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The Ed Palermo Big Band Plays a Free Concert
of Jazz and Blues at Echo Lake Park, August 20


MOUNTAINSIDE/WESTFIELD, NJ – The Union County Summer Arts Festival concert series continues on Wednesday, August 20, with the swinging Ed Palermo Big Band accompanied by blues singer and harmonica player Rob Paparozzi. The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, led by Chairman Angel G. Estrada, invites the public to attend this free concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Echo Lake Park.

Ed Palermo is an alto sax player, arranger and big band leader for 25 years, attracting enthusiastic audiences to New York’s premier nightclubs such as The Bottom Line and Iridium. The band’s performances of Frank Zappa’s music have earned rave reviews for their playfulness and gifted solos. Rob Paparozzi will perform with Palermo and his 15-piece ensemble as they switch gears from swinging jazz to pay tribute to the Chicago blues and the legendary blues singer and harp player Paul Butterfield.  
Freeholder Chairman Estrada urges you to “bring the whole family, pack a picnic basket, bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, and enjoy the brass and blues of this talented big band.”

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 interesting programs available to Union County residents.

The finale of this year’s free Wednesday night concerts in the Union County Summer Arts Festival series will be on August 27 with a performance by the popular reggae band Verdict, which is sponsored by the Union County Education Association.

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 more information call the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal at (908) 527-4900 or visit the Union County web site: