Verona’s Summer Concerts Start July 7


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Bobby Lynch at his grand piano

We know where much of Verona will be on four Wednesday nights in July: Listening to the 2010 Concerts in the Square. But this year, the summer concert series comes with a twist. One of the “Square” events will actually be held at a rectangle. A rectangle with water, to be more precise.

On Wednesday July 7, Verona native Bobby Lynch will bring his Elton John tribute, Bobby & The Jets, to the Civic Center Square. This concert, like all the others in the series, starts at 7 p.m. (Photo right and home page photo by Michelle Valentino at Party Like A Rawk Star.)

Wednesday, July 14, will be a return appearance by The Infernos. The repertoire of this ensemble spans from the Big Band era to Motown and the group counts among its singers Kenny Simmons, a former member of The Commodores.

The following week, July 21, belongs to Kenny Vance and the Planotones. The oldies group’s leader was an original member of Jay & The Americans; you’ve heard their work on the scores to “American Hot Wax” and “Eddie & The Cruisers”.

The final concert will be held on July 28 at the Verona Pool, and while the Civic Center Concerts are open to all, the pool concert will be for Verona residents only. The headliner for the evening is Jimmy & The Parrots, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band. The band performs all the Buffett songs you know and love, as well as its own compositions. If only margaritas were allowed at the Verona Pool.

The summer music concerts are sponsored by Investors Savings Bank, McEnerney, Brady & Co., Wells Fargo and the Verona Observer.

And because no musical event on is complete without a video, we’ll share this one of The Planotones performing “Cara Mia”. Get your chairs and blankets ready.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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