RELEASE: May 21, 2007

CONTACT: Wayne Avery, (908) 527-4742
Sebastian D’Elia, (908) 527-4419


rhythm & blues


Plainfield’s own George Clinton returns to the city he once called home on Saturday, June 9, when the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders present the 10th annual “Rhythm & Blues by the Brook,” from 12 noon until  7:00 p.m. at Cedar Brook Park, located at Park and Pemberton Avenues in Plainfield.

Joining George Clinton will be his group Parliament/Funkadelic. They will take the stage at 4:30 p.m. Clinton is one of the greatest innovators of urban based soul, rock and funk over the last forty years. Clinton will be returning home to Plainfield, where he grew up and ran a barber salon. It was there in the 1970s he formed a doo wop group called The Parliaments. The Parliaments eventually found success under the names Parliament and Funkadelic in the seventies. Parliament/Funkadelic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.  Clinton’s most famous songs include Parliament’s self-referential theme song, “P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up),” “Loopzilla”, “Atomic Dog”, “Nubian Nut” and “Do Fries Go With that Shake?”

Rhythm & Blues by the Brook will kick off at 12:05 with female vocalist Shayne Steele. Steele has been on the Broadway and NYC music scene for the past 10 years. She was cast to be the first replacement in the history of the Broadway production of Rent. Other Broadway credits include the 2000 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar at The Ford Center and a featured vocal performance in the original cast of the smash hit Hairspray.

Then at 1:30 male vocalist Eric Roberson will take the stage.  Roberson is a soul artist from Rahway. His first single, “The Moon”, was released through Warner Bros. records in 1994. Roberson has collaborated with Philly based artists such as Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, and most extensively, DJ Jazzy Jeff.

He will be followed at 3:00 Wonder Mike & Master Gee of the Sugarhill Gang.  The Sugarhill Gang is an American hip hop and funk group, known mostly for their biggest hit, “Rapper’s Delight”, the first hip hop single to become a Top 40 hit.

“Rhythm and Blues by the Brook is also a celebration for food lovers and for families with young children, who can enjoy the fun, games and music of the Kids Kingdom Traveling Jubilee,” said Union County Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski.  The Kids Kingdom Traveling Jubilee will take place from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Concert goers should bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on and may bring a picnic lunch. A nearby food court will offer a “taste of spring” for those who prefer to purchase a variety of satisfying dishes and beverages at reasonable prices.

“This is always one of the most popular events for families to attend during the summer months,” said Kowalski. “I would like to thank Bank of America, Amaker and Porterfield, and Muhlenberg Hospital for joining us as sponsors for concert. Having them as corporate partners helps make events such as this possible.”

Parking will be available in some sections of Cedar Brook Park and surrounding side streets. Free parking and shuttle bus service will available at Muhlenberg Hospital and Plainfield High School.

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