Step right up: Music is part of the daily mix at State Fair Meadowlands

Tommy James performs at the State Fair Meadowlands.

Tommy James performs at the State Fair Meadowlands as part of Cousin Brucie’s “Palisades Park Reunion,” on June 27.

The State Fair Meadowlands begins this week, and one of its daily offerings — along with the amusement park rides, carnival food, racing pigs, a horse show and so on — will be bands. There will be one, and sometimes two, musical attractions on virtually every day of the fair’s June 19-July 5 run.

The biggest event will be disk jockey Cousin Brucie’s third “Palisades Park Reunion” concert — featuring Tony Orlando, Gary U.S. Bonds, Tommy James, J.T. Carter (of The Crests) and The Capris — on June 27. Other acts will include the Paterson-based vocal group Riff, which made the Top 40 in the early ’90s with “My Heart Is Failing Me,” on June 19; country duo LoCash, on June 23; Heffron Drive (featuring Kendall Schmidt of Big Time Rush) on June 30; and Theatre Rock, a group devoted to the music of Broadway rock musicals (“Hair,” “Rent,” “Tommy,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and so on), July 5.

Here is the schedule. For information, visit

June 19, 8 and 10 p.m.: Riff
June 20, 2 and 3:15 p.m.: The Vaughns
June 20, 8 p.m.: Tusk (Fleetwood Mac tribute)
June 21, 3 and 4:15 p.m.: Shotgun Wedding
June 21, 8 and 10 p.m.: Max Headroom (’80s covers)
June 22, 8 and 10 p.m.: Under a Ton
June 23, 8 p.m.: LoCash, Rachel Allyn
June 24, 8 and 10 p.m.: Taylor Ivana
June 26, 8 p.m.: EagleMania (Eagles tribute)
June 27, 7 p.m.: “Cousin Brucie’s Palisades Park Reunion III” with Tony Orlando, Gary U.S. Bonds, Tommy James, J.T. Carter (of The Crests) and The Capris
June 28, 8 p.m.: Almost Queen (Queen tribute)
June 29, 8 and 10 p.m.: Bubba Grouch
June 30, 7 p.m.: Heffron Drive, Kristina LaChaga, Six Stories Told and Janet Devlin
July 1, 8 and 10 p.m.: Star Spangle Gypsy
July 2, 8 and 10 p.m.: Citizens Band Radio
July 3, 3 and 5 p.m.: PD Brody
July 3, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.: Kris Aaron
July 3, 10 and 11:30 p.m.: American Classics
July 4, 3 and 5 p.m.: Toy Canon
July 4, 10 and 11:30 p.m.: Ridgemont High (’80s covers)
July 5, 3 and 5 p.m.: Theatre Rock (tribute to Broadway rock shows)
July 5, 8 and 10 p.m.: Sam Haiman Band


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