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Essex County Free SummerMusic Concert Series Begins, June 20

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. invites the public to attend the 2015 Essex County Free SummerMusic Concert Series.

The free Concert Series brings a diverse group of musicians and entertainers to perform at locations throughout the historic Essex County Park System and provides residents with an evening leisure activity to enjoy the parks. This year’s series features three concert and fireworks spectaculars, Friday night concerts in Brookdale Park and eight cultural festivals.

“The Essex County Free Summer Music Concert Series offers a diverse lineup of performers who will take center stage throughout our historic Parks System. Pack a blanket, enjoy the cool evening breeze, and dance to the sounds of classical, rock and roll, jazz, big band, Latin and more. We have an amazing line-up that is sure to entertain and impress,” DiVincenzo said.

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The SummerMusic Concert Series is being sponsored by Rose Squared Productions, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and TD Bank. The series is also made possible, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State.

Over the course of twelve summer weeks, there are 31 different events, featuring some of the best local and international acts in jazz, rock and roll, big band, reggae and more.

The 2015 SummerMusic Concert Series begins Saturday, June 20th with a House Music Festival in Essex County Weequahic Park and concludes Sunday, September 13th with Mike Griot’s Essex County South Mountain International Blues Festival. There will be three Concert and Fireworks Extravaganzas this summer; the first features the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra on Friday, June 26th in Essex County Branch Brook Park in Newark, the second features Shadoows of the ‘60s on Tuesday, June 30th in Essex County Weequahic Park and the third features Simply Diamond: A Tribute to Neil Diamond on Wednesday, July 1st in Essex County Brookdale Park in Bloomfield/Montclair.

The 2015 concert series schedule is as follows:

·   Saturday, June 20th, 12 noon to 5 p.m., Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park, Orange: Gospel Festival*

·   Saturday, June 20th, 12 Noon to 8 p.m., Essex County Weequahic Park, Newark: House Music Festival*

·   Wednesday, June 24th, 7 p.m., Essex County Veterans Memorial Park, Newark: Air National Guard Band

·   Thursday, June 25th, 7 p.m., Essex County Yanticaw Park, Nutley: Brick City Jazz Orchestra

·   Friday, June 26th, 7:30 p.m., Essex County Branch Brook Park, Newark: Concert by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Fireworks Spectacular (In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Cathedral Basilica in Newark and the fireworks display will be rescheduled.)

·   Tuesday, June 30th, 7:30 p.m., Essex County Weequahic Park, Newark: Shadows of the ‘60s and a Fireworks Spectacular

·   Wednesday, July 1st, 7:30 p.m., Essex County Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair: Concert by “Simply Diamond,” a tribute to Neil Diamond, and the Fireworks Spectacular (Rain date is Thursday, July 2nd)

·   Tuesday, July 7th, 7 p.m., Essex County Independence Park, Newark: Frank Valdes Quintet

·   Wednesday, July 8th, 7 p.m., Essex County Irvington Park, Irvington: Carrie Jackson

·   Friday, July 10th, 7:30 p.m., Essex County Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair: An Evening with Darlene Love

·   Tuesday, July 14th, 7 p.m., Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park, Orange: Gradie Stone

·   Wednesday, July 15th, 7 p.m., Essex County Riverbank Park, Newark: Junior Vega

·   Thursday, July 16th, 7 p.m. Essex County Weequahic Park, Newark: Malcolm X: A Commentary with Trilogy: An Opera Company

·   Friday, July 17th, 7:30 p.m., Essex County Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair: Jazz under the Stars with Marc Antoine

·   Tuesday, July 21st, 7 p.m., Essex County Kip’s Castle Park, Montclair/Verona: Jersey Sound

·   Wednesday, July 22nd, 7 p.m., Essex County West Side Park, Newark: Bradford Hayes

·   Friday, July 24th, 7:30 p.m., Essex County Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair: “MJ Invincible,” a Michael Jackson tribute

·   Wednesday, July 29th, 7 p.m., Essex County Watsessing Park, Bloomfield/East Orange: Jazz with Denise Hamilton

·   Friday, July 31st, 7:30 p.m., Essex County Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair: “Abbamania,” a tribute to ABBA

·   Tuesday, August 4th, 7 p.m., Essex County Grover Cleveland Park, Caldwell/Essex Fells: Symphonics

·   Wednesday, August 5th, 7 p.m., Essex County Ivy Hill Park, Newark: Gordon James

·   Friday, August 7th, 7:30 p.m., Essex County Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair: The Cameos and The Infernos

·   Saturday, August 8th, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park, Orange: Caribbean Festival*

·   Saturday, August 8th, 4 to 9 p.m., Essex County Ivy Hill Park, Newark: 21st Annual Food and Music Festival*

·   Tuesday, August 11th, 7 p.m., Essex County Vailsburg Park, Newark: Richard Reiter

·   Wednesday, August 12th, 7 p.m., Essex County Riverfront Park, Newark: Latin Splendor

·   Friday, August 14th, 7 p.m., Essex County Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange: Count Basie Tribute Band

·   Saturday, August 15th, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park, Orange: Old School Music Festival*

·   Sunday, August 16th, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monte Irvin Orange Park, Orange: Latino Festival*

·   Sunday, August 23rd, 2 to 7 p.m., Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park, Orange: Essex County Talent Showcase*

·   Sunday, September 13th, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Essex County South Mountain Reservation, West Orange: Mike Griot’s Essex County South Mountain International Blues Festival*

 

Events with an asterisk (*) are co-sponsored by the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. Concerts are held at accessible sites. Persons who require special accommodations or assistance are asked to call at least two weeks prior to the concert to alert staff as to their needs. Admission to the concerts is free. For more information, please call the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs at 973‑268-3500.

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The Essex County Park System was created in 1895 and is the first county park system established in the United States. The Park System consists of more than 6,000 acres and has 22 parks, five reservations, an environmental center, a zoo, Treetop Adventure Course, ice skating rink, roller skating rink, three public golf courses, golf driving range, two miniature golf courses, Treetop Adventure Course, three off-leash dog facilities, a castle and the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens.

 

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