WAYNE, NJ – The threat of rain did not stop the British Invasion of Wayne as “London Calling” a Beatles tribute band played on Wednesday night on the second night of the Township’s Summer Concert Series.
The lawn and the parking lot in front of the Wayne Municipal Complex began to fill up by 6:30 p.m. with residents opening camp chairs, lawn chairs or spreading out blankets. A buzz of conversation filled the air and smiles could be seen on those who were not wearing masks.
Bach 2 Rock, a Wayne-based music school set up a welcome tent and next to them Hope Weston beamed her pretty smile next to her table where she set up a display of her Shaklee products.
In the growing crowd were three generations of the Fisher family on hand. Young Azalea Fisher learned a love for Beatles music from her father, Michael Fisher. Azalea’s grandparents Rosemary and George Fisher flanked the young girl.
“Strawberry Fields…” prompted Michael.
With a big smile, Azalea finished the line: “Forever.”
The band began with I Want To Hold Your Hand and played a mix of early and late Beatles classics.
Art Jacobs, a Wayne resident of over 40 years told TAPinto that he attends all the Wayne concerts. He had high praise for London Calling: “These guys are really good!”
The upbeat oldies got some people up and dancing, early but it wasn’t until the sky began to darken and the lights on the stage lit the lawn that more people found the courage to dance, including this intrepid reporter and big Beatles fan.
Some very light rain came for about 20 minutes and people scurried to get under cover, or some opened umbrellas, but many sat comfortably in the spitting rain and enjoyed the music. The dark clouds passed soon enough, and the show went on.
No one had more fun than Valerie Calacione who could not keep off of the dance area in front of the band. Her young energy was contagious and gave people the encouragement to get up and dance.
The fun night ended after more than two hours with the final song: The Golden Slumbers Medley which ended with these lyrics: “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” Great words to close out a great night.
Next week’s band is Gunsmoke, which plays classic country hits. Yeehaw! Don’t forget to bring some canned goods for the WIN Food Pantry.