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White Wedding To Fill Riverfront With 80s Tunes

New York-based band White Wedding will play the second night of the Riverfront Music Festival, on July 18.

The six-piece band, according to founder/owner/keyboardist JC Keys, has been together about 10 years, and plays everything from the 80s, including one-hit wonders.

"Usually, we start out with the mellower stuff in the beginning, and then we gradually get into some of the U2 tribute stuff and Journey, and then we go into a little bit of the glam rock - Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, and Def Leppard," he said. "We also do some dance tunes by Madonna and Taylor Dayne."

Lead singers Keith Berg and Emily McNamara, who are also both accomplished actors, have several costume changes, including impersonating artists such as Stevie Nicks, George Michael, Bono, and Freddie Mercury.

"That's why we call it a show band," Keys said, adding that the group will be playing Chappequa, New York as well as in Queens.

"We do casinos, private events, and weddings," he said. "We do a lot of work in New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York."

Frequently, White Wedding uses personnel from other tri-state area 80s bands, when they need a fill-in member, due to absences.

Keys said the band hasn't played in Glastonbury before, but is really looking forward to the Riverfront Music Series show.

"We're very excited," he said. "We like to spread our wings, broaden our horizons, and see how different people respond to our show. We're very family-friendly and the songs are timeless. It's a big sing-along, and it's a lot of fun."

The free concerts are from 7 to 9 p.m at Riverfront Park, on the lawn behind the Riverfront Community Center. Free parking and shuttle service will be available at 180 and 200 Glastonbury Blvd., which is adjacent to Somerset Square. Attendees are free to bring picnic supplies, and the event is BYOB and family (and pet) friendly. There will also be several food trucks present.

The Glastonbury Farmers Market has moved its location to Riverfront Park and will be operating adjacent to the concert grounds, starting at 5 p.m.

For more information, visit www.crvchamber.com or www.whiteweddingband.com.

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