Who doesn’t love a party where there’s dancing in the street along with great music and food?
On Friday, September 14th, there’ll be all that and much more during a free, end-of-summer bash on Main Street at 5 p.m., followed by four hours of world-class jazz.
The Historic Courthouse will provide a dramatic backdrop for the first night of the 3-day Central Jersey Jazz Festival. The Flemington event kicks off with a one-hour tribute to Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, by WDVR. And while you’re rocking out to “Respect” or “Chain of Fools,” you can also find some authentic soul food along with an ice-cold beer or glass of wine from the special beer garden.
What’s available in soul food? Everything from barbecued chicken to southern pulled pork sandwiches to New Orleans style barbecued oysters with blue cheese crumbles and crawfish gumbo from local restaurants and visiting food trucks.
If you’re a jazz lover – or just want to find out what the hoopla is all about – you can feast on the music as well, with three riveting performers who have played their unique sounds all over the world.
> Lakecia Benjamin will electrify the stage with her fiery sax from 6-7; vocalist Sachal Vasadani will take jazz to a new level with his unusual phrasing and swagger from 7:30-8:30, and headliner Dave Stryker, a jazz guitarist with 28 CDs, will bring you to your feet, if you aren’t already there, from 9-10 p.m.
All this emceed by another veteran of the jazz scene, radio show host and author, Sheila Anderson, aka, the Queen of Hang, courtesy of the Flemington Community Partnership.
So, bring a chair … or don’t bring a chair … and get ready to dance the night away. And P.S., you can give your feet a break if you’re the lucky winner of a limited edition Peroni bicycle by main stage sponsor, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, an Italian beer company with a lot of soul.