METUCHEN ROCKS! Performances Every Thursday Night in August

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Get your 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 (  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 ( 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 ( 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.

There is plenty of free parking.  In the event of rain, the concerts will be held in the Metuchen 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! 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

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