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The 2021 Essex County Free SummerMusic Concert Series begins on Wednesday, June 30, with a concert by Smooth and fireworks display in Weequahic Park, Newark, concluding on Saturday, Sept. 11 with the House Music Festival and a Splash of Caribbean in Weequahic Park, Newark.

Over the course of 11 weeks this summer, there are 22 different events, featuring some local and international acts in jazz, rock and roll, big band, reggae and more.

“The Essex County Free Summer Music Concert Series offers a diverse lineup of performers who will take center stage throughout our historic Parks 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 amazing line-up that is sure to entertain and impress,” Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. said.

The SummerMusic Concert Series is sponsored by Rose Squared Productions and The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State.




The 2021 concert series schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m., Essex County Weequahic Park, Newark: Concert by Smooth and a Fireworks Spectacular.
  • Thursday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m., Essex County Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair: Concert by The Infernos and a Fireworks Spectacular (Rain date is Friday, July 2nd)
  • Monday, August 9 at 7 p.m., Essex County Yanticaw Park, Nutley: Jersey Sound.
  • Tuesday, August 10 at 7 p.m., Essex County Verona Park, Verona: The Symphonics
  • Thursday, August 12 at 7:30 p.m., Essex County Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair: Stoneflower Soul: A Santana Tribute
  • Friday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m., Essex County Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair: Eaglemania
  • Monday, August 16 at 7 p.m., Essex County Veterans Memorial Park, Newark: Bradford Hayes
  • Tuesday, August 17 at 7 p.m., Essex County Riverbank Park, Newark: David Cedeno Orchestra
  • Wednesday, August 18 at 7 p.m., Essex County Watsessing Park, Bloomfield/East Orange: Gordon James
  • Thursday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m., Essex County Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair: Constantine and The Frequency
  • Friday, August 20 at 7:30 p.m., Essex County Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair: New Power Soul: Classic Rock
  • Saturday, August 21 from 12 noon to 8 p.m. Essex County Ivy Hill Park, Newark: Ivy Hill Food and Music Festival (Rain date is Sunday, August 22nd)*
  • Monday, August 23 at 7 p.m., Essex County Ivy Hill Park, Newark: Layonne Holmes
  • Tuesday, August 24 at 7 p.m., Essex County Vailsburg Park, Newark: K. Brown Express
  • Wednesday, August 25 at 7 p.m., Essex County Riverfront Park, Newark: Latin Splendor
  • Thursday, August 2 at 7:30 p.m., Essex County Branch Brook Park, Heller Parkway, Newark: Concert by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and a Fireworks Spectacular
  • Friday, August 27 at 7:30 p.m., Essex County Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair: A Night of Doo-Wop with The Capris
  • Monday, August 30 at 7 p.m., Essex County Cedar Grove Park, Cedar Grove: Julian & Dominique
  • Tuesday, August 31 at 7 p.m., Essex County Grover Cleveland Park, Caldwell/Essex Fells: Swingman & The Misfits Mutts 
  • Wednesday, September 1 at 7 p.m., Essex County Independence Park, Newark: Nanny Assis: Brazilian Experience
  • Thursday, September 2 at 7 p.m., Essex County Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange: Beginnings: A Chicago Tribute
  • Saturday, September 11 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Essex County Weequahic Park, Newark: House Music Festival and a Splash of Caribbean* 

For more information, see the flyer below.

The 2021 Essex County Free SummerMusic Concert Series kicks off on Wednesday, June 30 (Essex County)