Willie Nile has not only opened for Bruce Springsteen, but has also shared the stage with Springsteen for the Boss's last two Giants Stadium shows.
The Springsteen associate rocked the crowd at the Parker Press Park Wednesday night in another of the 'Woodbridge Wednesday' concert series. The refreshing and creative musician who sings and writes the lyrics for all his songs was lively, entertaining, and enthusiastic. The audience picked up on it, earning him a well-deserved standing ovation at the conclusion of his concert.
Although it is an injustice to narrow it down to one memorable performance, Nile's most intriguing tune of the night was "One Guitar."
Before he started singing, Nile chatted with the audience about his inspiration for the tune. "This song is about what one guitar and one voice can do to make a difference in the world. And I'm a strong believer in that," Nile said.
Audience members stomped their feet, clapped, and bobbed their heads along to Nile's rhythmic beats. While some may have embraced the opportunity of a free concert to see Nile for the first time, there were many loyal fans who populated the audience.
George Francy has been to about 5 of Nile's concerts. "I just starting listening to him about 2 or 3 years ago, and I've been going to his concerts since then," said Francy, who is from East Brunswick. One of Francy's most memorable concerts was Nile's special guest appearance at a Bruce Springsteen show.
"At Bruce's concert in Buffalo, Willie was a special guest, and it was extra special because Willie is originally from Buffalo," said Francy, who has also seen Nile perform at a charity event for the Light of Day Foundation, an organization who funds research initiatives to find a cure for Parkinson's disease.
Kevin McLaughlin, an audience member at the concert, has known Willie personally since his first album.
"I'm a film maker and Willie contributed music to a film I did years ago. He's a great performer and a great guy," said McLaughlin, who is a former resident of Colonia but currently lives in Summit.