Free shows coming to Woodbridge this summer include Willie Nile, Martin Barre, Radney Foster


Willie Nile performs at Parker Press Park in Woodbridge, July 13.

Few, if any, New Jersey towns have a more impressive series of free summer concerts than Woodbridge.

The first show in the 2016 Mayor’s Summer Concert Series, by The Dalton Gang, is less than a month away (June 10), and the last, by the Tomoko Ohno Trio, is on Sept. 9. In between, many weeks feature five or even six shows. National acts include Willie Nile, Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre’s band, Radney Foster, Jeffrey Gaines, Meta and the Cornerstones, and The Hot Club of Cowtown.

Mondays are devoted to oldies, Tuesday to tribute bands, Thursdays to local bands, Sundays to country, and the second Friday of each month to jazz. Many of the national acts are booked on Wednesdays.

Here is the schedule, with the locations in parentheses, following this code: WHS for Woodbridge High School; PPP for Parker Press Park; TP for Tanzman Park; FPP for Frank Pelzman Park in Avenel; and AWP for Alvin Williams Park in Sewaren.

Unless otherwise indicated, shows are at 7:30 p.m.

June 10: The Dalton Gang (FPP)
June 23:
The Saloonatics (TP)
June 26, 6 p.m.: Christian Lopez Band, Me and Molly (PPP)
June 27: The Duprees (WHS)
June 28: The B-Street Band, Springsteen tribute (WHS)
June 29: Meta and the Cornerstones (PPP)
June 30: Brandywine Road (TP)
July 3: Fireworks (AWP)
July 5: Green River, Creedence Clearwater Revival (WHS)
July 6: Idlewheel (featuring Jack Sundrud of Poco, and Craig Bickhardt), Loretta Hagen (PPP)
July 7: Love Revolution (TP)
July 8: Jazzmeia Horn (FPP)
July 10, 6 p.m.:
Radney Foster (PPP)
July 11: The Bronx Wanderers (WHS)
July 12: EagleMania, Eagles tribute (WHS)
July 13: Willie Nile (PPP)
July 14: 9 South (TP)
July 17, 6 p.m.: Ron Ickes and Trey Hensley (PPP)
July 18: Time Machine (WHS)
July 19: The British Invasion, ’60s pop and rock tribute (WHS)
July 20: Bumper Jacksons, Ryan Hobler (PPP)
July 21: Moonlight Mile, Rolling Stones tribute (TP)
July 24, 6 p.m.: “Country Covers in the Round” with Abbie Gardner, Jesse Terry, Paul Sachs and Efrat (PPP)
July 25: The Happenings (WHS)
July 26: Scarborough Fair, Simon & Garfunkel tribute (WHS)
July 27: “Cover Songs in the Round” with Jeffrey Gaines, Kenny White, Jann Klose and Francis Lombardi (PPP)
July 28: Smokehouse (TP)
July 31, 6 p.m.: Broken Road, Rascal Flatts tribute (PPP)
Aug. 1: Shadows of the ’60s (WHS)
Aug. 2: Tusk, Fleetwood Mac tribute (WHS)
Aug. 3: No Fuss and Feathers, The Honey Dewdrops (PPP)
Aug. 4: Seven Stone (TP)
Aug. 7, 6 p.m.: ZBTB, Zac Brown tribute (PPP)
Aug. 8: The Cameos (WHS)
Aug. 9: The Brit Pack, ’70s British hits tribute (WHS)
Aug. 10: Ryan Tennis and the Clubhouse Band, Bailen (PPP)
Aug. 11: Marty and the Martians (TP)
Aug. 12: Eli Yamin Jazz Quartet (FPP)
Aug. 14, 6 p.m.: Whitney Rose (PPP)
Aug. 15:
The Mahoney Brothers (WHS)
Aug. 16: Back to the Garden, Woodstock tribute (WHS)
Aug. 17: The End of America, Mary Courtney (PPP)
Aug. 18: Smokin’ Catfish (TP)
Aug. 21, 6 p.m.: The Hot Club of Cowtown (PPP)
Aug. 22:
Jersey Sound (WHS)
Aug. 23: Neil Berg’s “Piano Men,” Elton John and Billy Joel tribute (WHS)
Aug. 24: Gina Chavez, People vs Larsen (PPP)
Aug. 25: Smoke and Mirrors (TP)
Aug. 28, 6 p.m.: Truck Stop Troubadours (PPP)
Aug. 29:
The Infernos (WHS)
Aug. 30: The Glimmer Twins, Rolling Stones tribute (WHS)
Aug. 31: Birds of Chicago (PPP)
Sept. 1: Nikki Briar (TP)
Sept. 7: Martin Barre Band (PPP)
Sept. 9: Tomoko Ohno Trio (FPP)

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Laurie Jordan September 9, 2016 - 7:34 pm

Next time tell us if its cancelled/changed. Ty


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