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Sounds of Summer 2017

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Summertime in New Jersey means warm weather, cool breezes, the Jersey Shore and, of course, summer music season. We've compiled a guide to the hottest concerts and festivals across the state. With so many great music happenings, from pop and Broadway to classical and jazz, you're sure to find something tuneful in your neck of the woods. So go ahead -- get your summer groove on!
North Jersey
Northern Events
Central Jersey
Central Events
South Jersey
Southern Events
Northern Events

An Evening with Diana Krall
NJPAC (Newark)
June 16 | Event Details

Diana Krall brings her 2017-2018 world tour to NJPAC in support of her highly anticipated new album, Turn Up the Quiet, which celebrates a return to jazz and the Great American Songbook and reunites her with Grammy-winning producer Tommy LiPuma.

Paper Mill Playhouse
Broadway Show Choir
Union County PAC (Rahway)
June 16 | Event Details

Fifty singer/dancers present a showcase of your favorite Broadway shows like West Side Story, Newsies, Dreamgirls, Mary Poppins, Annie, Hairspray, and more. The program will also feature standards and pop favorites.

Aimee Mann
SOPAC (South Orange)
June 19 | Event Details

The first new solo album in five years for Aimee Mann signals a welcome new arrival from the beloved singer-songwriter. Mann has appeared in film and television and continues to delight her loyal fans while cultivating new fans with her seriously whimsical and deep songwriting.

Don McLean
bergenPAC (Englewood)
June 24 | Event Details

Don McLean, one of America's most enduring singer-songwriters, is forever associated with hits like American Pie. Since first hitting the charts in 1971, Don has amassed more than 40 gold and platinum records and been inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.

Giralda Music & Arts Festival
Morris Arts (Morristown)
June 25 | Event Details

At this 34th annual festival, you can hear a concert by the NJ Symphony Orchestra, relax on the beautiful lawns of the former Dodge Estate, and enjoy activities such as an art show/sale, the Montclair Art Museum Art Truck, and activities for children. Prizes will be awarded for the most inventive picnics.

Jazz in the Garden
Newark Museum (Newark)
July 6 - August 3 | Event Details

This summer concert series on Thursday nights will feature: July 6 - Howard Johnson (Tuba); July 13 - Five Play; July 20 - Russell Malone (guitar); July 27 - Claudia Acuna (vocal); and August 3 - Stefon Harris (vibes & marimba). Lunch is available for purchase; brown-baggers are welcome.

Jill Scott
NJPAC (Newark)
July 15 | Event Details

Singer-songwriter Jill Scott, three-time Grammy winner, performs Fool's Gold, A Long Walk, and many sensuous R&B favorites. Equally acclaimed as a poet and actress, Scott starred alongside Tyler Perry and Janet Jackson in Why Did I Get Married?

Blues Traveler
MPAC (Morristown)
July 15 | Event Details

Grammy award-winning blues-rock group Blues Traveler continues to chart new musical directions. Led by singer John Popper, the band performs a mix of old and new, drawing upon its 30 years as one of music's most popular live bands.

New Voices Concert
Paper Mill Playhouse (Millburn)

July 28-29 | Event Details

This concert features students from the July Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory, with past performers having gone on to take the entertainment industry by storm. Anne Hathaway, Laura Benanti, and Rob McClure all got their start on this stage!

Glenn Miller Orchestra
The Newton Theatre (Newton)
July 30 | Event Details

With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present group was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world.

Montclair Jazz Festival
Jazz House Kids (Montclair)

August 12 | Event Details

This free annual festival is the biggest single one-day event in Montclair. Come out and celebrate the incredible, original American cultural tradition of jazz, with performances by internationally-celebrated jazz icons and 150+ emerging musicians! Bring folding chairs or a picnic blanket and enjoy a full day of live music.

Donny and Marie
MPAC (Morristown)
August 15 | Event Details

The legendary Donny and Marie invite your family to celebrate summer with them in true Osmond fashion. Donny and Marie mix the spirit of their early television specials and recordings with a nostalgic look back on their storied career in a dynamic stage show showcasing fan favorites.



