The Arts Council of Princeton and Princeton Shopping Center present the 35th annual Summer Concert Series, featuring the best in local and regional jazz, folk, world, rock and blues. The next concert will be July 12, 2018, at the Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N. Harrison Street, Princeton, NJ. Times might be subject to change, so refer to Princeton Shopping Center's website for details. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair! Princeton Shopping Center Summer Concert Series Schedule
Thursday, July 19
Trinidelphia - Caribbean Fusion
Trinidelphia has been pleasing audiences with their distinct combination of American and Caribbean styles since 2005, after meeting in Philadelphia while studying music at the University of the Arts. Fusing Trinidadian Soca and Calypso with Latin Jazz, Reggae, Salsa, and American top-40, they have developed a sound all their own over the past decade. Their unique and rhythmic arrangements of jazz and popular songs cast the steelpan in fresh new light, pushing the stylistic and artistic boundaries of an often type-cast instrument.
Thursday, July 26
BRIZ and the Revival - R&B/Rock
BRIZ and the Revival are a dynamic R&B/Rock band. BRIZ, a resident of Princeton, a gifted singer-songwriter, is the lead vocalist of this talented ensemble. BRIZ and the Revival give exciting live performances playing original songs and modern takes on classic covers that you don’t want to miss!
Thursday, August 2
Grace Little Band - Gospel/R&B
One of the hottest groups in the area, the Amazin’ Grace & the Grace Little Band generates energy and excitement everywhere they perform. This dynamic group is comprised of 8 very talented musicians: two lead vocalists, a full rhythm section, and a sax player.
Thursday, August 9
Eco Del Sur - Latin American & Andean
Eco Del Sur means “echoes of the south” and the group was founded in 2000 with the idea to preserve the heritage and culture of different Latin American regions. The group’s first album was released in 2001. Each member has mastered several indigenous and contemporary instruments. Some of these instruments used by Eco Del Sur include: zampoñas, quenas, quenachos, antaras, zencas, rondador, ocarinas, moxenos, flute, charango, mandolin, guitar, Venezuelan cuatro, Colombian tiple, bass, congas, bombo, tambora, bongos, Peruvian cajon, maracas, guiro, claves, rain sticks, guaza, chakchas, etc. The music of Eco Del Sur includes a wide range of styles and rhythms. Some of these rhythms were influenced by the Pre-Columbian and the Spanish cultural heritages. Other rhythms characteristic of the Pacific Coast, Atlantic Coast and the Caribbean had a great contribution from the African heritage and culture.
Thursday, August 16
Octavia Blues Band - Blues/rock
Suzuki Music USA and Godin Guitars endorsed international touring artist Octavia is notated as one of the few ladies performing outstanding harmonica, vocals and guitar in a fun interactive performance of primarily original music.
Currently in the studio recording her seventh and eighth albums, Octavia toured with Etta James, played harmonica with Stevie Wonder and opened for numerous international acts among which include B.B. King.
Thursday, August 23
Michael Austin - Soul jazz
Michael Austin, native of Baltimore, MD is an example of many things. He is a mentor, leader, musician, teacher and public speaker, to name a few. In May of 1975, Michael, 26 at the time, was sentenced to life plus fifteen years for armed robbery and murder, crimes he did not commit. During the next 10 years, while incarcerated, Austin started a jazz band and music programs. He continued to educate himself and others on music theory, composing, and voice training. On December 28, 2001, Austin’s prayers for freedom had been answered. All charges were dropped and Michael was released and granted a full pardon. Michael Austin frequently travels all over the east coast and internationally, to share his story and talents with others.