Nashville Comes to Princeton at A Concert Under the Stars at Updike Farmstead (June 9)

The Historical Society of Princeton will host its seventh annual Concert Under the Stars fundraiser on Saturday, June 9, 2018, from 6:30 – 10:00 PM at the Updike Farmstead. This year’s event will feature live performances by two Nashville-based artists: Chas Collins will perform on the mainstage and Sheridan Gates, who grew up in the Princeton area, will provide porch-side opening entertainment.

Chas Collins, with his signature vocals and high energy stage presence, debuted on CMT’s Top 10 Artists List. Chas and his band have shared the stage with several other national acts including Luke Bryan, Collin Raye, Bucky Covington, Daryl Singletary, David Ball, and Hotel California. Chas plays hard-hitting originals and current county hits along with a touch of rock and crowd favorites. Performing in 43 states and over 2,300 shows, Chas has taken the country music world by storm.

Originally from Pennington, NJ, Sheridan Gates made the move to Nashville in 2016 to pursue her passion of music. She was a local finalist in the Nash Next competition her first year in Nashville and will be embarking on a House Concert tour this spring and summer. Sheridan is country pop artist influenced by the rock ‘n’ roll storytelling of Carrie Underwood, the soulfulness of Sara Bareilles, and the bold attitude of Shania Twain to create an entirely new, relatable, and reflective sound.

“This year’s artists add a Nashville flair to the always-fresh Concert Under the Stars,” said Jud Henderson, a long-standing member of the Concert Committee. “They’ll keep guests entertained all evening!”

Baxter Construction, Charles Schwab, PNC Wealth Management, Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty, H1912, Mrs. G’s, McCaffrey’s Markets, MacLean Agency, Princeton Online, and Bank of Princeton are all major event sponsors. Jammin’ Crepes will serve a delectable dinner menu, prepared with local ingredients. Local craft beers and a selection of wines with be available as refreshments.

“This year’s Concert will, as always, be a fantastic night with delicious local food and drink, fabulous upbeat music, and an unparalleled historic setting – a true celebration of this remarkable town,” said HSP Executive Director, Izzy Kasdin.

Concert Committee members Tracy Sipprelle and Debora Haines describe the event as “the kick-off-to-summer party, with a casual blue jeans and boots vibe.”

Net proceeds from A Concert Under the Stars support the Society’s mission to serve as a hub for experiential education and stewardship of collections and places. HSP shares its remarkable collections and signature programs in history education with diverse audiences, enhancing community vitality and building historical literacy, cornerstones of healthy civic culture.

Tickets to this unique benefit event are available online at, or by phone: (609) 921-6748 x106.

ABOUT THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF PRINCETON – Founded in 1938, The Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) is a museum and research center dedicated to interpreting the history of Princeton, New Jersey. HSP’s headquarters, Updike Farmstead, is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places and lies within the Princeton Battlefield/Stony Brook Historic District. Visit us at