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Enjoy Music of the Islands in a Free Concert with “Parrotbeach” at Oak Ridge Park, August 5
CLARK, NJ – The Union County Summer Arts Festival 2009 concert series continues on Wednesday evening, August 5, with music by Parrotbeach. The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, led by Chairman Alexander Mirabella, invites the public to attend this free concert of Jimmy Buffett-inspired music at Oak Ridge Park in Clark, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Parrotbeach is one of the few full-time Jimmy Buffett tribute bands. Their music will take you back to your favorite island vacation, whether it was in the Caribbean or Down the Shore.
Freeholder Chairman Mirabella urges you to “bring the entire family for an evening at Oak Ridge Park. Pack a picnic basket, bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, and enjoy a bit of ‘Parrot-dise’ right here in Union County.”
For nearly ten years, Parrotbeach has been traveling up and down the East Coast, or wherever the sea breeze takes them. Though Jimmy Buffett tunes are by far the largest part of their repertoire, other island music and party favorites round out their play list. The band members hail from all over the USA and they bring a variety of musical influences with them. Just like Buffett, the band is comfortable with different styles, from rock to acoustic, reggae, Motown, soul and swing. And it’s easy to see that these guys love their music.
The Union County information van will be at the concert site, along with representatives from the Office of the Union County Sheriff and the K-9 Search and Rescue Unit, to answer questions and offer information about interesting programs and services that are available to Union County residents.
In addition, the Runnells Specialized Hospital Foundation will hold a benefit “Party in the Park” beginning at 6:30 p.m. under a tent near the concert area in Oak Ridge Park on August 5. Tickets for the special benefit party should be purchased in advance. For further information about the Runnells Specialized Hospital Foundation fundraiser, please call 908-771-5803.
The Summer Arts Festival concerts will continue throughout August on Wednesdays beginning at 7:30 p.m. The location of the 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:
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.