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Victor & the Bully perform the Rock & Roll Steampunk Fair at Veterans Park in Washington (Warren County), May 4.

Below are listings for free cultural events in New Jersey. They are listed alphabetically and grouped together by county. To request adding something to the list, please email the information to


Atlantic City

Mardi Gras on the Boardwalk at Kennedy Plaza
June 26: Victor Wainwright & the Train
July 3: John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band
July 10: Stanley Jordan (Grateful Dead tribute), Funk You
July 17: The Phantom Blues Band (featuring Curtis Salgado), Heather “Lil Mama” Hardy
July 24: Tony Mart Legacy, “Last Waltz” tribute featuring Dave Malone of The Radiators, Mark Mullins of Bonerama, Honey Island Swamp Band, Bob Margolin and Johnny Sansone
July 31: Jeff Bradshaw, Everyday People (Sly & the Family Stone tribute)
Aug. 7: Devon Allman Project, The Billy Walton Band
Aug. 14: Bonerama, The Rumble (featuring Chief Joseph Boudreaux Jr. of The Golden Eagles)
Aug. 21: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Howard Isaacson Band
Aug. 28: Samantha Fish, Billy C. Wirth & the Nighthawks
Sept. 4: The Tony Mart Allstars featuring Billy Walton and Brian “Coconutz” Varhelyi, classic rock guitar tribute

Buena Vista

Free Summer Concerts at Michael Debbi Park
June 19: Lonnie Youngblood
June 26: Duck & Cover
July 3: Kevin Grace, “The 1950s Experience”
July 10: Group Therapy
July 17: Bittersweet Duo
July 24: Poor Mouth Henry
July 31: The Legacy Band
Aug. 14: DJ Nicky G

Somers Point

Concerts on the Beach at Morrow Beach
June 14: Bywater Call
June 21: The Billy Walton Band with Destinee Monroe
July 4: John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band
July 5: Waylon Thibodeaux & Ben Levin, Danny Eyer
July 12: Dana Fuchs, The Girls Can’t Help Themselves (featuring Patty Balbo)
July 19: The Phantom Blues Band featuring (Curtis Salgado), Heather ‘Lil Mama’ Hardy
July 26: Tony Mart Legacy, “Last Waltz” tribute featuring Dave Malone of The Radiators, Mark Mullins of Bonerama, Honey Island Swamp Band, Bob Margolin and Johnny Sansone
Aug. 2: Tom Hambridge & the Rattlesnakes, Kevin Pakulis
Aug. 9: Third World
Aug. 16: Wildflower
Aug. 23: Jimmy Carpenter Band
Aug. 30: Tommy Castro & the Painkillers
Sept. 6: Tony Mart Allstars


Summer Beach Jam at Newport Avenue Beach
June 22: The Burnsiders, Bob Sterling Band
June 29: Parrot Beach (Jimmy Buffett tribute), Brian DeRias
July 6: NJ British Invasion, Even Betta
July 13: Party Wave Band, The Notion
July 20: Dueling Pianos, Sir Rod (Rod Stewart tribute)
Aug. 3: Derek Crider Band, Ricky Stevens
Aug. 10: Funk Daddy, The Flynns
Aug. 17: BeatleMania Again! (The Beatles tribute), ELVIS (Elvis Presley tribute)
Aug. 24: The Exceptions, Plaid Salmon
Aug. 31: Big House Band, Ricky Stevens

Sunset at Ski Beach series
July 10: Don’t Call Me Francis
July 17: We May Be Right (Billy Joel tribute), Xtreme Queen (Queen tribute)
July 24: BStreet Band (Bruce Springsteen tribute), JoBonanno & the Godsons
July 31: Dead Reckoning (Grateful Dead tribute)
Aug. 7: Sensational Soul Cruisers
Aug. 14: Countdown to Ecstasy (Steely Dan tribute), Sidestory Band
Aug. 21: Frontiers (Journey tribute), Kick It Out (Heart tribute)
Aug. 28: The Usual Suspects

Ventnor Music Fest at Suffolk Avenue Beach
July 26: The Usual Suspects, Ricky Stevens
July 27: The Loop, Legacy Band

Old Tappan

Summer Concerts at Oakes Park
July 10: Billy 6, Billy Joel tribute
July 17: Blend
July 24: Nash East
July 31: London Calling, The Beatles tribute



Freedom Festival on the Camden Waterfront

July 3: Gin Blossoms and Tara Hendricks, followed by fireworks

Sunset Jazz Series at Camden Waterfront.

June 3: Esperanza Spalding
June 10: Black Violin
June 17: Marshall Charloff & the Purple xPeRIeNCE, Prince tribute
June 24: Tower of Power
July 1: The Lao Tizer Band featuring Elliott Yamin, Eric Marienthal, Karen Briggs and Chieli Minucci
July 15: “A Celebration of Toots & the Maytals” featuring Leba Hibbert
July 29: Matt Cappy & Friends
Aug. 19: Brubeck Brothers Quartet featuring Dan and Chis Brubeck
Aug. 26: Jeffrey Osborne
Sept. 9: Symphony in C and That Which Connects
Sept. 16: Edgardo Cintron & the Mambo Magic Band


April 22: United States Army Field Band at Scottish Rite Auditorium.

