Princeton Shopping Center and the Arts Council of Princeton present the 30th annual Summer Concert Series featuring the best in local and regional jazz, folk, world, rock and blues. Join us every Thursday, 6–8 pm, from June 25–August 27, 2015, at the Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N. Harrison Avenue, Princeton, NJ. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair! In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be inside the Arts Council’s Pop-Up Studio at the Princeton Shopping Center.

Thursday June 25, 2015, 6-8PM

The Klez Dispensers

As part of the Summer Courtyard Concert Series at the Princeton Shopping Center, a full force of creativity, The Klez Dispensersare juicy, fresh and daring and have been dishing up their signature state-of-the-art, swinging American-style klezmer music since 1998. Audiences can’t get enough of their impeccable arrangements, inspiring improvisations, and engaging repertoire from the early years of klezmer, as well as exciting original compositions. Dispensing the voice of both klezmer past and future, this afternoon concert will provide entertainment for the entire family!

Thursday July 2, 2015, 6-8PM

Stone Soup Circus & The Blawenberg Band

As part of the Summer Courtyard Concert Series at the Princeton Shopping, the Stone Soup Circus is a community run circus group will present students who have participated in their summer camp. On display will be the art of juggling, tumbling, partner acrobatics, globe-rolling, stilt-walking, uni-cycling, clowning and wire walking. In a double-billed event, enjoy the patriotic music of America with New Jersey’s most active and historic Community band, the Blawenberg Band.

Thursday July 9, 2015, 6-8PM

 

Trenton Makes: A Tribute to Clifford Adams

As part of the Summer Courtyard Concert Series at the Princeton Shopping Center, celebrate the life and influence of Trenton’s own Clifford Adams in a tribute concert to the legendary trombonist. This special evening of music will feature some of Clifford Adam’s closest collaborators featuring jazz, funk, blues and beyond! Clifford Adams played with some of the greats, including Wynton Marsalis, Ella Fitzgerald, Art Blakey, Sarah Vaughn, Max Roach, Lionel Hampton, The Four Tops, Patti Labelle, Sun Ra, and Kool & the Gang.

Thursday July 16, 2015, 6-8PM

Tony Vacca’s World Rhythms

As part of the Summer Courtyard Concert Series at the Princeton Shopping Center,Tony Vacca is an innovative American percussionist with Jazz and World Music roots blending rhythm, word, and native instruments to create his signature performance. Pushing the already adventurous conventions of World Music into new territory, the World Rhythm Ensemble uses giant West African balafons, over twenty incredible Paiste gongs, djembe, djun-djun, talking drums and an outrageous percussion drumset. Rediscover the power of the drum, and the power of music to build global common ground.

Thursday July 23, 2015, 6-8PM

The VooDudes

As part of the Summer Courtyard Concert Series at the Princeton Shopping Center, from the Bayou and beyond, the VooDudeshave been cookin’ up their own style of Golf Coast roots rock for the past 25 years. Featuring Zydeco, Blues, New Orleans funk, Southern soul and Caribbean party music, this upbeat band wants you to get up, dance, and celebrate the many flavors of the southern coast.

Thursday July 30, 2015, 6-8PM

Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra

As part of the Summer Courtyard Concert Series at the Princeton Shopping Center,PJO is simply one of the best swingin’ big bands in the region made up of rising stars. The concept behind the orchestra was to keep motivated and talented students playing their instruments during the summer. Led by Princeton High’s jazz director, Joe Bongiovi, this orchestra has all the discipline of a professional Jazz ensemble, even though the Orchestra’s average age is 17!

Thursday August 6, 2015, 6-8PM

Aerial Photograph

As part of the Summer Courtyard Concert Series at the Princeton Shopping Center,Aerial Photograph is an exciting and captivating band that consists of a string quartet, clarinet, tenor saxophone, trumpet, guitar, bass, drums, and pre-recorded audio. Much of Aerial Photograph’s original repertoire is inspired by the cultural pluralism that is both unique and fundamental to American society. The process of composing for this group begins with communication: band leader Matt Davis focuses on a specific community and has informal conversations with its various members about subjects including identity, their past experiences, their hopes, and how they view themselves within society. These conversations are recorded and then woven into compositions which endeavor to express the feelings and emotions which are conveyed through these communications, but which also draw from the deep American musical traditions of jazz, blues and popular song. Aerial Photograph’s music has been informed by this process with communities such as senior citizens, recovering drug addicts, immigrants, children in under-served areas, religious individuals, community volunteers, homeless people, teachers, victims of violent crime, caregivers, veterans, incarcerated adults, artists and musicians. The compositions, which arise from this process, give voice to a deeper understanding of the complexities of the modern world. This music gives both audiences and students the opportunity to experience different groups of people, about whom they may have preconceived ideas, in a new and engaging way.

Thursday August 13, 2015, 6-8PM

Danielia Cotton

As part of the Summer Courtyard Concert Series at the Princeton Shopping Center, American rock and blues artist Danielia Cotton is making a hometown stop in Princeton. Her powerful soulful vocals and commanding presence create an electric performance bridging rock, blues and gospel. Danielia has opened for some of the biggest names in rock and blues including the Allmans, B.B. King, Derek Trucks, Bon Jovi, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Robert Clay.

Thursday August 20, 2015, 6-8PM

ANIMUS

As part of the Summer Courtyard Concert Series at the Princeton Shopping Center, Bill Koutsouros and his team of musicians create an exciting fusion of ancient and modern music using traditional elements of Greek, Turkish, Arabic, and Latin styles styles melded into percussive rock, funk, jazz, and blues music. ANIMUS is an instrumental group of culturally diverse musical concepts and traditions. The unorthodox instrumentation and unique original compositions excite the mind, body and soul with an endless variety of grooves and tribal rhythms, coupled with spontaneous, uninhibited, passionate improvisation that awakens the spirit to get everyone moving to the music.

Thursday August 27, 2015, 6-8PM

Eco Del Sur

As part of the Summer Courtyard Concert Series at the Princeton Shopping Center,Eco Del Sur presents a diverse mixture of Latin American and Andean music with a mastery of several indigenous and contemporary instruments. Featuring members from Chile, Colombia, and Ecuador, each member brings their unique heritage and musical experiences to present the soul of the south. Eco Del Sur utilizes string and percussion instruments introduced to Latin America by the Spanish and African heritage cultures in addition to the pan-pipes and wooden flutes created by Pre-Columbian civilizations. Visit Eco Del Sur’s website.