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Free concerts at Lincoln Harbor Park on the Weehawken Waterfront
Please bring lawn chairs or blankets.

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Wednesday | July 10 | 7pm

Classical Crossover:
Empire Wild and Arkai

Empire Wild is a trio of highly trained classical musicians dedicated to musical exploration and to fusing the sounds of Pop, Folk, Broadway, and more into their songwriting and composition. Based in NYC, Empire Wild has brought its signature mix of original music, inventive covers, and twists on the classical repertoire to audiences across the country. The group’s debut EP, Paper Seasons, features all original songs, highlighting the Trio’s unique sound and instrumentation.

ARKAI is an award-winning cello and violin electroacoustic duo that has inspired audiences around the world through its genre-defying string music. Graduates of The Juilliard School, their past engagements have included performances at Lincoln Center, the Met Museum, US Air Force Academy, Carnegie Hall, the Abu Dhabi Culture Summit, and TED.  Recent highlights include opening for Oscar and Grammy-winning musician Jon Batiste at NYC's Javits Center. In collaboration with Grammy-winning producer Jonas W. Karlsson, ARKAI's debut album will be released later this year. 

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Wednesday | July 24 7pm

Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience

Zydeco master Terrance Simien is a 2-time Grammy winner who has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American Roots music today. He and his band have performed nearly 10,000 concerts and toured millions of miles to over 45 countries during their expansive career. Their music has been heard in multiple major studio theatre release films, TV shows, and radio commercials. The band has shared studio and stage with legends like Art Neville, Los Lobos, Marcia Ball, Robert Palmer and The Dave Matthews Band, to name a few. Terrance Simien and his band have been a cultural ambassador for the USA since the mid 1980’s as part of the State Department’s cultural diplomacy tours. 

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Wednesday | July 31 7pm

Clare Maloney & The Great Adventure

New York's Clare Maloney is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who has one of the most distinctive, powerful, and emotive voices in Rock & Roll today. Clare and  her band have shared the stage with members of The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship, Allman Brothers Band, Hall & Oates, and more.

 

Clare Maloney & The Great Adventure features Nate DeBrine on guitar and vocals, Russ Gottlieb on bass and electric banjo, and Caleb Estey on drums and vocals. They have been bringing their joyous mix of good vibes and great tunes to audiences across the US since 2021 while flawlessly blending Rock, Alt-Country, Americana, Folk, Funk, the Great American Songbook, and more.

Highlights from their 2023 breakout year included a 60-date national tour with a handful of very special shows supporting Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Wailers and Bailen, and sit-ins from members of Goose. Their new EP, Reckoning, is due out later this year.

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Wednesday | August 14 7pm

Brazil on the Hudson
featuring Diego Figueiredo
with Special Guest Paquito D'Rivera

Join us for a very special evening of Brazilian music, including Latin-Brazilian Jazz, Bossa Nova, Samba, and more. The concert will feature world-class musicians, including pianist and musical director Helio Alves, guitarist Diego Figueiredo, Grammy winning trumpeter Mike Rodriguez, bassist Gili Lopes, drummer Mauricio Zottarelli, and singer Alexia Bomtempo. Special guest for the evening will be Brazilian-For-A-Day—15-time Grammy winner, Paquito D’Rivera.

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Wednesday | August 28 7pm

Olatuja

Olatuja is a band, a project, and a recently released album full of uplifting and joyful music of the African diaspora.

 

Michael Olatuja, a first-call bass player in NYC and Alicia Olatuja, an internationally touring vocalist, set about creating Olatuja—an album that is at once cinematic in scope and intimate and personal in its message of trust, joy, and the power of honest communication. “We wanted to merge our visions to create something greater than what we could create on our own” says Alicia. Olatuja draws on the rich heritage of Michael’s Yoruba culture, the evolving popular music of West Africa, the Gospel and Jazz traditions that inform Alicia’s musical heritage, and the strong links that tie all these threads together. 

 

Olatuja is a work of lush complexity, impassioned vocals, and deeply layered arrangements that unites all its multiple influences into a stunning whole. 

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Presented by the Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center, Inc., with generous support from the Township of Weehawken, the County of Hudson, and:

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