MIDDLETOWN, NJ - On Sunday, April 11th, the Middletown Township Public Library came alive with music as singer/songwriters Steve DeVito of Toms River, Josh Zuckerman of Freehold, and Steve Reilly of Asbury Park performed as part of the library's Sunday afternoon concert series.
DeVito, familiar to local residents as the good natured postman from the New Monmouth Post Office, is equally well known as a consummate musician. After seeing DeVito perform at the library with local musician/singer Beth Arentsen, Library Program Director, Kathleen Ligon, invited DeVito to put together a show of his own. DeVito jumped at the chance, and invited his good friends and fellow performers Zuckerman and Reilly to join him.
Singer/Songwriters (left to right) Josh Zuckerman, Steve DeVito, and Steve Reilly performed on April 11th at The Middletown Township Public Library on New Monmouth Road as part of the library's Sunday afternoon music program.
Zuckerman and DeVito have been performing together since 2005; DeVito is Zuckerman's lead guitarist in the Josh Zuckerman Band. Middletown Township residents recognize the duo as the headlining act for the past two years at "Kaboom," Red Bank's July Fireworks Over the Navesink celebration. The band is pleased to be returning to "Kaboom" once again this summer.
Steve Reilly, a native of Dublin, Ireland, met DeVito during a performance in New York City. Impressed with Reilly's talent, DeVito invited him to make his Middletown debut at Sunday's library appearance.
DeVito welcomed the audience to Sunday's concert, and dedicated his solo performances to his special guests, most notably, his brother, Chris. DeVito also introduced his original song, "Raise the Roof," composed as a theme for the upcoming fund-raiser for Mary's Place by the Sea scheduled for June 26th at Asbury Park's Convention Hall. Both DeVito and Reilly will appear at the event.
Steve Reilly next took the stage. Accompanied by DeVito on guitar, he jokingly acknowledged his vocal similarity to Jersey's favorite son, Bruce Springsteen, Reilly pleased the audience with Springsteen and Johnny Cash songs, original compositions, as well as an Irish poem he set to music. With DeVito as back-up, Josh Zuckerman performed his signature song, "Be Real," among others, and thrilled the audience with his rendition of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." The three musicians joined together for the closing number, "Country Roads."
The atmosphere at Sunday's event was casual, relaxed, and friendly. DeVito's spontaneous humor charmed the audience, as did Reilly's powerful vocals, and Zuckerman's never-failing, upbeat stage presence. The performers mingled with the audience after the show. It is safe to say that a happy, musically good time was had by all!