LONG BRANCH: Anyone walking in Festival Square in Pier Village on Thursday evening, about 7 p.m. or so, heard music that made them stop, step to the beat and see the Shirleys singing songs such as the Crystals' "Da Do Ron Ron", or Norah Clark's "Don't Know Why", plus some Bruce Springsteen melodies, and even an Elvis or two.
It was the first of the summer evenings of entertainment program at PV, beach side at the Atlantic shore. Thursday was welcoming night for visitors from near close by towns, to from North Jersey and from the Philly area. It's the draw that keeps guests coming back year to year.
It is Fun City at the shore, and it lasts until after Labor Day. The schedule is posted on the city web site at email@example.com It is a full summer of special events sponsored by the city's UEZ. Lots of enjoyment for all ages and interests.
Tim McLoone always brings a crowd of fans, and Thursday was no different. For the first show of the season, the crowd was sizable and participated in the show itself. Dancing was a highlight and 50-50 tickets gave a bit of "get lucky" to the night fun. Tim and the audience are so connected, a big plus as you unfold your lawn chair or spread your blanket on the lawn. The scenery is enriched by the ocean and the great restaurants and shops where you will not miss the show as you relax with the ambiance.
Next Thursday is the Motor City Review, a hot group that keeps the momentum of the season at full throttle. The Pier Village programs feature a dozen stars over the weeks. If you are in town on June 19 there is a Tuesday on Broadway show on Broadway next to the Brookdale Community College building at Third Avenue, another sparkler performance from David Cedero & his orchestra.
Put the Oceanfest gala on your calendar for July 4 for fun and fireworks.