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Union County MusicFest 2011 Adds Collective Soul, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, and The Smithereens

Blondie performs at MusicFest on Sept. 17.  Kean University presents “New Jersey Family Day” with all New Jersey MusicFest lineup on Sept.18

Union County, NJ – Triple-platinum recording artists Collective Soul will headline at Union County MusicFest 2011 on Friday September 16, joining five days of free music on multiple stages at the Union County Fair in Oak Ridge Park in Clark from Wednesday September 14 to Sunday September 18.

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, one of the top acts to come out of the Jersey Shore music scene, also join MusicFest to headline New Jersey Family Day at the Union County Fair, presented by Kean University on Sunday September 18. Longtime indie favorites The Smithereens, fronted by Union County native Pat DiNizio, are also slated to perform on New Jersey Family Day.

For Family Day, all of MusicFest is given over to top New Jersey performing artists, from national touring acts to hometown favorites.

“New Jersey has always been a center of musical creativity and we see New Jersey Family Day as a way to bring all that talent together for fans to enjoy, free of charge, in a beautiful outdoor venue,” said Union County Freeholder Vice Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “For our local performing artists, it’s also the chance of a lifetime to share billing with some of the top stars of the music industry.”

As previously announced, international recording stars Blondie will take the stage at MusicFest on Saturday, September 17. MusicFest is the highlight of Union County’s free seasonal outdoor music series, which lasts all summer long.

As part of the five-day Union County Fair, MusicFest starts on Wednesday, September 14 at Oak Ridge Park in Clark. Free MusicFest concerts are featured throughout the fair, with New Jersey Day wrapping up the festivities on Sunday, September 18.

The Union County Fair also features a full scale carnival, children’s activities, and many other attractions including the Rock on! Walkathon and 5K Rock ‘n’ Run fundraisers to fight cancer in partnership with the Love, Hope, Strength Foundation and The Valerie Fund, which is based in Union County.

The Union County Fair featuring MusicFest is sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and numerous partners in the business and nonprofit sectors including Overlook Medical Center, which returns as presenting sponsor of MusicFest for the fourth year.

Band announcements will be ongoing. For continuous updates visit,, or follow the County Fair and MusicFest on Twitter, ucnjmusicfest.

For information on the Love Hope Strength 5-K Rock ‘n’ Run, Rock On! Marathon, and bone marrow registry, visit the Union County Love Hope Strength Association,

Prospective sponsors can contact Cherron Rountree, Director, Union County Division of Intergovernmental Policy and Planning, 908-527-4200 or

The Smithereens perform at Union County MusicFest for New Jersey Family Day presented by Kean University, on Sunday, September 18 at Oak Ridge Park in Clark.

Southside Johnny headlines Union County MusicFest at New Jersey Family Day presented by Kean University, on Sunday, September 18 at Oak Ridge Park in Clark.

Collective Soul headlines Union County MusicFest 2011 on Friday, September 16, at Oak Ridge Park in Clark.

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