August 14, 2019

Music Fest Princeton Returns to Palmer Square

With two stages, six bands, Music Fest Princeton returns to Palmer Square on Sunday, September 15. The festival pays homage to famed musical acts from the Garden State.

The show’s headliner, The B Street Band, pays tribute to Asbury Park’s Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. Also scheduled is a tribute to the songs of Hoboken native Frank Sinatra by Swingadelic, a jazz swing band from New York City.

The family-friendly festival will have two stages, food and beverage vendors, retail offerings, and activity tables from around Palmer Square.

Music Fest debuted in 2018, replacing the long standing JazzFeast. “We hoped to build upon the successes of the event as we broadened the musical offerings and opened Music Fest to fans who enjoy all types of live music,” said Jamie Volkert, director of marketing for Palmer Square. “As a nod to our deep-seated roots, we’ll open the show with a jazz ensemble.”

Some Assembly Required, a local favorite, will play the midday set on the main stage featuring an eclectic mix of music by the Fugees, Spin Doctors, Blues Traveler, Fountains of Wayne, Whitney Houston, and others.

Formerly known as Backstreets, the B Street Band was the first band to do a unique tribute to a live performer. Since 1980, the band has played over 6,000 shows around the country and has shared the stage with several members of the E Street band. The band has played many national venues, opening for Bruce Springsteen concerts and even playing tribute to him at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame exhibit, “The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen.”

JB Rocks will warm up the crowd with a strolling ensemble in the street prior to the main stage opening, and the side stage will feature a Paul Simon Tribute with Aleo Music, and a Bon Jovi Tribute with Slippery When Wet.

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