The Andreach-Chrepta Jazz Duo returns as opening act for LunchMusic, the plein-air performance series running every Wednesday in June. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)
In the week when a newly redux version of Riverfest takes back Marine Park in a three-day blast of cooking, crooning, cruising, crafting and kiddie rides, the Shore’s favorite beach-free destination town sounds an even earlier keynote to the season of outdoor tunes as early as lunchtime Wednesday.
A welcome way-station on the Everest-like hump of the warm weather working week, the free concert events known as LunchMusic return to Riverside Gardens Park this afternoon with a pair of familiar faces Red Bank’s Andreach-Chrepta Jazz Duo; the selfsame cats who inaugurated Red Bank Rivercenter‘s every-Wednesday-in-June series last year (redbankgreen, of course, was on the scene). The sax-guitar twosome will be playing for music lovers and any office workers, childcare givers, moms, dads and just anyone who needs a break between noon and 2pm, with several local eateries also getting into the act by offering some packed-to-go specials designed for noshing by the Navesink.
New for June 2011 are free lunchtime fitness classes at Riverside Gardens, with John Nies of Red Banks Power Center conducting a free East West CHI-Camp session from 12 to 1pm, and Dancing Foot Yoga offering an Introduction to Yoga class from 1 to 2pm (it’s bring your own mat and towel).
LunchMusic resumes on June 8 with Pam McCoy & Familiar Faces, and continues on June 15 with Red Bank’s unofficial musical mayor Chuck Lambert joining Susan Haugenes in A Cool Blues Duo. The Tor Miller Band takes the stand on June 22, and the series concludes on June 29 with Howell teens Alina and Justin Zimmerman, a/k/a Sibling Rivalry who, despite the name, play very nicely together.
That’ll do for lunchtime; if you’re hungry for more music on Saturday nights, RiverCenter is laying out an impressive spread that begins this weekend with details on the flipside of the paperless page.