Haddon Heights

Sundown Music Series at McLaughlin Norcross Memorial Dell, Haddon Lake Park

June 5: Say She She featuring Carly Moffa
June 12: Graduation Speech, Night Windows
June 26: Los Lonely Boys
July 10: The Dave Matthews Tribute Band, Emily Drinker
July 24: Julia Pratt, Brittany Ann Tranbaugh
Aug. 7: Eve 6, Tonks
Aug. 14: Steven Page (formerly of Barenaked Ladies), Tom Hampton
Aug. 21: Raul Midón, Lia Menaker
Sept. 11 (7 p.m.): Jamie McLean Band, Rebecca Zimmerman


Twilight Concert Series at Jack Curtis Stadium, Cooper River Park

June 13: The Spin Doctors
June 27: Cassadee Pope
July 11: New Jersey Opera Theater. “Some Enchanted Evening” program includes songs from opera and Broadway
July 18: “Let’s Sing Taylor: A Live Band Experience Celebrating Taylor Swift”
Aug. 8: Everclear
Aug. 15: Carl Cox
Aug. 22: The Bronx Wanderers
Sept. 5 (7 p.m.): The American Bombshells, Andrews Sisters tribute
Oct. 10 (7 p.m.): Lights Out (Frankie Valli tribute and more)



July 13-14: Maplewoodstock at Memorial Park. Lineup TBA.



June 8: Corner Boys & Company at DJ Bentz Memorial Soccer Field.


Aug. 24: Poor Man Henry at Fasola Park


Aug. 30: The Bumpuses at Rowan Boulevard


Concerts at James G. Atkinson Park
July 6: Swing That Cat
July 13: Strictly ’60s
July 27: Peabody’s Wayback Machine
Aug. 10: Texas Leggs
Aug. 17: A Few Good Men


June 22: Shayds of Gray at 5th and River Drive.


June 29: Bar None Band at 25 N. Broad St.



April 28: Joel Zelnik, piano, and Tony Corrao, vocals, “Tony Bennett & Bill Evans: The Legendary Records, at Princeton Public Library.


Free Summer Concerts at Lake Drive Gazebo
July 2: Rich Scannella Group
July 9: Joe Vadale & Group
July 16: E Boro Bandits
July 23: Kindred Spirit
July 30: Rick Martin Swing Orchestra
Aug. 13: DJ Reggie



Sept. 26: Middlesex County Jazz Festival. Lineup TBA.


Sept. 25: Middlesex County Jazz Festival. Lineup TBA.

New Brunswick

April 27: New Jersey Folk Festival at Rutgers University. Artists TBA.

Sept. 28: Middlesex County Jazz Festival. Lineup TBA.

Perth Amboy

Sept. 27: Middlesex County Jazz Festival. Lineup TBA.


May 4: The Outcrops, Blues People at Parker Press Park. Part of NJ Arts & Music Express festival.

June 1: Woodbridge Summerfest at Merrill Park in Iselin, with Super Trans Am, One Hit Wonderers, Moroccan Sheepherders, Southern Steel, Saints in the City (Bruce Springsteen tribute), Revolver.

Woodbridge Wednesdays at Parker Press Park
June 12: Meta & the Cornerstones, Kyshona
June 19: Carolyn Wonderland, Miss Emily
June 26: Alysha Brilla, Low Lily
July 3: The Suffers, Mary-Elaine Jenkins
July 10: Nella, The Honey Dewdrops
July 17: Taj Farrant, The Outcrops
July 24: Taimane, opening band TBA
July 31: Honey Island Swamp Band, Robinson Treacher
Aug. 7: Fantastic Cat, opening band TBA
Aug. 14: Charlie Halloran & the Tropicales, Zydeco Revelators
Aug. 21: Mary Fahl Band, Jesse Terry
Aug. 28: Light of Day Benefit, artists TBA
Sept. 4: House of Hamill, Jann Klose
Sept. 11: Kat Wright Trio, Bandits on the Run
Sept. 18: Colebrook Road, second band TBA

Local Band Thursdays at Ferry Street Park, Sewaren
June 13: Spyne
June 20: The Powertones
June 27: 3rd of July
July 11: Atlantic Sound Machine
July 18: Black Rose
July 25: Kickback Band
Aug. 1: Blame It on Richie
Aug. 8: 9 South
Aug. 15: Seven Stone
Aug. 29: Uncle Pecos

Fun Fridays at Parker Press Park
June 28: Jarred Tolley
July 12: Willie Lynch Band
July 19: Discoteks
July 26: Nine Deeez Night
Aug. 2: Flying Ivories
Aug. 9: Yacht Lobsters
Aug. 16: Rob Messina’s Dave Matthews Tribute
Aug. 23: ’80s Revolution

