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Event information for the 2017 season will be posted here in earliest event first order. Please visit this page to obtain the most current scheduling information.

Free admission to all shows during the Friday Summer Concert Series!
All shows begin at 7pm unless otherwise indicated.

Schedule

Note: Dates and Artists are subject to change. Please check back for updates.

July 7th - Milagro Saints
July 14th - Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings
July 21st - Kara Grainger
July 28th - Patrick Fitzsimmons
August 4th - Billy Hector
August 11th - Hollis Brown
August 18th - Danielia Cotton
August 25th - Peter Karp & The Roadshow

Please Note: rain policy for 2017. All shows will be at the Nicholson Pavilion 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.

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July 7th - Milagro Saints

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July 14th - Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings

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July 21st - Kara Grainger

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July 28th - Patrick Fitzsimmons

 

PATRICK FITZSIMMONS RETURNS TO SPARTA
The Sparta Summer Concert Series kicks off the 2016 season and the July 4th weekend with the return of local favorite singer/songwriter Fitz and Friends! Patrick Fitzsimmons will perform with a group of amazing musicians joining him at this great outdoor concert locale. John Skehan III of Railroad Earth on mandolin, Geoff Doubleday on electric guitar, Ned Stroh on drums, Johnny Grubb on bass and Tom Askin on piano.
Patrick has recently released "Hope Is", his sixth CD and first on Malletts Bay Records. The title is directly inspired by the Emily Dickinson poem, "Hope Is the Thing With Feathers" but the album's emotional content is grounded in powerful real life events. Fitzsimmons started working on the songs for "Hope Is" back in the winter of 2011. Creatively blocked, he forced himself to write a song per day for a week via Skype for his west-coast girlfriend, calling them “Skype Dates”. The songs found their way to the album. The buoyant drive of the album marks a compositional breakthrough for the critically acclaimed songwriter who has been called “one of the most captivating songwriters around today” by Relix Magazine. John Platt of WFUV radio said, "Patrick has such a melodic gift and crystal clear voice...a singer-songwriter of the first rank".
Patrick has shared the stage with some of the acoustic music scene's biggest names including Shawn Colvin, Dar Williams, Roger McGuinn, Ellis Paul and Vance Gilbert. Fitzsimmons continues to tour throughout the northeast building his large and loyal following with soulful, captivating performances.
As a young boy, Patrick loved the singer-songwriters of the ’70’s, drawn to the works of such artists as Cat Stevens, Paul Simon & James Taylor. Though his first instrument was the drums, he eventually came full circle to follow the path of his childhood heroes. In high school in Sparta, New Jersey, he and two classmates formed a band that would ultimately become From Good Homes, a folk/rock band signed to RCA Records in the mid ‘90’s. FGH recorded three CDs with RCA and toured the country, sharing the stage with Bob Dylan, Dave Mathews Band, Joan Osborne and many others. In 1999 the band broke up and Patrick moved to Vermont and began his solo career.
The Summer Concerts are sponsored by the township, local businesses and of course the music fans. They are FREE to the public. Bring family and friends, lawn chairs and a picnic. The show begins at 7PM at The Nicholson Pavilion, Dykstra Park, 22 Woodport Road, Sparta. Rain location is next door at The Mohawk Avenue School. Please see www.spartaarts.org for more information on the series, for updates or to become
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August 4th - Billy Hector

The Sparta Summer Concert Series is proud to welcome Billy Hector back to town. Whether Billy Hector is teasing you with his sultry slide work, picking through delta blues or flat-out cranking it up and crunching out the electric blues/rock on his beloved vintage Fender Stratocaster, his music reflects the true soul and origins of the blues; always passionate, engaging and dedicated to making the audience move and sweat. Having honed his chops and style through three decades of performances, Hector is critically recognized as one of the hottest and most interesting guitarist/songwriters on the original circuit and has even been called “A New Jersey state treasure” by music writers.
Early in his career, Billy Hector identified himself as a deeplygrounded and versatile player drawing his influences from important predecessors including T-Bone Walker, Freddie King, Jimi Hendrix, Roy Buchanan and a host of others across musical style and genre. But, as with all truly great musicians, recognizable influences are interesting only insofar as they provide a departure point for the musician's spirit. It falls on the musician to shape his predecessor's ideas into music that does not simply replicate but engagingly adds to the whole. Most can only aspire to this level of creation; Billy Hector generates it in spades and it happens every night.
In the late 70s, Hector’s first stop was as the guitarist for The Shots, a horn-driven R&B group that took over the house band role from Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes at the renowned Stone Pony. He moved on as lead guitarist for Hot Romance, a band based at the infamous Mrs. Jay’s biker bar in Asbury Park that also began receiving New York City radio airplay for its original songs.
In the mid-80’s, drawn back to earlier musical roots, Billy Hector formed the five-piece blues/rock band The Fairlanes and, co-wrote and released three independent albums on the Blue Jersey label.
By early 1993, Hector regrouped as a power trio and renamed his band The Billy Hector Band. The band’s present lineup is guitars/lead vocals Billy Hector, drummer Sim Cain and bassist Tim Tindall. The Billy Hector Band also performs acoustic blues in multiple personnel configurations. A prolific songwriter/composer, Billy Hector has fourteen albums to his credit, most on the independent Ghetto Surf label. And with over thirty-five years of performing under his belt, Billy Hector is recognized as one of the hottest guitarists and songwriters playing the original circuit and serves up what more than one reviewer has called "one of the best shows you'll ever see".
 The concert at the Nicholson Pavilion, Dykstra Park, 22 Woodport Rd, Sparta begins at 7PM Friday night, rain or shine. See www.spartaarts.org for additional information. Please check the website after 2pm on Friday for any inclement weather updates.