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#HipNJ’s Weekend Report: July 14th-16th

This weekend was a busy one for #NJ! If you were too busy having fun, #HipNJ has got you covered with the hottest happenings in the Garden State over the past three days!  

 

A little late, but last night was lit💥

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White Meadow Lake Festival Days: Rockaway, NJ

Last Friday, White Meadow Lake Country Club hosted White Meadow Lake Festival Days! Participants were able to participate in a volleyball tournament, go on a scavenger hunt and try their hand in sand castle building! This exciting day filled with good food and family fun ended with a fireworks show.

Boogie Board Races: Wildwood, NJ

This Saturday marked Wildwood’s annual Boogie Boarding Contest! Boys and girls ages 5-17 were given the opportunity to showcase their boogie boarding skills at 15th Avenue Beach in North Wildwood. Prizes were awarded for Most Creative and Longest and Best Overall Ride in each age category.

Summer in the Street: Toms River, NJ

This Saturday was an exciting day for downtown Toms River, as the town hosted Summer in the Street! This event included everything from live entertainment to crafts and food to loads of family fun!

Foodie Nightlife Experience: Jersey City, NJ 

This Saturday and Sunday, Jersey City hosted over 20 yummy food vendors from NYC and NJ at the Harborside Financial Center Platform! Not only were attendees given a wide selection of bites and brews, all produce was priced at five dollars or less!

 

possibly starting a theme ¿

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Freedom Fest State Fair: Allentown, NJ

This weekend also was home to the Freedom Fest State Fair in Allentown, NJ! This fair is the largest in Central Jersey and gives visitors to enjoy New Jersey heritage while providing endless entertainment. From tasty food to fun rides and games, the whole family was sure to be entertained!

 

#Hypothermia, nailing it for 30 years… #nottoocoldtorockandroll #BlackPotatoeMusicFest21 – photos: John Bohnel

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Black Potato Music Festival

On the music front, this weekend also marked the 21st annual Black Potato Music Festival. The festival gave visitors a unique musical experience by mixing rock and jazz classics with new emerging artists and sounds!

Belmar Movies on the Beach: Belmar, NJ

This weekend marked another movie night on the beach for 8th Ave in Belmar, NJ! This weekend, the featured movie was Rogue One. If you missed out this weekend, you can watch a movie with your toes on the sand every Saturday until September 9th!

#MusicMonday: Happy Hawthorne

It’s #MusicMonday, and #HipNJ is here to tell you about an up-and-coming New Jersey band named Happy Hawthorne.

Before we learn about how the band came to be, here is a breakdown of who is who in this Garden State group:

Steve Hawthorne: Lead Singer/ Rhythm Guitarist

Chris DeCheser: Lead Guitarist/ Backup Vocalist

Deniz Piatt: Drummer

Riley Cocchi: Bassist

Hawthorne got started at The Original Music School in Morristown. There, he met Cocchi and DeCheser. Piatt discovered the group online and jumped right in. “I think it adds a unique aspect to the band,” Cocchi says of being the only female band member.

The band says that they are still developing their sound, which sometimes ranges from rock to jazz.  Their songs are mainly originals, but they tend to perform covers at their live shows.

The band treated the #HipNJ studio to a performance of their original song, “Mad Max.” Check it out below.

They didn’t stop there! Happy Hawthorne also performed their cover of “Hang Me Up To Dry” by Cold War Kids. Watch below!

To learn more about Happy Hawthorne, click here.

Scott Bradlee on PostModern Jukebox

Scott Bradlee, creator of PostModern Jukebox, sat with Steve Adubato on “One-on-One” to discuss how the company is taking modern pop songs and giving them a vintage twist that is reminiscent of the era of vinyl records. 

Bradley describes PostModern Jukebox as “a community of artists”.  This community has featured singer Addie Hamilton and American Idol alum Haley Reinhart.

“I wanted to create this alternate universe where today’s pop music would have existed many years ago,” he says. The modern songs that the company chooses are reimagined as though they were released back in the days of vinyl records and Motown.

To learn more about PostModern Jukebox, click here.