The Arts Council of Princeton and Princeton Shopping Center present the Summer Courtyard Concert Series, featuring the best in local and regional rock, funk, jazz, world, blues, and more!. Join us every Thursday, 6–8 pm, from June 27–August 29, at the Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N. Harrison Street, Princeton, NJ. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or lawn chair!
Thursday, June 27
American Brass Band
Join us for a special evening showcasing the golden age of concert band music featuring American patriotic music. 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. This concert is sponsored by Sweetberry Bowls Princeton! Mention the concert and receive 10% off all bowls!
Thursday, July 4
Big Country and the Finger Pick’n Good Band
Celebrate the Fourth of July in the Courtyard! Big Country and the Finger Pick’n Good Band’s sound consists of a perfect mixture of country, blues, rock ‘n’ roll and pop. Covering some of Nashville’s current stars like Brett Young, Sam Hunt, and Chris Stapleton, they’ll pull you in with their charismatic style with just one listen. This concert is sponsored by Surf Taco. Spin the wheel for free tacos and Surf Taco swag!
Thursday, July 11
Enjoy some fun in the summer sun with the high energy and powerful vocals of Essie. Essie’s sound consists of a wide variety of styles including rock, soul, funk, reggae, and pop! You’ll be dancing along to covers you love and some groovy and bluesy originals tunes as well! Essie’s shows are ones you don’t want to miss and you won’t soon forget!This concert is sponsored by:
New York Sports Club: Participate in a free Zumba class in the courtyard to the music being played on stage! Then, enter into a raffle to win a one-month NYSC membership.
LiLLiPiES: Celebrate LiLLiPiES’ 3rd birthday with a special treat! Enjoy cookie and donut ice cream sandwiches made with the bent spoon ice cream for $5.
Thursday, July 18
The Blue Meanies
The Blue Meanies are a Beatles tribute band based out of Mercer County, New Jersey. Ten year veterans of the Arts Council of Princeton’s Communiversity ArtsFest, the members consist of a group of friends, brought together by their love of the music of the Beatles. Their set list includes songs from every Beatles album. Fans of all ages love hearing live renditions of the music recorded by the greatest band in the history of rock. A splendid time is guaranteed for all! This concert is sponsored by Chopt Princeton. Spin the wheel for free salads and Chopt swag!
Thursday, July 25
Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre
Spanish Music and Flamenco Dance
Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre presents “Tastes of Spain, a Celebration of Spanish Dance, Song and Music.” With flying ruffles, twirling fans, clicking castanets and pounding feet, Alborada’s critically acclaimed dancers and live musicians, dressed in traditional costumes, delight audiences of all ages with powerful Gypsy Flamenco dance and music as well as joyous Spanish regional and elegant Spanish classical dances. This concert is sponsored by Metropolis Spa and Salon. Stop by the tent for hair braiding in the tent!
Thursday, August 1
Singer Songwriter/ Indie Pop
Singer-songwriter, Lauren Marsh, and her full band have graced the stages of Princeton Communiversity, NYC venues like Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, & Bowery Electric, as well as Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live, Hard Rock Cafe, and Trocadero. Covering legendary songwriters like Bruce Springsteen and Joni Mitchell to today’s top charting artists like Beyonce, Andy Grammer, and Adele, Marsh and her band are always ready to put on a show that everyone will be enjoying and singing along with. Look for Lauren Marsh’s new song, “Fire In Me” this June on all music platforms!This concert is sponsored by:
Tranquility Den Massage: Relax with a $1/minute massage chair
The Blue Bears Special Meals: Enjoy a special tasting test from The Blue Bear Special Meals
Thursday, August 8
The T.S. Project has played favorite Princeton spots like The Ivy Inn. Join us for an evening of motown, funk, and R&B! This concert is sponsored by Princeton Ballet School.
Thursday, August 15
Princeton School of Rock
School of Rock is a performance-based school teaching kids music through live performance! Princeton House Band is the top 1% in the school and you will see why they are when they play. They will play a mix of classic rock, modern rock, funk, but mostly, you will be amazed that these are kids playing! Don’t miss out, you’ll be sorry you did! This concert is sponsored by Smith’s Ace Hardware. Enjoy a BBQ in the courtyard and a rock painting activity!
Thursday, August 22
Taína Asili is a New York based Puerto Rican singer, filmmaker and activist combining powerful vocals carrying themes of social justice with an energetic fusion of Afro-Latin, reggae and rock. Her music offers a sound that spans continents, inspiring audiences to dance to the rhythm of rebellion. This concert is sponsored by 4 Elements Wellness Center. Enter in a drawing to win one of three FREE Himalayan Salt Room sessions at 4 Elements Wellness Center! Facial sheet masks, essential oils, crystals, and crystal jewelry will be available for sale.
Thursday, August 29
Amazin Grace and the GLB Band
One of the hottest groups in the area, Amazin Grace & GLB Band generates energy and excitement everywhere they perform. Jazz, pop, rock, R&B, funk, reggae, Top 40, swing, soul, Latin and pop — the GLB Band does it all! This concert is sponsored by Princeton Integral Yoga Community Center. Bring your matt for a free gentle yoga class from 5-5:45pm by the fountain before the concert! Enter into a raffle for a free annual membership. Every entry receives a free one-week membership!