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Music and Band Events in Westfield Through August 31st

by: Sue Adler
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Music (1)There’s no better way to spend a sweet summer’s evening than with some beautiful tunes under a starry sky.  Westfield, New Jersey and the surrounding areas offer many fantastic opportunities for summer concerts.  Many of these events are also family friendly and free!

Westfield’s Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival continues Tuesday nights through August 27th.  With four performance spaces within just a few blocks of each other, guests can enjoy a variety of sweet sounds all in one night.  Upcoming concerts feature:

AUGUST 13, 7:00 – 9:00pm

  • The Jazz Lobsters at Central Ave.
  • The Murphtet at E. Broad St & North Ave.
  • La Balteuband at Elm St.
  • Chuck Lambert Band at North Ave.

AUGUST 20, 7:00 – 9:00pm

  • Mike Kaplan Nonet at Central Ave.
  • Hammers at E. Broad St. & North Ave.
  • Patty Cronheim Ensemble at Elm St.
  • Mauricio De Soussa and Basso Brasil at North Ave.

AUGUST 27, 7:00 – 9:00pm

  • Don Braden/Karl Latham Big Funk at Central Ave.
  • Charlie Apicella and Iron City at E. Broad St. & North Ave.
  • Carrie Jackson at Elm St.
  • Anthony Nelson at North Ave.

Maps and more information can be found here.  Dine at one of the exciting downtown eateries nearby and shop at the hottest retailers in Westfield while enjoying the sweet jazz stylings of these exciting artists.  In case of rain, performances will be moved to Wednesdays.

Summer music is the rhythm of the night in New Jersey.  Monday, August 12th features a free concert from Jay And the Americans at Jonathan Dayton High School Auditorium in Springfield.  Jay and the Americans rose to fame in the 1960s and 1970s with the hit songs; “This Magic Moment”, “Cara Mia”, “Only In America” and “Come A Little Bit Closer”. The group features 3 original members Sandy Deanne, Howie Kane, Marty Sanders, the magnificent voice of Jay Reinecke as well as the wonderful USA Band.

More cool concerts for the New Jersey summer include the hot stylings of:

Summer Arts Festival Concerts

  • Parrot Beach (Jimmy Buffet Cover Band), at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside August 24th, 7:30pm. FREE
  • Jo Bonanno & The Godsons of Soul at Oak Ridge Park in Clark August 10th, 7:30pm. FREE
  • Almost Queen (Queen Cover Band) at Oak Ridge Park in Clark August 17th, 7:30pm. FREE
  • The Nerds at Oak Ridge Park in Clark August 31st, 7:30pm. FREE

Also Coming up in September

  • Jesse Terry, 8:00pm at the Sanctuary Concerts in Chatham, September 7th.
  • Loudon Wainwright III, 7:30pm at the South Orange Performing Arts Center, September 12th.
  • North Mississippi All-Stars, 7:30pm at the South Orange Performing Arts Center, September 15th.
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