Music Missions 3: Live Music!

This post is part of a series of posts for my school and one-on-one students.  My original post explaining this whole series can be found here.  If you have questions or comments about this mission, please leave a comment on this page and let’s talk about it!

As a little aside – I originally  came up with this challenge with a vague notion that there are multiple free concert series that go on in the Amboys and Woodbridge.  However, after researching them to include in this Music Mission, I have to admit that I am absolutely  blown away and delighted at the amount of free music available to the residents of these towns.   In fact, in Woodbridge alone you can catch live music FOR FREE on any night of the week except for Saturdays.  This is one of the greatest things I’ve ever heard and I really hope that you will take advantage of them!

So let’s get onto it!   For this week’s Music Mission, you must attend a live music event and then write about it.  Include the name of the artist, what instruments you recognize, the style of music, and what type of venue the show was held at.  This should have a minimum of 4 sentences and a maximum of… however many sentences you need.

If this is something that interests you – you can go the extra mile (and yes, for an EXTRA extra credit) and write me a full on concert review (do I have any budding music journalists in my midst?).  To achieve this next level, you need to include information on the concert venue (where the concert took place), and if it is part of a concert series, information on that series (when it happens, what the admission is, etc).  When at the concert, you can take notes on things like song titles, particular musician performances (did they have a really excellent guitarist for example?), and the concert itself (was there more than one performer?  did it start on time? was it too crowded?  kind of empty?  what was the weather like?).  Give an overall review of the show – was it good or not so good (be sure to back up your opinion). You can also include reactions by the people whom you went with (what did they think of the show?  what did they particularly like?).  If you decide to go this route, I expect this to be a minimum of 3 paragraphs.  Whoa Miss L that’s way too much work! you might be thinking.  It is a lot of work, which is why this form of a concert review will be worth 10 extra credit points instead of 5.

So finally, onto the concerts!  In no particular order, here is a listing of a TON of local concerts that will be happening in July and August.  Additionally, I found all this information in this edition of the Amboy Guardian, so for more details – like who is performing when – please click over there.  All of the concert info begins on page 11 and continues for a few more pages.

Almost every concert series asks that you bring your own lawn chairs or blankets.  All of these events are free BUT the Woodbridge concerts all request that you bring a non-perishable food item for the Woodbridge Food Bank.

Concerts by the Bay – Bayview Park, Perth Amboy – Sundays from 3 – 5pm, 7/5 -9/4

South Amboy Summer Concerts – Raritan Bay Waterfront Park, O’Leary Blvd, Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:30pm, 7/1 – 8/26

Sandy Hook Beach Concerts, Beach E, Wednesdays 6:00pm, 7/1 – 8/20

Country Sundays, Parker Press Park, 400 Rahway Ave. Woodbridge, Sundays 6:00pm, 7/12 – 8/30

Warren Park Mini Theater, Florida Grove Rd. Perth Amboy, Sundays 6:30 – 8:30pm. 7/5 – 8/9

Mayor’s Summer Concert Series, Woodbridge High, 25 Samuel Lupo Pl. Woodbridge, Mondays 7:00pm, 7/6 – 8/31

Woodbridge Wednesdays, Parker Press Park, Wednesdays 7:30pm, 7/1- 9/2

Local Band Thursdays, Parker Press Park, Thursdays 7:30pm, 7/9 – 9/3

Rockin Tuesdays (Tribute Bands) – Woodbridge High, Tuesdays 7:30pm, 7/7 – 9/1

I really cannot stress enough how wonderful all this free music is.  Yes, there are other ways to consume music for free nowadays (Spotify, Pandora, or on radio or television), but a live concert experience is a completely different animal and often prohibitively expensive (PNC Bank Arts Center tickets for Idina Menzel start at $26 and go to over $1000!!).  Plus, I know these concerts are practically in the backyard of most of the people reading this, so it would really be a shame to not take advantage of these concerts at least once throughout the summer.

In fact, maybe I’ll even see you there!

Questions?  Comments?  Problems?  Suggestions?  Please, leave a comment!