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By Karen Novosad

originally published: 07/29/2022

Photo – K Nowosad displays the fan given by The Township of Union at their annual summer concert series

I enjoyed my outdoor experience at Shakespeare Theater of NJ’s performance of A lot of noise for nothing so much so that I continued the next week with an outdoor concert. Next stop: GSP Exit 141, where the Township of Union Summer Concert Series at Rabkin Park plays through July.

Their shows take place every Thursday in July from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. The concerts are open to the public and free. Bring a blanket or a chair and sit back and enjoy some very good music.

The Rabkin Park field is large and well maintained. Parking and rest rooms are easily accessible. Compliments to the staff who run the show. They were very helpful and very friendly.

To see the full list of concerts, visit the Township of Union website and go to their Annual Summer Concert Series page. On my visit, July 14, the band Foreigners Journey featuring Konstantin Maroulis was playing.

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Journey of Foreigners – Boston – New Jersey

Union Rocks with Foreigners Journey summer concert series

Foreigners Journey on stage – July 14th at the Township of Union for their 2022 Annual Summer Concert Series Photo – K Nowosad

Hailing from Boston, Foreigners Journey covers hit songs from the bands mentioned in their name. This past year, Constantine Maroulis from New Jersey joined the band as their vocalist/frontman. His inclusion brings additions to the set list from his hit Broadway show, Rock of Agesand several other rock classics as well as some tunes he wrote.

The set list for the Union show included:

“A long, long way from home,” “Who’s Crying Now”, “Urgent”, “Be good to yourself,” “Cold as ice,” “True,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Whole Lotta Love,” “I want to know where love is,”in love with stones”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “However you want it” and “Do not stop believing.”

One additional song in the set list was written by Konstantin. The song titled “Once in Your Life” is from his latest album, While they’re looking for me.

Union Rocks with Foreigners Journey summer concert series

Frontman Constantine Maroulis with Foreigners Journey in Township of Union for their annual summer concert series. Photo – K Nowosad

Addressing the crowd

People who attended this show really got a great night of entertainment. The 90-minute show was a song-fest that had people singing along and cheering him on.

The band members are very good musicians. This includes Joe Pettengill (bass and vocals), Kevin Herrera (guitar and vocals), Adam Tese (sax), Art Mambuca (drums), and Paul Kochanski (keyboards and vocals). The sounds produced by this group are authentic to the era from which the music comes. It was evident to see many in the audience reliving the joy of songs that have meaning connected to something in their lives.

Konstantin Maroulis is the frontman and he does a great job of making sure the crowd is fully part of the show. Constantine was a favorite when he was a finalist on American Idol. One of the reasons for this was his ability to connect with the audience. He continues this practice in his live concerts through his connection with the band as well as the audience. Constantine further reinforces this connection when he steps off the stage and walks through the audience as he sings. He is a top class entertainer to ensure that the audience has a great time at the show. From what I saw they did.

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The show is over

The 90 minutes went by very quickly tonight. Union tries to close its concerts around 9:00 and so this time was respected. However, there were a few of us who stayed for a few minutes to thank the band for a great night, and many stayed to meet Constantine.

Leaving the Rabkin Park area, I found myself humming songs I heard that night. Tonight was definitely a very good time. The weather cooperated as it was a few days before the big heat wave came. Yes, it was the perfect way to spend an evening outdoors in the summer.

Other New Jersey expat travel shows

Upcoming dates for Constantine Maroulis and Foreigners Journey in New Jersey include:

August 18 – Axelrod PAC, Deal Park

September 24 – Carteret PAC, Carteret

To see a full list of all the band’s upcoming concerts, visit their website.

Let’s Go to the Theater helps people learn more about live theater and develop an appreciation for this art form. Karen M. Novosad is the founder of the site. The pleasure Karen gets from going to the theater is something she wants to share with others.

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