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South Orange Launches ‘Live Music Capital of North Jersey’ with 24-Hour Music Marathon

From the South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA):

The Village Comes Alive with Sound from Noon on May 20 to Noon on May 21

To launch its ambitious new campaign, Live Music Capital of North Jersey, the South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA) is kicking things off in grand fashion with a full 24 hours of live music throughout the Village Center this weekend.  Starting with a media event at the iconic gazebo on Sloan Street at Noon on Saturday, May 20th and running until Noon on May 21st, the marathon will feature blues, rock, R&B, jazz, pop, classical, kids’ rock and more in venues both indoors and outdoors, from parks to restaurants to street corners.

Bob Zuckerman, SOVCA’s executive director explains the rationale behind the campaign:  “With 6o+ live concerts per summer during our Downtown After Sundown concert series, live performances in our restaurants and bars, the 150+ shows that SOPAC stages during the year, school concerts, the South Orange Symphony plus all our special events such as  Summer Nights on Flood’s Hill, PlayDay and the Seton Village Food Truck Festival, it’s easy to make that claim for a Village our size, and we’re standing by it!” said Zuckerman.

Musicians from around the region are gearing up for a long but memorable 24 hours.  “I think this is a really cool idea and the musicians I work with and know are psyched about it,” says Mark Murphy, owner of Mark Murphy’s Music and a SOVCA board member.  “I moved my business and my life to South Orange because of the creative vibe and amount of music you can hear all year long.”  Murphy, along with Downtown After Sundown Manager Gregory Burrus, are booking performers and bands to fill slots throughout the event. “The overnight hours are tough,” said Murphy.  “But we’ve got some talent just crazy enough to do it!”

A full schedule of performers and venues will be published on SOVCA’s website at before Saturday so the public can listen in no matter what time of day.

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