“America the Beautiful.”
“Sweet Georgia Brown.”
“Strike Up the Band.”
“It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).”
Sure fireworks and barbecues with friends and family are great, but music tells the story of our country.
The Garden State Philharmonic Brass Quintet and Percussion will play a range of American music at 7 p.m. Saturday in Toms River on the field overlooking the bay behind the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation Administrative Offices.
American Celebration: Blazing Brass! will feature marches, ragtime and jazz from composers such as George Gershwin, Scott Joplin, Cole Porter and Duke Ellington.
The event is free, but donations are being accepted.
Lawn chairs and blankets are recommended. The office building is at 1198 Brandon Road. COVID-19 regulations and protocols will be observed.
There are other great things to do in New Jersey this weekend. Check out some other options with our guide.
Fireworks in Keansburg NJ
Did someone say fireworks are great? Of course they are — and you don’t have to wait until July 4 to see them.
In Keansburg on Saturday, the free Family Fun Fest features music, vendors and food. The fun begins at noon. ARENA Relive the Rock takes the stage at 7 p.m. Maybe they’ll play a Bon Jovi tune? Or Bruce? Journey?
The fireworks begin after dark. Boom!
The fest is at 1 Beachway Ave., Baywalk East.
Laurita Winery’s food truck event returns
Laurita Winery in Plumsted has become known for its food truck events, but the coronavirus pandemic halted the fests last summer. This weekend, the trucks return: The ‘Welcome Back” Food Truck Fair will take place June 26 and 27 at the winery, 85 Archertown Road in the New Egypt section.
The festival takes place from noon to 9 p.m. June 26 and noon to 7 p.m. June 27. Participating trucks include Five Sisters Food Co., Shore Good Eats ‘N’ Treats, Tacoholics, House of Cupcakes, Beach Shack and Cold Stone Creamery, among others.
The cost is $12 for attendees 21 and older; those 20 and younger will be admitted free. Food truck event passes from 2020 will be accepted. Saturday’s event will end with fireworks.
Bobby Bandiera goes back in time
Bobby Bandiera has a Time Machine and he’s bringing it to the Stone Pony South Side on Saturday.
The show in the Pony’s new beer garden is part of a 10th-anniversary celebration for the Asbury Park Music Foundation. Bandiera’s Time Machine will perform music from the last four decades. If you make a $250 or more donation to the APMF, Bandiera, who’s played with Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and more, will play your song and give you a shoutout from stage.
Email [email protected] or more information on the Time Machine song requests. Tickets for the show, $39 and up, are available via stoneponyonline.com.
Jam on for Allaire village in Wall NJ
The Allaire Music Jamboree takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. A fundraiser for the Historic Village at Allaire in Wall, there will be multiple stages of bluegrass and folk music, as well as vendors.
Between sets you can check out crafters and tour village, including the early 18th- and 19th century homes. There are also craft and retail shops, and historic demonstrations. Mask-wearing is requested in the historic buildings.
Food and beverages will be available. No alcoholic beverages or coolers are allowed on the property.
The village is at 4263 Atlantic Ave. Admission is $15, $5 for children 4 to 12. Pre-purchase of tickets required via EventBrite. Rain date is Sunday.
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Bike from Barnegat Branch Trail to Lacey
Travelers in southern Ocean County might not notice, but for about 7 miles along Route 9, they share the road with bike riders and walkers.
The Barnegat Branch Rail Trail is an asphalt, crushed stone and dirt trail that follows the abandoned Barnegat Branch Division of the Central Railroad of New Jersey. The trail snakes through trees and past creeks and parks, features an exercise park, and is peppered with signs pointing out historical points of interest and local vegetation.
Access points include parking lots at Burr Street in Barnegat, near Railroad Avenue in Lacey, Dudley Park in Berkeley, and William Hebrew Park in Lacey. Along the way there are plenty of places to stop for lunch (Lighthouse Tavern in Waretown and Forked River German Butcher Shop), ice cream (Elemen7ts by Nitrogirl in Lacey and Sweet Jenny’s in Barnegat), or even a beer (Oyster Creek Brewing in Waretown).
Find a trail map at oceancountyparks.org.
See tribute to the Who at Bar A in Lake Como
Who are you?
It’s Marc Ribler and Friends performing Red White and Brit, An Electrifying Tribute to the Who, on Friday, June 25, at the Bar Anticipation Summer Stage in Lake Como.
The Who is considered one of rock’s greatest bands, with hits including “My Generation,” “Pinball Wizard,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Who Are You.”
Ribler and Friends, including Jack Daley, Dale Toth, Andy Burton and Rich Mercurio, will definitely be plugged in for this one.
Bar A is at 703 16th Ave., Lake Como. Tickets are $20.
Jack and Yaya documentary debuts on WORLD Channel, PBS
“Jack and Yaya,”a heartwarming documentary about a 30-year friendship, is now streaming via the WORLD Channel and the PBS app.
Part of the WORLD Channel’s June commemoration of LGBTQ Pride Month, the film is the story of Jack, a transgender man, and Yaya, a transgender woman, who met as next-door neighbors when they were toddlers in Gloucester County.
Yaya, whose last name is not being used to protect her privacy, reflected on the fact that her and Jack’s stories will be heading to official app of PBS, the channel that was the home of childhood staples such as “Reading Rainbow,” “Sesame Street” and “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”
“Surprise, we get to be everybody’s neighbor now,” she said. “So it’s a really amazing thing and it’s a wonderful thing to do in Pride Month, seeing the fact of what Pride Month stands for — the fight that trans women of color started so many years ago and the fight that’s still going strong today because, let’s just face it, it’s got to keep going.”
For more on the film, check out Jack and Yaya’s recent conversation with the Asbury Park Press.
Alex Biese, Sarah Griesemer and Chris Jordan contributed to this story.