SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Downtown Somerville Alliance will close out a summer of outdoor entertainment with a Hispanic Heritage Festival Friday night, followed on Saturday night by the Paul Nagy Project, a Bridgewater band popular with crowds in central New Jersey.
The Division Street pedestrian mall has been pulsating with live music on weekends since July, with Saturday's 6 p.m. show closing out the Summer Stage weekly series.
Friday's planned Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration will feature a free concert by David Cedeno and his Orchestra, playing a collection of salsa, merengue and Latin jazz. The performance will kick off at 6 p.m. on Division Street at the Main Street intersection.
A Jersey native, David Cedeno and his Orchestra have been a mainstay of the NY Salsa scene for more than 25 years. His music is a blend of hot rhythms, powerful horns, and lyrical vocals. Cedeno's albums, including popular crossover hits such as Lady in Red, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, Somewhere, and Sealed with a Kiss, have been sold throughout the US, Japan, Germany and the Netherlands.
The event is sponsored by the Downtown Somerville Alliance and presented in partnership with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Latino Council, and the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital SALUDOS program.
The Paul Nagy Project has been together for several years and plays an eclectic mix of classic rock music. The band consists of Paul Nagy on lead guitar, Scott Bishop on keyboards and vocals, Roger Blake on bass, and Dave Lippencott on drums. The band likes to present a broad spectrum in the tunes they play which range from The Beatles to King Crimson, The Zombies to Peter Gabriel, The Animals to Mike and the Mechanics, and Joe Cocker to The Moody Blues.
The Downtown Somerville Alliance is sponsor of the music series, which began in mid-July and was extended through October.
The weekly series has been in existence for several years and is supported by the local non-profit Arts on Division. Talent for the season has been booked by local music/arts advocates Shawn Daley and Michelle Kassick, owners of Gallery on Main Street, located at 30 West Main St. in Somerville.
Masks are required to be worn and patrons are reminded to maintain a social distance of six feet between each other.
The Downtown Somerville Alliance is a TAPinto marketing partner