Hub City Sounds




a free outdoor music series at Boyd Park, New Brunswick

The New Brunswick Cultural Center is pleased to announce plans for the second annual HUB CITY SOUNDS, a free music, dance and arts festival to be held at the city’s river-front amphitheater at Boyd Park and locations in the city’s downtown on weekends in August and September.  All events are free and open to the public.

For events at Boyd Park, free parking is available one block away at the Rutgers University Safety Building Deck.  Concert-goers are welcome to bring blankets or chairs for lawn seating.  Refreshments and cold beverages will be available for sale at the event. 

Festival Schedule

Saturday, August 10, 2013 – 3pm to 7pm
at Boyd Park

Hub City Sounds’ kick-off event will feature the New Brunswick District Jazz Band (Middle school and high school students) and a multi-genre musical festival consisting of R&B, traditional and contemporary jazz and folk, including JT Jazz Project, Reggae band Judah Tribe and Hip-Hop Artist from Highland Park, David Rush.

Sunday, August 11, 2013 – 12pm to 4pm
at Boyd Park

Celebrating the rich and diverse culture of Oaxaca, Mexico, this annual event is hosted in different cities throughout the United States.  New Brunswick is proud to have been chosen as the hosting city in the New Jersey region.

Saturday, August 17, 2013 – 5pm to 7pm
at State Theatre (15 Livingston Avenue)

Kids and parents alike – get ready to ROCK! StarFish is changing the face of family-friendly entertainment and making the young – and young at heart – sing, dance, and play air guitar. This 5-piece band electrifies kids’ music and gives parents the opportunity to share a real rock concert experience with their children. With such lively songs as “Stop, Drop and Rock and Roll,” “Air Guitar,” and “The StarFish Stomp,” StarFish gives kids’ music a classic rock makeover.

Saturday, August 24, 2013 – 5pm to 7pm
at Crossroads Theatre (7 Livingston Avenue)

Dance performance from 10 Hairy Legs and other New Brunswick up and coming choreographers.

Saturday, September 7, 2013 – 2pm to 6pm, Doors open at 1pm
CoLAB Arts partners to present LOVE NEW BRUNSWICK WEEKEND:  A Celebration of the eclectic New Brunswick music scene
at Boyd Park

Don Giovanni Records celebrates artists that got their start as part of the New Brunswick music scene and have gone on to national and international success, featuring rock band Screaming Females.

Sunday, September 8, 2013 – 1pm to 5pm, Doors open at 12pm
CoLAB Arts partners to present LOVE NEW BRUNSWICK WEEKEND:  A Celebration of the eclectic New Brunswick music scene

90.3 The Core:  A celebration of artists that have graduated from Rutgers or are current students and musicians that call New Brunswick home, featuring Zero For Conduct, Dollys, Treatment and Sink Tapes.

Saturday, September 14, 2013 – 1pm to 6pm
Livingston Avenue, near Monument Square

New Brunswick Jazz Project in partnership with the Somerville Jazz Festival takes it to  the street for this day-long event filled with traditional and contemporary jazz music.

Saturday, September 21, 2013 – 5pm to 7pm
Crossroads Theatre Company
at Crossroads Theatre (7 Livingston Avenue)

The award-winning Crossroads Theatre Company will perform a series of music from their upcoming season.

Saturday, September 28, 2013 – 3pm to 5:30
American Repertory Ballet and George Street Playhouse
New Brunswick High School

American Repertory Ballet’s performance will feature company dancers, Trainees, and advanced Princeton Ballet School students in the ARB Workshop and ARBW Juniors performance groups. The professional company will perform Patrick Corbin’s lyrical and intimate Caress. ARBW dancers will perform ARB Resident Choreographer Mary Barton’s flirtatious and jazzy work Hop-Skip & Joplin. ARBW Juniors dancers will perform Cheryl Whitney-Marcuard’s vibrant Call and Response.

George Street Playhouse presents their Touring Education Department in a performance of New Kid by Dennis Foon. This show is GSP’s Touring Theatre’s most successful program, addressing racism, prejudice, peer pressure, and conflict resolution. New Kid asks its audience to explore issues of moving to a new place, being the outsider, making and keeping friends. Appropriate for Grades K-5.

New Brunswick Cultural Center gratefully acknowledges the support of Johnson & Johnson, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and New Brunswick Development Corporation for their sponsorship of Hub City Sounds.

Partner organizations for Hub City Sounds include The City of New Brunswick, Civic League of Greater New Brunswick, New Brunswick Recreation, New Brunswick Jazz Festival, New Brunswick Jazz Project, George Street Playhouse, American Repertory Ballet, State Theatre Regional Arts Center, Crossroads Theatre Company, New Brunswick City Market, JT Jazz Project, Judah Tribe, Devon’s Renaissance, 10 Hairy Legs, CoLAB Arts, 90.3 The Core, Don Giovanni Records, and Elijah’s Promise.

Destination Dogs is the official restaurant of Hub City Sounds.

Hub City Sounds Sponsors