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Jersey City’s diverse community will unite for a day of music and good food at the first annual Best Side Street Festival on West Side Avenue, between Bentley & Belmont Avenues, on Saturday.

“…Every block on the West Side seems to have some architectural delight, and beautiful Lincoln Park just seals the deal,” said Malcolm Marsden, a member of

the band the Sensational Country Blues Wonders.

The Wonders and other Jersey City music scene staples like Drum & A Tantrum will be on the roster for a day full of musical performances.

“Whenever I come to the West Side, I have a hell of a good time! I’ve never met more welcoming people than this Jersey City crowd,” Marsden added.

“I’ve lived in the Jersey City Heights for over thirty years,” said Gary Van Miert, also of of the Wonders. “The music and art scene in Jersey City has exploded over the last few years…”

With Jersey City’s music scene burgeoning, festival-goers are in for a treat.The line-up for Best Side Street Festival is as follows:

  • Drum & A Tantrum – 12:45 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.
  • The Sensational Country Blues Wonders – 1:35 p.m. to 2:10 p.m.
  • Rick Kiamco/DJ Music – 2:20 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
  • The Bottomless Mimosas – 3:00 p.m. to 3:35 p.m.
  • DJ Break – 3:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The Zydeco Revelators: 4:00 p.m. to 4:35 p.m.
  • Twiddlin Thumbs – 5 p.m. to 5:35 p.m.
  • P@Atomic & The Bomb – 6 p.m. to 6:35 p.m.
  • DJ Break Out – 6:40 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In addition to music, the festival will have food & refreshments from local treasures such as Grandma Downtown, The Daily Grind, Halftime Bar & Grill, Dante’s Restaurant, El Chilango Taqueria, Gusto Latino and Andy’s.

What’s a festival, though, without ice cream? Best Side will also feature organic ice cream on hand from Milk Sugar Love. Park Tavernwill serve beer at the event as well.

This family-friendly festival is FREE and open to the public. For more information on the events, call Brittani Bunney at (201)714-2334 or email

Sensational Country Blues Wonders (photo courtesy Gary Van Miert)



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