June 28, 2007

CONTACT: Debra Judd, 908-527-4930
Tom Plante, 908-527-4746


Reggae Band ‘Verdict’ Plays Free Concert
in Echo Lake Park, July 11


Mountainside/Westfield, NJ – The Union County Summer Arts Festival concert series continues on Wednesday, July 11, with a performance by the popular reggae band, Verdict. The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, led by Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski, invites the public to attend this free concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in Echo Lake Park.

Verdict is a lively band that features a mix of international reggae and soca music, a twist of Latin and some original songs. One of the hottest bands on the East Coast, Verdict has kept local audiences dancing for years – and now they return to Echo Lake Park.

Freeholder Chairwoman Kowalski urges you to “bring the whole family, pack a picnic basket, bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, and enjoy an evening with these energetic musicians.”

The Union County information van will be at the concert site, along with representatives from the Office of Consumer Affairs and the Office of Veterans’ Affairs, to answer questions and offer information about important services available to Union County residents.

The other free concerts in the Summer Arts Festival series include:

  • July 18 – Joe Arminio & The Family (big band variety show);
  • July 25 – De Sol (Latin);
  • August 1 – Mustang Sally (country);
  • August 8 – Jo Bonanno & the Godsons of Soul;
  • August 15 – The Sensational Soul Cruisers;
  • August 22 – The Ed Palermo Big Band with Rob Paparozzi;
  • August 29 – The Nerds (Jersey Shore party band).

All Summer Arts Festival concerts are held on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Springfield Avenue end of Echo Lake Park in Mountainside. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets are encouraged. Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que will have a food concession, along with an ice cream and snack vendor, which will be available at approximately 6:30 p.m.

In case of rain, concerts will be held at the air-conditioned auditorium at Cranford High School, on West End Place off Springfield Avenue in Cranford at 7:30 p.m. For up-to-date concert/rain information call the Parks and Recreation hot-line at (908) 352-8410 after 3:00 p.m. on the day of the concert or check the Union County website at after 3:00 p.m.

For more information about activities in Union County’s parks, call
the Union County Department of Parks, Recreation and Facilities
at (908) 527-4900.