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Camden County Library Presents 3rd Annual Summer Music Festival

NEWS RELEASE June 4, 2015
Contact: Mark Amorosi, Public Information Officer, (856) 772-1636 ext. 7323

Offers 26 programs including performances, workshops, open mic talent show

The Abe Speller3rio appears at three branches of the Camden County Library System as part of its third annual summer music festival.]

VOORHEES, NJ – June 4, 2015 – Some of the best local musical talent, performing in a range of forms, are scheduled to partake in the Camden County Library’s third annual summer music festival that includes 26 free programs for the public’s enjoyment.

This summer’s rendition offers an open mic talent show, a spoken word workshop and a summer training camp for area student musicians. There will be performances to suit most everyone’s musical tastes: jazz, Irish music, pop, music from the Great American Songbook and more.

The Westmont Philharmonia Accordion Orchestra will lead off the festival performing  its symphonic sound on Saturday, June 13, 3 p.m. at the Haddon Twp. branch with a return performance at the Bellmawr Branch, Monday, July 13, 7:15 p.m.

Vintage Vinyl at five branches
all ages

Musician and musical historian Richard Butler will present his special program “Vintage Vinyl: 1950s, 60s, 70s & British Invasion”. Butler will talk and take questions about “LPs” and “45s” that audience members may even still own from certain eras. Find out what they could be valued at in the market today.

Merchantville: Wednesday, June 24, 7 p.m.

Gloucester Township: Tuesday, June 30, 7 p.m.

Bellmawr: Monday, July 13, 7:15 p.m.

Voorhees: Tuesday, July 21, 7 p.m.

Haddon Township: Wednesday, July 29, 7p.m.



Abe Speller 3rio at three branches



The group, formerly known as The New Earth Trio, is back by popular demand for a third summer. They blend contemporary music and modern style with the smooth backdrop of classic American music, providing their special brand of soft jazz.

South County: Friday, June 26, 7 p.m.

Merchantville: Wednesday, July 8, 7 p.m.

Gloucester Township: Monday, July 27, 7 p.m.


#Performance Café at four branches
ages 13 and up

#Performance Café with Stephen Yost of Common Destiny will perform and host an Open Mic forum. Bring your talent! Sing, play an instrument, offer spoken word or comedy. This is your chance to perform!

Riletta L. Cream Ferry Avenue: Thursday, July 9, 6 p.m.

Haddon Township: Saturday, July 25, 3 p.m.

Gloucester Township: Wednesday, July 29, 7 p.m.

South County: Friday, August 7, 7 p.m.



Sultry Summer Sounds with Tony Saxon at six branches


Come to the library and cool off with romantic ballads sung by Tony Saxon.

Gloucester Township: Monday, July 13, 7 p.m.

Haddon Township: Monday, July 20, 7 p.m.

Merchantville: Wednesday, July 22, 7 p.m.

Voorhees: Saturday, August 8, 1 p.m.

Bellmawr: Monday, August 10, 7:15 p.m.

South County: Friday, August 14, 7 p.m.


The Gabriels at Voorhees
All ages

The Gabriels are a quartet popular throughout South Jersey. They play music from the Great American Songbook including Irving Berlin, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, plus some Dixieland and show tunes.


Voorhees: Saturday, July 18, 1 p.m.


Mark Carroll at Voorhees

All ages

Enjoy an afternoon treat of traditional Irish music as Mark Carroll transports you back to the Emerald Isle. Mark is a seasoned performer on the Celtic harp, Uilean pipes, hammered dulcimer and many other instruments.


Voorhees: Saturday, July 25, 1 p.m.


Spoken Word Workshop at two branches

Ages 13 and up

Utilizing mixed media of DVDs, CDs, newsprint and text, teens will create a variety of poetry forms, i.e. haiku, narrative, hip hop and Shakespearean. Led by rapper Napalm Da Bomb, teens will participate in writing and drama exercises, write both individual and group poetry and read their poems aloud in a mock Open Mic reading for feedback.

South County: Monday, August 3, 6:30 p.m.

Riletta L. Cream Ferry Avenue: Saturday, August 15, 1 p.m.



Symphony in C Summer Camp Showcase at Cruz-Perez

All ages

Area students learn and perform alongside sensational young professional musicians during Symphony in C’s annual intensive summer training camp. This annual showcase, scheduled to take place right outside the branch in Emerge Plaza on the Rutgers-Camden campus, is a warm-up for the camp’s final concert.


Nilsa I. Cruz-Perez Downtown: Wednesday, August 12, 11 a.m.


All events are free. Registration is available online at or by calling the individual host branch. Directions and branch phone numbers can be found online at .



Established in 1921, Camden County Library System seeks to meet the recreational, informational and educational needs of its customers with locations in Bellmawr, Camden, Gloucester Township, Haddon Township, Merchantville, Winslow Township and Voorhees.   The Library is governed and supported by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and the Camden County Library Commission.

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