Plenty of music and dance parties too

SUSSEX COUNTY. A Taylor Swift Brunch and Dance Party is planned Sunday at the Lafayette House.

Newton /
| 06 Aug 2023 | 09:59

Live music continues to reverberate through Sussex County as August unfolds.

Kick off the weekend on Friday night, Aug. 11 at Krogh’s Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza, Sparta, where the stage belongs to Rick Fink For Real from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. With rock and punk roots, Rick has crafted a one-of-a-kind one-man suitcase band, fusing the best of both worlds.

Over at the Lafayette House, 75 Route 15, listen to the charming vocals of Browen Yoncak from 6 to 9 p.m.

The Stanhope House, 45 Main St., will resonate with the bluesy tunes of Blues People from 7 to 11:30 p.m. The group released two singles in 2022 and is gearing up for a debut album, “Troubled Times,” drawing inspiration from such legends as Keb Mo and Buddy Guy. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, with doors opening at 7 p.m.

The Sparta summer concert series continues with Kara Grainger at Dykstra Park, 4 Mohawk Ave., from 7 to 10 p.m. Grainger’s music has taken her from her birthplace in Sydney, Australia, to India and Japan. She infuses blues and soul music with powerful vocals and captivating slide guitar performances.

Saturday, Aug. 12 offers a tapestry of diverse musical experiences in Sussex County. Bard of the Hills will delight the crowd at the Sparta Farmers Market, 89 S. Sparta Ave., starting at 9:30 a.m.

From 6 to 9 p.m., listen to Josie Webb’s soulful melodies at the Lafayette House.

Franklin Borough will host the last show of its free Concerts at the Pond series with the three-piece band Mile 39 performing at 6 Cork Hill Road.

The Harrisons will perform at 7 p.m. at Milk Street Distillery, 1 Milk St., Branchville.

Meanwhile, the Stanhope House will transform into an ‘80s dance party at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door for a night of nostalgia and rhythmic revelry.

The longtime country music group Asleep at the Wheel, with special guest Michael Patrick, will take over the stage at the Newton Theatre, 234 Spring St., at 8 p.m. With a rich history of collaborating with musical legends, such as Willie Nelson, George Strait and the Avett Brothers, and boasting 10 Grammy wins, Asleep at the Wheel promises an extraordinary evening of American music. Tickets start at $39 and may be purchased online at

For rock ‘n’ roll enthusiasts, Hef’s Hut Bar and Grill, 414 County Road 517, Vernon, will host the Openers from 8 to 11 p.m., covering electrifying rock ‘n’ roll hits.

O’Reilly’s Pub and Grill, 271 Spring St., Newton, will close the night with the Freejays’ performance, featuring tracks from their new album, “Second Puberty,” starting at 9 p.m.

Dress up in your favorite era and kick off Sunday, Aug. 13 with a Taylor Swift Brunch and Dance Party at the Lafayette House. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., join the Swiftie celebration, complete with a photo booth and friendship bracelet station. Tickets are $54.12 and may be purchased online at

At the rooftop bar Krogh’s Nest in Sparta, Josie Webb returns with a jazz-centric set from 1 to 4 p.m. to serenade the audience.

The Alibi Beach Bar & Grill, 172 Lackawanna Drive, Stanhope, will feature John Lepre’s one-man show starting at 4 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m., the Newton Theatre will come alive with the electrifying See It All Tour, headlined by Devon Allman, son of the legendary Gregg Allman, and professional surfer-turned-blues rock musician Donavon Frankenreiter. With an ambitious goal of setting a world record by performing 50 shows in the 50 states in less than 50 days, this concert is sure to be an unforgettable night. Tickets start at $49 and may be purchased online at

On Thursday, Aug. 17, Homestead Rest, 294 N. Church Road, Sparta, will host an acoustic open mic from 6 to 9 p.m., offering a platform for aspiring musicians to showcase their talents. Signups start at 5:30 p.m.

The Stanhope House will resonate with Nashville-based the Hungry & Dangerous at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

George Orlando will perform upbeat tunes from the ‘70s through the 2000s at Krogh’s from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for an uplifting musical night.