(By Spotlight Central. Photos by Love Imagery

Despite the fact that it’s a rainy and cold Tuesday, September 26, 2023 afternoon at Holmdel, NJ’s PNC Bank Arts Center, several thousand devoted music lovers have turned out for a Garden State Arts Foundation concert starring Elvis tribute artist Richie Santa. Rounding out the bill for today’s show is singer Frankie Pizarro, along with rock and rollers Bill Haley, Jr. and the Comets.

Vice President of GSAF’s Board of Trustees Ron Gravino welcomes concertgoers to today’s free event produced by Al Simone. Gravino thanks Live Nation Entertainment and other sponsors of the program along with GSAF executive director Cookie Santiago, Bob O’Brien, and the many GSAF volunteers for their help with this afternoon’s show.

Gravino also welcomes emcee Rhett Jahn who introduces today’s first act, Bill Haley Jr. and the Comets. “Are you ready for some rock and roll?” asks Haley, Jr. as he and his bandmates — bassist Christopher Davis-Shannon, guitarist Michael Denaro, drummer Rich Flamini, and saxophonist Kat Hansen — take the stage and open their set with “Razzle Dazzle,” a rockabilly tune made famous by Haley, Jr.’s dad, Bill Haley, Sr., with his band, The Comets, in 1955.