Gary US Bonds Concert Highlight Rahway’s “First Thursday” Activities

Gary US Bonds

Gary US Bonds

RAHWAY – A concert by Gary US Bonds highlights  a night of music, food and fun planned for Thursday, Aug. 1, in downtown Rahway, Mayor Rick Proctor, the Rahway City Council, the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Rahway Arts District announced.

The night starts with the Classic Car Show on Irving Street beginning at 5 p.m. Take a stroll down memory lane among vehicles of a by-gone era while music of the 50s and 60s fill the air.

Starting at 6 p.m., stop by the 1591 Gallery, also on Irving Street, for two dynamic exhibits. The Main Gallery will feature Rahway’s Own, an exhibit celebrating Rahway’s unique history of innovation and creative thinking. It includes photographs, artifacts and artwork highlighting notable innovators with Rahway connections – astronomer Carl Sagan, Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman, inventor Nikola Tesla, contemporary artist Richard Tuttle, novelist Carolyn Wells, chemist and corporate leader Roy Vagelos and others.

Gallery Two will feature Vince Salvati’s Pictures from Pictures exhibit, an installation of over 100 photographs. Meet the artist at the reception which is free and open to the public.

Rahway author and historian Alex Shipley will be signing copies of his book The Case of the Unknown Woman which chronicles the unsolved investigation into the brutal murder of a never-identified young woman that occurred in Rahway in 1887.

Rahway Arts District will also be hosting a back lot barbecue. The party starts at 6 p.m. in the lot behind the 1591 Gallery. A hot buffet including barbecue chicken, ribs, beef, rice and beans, red bliss potato salad, pasta with tomato-basil sauce, sliced watermelon, and iced tea is available for $20 per person. A cash bar featuring wine, beer, and other beverages will be available to diners.

Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance. They are available at the Union County Performing Arts Center box office, 1601 Irving Street, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesday July 23 through Friday July 27, and Tuesday July 30 and Wednesday July 31. Tickets will also be sold at the Rahway Arts District office in the 1591 Gallery on Tuesday July 23 and Wednesday July 24 and Tuesday July 30 and Wednesday July 31. Cash only.

At 7 p.m, rock legend Gary US Bonds & the Roadhouse Rockers take the stage as the iconic singer-songwriter dishes out hearty, historical rock, roll and rhythm & blues. The concert stage is in the “Back Stage Lot” of the Union County Performing Arts Center, facing Main Street.

In the sixties Gary US Bonds records helped define an era of party music with his breakthrough release of New Orleans, followed-up by Quarter To Three – a number one song with a spirit and energy that would eventually inspire and influence a generation.

He transcended the decades with hits and in the eighties, collaborated Bruce Springsteen and Miami Steve Van Zandt on a number of albums and singles. With the release of his newest CD, Let Them Talk, his 2012 Christmas CD, Christmas Is On and the forthcoming biography, That’s My Story And I’m Sticking To It, Bonds continues bringing his never-ending tour to rapturous audiences.

Audiences are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to this free show. The exhibitions at the 1591 Gallery will go on rain or shine. The rain date for the back lot barbecue and Gary US Bonds concert is Thursday, Aug. 8.

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