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Riverside Music Sessions will be held in Red Bank park

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RED BANK – Red Bank RiverCenter has announced the Riverside Music Sessions, to be presented on Sept. 26 and Oct. 3 at Riverside Gardens Park.

The Sept. 26 lineup will feature Almost U2 at 11 a.m.; Decade, a Neil Young Tribute, at 2 p.m.; and “Heat Wave,” a Linda Ronstadt tribute featuring Sharon Lasher, at 5 p.m. The rain date is Sept. 27, according to a press release.

The Oct. 3 lineup will feature the Haven with special guest Carl Gentry at 11 a.m.; the Weeklings, featuring the music of the Beatles and more, at 2 p.m.; and the Nerds at 5 p.m. The rain date is Oct. 3.

Tickets are available for purchase online at eventbite.org. A total of 396 tickets will be sold for each session. Tickets are $39.95 each and are being sold exclusively in blocks of four, according to the press release.

“In creating the Riverside Music Sessions, RiverCenter plans to reintroduce live music in the parks in a socially distant and safe environment,” RiverCenter Executive Director Laura Kirkpatrick said.

“We are working with the borough and our event producer, Rue Events, to be in compliance with all current state and local guidelines now and on event day,” she said.

Concert-goers will be required to wear a mask as they enter the park and are escorted to their assigned, physically distanced seats, and unless they are enjoying food and beverages.

Chairs will be provided and cleaned between sessions; no outside chairs will be allowed. No outside food or beverages will be allowed.

Additional safety precautions are listed with ticket purchase. Other safeguards may be announced on or before the event day, according to the press release.

“RiverCenter is also looking to recoup some of the revenue lost when we had to cancel both of our 2020 music and food festivals as a result of COVID-19,” Kirkpatrick added. “The two festivals help defray the extremely popular and successful holiday lights display that lights up the Red Bank business district from the night after Thanksgiving until the new year.”

Concert-goers will receive a goodie bag with snacks and a list of restaurants offering discounts on the day of the performance.

“RiverCenter is excited to have this opportunity to welcome more people back to Red Bank and to demonstrate our responsiveness to their desire to be entertained while still feeling safe,” said Stephen Catania, RiverCenter chairman and owner of the Cheese Cave.

“We are equally thrilled to be giving some great artists an opportunity to get back to playing in front of a live audience and earning some money,” he said.

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