For the second consecutive summertime since Hurricane Sandy tore up the dance floor, the long-running Sandy Hook Beach Concert Series returns to the peninsula for a season of free outdoor events that kick off this week. Presented by the Sandy Hook Foundation at Beach Area E, the 6 pm concerts are all-ages, multi-generational celebrations that come equipped with sandy seating, natural A/C and complimentary sunsets. It all begins anew on Wednesday, June 18, with a season opener that delivers its first pitch, After the Reign.
Relax; the forecast isn’t calling for a monsoon — the band After the Reign is a regional roundup of rocking country specialists who augment their cover sets with originals that include the Sandy recovery rally “Jersey Strong,” an award-winning anthem that’s sure to be a top request out there on the hard-hit Hook. Be sure to take along those beach chairs, blankets and dancing shoes — and take it to the next page for a complete schedule for summer 2014.
June 25: Classic rock and originals with The Carl Gentry Band
July 2: A salute to the Fab Four and more, with British Invasion Tribute
July 9: Favorite Shore partystarters, Brian Kirk and the Jirks
July 16: The return of Tim McLoone and the Shirleys
July 23: Rock and roll triple bill with Rip Tide, The Haven, and Harpers Fellow (5:30 start time)
July 30: Best of Motown with Motor City Revue
August 6: Pat Guadagno and The Candle Brothers
August 13: Rocking R&B with JoBonanno and the Godsons of Soul
August 20: (RAIN DATE)
Beach wheelchairs are available on a first come, first serve basis. In case of severe weather forecast, cancellations are made at 2 pm on the day of the show. Check the website or call (732)291-7733 for information.