Hunterdon County, NJ | Department of Planning and Land Use | MUSIC UNDER THE STARS CONCERT SERIES

2018
Music Under the Stars
Concert Series

 

FREE PERFORMING ARTS SERIES
"42nd Annual - Music Under the Stars"
June 28th - August 16th | 7pm - 9pm
Deer Path Park, 120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington

 

ABOUT THE MUSIC UNDER THE STARS

SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES

Download our 2017 Brochure

DIRECTIONS TO DEER PATH PARK

HISTORY OF OUR CONCERT SERIES

INCLEMENT WEATHER

ACCESSIBLITY STATEMENT

 

ABOUT OUR CONCERTS:

Music Under the StarsHunterdon County's 42nd Anniversary of Music Under the Stars celebration will feature local talents beginning each Thursday, starting June 28th and run through August 16th at Deer Path Park, which is located at 120 West Woodschurch Road in Readington Township {directions} next to the Hunterdon County YMCA facility.

Shows began 7:00 pm and run until approximately 9:00 pm.

Deer Path Park offers incredible vistas, especially at sunset, for spectators to enjoy. The park also offers plenty of room for the entire family to spread out a blanket, have a picnic dinner, hold an impromptu game of frisbee or volleyball, as well as enjoy the playgrounds.

Updated information about the concerts, including rain location needs (which at this time are scheduled to be held at Hunterdon Central Regional High School - 84 Route 31, Flemington, NJ 08822), will be posted on this page as well as the County's Home page and the main Parks and Recreation web page and the Parks Division Facebook page. A voice recording will be available at the Division of Parks and Recreation at (908) 782-PARK(7275).

FREE Concerts Under the Stars - Photo by Susan L. Fisher
FREE Concerts Under the Stars - Photo by Susan L. Fisher

Free Concerts, Thursday nights this summer, 7:00 PM, at Deer Path Park!

REFRESHMENTS

Vendors will be at Deer Path Park for your enjoyment, but feel free to bring a picnic.

HAVE FUN, BE SAFE, AND BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS:

Our concert series has always been a family-oriented program. Please be considerate of your neighbors, so that everyone may enjoy the music and the natural surroundings. If you smoke, make sure your second-hand smoke doesn't bother anyone else. We ask that you keep children in sight at all times, so their safety is assured, and so their play will not disturb others. Remember that some of our guests may be afraid of dogs, so please observe our park leash and litter pick-up laws, and keep pets under your control at all times. Spectators are encouraged to bring flashlights for added safety. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and a few friends and join us for our weekly open-air summer concert series at Deer Path Park in Readington Township, NJ.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE NOT PERMITTED

POSSIBLE CLOSURES DUE TO AVAILABLE SPACE IN DEER PATH PARK

Our stage is situated in front of a large, open field to accommodate lawn chairs and blankets for our audience. Additional fields will be made available for use as parking lots for each performance. There are evenings when we may need to close Deer Path Park, simply because we might fill lawn seating and/or parking spaces.

There are four very good reasons:

  1. You’ll get to visit with your friends;
  2. Fewer cars help reduce your time needed for parking before and after the concert, due to traffic;
  3. More people can enjoy the concert and
  4. If we all pitch in we can save some fossil fuel and lessen the amount of pollutants entering our air!
BE GREEN
Please Car Pool!

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2018 PERFORMANCES:

June 28 - Hunterdon Symphony

Hunterdon Symphony is the perfect send-off for your inner Explorer. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and sit back. Let your imagination wander to the ends of the earth along with Music of the Isles, the theme of this summer Music Under the Stars Concert.

www.hunterdonmusicalarts.org

July 5 - Citigrass

The band is a steady feature on the nightclub and festival circuit as well as a nationally-aired recording act. The members are top players on their instruments and have played thousands of private events of all kinds. Citigrass, based in New York City, specializes in a kind of “urban bluegrass,” which blends rock, jazz and even classical influences with traditional bluegrass to create a hot, modern sound that attracts a much wider audience than most bluegrass acts. This critically-acclaimed band is a favorite at many top venues and festivals and as well as a regular act at New York City’s legendary Knitting Factory. The band appeared recently on ABC TV live from Lincoln Center and is the featured soloist at this summers Mobile Symphony Orchestra pops concert (to perform with the orchestra). Citigrass and their new album, “Serpent in the Grass,” stretch the boundaries of bluegrass music; the CD is urbane, funny, musically complex, and full of excitement. Citigrass has been praised by such diverse publications as “Bluegrass Unlimited,” “Relix,” “The Village Voice,” “NY Press,” and “The band and its music have received national radio exposure through the highly successful run of both "Serpent in the Grass” and the debut album, “Citigrass”. 

www.facebook.com/citigrass

July 12 - Hunterdon Harmonizers

Comprised of more than 50 men from Hunterdon & surrounding areas, the Harmonizers have entertained audiences throughout the County for more than 23 years. They have successfully competed in Barbershop Harmony Society events as far as away Indianapolis, Indiana.  As a chorus they offer a wide variety of music sung in a cappella and close 4-part harmony.

www.njharmonizers.org

July 19 - Slippery When Wet

Slippery When Wet (NJ), The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute Band is a group of seasoned veterans of the New York and New Jersey music scene. Raised on the same mean streets and reared in many of the same bars and nightclubs as Jon and the band, these experienced rockers bring the same energy, enthusiasm, and New Jersey attitude to the stage as the early Bon Jovi, circa 1986! Since 2001Slippery When Wet has toured the USA and the Caribbean and has performed over 500 shows including  at nightclubs, casinos, large festivals, private parties, and corporate events.  

www.ultraartists.com/slippery-when-wet

9/20/2018 - NOTE FROM THE PARKS STAFF: Last night’s concert got off to a late start due an accident on Rt 78 in which someone lost their life. All lanes were closed and the keyboard player from Slippery When Wet was caught up in the traffic. The band tried to wait for him but he could not make it.

