33rd Annual LEAD EAST
Wednesday, Sept. 2 thru Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015
Hampton Inn/Parsippany NJ Hilton Hotel
Loads of Oldies Bands & Doo Wop Groups!
1,800 Vintage Cars from 22 States!
Lead East 2014 was a Blast!
And Lead East 2014 raised the following
amounts for these charities:
$19,725 for MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION
and $19,725 for the lucky 50-50 Winner, Gerald Longo!
$451 for the SALVATION ARMY!
220 Toys donated and $1,600 raised for TOYS FOR TOTS
by the Military Transport Association and
Picatinny Arsenal Marine Reserves
Thank you to all those who participated.
You are invited to our 33rd Annual LEAD EAST 2015, "Worlds Biggest 50's Party!" with 1,800 Old Cars!!
A 5-day Oldies Music and Old Car Festival Weekend unlike any event held anywhere on this planet. We deliver a 100% American, 100% family, 100% fun series of events that celebrates the 50's decade. Over the years more than 200,000 people have come to our event. Many have told us it is the best, most fun, most nostalgic event they have ever attended!
LEAD EAST is for 1972 and earlier vehicles (1974 and earlier allowed Sunday) but it's far more than just a car show! You don’t have to bring an old car to come and enjoy. It’s about custom cars, individual American works of art. It’s the biggest Car Show in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tri-state area. Four big parking lot packed with 1,800 cars.
LEAD EAST is a giant 50's PARTY, offering more unique events than 15 normal shows put together! People come together every year, set up their pop-up tents and BBQs next to one another, and kick back to wallow in the good vibrations that permeate the air for this magic, nostalgic weekend. The mellow atmosphere that glows over Parsippany every Labor Day Weekend is unmatched by any old car or oldies music festival anywhere!
If you dig the good old days of greased hair, tail fins, and 50's rock n' roll, have we a PARTY for your entire family! Join us to relive and revisit the best decade in history. We GUARANTEE there is no other event remotely like this on the planet. If you don’t have a great time at LEAD EAST, check your pulse to see if you are still alive!
Over the three-plus decades that LEAD EAST has existed, it has evolved, offering a virtual smorgasbord of indoor and outdoor activities. From start in the morning with a Doo Wop A Cappella group singing our National Anthem over our public address system, until the third 50’s movie in each night’s triple feature at our outdoor ACE DRIVE IN finishes, every day offers a long list of fun things to do for young and old alike.
Most car events are over by 4:00 in the afternoon and people pack up and go home, but LEAD EAST is just getting started! It rocks day and night, with some people still dancing in the parking lot when the sun comes up! LEAD EAST is renowned and unchallenged as THE BEST Oldies Nostalgia weekend anywhere! No other event even comes close. We offer an indoor and outdoor, day and night lineup of non-stop activities unmatched anywhere Sock Hops, Drive-In Movies, Cruising, Jitterbug and Swing Dancing, Doo Wop A Cappella, Prom Night, and MORE!
We hold the event at a first class Hilton Hotel with many air-conditioned indoor activities and exhibits, plus clean first class indoor restrooms. Outdoors, the cars and exhibits are on clean asphalt with grassy areas to set up your picnic chairs, etc. Mercury vapor lamps illuminate the car areas at night so you're never in the dark. If it should rain, there is no mud as all cars park on paved asphalt.
The optimum way to enjoy LEAD EAST is to stay four or five nights at the Parsippany Hilton / Hampton Inn (two adjoining hotels) where the party happens. When the Hilton gets sold out, we strongly recommend the Hanover Marriott across the street because of the convenience of the Free Shuttle bus.
If you want to stay at the host hotels, the Parsippany NJ Hilton and Hampton Inn (two adjoining hotels in the center of the event), both are close to being SOLD OUT for the Sept. 2-6, 2015 event! However, there are a few rooms left and there are always some cancellations. You need to book a four night stay. Call 973-267-7373, ext. 7353 between 9-5 Monday-Friday to book yours fast! OR email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will forward it to the hotel. This may work more effectively than calling the Hilton and asking for Reservations.
SHUTTLE BUS TO HANOVER MARRIOTT: If you can’t get a reservation at the Hilton / Hampton Inn, the next best thing is to stay across the street at the Marriott. The Hanover Marriott will be operating a Free Shuttle bus from 9 AM to midnight to the front gate of LEAD EAST for Marriott guests ONLY. There will be a portion of the Marriott parking lot designated for OLD CAR PARKING ONLY.
The Marriott is the ONLY hotel offering a shuttle service. The Marriott takes credit card reservations. Call 973-538-8811 and be sure to mention LEAD EAST. You can book a two- or three-night stay, including Saturday night, at the Marriott for various prices, or you can book a Friday or Sunday ONLY reservation for one night. Learn more.
