Summer Concert Series

August 2015-3

Stafford Recreation is excited to partner with the Stafford Township Historical Society once again for the Summer 2022 Concert Series at Lake Manahawkin.

Concerts are held Monday evenings at 7 pm in July and August and will begin on July 11 through August 29!

Performances are made possible in part by a grant received from the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission
the NJ State Council on the Arts.

We would like to thank our other sponsors:

The Van Dyk Group - Platinum Sponsor

Monmouth Ocean Regional Realtors
Rita's Ice of Manahawkin

Join us every Monday evening for music by the lake.  Bring your blankets or beach chairs, coolers, and family to enjoy an evening of music with the best sunsets in town!

While there is no charge, we kindly request a donation at each concert to the Stafford Township Historical Society to help them continue their mission of the restoration and preservation of the Old Stone Store, Cavalry Cottage, Railroad Station and Cultural Center (a Revolutionary War era church).  These donations will help to cover the cost of the concerts as well as preserve our rich local history for generations to come.

2022 Line Up


7 PM Mondays July 11 - August 29  

7/11 - Asbury Fever

*Farmers Market 5 PM to dusk

Since 2002, Asbury Fever has been rockin' bars, outdoor concerts, casinos, private parties, and cooperate events in the NJ Tri-State area with the legendary sounds of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes and many other great classic rock acts! Comprised of NJ's top musicians, Asbury Fever recaptures the music that made NJ with their electrifying live performance!!

7/18 -Lovelight Band  

Recreating the timeless sound of the Grateful Dead and capturing the beauty and spirituality of their live performances.

7/25 - Verdict   

Music with Caribbean flavor. The Verdict Reggae Soca Band has  been rocking the house from venues as varied as the fabled Stone Pony in  Asbury Park to the NFL Owners Meeting at the Super Bowl in Miami.   Their polished energy has been fed from the wide ranging experiences of jamming with Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder (what a surreal moment to have  Johnny whispering the lyrics to Marley’s “Waiting in Vain” in Stevie’s  ear since he didn’t know the second verse by heart), to performing “Stir  it Up” and Chick Corea’s “Spain” with Prince Ali of Iran sitting in on  drums.

8/1 - South on 9

*Farmers Market 5 PM to dusk

All the fun music you’d hear in your favorite boardwalk venues. Family friendly classic rock, R & B, soul and classic country favorites!

8/8 - Jimmy and Gene Duo       

This two-man electric/acoustic guitar band covers a diverse collection of music that spans many genres from the 80’s to today’s pop hits.  

8/15 - Joey D Rockin' Oldies

These Old Guys really Rock. Playing great party and dance tunes from the 50's. 60's and 70's!!!!! Come on out and see why they are rated "New Jersey's Favorite Doo Wop and Dance Band"!!!!!!

8/22 - Sahara Moon 

Sahara Moon is a singer-songwriter who appears at theaters in the New York and Philadelphia area along with many other music venues throughout the tri-state region. Moon’s songwriting has been recognized for its sense of vulnerability within her lyrics as well as her vocal and guitar techniques inspired by two female artists, Norah Jones and Brandi Carlile. 

8/29 - The Kootz 

*Farmers Market 5 PM to dusk

For twenty-years (and still going-strong); 'The Kootz'-band has accrued a time-tested, experienced track-record, delivering a 'musical-menu' of Classic 60s-thru-90s' pop, rock, r&b and blues-music. 

Covid-19 Guidelines & Policies

If you are experiencing any of the following Covid-19 related symptoms, we are asking that you do not attend the concerts:

Symptoms related to COVID-19 include: • Fever or chills • Cough • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • Fatigue • Muscle or body aches • Headache • New loss of taste or smell • Sore throat • Congestion or runny nose • Nausea or vomiting • Diarrhea