Get your friends and family together for a summer filled with music and laughter!

Celebrating creativity, community, and connection, the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is proud to present local artists of all genres including Funk, R&B, Jazz, Rock & Roll, and more, as part of South Orange Summer Nights at Flood’s Hill in Meadowland Park.  Pollock Properties Group—Keller Williams and mortgage broker Matt Keane with Guaranteed Rate are generously co-sponsoring these four free outdoor concerts, which will include food trucks, arts activities, and games for everyone of all ages.  Don’t miss these evenings of music and fun happening every Wednesday night in July at 7:30PM!

“Looking for a great way to wind down on a summer night?” asks Executive Director Stephen Beaudoin.  “Then I invite you to join us each Wednesday night on Flood’s Hill in historic South Orange for our free summer concert series, presented in collaboration with our friends from the Village of South Orange. Every Wednesday night is a great vibe with live music, food trucks, and community connections – and the vibe continues in August with the Village’s free Wednesday night movie series! I hope to see you there.”

Then, at SOPAC, laugh the night away with the Ladies of Laughter Funny & Fabulous Tour on Wednesday, July 27 at 7:30PM.  Going down in history as the first night of all-female comedy at SOPAC, LOL’s first show will be hosted by Liz Glazer, the Comedy Member of SOPAC’s Creative Community Brain Trust, and will feature LOL finalist Maureen Langan, LOL winner Robin Fox, and LOL Newcomer runner-up Marcela Onyango.

LOL will have two more shows throughout SOPAC’s 2023-24 Season: Thursday, October 19 at 7:30PM and Friday, April 26 at 8PM.

Finally, SOPAC kicks off its Laughs in the Loft series for the 2023-24 Season on August 2 at 7:30PM.  Hosted by Joe Larson, this monthly series features stand-up comics from the greater SOMA area, Brooklyn, and beyond!

Whatever your plans this summer, SOPAC has something for everyone!


Explore SOPAC’s July and August offerings below.


South Orange Summer Nights

Presented by SOPAC; sponsored by Pollock Properties Group—Keller Williams; co-sponsored by mortgage broker Matt Keane with Guaranteed Rate.

All four concerts are free and open to the public at Flood’s Hill in Meadowland Park, South Orange, NJ. 

Essex Funk Collective
WED, JUL 5 at 7:30PM

Get your friends together for an evening filled with R&B, Funk, and Soul at Flood’s Hill in South Orange with the Essex Funk Collective!  With their irresistible energy, incredible musicianship, and a setlist featuring classic hits and modern favorites, you can’t help but dance the night away!
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Gravy Train
WED, JUL 12 at 7:30PM

Gravy Train is a three-piece acoustic group from Hoboken that has played all over New Jersey, including at SOMA’s own Fox and Falcon bar.  They specialize in multi-part harmonies and have an affinity for putting their own spin on a wide variety of 90s music and Classic Rock songs.  Come jam out with Gravy Train this summer at SOMA Summer Nights!
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Water Towers
WED, JUL 19 at 7:30PM

Get your friends together for an evening of Rock & Roll at Flood’s Hill in South Orange and experience SOMA’s Indie Rock cover band Water Towers live!
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Blues People 
WED, JUL 26 at 7:30PM

Blues People is a New York/New Jersey band featuring Kelton Cooper on guitar, Mike Griot on bass, Ron Thompson on keyboard, and Gene Lake on drums.  Don’t miss this talented group of NJ and SOMA locals as they show off their magnificent Blues riffs at South Orange Summer Nights!
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Summer Comedy at SOPAC

Ladies of Laughter
Funny & Fabulous Tour
THU, JUL 27 at 7:30PM

Don’t miss the first night of all-female comedy at SOPAC!  Hosted by the 2021 Ladies of Laughter Professional winner, and SOPAC Community Brain Trust member, Liz Glazer, this night of hilarity will feature Ladies of Laughter Grand Finale finalist, Maureen Langan, 2012 Ladies of Laughter winner, Robin Fox, and 2022 Ladies of Laughter Newcomer runner-up Marcela Onyango.  Get ready to laugh the night away!
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Laughs in the Loft
Hosted by Joe Larson
WED, AUG 2 at 7:30PM

Join us for Laughs in the Loft, a monthly series featuring stand-up comics from our own backyard, Brooklyn and beyond! Each Laughs in the Loft event features several comedians in a New York City-style showcase. The talent is announced approximately two weeks prior to each show.
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