MILLBURN, N.J. - Sounds of soul rocked Taylor Park tonight with Soul Groove, the second band to perform in the Summer Concerts in Taylor Park series. The concerts are organized by the Millburn Township Recreation and Parks Department and the Millburn Board of Recreations Commissioners. Sponsors of the series are the Millburn Laser Center, Millburn Gateway Center, Maplecrest, Investors Bank and the “residents and merchants of Millburn.”
Soul Groove is a rhythm and blues band based in Bergen County who has performed together for 12 years. They play pop, dance, R&B and soul hits from the 60’s to today. According to band leader, Keith Theall, they play at outdoor events, weddings, and clubs. They are a six-piece band that can be broken down into a four-piece band. This was the second year in a row that Soul Groove entertained in Taylor Park.
Millburn Mayor Robert Tillotson introduced the band and stated that the concerts are “a great thing for Millburn and reflect the work of lots of people behind the scenes.” This is the 21st year that Millburn has hosted the concerts. Fred Leighton, a commissioner of the Recreation and Parks Department, helps choose the bands. He explained that Millburn has seven town parks in which approximately 160 programs take place including sports events, three camp programs, and senior activities. Liz Perez is the Principal Account Clerk for Millburn’s Recreation Department and states that the concerts are the favorite part of her job. She explained that the mobile stage the performers use was new last year after the old one wore out. The stage is used at town events including the Fourth of July activities at the high school this summer.
In the audience were township residents as well as those from neighboring towns. Dancing to the beat were Angie and Ron Dailey of Millburn who attend every concert and proclaim the “music is phenomenal and the park is beautiful.” The audience came alive to the sounds of the Electric Slide when several residents got up and danced. They were led by the singers of the group and town resident Carol Morgan who attended the concert with her brother Wallace. Ms. Morgan stated that “the concerts in Millburn are phenomenal and each band that appears touch on every genre of music.” Families filled the lawn of Taylor Park, many of whom brought blankets and beach chairs. Among those enjoying the music were town residents Meryl Stone and Michael Cohn and their son Matthew who have been coming to the concerts for the past four years.
Millburn restaurant Gian Marco set up shop and sold pizza, sausages, ice cream and Italian ices which were a hit on the hot evening.