Summer Concert Series

August 2015-3

Stafford Recreation is excited to partner with the Stafford Township Historical Society once again for the Summer 2023 Concert Series at Lake Manahawkin.

Concerts are held Monday evenings at 7 pm in July and August and will begin on July 10 through August 28!

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

Sponsorship opportunities available! Click here

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.

2023 Concert Line Up  

7 PM Mondays July 10 - August 28 Manahawkin Lake Park Pavilion
In the event of rain, every effort will be made to reschedule for the following night. 


7/10 - Fleetwood Macked 

*Farmers Market 5 PM to dusk

Performing Fleetwood Mac's hits from the 70's, 80's, 90's and today, every performance transports audiences to another time and place. Complete with costume changes, dialogue and video backdrops it is a show not to be missed!

7/17 -Lovelight Band  

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

7/24 - Frankie Goes to Dollywood    

Frankie Goes to Dollywood puts the “CBG” back in CBGB. Through their covers of classic country western legends like Talking Heads, Duran Duran, Wham!, Phil Collins, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Depeche Mode, this band is anything but typical. Synthesizers may be banjos and sexy saxes kazoos, but the heart, energy, and hooks of these iconic artists remain intact as Frankie Goes to Dollywood retell their stories in the americana tradition. 

Join Frankie Goes to Dollywood for a totally rad barnburner of a hootenanny filled with the iconic music and pop culture references that inspired and shaped a generation of latch key kids with little parental supervision. Their love of the 80s is infectious in their live shows and audiences of all ages can expect a repertoire of music as varied in genres as MTV’s top 20 in 1983.  So put on your church shoes, your best nighttime sunglasses, bust out the Aqua Net, and party with the best dang 80s Americana band this side of ’89! 

7/31 - Jimmy & 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.  

8/7 - Naughty Pines      

Formerly known as Funk Shway, Naughty Pines is rebranded band with new members and a new sound! Still a 6 piece band with a driving bass and horn section and a beat that will keep you dancing all night long. This new configuration has revitalized the group and brought back their love of playing to a live crowd. Song genres span from the 70's to today. Always inspired by different eras and music styles, Naughty Pines has a diverse sound that all people can relate to!

8/14 - 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!!

8/21 - Carnaby Street 

Featuring the music of the 60's British Invasion.


8/28 - Joey D Rockin' Oldies 

*Farmers Market 5 PM to dusk

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!"