Central Events
The Princeton Festival
Multiple venues (Princeton)

June 3-25 | Event Details

The Princeton Festival continues to bring new and different genres to its audiences, featuring a wide program of opera, musical comedy, chamber and choral music, Baroque orchestra, organ recital, a cappella jazz, and the Festival's own piano competition for young artists.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra: Season Finale with Zhang & Bronfman
Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank)
June 10 | Event Details

Two stellar artists close the season: Xian Zhang joins forces with pianist Yefim Bronfman, described by the Chicago Tribune as "a marvel of digital dexterity, warmly romantic sentiment, and jaw-dropping bravura."

5th Annual Feria de Sevilla
Alborada Spanish Dance (Woodbridge)

June 11 | Event Details

This festival celebrates Spain's unique cultural heritage with New Jersey flair. The family-oriented event features colorful costumes, mainstage flamenco performances, live music, food, and traditional Spanish items for sale.

Happy Together Tour
State Theatre NJ (New Brunswick)
June 14 | Event Details

This performance features: The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie (Happy Together, It Ain't Me Babe); Chuk Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night; The Association; The Cowsills; The Box Tops; and The Archies' Ron Dante.

Art All Night
Artworks (Trenton)

June 17-18 | Event Details

This annual 24-hour arts extravaganza encourages any artist of any age, medium, or skill level to submit one piece of original art for display in a gallery-like setting. A catalyst for community development, the event shines a spotlight on our region's artistic talent.

G. Love: Solo Acoustic
Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan)
July 1 | Event Details

Appearing in a solo set, G. Love will help you get your Independence Day weekend celebration started with his seventh appearance at the Algonquin. Hawaiian singer/songwriter/pro surfer/model Landon McNamara opens the show.

Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival
(West Windsor/Long Branch)
July 8 / August 26 | Event Details

This annival festival is celebrated all over the north Jersey Shore, with two full-day festivals featuring jazz, blues, food, crafts, games, good company, and plenty of family fun. Come to enjoy some of the very best jazz and blues music around.

Boz Scaggs
State Theatre NJ (New Brunswick)

July 15 | Event Details

Grammy Award winner Boz Scaggs began his career as the lead singer and guitarist of the Steve Miller Band in the late '60s before the success of his solo work. He blurs the lines between genres, mixing rock, soul, country, blues, and jazz to create a unique sound.

The Hit Men
Axelrod PAC (West Windsor/Long Branch)
July 20 | Event Details

More than a tribute band, the Hit Men are the professionals who performed with legendary singers like Frankie Valli, Carole King, and Cat Stevens. The original musicians on many Billboard Chart toppers lead audiences through rock-and-roll history and share insider stories.

Not So Silent Series: Mindtravel
Grounds For Sculpture (Hamilton)

July 22 | Event Details

Enjoy a personal listening experience while sharing powerful moments in community with others. Improvisational piano meditations will leave you in a state of harmony and clarity as you listen through wireless headphones, surrounded by GFS' lush outdoor landscape.

Herbie Hancock
Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank)
August 6 | Event Details

Now in the sixth decade of his professional life, Herbie Hancock remains at the forefront of world culture, technology, business, and music. In addition to being recognized as a legendary pianist and composer, Hancock has been an integral part of every popular music movement since the 1960s.

A Swingin' Affair: 75 Years of Sinatramania
Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan)
August 27 | Event Details

Frank Sinatra's record-breaking appearance at the Paramount Theater made him a world phenomenon 75 years ago. Join James Langton's big band for this unique tribute, featuring original arrangements written for Sinatra during his 50-year career.


Southern Events
Cape May Music Festival
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (Cape May)

May 28 - June 15 | Event Details

Enjoy world-class orchestral and chamber, jazz, Celtic, and brass band music. The 28th annual festival offers a feast for every musical taste, featuring performers like the NJ Symphony Orchestra and Bay Atlantic Symphony as well as events like Bach's Lunch and Champagne Jazz Brunch.

