MILLBURN, NJ - The original date was postponed, but under a warm and clear evening sky, the Teen and Family Night Concert went off in Taylor Park.
The night showcased three separate acts; Soulfege A Capella, Powdered Elephants and The Parkers. Soulfege kicked off the evening with a condensed set, that included a rendition of the national anthem.
After performing, incoming Soulfege president PJ Powar said that it was great to get the band back together and tune-up before the school year performance slate starts up again.
"it's always a lot of fun to get the group together," Powar said. "We had actually taken a little break for the summer because we had some graduating seniors. But to come together at this time...and just get a little refresher, have a little fun, sing some of the classics that we sing, it's a lot of fun."
Following Soulfege, Powdered Elephants took the stage. The group consists of Kyle Farscht on Synthesizer and Keypad, and Danielle Benne on Lead Vocals. After the performance, Benne spoke with TAPinto about the band's set.
"[We got] a lot of experience, which helps with anything," Benne said. "But I think that I grew a connection not only with my friends but with the people in the town. It's important to be able to express yourself and especially through music. That's the biggest way that I see it."
At the end of the set, Benne left the stage and allowed Farscht to play and sing a couple of new songs from his currently untitled solo project. Afterward, Farscht said it was a thrill to play his tracks publicly for the first time.
"The album is still unreleased, so it was my first time even sharing those songs publicly," Farscht said. "So I was really happy and really proud to be able to present those because I've grown so much as an artist with Powdered Elephants, that this is a new point in my life."
Finally, The Parkers took the stage. The group consists of Lead vocalist and guitarist Anya Parker-Lentz, her sister Kate on Synth and Vocals and their friend Henry Kane on the Drums.
"It's fun to be able to open up and not feel pressured," Anya said. "We actually did have an industry person here tonight, so we were a little bit [nervous], but there's always kind of a let loose aspect of it, where you are just there to have fun."
Parker-Lentz added, there's something fun about playing outside that's very exciting. You feel like you're in a festival, so that's fun for us."
The remaining concerts in the series are as follows;
- Sunday, August 4: Enough Said
- RESCHEDULED! Thursday, August 15: Jersey Sound