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2013 Summer Concert Series


It would not be summer without music in the park! Bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets and enjoy a variety of musical performances in Duke Island Park in Bridgewater. For further information on the concerts, please call 908 722-1200. Individuals with hearing/speech impairments may call the Relay Service at 711. Over the weekends, in case of threat of inclement weather please call 908 722-1200 ext. 5351. We also post weather updates on Twitter and Facebook. This concert series is made possible by the generous donations from Magic 98.3 WMGQ, The Courier News, Hyatt House Branchburg, and New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Funding has been made possible, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State through funds administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant.


July 4
Independence Day fireworks
North Branch Park - Gates open at 6pm.
HISTORICAL - Third New Jersey Regiment "Jersey Blues" Revolutionary War Encampment - 6pm - 9pm
6pm - 10pm

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Come celebrate Independence Day with spectacular fireworks!  North Branch Park gates will open at 6pm to allow vehicles to enter the park, and the fireworks display will be held at 9:30pm.  Visitors should plan to arrive early.  Food will be available for purchase, and a Revolutionary War encampment will re-create life during the 1770’s.  Park visitors should bring lawn chairs or blankets while they enjoy time in the park before the Independence Day fireworks begin.  Picnic baskets are also allowed, but alcohol is prohibited. 

For your safety and enjoyment, Somerset County Park Commission and the Bridgewater Police offer the following information so you may plan ahead. Arrive early to avoid parking delays.

Please note: Vehicular traffic exiting the park after the fireworks will be delayed for about 30 minutes to allow pedestrians to cross Milltown Road. In case of inclement weather, fireworks only will be held on Wednesday, July 5. Call the Activity Hotline at 908 722-1200 Ext. 5351 for an update.

For more information call 908 722-1200 . Individuals with hearing impairments may use the Relay Service @ 711.

No parking will be permitted along Routes 202 & 22

Personal fireworks not allowed.
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July 8

7PM - 8:30PM

The Happenings virtually exploded onto the national charts in May 1966 with their first single release, See You In September. The song quickly spiraled up the charts to become an international #1 record throughout the entire summer. The Happenings, continued their hits with Go Away Little Girl and Bye, Bye, So Long, Farewell, and I Got Rhythm.  Start the summer with some doo-wop!

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July 15
7PM - 8:30PM

Billy Gilman began his career as a young country artist when he was only 11 years old, with his debut single One Voice, a top 40 hit on the Billboard Charts and a top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs. He then released five albums. In 2016, Gilman auditioned for the TV show The Voice, and competed as part of Team Adam Levine, going all the way to the finals, and finishing in second place for the season!  In his blind audition broadcast Gilman sang Adele's song When We Were Young, impressing all four judges who all turned their chairs. In the semi-finals, he performed I Surrender from Celine Dion, again with a standing ovation from all four judges. In the finale, Gilman performed Frank Sinatra's My Way.  He now tours, bringing joy through his music to fans across the country.


July 22

7PM - 8:30PM

The Amish practice a tradition called "Rumspringa" in which teens have an opportunity to live free of Amish life before deciding if they want to be baptized into the Amish church. Most all of the youth return. But sometimes they don't.  Four of the six members of The Amish Outlaws were born and raised in Lancaster, PA and had a strict Amish upbringing. During their Rumspringa, they fell in love with music.  It was this love of music that brought them together in 2002, and for the past 16 years, they have been performing with a fire for music.  They have an infectious joy that shines through whether they are playing Johnny Cash, Lady Gaga, Pitbull, or Elvis Presley. 

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July 29
7pm - 8:30pm

Garden State Radio creates an ultimate concert experience! Their performance brings people to their feet dancing and singing along. The band plays a bit of everything, bringing to life the biggest hits of the 80's, 90's, 2000's, and today; spanning four decades of music. They mashup and medley a wide array of songs like a world class DJ, while also combining costumes and theatrics for a one of a kind live performance. 

A Carol King Tribute


August 5
KINDERHOOK 5:30PM - 6:30pm and

7PM - 8:30PM

Bring your 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.  

Kinderhook (originally Kinderhook Creek) was a popular New Jersey country rock band in the 70s and 80s. They had a devoted fan base that literally followed them from gig to gig. They opened for bands such as  the Conway Twitty, Pure Prairie League, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Richie Havens, and New Riders of the Purple Sage.  They reunited in 2010 and started playing venues again, including the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park. Kinderhook plays a blend of their original music mixed with country and rock classics.

Home Again is a true celebration of Carole King's legend and captures the "Beautiful" spirit of a unique time in music history!  Deb De Lucca, joined by her band of seasoned musicians, takes the audience on a journey through the catalogue of Carole King's own recorded hit songs, as well as songs she has written for other artists.  She began singing beginning with Tapestry in 1971, but was also a well-established songwriter for a decade prior writing songs for other artists including The Shirelles, The Monkees, The Carpenters, and The Drifters. What a great way to end the summer! 

The summer concert series is sponsored by

Magic 98.3




Hayatt House Branchburg

Courier News