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Event information for the 2013 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.


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

July 5: The Jersey Doors
July 12: Ali Ryerson Quintet featuring Mark Egan
July 13: Shakespeare In the park "A Midsummer's Night Dream"
July 14: Shakespeare In the park "A Midsummer's Night Dream"
July 19: Local Bands
featuring 'Vince Genella & The Business' with special guests. Opening will be 'Cardon Raquet and The Broken Arrow'.
July 26: Arthur Neilson
August 2: Patrick Fitzsimmons
August 9: Danielia Cotton
August 16: Billy Hector

Please Note: rain policy for 2013. 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.


July 26 - Arthur Neilson

Arthur Neilson-Excerpts from Neilson’s reviews: “He's one of the great hopes for modern, electric blues guitar” (Chicago Sun Times);”Arthur Neilson is a fine aggressive guitarist” (New York Times); “NYC's best-kept blues secret” (Guitar One)


Aug 2 - Patrick Fitzsimmons

Patrick FitzimmonsSparta favorite, Patrick writes songs that have that rare combination of strong lyrics and strong melody. Relix Magazine called him “one of the most captivating songwriters around today.”  He is a three-time Ploughshares songwriting contest finalist and has had his songs placed in several independent films.


Aug 9 - 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 8/9/13 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. 


Aug 16 - Billy Hector

Billy Hector-considered by many as one of the “hottest” guitarists and songwriters, and named a "Living Legend" at the Asbury Park Music Awards. He participated in a historic studio session with Hubert Sumlin and Billy Boy Arnold to record "Juke" for fabled director Martin Scorsese's upcoming seven-part series "The Blues.”

Billy Hector will be one of the most popular shows of the summer! 

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