Entertainment and Event Listing
Unsure of what is happening at the fair each day? Learn more about the events and entertainment scheduled for the week below.
Monday August 4, 2014
Morissa Schwarrtz Singing National Anthem
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Morissa Schwartz has performed the National Anthem at the Middlesex County Fair for the past six years. She sings locally at many events including the Woodbridge Downtown Cruise, The Somerset Patriots, the Middlesex Freeholders Reorganization, and veterans events. This past year, MTV flew Morissa out to “Hollywood” to perform on their new singing show, Copycat, which premiered in June. Morissa is also a community writer for Entertainment Weekly and a student at Drew Univeristy.
King and Queen Contest
Time: 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Justin and Alina’s music offers a harmony-driven, edgy-fun, and upbeat pop/rock style
which always pulls their audience in for a great time! One of J&A’s most
popular hits, “My Sweet Anonymous,” was named the Winner of the JAM Awards for
Top Song of the Year. Most recently, they performed their latest single, “Quit
Clownin Around,” on CBS’s Zach Sang and the Gang live on the air! This summer
they are most excited to share the rest of what they’ve been working on so far
in the year 2014. In addition to their original music, Justin and Alina’s
set-list includes an array of creative interpretations of the latest and
greatest Top 40 songs in which all ages can appreciate! Their
blend of new and old hit songs, undeniable delivery, and infectious energy,
always turns their audience into instant fans!
Joining the stage with Justin and Alina is AJ Jackiewicz on lead
guitar, Jack Kapulsky on keys, and Joe Angotti on drums and percussion. With
different tastes and backgrounds of music, all five of these musicians create
a force to be reckoned with.
Peace and Love,
Justin and Alina
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TUESDAY Aug 5,2014
Time: 8:00-10:30 p.m.
The Cast of The Jersey Four will take you on a journey from the very beginning of The Four Seasons Number #1 Hits – Frankie Valli`s solo career –to present day Four Seasons shows. SHERRY, BIG GIRLS DON`T CRY, RAG DOLL, WALK LIKE A MAN, and WHO LOVES YOU are just some of the many hits you will enjoy from their great collection of songs from those four guys from Jersey.
The smash hit musical “The Jersey Boys” which opened on Broadway, November 6, 2005 is based on one of the most successful 1960`s rock and roll groups of our time. The Cast of The Jersey Four is an explosive tribute to Frankie and The Four Seasons, which recaptures the original hits from the musical as well as many other Top 10 songs that are not featured in the Tony Award winning hit. This includes SWEARIN` TO GOD, GREASE and many others! Along with all the recognizable tunes, The Cast Of The Jersey Four incorporates trivia, stories about The Four Seasons, humor, audience participation and encourages you to sing-a-long with their fabulous cast.
Inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons continue to entertain both young and old with their unique style of singing and song writing. The Cast of The Jersey Four (who are all accomplished singers and musicians from “Jersey” stay true to The Four Seasons music. The Cast of The Jersey Four`s interpretation of The Four Seasons classics with their unique vocals, fabulous stage show, The Jersey Bounce Horns, authentic costume and musical equipment (Fender-Stratocaster, Gibson-Firebird & Thunderbird) guitars, Fender Amplifiers, Ludwig & Gretsch drums, recreate that famous sound of The Four Seasons. The Cast of Jersey Four “Do Not Use” Pre Recorded Music, Music Tracks nor do they Lip-Synch. All Vocals and Music are Live.
So if you are a fan and enjoy the sounds of these Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, who are still performing World Wide today, the Broadway Play and now the Movie “Jersey Boys”you should make it a must to go and see The Cast of THE JERSEY FOUR!
Time: 9:00-9:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY AUG 6,2014
Allied Champion Dance
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Time: 8:00-10:30 p.m.
It is a little-known fact that most Amish practice a tradition, similar to the Christian “Confirmation” and Jewish “Bar Mitzvah,” called “Rumspringa” (literal translation: “running around”) in which Amish children at the age of 16 have an opportunity to live free of the strict Amish code of conduct before deciding if they want to come back and be baptized into the Amish church. Surprisingly, virtually all of the youths return.
But sometimes they don’t.
Four out of the original six of the members of The Amish Outlaws were born and raised in Lancaster, PA and had a strict Amish upbringing. No electricity from land lines, no alcohol, no musical instruments, but their spirits were too wild for the Amish lifestyle. Once they trampled in the Devil’s Playground, there was no turning back. In the years since Rumspringa, the members of the Amish Outlaws have become very well acclimated to the pleasures and vices of the modern world… music, most of all.
