Funk Shway Ignites Stafford Summer Concert Series on July 9

Jul 04, 2018
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill Funk Shway will play on July 9.

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

July 16, 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 23, Chris Fritz and the Impulsives – The cover band featuring Fritz (bass/vocals), Chuck Miller (guitar/vocals), Frank Soltys (drums/percussion) and Doug Edwards (lead guitar) entertains with classic and modern rock favorites.

July 30, 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. 6, Joe Faronea – A local acoustic guitarist popular along the Jersey Shore, he covers music from the 1990s through today.

Aug. 13, 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 through today.

Aug. 20, 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.

Aug. 27, Nancy Chamberlain – This talented singer and songwriter blends an alternative pop edge with smooth jazz. —D.B.

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