Appel Farm Music & Wine Festival
Appel Farm Arts & Music Center (Elmer)
June 3-4 | Event Details

Raise a glass to the good things in life. Sample wine from regional vineyards and wineries, shop at the Culinary Grove and Crafts Faire, grab a bite or beer while listening to the lineup of outstanding musical guests. Also available are a Kids Camp, South Jersey Cycling Tour, and an Overnight Stay.

The History of Rock 'n' Roll
Perkins Center for the Arts (Moorestown)

June 12 | Event Details

This lawn chair concert features the sounds of rock music's evolution from the earliest blues-driven tunes of the mid 1950s to the grunge era of the early 1990s. The concert will also highlight songs that characterize the British invasion, psychedelic, 70s arena, punk, and new wWave periods.

On Point: Technology Meets the Arts
Symphony in C (Camden)
June 17 | Event Details

The concert will showcase Haddonfield Public Library's new technology and connect it to human creativity through a performance of contemporary music that combines traditional acoustic instruments, electric instruments, and computer-generated sounds and effects that blend arts and technology.

The Land of Ozz Tribute
Strand Center for the Arts (Lakewood)

June 17 | Event Details

From the makers of Beatlemania comes The Land of Ozz, the most incredible re-creation of Ozzy Osbourne's prime years ever brought to stage. At the band's center is Stephen Desko, reproducing Ozzy's iconic image and distinct vocals. Teenage guitarist Matt Stanley's jaw-dropping ability to play note-for-note leads must be heard to be believed.

The Outlaws
Levoy Theatre (Millville)

June 24 | Event Details

The Outlaws, Southern Rock legends, return with new music, new focus, and an uncompromising new mission: It's about a band of brothers bound together by history, harmony, and the road. It's about a group that respects its own legacy while refusing to be defined by its past. But most of all, it's about pride.

Broadway Series:
Constantine Maroulis
Cape May Stage (Cape May)
July 10 | Event Details

First a rock 'n' roll underdog on American Idol, Constantine secured his place in pop culture as a Broadway superstar, including a Tony-nominated role in Rock of Ages. Now he begins a new era with a bevvy of intriguing projects and his most assured solo music to date.

Twilight Concert Series:
Audra McLaughlin
Camden County Parks (Pennsauken)
July 27 | Event Details

Audra McLaughlin is a talented vocalist from the Philadelphia area who fought her way to top runner-up on the national TV show The Voice. This free concert is part of Camden County's Twilight Concert Series and takes place at Cooper River Park.



XPoNential Music Festival
Camden County Parks
@ Wiggins Park (Camden Waterfront)
July 28-30 | Event Details


The XPoNential Music Festival has been a summertime staple for more than a decade. With a lineup of awesome artists heard on WXPN 88.5FM, the festival is a hit with fans young and old.

This year's headliners include Wilco, Conort Oberst, Hop Along, Amos Lee & Friends, Spoon, The Suffers, and Chicano Batman, along with Wiggins Park artists such as Offa Rex, Angel Olsen, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Rhiannon Giddens, Drive-By Truckers, The Record Company, and more.


discount Jersey Arts Member Offers:

Premium Members get treated like a VIP all weekend long. We'll hook you up with free non-alcoholic beverages and meet-and-greets with the artists. Just show us your member card at the Jersey Arts Booth.

All members: Visit our booth and pick up a free water bottle to help keep you cool. If you're not a member yet, the festival is the perfect time to sign up!


PLUS, new and existing Jersey Arts Members can register to win one of these great prizes through our Summer Ticket Giveaway:


Just visit our booth at the XPoNential Music festival to enter the raffle, or enter online by August 1.


Broadway Series: Rita Gardner
Cape May Stage (Cape May)
August 14 | Event Details

Rita Gardner has had a long career on and off Broadway and is best known for originating the role of The Girl in the all-time longest-running musical The Fantasticks. Most recently, she created the role of Rosie in The Wedding Singer.

Cirque de la Symphonie
Ocean City Pops (Ocean City)
August 20 | Event Details

In this new production, artists include aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, and strongmen. These amazing artists perform with the POPS, directed by Maestro Scheible, performing exhilarating orchestral classics.