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Somers Point Beach Concert Series, William Morrow Beach/Municipal Beach Park, Bay Avenue (between Higbee and New Jersey Avenues)
June 17: Countdown to Ecstasy, Steely Dan tribute
June 24: Carolyn Wonderland, Patty Blee & Friends
July 1: The Tony Mart Allstars, The Eagles tribute
July 4: The Billy Walton Big Band
July 8: The Dane Anthony Band
July 15: Victor Wainwright & the Train
July 22: Maria Muldaur
Aug. 5: Gary U.S. Bonds
Sept. 9: The Cowsills
Sept. 18: Viva Vallenato at Bergenfield Public Library.
June 12: Viva Vallenato at Englewood Public Library.
Freedom Festival, Wiggins Waterfront Park.
July 4: The O’Jays, Travel Lanes, Tri-County Symphony Band
Sunset Jazz Series, Wiggins Waterfront Park.
June 6: Kenny G
June 20: Danilo Pérez’s Global Messengers
June 27: Corinne Bailey Rae
July 18: Ruthie Foster
Aug. 1: The Sugar Hill Gang
Aug. 15: Matt Cappy
Aug. 29: Third World
Sundown Music Series, McLaughlin Norcross Memorial Dell.
June 15: Mondo Cozmo, Brian Mietz
June 29: Al Olender, Graduation Speech
July 13: Jeffrey Gaines, Brian Kors
July 27: Miko Marks, The Abrams
Aug. 3: Jukebox the Ghost, Carly Moffa
Aug. 24: Kathleen Edwards, Shannen Moser
Sept. 7: Richard Thompson, Jonah Tolchin
Twilight Concert Series, Cooper River Park
June 9: Avalon String Band (at Veterans Island)
June 23: City Rhythm Big Band (at Veterans Island)
July 14: The Fab Four, The Beatles tribute (at Jack Curtis Stadium)
July 28: Light Opera of New Jersey, “Great Moments from the Grand Stage” (at Jack Curtis Stadium)
Aug. 4: The Weight Band (at Jack Curtis Stadium)
Aug. 18: The Ledbetters, Pearl Jam tribute (at Jack Curtis Stadium)
Summer Concerts at the Gazebo
July 10: Uptown Band
July 17: The New Jersey Tenors
July 24: Frontiers, Journey tribute
July 31: The BStreet Band, Bruce Springsteen tribute
Maplewoodstock at Memorial Park.
July: 9: Funk Yeah!, Alexander Kariotis, Autumn Jones, Sandra Small, Deadful Greats, Maplewolf, Thingama Jigs, Sye, Big Mamou, Los Traficantes del Amor, Al Gold & the Rhythm Kings, Mike Montry Band.
July 10: Galactic, Friends of the Brothers, Control the Sound, Forget the Whale, Enrose, Jeremy Black & the Heavy Duty Horns, Sananga, The Q-Tip Bandits, Queen Ella, Debra Devi.
Aug. 13: Montclair Jazz Festival Block Party. Artists TBA.
Sept. 10: Montclair Jazz Festival Downtown Jamboree. Artists TBA.
June 24: New Jersey Symphony at Branch Brook Park. José Luis Domínguez, conductor; Timothy Shi, violin. Program includes Francis Scott Key/Damrosch’s Star Spangled Banner; Rossini: Overture to The Barber of Seville; Florence Price: “Juba Dance” from Symphony No. 1 in E Minor; Suppé: Poet and Peasant: Overture; Mozart: Allegro from Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216; Sondheim/J. Tunick: A Little Night Music: Suite for Orchestra; J. Strauss Jr.: Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op. 214; John Philip Sousa: “The Atlantic City Pageant”; Arturo Márquez: Danzón No. 2; Robert W. Lowden: Armed Forces Salute; John Philip Sousa/McAlister: The Stars & Stripes Forever.
Sounds of the City at NPAC
July 14: Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue Dance Party
July 21: Digital Underground
July 28: Brenda K. Starr
Aug. 4: Treach
Aug. 11: Jon B.
Aug. 18: Milo Z
Aug. 25: Dazz Band
July 11: Viva Vallenato at West Orange Public Library.
June 16: Yung Wu, The Schramms, Glenn Morrow’s Cry for Help at Sinatra Park.
Music Under the Stars at Deer Path Park
June 23: Hunterdon Symphony, “The Austrian Send-Off Concert,” featuring music by Beethoven, Sibelius, Still, Dvorak, Schubert, Copland, and a new arrangement of Mykola Leontovych’s “Shchedryk” by the Symphony’s conductor, Lawrence Kursar
July 14: Captain Jack Band, Billy Joel tribute
July 21: Hunterdon Harmonizers
July 28: Best of The Eagles, The Eagles tribute
Aug. 4: Southern Steel, Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute
July 2: New Jersey Symphony at Metuchen Town Plaza. José Luis Domínguez, conductor; Timothy Shi, violin. Program includes Francis Scott Key/Damrosch’s Star Spangled Banner; Rossini: Overture to The Barber of Seville; Florence Price: “Juba Dance” from Symphony No. 1 in E Minor; Suppé: Poet and Peasant: Overture; Mozart: Allegro from Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216; Sondheim/J. Tunick: A Little Night Music: Suite for Orchestra; J. Strauss Jr.: Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op. 214; John Philip Sousa: “The Atlantic City Pageant”; Arturo Márquez: Danzón No. 2; Robert W. Lowden: Armed Forces Salute; John Philip Sousa/McAlister: The Stars & Stripes Forever.
