Summer Concert Line-Up Announced

A photo from backstage at the Wanted DOA concert on August 21, 2019 gives an idea of what the Sounds of Summer look like. (Photo courtesy Berkeley Recreation)

  BERKELEY – The days have become warmer, the nights start a little later, and soon the Sounds of Summer concerts will return.

  “I am pleased to announce the return of our popular Sounds of Summer Concert Series for 2022. 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 said.

  Most of the shows are in Veterans Park on Veterans Boulevard. Amato put out a statement describing the performers.

June 29

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  6 p.m.:  Rock N’ Rhythm, a “vocal group with a tight harmonious sound of both traditional doo-wop and contemporary styles.”

  They will be followed by Super TransAm, “an Arena Anthem band of the 70s, including chart-topping hits from Queen, Foreigner, Journey and more.” 

  “In honor of Independence Day. We will have a fabulous fireworks display to close the night,” the mayor added.

July 20

  At 6 p.m., “We will feature local talent Jukebox Legends singing all the great songs of the 50s, 60s, and more.”

  They will be followed by Wanted DOA, a Bon Jovi Tribute Band. “This is the ultimate tribute to this Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame band. The look and sound of this band will make you feel like you’re at an actual Bon Jovi concert.”

August 3

  At 5 p.m., the township’s annual “Night Out Against Crime and Night of Two Headliners” will be held. Mayor Amato stated, “The Berkeley Township Police Department will be on hand along with our First Aid Squads, Fire Departments and other public safety agencies to greet residents and show the different types of equipment that they utilize. All of these public safety agencies will have their vehicles and equipment on display. Our DARE Program will also be there with games and prizes for the children to enjoy.”

  At 6 p.m. Atlantic City headliner Gerard Esposito will be celebrating the music from Broadway to Vegas.

  This will be followed by Jukebox Heroes, chronicling musical legends such as The Beach Boys, Neil Diamond, Jerry Lee Lewis, Willie Nelson, Elvis, The Beatles and many more.

August 13

  Starting at 5 p. m., the township’s annual Beach Party will be held at White Sands Beach in South Seaside Park at 23rd Avenue.

  From 5-8 p.m. The Verdict will be performing. “This exciting reggae band creates a fun and exhilarating blend of the sounds of the Caribbean.”

August 17

  At 6 p.m., a performance of Julian & Dominique will begin. “This dynamic duo will entertain the audience with a wide variety of music.  Known as the show of 1,000 voices, you will be delighted to the sounds of Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Antibellum, Michael Buble, Johnny Mathis, Barry White and many more.”

  They will be followed by Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis. “Jesse has the voice, looks and charisma that made Elvis a superstar. Jesse, backed by live musicians and female vocalists, performs songs that cross three generations of rock, pop, gospel and oldies music”

Photo courtesy Berkeley Recreation

September 10

  This is a day-long Berkeley Township Community Pride Day. It will run from 2-9 p.m. and recognizes the township’s original Founder’s Day and anniversary of the township. There will be many vendors, local non-profits and community groups selling food and showcasing other products. The concerts are some of the main fundraisers for these groups.

  At 5 p.m. on September 10, the township will recognize the 21st anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on America and will host a 9/11 Memorial and Remembrance Ceremony by the stage and the 9/11 Memorial.

  At 6 p.m. Stiletto & the Saxman will perform. “This entertaining act delivers a great show singing hits of doo- wop, the Rat Pack, popular standards and more.

  At 7:30 p.m., The British Invasion will perform: “A 60s musical revolution with hits from both sides of the Atlantic. More than just the Beatles, this nostalgic musical retrospective spans the entire first wave of the British Invasion years.”

  “At 9 p.m., look up in the sky for our spectacular fireworks display, to end the summer concert series,” Mayor Amato said. “As always, the cost of the summer entertainment is funded by community and business donations. These donations fund Berkeley Township’s entire Summer Concert Series, our Beach Party, Berkeley Community Pride Day and other summer events.”

  He thanked the sponsors who contributed through the Mayor’s golf outing, summer program book, and stage advertising.

  Local businesses, civic groups or others interested in sponsoring, can visit the township website at BTREC.org and look under “concerts” or contact the Berkeley Recreation Department at 732-269-4456.

   The Annual Mayor’s Golf Outing is scheduled for September 30. Those interested in being a sponsor or playing can contact Berkeley Recreation.

    The mayor added, “as you can see, we have a great mix of talented groups in our summer line up. There’s something for everyone!  Please come on out for a great summer of entertainment and don’t forget to bring a chair. Refreshments are always provided by our local non-profit groups and organizations that use these concerts as their fundraisers.” 

  The Berkeley Township Recreation Department can also be found on Facebook at facebook.com/Berkeley-Township.