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Duck Fest 2018 Showcases DJ, Local Vocalists and Rock Bands, Saturday, June 9

This year’s Rubber Ducky Festival & Race will be on Saturday, June 9, from 12 Noon to 4 pm. As always, it’ll be at the Passaic River Park, 151 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - DuckFest 2018, a live music festival in Berkeley Heights, will showcase a DJ, local vocalists and rock bands on June 9, noon to 4 p.m., during the Rubber Ducky Festival at Passaic River Park, Berkeley Heights. Entrance is free to the public. Rain or shine. 

The artists include:pdf

Elefante Music & School Vocalists

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Ava Franchino, Rose Stivalo, Samantha Kelleher, Mia Montero and Ben Montero

Family owned and operated, Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts in New Providence offers private and group classes in all instruments as well as voice and a full performing arts program.  Summer camps include the popular Musical Theater Camp directed by Broadway conductor Joe Elefante, Jump-Start Instrumental Camp for beginners, Just Strings Camp, and the NJ Jazz Academy Camp. 

Juliette Reilly

Juliette Reilly is a pop singer/songwriter from Berkeley Heights with a social media following of over 300,000. Her songs have charted on iTunes and Billboard, and are the theme songs for several international organizations including The Red Shoe and Project Semi-Colon. She is touring currently promoting her 20-song soundtrack album for a major YouTube series, My Virtual Escape. Learn more at her website,  

School of Rock Band

Aidan Quigley (11th grade)- Guitar, Bass, Vocals

Jack Osmond (8th grade)- Guitar, Bass, Vocals

Felipe Santos (6th grade)- Drums

Studio B

Lead vocals- Carrie Calnan, Nel S

Guitar and vocals-John “lightning fingers” Strico

Guitar and vocals- Tom Visone

Bass guitar- Lori Brady

Drums- Jon Navarro

Studio B is a local rock ‘n’ roll cover band, playing songs from the 70s to current!

You can find Studio B at local bars, private parties, charity events, fundraisers etc. etc.

BBD Rhythm and Blues

B is for "Bluesman Chris"

B is for "Barnes" - James Barnes aka “JB”

D is for "Doud" - Tommy Doud aka Tommy “Earthquake” Doud

These three musicians came together with their common love for Blues Music to become “BBD Rhythm & Blues”.  Check out their website for more information:

DuckFest 2018 sound system will be provided by JDV Music and Design and stage donated by Taylor Rental of Berkeley Heights.  John Pullara is the producer, emcee and DJ for DuckFest and has been managing the DuckFest stage for 7 years. 


About Rubber Ducky Race: This year’s race has an outstanding bunch of top prizes:

  • Grand Prize: 4 Box Seats behind home plate at a Yankees home game donated by Investors Bank ($1,100 Value)
  • 2nd Prize: 12 Monthly Flower Arrangements by Hall’s Garden Center ($500 Value)
  • 3rd Prize: 50-in Samsung Flat-Screen HDTV ($500 Value)
  • 4th Prize: 3-Month Family Membership at the Berkeley Heights Y ($368 Value)

Hot food will be for sale by the popular “Gastro Truck” by Grain and Cane, plus bottled water by the Rotary Club.

Kids’ games will be on site for all to play, plus exhibits and demonstrations by local businesses and community organizations. Be sure to try out your pitching arm at the “Dunk Tank”! Other exciting happenings will be our live DJ and local bands, Scout-O-Rama, Bouncy House, and other kids games. Be sure to check out the Classic & Custom Car Show.

The Rubber Ducky Festival is a Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights event, in cooperation with the Suburban Chambers of Commerce Foundation and the Berkeley Heights Recreation Department.

For more information call Rotary Club President Jim Ramentol at (908) 216-7151.

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