mcha quiet stormPHOTO: The Doo Wop group, Quiet Storm.

FREEHOLD, NJ –Monmouth County Historical Association will present Doo Wop group Quiet Storm in a free outdoor concert on the lawn at 70 Court Street on Monday, August 31. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

      The concert is being presented in conjunction with the Association’s exhibition Spirituals to Soul: African American Musical Heritage in Monmouth 1880-1980. The museum will open at 6:30pm to give visitors an opportunity to view the exhibition. Light refreshments will be served.

     Quiet Storm backed the late Bobby Thomas at the 2011 Soul of Asbury Park concert at the Paramount Theatre. The Spirituals to Soul exhibition, which opened to record crowds early this summer at the museum, features numerous photos of Thomas and other memorabilia relating to him, including his guitar.

     Quiet Storm is an eight-year-old acappella group based in Philadelphia and has built its reputation as one of the area’s most dynamic vocal groups, winning Doo Wop competitions and releasing three CDs. The group has appeared in the Classic Urban Harmony Doo Wop and Acapella concert series organized by Charlie and Pam Horner, historic musicians and curators of the exhibition.

     “This is the first of several musical events that will be presented during the exhibition,” said Association Director Dr. Evelyn C. Murphy, “and we are excited to welcome Quiet Storm to Monmouth County.”

Monmouth County Historical Association is a private non-profit organization that has been working to preserve history and provide educational opportunities since its founding in 1898.  The Historical Association’s Museum and Library is located at 70 Court Street in Freehold.  Museum hours are: Tuesdays - Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Library is open Wednesdays through Saturdays.  The Historic Houses are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from May 1 through September 30, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  For further information about the Association, please call (732) 462-1466 or visit the web site at www.monmouthhistory.org

Monmouth County Historical Association received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.