Oldies Monday at Woodbridge High School
June 20: Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis
June 27: Sky’s the Limit (The Duprees tribute)
July 11: Vito Picone & the Elegants
July 18: Bob Kulik (Frank Sinatra tribute)
July 25: Bobby Wilson (Jackie Wilson tribute)
Aug. 1: Shadows of the ’60s
Aug. 8: The Cameos
Aug. 15: The Capris
Aug. 22: The Del-Satins, featuring Stan Zizka
Aug. 29: The Infernos
Tribute Tuesdays at Woodbridge High School
June 21: Best of The Eagles
June 28: Frontiers (Journey tribute)
July 5: ELO Tribute Show
July 12: Pure McCartney (Paul McCartney tribute)
July 19: Broken Arrow (Neil Young tribute)
July 26: Gypsy (Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac tribute)
Aug 2: Forever Ray (Ray Charles tribute)
Aug. 9: BeatleMania Again
Aug. 16: Beginnings (Chicago tribute)
Aug. 23: Guthrie Brothers
Aug. 30: The BStreet Band (Bruce Springsteen tribute)
Woodbridge Wednesdays at Woodbridge High School
June 22: The Big Takeover, The End of America
June 29: The Brothers Comatose, Jackson Pines
July 6: Eric Hölljes (of Delta Rae), The Sea The Sea
July 13: Pimps of Joytime
July 20: Drivin’ N’ Cryin’
July 27: David Bromberg Quintet, Emily Duff
Aug. 3: Martin Sexton, The Honey Dewdrops
Aug. 10: Amy Helm
Aug. 17: Taimane
Aug. 24: Adam Ezra Group
Aug. 31: The Bongos, The Grip Weeds
Local Band Thursdays at Herbert Rankin Park
June 23: PsychOdelic Angel
June 30: Revolver
July 7: Atlantic Sound Machine
July 14: Blame It on Richie
July 21: 9 South
July 28: Black Rose
Aug. 4: Shaman
Aug. 11: Kickback Band
Aug. 18: Seven Stone
Aug. 25: Marty & the Martians
Country/Roots Sundays at Woodbridge High School
June 19: Hollow Molly
June 26: The HillBenders (bluegrass The Who tribute)
July 10: Late for the Sky featuring Jake Thistle (Jackson Browne tribute)
July 17: Teddy Thompson & Jenni Muldaur (Nashville duos tribute)
July 24: Live at the Fillmore (The Allman Brothers Band tribute)
July 31: Deadgrass (bluegrass Jerry Garcia/Grateful Dead tribute)
Aug. 7: Kinderhook
Aug. 14: Pirate Flag (Kenny Chesney tribute)
Aug. 21: Jeff Slate’s Weekend Wilburys (The Traveling Wilburys tribute)
Aug. 28: Panama Dead (New Riders of the Purple Sage tribute)
Sept. 4: The Linda Ronstadt Experience
June 4: Woodbridge Summerfest with Willie Nile, Starman (David Bowie tribute), Saints in the City (Bruce Springsteen tribute), Southern Steel, Shore Soundz, The Dead Cowboys at Merrill Park, Colonia.
Thursdays ROCK! Summer Concert Series at Hall of Records
June 2: James Maddock
June 9: The Pat Roddy Band
June 16: Carnival Dogs
June 23: The Weeklings
June 30: Eddie Testa Band
July 7: Mission Dance
July 14: Joe Baracata Band
July 21: Matt O’Ree Band
July 28: Peanut Butter Bridges Band
Aug. 4: Parrot Beach
Aug. 11: Colossal Street Jam
Aug. 18: Pat Guadagno & Friends
Aug. 25: Turnstyles
PNC Bank Arts Center. Shows presented by Garden State Arts Foundation. Call (732) 442-9200 to be mailed tickets.
June 9: Cousin Brucie presents Tommy James & the Shondells, Little Anthony, The 1910 Fruitgum Company
June 23: The Lettermen, comedian John Pizzi
Bands by the Beach, West End Park
June 5: Philadelphia Funk Authority
June 12: Chuck Lambert Band
June 26: Gumbo Gumbas
July 17: Billy Hector Band
July 24: Dave Keyes Band
July 31: Matt O’Ree Band (on West End Beach)
Aug. 7: Sweet Fanny Adams
Aug. 14: Eddie Testa Band
Aug. 28: The VooDudes
Thursdays by the Sea, Pier Village
June 9: Tim McLoone & the Shirleys
June 16: So Watt
June 23: Motor City Revue
June 30: Moroccan Sheepherders
July 7: Smokin’ Jackets
July 14: The Weeklings
July 21: The Nerds
July 28: The Cliffs
Aug. 4: After the Reign
Aug. 11: 9 South
Aug. 18: Taylor/Smith/King: Celebration of an American Troubadour
Aug. 25: Get Down Committee
Sept. 1: Brian Kirk & the Jirks
Tuesdays on Broadway, Broadway Band Shell
July 12: Tito Puente Jr.
