Bernie Williams on Grunin Center Main Stage Sept. 8

Aug 27, 2018
Supplied Photo Bernie Williams

In his 16-year career patrolling centerfield for the New York Yankees – during which he was a four-time World Series champion and a five-time All Star – Bernie Williams’ passion for music never waned, and the sound of his guitar was often heard in the clubhouse and on team flights. At 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, the celebrated musician and composer, along with His All-Star Band, will take the stage at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College.

Enjoy “an evening of music featuring fusions of jazz, rock and the tropical rhythms of Williams’ Latin heritage,” the college notes. “Growing up in Puerto Rico, Williams discovered his love for baseball and music at roughly the same time. At the age of 8 he fell in love with the sounds of a flamenco guitar his merchant marine father brought home from Spain, and also felt the same exhilaration when he first picked up a baseball bat.”

Williams released his first album, The Journey Within, in 2003, followed by Moving Forward in 2009. The latter earned him two Billboard Number 1 singles and a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Album.

Concert tickets are $45 to $52 depending on seat.

A pre-show dinner, catered by Prime 13 Wood Fired Grill in Point Pleasant Beach, is available for $25 per person. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Grunin Center Gallery. Advance ticket purchase is required.

A post-show meet and greet, meanwhile, is $51 per person. (Due to licensing, Williams will not be signing any sports memorabilia or sports photographs at the meet and greet. Programs, tickets and non-sports related photographs will be signed. Additional, authorized memorabilia will be available for purchase and signature.)

Buy tickets online at; by phone at 732-255-0500; or in person at the Grunin Center Box Office, open Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Grunin Center is located on OCC’s main campus, on College Drive in Toms River. —J.K.-H.

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