ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The public is invited to experience firework displays and some of the area's best musical acts in jazz, doo wop, rock, reggae, Latin and more through the free Essex County SummerMusic Concert Series, which 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.

Over the course of 11 weeks—beginning on June 22 with a House Music Festival in Weequahic Park and concluding on Sept. 8 with Mike Griot’s Essex County South Mountain Blues Festival at the South Mountain Recreation Complex—30 different events will be held throughout the county, including three concert and fireworks spectaculars, Friday night concerts in Brookdale Park, 13 concerts and nine 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," said Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. "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."

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The 2019 concert series schedule is as follows:

  • Saturday, June 22, 12 p.m., Essex County Weequahic Park, Newark: House Music Festival (Rain date is Sunday, June 23)*
     
  • Tuesday, June 25, 7 p.m., Essex County Yanticaw Park, Nutley: Gerard Esposito
     
  • Wednesday, June 26, 7 p.m., Essex County Verona Park, Verona: Jukebox Legends
     
  • Friday, June 28, 7:30 p.m., Essex County Branch Brook Park, Heller Parkway, Newark: Concert by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and a Fireworks Spectacular (In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Victoria Theater in NJPAC and the fireworks will be rescheduled.)
     
  • Saturday, June 29, 2 to 5 p.m., Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park, Orange: Gospel Festival* 
     
  • Monday, July 1, 7:30 p.m., Essex County Weequahic Park, Newark: Concert by Total Soul and a Fireworks Spectacular
     
  • Tuesday, July 3, 7:30 p.m., Essex County Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair: Concert by New Power Soul and a Fireworks Spectacular
     
  • Friday, July 5, 7:30 p.m., Essex County Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair: “Wanted DOA” Bon Jovi Tribute
     
  • Tuesday, July 9, 7 p.m., Essex County Veterans Memorial Park, Newark: Richard Reiter
     
  • Wednesday, July 10, 7 p.m., Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park, Orange: Layonne Holmes
     
  • Friday, July 12, 7:30 p.m., Essex County Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair: “On the Radio” Donna Summer Tribute
     
  • Tuesday, July 16, 7 p.m., Essex County Riverbank Park, Newark: Nanny Assis Brazilian Experience
     
  • Wednesday, July 17, 7 p.m., Essex County Watsessing Park, Bloomfield/East Orange: Bradford Hayes
     
  • Friday, July 19, 7:30 p.m., Essex County Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair: “Shadows of the ‘60s” featuring music of The Temptations, Four Tops and Supremes
     
  • Tuesday, July 23, 7 p.m., Essex County Ivy Hill Park, Newark: Gordon James
     
  • Wednesday, July 24, 7 p.m., Essex County Vailsburg Park, Newark: Denise Hamilton
     
  • Friday, July 26, 7:30 p.m., Essex County Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair: “Beginnings” Chicago Tribute
     
  • Tuesday, July 30, 7 p.m., Essex County Riverfront Park, Newark: La Fuerza Positiva
     
  • Wednesday, July 31, 7 p.m., Essex County Cedar Grove Park, Cedar Grove: Jersey Sound
     
  • Friday, Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m., Essex County Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair: The Infernos
     
  • Saturday, Aug. 3, 12 to 8 p.m., Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park, Orange: Latino Festival*
     
  • Tuesday, Aug. 6, 7 p.m., Essex County Grover Cleveland Park, Caldwell/Essex Fells: Steppin’ Out 
     
  • Wednesday, Aug. 7, 7 p.m., Essex County Independence Park, Newark: Frank Valdes
     
  • Friday, Aug. 9, 7 p.m., Essex County Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange: Julian & Dominique
     
  • Saturday, Aug. 10, 12 to 8 p.m., Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park, Orange: Caribbean Festival* 
     
  • Saturday, Aug. 10, 4 to 9 p.m., Essex County Ivy Hill Park, Newark: International Food and Music Festival (Rain date is Sunday, Aug. 11.)*
     
  • Sunday, Aug. 11, 12 to 7 p.m., Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park, Orange: Rayfield Morton’s Talent “Gong Show”*
     
  • Saturday, Aug. 17, 12 p.m., Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park, Orange: House Music Festival*
     
  • Saturday, Sept. 7, 12 to 7 p.m., Essex County Branch Brook Park, Newark: African Caribbean Festival*
     
  • Sunday, Sept. 8, 12 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.

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

All concerts are free to the public and are held at accessible sites. Anyone who requires special accommodations or assistance is asked to call at least two weeks prior to the concert to alert staff as to those needs.

For more information, call the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs at 973‑268-3500.