Smithereens and 10,000 Maniacs play free show in Rahway

Catch the Smithereens and 10,000 Maniacs playing an outdoor show at the Union County Performing Arts Center Rahway on Thursday August 25 as part of the Mayor’s Summer 2016 Concert Series. Free admission! Smithereens will be onstage around 8:20pm. Don’t miss this great bill!


Mayor’s Summer Concert Series
Union County Arts Center
1601 Irving St, 07065 Rahway

Mayor Samson Steinman and the Rahway City Council are proud to present four free outdoor concerts as part of the Mayor’s Summer Concert Series in Rahway. The concerts will take place directly outside of the Union County Performing Arts Center at 1601 Irving St. each Thursday night in August. All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the concerts will be held inside the Union County Performing Arts Center on the venue’s Mainstage.

The Series will conclude on Thursday, August 25th with a double bill performance from the 10,000 Maniacs and The Smithereens. One of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last three decades, 10,000 Maniacs were founded by Robert Buck, Dennis Drew, Steven Gustafson, John Lombardo, Jerry Augustyniak, and Natalie Merchant. Together with artists like R.E.M. they defined college rock and created the first wave of alternative rock bands and what became known as the alternative rock format on FM radio.Writing and performing powerful, danceable and socially conscious original material ,the group tours extensively and have produced two independently released records, Human Conflict Number Five and Secrets of the I Ching on their own Christian Burial Music label. Local New Jersey legends, The Smithereens, are known for writing and playing catchy 1960s-influenced power pop that inspired countless alternative rockers including Kurt Cobain. The Smithereens gained popularity with “11” the album that spawned radio favorites “A Girl Like You”, “Blood and Roses”, and “Blue Period”. The band continues to record and tour aggressively including a recent extensive tour opening for Tom Petty, and co-headlining Rock of the 80’s with The Romantics and Berlin.

The opening band, New Jersey’s own MISS OHIO will start off the night in high gear at 7:30 sharp!!!