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2016
Music Under the Stars
Concert Series

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HUNTERDON COUNTY
Division of
Parks and Recreation

DEPARTMENT OF LAND USE AND FACILTIES MANAGEMENT
PARKS@CO.HUNTERDON.NJ.US
FREE PERFORMING ARTS SERIES
"40th Annual - Music Under the Stars"
June 23rd - August 18th | 7pm - 9pm
Deer Path Park, 120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington
SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES
DIRECTIONS TO
DEER PATH PARK
HISTORY OF
OUR CONCERT SERIES
INCLEMENT
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Music Under the StarsABOUT OUT CONCERTS:

Hunterdon County's 40th Anniversary of Music Under the Stars celebration will feature local talents beginning each Thursday, starting June 23rd and run through August 18th 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

40th Anniversary Party August 4th with a free give away for the first 1,000 people.

Refreshments by THEE ICE CREAM PARLOR, Home of the BIG BOPPER! “Flemington’s Best Ice Cream!”

by Charles David Viera

Another exciting line-up for 2016 Summer Concert Series!

 

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 to help out:

  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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2016 UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:

... SEE PAST 2016 PERFORMANCES SCHEDULED

August 18
Amish Outlaws

The Amish practice a tradition called "Rumspringa" (running around) in which,  at age 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 of this band 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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2016 PAST PERFORMANCES:

June 23
Hunterdon Symphony

Is it time for a vacation?  The rousing music of the 2016 Pops Concert with the 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's Music Under the Stars concert.

www.hunterdonmusicalarts.org

 

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June 30
Hunterdon Harmonizers

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

www.njharmonizers.org

 

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July 7
Scott DeCarlo

With the street smarts and strength of an N.J. police sergeant, and the musicianship and voice of a country singer, Scott DeCarlo is using his unique sound to take the country music scene into his custody.  Boasting a big voice and enormous sense of determination, this East Rutherford native is a true showman of modern country.  His kick- in- the- door blend of Country-Rock is energetic, accessible and, above all, authentic. 

www.scottdecarlo.com

 

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July 14
Full Count Big Band

The Full Count Big Band is a seventeen piece orchestra that has been performing together for over a decade.  They are a professional group whose music is eclectic, not just nostalgic.  Although the term “big band” is most closely associated with its heyday of the Swing Era (1935-1945), it is a genre that has existed from the 1920’s and continues to this day. With a musical library of over five-thousand arrangements, Full Count provides an eclectic mix of music ranging from the Swing Era classics to more contemporary jazz music, Latin, rhythm & blues, funk, and rock.  Regardless of the musical style, the instrumentation of saxophones, trumpets, trombones and rhythm provides unrivaled harmonic and rhythmic excitement.

fullcountbigband.com

 

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July 28
Tusk Fleetwood Mac Tribute

Tusk covers all the great hits of Fleetwood Mac. The five seasoned, well-respected musicians comprising Tusk have been making music together in various combinations and styles, in original outfits and in cover bands, for over twenty-five years. It is only fitting that they should come together to form the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute, and pay homage to a group that dominated the charts during the band members’ formative years.

www.fleetwoodmactribute.com

 

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August 4
Best of the Eagles

This group of all-stars captures the instrumental and vocal prowess of the biggest California super group of all time! Established in 2012 with veteran musicians from central Jersey, the Best of the Eagles play the music of the Eagles in a very true-to-form tribute show. With six powerful vocals, outstanding harmonies and great musical accompaniment, the Best of the Eagles are one of the premiere tribute shows around, guaranteed to rock the audience!

bestoftheeagles.com

40th Anniversary Party
A free give away for the first 1,000 people
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August 11
Captain Jack - Billy Joel Tribute

SORRY THIS CONCERT WAS CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS

The Captain Jack Band is a Billy Joel Tribute band consisting of some of the tristate area’s top musicians. The band, in every performance, captures the “live concert” arrangements of these timeless hits which attracted tens of thousands to the 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

 

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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

ABOUT OUR CONCERTS

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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