Event information for the 2014 season will be posted here in soonest 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.

June 27: 63rd Army Band
July 11: Peter Karp & Sue Foley
July 18: Freedy Johnston
July 25: Fitz & FriendsPatrick Fitzsimmons with John Skehan III (Railroad Earth) on Mandolin, Johnny Grubb (Railroad Earth) on upright bass and Geoff Doubleday on guitar and backing vocals.
August 1: Danielia Cotton
August 8: Billy Hector
August 15: Organik Vibe Trio featuring Dave Samuels
August 22: Rhett Tyler & Early Warning

Please Note: rain policy for 2014. 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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June 27 - 63rd Army Band

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July 11 - Peter Karp & Sue Foley

Friday July 11th the Sparta Summer Concert Series welcomes Peter Karp and Sue Foley back to the stage. Peter is a gifted singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist and American troubadour. Engaging audiences, spinning tales part New Jersey, part Alabama. Well written tunes with blues licks and piano fills. Sue Foley is considered one of the finest blues and roots artists working today. Playing her Telecaster, winning numerous awards, sharing the stage with greats like BB King, Buddy Guy , Lucinda Williams and Tom Petty.

In 2010 the two joined forces and released "He said...She Said", a collaboration adapted from letters and emails they shared during some tough times. Their latest cd "Beyond The Crossroads" is high voltage, piano boogie, slide guitar blues-rock that combines the talents of these two noted singer-songwriting guitar slingers. The record was top 10 on Billboard Blues and #1 for 6 weeks on National Blues & Roots charts. The band features Niles Terrat on bass and Mike Catapano on drums.

More information regarding Peter & Sue is available at their website:  www.karpfoley.com

Opening the show is local band You And I. Concert is FREE. 7PM start, rain or shine, at Dykstra Park in Sparta, NJ.

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July 18 - Freedy Johnston


Freedy Johnston will be performing Friday July 18th at 7PM in Dykstra Park in Sparta, NJ.

Freedy was born in Kinsley, Kansas, famous for being the exact midway point between the coasts of the US. Raised on new wave, rock’n’roll and a bit of country, his start in music brought him to the Northeast as a singer/songwriter of masterful, sophisticated tunes; witty and poignant stories of life gone wrong. His record ‘Can You Fly’ was widely lauded as one of the best albums of the 90’s. He scored a hit with the song “Bad Reputation” from ‘This Perfect World’.
Freedy has continued to perform and record. He’s contributed music to a number of film projects. And there is a new album in the works. The group will include guitarist James Mastro (The Bongos, Ian Hunter, Amy Speace) and drummer Steve Goulding (Graham Parker, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe).

Opening the show is Brady Moon, an unplugged trio covering classics and featuring Chris Brady and Scott and Anna Luna.

Show is FREE to the public, rain or shine. Rain location is the Mohawk Avenue School auditorium.

 

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July 25 - Fitz & Friends

Featuring Patrick Fitzimmons – Singer/songwriter, Patrick Fitzsimmons is a 2011 and 2012 Solarfest national songwriting contest finalist and a three time Ploughshares national songwriting contest finalist.  Patrick recently released his sixth CD, Hope Is, which has been getting airplay on radio station's all over the country . Relix Magazine called him, "one of the most captivating songwriters around today" and Seven Days wrote, "Fitzsimmons is an immensely talented singer. With a shimmering, silken delivery, he is effortlessly emotive." Patrick is originally from New Jersey and now resides in Vermont.

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 is a founding member of From Good Homes, a roots rock band signed to RCA Records in the mid to late 90's and now enjoying a very successful series of "reunion shows" since their break up in '99.
Patrick began his solo career in 2001 and continues to tour throughout the northeast building a large and loyal following with his soulful, captivating performances.

 

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Aug 1 - Danielia Cotton

Danielia Cotton

The Sparta Cultural Affairs Committee is proud to welcome Danielia Cotton back to the stage for a free concert on Friday evening 8/1/2014 at 7PM. The fiery rockin’ singer/songwriter/guitarist is returning on the heels of her new release, “The Gun In Your Hand”. Always a favorite at the series, she will perform her self-penned tunes with her tight band, belting out her very personal lyrics.

When asked what she’d like listeners to take away from her latest record, Danielia says “Survival….That word comes because something came beforehand that made you have to try. Survival also means great strength on the other side. It’s a dual-edged sword.” She recorded the CD, her third, with producer and friend Kevin Salem. An eclectic and emotional work, “The Gun In Your Hand” is born of heart-break, but delivers life-affirming hope.

Born in Hopewell, NJ, Danielia was brought up by her mother Wenonah Brooks, a jazz vocalist who handed her daughter a guitar at 12 years old as an outlet for her emotions and creativity. Danielia was not exposed to R&B or hip-hop in her mostly white hometown. She grew up on a solid dose of rock and roll with a mixture of jazz and gospel inspired by her mom and aunts. A scholarship to Bennington College had her studying acting, which shows in her exciting performances. Her songs reflect all of her history.

Danielia Cotton has played at clubs and festivals nationally. She has opened for The Allmans, Derek Trucks, B.B. King, Bon Jovi, and Robert Cray. It will be a riveting night of music at the Nicholson Pavilion. Local band ‘Red House’ will open. The performance is free, rain or shine. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Dykstra Park, 22 Woodport Road, Sparta, NJ.  

 

Come join us in welcoming Danielia back to Dykstra Park.