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Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. invites the public to celebrate the Fourth of July with three spectacular fireworks displays and exciting concerts by New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in Essex County Branch Brook Park on Friday, June 28th, Total Soul in Essex County Weequahic Park on Monday, July 1st and New Power Soul in Essex County Brookdale Park on Wednesday, July 3rd.

“Our Free Concert Series offers a diverse lineup of performers who will take center stage in venues throughout our historic Essex County Park System. Pack a blanket, enjoy the cool evening breeze and dance to the sounds of classical, rock and roll, jazz, big band, Latin and more. We have an outstanding line-up that is sure to entertain and impress,” DiVincenzo said. “An evening in the parks with some of the area’s most talented musicians and our Spectacular Fireworks Extravaganzas are the perfect shows for Independence Day. Come out and celebrate your Fourth of July with us,” he added.

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Fireworks Display

Celebrate the diversity of the Americas with the NJSO! Explore the continents with concert, theater and dance music from Leonard Bernstein, José Pablo Moncayo, Astor Piazzolla, Florence Price, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin. Hear hits from “West Side Story” and “Porgy and Bess,” travel to Mexico with Arturo Márquez’s “Conga del Fuego Nuevo” and experience patriotic favorites along with Copland’s classic “Hoe Down” from “Rodeo.” In case of rain, the concert will be relocated the Cathedral Basilica in Newark and the fireworks will be rescheduled at a later date. The NJSO and Fireworks Display will be held as follows:

Date: Friday, June 28, 2019

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Place: Essex County Branch Brook Park

Heller Parkway

The Great Lawn

Newark, NJ

Total Soul and Fireworks Display

Total Soul is led by band leader Jeff Dieterle, who has performed with Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey. The band performs with the flair of a well-rehearsed show band, complete with front line choreography, exciting lead singers, hot horns and a grooving rhythm section. Total Soul and the Fireworks Display will be held as follows:

Date: Monday, July 1, 2019

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Place: Essex County Weequahic Park

Meeker Avenue

Newark, NJ

New Power Soul and Fireworks Display

New Power Soul has been performing together for over 20 years. They have a diverse playlist that includes songs by The Beatle, Elvis Presley, Etta James, Rod Stewart, Nora Jones, Big Mountain, the Jackson Five, Alicia Keys and more. New Power Soul and the Fireworks Display will be held as follows:

Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Place: Essex County Brookdale Park

Watchung Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ

Bellevue Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ

Other upcoming concerts include:

Gerard Esposito

Born and raised in Newark, Gerard Esposito performs songs of great artist, such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Englebert Humperdinck, Bobby Darin, Barry Manilow, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Paul Anka, Tony Bennett and others. He currently performs regularly at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City and has shared the stage with The Duprees, The Platters, The Drifters, Frankie Avalon, The Cameos, The Infernos and Larry Chance and the Earls. Gerard Esposito will perform as follows:

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Time: 7 p.m.

Place: Essex County Yanticaw Park

Vincent Place

Nutley, NJ

Jukebox Legends

Joe Leo, Billy Sagarese and John Sebastian form the trio of the Jukebox Legends. They are a tribute group singing the great songs from the 1950s to the 1970s. Over the years, the Jukebox Legends have worked as the opening act for Joey Dee & The Starlighters, The Duprees, Kenny Vance & The Planatones, The Brooklyn Bridge, Larry Chance & The Earls, The 1910 Fruitgum Company, Dennis Tufano from the Buckinghams and many other national acts. Jukebox Legends will perform as follows:

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Time: 7 p.m.

Place: Essex County Verona Park

Bloomfield Avenue and Lakeside Avenue

Verona, NJ

Gospel Festival

The Essex County Summer Concert Series continues with a Gospel Festival in Monte Irvin Orange Park. It will be held as follows:

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019

Time: 2 to 5 p.m.

Place: Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park

Central Avenue

Orange, NJ

The SummerMusic Concert Series is being sponsored by Rose Squared Productions and The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. The series is also made possible, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State.

Concerts are held at accessible sites. Persons who require special accommodations or assistance are asked to call at least two weeks prior to the concert to alert staff as to their needs. Admission to the concerts is free. For more information, please call the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs at 973?268-3500.


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