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July 9, 2008 > Music at the Grove

Music at the Grove

Hit Men and Groove Kings kick off Summer Concert Series

By Aditya Anand

This summer Shirley Sisk Grove will once again come to life with the sound of music. Shaded by lush trees, the grove will be home to Newark's annual on-the-green summer concert series.

This year's "Music at the Grove" will kick off with a performance by the Bay Area's Hit Men on July 13. Performers since 1995, the Hit Men are a "nine-member powerhouse" who play hits from the 70s, 80s, and modern day hip-hop. The Groove Kings, who will perform on July 27, will also showcase a wide repertoire including a variety of rock songs and classic R&B. The last concert, featuring the Fundamentals, will be a high-energy "party" finale to the concert series. This popular band will play songs in genres from Motown to Funk, and R&B to Soul.

According to David Zehnder, who heads the concert series project, "the purpose of the Music at the Grove concert series is to offer family entertainment appealing to all musical tastes." Sponsored by Target, Comcast, Homewood Suites and Cargill, Music at the Grove is the answer to Newark's vision of "a free summer concert series that would provide the local community with quality musical entertainment in a relaxed outdoor setting."

In contrast to previous years, this year's show will be limited to three concerts. Financial concerns and city budget issues are responsible for the limited length of the series. Due to inadequate funds, organizers of the event will be asking for financial support through a "passing of the hat" at each concert. Zehnder, who applauds the success of the concerts in bringing music to the community, commented that he does not "anticipate holding the concert series next summer unless we are successful in raising enough funds this summer and throughout next year."

So pack a picnic, bring a blanket, put away your iPods, and come out to see music live. For more than twenty years, Music at the Grove has been bringing sweet sounds of music to Newark, and with support, will return again next summer. Do not miss this opportunity to see some of the Bay Area's most popular bands on stage!

July 13 - Hit Men (70's to Modern)
July 27 - The Groove Kings (R&B/Soul)
August 10 - The Fundamentals (R&B)

Newark Summer Concert Series
Sundays at 1:30 p.m.
Shirley Sisk Grove
Cedar Blvd. at New Park Mall, Newark
(510) 578-4400

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