BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission has scheduled a summer of live Sunday night concerts at Duke Island Park on Old York Road.
All concerts are free, with music lovers encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets to the shows.
The concert series is made possible by the generous donation of the Somerset County Park Foundation.
Here's the schedule:
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BEGINNINGS – A CHICAGO TRIBUTE
Sunday, July 10 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
The music of the band Chicago is timeless, with classics that define generations. Their songs are brought to life when performed by the talented group of musicians called Beginnings. Beginnings’ depth of talent is focused on Chicago’s five #1 albums and 20 top ten hits. Their performances exceptionally recreate every decade of the band’s hits. Beginnings is a family friendly melodic adventure, pleasing to music lovers of all ages.
YEEHAW – A SMOKIN’ COUNTRY BAND
Sunday, July 17 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
Yeehaw is a top 40 Country band whose members have all been musicians who toured with other bands including Adam Lambert, Blue Oyster Cult, and My Chemical Romance. Now they are pure country with several lead male and female singers who perform all of the songs currently at the top of the charts. This is a sing-a-long concert for all country fans – and bring your dancing shoes!
JOSEPH LEO BWARIE & HIS ORCHESTRA
Sunday, July 24 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
Joseph Leo Bwarie is an actor, writer, director, and recording artist. For the past several years, he starred as Frankie Valli in the Broadway production of the Tony Award® winning musical Jersey Boys, and was heralded by critics for his soaring vocals as the falsetto-voiced pop icon. He has performed the role longer than any other actor, with more than 2,000 performances. Bwarie has also released solo albums, working with producer/arranger Charles Calello. He is multi-talented, working in Hollywood producing. He has lent his voice to numerous movie soundtracks, television shows, and records. He has also been an ambassador for a cancer charity Cycle For Survival and done fundraising for The Covenant House to assistthe New York City youth homeless shelter.
20th ANNUAL BAYOU FEST
Sunday, July 31 from 5:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
ZYDECO-A-GO-GO 5:30 P.M.- 6:30P.M.
Dance band Zydeco-A-Go-Go brings partygoers and revelers the music that they can’t resist…Zydeco with a blend of Cajun two-steps, New Orleans rhythm & blues, and swinging Louisiana rock & roll. Hailing from Philadelphia, Zydeco-A-G-Go will get the party started and keep it going!
CJ CHENIER & THE RED HOT LOUISIANA BAND 7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
Son of the legendary Zydeco pioneer Clifton Chenier, C.J.’s music not only embraces traditional Zydeco, but stretches the genre to include elements of funk, Southern Soul, R&B, rock, and jazz. Labeled “the best living Zydeco singer and accordionist” by Living Blues magazine, when “The Crown Prince of Zydeco” straps on his accordion and applies the big squeeze you’ll be moved from deep within your soul to the soles of your dancing shoes.
JOE ZOOK & BLUES DELUXE
Sunday, August 7 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
This band has been bluesin' and rockin' since 1976! Led by legendary New Jersey Blues Hall of Fame singer, songwriter, and guitarist Joe “Zook” Zuccarello, Blues DeLuxe has performed on both the small stages of local pubs and joined world famous artists on the giant stages of festivals and concert halls including Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Sam and Dave, and Junior Walker & The Allstars. Blues DeLuxe includes horn players, keyboardists, and the occasional down and dirty blues harp. Come hear some of the best original and classic Blues known to man, woman or child!
3rd ANNUAL DOO-WOP AND FOOD TRUCK FEST
TRAMPS LIKE US – A SPRINGSTEEN TRIBUTE
Sunday, August 14 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
Bring an appetite for great food and music! A variety of food trucks selling a range of culinary delights will be on hand beginning at 5pm to start the festivities.
Tramps Like Us brings more than 25 years of musicianship that has won this band the hard-earned distinction as the most revered Bruce Springsteen Tribute band. Given high praise by dozens of publications, radio stations, and music industry personnel, they are the only tribute band to be endorsed by the official Springsteen Radio Station: E Street Radio on Sirius XM. The group captures the classic Springsteen sound, and remains true to the spirit and energy of the music, while delivering songs with the passion and conviction of the Boss.
Information on all Somerset County Park Commission activities and programs may be found online at www.somersetcountyparks.org or by call 908-722-1200.