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McCarter Theatre To Present Free Concerts In Palmer Square

originally published: 04/01/2021

McCarter Theatre To Present Free Concerts In Palmer Square

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- McCarter Theatre Center is welcoming Spring with McCarter Concerts In Palmer Square. The series of live concerts will kick off on April 25, 2021 and take place Sundays from 4:00pm-6:00pm through June 20, 2021. The free experience will safely reconnect the community with an afternoon of family-friendly entertainment for all ages.

The outdoor series will feature nine musical performances from local-based talent throughout NY, NJ, and PA. These artists will vary across Latin, R&B, Rock, Pop, Jazz, Swing, Reggae, and Country music. Artists will be making their McCarter debuts. Along with entertainment, attendees can enjoy food and drink from vendors around Palmer Square.

Updates on McCarter Theatre Center reopening season will also be shared each Sunday as they become available. Audiences are encouraged to gather, socially distanced, on the Palmer Square lawn in front of The Nassau Inn to enjoy a new, fun and entertaining act each weekend.

McCarter and Palmer Square will be following CDC guidelines, state and local mandates, and industry best practices to ensure the health and safety of our audience and artists. Events are subject to change or cancellation based on weather and CDC guidelines.

Parking will be available in the downtown garages and metered parking on the street will be available for easy access to the event each Sunday. Accessible street parking is available around Palmer Square and in the surrounding parking garages. All sidewalks have ramped entry points. 

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SUNDAY, APRIL 25 - Street Beat Brass Band. Influenced by the multiculturalism of NYC, Street Beat plays a wild diversity of brass-based music, from New Orleans Jazz to Polka, Mexican Banda, Gospel, Klezmer, and Funk.

SUNDAY, MAY 2October Rose. This unique country duo performs all over the US, opening for acts like Jake Owen, Russell Dickerson, Jimmie Allen, High Valley, Tyler Rich, and Jordan Davis.

SUNDAY, MAY 9Esteem All Stars. Get up and dance to the best pop, rock, oldies, R&B, and swing music – what’s new and what’s classic from the 50s to today!

SUNDAY, MAY 16 - Pat Guadagno. Deeply rooted in the historic Jersey Shore music scene, Guadagno has released five albums filled with musical surprises and unique interpretations of inspirational artists’ work.

SUNDAY, MAY 23 - The Suyat Band. The seven-piece Suyat Band delivers high-energy hits from yesterday and today with rock-solid musicianship and warm-hearted Aloha spirit.

SUNDAY, MAY 30 - Jeiris Cook Trio. Coming from a long generation of musicians with deep roots in the south, Jeiris Cook is an original singer/songwriter, producer, and R&B artist.

SUNDAY, JUNE 6 - Moroccan Sheepherders. Whether they’re playing in NYC or along the beach, The Sheepherders take classic covers and originals to another dimension with their mélange of genres from tribal ambient trance to blue-eyed blues-rock.

SUNDAY, JUNE 13 - Random Test Reggae. With members hailing from all over the Caribbean, Random Test Reggae takes you on a musical journey that pays tribute to pioneers in reggae and soca music, staying true to the real roots and culture.

SUNDAY, JUNE 20 - Ritmo Caliente. This Latin orchestra plays a large variety of music including salsa, merengue, ballads, waltz, jazz and songs from the 50s – oldies but goodies in a Latin salsa beat with English words.

Under the leadership of award-winning Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen, Managing Director Michael S. Rosenberg and Special Programming Director William W. Lockwood, McCarter's mission is to create world-class theater and present the finest artists for the community engagement, education, and entertainment. Winner of the 1994 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, world premieres include Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2013 Tony Best Play); Tarell Alvin McCarey's The Brother/Sister Plays, Emily Mann's Having Our Say, and Danai Gurira's The Convert. Due to COVID-19, McCarter has pivoted to virtual programming including McCarter@HOME and Online Classes, reaching new audiences across the world. 

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