Festive performance kicks off Main Street concert series

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The Atlantic Wind Ensemble, a 35-member concert band, performed on Main Street on Wednesday, June 30. The performance kicked off the beginning of the Meet Me on Main Street Concert Series presented by the Algonquin Arts Theatre and Manasquan Chamber of Commerce. PHOTO BY MARK R. SULLIVAN

MANASQUAN — The Algonquin Arts Theatre, in partnership with the Manasquan Chamber of Commerce, kicked off its Main Street concert series last week with a patriotic performance by the Atlantic Wind Ensemble ahead of the Fourth of July.

The concert was a festive start to the holiday weekend, Algonquin’s Marketing and Public Relations Director David Applegate said, with the 35-member concert band performing traditional patriotic songs surrounded by American flags.

Despite the heat, he said, the concert was well attended and saw a crowd of about 150 people.

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“There were a lot of people coming and going as they strolled through town or rode their bike by, so from an attendance perspective that was great,” Mr. Applegate said.

“It was a great way to start the series,” he added.

The concert series continued last night, July 7, with a performance by The Snakes.

The next concert on July 14 will feature Sheriff Restless. The band “combines some of the Jersey Shore’s favorite musicians in a tribute to Cosmic American Music, a hybrid of country, rhythm and blues, soul, folk, and rock,” the Algonquin said in a press release.

“This tribute is inspired by and featuring the music of Gram Parsons, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Byrds, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Buck Owens, Wilco, and Whiskeytown.”

The lineup for the rest of the summer is as follows: Ocean Avenue Stompers on July 21; Marc Ribler & John Perry on July 28; Zack Alexander on Aug. 4; Four Shore Strings on Aug. 11; Dan Levinson & Friends on Aug. 18; The Guthrie Brothers on Aug. 25; and John Rogers Soul Band on Sept. 1.

The concert series is held in conjunction with the borough’s shop-and-dine initiative. Under the initiative, Main Street [from South Street to Route 71] is closed to motor traffic and open to foot traffic every Wednesday and Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. through Sept. 2.

Concerts take place on Main Street near the intersection with Pearce Avenue beginning at 6:30 p.m. Attendees should bring their own chair.

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