Event information for the 2015 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 3rd - Laura Rain
July 10th - Danielia Cotton
July 17th - Billy Hector
July 24th - The Organik Vibe Trio Featuring Joel Frahm, Marko Marcinko and Ron Oswanski
July 31st - Albert Castiglia Band with special guest John Ginty
August 7th - Kelley Swindall
August 14th - Peter Karp & Sue Foley
August 21st - Swingadelic

Please Note: rain policy for 2015. 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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August 7th - Kelly Swindall

Kelley Swindall was born and raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia, where she grew up listening to the music of Kris Kristofferson, Patsy Cline, and David Allen Coe on the way to church every Sunday morning, because that's what her daddy listened to. The rest of the week she listened to the Atlanta oldies station, fox97, because that's what her ride listened to. When she was old enough to drive herself, she added  Ryan Adams, Tom Petty, Dylan, The Band, and Skynyrd to the mix. 

Drawing from her southern background, her style is a unique blend of soulful dark & bluesy folk coupled with a witty, gritty, old school country sensibility,  inspired by the outlaw tradition. Rooted in story songs and talking blues, her debut album "kelley swindall (pronounced ke le swin 'dl)" was released in July of 2014.

She splits her time between NYC and the road, where she performs regularly as both a solo artist and with The Kelley Swindall Band.

“Swindall is one of the most distinctive artists in Americana...she is Southern by birth and sings with a charming natural twang but also a persistent unease... she knows her blues on the guitar too. ”

“... an engaging performer with a knack for a catchy tune and a choice turn of phrase... Her songs have a southern warmth to them, whether bluesy or more country; she’s also a casually compelling singer who can let a phrase trail off mysteriously or add just the tinge of a smoky, bluesy rasp or wail..."

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August 14th - Peter Karp & Sue Foley

Friday August 14th 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

Concert is FREE. 7PM start, rain or shine, at Dykstra Park in Sparta, NJ.

Tuesday
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Swingadelic - August 21

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. Our first release on ZOHO is 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.

Our newest ZOHO release (May 2013) 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 75 (January 11, 2013) is still knocking them out.

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