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

2017
Music Under the Stars
Concert Series

 

FREE PERFORMING ARTS SERIES
"41st Annual - Music Under the Stars"
June 29th - August 17th | 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

 

ABOUT OUR CONCERTS:

Music Under the StarsHunterdon County's 41st Anniversary of Music Under the Stars celebration will feature local talents beginning each Thursday, starting June 29th and run through August 17th at Deer Path Park (located at 120 West Woodschurch Road in Readington Township {directions} (next to the Hunterdon County YMCA facility). Shows began 7:00 pm and ran 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.

This year, the Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation has fully funded the concert series.

This program's longevity is more than great music! 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, and enjoy the playground.

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), were posted on this page as well as the County's Home page and the main Parks and Recreation web page, as well as the Parks Division Facebook page. A voice recording was also available at the Division of Parks and Recreation at (908) 782-PARK(7275). All indoor concerts will be held at Hunterdon Central High School, 84 Rt 31 Flemington NJ 08822

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! Photo’s by Susan L. Fisher.

REFRESHMENTS

This year refreshments will be provided by RITA'S ICE, PIRATE CUPCAKE and MADDALENA'S CHEESECAKE!

TAKE THE LINK BUS!!

The Link Bus will pick up people at the LINK Bus Transfer Center (Jury Lot) back of parking lot, Park Avenue and Capner Street in Flemington, where LINK Route 16 starts.

The ride is $2.00 round trip.

Please call dispatch with all ride requests at 1-800-842-0531.

You must be at the LINK Bus Transfer Center by 6:30pm to receive a ride.

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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2017 PERFORMANCES:

June 29 - HUNTERDON SYMPHONY

Get ready for a brand new sound from the Music Under the Stars kick- off this year as Hunterdon Symphony teams up with members of School of Rock Lehigh Valley to bring you SYMPHONIC ROCK! Music of The Moody Blues, The Who, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, and More!

www.hunterdonmusicalarts.org

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July 6 - JAKE'S ROCKIN COUNTRY BAND

Jake’s Rockin Country Band is the tri-state area’s multi time award winning premiere country band!

They perform the best of classic country, today’s kickass rockin country, bluegrass, Southern rock, Cajun, Zydeco & New Orleans. We cover hits by all artists including Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Jimmy Buffet, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Gretchen Wilson, Carrie Underwood, Patsy Cline, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Martina McBride, Hank Williams Sr and Jr., The Eagles, Beatles, Stones, CCR, Elvis, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Eric Clapton, Grateful Dead, Allman Bros, Doobies, Marshall Tucker, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many more.

esteemlivemusic.com/bands/jakes-rockin-country

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July 13
Hunterdon Harmonizers

Comprised of more than 50 men from Hunterdon & surrounding areas, the Harmonizers have entertained audiences throughout the County for more than 22 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 & close 4- part harmony.

www.njharmonizers.org

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July 20 - JIM BARONE ELVIS TRIBUTE

Jim Barone is an award winning Elvis Tribute Artist and the man who brings Elvis Presley’s voice to life. Jim’s tribute spans the Presley catalog keeping true to the sound, passion, and style that encompassed Elvis as an entertainer. The result is a natural performance, without cliché, that embodies the soulful sensuality, the playful swagger, the humor, and the complete command of the audience.

www.jimbarone.com

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July 27 - CAPTAIN JACK BILLY JOEL TRIBUTE

The Captain Jack Band is a Billy Joel Tribute band consisting of some of the tri-state areas 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 3 decades of Billy's music in every Captain Jack show.

www.captainjacktributeband.com

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August 3 - TRAMPS LIKE US

The concert WILL BE HELD AT DEER PATH PARK as planned - see you tonight!!

Tramps Like Us brings more than 25 years of road-tested musicianship that have won this band the hard-earned distinction of the planet’s most revered Bruce Springsteen Tribute band. Given high praise by dozens of publications, radio stations, music industry personal, and the ONLY tribute band to be endorsed by members of "The Springsteen Camp" such as former producer and manager Mike Appel and the official Springsteen Radio Station.

Formed in 1990, Tramps Like Us has performed over 2000 concerts and have rocked over 1 million fans! Rockers and ballads delivered with the raw intensity and swagger reminiscent of the Boss himself. Tramps features a line up of seasoned and professional musicians with a repertoire of over 140 songs.

www.trampslikeus.com

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August 10 - THE WHIPTONES

The Whiptones are a Doo Wop quartet from Whippany, NJ comprised of four college students who have been performing all along the east coast for the past five years. Their blend of vocal harmony is energizing, bringing new life and passion to the golden oldies, and smiles to generations of fans. The Whiptones have performed for thousands of people at famous venues such as the IZOD Center, Beacon Theatre, PNC Bank Arts Center, and Mohegan Sun Arena. Their music has aired on radio stations up and down the east coast. They were even selected to sing the National Anthem on Opening Day at Citi Field for the New York Mets in 2014. The Whiptones are excited to have guest lead singer Arianna Reyher, soprano, from Dallas, TX, join them on the stage.

www.thewhiptones.com

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August 17 - AMISH OUTLAWS

The Amish practice a tradition called "Rumspringa" (running around) at 16 they can live free of the strict Amish code before deciding if they want to be baptized into the Amish church. Surprisingly, virtually all of the youths return. But sometimes they don't. Four of the original six members were born and raised in Lancaster, PA and had a strict Amish upbringing. No electricity from land lines, no alcohol, no musical instruments, but their spirits were too wild for the Amish lifestyle. Once they trampled in the Devil's Playground, there was no turning  back. Since Rumspringa, the Amish Outlaws have become well acclimated to the pleasures and vices of the modern world... music, most of all. From Johnny Cash, JayZ, Lady Gaga to Bon Jovi & Elvis they will entertain you!

www.amishoutlaws.com

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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

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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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INCLEMENT WEATHER:

FOR CONCERT SITE INFORMATION ON RAINY DAYS Please check our web site or call the Parks & Recreation Department after 4:30 PM by dialing (908)782–7275 {782-PARK}. Information will also be posted on our FACEBOOK PAGE - so don't forget to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK...

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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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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