Free Concerts summer Wednesdays in beautiful Parker Press Park, 400 Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge, NJ.
Kicking off the 2017 Woodbridge Wednesdays series is the New Breed Brass Band who live and breathe the culture of New Orleans, infusing funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop into a custom-made enhancement of second line brass band tradition.
Opening up the show is Jersey shore singer songwriter Arlan Feiles.
Gospel, soul, and R&B artist Liz Vice is from Portland, Oregon. With a love of story telling, she has found herself going from working behind the scenes in the film and video world to behind the mic. Her songs feature dynamic, soulful vocals, with timeless lyrics that feel timeless and reference her deep-rooted spirituality.
Opening the show is South African classically trained guitarist, Derek Gripper.
Blessed with a commanding deeply expressive voice and an uncanny songwriting skill that instinctively draws on the deep well of American musical traditions, Amy Helm has been singing most of her life including many years with critically acclaimed alt-country collective Ollabelle as well as her extensive work with her famous dad Levon Helm of The Band who passed away in 2012.
Hailing from Okemah, Oklahoma, this John Fullbright has already appeared on NPR twice. With three albums and multiple award under his belt, you can see why Jimmy Webb says “I have no doubt that in a short time, John Fullbright will be a household name in American music.”
Opening the show is New England based singer songwriter Emily Mure.
This female trio from Argentina fuses traditional sounding Latin folk music with contemporary hip-hop influences. Along with beautiful harmonies Fémina’s sound incorporates a variety of genres, including rumba, cumbia, candombe, and bolero.
Opening the show is the Brooklyn based piano/violin duo Gracie and Rachel who combine classical training with a pop sensibility
Three great singer songwriters (Ari Hest, Chrissi Poland, Matt Nakoa) and a great Americana duo (The HoneyDew Drops), who've all played Woodbridge before, return for an evening of cover tunes in the round. You never know what you might hear. One of our most popular shows when we did it with four other artists last summer!
Alsarah is a Sudanese-born singer, songwriter and ethnomusicologist. She is a self-proclaimed practitioner of East-African Retro-Pop and has toured both Nationally and Internationally with critically acclaimed groups such as the Nile Project and her current band Alsarah and the Nubatones.
Opening the show is soulful singer songwriter Shilo Gold, who has been described as a cross between Eva Cassidy and Nina Simone
“In a city like Los Angeles, home to musical stars in nearly every known genre, handing out the Best Live Band title is not easy. But the free-thinking local collective Dustbowl Revival's upbeat, old-school, All-American sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear.” — LA WEEKLY“ ...evokes a Depression-era sensibility redolent of John Steinbeck, and the spirit-raising gospel of the American South.” — BOSTON GLOBE
"Sometimes as darkly damaged as Lucinda Williams, at others as defiant and teasing as prime Peggy Lee and always authentically Americana in the Gillian Welch tradition....She's mighty good" - LA Daily News
Harpeth Rising is three classically trained musicians playing mostly original music as intricately arranged as a string quartet. Unapologetic genre-benders their "chamberfolk" fuses Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical music into something completely original.
Opening the show is the always entertaining Honor Finnegan who draws on a background of musical theater, comedy improv, jazz, blues and Irish folk music.
Iain Matthews is an English musician and songwriter best known for his work with Iconic British folk/rock band Fairport Convention as well as his own band, Matthews Southern Comfort.
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