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Summer Concert Series Returning to Bridgewater in July, August

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Credits: Dawn Wilde
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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission is once again holding its Summer Concert Series, with concerts every Sunday throughout the summer at Duke Island Park, in Bridgewater.

The series kicks off with Bob Miranda & the Happenings July 8 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The group exploded onto the national charts in May 1966 with their first single release, “See You In September,” and continued with a string of hits after.

On July 15, Billy Gilman will perform from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Gilman is a country artist, who had a debut single become a top 40 hit on the Billboard Charts, followed by five albums.

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In 2016, Gilman auditioned for “The Voice,” and competed as part of Team Adam Levine, going all the way to the finals, where he placed second. He now tours across the country.

On July 22, the Amish Outlaws will perform from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. They are a band who fell in love with music and decided to live free of Amish life in 2002.

They have been performing for the past 16 years, covering such artists as Johnny Cash, Lady Gaga, Pitbull or Elvis Presley.

Garden State Radio will perform July 29 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., playing the biggest hits of the 80s, 90s, 2000s and today. They mash up a wide array of songs, with costumes and theatrics added to the mix.

The series ends Aug. 5, beginning with the fourth annual food truck fest featuring Kinderhook from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Home Again – A Carol King Tribute from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Kinderhook was a popular New Jersey country rock band in the 70s and 80s, then they reunited in 2010 and started playing venues again. They play a blend of original music with country and rock classics.

Home Again is a celebration of Carole King’s legend, and it takes the audience on a journey through a catalogue of King’s recorded hit songs.

Also part of the annual series is the Independence Day fireworks, at North Branch Park in Bridgewater, with entertainment beginning at 6 p.m., and the fireworks display beginning at 9:30 p.m. Food will be available for purchase and a Revolutionary War encampment will re-create life during the 1770s. 

Park visitors should bring chairs or blankets.

In addition, vehicular traffic exiting the park after the fireworks will be delayed for about 30 minutes to allow pedestrians to cross Milltown Road.

In case of inclement weather, fireworks only will be held July 5.

For more information on the summer events, visit somersetcountyparks.org.

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