Country Sundays at Woodbridge High School fields.
June 23: Splintered Sunlight (Grateful Dead tribute)
June 30: Kinderhook
July 7: Moss Henry & the Bryophytes
July 14: ZBTB (Zac Brown Tribute Band)
July 21: Simply Shania (Shania Twain tribute)
July 28: Wichita Lineman (Glen Campbell tribute)
Aug. 4: Eddie Clendening & Blue Ribbon Boys (rockabilly Elvis Presley tribute)
Aug. 11: Southpaw
Aug. 18: Cosmic Jerry (Jerry Garcia tribute)
Aug. 25: E Boro Bandits
Sept. 1: Late for the Sky featuring Jake Thistle (Jackson Browne tribute)
Sept. 8: Rock This Town Orchestra (Brian Setzer/Stray Cats tribute)

Monday Oldies at Woodbridge High School fields
June 24: The Everly Set (Everly Brothers tribute)
July 1: The Cameos
July 8: The Chiclettes
July 15: The Duprees
July 22: Lady Supreme (Diana Ross tribute)
July 29: Bobby Wilson
Aug. 5: Beatlemania Again (The Beatles tribute)
Aug. 12: Jesse Garron’s tribute to Elvis
Aug. 19: The Happenings
Aug. 26: The Infernos

Tuesday Tributes at Woodbridge High School fields
June 25: Frontiers (Journey tribute)
July 2: Midnight Blue (Foreigner tribute)
July 9: Reelin’ in the Years (Steely Dan tribute)
July 16: Beginnings (Chicago Tribute)
July 23: ELO Tribute Show (Electric Light Orchestra tribute)
July 30: Best of the Eagles (Eagles tribute)
Aug. 6: Best Friend’s Girl (The Cars tribute)
Aug. 13: Gypsy (Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac tribute)
Aug. 20: 33 ⅓ Live (Queen tribute)
Aug. 27: Captain Jack (Billy Joel tribute)
Sept. 3: Time Travellers (The Moody Blues tribute)
Sept. 10: Human Wheels (John Mellencamp tribute)
Sept. 17: The Launch (Boston/Styx tribute)
Sept. 24: B Street Band (Bruce Springsteen tribute

Sept. 29: Middlesex County Jazz Festival. Lineup TBA.


Bradley Beach

Saturday Night Concert Series at Riley Park
July 6: Kenny K & the Way
July 13: Pat Roddy Band
July 20: Little by Little
July 27: Moroccan Sheepherders
Aug. 3: Five Wheel Drive
Aug. 10: The Ruckus
Aug. 17: The Verdict
Aug. 24: E Boro Bandits
Aug. 31: Eddie Testa Band
Sept. 7: Jump Back


Fall Concert Series at Hall of Records
Sept. 4: JoBonanno & the Godsons
Sept. 11: Motor City Revue
Sept. 18: Almost Santana, Santana tribute
Sept. 25: The Gumbo Gumbas
Oct. 2: Undisputed
Oct. 9: 9South

Thursdays Rock Summer Concert Series at Hall of Records.
June 6: Winslow, The Eagles tribute
June 13: Pat Roddy Band
June 20: Mission Dance
June 27: The Tequila Rose Band
July 4: Eddie Testa Band
July 11: Joe Baracata Band
July 18: Pat Guadagno & Friends
July 25: Shadetree Mechanics
Aug. 1: The Gab Cinque Band
Aug. 8: The Ruckus
Aug. 15: Van Halen Tribute Band
Aug. 20: Turnstyles, Billy Joel tribute


May 8: “Sinatra Forever” featuring Rick Michel, presented by Garden State Arts Foundation at PNC Bank Arts Center.
May 15: The Texas Tenors, presented by Garden State Arts Foundation at PNC Bank Arts Center.
May 20: Dominic Scaglione Jr., comedian John Pizzi, presented by Garden State Arts Foundation at PNC Bank Arts Center.
May 30: Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, Lala Brooks, hosted by Cousin Brucie and presented by Garden State Arts Foundation at PNC Bank Arts Center.

Ocean Grove

May 25: Atlantic Wind Ensemble at Great Auditorium.

July 10, 17,  24 and 31: Ocean Grove Summer Band at Boardwalk Pavilion.

July 20: 70th annual Choir Festival at Great Auditorium. Directed by Jason Tramm, with Gordon Turk on pipe organ.

Aug. 2, 14 and 28: Ocean Grove Summer Band at Boardwalk Pavilion.

Aug. 21: Ocean Grove Summer Band at Great Auditorium.



Sept. 14: Morristown Jazz and Blues Festival on Morristown Green. Artists TBA.



April 27: South Jersey Arts Fest at Appel Farm Arts and Music Center.



Sept. 21: Jazz & Roots Festival with Third World, Stefon Harris & Blackout, Solomon Hicks, DJ Prince Hakim at The Lawn at Enlow Hall at Kean University, Hillside.


April 21: The Jazz Ambassadors of The U.S. Army Field Band at Union County Performing Arts Center.



May 4: Rock & Roll Steampunk Fair at Veterans Park. With Victor & the Bully, Frenchy & the Punk, Crash Gordon & Debra Dynamite.

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