July 23, 2007

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Rockers join Chuck Berry, Smithereens, The Alarm and more
at Cranford’s Nomahegan Park on September 15th

Cranford---Fountains of Wayne, best known for their power pop hits “Stacys Mom” and “Radiation Vibe”, and The Apples in Stereo, best known for their ‘60s brand of pop, have been added to the Union County MusicFest lineup on September 15th, Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski announced.

“MusicFest is our marquee concert of the year and a day for our residents to come out and enjoy some fun and great music,” said Chairwoman Kowalski. “We are pleased to announce Fountains of Wayne, a band with New Jersey roots, will be performing.”

Fountains of Wayne is currently touring in support of their fifth album, Traffic and Weather, which has been critically acclaimed. The band, formed in 1995, is named after a lawn ornament store in Wayne, New Jersey. The store is located at the intersection of Route 46 and Route 23, not far from Montclair, New Jersey, the hometown of the band's bassist and co-founder Adam Schlesinger.

The Apples in Stereo is best known for bright, catchy lyrics and a 60s pop/rock sound that often invokes comparisons to The Beatles, and other acts of the era. They are touring in support of their sixth album, New Magnetic Wonder.

Both Fountains of Wayne and The Apples in Stereo join an expanded MusicFest ’07, which will feature two musical stages, additional vendors and exhibits including Major League Baseball, and increased performers, including a headliner soon to be announced (please continue to check back for updates at

The Freeholder Board has already announced a partial lineup of Chuck Berry (backed by the Smithereens), the Smithereens, the Old Ceremony, the English Beat, and The Alarm, which is headlining the second stage.

The day is all preceded by a walkathon to benefit the Love Hope Strength Foundation ( and the New Jersey Citizens Coalition for Cures (

The two-mile walkathon will start at Union County College in Cranford and will finish across the street at Nomahegan Park, where MusicFest is being held. A signup sheet is available at the musicfest website posted above. In the event of rain, the walkathon will go on, but the musicfest concert will be moved to Kean University in Union.

MusicFest ’07, a free outdoor concert entering its tenth year (and fourth as MusicFest) is also a family event and will be held at Nomahegan Park in Cranford from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The day will feature Kids Kingdom Traveling Jubilee, an entertainment show featuring rides and amusements for children. Kids Kingdom makes four stops in Union County Parks through the year, concluding with MusicFest.

There will also be a children’s act appearing at the second stage at 10:30 a.m. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets are encouraged.

Food and refreshment vendors will be available.