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Free Concert by American Rapture at Echo Lake Park, July 17, Features the Best of American Popular Music

The Union County Summer Arts Festival concert series continues its 53rd season of music on Wednesday evening, July 17, with a performance by American Rapture. The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, led by Chairman Linda Carter, invites the public to attend this free concert that begins at 7:30 p.m. in Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.

American Rapture is a 17-member Rock and Soul Revue complete with marvelous singers and plenty of brass. Formed in 1999, the group started as an annual musical theatre production for Mystic Vision Players in Linden. After a successful ten-year run, the group was transformed by band leader Tony Greco into a specialty concert band and they play all your favorites. American Rapture features popular music from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. They’re the perfect way to enjoy an evening under the stars on a walk down memory lane.

“Bring the entire family for an evening of popular songs in Echo Lake Park,” said Freeholder Chairman Carter. “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 Union County Bureau of Mosquito Control and other knowledgeable staff to answer questions and offer information about interesting programs and recreational activities that are available to Union County residents.

The Summer Arts Festival concerts continue throughout July and August on Wednesdays beginning at 7:30 p.m. The concerts in July will be at Echo Lake Park on the Mountainside-Westfield border and in August at 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 24 – EagleMania; at Echo Lake Park.

July 31 – Ed Palermo Big Band; at Echo Lake Park.

Aug.  7 – Tusk (tribute to Fleetwood Mac); at Oak Ridge Park.

Aug. 14 – Sensational Soul Cruisers; at Oak Ridge Park.

Aug. 21 – Verdict (Reggae); at Oak Ridge Park.

Aug. 28 – The British Invasion Tribute; 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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