lawn chairs and picnic baskets ready.
METUCHEN ROCKS!, Metuchen's outdoor Summer Concerts Series gets
underway in August with a very exciting line up of some of the best New Jersey
bands. The free concerts take
place every Thursday night in August at 7:30 p.m. on the Metuchen Summer Stage
located on the corner of New and Center Streets in downtown Metuchen.
Scheduled to appear are: Big
Nancy and The Supreme Court on August 6th; Gripweed on August 13th; The Spider Monkeys on August 20th; and King Django on August 27th.
On August 6th, Metuchen
welcomes back the incomparable Big Nancy
and The Supreme Court (http://www.bignancy.com). This hard-hitting Blues, Funk and R&B
ensemble features the vocals of Ms. Yolanda Briggs. Her soulful
renderings of R&B classics make her the undisputed Queen the NJ blues
scene. Sitting on "the Court" with Ms. Briggs will be
guitarists Moon Reubin and Tony Scardaci; drummer, Ron Howden (from Nektar);
bassist Dave Carta; saxophonist Dave Homan; and the big Blues harp sound of
Nancy Swarbrick. "Big Nancy" is a world-class blues
harmonica player who has appeared with many of blues and rock greats including
Willie Dixon, Pinetop Perkins, Clarence Clemons, Levon Helm and David Johansen.
On August 13th, one of New
Jersey's most lauded indie bands The
Gripweeds (http://www.gripweeds.com)come to town on the cusp of the release
of their acclaimed latest album, How I
Won The War. The Grip Weeds incorporate many different
styles of original material, from Psychedelic and Garage Rock to Folk-based
ballads and thought-provoking social commentary. Family ties are strong in The Grip Weeds, as
singer/drummer Kurt Reil is joined by his wife Kristin Pinell and brother Rick
Reil, both singer/ guitarists. The
newest member is bassist Dave DeSantis, who's held down bass duties for a number
of top New Jersey bands.
On August 20th, Metuchen's own Spider Monkeys take the Summer Stage. The Spidermonkeys specialize in
Classic Rock, R&B and Blues.
The band has been a favorite in clubs throughout central New Jersey and
beyond since 2000. It is powered
by Jimmy Toscano's vocals and rhythm guitar and Zack Leffand's lead guitar playing. Both musicians hail from Metuchen,
NJ. Drummer Steve O'Neil, from
Edison, has played with several bands including the Shawn Mars Trio, and is one
of the areas most respected sound engineers. Bass player Greg Molyneux, from Round Valley, NJ, is a long
time veteran of the New Jersey music scene and is also a member of the
bluegrass/country/rock band the Rodeo Gypsies
The concert series closes on August 27th with the
legendary King Django
(http://www.kingdjango.com/shows.php) and a band he will put together for
the occasion. Django was one of the pioneers of the New York Ska and Reggae scene. He has made his name internationally as
a bandleader, singer, songwriter, arranger, instrumentalist producer, studio
engineer and label owner (Stubborn Records). He achieved mainstream recognition as the founder and leader
of traditional Ska super group Stubborn All-Stars. Django has continually built on his
reputation as one of the most influential and driving forces of
Jamaican-inspired music in America and throughout the world.
The concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday night in August and
take place on the Metuchen Summer Stage located on the corner of New and Center
Streets in downtown Metuchen.
plenty of free parking. In the
event of rain, the concerts will be held in the Metuchen Senior Center at the
This free concert series is sponsored by the Metuchen Arts Council
and Metuchen Recreation with generous support from the Metuchen Savings
Bank. It is also funded in part by
the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholder, Middlesex County Cultural
& Heritage Commission, with assistance through a grant provided by the New
Jersey State Council on the Arts/Dept. of State.
information about the Metuchen Rocks! Concerts contact Nancy Goldberg at
(732)632-8502 or visit the Metuchen Arts Council on Facebook. For a full calendar of summer arts
programs in Metuchen, log onto www.boroughimprovementleague.org.