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(Mahwah) – The Big Band Swing Machine, Eileen Ivers, Total Soul Motown Review and the Party Dolls will headline the Commerce Bank Summer Concert Series on the Ramapo College of New Jersey campus. The four concerts, all on Thursdays, will take place at the Band Shell, beginning at 8 p.m. The first concert, on Thursday, July 10, will end with a fireworks display. In case of rain, the fireworks will take place on July 17. Admission is free; parking is $5 per car.

In addition to Commerce Bank, the series is sponsored by The Friends of Ramapo, the Ramapo College Alumni Association and McBride Enterprises. Bring your lawn chair, a carload of family and friends, and picnic under the stars. For more information or to join the Friends of Ramapo, call 201-684-7115.
The concert schedule is as follows:

Thursday, July 10
Fireworks and The Big Band Swing Machine
f you love to dance, if you like big bands, if you enjoy fun times with fireworks, then this night was made for you. Jump, jive an’ wail to the best of swing music! Enjoy the big band sounds of this 16-piece orchestra.

Thursday, July 17
Eileen Ivers

Eileen Ivers has been called a sensation” by Billboard magazine and the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by The New York Times. Having established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today, Ivers’ recording credits include numerous contemporary and traditional albums and movie scores. She has toured throughout the world and has appeared on network television both in the U.S. and abroad. Her last record, Crossing the Bridge, on Sony Classical was hailed by Frank McCourt, author of Angela’s Ashes, as starling in its geographic variety: Spain, Africa, West Indies, Cuba and Ireland, always Ireland.” Ireland’s Hot Press magazine has proclaimed it a certifiable classic.”

Thursday, July 24, 2003
Total Soul Motown Review
otal Soul is an 11-piece R&B, soul, classic disco and Motown-style group, performing hit songs of the great artists from the ’60s through today. The music is brought to life with a mix of four-part vocal harmony, a soul-driven rhythm section and Hot, Hot, Hot” horns. Their four-man vocal front will mesmerize audiences with slick dance moves and smooth harmonies, a la The Temptations and The Four Tops. Each singer is featured as a lead vocalist, supercharging the crowd with their vocal expertise. The band plays and dances throughout the performance, encouraging audience members from the crowd to join them on the stage.

Thursday, July 31, 2003
Party Dolls
The Party Dolls have captivated, enchanted and rocked audiences up and down the East Coast (and beyond) for more than 10 years. From ’60s Girl Groups and Motown to ’70s Disco and ’80s New Wave and Retro Rock, The Party Dolls’ repertoire included the best dance/party songs of all time. The show is highlighted by their outrageous costumes and choreography. And, oh those hair-dos!


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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