Sounds of Summer

It doesn’t feel like summer at the Arboretum without music wafting through the gardens with visitors gathered on the lawn and fireflies glinting through the rose garden.  So, after a very long year without music, art, and many of our programs, we are more than excited to launch our summer season of the arts with Sounds of a Summer Night!

Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets to Reeves-Reed Arboretum and celebrate the return of our summer concert series.  All performances will be held Wednesday evenings in the Yon and Francie Cho Garden Amphitheater.

This super summer concert line-up includes the following:

June 16 - Sonaré Sings, The Continuo Art Foundation’s professional ensemble of young artists opened the summer series with a special evening of Choral Music featuring Broadway, Jazz, and Opera soloists.  Members of Sonaré have been afforded unprecedented opportunities including Carnegie Hall debuts and international opera appearances.

July 7 - Sir Rod & The Blues Doctors invite you to Come Together for their 2021 tour and kick off the summer with a powerful mix of down-home blues, old-fashioned soul and uptown funk.  This talented and eclectic threesome features Roderick Patterson, a singer, dancer and motivational speaker, Alan Gross, guitarist and cigar-box guitar maker, and Adam Gussow, a blues harmonica specialist.

July 28 - The Ryan Hernandez Quartet will jazz up July here at the Arboretum with its cool but classical ensemble performing a repertoire of original compositions as well as music of the Great American Songbook.  Their performance will include music written and/or performed by artists like Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Cole porter.

August 25 - Random Test Reggae has been rocking New Jersey with music heavily coated in Caribbean traditions since 1999.  With members hailing from all over the Caribbean, the group will bring a cache of authentic reggae and calypso rhythms in true West Indian fashion to the Arboretum’s gardens.  They will take you on a musical journey that pays tribute to pioneers in reggae and soca music – from the early days to today, staying true to the real roots and culture.

The Arboretum grounds will open at 6 p.m. for concert goers to picnic and enjoy the gardens. Performances will begin at 7 p.m.  Entry is free for Reeves-Reed Arboretum Members and children 3 and under.  Non-Member tickets are $15 and Students $5.  Tickets are available online at or at the entry gate the evening of each performance.  Student tickets must be purchased at the gate.  Sounds of a Summer Night is sponsored in part by INVESTORS BANK and Ciel Power. 

We look forward to seeing you in the garden and celebrating the sounds of summer!