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Plainfield Arts Council Rounds Out October Music Festival with Rock & Roll

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Credits: Plainfield Arts Council
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Wayne Olivieri (Wayne O) Credits: via Plainfield Arts Council
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Dave “Snakeman” Runyan Credits: via Plainfield Arts Council
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PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Arts Council ends their Queen City October Music Festival with Rock & Roll this Saturday, Oct. 28.

The lineup will include music with Wayne Olivieri (Wayne O), who has been singing since the fourth grade when he joined the Saint Mary's Boys Choir in Plainfield.  He grew up singing at church every Sunday and performing in concerts with the choir.  After eighth grade, Olivieri started his first band and never looked back. 

Throughout his high school years he continued to sing, and at the age of 17 was playing full time in clubs like CBGB's, Max's Kansas City, the Limelite, and the Village Gate, in New York City, playing on the same bill with bands like The Ramones, The Talking Heads, and Blondie.

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Olivieri performed up and down the east coast and moved to Asbury Park, NJ, where he performed at legendary clubs like The Stone Pony, The Fast Lane and others.  It was there where he met and became good friends with John Bongiovi (Jon Bon Jovi), and stayed friends for over 17 years; Olivieri often performed next to Jon and the band. He became a regular at The Stone Pony, where he opened and headlined for acts like David Johansson, Huey Lewis, Southside Johnny, Cindy Lauper, Beaver Brown, Rick Derringer, Billy Idol, and more.

Olivieri continued to play in Europe and America over the years, and then took some time off to start a family and raise his daughter. After a long hiatus, he is happy to be back writing and recording with newfound energy and creativity.


Also on tap Saturday night is a performance by Dave “Snakeman” Runyan, who was born and raised in Plainfield.  He says he first heard the blues coming from a neighbor's house, and it went right through him.  Runyan got his first harp in 1969, and met Mr. Superharp, who three years later taught him about playing from his heart, and gave him a one-word lesson:  TONE.

Runyan says he is, "a true Plainfield boy living threw the riots of the 60's fighting my way to school and fighting my way home; my family goes back three generations in Plainfield."
 


Saturday's performance will take place at the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, at 724 Park Avenue in Plainfield, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  According to the Plainfield Arts Council, tickets are a free will offering.

For more information, visit www.plainfieldartscouncil.org.

 

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