The annual Downtown Concert Series includes six FREE Friday evening, family-friendly concerts beginning Friday, June 25th. Presented by the METC and the Madison Downtown Development Commission, the concerts are held on the lawn of the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (located on the corner of Main Street and Green Village Road) where picnicking is encouraged! All concerts are from 6-8:00 p.m.
June 25 - JUMPING THE GUN BAND
Jumping The Gun Band plays music from the time when FM radio ruled the airwaves, music was played on vinyl records and cassette tapes and you purchased your stereo equipment from Crazy Eddies. Band members are Bob Rocco, guitar and vocals, George Mandala, guitar and vocals, Pete Gavalakis, bass and vocals and Vernon Mott, drums. They play a mix of songs from The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen along with The Gin Blossoms, The Black Keys and Darius Rucker. If you’re a fan of classic rock and country from the 70’s to today Jumping The Gun Band will get you on your feet and keep you rocking all night long.
July 9 - HOUSE OF HAMILL
Both Baldino and Buchanan are accomplished traditional fiddle players and classical violinists, with over 25 years of writing and performance experience between them. Together, they write unusual new fiddle tunes and exciting, unpredictable original songs while breathing new life into traditional and contemporary songs. Both are confident and unique lead vocalists, and the blend of their two voices in harmony is hypnotic and irresistible. House of Hamill is on the bleeding edge of a new generation of traditional musicians.
July 23 - ORQUESTA LOS NUEVE DEL SABOR
A Salsa & Latin Jazz Band from Roselle Park, NJ with all the Classic Hits in Salsa, Merengue &Son. Bringing the blend of Montunos, Salsa and popular Latin styles from the Caribbean and South America! LOS NUEVE DEL SABOR is composed of salsa music artists from the NY/NJ area, and will bring high-energy, Latin (the best) music for weddings, corporate events, nightclubs, festivals, concerts, and other venues.
August 6 - MATT HAUGHEY
Matt Haughey grew up singing at the piano in his childhood home in Madison, NJ with his two older brothers. He started performing at coffee houses and wrote his first songs while still in high school. When Matt moved to Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, his love for songwriting began to grow. During the crazy, overwhelming academic terms, Matt would find solace in the piano practice rooms at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. After some significant pressure from his friends to begin releasing his music, he released his first single, “Make You Happy”, in the Fall of 2019. Since then, he has released 4 more songs, his music has been streamed over 1 million times, and three of his songs were featured on “Train Tracks” on Sirius XM The Pulse.
August 20 - MAMA D & THE VEXATIONS
Mama D & the Vexations! Mama D & The Vexations is a high-energy cover band with a soulful edge. Expect powerful renditions of hits from the 60s through today, with some lost gems thrown in! The band features Donna Ward (Fanwood, NJ) on lead vocals, Nick Malishchak (Madison, NJ) on guitar/vocals, Jasmine Bloch-Krempels (Orange, NJ) on bass/vocals, Chris Neptune (West Orange) on keys/trumpet, and John Holmok (South Orange, NJ) on drums. The band’s unique take on a wide variety of classic rock, pop, country, and soul tunes keeps them performing regularly at weddings, private parties, and bars throughout North Jersey.
September 3 - TOM SELLWOOD
Tom Sellwood has had an extensive career singing and acting in lead roles across the world, including Broadway, London’s West End, National Tours, and throughout the US and the UK. Among his many notable roles, favorites include Raoul in ‘Phantom of the Opera’, Clifford Bradshaw in ‘Cabaret’, the title role in ‘Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat’, and Frank Sinatra in ‘Sentimental Journey’. He has also created roles in West End premiers and is an award-winning audiobook narrator.
A resident of Madison, NJ, he is the Director of The Sellwood Studio of Performing Arts where he gives private lessons, teaches group singing classes and runs performing arts camps.