SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -- Celebrating its 24th season, the highly anticipated Free Concerts in the Park Series returns once again to Flood’s Hill in Meadowland Park, South Orange. For five consecutive Wednesdays starting July 2, a wide range of bands will provide entertainment for the whole family, ranging from jazz to reggae to 80s, 90s and today!
In addition, a selection of food and beverage vendors will be on hand to sell a variety of foods during each week’s concert. St. James Gate will serve tasty lobster rolls and BBQ smoked ribs. Pizza-lovers will find their bliss with Pizza Vita’s wood-fired pies, and Miele’s concessions will provide the ever-welcome pretzels and hot dogs along with special festival-fare like deep-fried Oreos and funnel cake.
Audiences are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket along to relax, listen, eat, and enjoy the show with family and friends.
All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free to attend, no tickets required. The rain site is South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange NJ.
This year’s program is co-presented by the Village of South Orange, The Baird, and South Orange Performing Arts center. The 2014 Free Concerts in the Park Series is made possible in part by funding from the BCB Community Bank and Maplecrest Ford-Lincoln. Artists and schedule subject to change. For more information, call the Baird at (973)378-7754 or visit www.southorange.org, or call SOPAC at (973) 313-2787 or visit www.SOPACnow.org.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 2 - DUB PROOF
Dub Proof is a groove-oriented band hailing from Asbury Park, NJ. The group is known for its freewheeling shows of roots reggae, funky dub, and classic reggae covers. Dub Proof's music incorporates the social conscience of Bob Marley, the irresistible dance-ability of George Clinton funk, and the deep grooves and fresh originality of 70's dub reggae. “Dub Proof … brings the free-form vibe of dub to a live music setting for island-flavored reggae grooves.” (The Courier News)
Wednesday, JULY 9 MAX HEADROOM
Max Headroom - "a totally rad Journey through the 80’s." Quickly becoming the areas must see 80's tribute act, Max Headroom is considered the "new kids on the block," proving that they can "rock onto Electric Avenue" with the best of them. Playing a full range of favorite 80's hits, complete with costumes, audience participation, and sing-alongs, a concert featuring Max Headroom is sure to be a blast from the past!
WEDNESDAY, JULY 16 - THE WISENHEIMERS
Rock, Pop & Top 40 Hits
The Wisenheimers are a New Jersey band that play an infectious set of rock, pop & Top 40 hits. With more than ten years performing, there is nothing this band can’t cover together.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 23 - JOHN LEE & FRIENDS
Bassist, composer, educator and producer, John Lee is the co-founder of Jazz Legacy Productions and also serves as the executive director of the Dizzy Gillespie™ All-Stars and All-Stars Big Band with whom he performs regularly. A resident of South Orange, NJ, John has played in the bands of Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, Larry Coryell, Joe Henderson, and Dizzy Gillespie.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 30 - ROCK THE HILL
As part of the Rock the House series, Rock the Hill has been delighting audiences on Flood’s Hill for five years with its eclectic mix of local and visiting garage rock bands.
About SOPAC Since 2006, SOPAC has been serving as the leading performing arts center in the region. SOPAC offers innovative artistic and cultural experiences for diverse audiences in an intimate, inviting environment. The multidisciplinary arts center hosts a variety of live performances, community events and education programs for all ages. To further expand its offerings, SOPAC has a partnership with the Juilliard School of Music to present Juilliard @ SOPAC—a series featuring upcoming musicians from the acclaimed conservatory. SOPAC is also a home for Seton Hall University Arts Council’s performances, including Classical Concert Series, Jazz N’ the Hall performances and Seton Hall Theatre productions. SOPAC also presents performances by its theater company in residence, Midtown Direct Rep, and its dance company in residence, Lydia Johnson Dance. For more information, visit www.SOPACnow.org.