The Union County Summer Arts Festival concert series continues its 51st season of music on Wednesday, August 3, with an evening of smash hits from the ‘60s performed by The British Invasion Tribute. The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, led by Chairman Deborah P. Scanlon, invites the public to attend this free concert that begins at 7:30 p.m. at Oak Ridge Park in Clark.
The British Invasion Tribute has opened for the Beach Boys, Ringo Starr, and other top acts. Their show is a musical tour that spans the 1960s and really is three shows in one. First, they play songs by iconic British groups such as The Zombies, Dave Clark Five, the Rolling Stones, and the Hollies. Next comes the American Response, with hits by the Beach Boys, the Monkees, Simon & Garfunkel, Mamas and the Papas, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and more. The concert concludes with an extraordinary tribute to the lads from Liverpool: The Beatles!
“Bring the entire family for an entertaining evening of music in Oak Ridge Park,” said Freeholder Chairman Scanlon. “Pack a picnic basket, bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, and enjoy the popular songs of summer under the stars.”
The Union County information van will be at the concert site with personnel from the Union County Department of Human Services: Para-Transit, the Division on Aging, Workforce Development Operations, Office for the Disabled, and the Division of Social Services, along with other knowledgeable Union County staff to answer questions and offer information about interesting programs and recreational activities that are available to Union County residents.
Admission to the Aug. 3 concert by The British Invasion Tribute is free of charge. But if you’d like to participate in the benefit to help support the Runnells Specialized Hospital of Union County Foundation in the park that evening, tickets to the 7th annual “Party in the Park” are available for $35 per person. The benefit begins at 6:30 p.m. under the tent in Oak Ridge Park and includes an All American grilled buffet, micro-brewed beers, wine and parking. For tickets to the “Party in the Park” to benefit the Runnells Specialized Hospital Foundation, please call 908-771-5803.
The Summer Arts Festival concerts continue throughout August on Wednesdays beginning at 7:30 p.m. This summer’s concerts will be held at Oak Ridge Park in Clark and Echo Lake Park on the Mountainside-Westfield border. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets are encouraged. Refreshments and snacks will be available from vendors.
The other free concerts in the Union County Summer Arts Festival series include:
August 10 – JoBonanno & the Godsons (Jersey Shore Soul); at Oak Ridge Park.
August 17 – Almost Queen (Queen cover band); at Oak Ridge Park.
August 24 – Parrotbeach (Jimmy Buffett cover band); at Echo Lake Park.
August 31 – The Nerds (high energy party band); at Oak Ridge Park.
For rain information call the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal at (908) 558-4079 after 3 p.m. on the day of the scheduled concert, or visit the Union County web site: www.ucnj.org