May 17, 2019

Summer Concerts in Monmouth County

By Joanne Colella

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Summer, for at least some of us, is a season to feel free: free from school, from work, from cold weather, from layers of clothes and from routine. In many towns up and down the Jersey Shore, it is also a time to enjoy free entertainment at summer concerts.

The Jersey Shore is a treasure trove of talent, with popular musicians performing every genre of music for local fans, from rock, jazz, R&B and country to Latin, big band, Motown and pop. Evenings spent at summer concerts are a cherished tradition, offering families and friends the chance to gather together, relax and enjoy great entertainment in the summer air as they watch the sun go down. Many make an event of it, bringing chairs and blankets, picnic baskets and coolers to settle in and dine in the great outdoors. Surely, there could be no better way than this to relish a view from the front row!

With the start of summer just around the corner, here are just some of the popular free concert series dates that are on the calendar in towns throughout Monmouth County:

sandy hook summer concertsSandy Hook Summer Concerts

Wednesdays starting at 6 pm at Beach E, Sandy Hook. Parking is free for cars entering after 5 pm. Before 5 pm., beach parking is $15. In case of rain, the decision to cancel will be made by 2 pm on the day of the concert. Call 732-291-7733 for a recording or check online at SandyHookFoundation.org. Sign up on the website to be notified before the concerts.

June 19 Waiting on Mongo

June 26 Brian Kirk & The Jirks

July 3 No concert

July 10 Tim McLoone & The Shirleys

July 17 Moroccan Sheepherders

July 24 Bob Bandiera Band

July 31 Jobonnano’s Spirit of Asbury Revue

Aug. 7 The Carl Gentry Band

Aug. 14 Remember Jones

Aug. 21 Rain date for rescheduled shows

long branch new jersey signBands by the Beach in Long Branch

Sundays from 7 to 8:30 pm at West End Park, Brighton Avenue, Long Branch. In case of rain, concerts will be held in Jack’s Goal Line, 149 Brighton Ave., Long Branch.

June 9 Philadelphia Funk Authority

June 16 No concert

June 23 Sandy Sasso & Her Swingin’ Big Band

June 30 Chuck Lambert

July 7 Bob Lanza Band

July 14 JoBonanno’s Spirit of Asbury Revue (on West End Beach)

July 21 Billy Hector Experience

July 28 Peter V Blues Train

Aug. 4 Eryn & The Whiskey Devils

Aug. 11 SaRon Crenshaw

Aug. 18 Blues People

Aug. 25 The VooDudes

Pier Village Long Branch Summer concrtsThursdays by the Sea in Long Branch

Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 pm at Pier Village, 68 Ocean Ave., Long Branch. In case of rain, concerts will be held in the Long Branch Middle School, 350 Indiana Ave. at Bath Avenue, Long Branch.

June 13 Tim McLoone & The Shirleys

June 20 The ASAP Band

June 27 Moroccan Sheepherders

July 4 No concert

July 11 Motor City Revue

July 18 So Watt

July 25 The Weeklings

Aug. 1 9 South

Aug. 8 After the Reign

Aug. 15 The Nerds

Aug. 22 Remember Jones

Aug. 29 Brian Kirk & The Jirks with fireworks

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Tuesdays on Broadway in Long Branch

Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Broadway Band Shell, 213 Broadway, Long Branch. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held in the Portuguese Club of Long Branch, 191 Broadway, Long Branch.

July 9 Xol Azul Band

July 16 Eco Del Sur

July 23 Tito Puente, Jr.

July 30 Jersey Sound

Aug. 6 No concert

Aug. 13 David Cedeno & His Orchestra

Aug. 20 Linda Miller & The Girls Next Door

Aug. 27 Swing Sabroso

Highlands Summer Concert Series

Thursdays at 6 pm at Veterans Park, 51 Bay Ave., Highlands.

July 12 Carl Gentry Band

July 26 Random Test Reggae Band

Aug. 9 Jerry Topinka’s G13 Band

Aug. 23 Moroccan Sheepherders

Middletown Arts Center summer concerts 2019Music in the Parks Summer Concert Series in Middletown

Tuesdays from 7 to 9 pm on the northern lawn at the Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church St., Middletown. Performers were still being finalized at press time. Dates will be July 9, July 23, Aug. 6 and Aug. 20.

freehold raceway mall summer concerts

Freehold Raceway Mall Summer Concert Series

Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. outside by the Cheesecake Factory and L.L. Bean at Freehold Raceway Mall, 3710 U.S. Route 9, Freehold. In case of rain, concerts will take place the following Wednesday at the same time.

July 2 Bennie & The Jets

July 9 British Invasion Years

July 16 The Nerds

July 23 Brian Kirk & The Jirks

July 30 The B Street Band

Aug. 6 The Benjamins

Aug. 13 Dr. Cheeko

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Thursdays Rock Summer Concert Series in Downtown Freehold

Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Monmouth County Hall of Records, 1 East Main Street, Freehold.

June 6 Moroccan Sheepherders

June 13 The Snakes

June 20 Mission Dance

June 27 Motor City Revue

July 4 Eddie Testa Band

July 11 Rockit Fish

July 18 Soul Project Nolo

July 25 The Springsteen Experience

Aug. 1 Joe Keyes & The Late Bloomer Band

Aug. 8  Joe Baracata Band

Aug. 15 Stephen Martines

Aug. 22 Full Throttle