marel hidalgoPhoto: 7-year-old Marel Hidalgo of Bradley Beach, NJ

FREEHOLD – Join Monmouth County Historical Association for an afternoon of music with Marel Hidalgo & Friends on the Museum lawn on Sunday, July 17, at 70 Court Street, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The summer concert and open house is in celebration of a new collaboration with the Latino Coalition of Monmouth County to recruit and train Spanish speaking volunteers to better serve the growing Hispanic community. 

Led by astonishing 7-year-old electric guitar and electric banjo player, Marel Hidalgo of Bradley Beach, Marel Hidalgo & Friends is a unique multicultural and multi-generational project. His band comprises "grown-up" musicians Joe Nevolo (drums), Rob Crowther (drums-percussion), Jerry Franklin (bass-guitars), Dawn Hopkins (bass-guitars-vocals) and Sergio DuBois (keyboard), all possessing impressive artistic careers. The band plays a wide variety of music including rock, soul, rhythm & blues, and Latin. The concert also will showcase young talented students from Big Beat Studio School of Music in Neptune City where Marel studies.

The musicians will perform under a tent on the front lawn of the Museum at 70 Court Street. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food trucks will offer a variety of foods and the Historical Association will also provide free water, lemonade and snacks. In the event of rain, the music will move inside.

In addition to enjoying music and food, children can take part in 18th and 19th century games and try their hand at drawing and sketching inside the Museum. The Museum will be open with three exhibitions on view. Docents will be available to give tours in both English and Spanish. 

This event is sponsored by OceanFirst Foundation, The Latino Coalition and Casa Freehold and is free and open to the public.

Monmouth County Historical Association, a private non-profit organization that has been working to preserve history and provide educational opportunities since its founding in 1898 comprises a Museum, Archives, Research Library in Freehold and Five Historic House Museums located around the county.  The Museum and Research Library is located at 70 Court Street in Freehold.  Museum hours are: Tuesdays - Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Research Library hours are: Wednesdays –Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Five Historic House Museums around the County are open seasonally. House Museum hours generally are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  For further information about the Association, please call (732) 462-1466 or visit the web site at

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