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Max Weinberg Headlines Friday Night At The New Jersey Lottery Festival Of Ballooning

June 4, 2021

READINGTON, NJ — For 45 years, Max Weinberg has held the drum chair behind Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, playing before millions around the world.

Now Max Weinberg’s Jukebox comes armed with an unlimited repertoire of classic songs, ready to engage the audience at the upcoming New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning in a truly interactive concert experience on July 23.

Weinberg invites his fans to create the set list in real time and his crack four-piece group will play the audience song requests on demand. They’ll perform hits from the glory days of rock-and-roll — everything from the Beatles to the Stones to of course Bruce and The Street Band’s biggest hits.

“We take great pride in continuing to offer our attendees a truly unique and memorable concert experience year after year,” said Festival Executive Producer Howard Freeman. “This is going to be one of the most exciting, energetic performances that we’ve ever had.”

Weinberg, the New Jersey native and driving rhythmic force propelling The E Street Band, is also known to millions of fans for anchoring the house band for Late Night with Conan O’Brien for 17 years, where he enjoyed expanding his role as band leader and resident music historian.

At the Festival, song requests may be accompanied with a history lesson about the song, or a personal anecdote from Weinberg, who has played with many of the greats of rock-and-roll, or knows them personally.

Let’s face it, when you play drums for Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, you’ve probably met a few people.

The 38th annual New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning is the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America. The Festival relaunches July 23-24-25 at Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ and features up to 100 hot air balloons taking flight twice each day over the scenic Hunterdon County countryside, live concerts, family entertainment and attractions, and more, safely spread out over the airport’s 744 acres.


The Festival’s live concert series lineup is now set with headlining performances scheduled each day.

Opening Day on Friday, July 23 is presented by Roche and will feature best-selling children’s recording artist Laurie Berkner in concert at 1:30 p.m.; a mass hot air balloon inflation and ascension at 6:30 p.m.; Max Weinberg’s Jukebox at 8:00 p.m.; and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

The New Jersey Lottery presents Barenaked Ladies on Saturday, July 24 at 8:00 p.m. in conjunction with a nighttime hot air balloon glow. Hot air balloon ascensions are scheduled for 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. with entertainment and attractions throughout the day.

Styx performs on Sunday afternoon, July 25 at 3:00 p.m. Hot air balloon ascensions are scheduled for 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. with entertainment and attractions throughout the day.

Tickets for Max Weinberg’s Jukebox go on sale Monday, June 7 at 10:00 a.m. at www.balloonfestival.com.



Russ Mensch

Mensch & Company, Inc.

Public Relations & Event Marketing

phone: 201-797-2448

email: [email protected]