LONG BRANCH: It was warm. It was bright sunny. It was windy. It was opening night for Fun City at West End Park one short block from the beach.
To top all that, it was the Philadelphia Funk Authority playing jazz, blues and dance music for the good sized crowd on blankets, folding chairs and the lawn itself, familiar faces and visitors new to the Sunday night summer scene.
Several eateries along the park's Brighton Avenue were open for business and sidewalk tables gave everyone full enjoyment of the band. The playground part of the park gave the youngsters some fun time also. Just a great place to be all summer long.
Dancers, barefoot and sneakered lined the grass next to the bandstand, up close and enwrapped in the sounds. The New Jersey Jazz and Blues table had souvenirs for sale, and the weekly 50-50 is an added attraction, running between $250 and over $400 during the 12015 season.
Next week, June 19 brings the excitement of the Chuck Lambert Band to West End, a crowd pleaser and traditional visitor to the city's summer schedule. For more on the schedule go to www.visitlongbranch.com. For a summer of fun come to Long Branch, the Fun City.
Don't miss Thursday by the Sea at Pier Village, where this week, June 16, Tim McLoone and the Shirleys will delight the crowd at oceanside with music for all ages and the excitement of Festival Square. It starts at 7 PM. Get there early and enjoy the shops and dining spots.