Concert, Car Show Mark 1st Thursday In Rahway

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RAHWAY – A concert by Gary US Bonds highlights  Rahway’s “1st Thursday” celebration tonight.

The festivities start 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.

At 7 p.m, rock legend Gary US Bonds & the Roadhouse Rockers take the stage for the concluding event of the Mayor’s Summer Concert Series. 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 Gary US Bonds concert is Thursday, Aug. 8.

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