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6th
Jul 2021

Summer Concert Series Kicks Off With 75th Celebration For Bayville Fire Co.

 
By Eric San Juan
 
Berkeley’s Summer Concert Series got off to a great start for 2021, including a kickoff show that also doubled as a 75th Anniversary celebration for the Bayville Volunteer Fire Company.
 
The series kicked off on June 23, with music by Jukebox Legends and AM Gold Yacht Rock Party, an array of food vendors (with proceeds supporting community organizations), and a recognition of the Bayville fire company’s nearly eight decades of service.
 
“It went well. We had probably close to 3,000 people at the last concert,” Mayor Carmen Amato said. “It was great to see everyone out. I know everyone is waiting for things to open up and get back to semi-normalcy.”
 
As always, the shows are free. Rather than being paid for by admission fees, they are funded by donations from the community, along with advertising in the summer program book and on-site advertising, as well as through the annual Mayor’s Golf Outing fundraiser, which is set for October 1 this year.
 
The fire company relies on donations, too. All of the community’s firefighters in each of its three departments operate on a volunteer basis.
 
“We’re blessed to have three outstanding fire companies,” Amato said. “All volunteer departments, all dedicated individuals. They just do a wonderful job.”
 
Councilman John Bacchione, who is also chair of the town’s Finance Committee, said those volunteers benefit Berkeley residents in ways that go beyond fire safety and rescue.
“If we had to pay the fire department in Berkeley Township, you could not even question that your taxes would go up,” Bacchione said.
 
Meanwhile, throughout the rest of the summer, Veterans Park will be filled with music.
 
The rest of the summer concert series includes:
 
Saturday, July 17, is the Annual Beach Party. Set to be held at White Sands Beach in South Seaside Park, 23rd Avenue, the fun begins at 5pm with the Caribbean music of The Verdict.
 
On Wednesday, August 4, Rock N' Rhythm will bring their mix of Doo-Wop and contemporary music to the stage at 6pm, followed by headliner Super TransAm, who do big arena anthems from the 1970s and 1980s by bands like Journey, Queen, and others.
 
The big finale will be Saturday, September 11 for Berkeley Township Community Pride Day. The day-long event begins at 2pm in Veterans Park, and will feature vendors, local non-profits and community groups, performances by the Central Regional Marching Band and the Central Regional Chorus, and more.
 
At 5pm, ceremonies will be held to recognize the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
 
Music begins at 6pm with Stiletto & the Saxman doing classics from Sinatra, doo-wop music, and more. Then at 7:30pm, the 9-piece act New Power Soul will slam out a huge range of popular music, from R&B to classic rock, alternative, and more. From Queen to Lady Gaga, they play it.
 
Berkeley Township Community Pride Day will be capped off with fireworks at 9pm.
 
Covid precautions are being followed at the events. Social distancing is enforced, and masks must be worn when arriving and leaving, while at the restrooms, and when shopping with vendors. They may be removed when you are at your seat for the show.
 
Those interested in sponsoring or playing in the Mayor’s Golf Outing fundraiser on October 1 can contact the Recreation Department at 732-269-4456. Proceeds help fund the concert series.
 
 
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