonald’s Gospelfest returns to the Prudential Center Saturday, May 9, 2015. Produced and directed by Emmy Award-winning Producer A. Curtis Farrow, Gospelfest is a talent competition and concert that features the wide-ranging abilities of its performers.
Kicking off at 3 p.m., the competition includes rising stars competing in a variety of categories, including Soloists, Youth Choirs, Adult Choirs, Praise Dancers, Steppers, Singing Groups, Gospel Comedians, Gospel Poets and Gospel Rappers. Previous Gospelfest participants have gone on to successful careers in entertainment, including the Bishop Hezekiah Walker.
Walker will perform at the gospel concert that begins at at 6 p.m., along with other top choirs and performers including Ricky Dillard, Bishop Hezekiah Walker & LFC, Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Mississippi Mass Choir, Cissy Houston, The Clark Sisters, and a special performance by Faith Evans.
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Legendary singer, songwriter, musician and producer Stevie Wonder has announced an extended run of dates for his “Songs in the Key of Life”tour due to popular demand. Wonder will bring the critically-acclaimed performance, which is a live adaptation of the iconic Songs in the Key of Life album, to Prudential Center on April 14th.
Rolling Stone declared that “the show is possibly 2014’s greatest testament to the limitless potential of American music itself,” while Billboard stated that “the music still resonates” and that Wonder provides an “electrifying concert… and had the audience roaring and standing on its feet.”
The tour’s initial run kicked off November 6, 2014 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden and concluded on December 5, 2014 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA, after stops in cities such as Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Seattle.
Throughout his career, the celebrated singer has amassed 49 Top 40 singles, 32 #1 singles and worldwide album sales of more than 100 million units. He has received 25 Grammy Awards, an Oscar, and a Golden Globe; is an inductee into the Rock and Roll, Songwriters’ and NAACP Halls of Fame; and is the youngest recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors.
General tickets will be available beginning Saturday, Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. Eastern time.
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The second half of December will bring a number of big events to Newark’s Prudential Center. A mix of sports and music will be among the demanded events for the remainder of the month on the secondary market.
According to TiqIQ, the most expensive event at Prudential Center through the end of the year will be a December 29 game between the New Jersey Devils and the Pittsburgh Penguins. That average price for the game is currently $172.96 on the secondary market with a get-in price of $56 The game will be the second most expensive Devils home game on the secondary market, following only the home opener against the San Jose Sharks on December 18. That game had an average price of $177.52. The game against the Penguins will also be 84% above the average price for the next most expensive game in December against the Washington Capitals on the 20th.
For the holiday season, Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be playing two concerts on Sunday, December 21. The shows, one at 3pm and one at 8pm, will include The Christmas Attic album in it’s entirety, which the band has not done before in concert. Some of the songs on the album have never been played before live. The other part of the show will be TSO’s more iconic songs. The 8pm show is currently the more expensive showtime on the secondary market with an average price of $146.34 and get-in price of $55. The afternoon show has a lower average price of $138.25, but a higher get-in price of $60.
On New Year’s Eve, Seton Hall will take on St. John’s in one of the biggest local college basketball games. The average price for the game is currently $88.34 on the secondary market with a get-in price of $30. The game is third most expensive home game for Seton Hall behind a game against Rutgers earlier in the month and a February 10 game against Georgetown, which currently has an average price of $106.29.
Below are the prices for the top December events on the secondary market.
Buy tickets smart. Purchase tickets for Devils games and other Prudential Center events on TiqIQ.com.
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