Summer Festival Series 2018


Friday, May 4, 4:30pm
“May the Fourth Be with You Party”, Hangar 2201, JB MDL McGuire

“May the Fourth Be with You Party” an exciting private, DoD personnel and guests only party before the Power in the Pines Open House and Air Show the following Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6.

This fiesta features free food trucks (while supply lasts), sponsor booths and you may even see several heritage displays setup for the next day’s show.

No coolers or pets, please.

Food Trucks: One meal per person, supplies until last!

  • Get Fed by Ed:  Gourmet Burgers with French Fries plus soft drink
  • Pompier Catering:  Italian Sausage on a roll with basil aioli, and a side dish plus soft drink
  • Butch's Smack Your Lips BBQ:  Pulled Pork Sandwich with Baked Beans and cole slaw plus soft drink

Entertainment for the evening features the contemporary blues rockers The Billy Walton Band.

Since the age of 15, Walton has plied his craft in the Asbury Park/New Jersey shore music scene – most notably as the guitarist/vocalist for Boccigalupe & the Bad Boys which features Tony Amato a veteran of the Asbury scene since the 70s (the nickname ... Boccigalupe was actually given to him by Bruce Springsteen & Little Steven Van Zandt). During his time with Boccigalupe, Walton has played countless gigs in both the United States and Europe and sat in with numerous of rock luminaries including Springsteen, Gary US Bonds and Stevie Ray's backing band, Double Trouble.

The Billy Walton Band's sound is a combination of hard blues reminiscent of Hendrix, Clapton and Vaughn mixed with a healthy dose of Warren Haynes and Derrick Trucks.

Live, Walton has always been an explosive performer with jaw dropping talent but with the addition of bassist William Paris, Richie Taz on sax, and drummer Johnny D'Angelo the Billy Walton band churns out a singular brand of funky blues that has deep roots in both the jam band musical tradition as well as the Jersey shore Walton has cut his teeth on.

"May the Fourth Be with You Party" is all free, with the exception of beer, and open to all DoD ID holders. Food available while supply lasts.

The Nerds

Friday, June 22, 11am
JB MDL Picnic I, Hangar 1 Soccer Field, JB MDL Lakehurst

There’s no better way to kick-off summer than with an old fashioned company picnic. Come out, meet your friends, have some great summertime food, visit any of the many booths provided by community supporters of the military, and enjoy the cool shore sounds of the most famous band along the Jersey coast, The Nerds.

The Nerds, whose dorky gimmick is loosely based off Bill Murray's "Saturday Night Live" skit have since 1985 cemented themselves as the Jersey Shore essentials -- more so than most local bands who play original music. Their fearless, ever-changing mix of classic rock and new pop tunes has over the years propelled them to gigs all over North and South America, and even a set at Carnegie Hall.

The JB MDL Picnic I at JB MDL Lakehurst is all free, with the exception of beer, and open to all DoD ID holders. Food available while supply lasts.

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Sara Evans

Friday, June 29, 4:30pm
“Red, White & Cool Festival”, Doughboy Field, JB MDL Dix

This is JB MDL’s early Independence Day celebration with free food (while supply lasts) from Famous Dave’s Barbecue, booths by event sponsors and nearly every base supporting agency from the Red Cross to Dare Program, a massive auto/bike/truck show, live entertainment , all finished-up with a professional Fireworks display!

Pulled Chicken BBQ Sandwich or Chopped Pork BBQ Sandwich and two sides dishes, Wilbur Baked Beans and Fave's Cheesy Mac & Cheese, and a soft drink by Famous Dave's Barbecue.
One meal per person, and supplies until last!

Bring your picnic blanket or camping chairs! No coolers or pets, please.

This year’s entertainment on the big stage is kicked-off by Aubrie Sellers, an American country music singer and songwriter. She is the daughter of singer/songwriters Jason Sellers and Lee Ann Womack; and the stepdaughter of music producer Frank Liddell. Sellers's debut album, New City Blues, was released on January 29, 2016 through Carnival Music. Many of the songs on New City Blues were co-written with Adam Wright. She was featured on Dr. Ralph’s 2015 album, Ralph Stanley and Friends: A Man of Constant Sorrow, where she sang “White Dove” with her mother, Lee Ann Womack.

Sellers has cited numerous musical influences that reach across genres: The Kinks, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Buddy and Julie Miller, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Ricky Skaggs, Patty Griffin, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Ralph Stanley. Led Zeppelin is her biggest rock influence.

Sellers is followed by Asleep at the Wheel, an American country music group that was formed in Paw Paw, West Virginia and is based in Austin, Texas. The band has won nine Grammy Awards since their 1970 inception, released over twenty albums, and has charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. Their highest-charting single, "The Letter That Johnny Walker Read", peaked at No. 10 in 1975.

Headlining the evening is Sara Evans an American country music singer and songwriter.

