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Eat, drink and dance the summer away at Belmar

Concert series returns for 13 weeks


When summertime rolls around, its pretty difficult to argue with patios, food and drinks, and live music. And for the past several years, one of the best places to get all three is the Belmar plaza on a Friday night.

"Each year we see more and more new locals in attendance, mostly in part due to the types of bands we bring to the plaza," wrote Vicki Dunbar, marketing coordinator with Belmar, in an email interview. "Each band has its own style and dedicated followers, and we also continue to see our residents who we have grown to know the series over the years."

This year's series began on June 2, and runs all the way through Aug. 25, and brings a variety of performers, from blues and country to gypsy and cover bands, all for free.

"We're seeing a younger group coming into the area, and that's inspired us to really bring a mix of musicians to Belmar," explained Nancy Lease, with Talent West booking agency, the company that brings the artists to Belmar. "It's the perfect way for people to wind down from the week and a beautiful way to kick off the weekend."

Since the concert series has grown in both musical styles and attendance, we gathered everything you need to know.


WHEN: June 2 through Aug. 25
Concerts run from 6 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Plaza at Belmar
439 S. Teller St.
Free parking is available at the intersection of West Virginia Avenue and Saulsbury Street.
Existing seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For guaranteed seating, please bring your own chairs.

COST: Free


"Our goal at Belmar has always been to be as diverse as possible, and this year we cover a large musical terrain with both small and large groups," Lease explained. "It's also very important to us that we have a localized feel by adding some area performers into the mix."

June 16: John Weeks Band
June 23: Karl Ziedins
June 30: Soul Sacrifice
July 7: Rekha Ohal
July 14: The Constant Tourists
July 21: Tin Brothers
July 28: Mango Brothers
Aug. 4: The Country Music Project
Aug. 11: Mandoling Ranch Trio
Aug. 18: Dearling Duo
Aug. 25: Bluzinators

Food and drinks

With the beautiful summer weather, music fans can hear the performances while sitting in one of Belmar's 18 restaurants with patios, like Baker Street Pub, Tstreet Roadhouse and Wasabi Sushi.

"There's a lot more energy and activity in Belmar when the concerts are going on," said JW Lee, owner of Wasabi Sushi Bar. "People really enjoy the environment and it's a lot of fun for everyone."


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