August 9, 2007

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


The Ed Palermo Big Band with Rob Paparozzi
 Will Play Free Concert at Echo Lake Park, Aug. 22

ed palermo big band

Westfield/Mountainside, NJ – The Union County Summer Arts Festival concert series continues on Wednesday, August 22, featuring The Ed Palermo Big Band with Rob Paparozzi. The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, led by Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski, invites the public to attend this free concert, which is sponsored by the Schering-Plough Corporation, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Echo Lake Park.

The Ed Palermo Big Band has attracted enthusiastic audiences for more than a dozen years at New York City’s premier nightclubs like the Bottom Line and Iridium. The band’s first CD earned a 4-star review from Down Beat Magazine and other major jazz publications. Ed and his 16-piece band regularly perform jazz and blues sets featuring the tunes of music legends such as Frank Zappa and Paul Butterfield. For the blues set on August 22, the band will add the talents of popular Union County-based singer and harmonica player, Rob Paparozzi, who has recorded with Bernard Purdie, Cyndi Lauper, Roberta Flack, Blood Sweat and Tears, and many others.

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 of jazz and blues under the stars.”

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

The final free concert in the 2007 Summer Arts Festival series will be on Wednesday, August 29, featuring The Nerds, a high-energy Jersey Shore party band.

The 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.