BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On Wednesday evening, July 20th, dozens of families from around the area gathered at Memorial Park in Berkeley Heights for the third installment in the town's Wednesday night summer concert series. Town residents of all ages listened to The Fabulous Greaseband perform a variety of memorable songs from the 60's, 70's, and 80's.
The Fabulous Greaseband is a seven member party band that has played for Berkeley Heights since 1991. The band has performed with various artists such as The Beach Boys and Bruce Springsteen and has had many highlights over the years such as performing at President Bush's "Team 100" Inaugural Ball.
As 7:30pm on Wednesday night neared, lawn chairs began filling up the park and by the start of the concert, the audience was lively and enthusiastic for the band to begin playing. The Fabulous Greaseband opened with "Brown Eyed Girl", a 1967 single written by the singer Van Morrison. Other songs played by the band included "Respect", by Aretha Franklin and the disco hit, "Funkytown" by the Lipps Inc.
The band performed timeless favorites such as "Greased Lightnin" and "Dancing Queen", during which many children from the audience went onstage to dance with the band.
The band finished the concert with their American Medley, which featured various patriotic songs such as Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA". When asked how she thought the concert went, band member Jeanne remarked that, "The show went very well and the kids were great."
The audience seemed to have the same reaction. Governor Livingston High School rising junior, Brook Tweeten said, "This is my first time coming to one of these things, but I loved it!" Summit residents Al and Vita Klein commented that the band was great and said, "We love these concerts. We go to all of them. Summit, New Providence, and Berkeley Heights."
This particular event, which is part of the concert series run by the Berkeley Heights Recreation Commission, was sponsored by both the Berkeley Heights Special Events Committee and the Suburban Chamber of Commerce, which represents businesses in Berkeley Heights, New Providence, and Summit.
The next concert in the Berkeley Heights series will take place on Wednesday, July 27th.