SANDY HOOK: BEACH BLANKET FREEBIES

kirk jirks 072013 3Brian Kirk and the Jirks head back to the beach when the free concert series on Sandy Hook returns Wednesday evening. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Grab those beach chairs from the garage and shine up your best dancing flip flops: the season of free outdoor summer concerts is upon us, with the local action keynoted as always by the Sandy Hook Beach Concert Series.

Presented at 6 pm each Wednesday by the Sandy Hook Foundation at Beach Area E, the long-running slate of all-ages, all-welcome celebrations comes equipped with sandy seating, natural A/C and complimentary sunsets. It all begins anew on Wednesday with a season starter starring Brian Kirk and the Jirks.

The veteran beach-bar entertainers (who recently served as featured attraction at the Jersey Shore Partnership’s annual start-of-summer gala on the Hook) may have lost their former every-Sunday spot at the Sandy-savaged Donovan’s Reef, but they’ve continued to lend a beachy vibe to gigs that range from landlocked to luxuriously formal – and they’ll be serving the opening volley for the following schedule:

June 24: Irish-born rocker Steve Reilly with the Rain Band

July 1: A salute to the Fab Four and more, with British Invasion Tribute

July 8: The return of Tim McLoone and the Shirleys

July 15: Classic Shore sounds with the Carl Gentry Band

July 22: Best of Motown with Motor City Revue

July 29: Pat Guadagno and the Candle Brothers

August 5: Rock and roll double bill with the Haven and the Sam Sims Trio (5:30 start time)

August 12: The return of the Shots

August 19: (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.