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AMPs is a bi-monthly (mostly) concert series of women artists and performers for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Cisgender, and Queer audiences.  (This series used to be exclusively for women, the audiences are now opened up to everyone.)

held at: The Pride Center of New Jersey, 85 Raritan Avenue, Suite 100, Highland Park, NJ 08904

on the First Saturdays: Oct 1, Dec 3, Feb 4, Apr 1 -- 7:30 pm 'til...

Each evening will showcase 1-3 performers and 1-2 visual artists.  If you're interested in performing or showing your art, submit some samples (or links to samples) of your work to me at pandora@pandorascooter.com or via FB @ Pandora Scooter.

$10 entrance donation more if you can/less if you can't - refreshments served

7:30 pm Mixer

8:00 pm Opening

8:15 pm First Act

8:45 pm Intermission

9:00 pm Second Act

10:00 pm All Done!


Featured Artists:

OCTOBER 1, 2016, Saturday

International Rockin' Roller



Hilariously funny and off the hook shock comic

Dani Cooper


Dec 3rd 2016, Saturday

Sharleen & the Cactus Flowers

Folk Rock for the 99

Sharleen, Diane and Linda began playing together on a Circle of Song stage organized by the NJ Friends of Clearwater Music Festival in 2015. In early 2016 they formed Sharleen & The Cactus Flowers and began sharing a unique blend of contemporary, classic and topical folk rock. The three women are dedicated to using their gifts to help create peace in a world with too much war, support the struggles of working people everywhere, and celebrate and heal our relationship to Mother Earth.

Sharleen Leahey (vocals and guitar) is a singer-songwriter known for her strong distinctive voice. For over thirty years she has been performing and leading healing song circles for festivals, schools, and a growing list of community-based organizations throughout New York and New Jersey. Over the past decade Sharleen has released two CD recordings of original songs entitled "So Frail" and "Rumors of Peace.”

Diane Doolittle has been playing the flute and saxophone at the Jersey Shore for many years. In addition to original compositions, her diverse repertoire includes folk, pop, rock, swing/jazz, classical and Irish music. Diane’s CD collection of classical and original flute music is called “Flute Dance / Catch The Wind.”
Linda Phillips has been playing percussion hand instruments, including djembe, shaker, bell and claves, for over 20 years. She currently performs at festivals, celebrations and drum circles throughout New Jersey.

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The Driest Wit and and Bring-Down-The-House Comic



Growing up in New Jersey (but refusing to die there), Joanne Filan has made her way around the comedy club scene and around the comedy country.  Performing at well-known places such as The Friars Club, Broadway Comedy Club, Caroline's, Greenwich Village Comedy Club and more, not to mention a fixture in the traveling show, “The Broads of Broadway”, she is well known in the comedy world. She even reaches the masses through her TV and media appearances, including Here TV's Hot Gay Comics, Comedy Time TV, and in "Comics Favorite Jokes" in the NY Post. She can also be seen in a new documentary entitled “Words: An Exploration of Identity”. Joanne has taken part in festivals and competitions as well, from The New York Underground Comedy Festival to the Women in Comedy Festival in Boston, to the recent Ladies of Laughter Competition. She has ventured into the college circuit- hosting, featuring, and headlining in events at Bryn Mawr College, Monmouth and Lehigh Universities, and many more. Her writing side has also come into play as she has just finished co-writing a TV pilot and is also a regular guest lecturer for creative writing classes at St. John's University- ensuring her creativity will go on, despite any side effects.

Over a decade into the business and Joanne has never been more on top of her game.  She consistently delivers a unique “stream of consciousness” style of humor full of random thoughts and quirky observations that keep audiences either rolling in the aisles or on the edges of their seats, anxious to hear what she has to say next.  With an amazing gift for improv, razor-sharp wit, and a subtle delivery, Joanne is an unexpected gem- a comedian so able to tap into the moment that no two shows are ever alike.

To find out where she is next, go to www.upstreamcomedy.com and follow the stream.



Check back for more artists in the line up...