The Middletown Arts Center will host the Middletown Summer Concert Series every other Tuesday beginning on July 15th through August 26th from 7:00-9:30 p.m. Presented annually by the Middletown Township Cultural & Arts Council, this year’s series is sponsored by the Middletown Township Education Association, but additional sponsorships are needed. The FREE performances are widely-anticipated by visitors from across the region.
This year’s talented lineup of musical acts will perform a series of four family-friendly, outdoor concerts on the MAC’s Northern Lawn. There will be a musical style for everyone to enjoy from New Orleans blues to The Beatles and Pat Benatar rock classics. The public is invited to bring their lawn chairs, blankets and refreshments. Alcohol is prohibited. Free parking is on-site. In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be held in the Middletown Arts Center’s air-conditioned theater. Call the Middletown Arts Center at 732-706-4100 or visit www.middletownnj.org and www.middletownarts.org for more information.
July 15th: Goldenseal
The strength of the original rock band Goldenseal is the experience and versatility of its players coupled with the desire to play live. Founded in 1999 by frontman Joe Hughes, the band has been building a loyal fan base by consistent and dynamic appearances in clubs all over New Jersey and New York. The band has garnered nominations in the top rock, top pop, top local release and top bassist categories and has appeared with national acts including Rick Springfield, Better Than Ezra, Bobby Bandiera, Southside Johnny and Chris Barron of The Spin Doctors. Their style of music is cutting edge pop/rock and roll and the lyrics are positive and uplifting. Songwriter Joe Hughes cites influences such as Coldplay, Train, Creed, U2, Soundgarden and The Who. The band includes songwriter and singer Joe Hughes, drummer Pat Martucci, lead guitarist and songwriter John Bongiovanni, and bass player Jesse Kessler. Goldenseal has developed a reputation as a high energy, high quality band and has received favorable reviews from music critics and journalists. Visit www.Goldensealtheband.com for more information.
July 29th: Slim Chance & The Gamblers
Slim Chance & The Gamblers is a progressive blues, rock band similar to the sounds of Gary Clark Junior, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, The Mavericks and Delbert McClinton. Slim Chance & The Gamblers push the boundaries of Blues and R&B into new fields of sound and emotion. Soul is at the root of everything they do. Their original music is well constructed, melodic and danceable. The band plays regularly at The Stone Pony and Wonder Bar in Asbury Park as well as festivals and concert openings across the NY/NJ region. Visit ww.slimchanceandthegamblers.com for more information.
August 12th: Burtnik & Burger: Beatles Tribute
Burtnik & Burger will perform Beatle classic songs in an authentic “note for note” presentation that captures the sound and mood of the original recordings and live concerts. The band is comprised of Glen Burtnik on bass and vocals, Bob Burger on rhythm guitar and vocals, John Merjave on lead guitar and vocals, and Dave Anthony on drums and vocals. Burtnik is a singer, songwriter, entertainer and multi-instrumentalist, best known as a former member of Styx. He has appeared in the Broadway production of Beatlemania as Paul McCartney, and continues his love of The Beatles playing a variety of tribute shows nationally at Beatle Fest shows and with the Fab Faux. Bob Burger is a singer/songwriter who also has long-performed Beatle and other tribute shows with Glen Burtnik and Bobby Bandiera, Bon Jovi and Southside Johnny. John Merjave has played the George Harrison lead guitar role for ten years in the Beatle tribute band “Liverpool” as the official house band for “Fest for Beatle Fans” annual shows in New York City and Chicago. Dave Anthony is an extraordinary musician that has replicated the Ringo Starr drumming style at many of the Burtnik Beatle tribute shows, and is widely known as a session player throughout the New York/New Jersey area. Visit www.GlenBurtnik.com and www.BobBurger.com for more information.
August 26th: Little Paradise: Pat Benatar Tribute
Since 1979, Pat Benatar has been mesmerizing fans with her incredible songs and top notch vocals. The Pat Benatar tribute band, Little Paradise invites you to watch as they create an unforgettable stage show paying homage to one of the greatest female rock vocalists of all time. Rock along to your favorite hits as each member fills the stage with their high energy performances. Close your eyes and be brought back in time as lead singer Cathy DaPrato amazes with her impeccable vocal timing. Band members include lead singer Cathy DaPrato, guitarist Sacha Lange, drummer Vic Ruiz, pianist Kiri Curbelo and bassist Jake Asbury. Visit www.littleparadiseband.com for more information.
About the Middletown Arts Center
The Middletown Arts Center (MAC) is an award-winning, state-of-the-art facility run by the nonprofit Middletown Township Cultural and Arts Council and is dedicated to bringing quality arts programming and events to Middletown and surrounding communities. The MAC offers enrichment programs and entertainment for all ages and abilities. Visit www.middletownarts.org for more information. The MAC can also be found on Facebook at Middletown Arts Center and Twitter @MiddletownArts.
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