Downtown Freehold announces ‘Thursdays Rock’ summer concert lineup


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FREEHOLD – After canceling its 2020 summer concerts as the coronavirus pandemic overtook New Jersey, Downtown Freehold administrators have announced that the popular “Thursdays Rock” concerts will return to the Monmouth County Hall of Records plaza in Freehold Borough in 2021.

Downtown Freehold, a nonprofit organization, is the management corporation of Freehold Borough’s Special Improvement District. The organization produces a series of annual events in the community.

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Jeffrey Friedman, the executive director and business advocate of Downtown Freehold, said the “Thursdays Rock” concerts will be held in accordance with state regulations relating to the ongoing pandemic.

He said social distancing guidelines will be followed and attendees will be required to wear a face covering.

Friedman said the concerts may not take place if the logistics of the state’s regulations do not permit the events to be held.

The “Thursdays Rock” concerts will be held from June through August from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Hall of Records plaza on Main Street. Admission to the concerts is free.

The 2021 lineup features the Moroccan Sheepherders on June 3; Mission Dance on June 10; Turnstyle on June 17; and Cover This on June 24.

In July, the Eddie Testa Band will perform on July 1; followed by Rockit Fish on July 8; the Joe Baracata Band on July 15; CSNsongs on July 22; and Peanut Butter Bridges on July 29.

The concerts in August will feature the Break Plans & City Vision on Aug. 5; the Full Throttle Band on Aug. 12; Stephen Martines on Aug. 19; and Predator Dub Assassins on Aug. 26.

Downtown Freehold is also producing the Freehold Borough Arts Council’s “Jazz, Blues and More” summer concert series in 2021. A concert will be held at the Downtown Freehold gazebo, East Main Street, every Sunday from June 6 through Aug. 29 from 7-9 p.m.

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