Big Bear Gear - Summer Concert Series
About the Bands
Justin Nawn & Bronwyn Bird
Bronwyn Bird specializes in playing the nyckelharpa, an old Scandinavian instrument. The nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed fiddle) is a bowed instrument with 16-strings. Justin Nawn plays hearty 6 and 12 string guitar accompaniment. They work as a husband and wife duo who love to craft performances that feature Swedish, Appalachian, old-time and bluegrass music. Come hear them play and sing together and learn more about what inspired them to start The Birdhouse Center for the Arts!
Jason Ager returns to us for another season at our concert series. Jason Ager is a dedicated father, a passionate college professor, and a hyper-literate original songwriter. Ager’s talent as a storyteller shines as he weaves together the academic and the arcane into clever lyrics that reward the careful listener. Nestled comfortably atop classic soul, R&B, and rock influences.
Midsummer Night Swing is powered by The Lifters. They've been entertaining audiences in the Central New Jersey area for more than 15 years with an exciting mix of rock & roll, rhythm & blues and swing. When the Lifters Band performs you can be sure that everyone will be on their feet!
Josh returns for his second appearance at our summer concert series. He blew us away last summer and is now putting out his first album. He will be playing songs off of his debut album titled “No Expectations” along with a great mix of covers. Come see him before his tickets cost $1,000.
Classically trained, Eliza Rush pulls from all styles of music. She is a finder and interpreter of songs that beg to be shared. Her hauntingly beautiful and evocative voice paints landscapes in song. Reminiscent of Annie Haslam and Joni Mitchell, Eliza takes a pop song or an old standard and makes it all her own. When you see her perform, her voice and presence will pull you in.
The Williamsboy Duo
Country music at its finest from this talented singer/songwriter.
Mike Montrey Band
Mike Montrey returns for his second season at the Big Bear Gear concert series. Mike Montrey Band is the sound where Americana, Folk and Rock ‘n Roll come together to be sung by a true singer songwriter, with blissful harmonies and soaring guitar work.
From the woods of Northern New Jersey, the Outcrops bring original blues-infused rock’n’roll. The four-piece band was formed in 2016 by lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Cassidy Rain & lead guitarist Bryan Schroeder. As a singer, Cassidy has been compared to Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi but her raw sensibility as front person could as easily bring comparisons to blues legends like Howlin Wolf or Muddy Waters. Bryan’s playing falls somewhere between Duane Allman and Derek Trucks, as many fans have pointed out. Bryan has also noted Jerry Garcia as a major influence. The rhythm section of the band includes Jason Casanovas on bass and Max Adler on drums. Both Max and Jason bring a funk and soul feel that melds beautifully with Cassidy and Bryan creating the perfect band.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Purchase tickets.
Valley Road across from Belle Mountain. Follow the signs to Concert Parking. The concert site is 1.1 miles from the Big Bear Gear store. Go south on Route 29 and make a left onto Valley Road. It is across from the Howell Living History Farm corn maze.
- Advanced ticket purchase is required (Cover charge $10.00 for most events. Midsummer Night Swing is $15.00.)
- Bring a folding chair or a blanket.
- Bring a flashlight.
- Bring bug spray.
- Performances will be outdoors.
- All shows are weather-dependent. No rainchecks or refunds.
- Wrist band required for participation.
- You may bring food and beverages to enjoy during the performance.
- Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
- Carry In Carry Out. Take all trash with you when you leave.
- We reserve the right to eject any ticket holder engaging in disruptive behavior, including being intoxicated. Refunds will not be issued.