ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – The 2016 Essex County Free SummerMusic Concert Series. is set to launch this weekend and run through the summer with a diverse group of musicians and entertainers performing at locations throughout the historic Essex County Park System.

This year’s series features three concert and fireworks spectaculars, Friday night concerts in Brookdale Park and eight cultural festivals.
 
“Pack a blanket, enjoy the cool evening breeze, and dance to the sounds of classical, rock and roll, jazz, big band, Latin and more," advises County Executive Joe DiVincenzo. "We have an amazing line-up that is sure to entertain and impress.” 
 

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Over the course of 12 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:

  • Saturday, June 18th, 12 Noon to 8 p.m., Essex County Weequahic Park, Newark: House Music Festival*
  • Saturday, June 18th, 12 noon to 5 p.m., Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park, Orange: Gospel Festival*
  • Tuesday, June 28th, 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.)
  • Thursday, June 30th, 7 p.m., Essex County Yanticaw Park, Nutley: The Symphonics
  • Friday, July 1st, 7:30 p.m., Essex County Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair: Concert by AM Gold and the Fireworks Spectacular
  • Wednesday, July 6th, 7:30 p.m., Essex County Weequahic Park, Newark: Smooth, a Tribute to Motown and a Fireworks Spectacular
  • Friday, July 8th, 7:30 p.m., Essex County Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair: the Bronx Wanderers
  • Tuesday, July 12th, 7 p.m., Essex County Independence Park, Newark: Nanny Assis
  • Wednesday, July 13th, 7 p.m., Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park, Orange: NJ Steel Rhythms
  • Wednesday, July 13th, 7 p.m., Essex County Veterans Memorial Park, Newark: Trilogy, An Opera Company Presents “3 Mayors”
  • Friday, July 15th, 7:30 p.m., Essex County Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair: The Stylistics
  • Sunday, July 17th, 1 to 9 p.m., Essex County Branch Brook Park, Prudential Concert Grove, Newark: Newark’s North Ward Music Festival*
  • Tuesday, July 19th, 7 p.m., Essex County West Side Park, Newark: Gordon James
  • Wednesday, July 20th, 7 p.m., Essex County Riverbank Park, Newark: Latin Splendor
  • Friday, July 22nd, 7:30 p.m., Essex County Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair: Mike Del Guidice and Big Shot, a Billy Joel Tribute
  • Tuesday, July 26th, 7 p.m., Essex County Watsessing Park, Bloomfield/East Orange: Groove St. Quintet
  • Friday, July 29th, 7:30 p.m., Essex County Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair: Beginnings, a Chicago Tribute
  • Tuesday, August 2nd, 7 p.m., Essex County Ivy Hill Park, Newark: Richard Reiter
  • Wednesday, August 3rd, 7 p.m., Essex County Vailsburg Park, Newark: Denise Hamilton
  • Friday, August 5th, 7:30 p.m., Essex County Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair: Eaglemania
  • Saturday, August 6th, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park, Orange: African Caribbean Festival*
  • Monday, August 8th, 7 p.m., Essex County Grover Cleveland Park, Caldwell/Essex Fells: Jersey Sound
  • Tuesday, August 9th, 7 p.m., Essex County Riverfront Park, Newark: Frank Valdes Quintet
  • Wednesday, August 10th, 7 p.m., Essex County Verona Park, Verona: Frank Piombo Quintet
  • Friday, August 12th, 7:30 p.m., Essex County Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair: The Infernos
  • Saturday, August 13th, 4 to 9 p.m., Essex County Ivy Hill Park, Newark: International Food and Music Festival*
  • Sunday, August 14th, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park, Orange: Latino Festival*
  • Friday, August 19th, 7 p.m., Essex County Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange: Ron Aprea Orchestra
  • Saturday, August 20th, 2 to 7 p.m., Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park, Orange: House Music Festival*
  • Sunday, August 21st, 2 to 7 p.m., Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park, Orange: Essex County Talent Showcase*
  • Sunday, September 11th, 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.

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.