METUCHEN ROCKS! Free Concert Series Starts NOW

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From the Arts Council: Metuchen's summer of music and art continues as the annual "METUCHEN ROCKS! outdoor concerts gets underway in August. 

The Metuchen Arts Council, in association with the Metuchen Recreation Commission, will present its annual outdoor summer series  with concerts on August 16, 23, 30, and an end of summer street party on Sunday, September 2nd. 

The concerts are free and take place  at 7:30 p.m. on the Metuchen Summer Stage in the heart of downtown Metuchen on the corner of Center and New Streets.   

This year's concert series includes four New Jersey bands that demonstrate the States diverse musical culture starting on August 16th with the country sound of The Saddle Tones.  The music continues with the Reggae band Random Test on August 23rd.   On August 30th, the Latin rhythms of David Cedeno and His Latin Orchestra return to Metuchen with their dance party inspiring Salsa rhythms.   Metuchen's own hometown rockers The Spidermonkeys will officiate at an end of summer street party on Sunday, September 2rd.

For more info on the individual performers, check out the next page . . .

The Saddle Tones take the stage on August 16th .   Their original brand of country music evokes the era of Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Wanda Jackson with just the right amount of rocking-rhythms that inspire audiences to take a spin around the dance floor.  The band features Miss Laurie Ann on vocals and acoustic guitar; Mike McMillan on lead guitar on a vintage telecaster; Arturo Baguer on the big fiddle base; and Ira "Tex" Kay keeping a steady beat on drums.

The Summer Stage switches to a Caribbean beat on August 23rd when the Reggae band, Random Test pays tribute to pioneers in reggae and soca music.  With members hailing from all over the Caribbean, the group brings a cache of authentic reggae and calypso rhythms in true West Indian fashion.  The band members include Alan McIntre on bass; Donald Smith on vocals; Keith Banger on drums; Gil Cruz on guitar; and Chris Kenny on keyboards.

The David Cedeno and his Latin Orchestra, featured on August 30th, combine a repertoire of Latin salsa, Latin jazz, meringue and contemporary ballads arranged with a Latin beat.  COME PREPARED TO DANCE!   The Orchestra's line up for Metuchen includes Wilfredo Lugo on piano, Alberto Rodriguez on bass, Jose Ortiz on congas, Miguel Otero on timbales, Ivan Burgos on vocals, Khadafy Kahn on trombone and Ralphie Cedeno on back up vocals.  Bandleader David Cedeno, who performed in the movie EL CANTANTE with Jennifer Lozpez and Marc Anthony, is on trumpet.

On Sunday, September 2nd, the Spidermonkeys will bring their eclectic mix of classic rock, blues, country, plus their own original tunes to the party.   The band members include Metuchen's own Zack Leffand on lead guitar and Lou Petto on drums, with Jim Toscano on rhythm guitar and vocals, and the fabulous MR. FIN on trumpet, flute, and keyboard.  

The Metuchen Rocks!! concerts start at 7:30 p.m.  on the Metuchen Summer Stage on the corner of New and Center Streets in Metuchen.  In case of rain the concerts move inside the Senior Center at the same location. 

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.

For more information about the Metuchen Rocks! concert series 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 


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