The Arts Council of Princeton and Princeton Shopping Center present the 35th annual Summer Concert Series, featuring the best in local and regional jazz, folk, world, rock and blues. Join us every Thursday, 6–8 pm, from June 21–August 23, 2018, at the Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N. Harrison Street, Princeton, NJ. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair! In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be held inside the Arts Council’s Kristina Johnson Pop-Up Studio at the Princeton Shopping Center.

The Summer Courtyard Concert Series is generously supported by

Thursday, June 21

Dirk Quinn Band

High-energy funk
Dirk Quinn is the guitarist for a high energy funk/jazz band based out of Philadelphia that travels extensively throughout the US and Canada. Utilizing over a decade of steady performing, Quinn has developed a unique and progressive style – one that appeals to a wide variety of music listeners with fans ranging from the jam band hippies to the jazz snobs.

Thursday, June 28

Blawenburg Band

American Brass Band
Join us for a special evening showcasing the golden age of concert band music featuring American patriotic music the evening before Independence Day. The Blawenburg Band is one of the oldest community bands in the state, founded in 1890 in Blawenburg, NJ. The members of the Band range in age from their teens to their nineties, and include teachers and students, research scientists, lawyers, computer specialists, homemakers and active retirees. Some players have years of training and professional experience, others learned to play as children and are dedicated amateurs.

Thursday, July 5

Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba

West African Dance
Combining passionate originality and fierce authenticity, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba take West African dance music into new territory—literally, the North Carolina Piedmont. That’s where Cissokho, a griot born to a family of professional musicians in Senegal, makes his transplanted home. The result of this cross-continental collaboration is a fresh and exhilarating musical experience.

Thursday, July 12


Jazz Fusion
DCFusion melds straight ahead jazz with an Latin and R&B feel. The members of the group bring a melding of styles into a unique sound.

Thursday, July 19


Caribbean Fusion
Trinidelphia has been pleasing audiences with their distinct combination of American and Caribbean styles since 2005, after meeting in Philadelphia while studying music at the University of the Arts. Fusing Trinidadian Soca and Calypso with Latin Jazz, Reggae, Salsa, and American top-40, they have developed a sound all their own over the past decade. Their unique and rhythmic arrangements of jazz and popular songs cast the steelpan in fresh new light, pushing the stylistic and artistic boundaries of an often type-cast instrument.

Thursday, July 26

BRIZ and the Revival

BRIZ and the Revival are a dynamic R&B/Rock band! BRIZ, a resident of Princeton, a gifted singer-songwriter, is the lead vocalist of this talented ensemble. BRIZ and the Revival give exciting live performances playing original songs and modern takes on classic covers that you don’t want to miss!

Thursday, August 2

Grace Little Band

One of the hottest groups in the area, The Amazin’ Grace & the Grace Little Band generates energy and excitement everywhere they perform. This dynamic group is comprised of 8 very talented musicians: two lead vocalists, a full rhythm section, and a sax player.

Thursday, August 9

Eco Del Sur

Latin American & Andean
Eco Del Sur means “echoes of the south” and the group was founded in 2000 with the idea to preserve the heritage and culture of different Latin American regions. The group’s first album was released in 2001. Each member has mastered several indigenous and contemporary instruments. Some of these instruments used by Eco Del Sur include: zampoñas, quenas, quenachos, antaras, zencas, rondador, ocarinas, moxenos, flute, charango, mandolin, guitar, Venezuelan cuatro, Colombian tiple, bass, congas, bombo, tambora, bongos, Peruvian cajon, maracas, guiro, claves, rain sticks, guaza, chakchas, etc. The music of Eco Del Sur includes a wide range of styles and rhythms. Some of these rhythms were influenced by the Pre-Columbian and the Spanish cultural heritages. Other rhythms characteristic of the Pacific Coast, Atlantic Coast and the Caribbean had a great contribution from the African heritage and culture.

Thursday, August 16

Octavia Blues Band

Suzuki Music USA and Godin Guitars endorsed international touring artist Octavia is notated as one of the few ladies performing outstanding harmonica, vocals and guitar in a fun interactive performance of primarily original music.
Currently in the studio recording her seventh and eighth albums, Octavia toured with Etta James, played harmonica with Stevie Wonder and opened for numerous international acts among which include B.B. King. This tight talented group hope to be considered for performance in the Summer Courtyard Concert Series at the Princeton Shopping Center in 2018.

Thursday, August 23

Michael Austin

Soul jazz
Michael Austin, native of Baltimore, MD is an example of many things. He is a mentor, leader, musician, teacher and public speaker, to name a few. In May of 1975, Michael, 26 at the time, was sentenced to life plus fifteen years for armed robbery and murder, crimes he did not commit. During the next 10 years, while incarcerated, Austin started a jazz band and music programs. He continued to educate himself and others on music theory, composing, and voice training. On December 28, 2001, Austin’s prayers for freedom had been answered. All charges were dropped and Michael was released and granted a full pardon. Michael Allen frequently travels all over the east coast and internationally, to share his story and talents with others.