Concerts Under the Stars

2014 Summer Concert Series

What’s better than relaxing near the surf on a warm, breezy evening listening to the best sounds from your past–and a couple of great new artists too? The only thing better is enjoying the shows for free! Come to Lou Booth Amphitheater, Second and Ocean avenues most Thursdays and Saturdays in July and August. There’s plenty of seating, but for sure you’ll be dancing in the street! Check out this list below and make sure you don’t miss them! All performances begin at 8 p.m.

All concerts begin at 8 p.m.

July 5 | The Orlons

This group hit the music scene in the 60s and is still going strong. Originally they were five females singing together while they attended school in Philadelphia. Through the years various changes took place, but the sounds you remember remain. The Wah Watusi, Don’t Hang Up, I’ll Be True and everybody’s favorite dance tune, South Street. Wear your dancin’ shoes and come on down!

 

July 17 | Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis

Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis is acclaimed as the “Closest Thing to the King.” Garron has been performing his Tribute since 1998.  Garron possesses the voice, looks and charisma that made Elvis a superstar.  Jesse and the Jesse Garron Band perform songs that cross three generations of rock, pop, gospel and oldies music, so the act has universal appeal.  This Vegas-style rendition is a consistent fan favorite that has earned a reputation for professionalism.   Jesse is a natural front-man, interacting with the crowd at all times and signing autographs after the show.  The group has a strong chemistry that permeates through the crowd and leaves them standing for more.

Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis has shared the bill with acts such as Brett Michaels, Franki Valli, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, The Commodores and Wayne Newton in venues ranging from New York’s Westbury Music Fair and Louisiana’s Isle of Capri Casino to Delaware Park and Arizona’s Coolidge Days.

The Dovells

The Dovells

July 19 | The Dovells

The Dovells made their mark as the kings of early 1960′s dance records!

They were known as the Dance Craze Group of the Decade. The Dovells transformed themselves from just a recording group to a top musical comedy act performing in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and around the country at some of the top nightclubs. Most of their reviews in Las Vegas read like this one: “The Dovells perform some of the funniest and zaniest comedy ever to be displayed on the Vegas strip, in addition to their fine musical productions.”

July 24 | Serenity-Motown

Five wonderful voices make up this great group.

Saleem Love is a stellar vocalist, recording artist, and a well-rounded entertainer of immense talent and passion. A native Philadelphian, his musical roots originated during a golden era which defined and shaped R&B music, a time when city neighborhoods rang with the hallowed harmonies of singing groups echoing from nearly every street corner and vinyl album.

Nile Love, compelled by the intense thrust of brimming talent, he began street performing on Temple University’s Broad Street Campus at the tender age of five. Nile is a gifted singer, songwriter and choreographer, and has been an entertainer for over two decades.

Kenny Pitts hales from Camden and Philadelphia. Kenny’s entertainment career spans 20 years and he has worked with a host of celebrities and vocal artists.

Renaldo Haynes hales from Philadelphia. This drummer-turned-singer’s career extends over four decades. Renaldo radiates infectious energy and excitement into his unique musical expression.

Cubby St. Charles is a Philly native and musical powerhouse with a career spanning some 50 years. Additionally, Cubby is a skilled choreographer, arranger, song writer and producer with a vocal range that covers first and second tenor and baritone.

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July 26 | Payton Taylor

During a trip to Nashville, Tenn. in August 2009, Southern New Jersey native Payton Taylor was invited to jump on stage at a local music venue and perform a couple of songs. “That’s when I knew I wanted to sing Country Music for the rest of my life,” says Taylor. “During that trip, I fell in love with Nashville – its history, its culture, and its music.” By 2011, she had released her debut CD, “Shine.” Recently she was recognized by NBC affiliate, WSM-TV Nashville, as one of the top three up-and-coming female acts in country music and was featured as an emerging artist at the 2013 CMA Music Festival. Her next CD is being produced by award-winning producer Lynn Nichols, who has worked with artists such as The Band Perry, Amy Grant, and Switchfoot. For anyone who wants to be in-the-know, Payton’s appearance in North Wildwood’s Concerts under the Stars series is a do-not-miss event!

July 31 | Jimmy & the Parrots

Grab your beach chair, your suntan oil, and your favorite tropical drink, and get ready for a trip to the islands! From the West Indies and Jamaica to cities all over the US, Jimmy and the Parrots have been playing to delighted crowds for over 10 years. The band has performed at the annual Meeting of the Minds Parrot Head conventions in Key West, Fla. In 2012, they were named Entertainer of the Year at the annual Trop Rock Music Award ceremony held in Key West.

One of the most requested Jimmy Buffett cover bands in the country, Jimmy and the Parrots perform not only all the great Buffett songs you love, they also play new and classic rock ‘n roll and favorites by the Beach Boys, Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith, Jerry Jeff Walker, Harry Belafonte, and Bob Marley, among many others. All ages love ‘em!

