SIX NIGHTS OF FUN!!
Mondays the music plays in the gazebo on the lake at Manahawkin Lake Park on Route 9 in Stafford. Sponsored by a grant from the state historical society and hosted by the Stafford Historical Society. This year’s line up runs the gamut from traditional Irish Folk to Sinatra tributes. Check the schedule online at http://staffordhistory.org/stafevents.html
Bleachers are provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs.
Tuesdays, Long Beach Township hosts its “The Bay, The Beach, The Best” series in Bayview Park at 68th Street across from the municipal complex. Enjoy some great sounds while watching the sunset over the bay. There will be a special show on Aug. 7th for the National Night Out.
The full schedule can be found at http://www.longbeachtownship.com/specialactivities.html
Wednesdays there are usually two choices on Long Beach Island. On the south end at Beach Haven’s Veterans Bicentennial Park at Engleside and Beach avenues hosts concerts presented by the Borough’s Community Arts Program. Once the site of only traditional brass band concerts the CAC now offers a host of musical genres, including country, Doo-Wop and jazz.
Their line-up is online at http://www.beachhaven-nj.gov/attr-concerts.htm
Up north in Harvey Cedars the tunes ring out with Sunset Cove in the background. Sunset Park’s, Salem Avenue and the Boulevard, playground is usually filled with kids, and there are kayak demos out on the water, where many folks take in the show from their boats.
The music leans more toward rock and blues with Ska/socca favorite, Verdict’s annual appearance always a big hit.
Check the monthly schedule at: http://harveycedars.org/events/default.aspx?view=2&date=
Thursdays the island sounds continue in Ship Bottom and Barnegat Light. In Ship Bottom the borough holds shows at the boat ramp on 10th Street, while in Barnegat Light the concerts are also on the bay at gazebo at the end of 7th Street.
Face Down, LBI’s perennial classic rock band, is playing this summer at almost every location. John, Dave, Tony and Steve haven’t been together as long as the Rolling Stones, but it’s close. They also put on just as good a show that has the whole crowd dancing and singing along.
This year, Ship Bottom also hosts Shorty Long and the Jersey Horns, one of the only chances to see this popular club act in an all ages environment on LBI.
Check the boroughs’ Web sites for schedules: http://www.shipbottom.org/cal.htm fro Ship Bottom andhttp://www.barnegatlight.org/2012CalendarOfEvents.pdf for Barnegat Light.
You can round out the week and head into the weekend with three nights of music in Barnegat Township. Thursdays, Custom Blend will play a weekly mix of bluegrass, classic country and light rock at the gazebo in center of town at Route 9 and Bay Avenue. Take time to stroll amongst the antique shops or get some pizza or ice cream while enjoying the sounds
Fridays and Saturdays the Barnegat Dock rocks at the bayfront and East Bay Avenue.
Plenty of local bands on hand each weekend including Mid-Life Crisis.
The schedule is at: http://www.barnegat.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/2012-concert-series-schedule3.pdf
So there you have it six nights full of free music.