BERKELEY — The “Sounds of Summer” will once again be featured at Veterans Park as the township’s popular free concert series returns next month.
“As usual, our outdoor concerts are free to the public and we are once again partnering with radio station WJRZ, who will provide one of their DJs to emcee at each concert,” Mayor Carmen Amato Jr. said. Concerts start at 6 p.m.
Here’s the line-up for this year’s concert series:
June 28: opening night, featuring Rock N’Rhythm, a vocal group that performs Doo Top and more contemporary songs. They’ll be followed by Super TransAm, which performs the “sounds of the ’70s,” including songs by Queen, Foreigner, Journey and more. A fireworks show will finish off the night.
July 19: Jukebox Legends will perform the songs of the ’50s, ’60s and more. They’ll be followed by Bon Jovi tribute band, “Wanted DOA.””The look and sound of this band will make you feel like you’re at an actual Bon Jovi concert,” Amato said.
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August 19: starting at 5 p.m. will be the township’s annual Beach Party at White Sands Beach in South Seaside Park, at 23rd Avenue. Reggae band “The Verdict” will perform from 5 to 8 p.m.
August 23: starting at 5 p.m., will be the Annual “Night Out Against Crime and Night of Two Headliners.” The township’s police department, first aid squads, fire departments and other public safety agencies will be on hand to show the different types of equipment they use. The township’s DARE program will also be there with games and prizes for kids. Gerard Esposito will perform at 6 p.m., playing music “from Broadway to Vegas,” followed by Garden State Radio, which plays hits from the ’80s, ’90s through today.
Sept. 9: Berkeley Township Community Pride Day will run from 2 to 9 p.m., and will feature vendors, local non-profits and community groups selling food and other items. Musical entertainment starts at 6 p.m. with “Stiletto & the Saxman,” followed by “The Infernos Band.” The day will conclude with a fireworks display at 9 p.m.
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“As always, the cost of the summer entertainment is funded by community and business donations,” the mayor said. “These donations fund Berkeley Township’s entire Summer Concert Series, our Beach Party, Berkeley Community Pride Day and other summer events. The funds are also raised through the mayor’s golf outing, our summer program book and outside stage advertising.”
The mayor’s golf classic is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 29 at Cedar Creek Golf Course in Bayville. Anyone interested in sponsoring the golf classic or playing that day should contact Berkeley Recreation, 732-269-4456.
Any local businesses, civic groups or others interested in sponsoring the summer concert series should go to the Berkeley Recreation website at www.BTREC.org and look under “concerts” or contact Berkeley Recreation at: 732-269-4456.
Jean Mikle covers Toms River and several other Ocean County towns, and has been writing about local government and politics at the Jersey Shore for nearly 39 years. She’s also passionate about the Shore’s storied music scene. Contact her: @jeanmikle, email@example.com.