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Plainfield, N.J. - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will sponsor a free outdoor music festival, “Rhythm & Blues by the Brook,” on Saturday, June 6, from 12 noon until 7:00 p.m. at Cedar Brook Park, located at Park and Pemberton Avenues in Plainfield.

Headlining the all-day concert will be Ashford & Simpson.  The duo has long been ranked among the most acclaimed and admired creative couples in contemporary music.  Their award-winning collaborations began over four decades ago. Their first hit came in 1966 when Ray Charles landed a major hit with their composition “Let’s Go Get Stoned.”  This led to their signing with Motown Records, where they penned the classic Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell hits “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Your Precious Love,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” “You’re All I Need to Get By” and “Good Lovin’ Ain’t Easy to Come By.” They also wrote hits for other Motown greats, most notably Diana Ross, who launched her solo career with a hit remake of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” that was also produced by Ashford & Simpson.

Other acts scheduled to perform at Cedar Brook Park include:

  • Grandmaster Flash, one the pioneers of hip- hop Deejaying, cutting and mixing. Grandmaster Flash and his group the Furious Five were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, becoming the first hip-hop/rap artists to be so honored.
  • DJ Spinna, an extremely diverse and hardworking DJ/producer who has been spinning records and DJ-ing since the 1980’s while growing up in Brooklyn.  DJ Spinna has evolved into a very successful and well-respected producer of innovative and underground hip-hop music.
  • Angela Johnson, a multi-talented artist who has a knack for creating songs that infuse the classic elements of music’s yesteryears into a dynamic and contemporary brew distinctly her own.  She has two critically acclaimed albums,  “They Don’t Know” recorded in 2002 and “Got To Let It Go” in 2005.
  • The Joe Taino Group plays a mix of blues, r&b, Latin jazz, reggae, calypso and classic rock. The band has toured the world, making stops in Europe, Japan and South America. Joe has been recording and performing since 1972.

“Every year we look forward to Rhythm & Blues By The Brook to kick off our summer long musical entertainment here in Union County,” said Union County Freeholder Alexander Mirabella. “It’s an event for adults and children to enjoy in the park. And we welcome everyone to come out and experience this family oriented program.”

Music will not be the only entertainment at this year’s event. The Kids Kingdom Traveling Jubilee will also be on hand. Kids Kingdom will feature rides, activities and non-stop entertainment from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m.

And new this year, G-Wiz Entertainment will present an Automotive Super Show with classic cars from yesteryear. On display will be Cadillacs and Oldsmobiles as well as other antiques and cool, unique and exotic cars of today.

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.

For more information about Rhythm & Blues by the Brook call (908) 436-2900 or go on the web at