The Tarentum Recreation Board kicked off their 2007 Summer Concert series with a concert by Chris Denem last night at Riverview Park, a beautiful setting with the Allegheny River flowing alongside.
Denem's voice and appearance qualify him to be advertised as a Neil Diamond impersonator, but during the concert he explained that he prefers to see this show as a tribute to Neil Diamond. Denem first performed a tribute to Neil Diamond in 1977 just across the river at the Holiday Inn in New Kensington (which is now the Clarion Hotel).
Denem is also a creative songwriter/singer in his own right.
The concert featured such Neil Diamond hits as "Solitary Man", Sweet Caroline", "Coming to America," and "Forever in Blue Jeans."
Denem also sang a song from his own album "Heart of Stone", which has been received well in Europe and Australia.
Near the end of the concert Tarentum Council President Carl Magnetta spoke to the crowd in praise of the hard work of Tarentum's Recreation Board. The Board had arranged this year's summer concert series without hiring a promoter, and had used the savings in order to arrange for more concerts.
The Recreation Board also ran the concession stand during the concert to raise funds for the Tarentum/Brackenridge Holiday Parade. Food for sale at the stand included hot dogs, pizza, sausage sandwiches, halushki, and popcorn.
The next concert in the series will be with Knucklehead on July 11 at 7:00 PM. Knucklehead performs Classic Rock and Roll.