PLAINFIELD, NJ — Four concerts remain in the Front Porch Concert series sponsored by the Plainfield Arts Council and the duCret School of Art. The concerts are held on Saturday evenings on the front lawn of the duCret School of Art, 1030 Central Avenue, Plainfield, NJ, with musicians performing on the newly renovated front porch of the historic George Strong house in the Van Wyck historic residential section of Plainfield that is home to the school.
All concerts begin at 5:00 p.m. These artists are scheduled to appear in the remaining concerts:
- Sat. 9/12 LatinX Music and Dance Fest
- Sat. 9/19 Boyd Plus with Ayidah — funk and soul
- Sat. 9/26 Amani — jazz
- Sat. 10/3 The New Bardots — classic rock
This Saturday’s concert on September 12 features Latin music performed by Anthony Martinez; Ian, bass; Vaughn Stavropoulos, sax, piano, and flute; Jem Seidel, jazz drums; Emmanuel Solano, percussionist; and Michelle Molina, vocals. The dance portion features performances by internationally renowned dancers Edgar and Wendy, classical ballet; Lory; and Jael J.
“The Plainfield Arts Council and the duCret School of Art are thrilled at the community’s embrace of these concerts,” said Arne Aakre, president of the Plainfield Arts Council. “Both performers and attendees have called the concerts 'cathartic,' reflecting the joy they feel in returning to a live music venue. Additionally, the acoustics on the porch are remarkable and provide a superior sound for these concerts.”
Admission to each concert is $20 for premier seating, or $10 for side lawn. Patrons must bring their own seating and locations will be identified that offer safe social distancing. All attendees must wear masks. Tickets can be purchased in advance on the Arts Council website at www.ducret.edu/new-events. Tickets may be purchased at the door but admission will be refused if attendees exceed a safe number, so advance purchase is recommended.
The Plainfield Arts Council is a 501 (c) 3 organization established to promote and celebrate the arts in Plainfield, highlighting the city’s variety, multiculturalism, and rich historical legacy; and to support community growth and engagement through arts and culture. The duCret School of Art, founded in 1926, is New Jersey’s oldest art school. The series is sponsored by Quin Sleepy Hollow, luxury rental residences in Plainfield.