Township of Monroe

The Mayor's Column

Cultural Arts Presents Free Concerts in the Park

July 01, 2017

Gerald W. Tamburro, Mayor

Summer guarantees warmer temperatures, longer days and here in Monroe, a lineup of talented musicians at Thompson Park.  As in years past, the Monroe Township Cultural Arts Commission and Middlesex County will host two free series of concerts at the Park’s gazebo, a fitting outdoor center stage overlooking scenic Manalapan Lake.


Concert-goers are welcomed to bring along chairs, picnic baskets and even their dancing shoes to this highly anticipated Township tradition of free music in the Park.  During this year’s series, the Cultural Arts Commission has booked a diverse arrangement of musical acts to entertain the crowds each Thursday, starting at 6 p.m., between July 6 and Aug. 17.


These concerts include:               


July 6 – Swing Sabroso (a Latin mix and accompaniment to salsa dancing)

July 13 – Jersey Chicks (hot fun in the summertime hits)

July 20 – Boheme Opera NJ

July 27 – Motown Tunes

August 3 – Jammin’ Steel Band (Caribbean sounds popularized by Reggae, Calypso and Soca)

August 10 – Fabforward (1970s classics featuring covers from the Beatles’ solo careers)

August 17 – Make-up Date (performance to be announced)

Check this link for more details on Monroe's 2017 Summer Concerts


Similarly, Middlesex County’s free Music-In-The-Parks Summer Concert Series will run on Wednesdays between July 5 and Aug. 30 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


The concerts include: 


July 5 –  Mark Heter and his band (Salute to the Stars and Stripes)

July 12 – Sandy Sasso’s Swingin’ Big Bands

July 19 – Greg Giannascoli (Marimba, Gershwin and More)

July 26 – The Jersey Polka Stars

August 2 – Rave On Band (a Rob Orbison and Buddy Holly Tribute Band)

August 9 – Broadway Pops Big Band (Music from the Great White Way)
August 16 – Zydeco-A-Go-Go (New Orleans style Rhythm and Blue, ‘40s Jazz and Swing)

August 23 – The Perry Brothers (Irish favorites)

August 30 – The Garden State Symphonic Band (marches, musicals, movies and more)


With its covering of trees and tranquil backdrop, Thompson Park draws thousands of music lovers from across the region to our quaint community each year.  It’s always so exciting to watch as friends, relatives, neighbors and visitors come together for a phenomenal lakeside performance and an evening of family-friendly fun.  It’s a time and a place where great memories are made.


Of course, we have our Cultural Arts Commission to thank for all of this.  In partnership with our Recreation Department, the Commission is also sponsoring four specialty camps as part of its Summer Enrichment Program at the Community Center on Monmouth Road. These camps, which are available to all township children and grandchildren, helps instill the love of the arts for the younger generations in Monroe.


This year’s camps include:


Creative Writing Camp – August 14 – August 17

Children’s Theatre Camp – August 14 – August 17

Summer Art Camp – August 21 – August 24

Film Camp – August 28 – August 31


More information for camps registration can be found at


Whether you’re a senior or a student, the Cultural Arts Commission brings world-class performances to our community at an affordable price, including free admission for students at any of our ticketed events. Be sure to visit for the latest information on the Commission’s upcoming events.



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