2015 Summer Concert Series Underway!
8th Show Added to Series!! Swingadelic
The fantastic generosity of the audiences at the first 5 shows has provided the funding for an 8th show featuring Swingadelic - NYC metro's greatest "little big band".
Wow!! What a fantastic show Peter & Sue put on last night!! Fantastic music & energy!
FOUND AT CONCERT:after 7/17 show, set of eye glasses with 1 lens popped out
after 7/24 show, a small girls bag with sunglasses inside.
Both items are in the Lost&Found box in the Rec Dept, lower floor at the Sparta Library.
Swingadelic to close out the Summer Series
Swingadelic began in 1998 as the neo-swing movement was cresting. Upright bassist Dave Post gathered his jazz & blues playing friends together to play engagements at New York City's Supper Club, Swing 46 and Windows On The World, the former restaurant atop of the World Trade Center. As the swing scene waned the band was able to turn to swing dance groups, concerts, festivals, schools and private engagements to keep active.
Swingadelic has performed at Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing, NJPAC, and at many festivals, including Bele Chere (Ashville NC), MusikFest (Allentown PA) the CD 109 Jazz & Blues Festival (Red Bank, NJ) and the sanofi-aventis JazzFest (Madison NJ).
The band plays about 100 dates per year and has traveled from Maine to Atlanta. Swingadelic has maintained a residency for six years at Maxwell's in Hoboken NJ where it performs every other Monday as a ten piece "little big band." The group often plays for many regional Swing Dance Societies and performs as a quintet doing a Duke Ellington program in Hudson County (NJ) schools.
Swingadelic has six CD's and has been recording for the ZOHO Music label since 2011. Their first release on ZOHO was titled "The Other Duke", a tribute to Duke Pearson, a pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader of the 60's and 70's who was very influential in shaping the "hard bop" sound of Blue Note Records. This CD was in the JazzWeek Radio charts top thirty and garnered many critically acclaimed reviews in jazz publications such as Jazz Times and All About Jazz.
Their newest ZOHO release is called "Toussaintville" a collection of songs written by legendary New Orleans piano player, songwriter, producer & arranger Allen Toussaint. From the late 50's through the mid-70's he had his hand in hundreds of hits and chart entries by many popular artists and at age 77 is still knocking them out.
Swingadelic will have you singing and dancing on the field as they take the stage at the Nicholson Pavilion in Dykstra Park. Sparta band The Treks will open on Friday August 21st at 7PM.
Funding for the Series is extremely tight. With the reduction in funding for the shows from our direct sources, sponsorship will determine the number of concerts. If you can, please consider becoming one of our highly valued sponsors. It will be a critical success factor. Thank you for your consideration.
A hi-re (@300dpi) poster of the 2015 Summer Concert Series schedule is now available.
Please note: Sparta Township ordinances prohibit both alcohol and dogs (even if on a leash) in Dykstra Park. Seating is on the lawn or your own lawn chairs.
Dinner and a Show
St. Moritz Grill & Bar is adding to the Concert fun by giving away a $50 gift certificate at each show. Come for the show, go home with a dinner at St. Moritz. For a donation to the SCAC you will receive a numbered ticket for a 'drawing' for the $50 gift certificate. Tickets are good for that night's drawing only.
Visit www.stmoritzgrillandbar.com to checkout their menu, events schedule, daily specials.
All shows will be at 7pm in Dykstra Park. If there is a significant threat of inclement weather, the show will be held indoors at the Mohawk Ave School Auditorium at 7pm. Please check the home page on the day of each show for updated information regarding postponement or relocation.
Schedule is subject to change
Garlic & Oil Grand Re-Opening to Benefit
Sparta Cultural Affairs Committee
Listening to live music every Friday night under a starry sky at Dykstra Park is one of the joys of summer living in Sparta. Yet that special community activity is being threatened by lack of funding. According to Sparta Cultural Affairs Committee Spokesperson Stew Liebman, the "free" Sparta Summer Concert Series actually costs close to $15,000.00 a season. "The cost of talent, the sound system, electricity, a Park and Recreations Department representative costs about $1,800.00 a show,", says Liebman. We normally put on eight concerts a season but last year we only were able to do seven because there was not enough money." Last year the town kicked in $6500.00 but to make up the shortfall, Leibman says the committee relies on donations and sponsorships from local businesses. That's where a gourmet food and gift store in Sparta called Garlic & Oil is stepping in.
Sparta resident and owner of Garlic & Oil, Kathryn Kaplan is a big fan of the concert series, making it a point to attend them weekly. "There is nothing better than having a picnic , relaxing with friends on a warm summer evening and listening to great, live music", declares Kaplan. "When I heard that the program was facing cuts I wanted to work with the committee to creatively come up with a way to raise money." To that end, Kaplan is tying the re-opening of her business Garlic & Oil (now located at 12 White Deer Plaza in Lake Mohawk) to raising funds for the Sparta Summer Concert Series. "On Saturday, May 2, there will be live music from 12:00 pm to 4:00 featuring local musicians, free food and if you make a donation of a dollar or more, you will receive a free gift from Garlic & Oil," states Kaplan. Members of the all-volunteer Sparta Cultural Affairs Committee will be out collecting the donations in and around White Deer Plaza as well as at Garlic & Oil. Other businesses in the area are joining the effort. Deborah Graybill, owner of Shelter Vintage located at 14 Winona Parkway is raffling off a gift basket valued at $100.00 with a donation to the cause. Open four years, Shelter Vintage specializes in home furnishings and personal accessories. Graybill, also a Sparta resident, is thrilled to play a part and hopes the other local businesses will join in. Says Graybill, "The concert series is such a great part of life in Sparta, as well as shopping and eating locally. This can only be great for everyone!" The rain date for the event is Sunday, May 3.