Diverse Lineup Suits Many Types of Music Lovers for Stafford Summer Concert Series

By David Biggy | Jun 26, 2019

Stafford Township — As it has been doing since the 1990s, the Stafford Township Historical Society will host its annual concert series this summer. Concerts are every Monday, starting at 7 p.m. at the pavilion in Manahawkin Lake Park. Residents and visitors alike are welcome, and attendees are encouraged to bring bug repellent, water and a chair or blanket, even though some bleacher seating typically is available for use. Concerts are free, but donations are accepted.

This year’s series features the following acts:

July 8, Funk Shway – A musical revolution, the band mixes everything from funk and “surf” rock to reggae and spacey instrumental jams.

July 15, Chris Fritz and the Impulsives – A classic and modern rock cover band featuring Fritz (bass/vocals), Chuck Miller (guitar/vocals), Frank Soltys (drums/percussion) and Doug Edwards (lead guitar), it entertains with classic and modern rock favorites.

July 22, Lovelight – This cover band re-creates the timeless sound of the Grateful Dead, striving to capture the beauty and spirituality of the popular group’s live performances.

July 29, Rob Connolly – An exceptional young singer and solo artist with deep, local musical roots, he will play a mix of songs from the 1970s through today.

Aug. 5, Joe Faronea – A local acoustic guitarist popular along the Jersey Shore, he covers music from the 1990s through the present.

Aug. 12, Jimmy & Gene Duo – Jimmy & Gene’s Acoustic/Electric Thing features Barnegat’s Jimmy Arcoleo on vocals, guitars and harmonica and Gene Walk on vocals, stand-up drums and acoustic guitar. The two-man band covers a diverse collection of pop music from the 1980s up to today.

Aug. 19, Nancy Chamberlain – This talented singer and songwriter blends an alternative pop edge with smooth jazz.

Aug. 26, Bad Dogz Bluegrass Band – Featuring Bill Doerge (string bass/guitar/vocals), Jim Gooch (fiddle/mandolin/vocals), John O’Donnell (guitar/vocals) and Joe Wills (banjo/Dobro guitar/vocals), the Bad Dogz bring high lonesome bluegrass, traditional folk, a bit of cornpone humor and a drop of Celtic for good measure. —D.B.

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