Union County Announces Summer Concert Lineup

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Summer Arts Festival concert series begins its 53rd season of music on Wednesday evening, July 10, with a Classic Rock Revue featuring performances by popular Jersey bands Lot B and the Rick Cantor Band. The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, led by Chairman Linda Carter, invites the public to attend this free concert that begins at 7:30 p.m. in Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.

Lot B is one of the hottest bands in North Jersey. With unique arrangements and harmonies (featuring lead vocals by Brooke Hern, Mayor of New Providence), their blend of classic rock, blues, R&B, funk and Top 40 hits generates energy and excitement wherever they perform.

The Rick Cantor Band (Mike “Bubba” Bange, Rick Cantor, Travis Hudelson and Jim Sampson) hail from Westfield, Cranford and Short Hills. They’ve played classic rock in New Jersey and New York for more than 50 years collectively, specializing in hits from the ‘60’s and ‘70’s.

“Bring the entire family for a rocking good evening in Echo Lake Park,” said Carter. “Pack a picnic basket, bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, and enjoy the sounds of summer under the stars.”

The Summer Arts Festival concerts continue throughout July and August on Wednesdays beginning at 7:30 p.m. The concerts in July will be at Echo Lake Park on the Mountainside-Westfield border and in August at Oak Ridge Park in Clark. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets are encouraged. Refreshments and snacks will be available from vendors.

The other free concerts in the Union County Summer Arts Festival series include:

July 17 – American Rapture; at Echo Lake Park.

July 24 – EagleMania; at Echo Lake Park.

July 31 – Ed Palermo Big Band; at Echo Lake Park.

Aug. 7 – Tusk (tribute to Fleetwood Mac); at Oak Ridge Park.

Aug. 14 – Sensational Soul Cruisers; at Oak Ridge Park.

Aug. 21 – Verdict (Reggae); at Oak Ridge Park.

Aug. 28 – The British Invasion Tribute; at Oak Ridge Park.

For rain information call the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal at (908) 558-4079 after 3 p.m. on the day of the scheduled concert, or visit the Union County web site: www.ucnj.org

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