Press Release

For Immediate Release: June 3, 2021

Free Concert: Discover the “X-Factor” of Esperanza Spalding

Union County, NJ – In a world-spanning career, Esperanza Spalding has created a musical and artistic identity like none other. Union County residents will have the opportunity to experience Spalding’s unique vision in a free, live, drive-in concert this Friday evening, June 4, at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus in Scotch Plains.

Mentored by the legendary jazz trumpeter Thara Memory, Spalding cites jazz bassists Ron Carter and Dave Holland, Wayne Shorter, Milton Nascimento, Madonna, Ornette Coleman, and Joni Mitchell among the influences that have shaped her richly mesmerizing style.

Admission is free but registration online is required in order to reserve a spot, at ucnj.org/reserve.

The show is part of Union County’s series of free drive-in concerts presented by the Commissioner Board, specially arranged for residents to enjoy live music in a community setting while preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. More details are available at the registration link, ucnj.org/reserve.

Spalding’s current project is the forthcoming opera Iphigenia in collaboration with Wayne Shorter, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz with sets by the architect and scenic designer Frank Gehry. For more information visit http://igg.me/at/iphigenia.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Union County COVID-19 Test Center at Kean University, the Mobile Test Unit, vaccination information, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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