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Free Concert by “Almost Queen” at Oak Ridge Park, August 17

CLARK, NJ – The Union County Summer Arts Festival concert series continues its 51st season of music on Wednesday, August 17, with an evening of music performed by Almost Queen. The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, led by Chairman Deborah P. Scanlon, invites the public to attend this free concert that begins at 7:30 p.m. at Oak Ridge Park in Clark.

Almost Queen blends the vocal layering and precision that is a signature of the band with the energy and spectacle of a live Queen concert. The band can boast an unbroken string of sold out shows from New York to San Diego, while headlining major rock festivals here and abroad. Lead singer Joseph Russo (as Freddie Mercury) is a Broadway stage veteran who has toured throughout the world. He and the other Almost Queen members – Steve Leonard, John Cappadona, and Randy Gregg – flex all of their musical chops in proudly presenting the penultimate live Queen concert.

“Bring the entire family for a spectacular evening of music at Oak Ridge Park in Clark,” said Freeholder Chairman Scanlon. “Pack a picnic basket, bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, and enjoy the sounds of summer under the stars.”

The Union County information van will be at the concert site with personnel from the Office of the Union County Clerk along with other knowledgeable Union County staff to answer questions and offer information about interesting programs and recreational activities that are available to Union County residents.

Admission to the August 17 concert by Almost Queen is free of charge. Sponsored by Union Center National Bank and the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Summer Arts Festival concerts continue through August on Wednesday evenings beginning at 7:30 p.m. The remaining concerts in the series will be held at Oak Ridge Park in Clark and at Echo Lake Park on the Mountainside-Westfield border. 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 24 – Parrotbeach (Jimmy Buffett cover band); at Echo Lake Park.

August 31 – The Nerds (high energy party band); at Oak Ridge Park.

For rain information call the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal at (908) 558-4079 after 3 p.m. on the day of the scheduled concert, or visit the Union County web site:

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