FANWOOD, NJ -- Rockin’ For Autism has announced the official line-up of musical acts, food and other activities for its fourth annual music festival, scheduled for Sunday, April 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at La Grande Park in Fanwood (200 La Grande Ave.).
This year’s festival will feature performances by 12 local bands and performers, headlined by The BStreetBand, the original Bruce Springsteen tribute band. The lineup is as follows:
11:00 - 11:30 Eric Harrison: Our local singer / songwriter.
11:30 - 11:45 Sami Gootman: Acoustic covers by a local student.
11:45 - 12:15 Armada: Classic rock by a local student band.
12:15 - 12:30 Jammin’ Jenn: Acoustic sing-along by one of NJ’s top providers of special needs music therapy.
12:30 - 1:00 Gradient: Classic rock by a local student band.
1:00 - 1:15 Patrick Bamburak: Local singer/songwriter.
1:15 - 1:45 Golden Dimes: Original music plus modern rock covers.
1:45 - 2:00 Patrick Bamburak: Our local singer / songwriter
2:00 - 2:45 North Ave.: Classic pop and rock from the 80s to today.
2:45 - 3:00 Matt Levine: Solo guitar and vocals by a local student.
3:00 - 3:45 Three Piece Nugget: A classic and modern rock power trio.
3:45 - 4:00 Matt Levine: Solo guitar and vocals by a local student.
4:00 - 4:45 The Bryan Hansen Band: An adult alternative rock trio.
4:45 - 5:00 Brief remarks from Mayor Colleen Mahr, Autism NJ’s Ellen Schisler, and Mallory Banks.
5:00 - 6:00 The BStreetBand: New Jersey’s No. 1 Springsteen tribute band.
In addition to great music, the Rockin’ For Autism music festival also features a variety of food trucks and local eateries including: The Empanada Guy, Amanda’s Bananas, Thai Elephant, The Juice House, Custom Cakes by Kristen, Taxi Cab Burger, Nick’s Pizza, a beer garden and raw bar hosted by Sheelen’s Crossing, plus popcorn, cotton candy, shaved ice and lemonade vendors, the annual Rockin’ For Autism bake sale, and more.
Among the activities at the event are: Child’s Play Challenge Courses, a soccer clinic with the Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls’ varsity soccer team, a basketball clinic with Wolves Basketball Academy, and a skateboard experience with A-Skates – all of which are suited for children on the autism spectrum. Kids will love the Caped Crusader and other ‘Super Friends,’ a stilt-walking balloon artist, therapy dogs from Creature Comfort Pet Therapy and more. The ‘Chill Zone’ quiet room will provide respite for those in need of a low-stimulation environment.
The event will also feature dozens of great prizes in its massive merchant tricky tray raffle and silent auction, plus a boulevard of local merchants and vendors.
“We’re incredibly excited for the fourth annual Rockin’ For Autism Music Festival, which will feature The BStreetBand as our headline entertainer and 11 other musical acts – more than ever before,” said Jeff Banks, co-chair of the event. “As the festival keeps growing, we continue to add more music, food, activities and attractions so that there’s plenty to do, see and hear all day long as we raise awareness and funds for a great cause.”
About Rockin’ For Autism
Rockin’ For Autism is the brainchild of 17-year-old Fanwood resident Mallory Banks, who since 2011 has raised more than $52,000 in honor of her brother, Ethan (age 19). An Autism Awareness Junior Ambassador for the past eight years, Mallory ranks among the top young adults who raise money for autism in New Jersey. Over the past three years, the Rockin’ For Autism Music Festival has raised more than $41,000 through its merchant raffles, silent auctions, bake sales, event sponsorships, donations and other fundraising activities. It was the top autism awareness fundraiser for Autism New Jersey in 2018.
Springsteen tribute band, The BStreet Band, to headline 12 musical acts for a full day of great music, food and fun. (Article follows video below.)