BRIDGEWATER, NJ _ This Sunday evening, the Somerset County Park Commission will present hitmakers Bob Miranda and the Happenings to kick off another summer of free concerts at Duke Island Park on Old York Road in Bridgewater on Sunday evenings.
The following Sunday, on July 15 the Park Commission will feature country music star Billy Gilman of the hit television show The Voice as the second of five upcoming concerts to appeal to all types of music lovers.
The fourth annual Food Truck Fest is scheduled for Aug. 5.
All concerts are free and music fans are invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets to enjoy relaxed Sunday evenings highlighted by live entertainment.
The scheduled line-up includes:
July 8 - BOB MIRANDA & THE HAPPENINGS - 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The Happenings exploded onto the national charts in May of 1966 with their first single release, "See You In September. "The song quickly shot up the number charts to become an international number onerecord throughout the entire summer. The Happenings continued their hits with "Go Away Little Girl," "Bye, Bye, So Long, Farewell," and "I Got Rhythm." Concert sponsor is Courier News and Hyatt House of Branchburg.
July 15 - BILLY GILMAN - 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Billy Gilman began his career as a young country artist when he was only 11 years old with his debut single "One Voice", a top 40 hit on the Billboard Charts and a top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs. He followed with the released five albums. In 2016, he auditioned for the television show The Voice, and competed as part of Team Adam Levine, going all the way to the finals and finishing in second place for the season.
In his blind audition broadcast Gilman sang Adele's song "When We Were Young," impressing all four judges who all turned their chairs. In the semifinals, he performed "I Surrender" from Celine Dion, again with a standing ovation from all four judges. In the finale, Gilman performed Frank Sinatra's "My Way. " He now tours, bringing joy through his music to fans across the country.
July 22 - THE AMISH OUTLAWS - 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The Amish practice a tradition called "Rumspringa" in which teens have an opportunity to live free of Amish life before deciding if they want to be baptized into the Amish church. Four of the six members of The Amish Outlaws were born and raised in Lancaster, Pa., and had a strict Amish upbringing. During their Rumspringa, they fell in love with music, a transition that brought them together in 2002. For the past 16 years, they have been performing with a fire for music and infectious joy that shines through whether they are playing Johnny Cash, Lady Gaga, Pitbull, or Elvis Presley. Concert sponsorship is provided by the WMGQ Magic 98.3.
July 29 GARDEN STATE RADIO 7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Garden State Radio creates an ultimate concert experience, bringing people to their feet dancing and singing along. The band plays a bit of everything, including the biggest hits of the 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s, and today. They mashup and medley a wide array of songs like a world class DJ, while combining costumes and theatrics for a one of a kind live performance. Concert sponsorship is provided by the WMGQ Magic 98.3.
August 5 - starting at 5 p.m. - 4th ANNUAL FOOD TRUCK FEST
KINDERHOOK - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and
HOME AGAIN - A CAROLE KING TRIBUTE 7 to 8:30 p.m.
A variety of food trucks selling a range of culinary delights will be on hand beginning at 5 p.m. to start the festivities.
Kinderhook (originally Kinderhook Creek), a popular New Jersey country rock band in the 70s and 80s, built a devoted fan base. They opened for performers and bands including Conway Twitty, Pure Prairie League, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Richie Havens, and New Riders of the Purple Sage. Reuniting in 2010, Kinderhook now plays a blend of their original music mixed with country and rock classics.
Home Again is a true celebration of Carole King's legend and captures the "Beautiful" spirit of a unique time in music history! Deb De Lucca, joined by her band of seasoned musicians, takes the audience on a journey through the catalogue of Carole King's own recorded hit songs and those that she has written for other artists including The Shirelles, The Monkees, The Carpenters, and The Drifters. Concert sponsorship is provided by The Courier News and New Jersey Council on the Arts through funds administered by the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission.
Concert series supporters
The concert series is made possible by the generous donations from Magic 98.3 WMGQ, The Courier News, Hyatt House Branchburg, and New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Funding has been made possible, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State through funds administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant.
Call for weather updates
For further information on the concerts, call 908-722-1200. Individuals with hearing/speech impairments may call the Relay Service at 711. Over the weekends, in case of threat of inclement weather, call 908-722-1200 ext. 5351, for weather updates.
Information on all Somerset County Park Commission activities and programs may be found online at www.somersetcountyparks.org or by call 908-722-1200, ext. 5351.