FOOD & BEVERAGES
Food ranges from several restaurants and vendors inside the hotel to outdoor food vendors with a nice array of reasonably priced items. Many participants with old cars bring their own food and BBQ grills for the parking lot. The Hilton sells alcoholic beverages and beer in the hotel. Note: The police will not permit people riding in old cars inside the event to have an open container of alcohol! No riding around the event sitting on the roof, fenders, or trunks of cars. Everyone must be inside the car or trunk or pickup bed. Also, people allowing their underage children to sit on their lap and steer the car as they make laps around the event will be banned from the event for life!
MUSIC & DANCING
NEW! FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY! Come dance your socks off with the rockin' 5-piece band THE GREYHOUNDS from Poughkeepsie, NY, teamed with the always dynamic GOLDEN GUP from Denville, and THE WHIPTONES from Whippany for good measure! $10 for anyone already inside the event, or $10 plus General Admission for anyone not inside the event.
CONCERTS: Saturday and Sunday evening we have GOLDEN OLDIES CONCERTS in the ballroom with top groups. Saturday and Sunday afternoon four outstanding Doo Wop A Cappela groups hold forth in the Ballroom, and in the afternoons THE RAZORBACKS play live on our outdoor stage! Saturday night the GOLDEN GUP and the RHYTHMHANCERS rock on our outdoor stage! Strolling Doo Wop acappella groups pop up indoors and out, day and night, throughout the weekend. Tune your radio to 87.9 FM for our low-power broadcast of our outdoor P.A. system. You can listen to it on your car radio.
50‘s KARAOKE: The Lobby Atrium area will be used exclusively for 50’s KARAOKE and OPEN MIKE performances supervised by D.J. PAT FERANTE. This will run from Noon to Midnight Friday, and from 11:30 AM to Midnight both Saturday and Sunday! This will include the 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM DOO WOP IDOL auditions on both Saturday and Sunday. The Lobby Atrium area will have chairs to provide anybody a place to sit and relax throughout the event in air-conditioned comfort while watching non-stop oldies entertainment.
DOO WOP IDOL: On Saturday and Sunday in the Lobby Atrium from 12:30 to 2:30 PM, we will let any single individual or group (amateurs only) that signs up get up on stage in the Lobby Atrium and sing one song in “Idol” competition. Judges will select one of those performances as that day’s winner and present them with a $300 cash prize! The winning individual or group will also earn the right to perform one song in that evening’s Oldies Concert onstage in front of the big audience in the Ballroom. Here’s a great opportunity for you or your group to perform onstage in front of an audience, and win! Open Mike and 50’s KARAOKE will take place the rest of the allotted time on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
SOCK HOP: Our 33rd Annual Friday Night Sock Hop will take place at the Outdoor Stage, our largest dance floor! Entertainment will be provided by THE RAVE ON BAND from nearby Union, NJ, a great BUDDY HOLLEY and ROY ORBISON Tribute Group. D.J. LIL’ JIMMY from Peabody, MA will spin while the band is on breaks so there is non-stop dancing. The Best Dancer Contest Preliminaries take place here, where three or more couples will be selected for Saturday night’s DANCE OFF at the Outdoor Stage. In the event of rain, this activity will be moved back into the Lobby Atrium area.
PROM: We present our 29th annual SENIOR PROM Sunday evening with a D.J. This gives the ladies an excuse to get all dolled up. Because Prom-goers prefer to have their exclusivity, this event will take place in the Heritage Room. D.J. LIL’ JIMMY will provide the tunes. Tickets $20/couple, available at the event (in Main Hallway, just inside from the revolving door).
COLLECTIBLES SHOW: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday our 50’s COLLECTIBLES SHOW will be presented indoors, day and eventing, with a variety of oldies memorabilia on sale.
NEW! TRI-FIVE CHEVY MINI-MEET: On Sunday we will hold a “Show within a Show” just for 1955, ’56 and ’57 Chevrolets (cars and trucks). The cars will park in a special roped-off area of the Daiichi lot. There will be judging and awards for Best Stock Restored and Best Modified for each year.
STROLLING A CAPPELLA AND MORE!
A popular attraction that makes LEAD EAST really unique, we hire great Doo Wop groups who stroll indoors and out, harmonizing and entertaining on Saturday and Sunday. The Outdoor Voice of LEAD EAST, our great D.J. Jerry “The WOLFMAN” Burst, spins oldies over our giant PA system throughout the event. If that's not enough, we have a Welcome Party Wednesday night with D.J. LIL’ JIMMY. Thursday night a great rock 'n roll Oldies band THE GREYHOUNDS holds forth in the Ballroom. And no other event we've ever seen has spontaneous Doo Wop groups singing a cappella into the early hours in the bar or hotel lobby! It's a magic atmosphere!
Dancing has always been part of our event, but in recent years it has grown to become even more popular. If you love to dance, from Wednesday night on through the weekend sometimes until sunrise we provide a variety of venues, indoors and out, day and night, with both live and recorded music, where you can beat your feet or glide around the asphalt like a would-be Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
BACK AGAIN THIS YEAR! FREE SHAG DANCING LESSONS Friday, Saturday and Sunday with great teachers/dancers SUZY and TONY ELDRETH from North Carolina!
2015 LEAD EAST BROCHURE
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