August 2 | Real Diamond

The premier and world class Tribute to Neil Diamond stars Curtis DiDomizio, who was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. He sang and played guitar in a variety of rock & roll bands for 30+ years. It’s a polished world-class show featuring favorites: “Sweet Caroline,” “I Am I Said,” and “Cracklin’ Rosie.” Here’s what The Times News had to say: “For anyone looking to get their Neil Diamond fix, Real Diamond shines like the real deal.” Don’t miss it!

August 7 | Lights Out

Tribute to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons

Chad, Daniel, Chris, and Rob of Lights Out have been entertaining audiences for years. Their beginnings as an a capella group have created a rare harmonic tightness. Lights Out’s show is fully choreographed and includes many of the hits that Frankie Valli himself still performs along with a musical journey through time from the late 50s to the present, tied together with witty banter, comedy, and audience participation.

With the huge success of “Jersey Boys,” there have been many who tried to imitate the legendary sound, but Lights Out comes as close as anyone with their dance moves and lead singer.

Lights Out has performed across the country for standing-room-only audiences at top venues.

For a great evening of entertainment don’t miss this fun-filled night when the lights go up with Lights Out.

 

August 9 | Ladies of Rock & Soul

And the Ladies are:

Devon Lassiter has appeared on stage with Patti LaBelle, Celine Dion, Michael Buble’, Stevie Wonder and Eric Benet to name a few.

Patrice Hawthorne’s involvement in the music industry became even bigger in 1990 when she landed the role of Peaches of the popular duet, “Peaches and Herb.” She has traveled around the world singing many of their hits: Shake Your Groove Thing, Reunited, and I Pledge My Love. 

Adrienne DuPree entered a talent competition at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York where she won 1stplace in singing and commercial voice over.  Since then, Adrienne has had the rewarding opportunity to perform with many of the most talented musicians in the Tri-State area.

Elaine Green was selected to sing background for the Teddy Pendergrass “Teddy 25” Concert along with Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, Stephanie Mills, Melba Moore and others.  More recently, Elaine sang supporting vocals for Michael Buble’ in Philadelphia and Atlantic City.

 

August 14 | The Classics

A certain magic happens the moment the Classics step onto the stage and begin to sail from one song to another. Their unique vocal and visual styling, their selection of material and overall dynamic performing abilities put them in a class of their own.

August 16 | Billy Joel Tribute

Storm Front is a tribute to the musical genius of Billy Joel. Fronted by singer/pianist Mike O’Brien and backed by his band Storm Front, no other comes closer to recreating the sounds of Billy Joel. Their show consists of playing hit after hit of Joel’s musical repertoire with acute accuracy. And a few album nuggets for the diehard fan! Hits like “Movin Out,” “My Life,” “It’s Still Rock n Roll to Me” and of course, “Piano Man” will keep the audience singing all night long! Their musical experience accompanied by a high energy performance will leave any Joel fan screaming for more!!!

August 21 | The Diamonds

It’s been 30 years since The Diamonds released their instant million-selling hit called Little Darlin’. Yet the song continues to sell, and old records still spin. You know them all: Silhouettes and The Stroll, and so many more that earned The Diamonds a place in the Doo Wop Hall of Fame. Their classic rock and roll music is as much about the future as it is about the past.

“We’ve been pleased to find a growing audience among all age groups. They love songs they can understand, remember and actually sing the words to—today, tomorrow, or even 20 years from now.”

August 23 | Fralinger String Band

Throughout the years, the band has traveled all across the United States and the world, as a goodwill ambassador for Philadelphia and for the Mummers. And for years, Fralinger String Band has been bringing their energy, spirit, and fun to North Wildwood. Don’t miss them this summer—and don’t forget your silver slippers! Everybody will be strutting in the street!

 

August 28 | The Bronx Wanderers

“From the state-of-the-art sound and lighting, to the band member’s impeccable professionalism and musicianship, to an array of pop and rock  classics spanning six decades, this was a rip-roaring rock show — Bronx-meets-Branson at a Van Halen soundcheck…. And from the doo-wop/pop of The Four SeasonsDion and the Belmonts, and Paul Anka, to  timeless hits from The BeatlesBeach Boys and Bee Gees, to even a taste of today’s music scene, The Bronx Wanderers show covered all the bases and tied it all up into one very appealing, high-energy, family-friendly package.”

From a review by Christopher Long, Jan. 2014

August 30 | Beatlemania

Recapture the excitement, the mood and the frantic intensity of the Beatles as Beatlemania performs live-on-stage, against a backdrop of stunning images which evoke memories of one the most turbulent decades of modern
times… the 1960′s! Flashback to historic moments of space exploration, protests in the streets, the raging war in Vietnam, “Flower Power,” and “Peace and Love.” Recall the lives and deaths of Martin Luther King Jr., John and Robert Kennedy, and the politics of Richard M. Nixon, as Beatlemania Now meticulously performs incredible note-for-note renditions of Beatles’ classics from throughout their entire career, including songs the Beatles’ themselves never performed outside the recording studios.