We hope everyone enjoyed their summer evening and the show which had to be altered due to not having the keyboard player.

We thank everyone for coming and we hope to see you next week.

August 2 - Captain Jack Billy Joel Tribute

The Captain Jack Band is a Billy Joel tribute band consisting of some of the tri-state area’s top musicians. The band, in every performance, captures the “live concert” arrangements of these timeless hits which captivated tens of thousands to Billy Joel concerts. Every event is packed with all the energy, passion and interaction of a Billy Joel concert, represented by three decades of Billy’s music in every Captain Jack show.

www.captainjacktributeband.com

August 9 - Frontiers

The Frontiers are hailed by fans and critics alike as the best Journey tribute band in the world, performing Journey’s music with chilling accuracy! Lead vocalist Elaine Tuttle is an absolute dead ringer for Steve Perry vocally. Fans agree that the Frontiers deliver the closest experience to the original Steve Perry fronted lineup. The band features world class New York musicians Damon Marks (guitar, vocals), Larry Edoff (keys, vocals), Marc Windler (bass, vocals), and Gerry Fortus (drums) who along with Elaine, have brought the show to critical acclaim.

www.ultraartists.com/frontiers.

August 16 - The Morristones

The Morristones are an oldies rock band from Morris County, NJ, comprised of students who have been performing all along the east coast for the past six years. They feature baritone Brad Ritschel, band leader and pianist Matt Korzen, bass player Tom McCoy from the University of Delaware, Ryan Grasso on drums, and guitar prodigy Connor Wilson from Whippany Park High School on electric. Songs of Sinatra, Doo Wop classics, hits of The Beatles, and more can be expected from this dynamic ensemble of young musicians.

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DIRECTIONS TO DEER PATH PARK:

  • PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington, NJ 08822
  • FROM THE FLEMINGTON AREA: At the Flemington traffic circle, take Route 31 north for approximately 4 miles. Turn right onto West Woodschurch Road and follow the sign to Deer Path Park.
  • FROM THE CLINTON AREA: At US Interstate 78, take Route 31 south for approximately 6.5 miles. Turn left onto West Woodschurch Road and follow the signs to Deer Path Park.

LEARN MORE ABOUT DEER PATH PARK

 

by Charles David Viera

HISTORY OF OUR CONCERT SERIES

In February of 1977, Parks & Recreation and County Library staff met to discuss plans for holding the County's first summer concert series for families to enjoy in a relaxed atmosphere. The series would be held outdoors, so concert goers could enjoy the natural beauty of our County. Children could enjoy the music or play in the open areas near the concert area.

A total of five concerts were offered that first year. From the summer of 1977 to the present, people would either bring lawn chairs or blankets to listen to the Thursday night summer concert series. Along with the blankets and chairs, a picnic basket of snacks or full dinners were also brought. The "Music Under the Stars" concert series has continued to grow in popularity, attendance, and in the quality of musical acts each year. Additional concerts were added to provide music from the end of June to mid-August.

Initially, the performers lived nearby and were locally known. With assistance from local businesses and with individual donations, regional and nationally known artists were featured at the concert series. Performers included Arlo Guthrie, Roseanne Cash, Janis Ian, and Richie Havens.

In 2010 we began featuring many of our local talents who graciously donate their time. If interested in becoming a featured artist, please contact the Department at 908-782-1158 or email parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us for information.

We hope to see you at our Music Under the Stars Concert Series!

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RAINY DAY CONCERT INFORMATION IS JUST A “CLICK AWAY!”

We try our best to hold our concerts outdoors, but sometimes weather conditions dictate that we move inside. These decisions are made during the late afternoon of each concert day.  The quickest way to find out this information is to go to our County website: www.co.hunterdon.nj.us. (click on “Parks and Recreation”), Information will also be posted on our FACEBOOK PAGE - so don't forget to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK...

If the internet is not accessible, please call the Park Office and listen to the recording after 4:30 PM by dialing (908) 782-PARK (7275).

All indoor concerts will be held at Hunterdon Central High School, 84 Route 31, Flemington, NJ 08822

RAIN LOCATION(S) - Hunterdon Central Regional High School Auditorium {directions}
84 State Route 31
Flemington, New Jersey 08822

PLEASE NOTE - No Food is allowed in the HCRHS Auditorium

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ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT: 

It is the policy of the County to provide reasonable accommodation to persons with disabilities upon advance notice of need.  Persons requiring accommodations should make request at least 2 weeks prior to program attendance. 

   

 

 

 

PHYSICAL ADDRESS: Hunterdon County Arboretum, 1020 Highway 31, Lebanon, NJ 08833       MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 2900, Flemington, NJ 08822
PHONE: 908-782-1158       EMAIL: parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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