Gin Blossoms will perform at free festival in Carteret

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Gin Blossoms (from left, Scott Johnson, Jesse Valenzuela, Robin Wilson, Bill Leen and Scott Hessel).

The band Gin Blossoms — best known for ’90s hits such as “Til I Hear It From You,””Hey Jealousy,” “Found Out About You” and “Follow You Down” — will perform at this year’s Music Festival and Annual Charity Carnival at Carteret Park in Carteret. The free festival will last from Sept. 14 to Sept. 18 and Gin Blossoms will perform at 8 p.m. on the fest’s Ethnic Day, Sept. 17.

Since 2018, Gin Blossoms frontman Robin Wilson has been sharing lead-vocal duty in The Smithereens with Marshall Crenshaw. Smithereens members Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken and Mike Mesaros grew up together in Carteret.

Other festival performers include DJ All Day, playing house and R&B music, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.; country band Austin City Nights, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.; “Freestyle Night” with Coro, Lisette Melendez, Noel and The Cover Girls, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.; fireworks, Sept. 17 at 9:15 p.m.; a car show, Sept. 18 from 10 to 2 p.m.; and a battle of the bands, Sept. 18 from 3 to 9 p.m.

The festival will also include rides, games and food vendors.

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