I played a solo set of Hawaiian music before the John McDermott Band jammed their 1960s rock and roll revue. The weather was perfect — no humidity — before a warm Chatham crowd.

Cool story. During sound check, I played the opening guitar lick of Island Style. Lincoln, the John McDermott Band drummer sitting behind me, asks, “Is that John Cruz’s Island Style? He and I were in a band together at Amherst.”

The answer was, “Yes.” And an impromptu duet resulted with Lincoln on bongo drums and harmonies. A big thank you to keyboard player Greg Gruber for this video.

The Gazebo Concert Series is presented by the Chatham Mayor and Council and co-sponsored by the Chatham Jaycees and Peapack Gladstone Bank.

The concert series at the Reasoner Park gazebo is free to the public and takes place on Thursdays at 6 p.m. Residents are encouraged to bring food, blankets, and lawn chairs. It’s a great opportunity to support our local restaurants and makes for a fun evening for the entire family.

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