PLAINFIELD, NJ - In case you hadn't heard, the Union County annual Rhythm and Blues by the Brook free music festival took place in Plainfield's Cedar Brook Park today, June 3.  The day had started with some rain, but the weather cleared, the sun came out, and the crowds followed.

The lineup included DJ Bookeem, Unity, and Shady Street Show Band, who had been named Best Soul act in 2014 and 2015 by the Asbury Park Press. 

Then, Justina Valentine, a singer, songwriter and rapper from Passaic County in New Jersey, and known for her role on Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out on MTV, took the stage.

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Rob Base followed, and performed some old favorites, including Joy and Pain and It Takes Two.  He definitely rocked the microphone!


The day's festivities were rounded out with a performance by headliner Naughty by Nature.  The band engaged with the crowd on numerous occasions, and played hits like O.P.P. from 1991.


The day also featured a car show, local vendors selling unique gifts, and food stands.