The British Invasion Tribute Band performed popular 60s-era rock and roll to hundreds of concertgoers. Credits: Jackie Grossman
The open green in front of Millburn's Taylor Park Band Shell was filled with local residents sitting in lawn chairs, on picnic blankets, or on the grass. Credits: Jackie Grossman
Next to the stage, a vendor sold various food/drinks for concertgoers to purchase during the performance. Credits: Jackie Grossman
Millburn British Invasion Tribute Concert Packs Taylor Park
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 • 6:20pm
MILLBURN, NJ - “You guys ready to ride tonight?” cried bass guitar/vocalist Robert Murdock to hundreds of audience members at Millburn’s concert in the park this weekend. His band, The British Invasion Tribute, performed popular 1960s British Invasion era music at the Taylor Park Band Shell as the sun began to set on a beautiful, cool Sunday evening.
Concertgoers arrived at Taylor Park well before the concert was set to begin at 7 p.m. It was difficult to find parking; those who came even fifteen minutes before 7 p.m. had to park down side streets and walk a block or two to the park. The concert stage was set up behind the George H. Bauer Community Center in a large open green.
People sitting in lawn chairs, on blankets, and on the grass filled the entire green before the band went on stage. The stage was all set up for the band and complete with a huge band banner, a British flag, and a drum set with the British flag painted on it. At exactly 7, The British Invasion Tribute took the stage, announced what they were going to play, and immediately started playing with no break between songs.
The first half of the concert was songs by iconic British groups like the Beatles and The Rolling Stones. These were followed by songs written by the Beatles after the invasion and the American musical response—popular American artists that performed around the same time as the Beatles.
Off to the left of the stage was a red tent where a vendor sold pizza, cheesesteaks, lemonade, iced tea, ice cream, and more. Concertgoers had the opportunity to visit the tent and purchase food/drinks before and during the concert.
Robert Murdock formed the British Invasion Tribute Band 20 years ago with guitarist Lee Howard and drummer Jeff Alai. Keyboardist Jon Wolf joined the band in 2005 when the group decided they wanted to focus on performing tribute shows. They perform classic rock tribute shows all over the country and have also released two original albums “Don’t Quit Your Day Job” and “Horizontal Hold.”
The next Millburn summer concert is The Silver Starlite Orchestra. It will take place Aug. 5 at Taylor Park from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.