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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. 7. 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, 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, option 2 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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Radio Nashville


July 9

7pm - 8:30pm

Every country song tells a story, and Radio Nashville does just that, with a show that’s one big party. They perform top country hits from artists such as Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, and Little Big Town, plus they play favorite Country classics as well. This six-piece band with several lead singers, a talented fiddle player, and amazing guitarist and rhythm section is a great way to start the concert season! Bring your dancing shoes!.

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July 16
7pmpm - 8:30pm

Since the early 60’s, when Darlene Love was discovered by Phil Spector, she has done it all.  She began by singing backup for artists such as Tom Jones, The Righteous Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye, and Elvis Presley. Her own Billboard hits include: He’s A Rebel, The Boy I’m Gonna Marry, Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home, and the #1 holiday classic Christmas Baby Please Come Home, a song that she has performed annually with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Symphony Orchestra on The Late Show for 30 years.  Darlene has also appeared in major motion pictures including the Lethal Weapon series and has appeared in the Broadway hits Hairspray and Grease. In 2011, Darlene Love was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, by her friend and fellow icon Better Midler. Rolling Stone Magazine proclaimed Darlene Love to be “one of the greatest singers of all time”.

Boy Band Project


July 23

7pm - 8:30pm

The Boy Band Project is a creative boy band cover group that expertly reimagines the sound, movements, and energy of the American and British groups that were so popular during the 90’s and the next generation. They feature the popular top 40 hit music of groups such as NSYC, the Backstreet Boys, Hanson, One Direction, Boys II Men, and O-Town.  Bring the family, and introduce them as well to a generation of songs to which everyone sang along!  Guaranteed to make you want to get up and dance!

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July 30
Blues Fest at Duke Island Park featuring BOB LANZA BLUES BAND 
5:30pm- 6:30pm

According to singer, songwriter, and guitarist Bob Lanza, there is only one way to play the blues……”From the heart with ferocity as if your life depends on it”.  The Bob Lanza Blues Band is no stranger to music, having played for years with Floyd Phillips and the Mudflaps, and also backing legends such as James Cotton. This band will definitely get the blues party started!

7pm - 8:30pm

Tyrone Stackhouse lives in Somerset County, but he plays Motown like he was born and raised in Detroit!  He and the band play the hits of the 60’s and 70’s, and also embrace R&B, soul, jazz, and the blues into their eclectic sound.  It’s a smooth sound that’s a perfect ending to a hot summer weekend night.   

The Tyrone Stackhouse Group



August 6

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 6pm to start the festivities.  Then the music begins at 7pm. The Duprees are known world-over for their romantic interpretations of some of the most beautiful love songs ever written.  Hailing from New Jersey, in 1962, The Duprees struck gold with You Belong to Me.  Their unmistakable sound was born, and the hits kept rolling, including Have You Heard, My Own True Love, and Goodnight My Love.  The Duprees have never slowed down, still touring and recording after more than 50 years! 

The summer concert series is sponsored by

Magic 98.3



NJ Arts Council

Courier News