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Union County Summer Arts Festival continues at Echo Lake Park featuring Ed Palermo’s British Invasion


The Union County Summer Arts Festival concert series continues this coming Wednesday evening July 20, with Ed Palermo’s British Invasion taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. The free concert series, presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholder, and sponsored at Echo Lake Park by ConnectOne Bank will take place at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside during the month of July and move to Oak Ridge Park in Clark during the month of August.

“We hope everyone can head out on Wednesday evening and experience the wonderful musical entertainment offered during our Summer Arts Festival” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen. “And be sure to arrive early to participate in UC Get Fit Yoga in the Park, a great way for families to stay healthy together.”

Ed Palermo’s Big Band has been together since 1980 and has been playing and honing the music of Frank Zappa (among other composers) for over 20 years. Ed and his band often play a show he called Zodd Zundred, combining the music of Frank Zappa and Todd Rudgren. With the Ed Palermo Big Band, the key element is unpredictability!

While enjoying the wonderful music, concertgoers can visit Tony’s Traveling Trattoria which will treat your palate to excellent Italian comfort food. Also the Good Humor Truck will be on site hosted by TG and Sons serving ice cream and snacks. Attendees can also pack a picnic basket, bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the music under the stars.

Once again UC Get Fit Yoga in the Park, a Union County Freeholder initiative will be part of the Wednesday night pre-concert schedule, with Satsang Young of Westfield presenting a free community class from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.  Bring a mat or beach towel and participate in healthy activities for the entire family before the music begins.

Throughout the summer at each concert one Union County Department will be featured, distributing handouts and highlighting their own unique services. On this evening the Union County Department of Economic Development will be on hand.

Here is a list of the upcoming concerts:

  • Echo Lake Park, Mountainside (Concerts sponsored by ConnectOne Bank)
    • July 27th Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens – Confessions of a Rock Star
  • Oak Ridge Park, Clark
    • August 3rd Black Dog – Tribute to Led Zeppelin
    • August 10th Dead On Live – Grateful Dead Tribute Band (With special guest appearance by Sam Cutler, tour manager for the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead)
    • August 17th Hey Bulldog – Music of The Beatles (Sponsored by Union Co. Education Association)
    • August 24th NY. State of Mind – Billy Joel Tribute