Contact The Patriots Theater
Patriots Theater at the War Memorial
1 Memorial Drive
Trenton, NJ

Tel: (609) 984-8484, Administrative Office
Fax: (609) 777-0581

Email: William.Nutter@sos.state.nj.us

On Patriots Stage - The Kaplan Series

"On Patriots Stage - The Kaplan Series" is a unique experience in musical performance distinguishing itself from any other concert series in America by offering audiences a rare opportunity to share the stage with world-renowned musical artists and enjoy an up-close and personal evening of music as well as an opportunity to meet the performers. 

Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, with its breathtaking architecture and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems make it the perfect backdrop for the series.

10% Military Discount (Box Office only, must show ID) for all On Patriots Stage events!

A few things they're saying about the series...

"The gig at the War Memorial that Woody Man hosts is one of those really special events for me. For those of you living in the Trenton area you are blessed by having this wonderful venue nearby...This series is an unbelievable winner."
-Jorma Kaukonen

"Intimate audience in a grand concert hall, a rare relationship with fine sound."
-Peter Rowan and Beppe Gambetta

"Everyone should perform backwards at least once in their lives!"
-John Sebastian

"We wanted to thank you for the wonderful concert we saw last night (John Renbourn and Jacqui McShee). Having been a 30+ year fan, it was a real treat to see them here in NJ. Although a long drive for us from northern NJ, we were happy to do it for this wonderful concert. The acoustics were great, and the talent on that stage beyond comparison - as they always have been. We hope you continue this program - and certainly hope you invite John Renbourn back next year!"
-Lisa and Jim Cowan

About The Kaplan Series

Named in honor of the War Memorial's architect, Louis S. Kaplan and made possible by contributions given in honor of his daughter, Charmain Kaplan Freund, the series was created by Molly McDonough, director of the Patriot Theater, and is hosted by famed jazz and blues guitarist and singer/songwriter, Woody Mann. O.P.S. features some of the worlds most accomplished musicians in an intimate setting that allow for enhanced listening and artist-audience interaction.

"On Patriots Stage -The Kaplan Series" showcases the greats of contemporary and traditional music as never before and brings a one of a kind cultural experience to Trenton, New Jersey. Join us 'on stage' for this enriching and exciting musical journey.

Woody Mann had his first musical schooling in the living room of Rev. Gary Davis, the now legendary blues, gospel and ragtime guitarist. As a teenager, Woody went on to perform and record with John Fahey and British great Jo-Ann Kelly, as well as early masters of the blues including Son House and Bukka White. Along with formal training at New York's Julliard School, he seasoned his musical training with a period of intensive work with the great Chicago-born jazz pianist Lennie Tristano.

Woody's career is as diverse as his early roots — ranging from serving as an accompanist for songwriter Dori Previn and performing with jazz great Attila Zoller, to teaching guitar to recording artist Paul Simon. He has recorded extensively, performed throughout the world and has schooled countless guitarists through his many popular books and DVDs. The remarkable ease with which he blends such a wide pallet of influences is summed up in a recent review:

"...Mann is an original... he incorporates American musical traditions into his own 'world' music of blazing guitar work, improvisation, and personal, thought-provoking songs."
-Down Beat Magazine