Summer Concert Series ends on a high note


On an evening when the sun only peaked through the cloudy gray sky that covered The Bridge at Cherry Hill’s outdoor patio, many residents enjoyed sitting in comfortable chairs listening to songs made popular by music legends like the Neils – Sedaka and Diamond – as well as Dean Martin and of course, old blue eyes Frank Sinatra.

There were also such special sounds of Bobby Vinton’s Roses are Red, Violets are Blue which he recorded in 1962 and Please Love me Forever which was released in 1967.

It was easy listening at perhaps its best; featuring other famed hits like I’m Busted that Ray Charles recorded and released in 1963 and Travis Tritt’s More Than You’ll Ever Know of 1996 fame.

Those songs – and many more – came from a one-man music band named Jay Slick, who helped the award-winning assisted living and retirement center in Johnston close out its highly-successful 2018 Summer Concert Series on a real high and happy note.

“Our residents love this,” said Jen Burns, The Bridge at Cherry Hill’s popular and always-smiling Sales/Community Relations Director. “We’re all glad we were able to have this concert outdoors as scheduled.”

However, even if had rained Tuesday night, that would not have dampened anyone’s spirits or canceled the concert, simply because The Bridge officials always have an alternative plan to move such events indoors.

So, for inside of 90 minutes or so, many residents sat in chairs on the patio, listening to Slick who took the place of the evening’s scheduled entertainment, The Rhode Island 5 that was forced to bow out of its engagement due to an unfortunate circumstance.

And Slick, as people like Vincent Mesolella who enjoyed the concert with his mother Rose will concur, treated an attentive and appreciative audience to his unique voice that he raised up and down during a prolific performance that had residents clapping to the beat during his songs and even tapping their feet in rhythm with each and every number.

Slick coupled his music knowledge and voice with a pleasing personality that provided many residents at The Bridge at Cherry Hill with many memories of their 2018 Summer Concert Series.

At one point Tuesday night, Slick sang back-to-back Neil Diamond hits Cracklin’ Rosie that he made famous in 1970 and I Am, I Said of 1971 fame.

However, it didn’t matter what iconic piece Slick sang, the audience approved each song with applause on a night many residents at The Bridge at Cherry Hill had smiles on their faces and a great feeling that not matter that the day may bring, music has a way of making any night special. 


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