Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Rock On—Raise Money

By Brianne Harrison

Summer may be officially over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still go out and enjoy a great party while the nice weather lasts. This weekend, your best bet might be the Union County MusicFest, a two-day outdoor concert that is luring in big-name bands and an array of fans that runs the gamut from toddlers to grandparents.

On Sept. 12 and 13, Oak Ridge Park in Clark will play host to They Might be Giants (who will play two concerts—one for kids and one for adults), Pete Yorn, Uncle Kraker, Tonic, Gin Blossoms, Third Eye Blind, Tommy James and the Shondells, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and several local bands, as well as their loyal followers.

The festival, which started in 1998, has outgrown its previous home at the 10-acre Nomahegan Park in Cranford. The 65-acre Oak Ridge Park will probably more easily accommodate the bands and crowds, along with a four-day county fair that features carnival rides, a Kids Kingdom with laser tag and bungee jumping, and food vendors.

MusicFest’s purpose, first and foremost, is to raise funds for charities. The festival raised $80,000 for cancer charities last year, and this year will boast a two-mile walk-athon and 5K run on Saturday morning. Proceeds will go towards supporting children with cancer and blood disorders in New Jersey, as well as global cancer centers.

For more information, visit ucmusicfest.com.

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