Evans has released eight studio albums: Three Chords and the Truth (1997), No Place That Far (1998), Born to Fly (2000), Restless (2003), Real Fine Place (2005), Stronger (2011), Slow Me Down (2014), Words (2017), plus one Christmas album, At Christmas (2014). Of her albums, Born to Fly is her best-selling, with a double-platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of two million copies. She has charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts; while none of the singles from her debut album made Top 40 there, she had her first major hit in late 1998-early 1999 with "No Place That Far", the second single from the album of the same name, which went to No. 1. Four additional singles have reached No. 1 as well: "Born to Fly" (2000-2001), "Suds in the Bucket" (2004), "A Real Fine Place to Start" (2005), and "A Little Bit Stronger" (2010-2011), plus four more that reached Top 10. Several of her singles have also crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100, where she has seven Top 40 entries. Evans has also won one award each from Billboard, the Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association, Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI), and a Dove Award.

While Evans' debut album was defined by neotraditionalist country influences, most of her subsequent material has taken a more slick, country pop production, similar to Faith Hill and Martina McBride. Evans has collaborated with The Warren Brothers, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Mindy McCready, Lorrie Morgan, Phil Vassar, and Pat Green among others. She has covered songs by Edwin McCain ("I Could Not Ask for More"), Bruce Hornsby ("Every Little Kiss"), Radney Foster ("A Real Fine Place to Start"), Rod Stewart ("My Heart Can't Tell You No"), and Gavin DeGraw ("Not Over You").

"The Red, White & Cool Festival" is all free, with the exception of beer, and open to all DoD ID holders. Food available while supply lasts.

Smash Mouth
78th Army Band

Friday, July 20, 4:30pm
"Midsummer Night Festival", Dougboy Field, JB MDL Dix

We’re midway through summer 2018 between vacations, visitations and PCS’s. It’s time to break-it down and have some lazy summer evening fun with some free food while supply lasts from Buzzetta’s Food Service, a revisit from our auto/bike/truck show friends, and some good live ol’ Rock & Roll!!

Hamburger/Cheeseburger or Grilled Chicken Sandwich with a choice of French Fries or Cheese Fries plus soft drink.
One meal per person, supplies until last!

Bring your picnic blanket or camping chairs! No coolers or pets, please.

Our friends from the 78th Army Band opens the evening’s entertainment with a mix of tunes everyone will know. They have a great way of warming up the crowd for the first of our two headliners.

Spin Doctors are best known for their early 1990s hits, "Two Princes" and "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong", which peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 7 and No. 17, respectively.

The Spin Doctors formed in New York City in the late ’80s under the moniker Trucking Company. The original line-up featured lead singer Chris Barron, guitarist Eric Schenkman, and harmonica-man John Popper of Blues Traveler fame who went to high school with Barron. Popper later quit the band to focus on Blues Traveler, and Barron and Schenkman added drummer Aaron Comess and bassist Mark White, changing the name to the Spin Doctors in 1989.

Smash Mouth, an American rock band from San Jose, California. The band was formed in 1994,[1] and was originally composed of Steve Harwell (vocals), Kevin Coleman (drums), Greg Camp (guitar), and Paul De Lisle (bass). They are known for songs such as "Walkin' on the Sun" (1997), "All Star" (1999), and a cover of The Monkees' "I'm a Believer" (2001), the latter two of which were featured on the soundtrack for the animated film Shrek.

The band adopted retro styles covering several decades of popular music. They have also performed numerous covers of popular songs, including War's "Why Can't We Be Friends?", Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)", ? & the Mysterians' "Can't Get Enough of You Baby", The Beatles' "Getting Better", and "I Wan'na Be Like You" from Walt Disney Pictures' The Jungle Book.

"The Midsummer Night Festival" is all free, with the exception of beer, and open to all DoD ID holders. Food available while supply lasts.


Wednesday, August 15, 11am
JB MDL Base Picnic II, Doughboy Field, JB MDL Dix

Summer 2018 is nearing the end but there’s still time for one more outdoor picnic. Come out, meet your friends, have some great summertime food, visit any of the many booths provided by community supporters of the military, check out some cool rides at the Auto Show, and enjoy the cool shore sounds of another well-known Jersey coastline headliner, The Sensational Soul Cruisers!

The Sensational Soul Cruisers are an 11 man horn group fronted by four soulful vocalists who pay homage and tribute to the very best of the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s Old School, Classic Soul, R&B, Motown and Disco. With a lifetime of study and hard work, this group captures and emulates the distinctive style, skill and choreography of a classic show band working together to deliver the ultimate Soul Cruisers dance party!

The JB MDL Picnic II is all free, with the exception of beer, and open to all DoD ID holders. Food available while supply lasts.

Saturday, August 25

Due to sudden and unavoidable circumstances Gary Sinise and The Lt. Dan Band are unable to perform Saturday, August 25 as advertised. Therefore the concert event has been canceled. We look forward to possibly hosting these outstanding performers during the 2019 Summer Festival Series, celebrating 10 years as a Joint Base.

87FSS Summer Festival Series is generously supported in part by the following Commercial sponsors:
Pine Belt Lakewood
Infinity Flight Group & American Airlines
New Jersey Natural Gas

United Communities
HeroCare Connect
Ocean County Military Support Committee
Budweiser Here's to The Heroes
Mercedes-Benz Drive
NJ Chamber of Commerce
Bubbakoos Burritos
Famous Dave's BBQ

No Federal endorsements of sponsors implied.