ROXBURY, NJ - We’ve been cooped up for so long! It’s time to get outside to enjoy some music, the night air and each other.

The Friends of the Roxbury Public Library, in conjunction with Skylands Songwriters Guild, is presenting five free outdoor concerts this summer.

Join us on the library lawn at the Gazebo and at the Gazebo at Horseshoe Lake.

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Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and picnic, and will be required to social distance. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be the following night.

Concerts are free but you must register in advance at www.roxburylibrary.org or by calling the library at 973 584-2400 for safe headcount purposes as well as providing us with a way to contact you should we need to cancel or postpone.

  • Monday, July 13: Cardon Raquet, singer, songwriter and guitarist at the Library Gazebo “I was brought up on music from the greatest era there ever was musically, “ said Raquet. “Woodstock, Watkins Glen, Newport Jazz. The artists that performed there had a profound impact on me, inspired me and became part of me. Every song I play and every song I write, comes from my soul. You'll hear it in my voice and you feel it from my guitar.”
  • Monday, July 20: WinterLong and Stephanie Joyner at Horseshoe Lake Gazebo. WinterLong is the songwriting duo Dave and Gift from Hackettstown. Formed in 2014, their sound is a blend of folk, Beatles pop, and rock influences. WinterLong’s harmonies and thoughtful songwriting will simply take you places. Their songs have been played in numerous internet radio shows. They have recorded and released their debut album "Another Day", and more recently, "Nashville", an EP recorded in Nashville, TN. Stephanie Joyner -- a singer mixed with a storyteller makes for an interesting songwriter. Vocal experience spanning many years of multi-genre exploration, mold this eclectic musical perspective. She offers a simple-ditty, an awakening, or a life-moment delivered through a variety of musical styling with the simplicity of voice and acoustic guitar.
  • Monday, July 27: Big Jeff, aka Jeff DeSmedt at the Library Gazebo. Jeff DeSmedt, also known as Big Jeff, is an entertainer for all ages and will have something for everyone at our Gazebo concert. You also may know him from Big Jeff Radio, a weekly family radio musical comedy show. On July 27, Concert goers who bring an item for Roxbury Social Services will receive a free ice cream treat, courtesy of RoNetCo Shop Rite.
  • Monday, August 3: Kate & Paul and Jeiris Cook at the Horseshoe Lake Gazebo. Since combining forces back in the late ‘70s, Kate and Paul, whether performing as duo, trio, or in full band, have covered a diversity of musical genres, from pop (SS Cargo), and progressive rock (Raven) to rhythm & blues (Tom Barth’s Rockin’NJ), country (Old No.9) and folk-rock (Quartermoon). The inspiration to write came a bit later in life, the fruits of which being the justice-intoned award-winning Earth Amber, and the more philosophical Passion Fruit. Jeiris Cook is an acoustic guitar solo act with a sound that is reminiscent of old school blues and 70s styled R&B with traces of folk. After going musically dark for nearly 13 years, he has revived his passion for singing, crooning about a variety of topics from self-love to the dynamics between good and evil.
  • Monday, August 10: Grover Kemble at the Library Gazebo. Grover Kemble is a musician, singer, and songwriter, well known for his spontaneous and daring approach to jazz, fun-loving personality, and classic showmanship. His unique and colorful interpretations of jazz, Latin, R&B, and original compositions have garnered him considerable attention and acclaim from music connoisseurs and critics for well over two decades. With a warm personality and keen sense of humor, he easily connects with his audience and keeps them smiling long after the show is over.

“We are so grateful to partner with the Skylands Songwriters Guild to present summer concerts,” said Library Director Radwa Ali. “Though large groups are not able to gather inside, our Gazebos give us perfect opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, which for many is so very welcome after being inside for so long. Come out and hear the music!”

The Summer Concerts at the Gazebos is generously supported by Knight’s Automotive Repair as Producing Sponsor, as well as Local Band Sponsors of Clark Paddock Realty, Fox Architectural Design and RoNetco ShopRite. TAPinto Roxbury provides free publication of the events on its Event Calendar.

Registration for each performance is required online at www.roxburylibrary.org or by calling the library at (973) 584-2400.

The Roxbury Public Library is the community crossroads for learning and discovery for residents of Ledgewood, Succasunna, Kenvil, Lower Berkshire Valley, Landing, Port Morris and half of Flanders. Each year, Roxbury Public Library serves more than 200,000 visitors through offerings of programs, concert and movies for children and adults, lending books, DVDs, and recordings, and offering a wide array of digital content that allows patrons to access a vast array of e- and audio-books, TV and movies on their personal devices via their library card.

Since March, the library’s programs have been virtual.

Skylands Songwriters Guild (SSG) is an educational not-for-profit organization dedicated to nurturing the community of Singer/Songwriters of Northwest New Jersey and the surrounding region. SSG seeks to provide enlightenment for the public, revealing the talents of songwriters, and to offer educational and performance resources for artists to advance their craft. Artists appearing on behalf of SSG will perform a mix of popular covers and originals.