SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Summer Concert Series on the Allan Augustine Village Green (adjacent to Town Hall) will begin on Thursday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m. with Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens.

A Scotch Plains native, DiNizio sang and played guitar for  The Smithereens, which he formed in 1980. In 1989, he wrote the hit song “A Girl Like You” (see video link below), which peaked at #38 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. DiNizio ran for the U.S. Senate in 2000. In 2006, he starred with other rock stars including Joan Jett in the ESPN 2  special “7th Inning Stretch Baseball Meets Rock & Roll,” which highlighted his recovery from a life-threating nervous disorder and his open tryout for the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

The rest of the line-up includes:

The Summer Concert Series is presented by Investors Bank. K-9 Resorts is the Gold Sponsor of the concert series.