July 19: Xol Azul Band
July 26: Swing Sabroso
Aug. 9: David Cedeño & His Orchestra
Aug. 16: The Verdict
Aug. 23: Ritmo Cubano
Aug. 30: Rave On
May 28: Atlantic Wind Ensemble at Great Auditorium, Ocean Grove. “We Remember” program of patriotic and military anthems, popular marches and Americana.
Jersey Shore Arts Center
June 26: Atlantic Wind Ensemble.
June 15: Sean Mason Quintet at The Vogel at Count Basie Center for the Arts.
Arts in the Community series
June 15: Darius Frowner and LaDonna Burns with MPAC Performing Arts School Students at Early Street Senior Center.
June 29: Newark Arts High Latin Band at Vail Mansion Plaza.
June 30: U.S. Army Field Band and Chorus at Mayo Performing Arts Center.
July 6: Nahscha with Unity Steppers at Cauldwell Playground.
July 13: Acute Inflections, Zion Pearson at Vail Mansion Plaza.
July 27: Bryan Hansen Band, Kevin Madden at Vail Mansion Plaza.
Aug. 10: Sabrina Genesis, Tess Carvelli at Vail Mansion Plaza.
Aug. 24: John McDermott Band’s Sixties Soul Revue, Maya Bhide at Vail Mansion Plaza.
Aug. 15: Grace Morrison at Gazebo Concert Series. Presented by Roxbury Township Public Library.
Wharton Summer Concert Series, Betty Poyer Field
May 27: Xtreme Queen, Queen tribute
June 10: ZZ Tush, ZZ Top tribute
July 22: We May Be Right, Billy Joel tribute
Aug. 26: Almost U2, U2 tribute
Sept. 23: Pure Petty, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers tribute
Oct. 28: Big Hix
June 28: New Jersey Symphony at Ocean County College. José Luis Domínguez, conductor; Timothy Shi, violin. Program includes Francis Scott Key/Damrosch’s Star Spangled Banner; Rossini: Overture to The Barber of Seville; Florence Price: “Juba Dance” from Symphony No. 1 in E Minor; Suppé: Poet and Peasant: Overture; Mozart: Allegro from Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216; Sondheim/J. Tunick: A Little Night Music: Suite for Orchestra; J. Strauss Jr.: Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op. 214; John Philip Sousa: “The Atlantic City Pageant”; Arturo Márquez: Danzón No. 2; Robert W. Lowden: Armed Forces Salute; John Philip Sousa/McAlister: The Stars & Stripes Forever.
Summer Concert Series at Sullivan Square, Historic Botany Village.
June 3: The Retrocasters
June 10: Andy Lackow and Mess Around
June 17: Carlos Colina and the Grind
June 25: Swingman and the Misfit Mutts
July 1: Rachel Wise and The Guys
July 8: Rick Fink’s One Man Band
July 15: The Outcrops
July 22: The Powertones
July 30: Rock Kandy, ’80s tribute
Aug. 5: Mike Luipersbeck Trio
Aug. 12: Son Lewis Band
Aug. 19: The Frost Kings
Aug. 27: Katie Henry Band
Summer Stage series, Division Street
May 28: Maura Glynn and Friends
June 4: The Frost Kings
June 11: Bryan Hansen Band
June 18: Three Piece Nugget
June 25: The RPG Project
July 2: The Green Planet Band
July 9: John Busse
July 16: Sweet Fanny Adams
July 23: Two Broke Vets
July 30: Mail Order Bride
Aug. 6: School of Rock
Aug. 13: Dizaster House
Aug. 20: Johnny Charles featuring Tracy Sousa
Aug. 27: Dan Harrison
Sept. 3: Nick Ryan and the Mess
Sept. 10: Diamond Eye Jack
Sept. 17: The Bob Lanza Blues Band
Sept. 24: King Elvis, Elvis Presley tribute
Oct. 1: The Outcrops
Oct. 8: RadioCon
Music in the Park at Maple Grange Park
June 4: Kathy Moser, Julia Crafton, Ed Seifert at Maple Grange Park.
Shippen Manor Lawn Concerts
June 19: The Lost Ramblers
June 26: Moss Henry & the Bryophytes
July 3: Drew Nugent & the Midnight Society
July 10: Na’Bodach
July 17: Jersey Sound
July 24: Pyrenesia
July 31: This Way to the Egress
Aug. 7: Cirotti and Company
Aug. 21: Kinderhook
Aug. 28: Dulcimer Boys
Sept. 4: Paddy and the Pale Boys
June 18: Sustainably Green Music and Arts Festival with The Adventures of Matte Black, Dende’s Recycled Sounds, Big Bruce & the Messengers.
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