ELIZABETH, NJ,  – The 16th Annual Music at The Mills, a celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month, takes place Saturday, October 10 through Monday, October 12, at The Mills at Jersey Gardens, a Simon Malls Outlet and Value Retail Center.

Music at The Mills, formerly Art in the Gardens, is presented by The Mills at Jersey Gardens and the Union County Division of Cultural & Heritage Affairs and was created to recognize the abundance of talented artists in New Jersey. It includes performances from all sectors of the arts including music, dance, theater and cultural. The diversity of the performers runs the gamut from jazz and anime/video game music to Colombian salsa dancers. The center also gives the artists a public forum to promote their talents. Performances are free to the public.

“The shoppers love it,” said Crystal Fresco, director of marketing and business development, The Mills at Jersey Gardens, adding that new performers are join annual favorites each year. “We do a lot for the city of Elizabeth because they were so welcoming to us and helped us get established here. Also, there is so much talent in Elizabeth.”

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All performances are held in the Center Court of the mall (see preliminary schedule below).

Saturday, Oct. 10:

·         11:00 a.m. – Noon      Jill Cagney (Singer/Songwriter)

·         12:30 – 1:30PM         Jefferson Arts Liberty Dancers

·         2:00 – 3:00 p.m.        Hayden Greyson (Singer/Songwriter)

·         3:30 – 4:30 p.m.       “You & Your Sister” (Musical Performance)

·         6:30 – 7:30 p.m.        United Youth of New Jersey (Dance, hip-hop, rap)

Sunday, Oct. 11:

·         11:30 – 12:30 p.m.    Blanca Rosas (Musical Performance)

·         1:00 – 1:30 p.m.        Estilo Latino Dance Co. (Colombian Salsa Dancing)

·         2:00 – 3:00 p.m.         Yasko & Kokonuts (Musical Performance)

·         3:30 – 4:30 p.m.         Moshi Moshi Band (Anime/Video Game Music)

·         5:00 – 6:00 p.m.          Chinese American Music Ensemble

Monday, Oct. 12:

·         11:00 a.m. – noon      Kathleen McMahon (Dance)

·         12:30 – 1:30 p.m.      University of Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla 

·         2:00 – 3:00 p.m.       Jazz Vocalist (Lauren Shub, With Pianist, Ilya Maslov)

·         6:30 – 7:30  p.m.       Framework Acoustic Jazz Ensemble

Schedule subject to change. Updates will be added to the schedule at http://www.simon.com/mall/the-mills-at-jersey-gardens/news-and-events.