SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Thursday evening, Springfield rocked out to classic hits of the 50s, 60s and 70s

While the crowd turnout was slightly depressed due to the driving rain that came down last night, about a dozen people trekked out to the Springfield Pool to hear the opening concert in this year's summer concert series.

The 2019 show schedule differs from the years before, in that rather than scheduling a concert every other week, the shows will now go on once a week each Thursday. The opening concert featured Bob Marino, a crooner who specializes in Sinatra, and Barbara Harris, lead singer of The Toys.

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The Toys had a chart-topping hit with 'A Lover's Concerto,' as well as several other songs that hovered in the top 100 after their release. Speaking with TAPinto Springfield, Harris said she always loves coming into Springfield to perform.

"It's wonderful [and] I love it," Harris said after the show. "This is a good time in my life. I'm older, but it's a good time, because people enjoy it so much, because it's the kind of song I grew up listening to and dancing to. Now that I'm still able to do it for them, that's beautiful. I'm having a good time."

Along with singing her hit song, Harris also went through a variety of rock and roll covers during her set, which the audience enjoyed.

One audience member in attendance was Rosalyn Charmes. Although she lives in Union, Charmes is involved with the Springfield seniors and was there with Alan Schwartz, a fellow member of the senior group and Springfield resident.

"I love the way Bob sings," Charmes said. "He's come a long way since I knew him. And Barbara, like I said, I remember she was so wonderful. One of the other people in the audience said that was the best show that he ever saw."

Following Marion and Harris' performance, the concert series returns for the rest of the summer with the following dates:

  • July 18 - Frank Grasso
  • July 25 - 4 Flight Rock
  • Aug. 1 - 94 Proof
  • Aug. 8 - Full Disclosure
  • Aug. 15 - Tree-Oh
  • Aug. 22 - Mystery Act (TBD)
  • Aug. 29 - Mighty Movers

Each of the upcoming performances will run form 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.