May 24, 2023

Public Library Announces Summer Music Programs

From concerts to dancing to open-mic performances, Princeton Public Library has a variety of music events planned this summer. Most events will be moved to the Community Room in the event of rain. Details are available on the calendar at

Concerts and tribute shows continue June 9 with From Janis to Alanis – Women Who Rock” on Hinds Plaza at 7 p.m. Featuring five female vocalists, backed by Princeton-area musicians, the show celebrates and traces female rock pioneers across time. Helen O’Shea & Friends and guests Small Town Strings perform An Evening of Americana Music on Thursday, June 29 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room.

Midsummer Music in the Woods, an afternoon concert at Herrontown Woods, features acoustic music interspersed with poetry on Saturday, July 15 at 4 p.m. Crown Acoustic and The Ragtime Relics will perform folk, country, jazz, and vintage American music in the clearing near Veblen House. Vivia Font will provide poetic interludes between sets. The Sō Percussion Summer Institute Showcase is planned for Saturday, July 29 at 3 p.m. on Hinds Plaza.

“Make Me Smile – The Music of Chicago,” a tribute featuring the greatest hits of the famed pop/rock group, will be presented by the Einstein Alley Musicians Collaborative on Sunday, August 27, at 3 p.m., on Palmer Square.

Starting June 11, the Listen Local Series returns to Hinds Plaza with a performance by New Yacht City (smooth “yacht rock” from the ‘70s and ‘80s) at 4 p.m. Additional Sunday Listen Local concerts on the plaza at 4 p.m. include Love? Said the Commander (indie folk music) on July 9; Joy & Rob with The Beagles (blues and soul) on July 30; Putman County (rock and blues) on August 13; and The Professors (classic rock) on September 10.

Open Mic events hosted by the Einstein Alley Musicians Collaborative are planned for Friday, June 2, 6-9 p.m., and Sunday, July 16, from 3-6 p.m., on Hinds Plaza. All are welcome to sign up to perform or just come to listen. Sign-up details are available on the events calendar at An additional open mic date is to be announced.

Dancing Under the Stars returns to Hinds Plaza on two Friday nights each month during the summer when Members of Central Jersey Dance demonstrate basic steps and lead others in an evening of dancing to recorded music of all kinds. Dates are June 16 and 30, July 14 and 28, August 11 and 25, and September 8 and 22.