The West Windsor Arts Council celebrates beat and rhythm with the return of its eighth annual Summer Music Series at Nassau Park Pavilion, located between Target and Panera Bread in the Nassau Park Shopping Center off of Route 1. This summer’s program, titled “And the Beat Goes On,” will be presented select Saturday evenings during July and August from 6 to 8 p.m.
The series is free and open to the public. Spectators are invited to bring a picnic dinner and their own chairs and enjoy the music presented by an eclectic array of performers selected because of the quality of their music, their connection to the central New Jersey region, and their unique style of connecting with the audience.
Here’s the summer line-up:
Saturday, July 9: Ben Arnold, a Philadelphia native, has toured throughout the United States and Europe both solo and with his rollicking live band. He has shared stages with such performers as Lucinda Williams, Randy Newman, David Johanson, and Jackson Browne.
Arnold’s lyrics remind some of John Hiatt and he has been told he sings a bit like Randy Newman. His music draws on rock, folk, and R&B, and all genres in between.
Saturday, July 23: Barbecue Bob & the Spareribs played their first show at Columbia University in 1981 and since then have played throughout the tri-state area, providing great shows and high octane Rock-a-billy styled music. The group, which has also toured as far as Chicago and New Orleans, has released several singles on its own label, Rib records, as well as two full-length CDs. The latest: “Pass the Biscuits!”
Since Barbecue Bob (aka Robert Pomeroy in real life) is a resident of neighboring Plainsboro, the West Windsor Arts Council is delighted to showcase this local band.
Saturday, August 6: Sarah Donner, a Princeton resident, is an indie folk pop star who has embraced the cat lady inside her! She works the stage with powerful vocals, zippy guitar, and a candid stage presence. Her third full-length album, “Typing Is Dangerous,” was released in 2010. Her debut album, “Reluctant Cat Lady,” is a wholesome low-carb blend of punchy guitar and clever, sassy lyrics that take their inspiration from the gay men she dated, the feral cats she feeds, and the punk shows she has endured.
Sarah Donner’s quirky music video, “The Irrigation Song,” landed her a featured slot guest on NPR’s “You Bet Your Garden” in 2010. She was also chosen as a regional finalist in the 2010 Mountain Stage New Song contest. Donner is a graduate of Westminster Choir College. After stretching her legs with musical theater, she picked up a guitar, abandoned her classical roots, and started rocking out (with fantastic breath support) not to mention dying her hair!
Saturday, August 20: The Fins are an eight-piece rockin’ blues band from New Brunswick that have brought together several rich musical styles to form one powerful, hard driving sound. During their tenure they have been the vanguard of rhythm and blues. The Fins are credited with bringing big band blues to the east coast. Their blend of rhythm and blues, jump, swing, jazz and urban Chicago sound has been exciting audiences wherever they perform.
Since the group’s inception, they have performed and shared the stage with such legends as BB King, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Winter, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Phil Woods, Ray Charles, Dr. John, George Thorogood, Wilson Pickett, Bonnie Raitt, Keb Mo, and James Brown, among others. The Fins have been touring the United States and Europe in support of their two releases on M.A.S. Records, “Bluesprint” and “Superstar.”
The special host for “And the Beat Goes On” will be BoConcept, a Danish retailer in Nassau Park that offers the best in furniture design and affordability. Store Manager Thomas Jacobsen says “BoConcept Princeton is delighted to once again support the local arts scene with a sponsorship to the West Windsor Arts Council’s summer music series. This is our second year sponsoring the event and we are thrilled to once again see the crowds that gather each Saturday for a night of great live music.”
At the concert, attendees can sign up for a free BoConcept in-home design consultation, a $150 value.
Admission to all concerts is free as a result of the sponsorship of BoConcept along with Developers Diversified Realty (Nassau Park), New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and West Windsor Arts Council. For more information visit
www.westwindsorarts.org, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 609-716-1931.