SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Under clear evening skies on the front lawn of the Springfield Town Hall, Marino went first and performed a medley of songs including hits from Frank Sinatra and other artists of the time. Harris followed as the headliner and performed throwback songs from all different genres, including the hit single “A Lover’s Concerto” from her time with the “The Toys”, a girl group that performed together in the 1960s.
After the concert was over, Harris and Marino took the time to interact with fans, taking pictures and conversing.
Marino who lives in Warren, New Jersey, but was a Springfield resident for a period of time said that he enjoyed his first time performing in town. He also said that the conditions were just perfect for a concert.
“We lucked out,” he said. “We got the best weather you could ask for. It was a great night and Barbara was in true form tonight, and I hope they liked me too.”
Marino added that if asked back by the town, he would be more than happy to return and perform again.
Harris, who has performed in Springfield before said that for her, connecting with the crowd is what she enjoys the most about these performances.
“I enjoy looking in their faces, and to see the expression on the faces,” Harris said. “Sometimes when I first come out, it looks like some of them are sitting there saying ‘okay, please me.’ But before the set is over, they’re smiling. [And] that really warms my heart.”
Harris also credited John Cottage, a Springfield resident and former Town Commissioner of the Office of Emergency Management for bringing her back year after year.
Anne Mroz, a friend of Cottage’s, was one of the people in attendance at the concert. She said that coming to the summer concert series is something she has tried to do for the last several years, and that seeing Harris perform is always a treat.
“We’ve done this before,” Mroz said. “This is not the first time we’ve seen Barbara. She’s very good.”
Mroz said that she takes the opportunity to come to as many performances in Springfield as she can, and that she has enjoyed every one that she has seen.
The next concert in the series will be held on July 26, when Tree-Oh takes the stage at 7:00 p.m.