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County kicks off its summer concert series

Performances to be held at county amphitheater, Smithville Park

Special to The Sun: Beatles tribute group Strawberry Fields will perform on Saturday, July 29, at the Burlington County Amphitheater.

Free live performances will be held throughout July, August and September at the Burlington County Amphitheater in Westampton and Historic Smithville Park in Eastampton.

The series kicks off Saturday, July 1, with a performance by the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey at the amphitheater. The orchestra plans to celebrate our nation’s birth with masterpieces by American composers Aaron Copland and Leroy Anderson, along with patriotic selections from Irving Berlin and John Philip Sousa, and beloved favorites from George Gershwin. Singer Songwriter Sahara Moon will also perform that evening before the orchestra.

Tribute band Best of the Eagles and Gypsy Moon Duet will perform on Friday, July 7, at Smithville Park. Back at the amphitheater on Saturday, July 8, will be Doo Wop ‘50s music from Step by Step; a tribute to the songs of Johnny Maestro; and South Jersey favorites Jackie & The Gents.

The rest of the summer will feature a musical tour through the decades with shows by the Everly Brothers Experience on Saturday, July 15; Beatles tribute band Strawberry Fields on Saturday, July 29; ‘70s party band The Discoteks on Saturday, Aug. 5; ‘80s tribute group Class of ’84 on Saturday, Aug. 12; Jake’s Rockin Country Band on Saturday, Aug. 19; and the ‘90s alternative/grunge group Flannel on Saturday, Aug. 26.

There will also be an eclectic mix of music on Friday nights, including Irish pop and folk, with the Screaming Orphans on Friday, July 14; Blues Brothers tribute group Hats and Shades on Friday, July 28; big-band jazz performers Svetlana & The New York Experience on Friday, Aug. 4; Garden State Radio on Friday, Aug. 11; and R&B and Soul group Gentlemen of Soul and Zydeco-A-Go-Go on Friday, Aug. 25.

The summer series wraps with the Glimmer Twins performing their classic Rolling Stones live show at Smithville Park on Saturday, Sept. 16. All concerts begin at 6 p.m. and attendees can set up chairs and blankets beginning at 4 p.m.

The top row of the amphitheater seating will be reserved for guests with mobility challenges, including those with wheelchairs, walkers or canes and caretakers. Refreshments will be available for sale, but alcoholic beverages, tobacco, vapor products or other drugs will not be permitted.

For more information, including a complete listing of all scheduled performances, visit http://www.co.burlington.nj.us/569/Programs-Events.

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