PAC the House Series

See the Stars Shine Downtown

“As a co-sponsor of PAC the House, the Main Street Business Alliance is proud to be part of the revitalization of downtown Hackensack. The Hackensack Performing Arts Center helps bring artistic experiences to the Community that might not otherwise have been available, expanding horizons for all. When the Arts succeed, we all succeed.”
– Jerry Lombardo, Chairman

PAC the House: Mission Statement

The mission of the PAC the House series is to present Bergen County audiences with an array of distinctive acts that may not appear on other area stages. The City of Hackensack and the Main Street Business Alliance, which co-sponsor the PAC the House series, carefully vet the performers to ensure a variety of cultural backgrounds and disciplines and to cultivate a hip ambiance for the redeveloping downtown. In the intimate Hackensack Performing Arts Center, the PAC the House series presents well-known performers as well as up-and-coming artists who promise to become new favorites.

The PAC the House Series line-up:

  • Friday, October 5: John Pizzarelli
  • Saturday, November 3: Elijah Bland
  • Saturday, February 2: Amy Helm
  • Saturday, March 9: Flor de Toloache
  • Saturday, April 6: Marc Cohn

About the performers

John Pizzarelli, son of legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, the acclaimed jazz guitarist and vocalist was performing with Les Paul, Benny Goodman, and Clark Terry by the time he was a teenager. As one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, he has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and the Beatles.

Elijah Bland, the self-taught musician born and raised in Hackensack has been playing piano since the age of 5. As a young songwriter and producer, he discovered his own voice, which led to a promising career as an independent recording artist. His musical sensibility in jazz and R&B/soul reflects a range of inspiration, from Prince to Bill Withers, from Al Green to Isaac Hayes.

Amy Helm, is a singer-songwriter who began her musical life playing traditional blues with her father Levon Helm, drummer of The Band. She was a founding member of the alt-country collective Ollabelle and served as a backing musician in her father’s Midnight Ramble Band, which was the center of a series of concerts at his home in Woodstock, NY, featuring artists like Emmylou Harris, Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello, Phil Lesh, and many others.

Flor de Toloache., the Latin Grammy-nominated all-female mariachi group founded in 2008. Named for the flower used in Mexico as a love potion, the group is comprised of Mireya I. Ramos, violin and vocals; Shae Fiol, vihuela and vocals; Julie Acosta, trumpet; and Eunice Aparicio, guitarron. While working to preserve centuries-old traditions of mariachi, their melange of the traditional and the modern pushes the boundaries of the genre for new audiences. The result of this cultural bouquet is an edgy, versatile, and fresh take on traditional Mexican music.

Marc Cohn, a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter whose folk-inspired stylings are renowned across the music world. His hit song, “Walking in Memphis,” along with his platinum-selling album of the same name, solidified Cohn as one of the top names in Americana music. With a keen ear for a variety of traditional American styles, his songs blend folk, soul, gospel, blues and other genres to create his own distinct sound.

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