It was this mutual love of music that brought the Outlaws together in a chance meeting at the 2002 Pocono Vacation Park “Rock and Roll Hootenanny.” Brother Hezekiah and Brother McMullen showed up at the event still in traditional Amish garb. As the most recent defectors, they were still very much living the lives of “Plain People.” While their appearance drew snickers and stares from most of the crowd, Brother Ezekiel, who was attending the Hootenanny with Brother Amos, immediately recognized Brothers Hezekiah and McMullen as the “real deal” and invited them to sit down. Needless to say, the Brothers were soon like brothers, sharing not only the bond of having left the Amish life behind, but also the deep mutual love of music, and together they delved deeply into the 16 years of American culture they missed, watching endless hours of classic MTV, listening to the radio, CDs, records, tapes… anything they could get their hands on. But just listening and watching was not enough… the Brothers soon decided to form a band that combined their love of the modern world and their traditional upbringing. They met Brothers Jakob and Ishmael (both “English” as we call the non-Amish), making them “honorary Amish” when the two joined the band. Thus, with a bold lust for life and a fire for music and performance that can only come from 16 years of repression, The Amish Outlaws were unleashed upon the world.
In 2007, Brother Big Daddy Abel joined The Amish Outlaws on lead vocals and guitar. A brother and friend to us all! In 2013, Brother Ishmael stepped down to live a quieter life and Brother Elijah Rule joined the fold on guitar.
There is no “typical” Amish Outlaws show, but the average crowd can expect to see men in full Amish garb releasing all of their pent up energy with an infectious joy. With a set that is always evolving as the Brothers discover more and more music and culture, The Amish Outlaws constantly surprise the audience and keep them guessing as to what they could possibly play next, from Johnny Cash to Jay Z, Lady Gaga to Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, Bon Jovi to Elvis Presley, The Foo Fighters to Dropkick Murphys, to theme songs from the TV shows they have come to know. Throughout, The Outlaws spin yarns about the Brothers’ upbringing and adventures since Rumpsringa. Amish Outlaw gigs are less performances than they are initiations into the life of an Amish Outlaw and parties celebrating the Brothers’ newfound freedom
Time: 9:00-9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY Aug 7, 2014
Advanced Rhythm In Motion Cloggers Alumni
Time: 6:30-7:00 p.m.
Eagle Mania Band
Time: 8:00-10:30 p.m.
When Frankie Reno was growing up, popular music of the ’60s and ’70s always filled his home. But one distinct sound, in particular, caught his ear — the harmonic country rock of The Eagles.
Now, after a painstaking 18-month developmental process, Reno is the leader of EagleMania, a group committed to providing listeners with the “ultimate Eagles experience.”
“EagleMania covers all the great hits of The Eagles, including “Take It Easy,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “Desperado,” “The Long Run,” “One of These Nights,” “Take It to the Limit,” “Witchy Woman,” “All She Wants to Do is Dance” and, of course, “Hotel California.”
When EagleMania formed two years ago, the most difficult aspect was getting the vocals to those songs just right.
That lineup consists of guitarist-vocalist John Gaechter, guitarist-vocalist Ken Darcy, vocalist Steve French, bassist Russ Wolgast, drummer Jon Weiswasser and Reno.
Reno, a keyboard player, vocalist, composer and producer, has taken his love of music and his technical expertise as a producer/engineer and worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Vince Gill, Lou Rawls, Marshall Tucker Band, Billy Idol, Ace Frehley and Grammy-winning producer Gordon Williams. He works with Disney and ABC Television Networks producing music for TV and movies.
Gaechter, of Hampton, lists Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh among his musical heroes. He has worked with Jack Bruce, Roger Daltrey and Leslie West. He owns and operates a recording studio in Sussex.
Darcy, of Woodbridge, studied music at Montclair State University and privately with Gian Carlo Minotti in Manhattan. He has played music on stage since the age of 11 and has been influenced greatly by the style of The Eagles, Neil Young, America and many other crossover rock acts. He has performed everywhere from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to the Bottom Line in New York City.
French, of Sussex, learned from such vocalists as Jon Anderson, Steve Perry, America, Heart and, of course, Glen Frey and Don Henley of The Eagles. He sings lead or high harmony.
Wolgast, of Sparta, comes from a musical family — his grandfather and mother were entertainers in Australia. Over the years, he has played in many popular bands in northern New Jersey, and once opened for Jonathan Edwards. Wolgast also has a marketing/promotions background.
Weiswasser, of Montclair, a vascular surgeon by day, has been playing drums in the tri-state area for the last 27 years. He was a member of the Gas House Gorillas, Mojo Edge and Mad for Justice. He has worked with producer Mark Hudson (Aerosmith, Ringo Starr), Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters), Elliot Easton (The Cars) and Earl Slick (David Bowie, John Waite, John Lennon, New York Dolls).
Time: 9:00-9:30 p.m.
15 y/o Nina Mojares is a recording artist, actress, songwriter, pianist, guitarist and national ballroom dance champion.
Some of you may have seen Nina on America’s Got Talent, Maury Povich’s “Most Talented Kids” in America and on the “First Family sitcom on the CW channel. Nina frequently invited to sing the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden, Prudential Center, Carnegie Hall and for the US Tennis Open Championships Games.
On her spare time, Nina gives her time performing for Charitable events such as Make a Wish Foundation, Relay for Life and the Austism Foundation, where she has raised over $80,000 from her performances.
