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 will bring arts 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:

  • Saturday, November 11: Jane Monheit and Tony DeSare
  • Sunday, November 12: Jane Monheit and Tony DeSare
  • Saturday, January 27: Alyson Williams with Nat Adderley Jr. Trio
  • Saturday, February 3: John Waite
  • Saturday, March 3: Roy Wood Jr. and Michelle Wolf
  • Saturday, June 2: Mandy Gonzalez

About the performers

Jane Monheit, a Grammy-nominated jazz and pop vocalist, has collaborated with John Pizzarelli, Michael Bublé, Ivan Lins, Terence Blanchard, and Tom Harrell. She has recorded many songs from the Great American Songbook and considers Ella Fitzgerald her inspiration. Much of the year she tours with her band, but also performs with major symphony orchestras throughout the country.

Tony DeSare is a jazz singer, pianist, and songwriter who was named a “Rising Star” Male Vocalist in the Downbeat Critics Poll. Along with Harry Connick Jr. and Michael Buble, he is a “neo-traditional” stylist, covering old and new pop and jazz standards, with special emphasis on Frank Sinatra.

Alyson Williams is an R&B singer who had hits with songs like “Sleep Talk, “My Love Is So Raw,” and “Yes, We Can Can.” She started her career doing background vocals for artists including Melba Moore, BB&Q, Cashflow, Bobby Brown, and Barbara Mitchell before launching her solo career, which has produced numerous albums.

Nat Adderley Jr. is a pop and R&B pianist who spent much of his career as music director for Luther Vandross. The scion of a famed jazz family, which includes his father Nat Adderley and his uncle Cannonball Adderley. Nat Jr. began playing piano as a child. He performs his own works as well as tributes to his father and uncle with his trio.

John Waite is an English musician who was lead vocalist for The Babys and Bad English. As a soloist, he had a #1 hit in the U.S. with “Missing You,” which was later also released as a duet with Alison Krauss and reached the Top 40 on the Country charts. He has toured with Ringo Starr and continues to record.

Roy Wood Jr. is a comedian and actor. He finished third in the 2010 season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and appeared on the TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son for four years. He is a regular contributor to ESPN’s Sportsnation, and became a correspondent at The Daily Show in 2015. Wood’s first Comedy Central Stand-Up Special aired in February 2017.

Michelle Wolf is a comedian and writer from New York City who has appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Comedy Central released her web series, Now Hiring, on YouTube. Wolf is a regular at comedy clubs and colleges all over the U.S. and has performed at a number of festivals, including the Riot LA Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, and Bonnaroo.

Mandy Gonzalez is an actress and singer currently appearing as Angelica Schuyler Church in the New York production of Hamilton. She has also appeared on Broadway in In the Heights, Lennon, Eli’s Comin’, Wicked, and as Idina Menzel’s standby in Aida.

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