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2013 Summer Concert Series

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This concert series is made possible by the generous donation of the Somerset County Park Foundation, with contributing funding from The Courier News; Hyatt House Branchburg; WMGQ Magic 98.3; and New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, administered through the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

It would not be summer without music in the park! Bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets and enjoy a variety of musical performances. For further information on the concerts, please call 908 722-1200.  Individuals with hearing and speech impairments may call the Relay Service at 711.  Over the weekends, in case of threat of inclement weather please call 908 722-1200 ext. 7.

All concerts are held at Duke Island Park, Old York Road, Bridgewater.

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July 19
MARC ANTOINE

7pm - 8:30pm

Marc Antoine is a jazz guitarist and composer who began studying classical music. His career is filled with many #1 hits on the contemporary jazz charts. In 1995, Marc won Best New Jazz Artist of the year, which was followed by a Latin Grammy for best instrumental song in 2005, and he also won the International Artist of the Year at the Chicago Jazz awards in 2010. He has regularly toured with jazz artists Dave Koz, Chris Botti, and Jeffrey Osborn, and was honored when George Benson mentioned him as his favorite acoustic guitarist. Marc has also composed major movie soundtracks including Get Shorty, Patch Adams, and Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil.


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July 26
19th Annual Bayou Fest
featuring THE VooDUDES
5:30pm - 6:30pm

New Jersey's own Mardi Gras Party Band, the VooDUDES will strut their musical stuff to kick off this year's Bayou Fest. A mixed bag of Creole Soul, Swamp Funk, and Bayou Boogie, the VooDUDES incorporate elements of R&B, boogie-woogie, Zydeco, Latin, honky-tonk gospel, southern folk, and island music into their own distinctive blend of what can only be described as Louisiana music with a New Jersey accent.

SUNPIE and the LOUISIANA SUNSPOTS
7pm - 8:30pm

Impressive in stature and versatility of sound, Sunpie combines the musical styles of Blues, Caribbean, Gospel, Funk, Zydeco, and West African rhythms. They call their music "Bouje Bouje" meaning to move and it's tailor-made for dancing. You can't sit at a Zydeco show…so bring your dancing shoes!

SUNPIE and the LOUISIANA SUNSPOTS

GERARD ESPOSITO

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August 2
GERARD ESPOSITO

7pm - 8:30pm

Gerard Esposito was born and raised in Newark, NJ, and has developed a loyal following with more than 4,000 concerts performing the songs of great artists such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Englebert Humperdinck, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow, Paul Anka, and The Four Seasons. He performs songs from Broadway to Vegas. In 2005, Gerard was inducted into the New York Friars Club, one of the most prestigious entertainment organizations in the world. Come celebrate the 100th birthday of Frank Sinatra in this salute to the music of a great era.

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August 9
2nd ANNUAL DOO-WOP AND
FOOD TRUCK FEST
featuring THE CAMEOS
5:30pm - 6:30pm

Bring your appetite – for great food and music! A variety of food trucks selling a range of culinary delights will be on hand beginning at 5pm to start the festivities. Then to start our Doo-Wop Festival, the Cameos storm the stage! The Cameos are a talented 8-piece Oldies Harmony group who create and perform their own unique renditions of the most popular songs of the 1950's, 60's, and 70's.

EMIL STUCCHIO & THE CLASSICS
7pm - 8:30pm

A certain magic happens the moment The Classics step out onto the stage and begin to sail from one song to another. Their unique vocal and visual styling, selection of material, and overall dynamic performing abilities put them in a class of their own. It was first in the 1950s in New York City that their music exploded from every street corner, and then they released their first million selling record Till Then. Subsequent hit recordings included P.S. I Love You and You'll Never Know. Today, The Classics still continue to receive excellent reviews. They are truly a class act.


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August 16
Blues In The Park featuring
JOHNNY CHARLES
5:30pm - 6:30pm

New Jersey native Johnny Charles is a smorgasbord of blues! Media have likened his original tunes to "a gourmet chef at an all-night blues diner, serving up every imaginable treat". He is rockabilly, Clapton, jazz, moody, and sultry simultaneously. The music seems to speak from the stage to the audience.

TWEED & THE SUGARDADDIES
7pm - 8:30pm

Tweed & the Sugardaddies have the classic sound and feel of recordings from artists like Buddy Holly, Elvis, Hank Williams, and Johnny Cash. Tweed & the Sugardaddies are based out of central New Jersey, and have been playing for ten years. Their sound is country and rockabilly mixed with a twang of blues. They are poised to breakout onto the national scene. Catch them while you can!



TWEED & THE SUGARDADDIES

The summer concert series is sponsored by

Somerset County Park Foundation
    Hyatt House

Magic 98.3

 

Courier News
NJ Arts Council