Free Concerts summer Wednesdays in beautiful Parker Press Park, 400 Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge, NJ.
Singer, songwriter, and Broadway composer Susan Werner opens the 2018 Woodbridge Wednesday series. A dynamic performer and storyteller, Susan will have you laughing, singing and perhaps crying. Don’t miss this wonderful evening!
Opening up the show with a rare confluence of Midwestern innocence, contemplative focus, and raw passion is Trina Hamlin.
Texas blues singer Charley Crockett hitchhiked across the country much like his relative, folk hero Davy Crockett. After singing on the streets in New Orleans, playing in New York City subway cars and across Texas, California, and everywhere in between, Crockett set off to travel the world before releasing his debut solo album. See why he’s been compared to Bill Withers, Hank Williams, and Gary Clark Jr. on July 11!
Indie-Soul-R&B duo, The Rooks open.
The Anderson Council, whose love affair with late 60’s pop informs and inspires both the band’s sound and direction. The quartet of Horvath, guitarist Dave Whitehead, drummer Chris Ryan and bassist Christopher Rousseau enthralls listeners with irresistible hooks and captivates them with intelligent layers of sound.
The Big Takeover take their cues from the first wave of Jamaican pop music as well as from the soulful energy and sophistication of Motown. Their global blend reveals deep fluency in reggae and world music, hints of soul, and a pop classicism that is their own thing entirely.
Americana band The Mulligan Brothers have diverse set of influences, borrowing from Americana and bluegrass, yet with a contemporary voice they can call their own. Check out their original tunes in this exiting co-bill!
Alt-folk duo Ryanhood winner of Best Group/Duo’ in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards, will bring explosive guitar and mandolin riffs, and their airtight vocal harmonies to Parker Press Park.
Drawing on their global background (Greece, Argentina, Japan, Colombia, USA), the Banda Magda combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, sophisticated audience participation, mid-century classics and world “chansons” sung in 6 languages. This group turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot with Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series and performances at discerning venues and festivals around the world.
Brooklyn based singer/songwriter Jean Rohe opens.
Brazilian singer, guitarist and composer Denise Reis brings her trio to Woodbridge Wednesdays. In addition to her guitar chops, she has a unique talent to imitate the sound of the trumpet using only her lips and voice!
Karikatura is a New York based roots pop band, making life-affirming, body-shaking music that moves people around the world. Karikatura lives where cumbia meets hip-hop, reggae meets klezmer and indie-rock meets merengue
Rolling Stone named the Cordovas one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know.” “The band's sound, though, is decidedly American. Caught halfway between Duane Allman's Telecaster twang, the Dead's hazy harmonies and the stoned swoon of California's folk-rock heyday, Cordovas wring new life from older influences, hoisting their freak flag high…” Find out if you agree when you see them under the stars at Parker Press Park!
Asbury Park singer/songwriter Keith Kenny opens.
M Shanghai is a Brooklyn based folk collective, named after the Asian bistro in Williamsburg that hosted the band's monthly residency. Their legendary concerts are known for their unbridled joy, raucous energy and intimate subtlety, with all players crowded around one condenser mic.
Incendio is instrumental world music. Guitar is present, but other instruments such as the mandolin, bouzouki, violin, Celtic harp, piano, bass, synthesizer and various ethnic percussion instruments play a huge role in the ensemble’s sound.
Zac Harmon is an award-winning guitarist, organist, singer, and songwriter whose distinctive style combines the best of old-school soul-blues artists with modern lyrics and themes that bring the blues into a new century. His new Blind Pig CD, Right Man Right Now, is contemporary music that proves just how alive and relevant the blues is today.
British Blue-eyed Soul / Acoustic Americana duo Ida Mae opens.
Two Woodbridge Wednesdays’ favorites come together for one rollicking, rocking night of original music, both with full bands! Kenny White, hails from New York City where he has been an in-demand studio player for many years. He’ll be bringing his sardonic wit and perfectly crafted tunes to the PPP stage. Willie Nile, often compared to Bruce Springsteen, will be bringing his perfectly crafted tunes as well, but he’ll be veering into the grungy, intelligent rock and roll that is his signature. Truly a night not-to-be-missed: a pairing of veteran singer-songwriters that will have you rocking, singing and laughing!
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