Festival Concert to Cap Centennial Celebrations

Featuring the legendary funk band WAR, with special guests the Smithereens and C.C. Coletti, the Centennial Festival Concert and fireworks at Yogi Berra Stadium on Saturday, September 20 at 5:00 p.m. will be the grand finale to Montclair State’s Centennial Festival. Closing out a day of non-stop activities including musical, theatrical and dance performances; parades; children’s activities and rides; arts, crafts and food vendors; and Montclair State’s biggest alumni reunion ever, the concert will wrap up the University’s first century—and launch the next—in high style.

Beginning at noon, the Centennial Festival offers performances and activities for visitors of all ages and interests in celebration of Montclair State’s first 100 years. The Festival is open to the public and everyone is invited to join in and help the University welcome in the new century.

Always a big part of any festival, a wide variety of musical performances will be presented throughout the day. On tap are groups performing music in genres ranging from classic rock ‘n roll, doo-wop and jazz to children’s music, bag pipe music and even a punk rock opera. Topping it all off is the Festival Concert which promises to be a concert to remember.

Known for their smash hits such as “Cisco Kid,” "Spill the Wine," “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” and “Low Rider,” WAR rose to fame in the 1970s and is now a permanent part of America’s pop cultural landscape. Fusing together rock, jazz, Latin and R&B sounds, the multi-ethnic group has universal appeal and to date, has sold over 50 million records.

The New Jersey band, the Smithereens broke into the big time with their 1986 hit, “Blood and Roses” and has been performing their power pop music ever since. Well know to New Jersey audiences for their entertaining live shows, the group’s music has also been featured on the soundtracks of numerous films.

C.C. Coletti is a talented vocalist from New Jersey most widely known for her duets and background vocals with Meat Loaf and his Neverland Express World Tours. A singer since she was a little girl, she began singing in clubs when she was 18 and remains a favorite in New Jersey.

The concert will begin at 5:00 p.m. (gates open at 4:30 p.m.) at the Yogi Berra Stadium on the Montclair State campus. Tickets for field seating ($40) and general admission ($25) are available at the New Jersey Jackals Box Office (973-746-7434). General admission tickets for Montclair State students, alumni, faculty and staff ($15) are available at the Montclair State University Box Office (973-655-5112).