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Rhythm and Blues by the Brook Rolls Back into Plainfield on Saturday, May 30, 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.



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Union County, NJ — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that one of Union County’s best loved warm-weather traditions is back: the annual Rhythm and Blues by the Brook free outdoor music festival, which returns to historic Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield, on Saturday, May 30th, 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.

This year, Rhythm and Blues by the Brook features the high energy funk of The Family Stone, one of the most influential bands of the ’60s and ’70s, and the iconic R&B super group of the ’70s, War. Also featured is “world music on jet fuel” Safro-Rock artist Mthakathi.

“We are very proud to bring great live music back to Cedar Brook Park,” said Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh. “Rhythm and Blues by the Brook has traditionally been the signature Union County event that kicks off a full summer season of free live music, and I hope everyone can stop by and enjoy the day with family and friends.”

“Rhythm and Blues by the Brook is a great way to get an early start on summer, and our County parks will be humming with free activities for everyone to enjoy all season long,” said Freeholder Linda Carter, a lifelong resident of Plainfield. “It’s a wonderful showcase for Cedar Brook Park and for the City of Plainfield, too.”

Rhythm and Blues by the Brook also features free activities for young children, including inflatable activity rides, a petting zoo, and pony rides. The children’s area will open at 12:00 noon and close at 4:30, when the main act takes the stage.

Also returning to Cedar Brook Park on May 30 is a classic car show, located near the basketball court across the park from the concert area.

Food vendors will be on site, and a number of picnic tables will be conveniently located under a tent in the concert “outfield.” Concert-goers are also welcome to bring blankets or lawn chairs.

More details will be coming soon to the County website,

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