The Jefferson Arts Committee is sponsoring a free summer concert series on Friday evenings. Concerts begin at 7:00 at the beautiful Victorian gazebo in the municipal complex (1033 Weldon Road). Free-will donations are gratefully accepted.

Attendees may sing along and dance on the brick extension or the grass. Bring a blanket or chair for comfort. Non-alcoholic beverages, picnic dinners, and snacks are permitted on the grounds unless the concert is moved indoors due to weather conditions. (All trash must be removed upon departure.)

June 28 – The Jefferson Township Community Concert Band will present a repertoire of popular favorites including classics, Broadway musicals, standard marches, and patriotic salutes. Talented local musicians are directed by Peter Tummillo. He will also direct a performance by the energizing Jazz Band ensemble.

July 5 – Rave On plays the music of Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, and other legends of classic early rock and roll including the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and many other artists. Enjoy memorable songs such as “Pretty Woman,” “Only the Lonely,” “That’ll Be the Day,” and more. Rave On is living proof that this music is timeless and continues to appeal to all ages. The show is always a crowd-pleaser.

July 12 – No concert due to Jefferson Fest III: food truck festival, concert, and fireworks on Saturday, July 13, at the high school field beginning 5:00. Admission and parking are free. There will be a DJ and family activities; Jersey Sound will perform on the main stage at 7:00.

July 19 – Tequila Rose is one of the state’s hottest “new country” bands mixing the best of today’s country music with classic hits, and sprinkling in a little rock and roll as well as southern rock. Known for its three-part harmonies, the band has kept crowds singing and dancing at Big John’s Pub, Landslide Saloon, and many regional summer fairs and festivals.

July 26 – The Dumonts are known as the “earls of elegant vocal harmony.” The trio’s unique blend of sophisticated harmonizing voices sets it apart from other local groups. The singers deliver superb, crowd-pleasing renditions of popular songs from the 1950s through the 1980s, including doo-wop and dance favorites.

August 2 – Country Comfort, one of north Jersey’s top contemporary country cover bands, performs the latest hits from male and female country sensations including Miranda Lambert, Shelton Blake, Jason Aldean, Chris Young, Lady Antebellum, and the Band Perry. They include a few classics now and then.

August 9 – Sunset Soundz will perform music from the 1950s through the 1970s, popular standards, some country, and current Top 40 hits. The group includes fantastic male and female singers accompanied by a talented band. Full of smiles, anecdotes, and boundless energy, frontman Mike Gintella motivates and involves the audience in the group’s performance, guaranteeing an evening of fun and great music.

August 16 – Reminisce is a 10-piece band known for displaying showmanship and interaction with the audience. Listeners will be taken back to the 1950s and early 1960s with memorable music such as “In the Still of the Night,” “Shout,” and songs by the Platters, Flamingos, Shirelles, Dion, the Belmonts, and others.

August 23 – The Symphonics is a small band performing a variety of music from the 1940s through today including big band, Motown, oldies, swing, show tunes, and ballroom. The players have extensive musical backgrounds spanning several decades. As longtime friends and singing buddies, they let their audiences experience the original spirit, craftsmanship, and exuberance of the vocal group art form.

Note: In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be held in the Jefferson Township High School auditorium (1010 Weldon Road). No food or beverages are allowed in the auditorium. For information and updates, visit www.jeffersonarts.org or www.jeffersontownship.net or call 973-697-2032 or 973-697-3828.

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