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Young Musicians Will Rock Union County MusicFest 2011

Union County, NJ – Along with top musical artists from around the country, this year’s free Union County MusicFest presented by Overlook Medical Center will feature performances by area musicians from School of Rock music schools. School of Rock has ten locations in New Jersey for musicians ages seven to eighteen.

“The Freeholder Board is a strong supporter of the performing arts and we are especially proud to support a rising generation of aspiring young local musicians,” said Freeholder Chairman Deborah Scanlon. “MusicFest offers a one in a million chance for talented newcomers to share billing with world renowned professionals.”

MusicFest caps off Union County’s summer-long series of free outdoor concerts. Five days of free MusicFest shows will run concurrently with the Union County Fair at Oak Ridge Park in Clark, starting on Wednesday, September 14 and ending on Sunday, September 18.

School of Rock emerging bands will take the stage on Friday September 16, and the School of Rock All Stars will back up Mike Peters, frontman of The Alarm, on Saturday September 17.

On Sunday September 18, School of Rock will perform a Springsteen tribute as part of New Jersey Family Day sponsored by Kean University. Family Day celebrates the New Jersey music scene with the Smithereens and a full lineup of bands from all across the state, headlined by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.

MusicFest will also once again feature local bands throughout the event, from Wednesday through Sunday, on the C Stage sponsored by The Crossroads of Garwood.

Previously announced main-stage performer Blondie is confirmed for MusicFest on Saturday night, and Collective Soul will headline on Friday night.

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

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