WAYNE, NJ – With the loosening of the restrictions on outdoor gatherings, the Wayne Parks and Recreation Department is moving forward with their Summer Concert Series starting this week on Wednesday, June 24.

Because of the pandemic, there was a question whether these events would be allowed to go on at all.

“We weren’t sure if we were able to do this or not,” said Tim Roetman, the Director of the Parks and Rec Department. “But it looks like the Governor’s restrictions are loosening up just in time, and just enough.”

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This is welcome news after all public events have been canceled for months. The new normal is arriving and the Township of Wayne is slowly emerging from its shell.  Last week, the Wayne Farmer’s Market quietly opened up and held a successful event and again this past weekend.

The concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. and the premier show features a Billy Joel tribute band called 52nd Street. “We wanted to include them in this summer’s series because they received great reviews and other municipalities recommended them highly,” said Roetman.

Every Wednesday night through August 12 a different band will begin playing at 7:00 p.m. Future shows include a Beatles tribute band, a Mo-Town band and more. Click here for the lineup.

“We have a number of new acts and a variety of shows this year,” said Roetman. “We’re excited; it’s going to be a good time this year, and after all we’ve gone through recently, our residents deserve this.”

Social distancing guidelines will be ini place. “We’ll have a portion of the parking lot blocked off so people can spread themselves out and sit further back so that it’s socially appropriate,” added the Parks and Rec Director.

Masks are not required, since it is an outdoor event, but they are being suggested for everyone’s safety.

“The interfaith food pantry has been very busy during this pandemic and many people have been losing their jobs, the food pantry has been even more vital over the last few months. So, we are happy to be supporting them and collecting non-perishable food items on their behalf.”

Put your dancing shoes on and prepare to leave your worries behind.

You may be right that only the good die young, but a piano man and an uptown girl will face an angry young man and say it’s still rock and roll to me; just don’t ask me why.