RAHWAY—The Rahway’s Mayor’s Summer Concert Series will start on Aug. 7 with a performance by The Duprees. The Duprees are known the world over for their romantic interpretations of some of the most beautiful love songs ever written. They have made a career out of giving new life to old hits. If you take the Glenn Miller arrangements of the 1940s along with the tunes of Joni James, Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford, Nat King Cole, (just to name a few) and put them together, you have the sound of The Duprees.
On Aug. 14, Gary US Bonds will be on stage. As America’s baby boomers moved into their mid-teens, Gary began his professional career. For his first hit, “New Orleans”, attention was brought to the record by having promotional copies sent to radio stations in sleeves inscribed “Buy U.S. Bonds” – hence at age 19, Gary Anderson became Gary U.S. Bonds. The follow-up was the now legendary ‘party’ record, “Quarter to Three”, a number one hit with a spirit and energy that would eventually inspire and influence a generation.
Aug. 21, Suzette “Tina” Dorsey will be on stage doing “Tribute to Tina Turner.” Dorsey is versed in many areas of music and is always looking to take on challenges She has recorded with Arista Records, has been the leader and director of a 15 piece show, four musician band, and different orchestras. She is talented enough to lead in established musical arenas as well as creating and leading her own musical group. Dorsey has preformed many types of music which included cocktail, standards, “torch” ballads, contemporary, jazz, rock/funk, and Top 40 dance.
The Summer Concert Series will end on Aug. 28 with The Fabulous Grease Band. The Fabulous Grease Band is a seven member “Best of the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s Rock ‘n’ Roll Party Band.” Their highly entertaining and energetic delivery of the greatest dance songs ever written has kept the group on top for the last thirty years.
All of the concerts in the Mayor’s Summer Concert Series will be held outside the Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving Street, starting at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair. For more information about the Mayor’s Summer Concert Series or other recreation programs and activities call 732-669-3600 or visit www.cityofrahway.com
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