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Free Performance by “Verdict” at Echo Lake Park
Opens Union County Summer Concert Series, July 1
The Union County Summer Arts Festival 2009 concert series begins a new season on Wednesday evening, July 1, with a performance by “Verdict.” The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, led by Chairman Alexander Mirabella, invites the public to attend this free concert which begins at 7:30 p.m. in Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.
Verdict is a lively group from Neptune, New Jersey. They started playing music together in 1993, specializing in a large selection of reggae, soca and calypso music. The band has delighted audiences from Miami Beach and San Juan to the halls of the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. Verdict is one of the hottest bands in the area and they return to Echo Lake Park accompanied by international recording star and producer Roland Richards on keyboards and vocals for the opening of the Summer Arts Festival concert series.
Freeholder Chairman Mirabella urges you to “bring the entire family for an evening in the park. Pack a picnic basket, bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, and enjoy the sounds of the islands on a summer night.”
The Union County information van will be at the concert site with knowledgeable staff to answer questions and offer information about interesting programs that are available to Union County residents.
The Summer Arts Festival concerts are held throughout July and August on Wednesdays beginning at 7:30 p.m. The location of this summer’s concerts will alternate each week between Echo Lake Park in Mountainside and Oak Ridge Park in Clark. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets are encouraged. Refreshments and snacks will be available from vendors.
The other free concerts in the Union County Summer Arts Festival series include: July 8 – Mustang Sally (country); at Oak Ridge Park. July 15 – Joe Arminio & The Family; at Echo Lake Park. July 22 – The British Invasion Tribute (rock); at Oak Ridge Park. July 29 – Jobonanno & the Godsons of Soul (rock); at Echo Lake Park. August 5 – Parrotbeach (Jimmy Buffett tribute); at Oak Ridge Park. Extra feature: 5th Annual “Party in the Park” to benefit Runnells Specialized Hospital (purchase tickets in advance). August 12 – The Ed Palermo Big Band with Rob Paparozzi (blues & jazz); at Echo Lake Park. August 19 – The Nerds (Jersey Shore party band); at Oak Ridge Park, sponsored by the Union County Democratic Committee. August 26 – The Sensational Soul Cruisers; at Echo Lake Park, sponsored by the Union County Education Association.
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 rain information call the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal at (908) 558-4079 or visit the Union County web site: www.ucnj.org/parks/summerarts.html.