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BSTREETBAND Rocks Livingston

Will Forte, founder of the BSTREETBAND, and Dan Tower, Executive Vice President at Regal bank in Livingston Credits: Eric Paragallo
BSTREETBAND preps for concert Credits: Eric Paragallo
Onlookers Watch BSTREETBAND Credits: Eric Paragallo
BSTREETBAND plays in Gazebo at Livingston Oval Credits: Eric Paragallo
Onlookers Watch BSTREETBAND Credits: Eric Paragallo

LIVINGSTON, NJ - The B-STREETBAND, who boasts itself as “the best Bruce Springsteen cover band,” rocked an estimated crowd of 700 Livingston residents through the dying hours of Sunday evening, July 7 at the Oval. The concert was set up and sponsored by Regal Bank as part of their annual summer concert series.

“Every year we say, ‘There’s this place in Livingston we have to play,’” said Glenn Stuart, lead vocalist of the BSTREETBAND, addressing the crowd after he and his band mates wrapped up a rendition of Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball. “We love the people, we really enjoy the area, and the sponsor, Regal Bank, is great.”

Will Forte, BSTREETBAND founder spoke before the concert about his favorite type of crowd, “It’s not the size of the crowd. You just want the crowd to be interactive no matter how big or small. Our ultimate goal with these concerts is to capture people’s attention.”

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Livingston residents were certainly attentive to the B-Street Band Sunday night. At the start of Born in the USA a synchronized clap spread throughout the crowd. Through classics such as Wrecking Ball and Hungry Heart, men and women, sitting on blankets and folding chairs, could be seen nodding their heads and tapping their hands to the beat of the music. At the conclusion of I’m Going Down, the 700 Livingston residents on hand launched into a raucous applause.  Glenn Stuart, lead vocalist and guitarist, welcomed the crowd’s hearty cheer, “And the crowd goes wild.”

Dan Tower, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Regal Bank in Livingston, spoke about why Regal Bank sponsors these concerts. “Were a community centered bank. This concert is a chance for us to give back to the community.”

“When we opened up business in 2007, we outreached to the town about giving something back. I suggested the B-STREETBAND, and it’s only grown since then.”

The once one-night-BSTREETBAND concert is now a full blown concert series. “After the first concert in 2007, the town started to suggest bands that they wanted to see. We thought that was cool,” said Tower. “The music is for the community so let them pick the bands they want to see.”

The 2013 Livingston Regal Bank summer concert series includes, Larry Chance & the Earls (a doo-wop band) on July 14, Stiff Joints (a classic rock band) on July 21, Hotel California (an Eagles tribute band) on July 28, and the Bronx Wanderers ( a 50s, 60s & 70s rock & roll band) on August 4. All concerts will be held at the Oval, or in the event of inclement weather, inside Livingston High School.

The B-Street Band was formed in Asbury Park, New Jersey in May 1980. Members of the band include the aforementioned Will Forte (vocals, keyboards) and Glenn Stuart (lead vocals, guitar, congas),  as well as Steve Lopresto (bass), Steve Baranian (vocal, lead guitar), Steve Pozzelanti (drums), and Steve Myers (saxophone, vocals).

Over the last 30 years, the band has been estimated to have played in over 800 different nightclubs and 200 colleges through 20 different states and is now considered to be the longest running tribute band in the world. Most recently, the band has agreed to perform at all Philadelphia Eagles home games for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

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