Nina is currently attending the Contemporary Global International (CGI) High School in Freehold, NJ, an advanced academic program for Talented and Gifted students.
FRIDAY Aug 8, 2014
Rock & Roll Chorus
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
HELLO BROOKLYN’s creativity and unique lineup transforms their live shows into your favorite concert, dance party, rock event, and singing-along-in-the-shower - all mashed up into a high energy performance! From the latest pop songs to the hottest hip-hop and dance hits, the band strives to keep people singing and dancing along all night long.
Time: 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Win It In A Minute
Time: 10:00-11:00 p.m.
SATURDAY AUG 9,2014
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
In our two most popular school shows, Professor Winklebottom’s Earth Science Circus and Our Earth: What A Gas! We have taken our 20 years of experience with the Big Apple Circus, all those circus skills, Vaudeville routines, song and dance numbers and sense of family entertainment and illustrated the K-6 Earth Science Curriculum Standards for NY and NJ Public Schools.
We focus in on litter abatement and recycling and so have performed over 500 shows in the past three years across New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.
We believe it is our job to build a passion for the subject matter in our young audience helping to start them on a life long journey with an awareness of limited resources and their part in nature s balance.
Shua Life Skills
Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
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School Assembly Programs
Professional Development Workshops
Rhythm In Motion Cloggers
Instructional Line Dance
After The Reign
SUNDAY Aug 10,2014
Time: 11:00-12:30 p.m.
School of Rock East Brunswick
Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Time: 4:00-4:45 p.m.
Time: 4:45-5:30 p.m.
Funktion Dance Complex
Time: 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Time: 6:15-10:00 p.m.
Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show
This action-packed Lumberjack Show features 3 World Champion competitors. Their performance will include axe throwing, crosscut sawing, underhand chopping, precision chainsaw racing, quick chainsaw carve, hot saw racing and log rolling.
The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show is a historical, educational, humorous show, filled with audience participation. www.lumberjackent.com
Kachunga and the Alligator Show
The Kachunga and the Alligator show is choreographed with a major emphasis on educating the audience on the American Alligator. During the show the emcee dismisses many myths and fallacies surrounding the alligator and replaces them with facts. Despite the obvious danger Kachung places himself in to perform a show such as this, the audience will receive an up close and personal lesson in alligator anatomy, such as a rare look inside the alligator’s mouth as Kachunga opens it wide for all to see.
Robinson’s Racing Pigs & The Pig Paddling Porkers
Little pigs race four at a time as the crowd cheers the porkers on to victory as they finish their race diving in to a 24ft swimming pool called the hog wash. They will be racing 3 times a day.
John Forshee from Michigan and better known as “Farmer John” has developed the mobile educational farm center entitled “Barnyard Express” John travels with his best friend Smudge (a Boarder Collie) educating children and adults about farming. Children discover where food comes from. They see a goat being milked and learn about dairy cows, along with other farming activities. Farmer John brings several animals with him in his traveling farm such as a goat, pig, miniature horse, sheep and a calf.
The show will be held 3 times daily.
Deputy Boots, Sheriff Britches Ford Dream Camper Show
Deputy Boots and Sheriff Britches will be performing an old fashioned cowboy sing along by their camper. They will be singing all the old country standards, and will be telling tales of their adventures. The Ford Dream Camper has many amenities! On its sides are water barrels, ice clamps, lantern and a pick and shovel. Looking through the window, you can see a pot bellied stove, shaving utensils, bunk bed, washing pan and table. So stop by and see the RV of the bygone era!
Hey Kids Want To Be A Farmer?
Come join the fun at the “Want To Be A Farmer Exhibit” next to Home Arts. Children can gather eggs, dig for potatoes, pick apples, and even milk a simulated cow. Children learn what farming is about while participating in hands on activities. There will be a make and take craft, story readings and even a puppet show at scheduled times during the week. You can take pictures in the freestanding wood painted farm scenes.
So Moms and Dads stop by grab a bale of hay and relax while your children become farmers. There is no extra charge.
UWA Elite Pro Wrestling
UWA Elite Pro Wrestling is a family friendly sports entertainment company based out of Central Jersey. Returning to the Middlesex County Fair for their third year! UWA Elite is New Jersey’s premiere sports entertainment company, delivering the best in family friendly entertainment. This year UWA Elite returns to the Middlesex County Fair with even bigger shows featuring all the top UWA Elite stars including: Eric Corvis, “The Beast” Kyle Winant, Sean “Damage” McNelis, Dr. John Bowes, The Heavy Hitters (Steve “Monsta” Mack & Low Life Louie Ramos), Michael Massacre, Crazy Ivan, Team Turn Up (Magic & DJ RJ), Cypress, Myke Quest, Brian Brass, Drake Chambers, Robbie Roller, TKO, Joey Adams, King Tek, Tommy Kobryn and many more! UWA Elite will be delivering more than 20 action packed shows including special live tapings of our hit Internet Television Shows “UWA Elite Action Zone” and on Saturday Night at 8:30pm we will bring one of our biggest events of the year “UWA Elite iWrestle” to the Middlesex County Fair!