Rock On OUTside

Rock On OUTside

Looking for a great way to spend some time outdoors with your friends and family? Summer is a great time to listen to music outdoors. Our community is lucky enough to have two local places to go this summer for free weekly concerts and two annual events that you should be sure to attend. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and chill out at these local concerts that the whole family can enjoy.

Music in the Park @ Lawrenceville Main Street -Weeden Park
When: Thursdays starting June 16th
Time: 7pm
Last Show: Aug 4th
Food-wise there will be one of Lawrenceville’s many local restaurants offering a-la-carte menu options at 6:30 in the park. Beverages and desserts will also be available. (Cash only)

2011 Musical Line-Up:
July 7 The Cherry Pickers -Classic Country (brought to you by our local Farmers at Cherry Grove, who knew!?)
July 14 Stringzville -String jazz quartet
July 21 Borderline -Bluegrass
July 28 The Tone Rangers -A little of everything: Rock/Blues/Country
Aug. 4 Reock & Roll Revue -Eclectic Rock

Summer Courtyard Concerts @Princeton Shopping Center
There are plenty of places to grab a bite at the Shopping Center Restaurants or you can visit the Clocktower Cabana Patio Bar for a drink while listening to some great bands.
When: Thursdays (started last week)
Time: 6:30pm – 8pm
Last Show: Aug 4th

2011 Musical Line Up:

June 16: Chris Harford and the Band of Changes – Accoustic to Heavy Rock
June 23: The Klez Dispensers – Varietal Jazz
June 30: The Blawenberg Band – Community Ensemble Band
July 7: Alex Mitnick and the Kaleidoscope Band – Children’s Rock
July 14: The Soul Gospel Extravaganza – Gospel
July 21: Ray Rodriguez y Swing Sabroso – Salsa Dura
July 28: Jerry Rife’s Rhythm Kings – Hot-Jazz

This weekend in Trenton, there is a great art and music event that takes place annually. The Art All Night in Trenton is a 24-hour long arts extravaganza that showcases over 800 local artists of all ages, skill levels and mediums. In addition to the myriad of art displays, there are several musicians playing throughout the weekend as well as interesting events taking place. Some that I might attend are the Smart Phone Scavenger Hunt (using QR codes-cool!), Creating a Fire Tiki out of recycled Steel or getting my body painted. OK… Maybe I wouldn’t get my body painted but that sounds fun.

Trenton Art All Night Festival @ 19 Everett Alley
When: This Saturday and Sunday June 18th & June 19th
Time: 3pm
Ends: 11pm

There are a bunch of bands playing and you can find the full line-up on the website but here are two that are our Favorites so check them out!

Stage & Time: Outdoor stage | Saturday 5:00 – 5:45pm
Description: Mouth of Wilson (M.O.W.) are a local indie rock ensemble who’s debut album was produced by Michael Kianka, who has worked with Bruce Springsteen, Lindsey Buckingham, Bon Jovi, and Billy Joel. (Have you heard of any of those bands?) I hear that lead singer extraordinaire, Chris Arland might be playing accoustic at 5! Go listen to them and find a new favorite local band! Check out some clips here on CD Baby.

Stage & Time: Outdoor stage | Saturday 10:00 – 11:00pm
Description: Chris Hartford has been writing and performing music since the 1980’s, and has a 9 records released. His sound is varies from acoustic folk to heavy rock. Chris varies the musicians in his band. It is worth checking him out if you missed him Thursday night in Princeton.

My favorite local outdoor concerts by far is the Sourland Music Festival. This festival is tucked up on a hill in the Sourlands Mountains and has a great vibe. The Sourland Planning Council is an non-profit who works on protecting the ecological integrity, historical resources and special character of the Sourland Mountain region so proceeds go to this cause. Beer and food vendors are there but I’ve always brought my own picnic. For anyone who is new to this area, the view here is awesome and makes you feel like you are up in Vermont in a way. This is a great spot to visit with kids as there is a huge open space for them to run around and play.

Sourland Music Festival @ Hillsborough Country Club
When: Saturday July 16th
Time: 4pm
Ends: 11pm

The Musical Line-Up:

Mike Montrey Band -Indie Rock
VooDudes -Party Rock Mixed — Funk/Blues/Boogie-Woogie
Nasty Ned & Johnny Charles -Rockin’ Blues
Wiser Time -Rock
Sandy Zio -Contemporary Jazz

Are there any other music festivals you know of that are going on locally? Let everyone know by leaving a comment or post it under Events.
Have Fun!

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