Get your lawn chairs, blankets and coolers ready because Burlington County’s Summer Concerts Series is returning with a full slate of music and entertainment spanning all ages and genres.
The live performances are free and will be held throughout July, August and September at the Burlington County Amphitheater, 5 Pioneer Boulevard in Westampton and Historic Smithville Park, 803 Smithville Road in Eastampton.
“Burlington County residents don’t need to go to Philadelphia, New York or the Jersey Shore for great live music and entertainment,” said Burlington County Commissioner Director Felicia Hopson. “There are fantastic shows to experience right here at home, and our Burlington County Parks Division has put together an exciting new lineup of free shows and concerts featuring local, regional and national talents.”
“From jazz and classic rock to orchestra and tributes to your favorite artists, there’s music for all ages this summer at the Amphitheater and Smithville Park,” added Commissioner Allison Eckel, the liaison to the Department of Resource Conservation and Parks. “Both are beautiful locations for friends, families and fans to gather together for an affordable evening of fun and entertainment.”
The series kicks off July 1 with a performance by the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey at the Amphitheater. The orchestra plans to celebrate our nation’s birth with masterpieces by American composers Aaron Copland and Leroy Anderson, along with patriotic selections from Irving Berlin and John Philip Sousa, and beloved favorites from George Gershwin. Singer Songwriter Sahara Moon will also perform that evening before the orchestra.
The music will continue July 7 at Smithville Park with celebrated tribute band, Best of the Eagles, along with the acoustic talents of Gypsy Moon Duet.
Back at the Amphitheater on July 8 will be Doo Wop 50s music from Step by Step, a tribute to the songs of Johnny Maestro, and South Jersey favorites, Jackie & The Gents.
The rest of the summer will feature a musical tour through the decades with shows by the Everly Brothers Experience on July 15, Beatles tribute band Strawberry Fields on July 29, 70s party band The Discoteks on Aug. 5, 80s tribute group Class of ’84 on Aug. 12, Jake’s Rockin Country Band on Aug. 19 and the 90s alternative/ grunge group Flannel on Aug. 26.
There will also be an eclectic mix of music on Friday nights, including Irish pop and folk band, Screaming Orphans on July 14, Blues Brothers tribute group Hats and Shades on July 28, big band jazz performers Svetlana & The New York Experience on Aug. 4, Garden State Radio on Aug. 11, R&B and Soul group Gentlemen of Soul and Zydeco-A-Go-Go on Aug. 25.
The summer series wraps with The Glimmer Twins performing their classic Stones live show at Smithville Park on Sept. 16.
The concerts are part of a season of fun entertainment, educational classes, programs and events offered at Burlington County parks, museums and galleries this summer.
Last year, more than a million people visited a County park or attended an event, class or program.
“The Burlington County Parks System offers hundreds of different programs and events, ranging from outdoor movie screenings and lunchtime nature walks to cooking and gardening classes or yoga and line-dancing,” Eckel said. “No matter your age or interest, there’s always an activity or event that residents and their families will love.”
All Amphitheater and Smithville Park concerts begin at 6 PM. Attendees can set up chairs and blankets beginning at 4 PM on concert nights. The top row of the amphitheater seating is reserved for attendees with mobility challenges, including those with wheelchairs, walkers or canes and their caretakers.
Refreshments will be available for sale. No alcoholic beverages, tobacco, vapor products or other drugs are permitted.
For more information, including a complete listing of all scheduled performances, visit http://www.co.burlington.nj.us/569/Programs-Events