2021 Schedule



Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Noon - 6:00 PM: Registration for 2022 in the Hilton Lobby opens. Renew your existing room and car space for the 2022 Lead East. All non- renewed rooms will be on sale on Friday.

9 AM – 9 PM: Meet Bad Chad at the Meadowlands Hot Rod Repair Shop location for autographs.

7:30 PM: Kickoff Party held in the BALLROOM with D.J. Lil Jimmy of Lil Jimmy’s Stack of Records and special guest DJs!! Reunite with your Lead East family and dance the night away to the great sounds of early rock and roll!

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Noon - 6:00 PM: Registration open for 2022 in the Hilton lobby. Renew your existing room and car space for the 2022 Lead East. All non-renewed rooms will be on sale on Friday.

9:00 AM: Collectibles show and other vendors will be open in the hallway area by the ballroom.

9 AM – 9 PM: Meet Bad Chad at the Meadowlands Hot Rod Repair Shop location for autographs.

Noon - 4:00 PM: You can pick up your FREE prom tickets and purchase concert tickets at the coat room by the ballroom next to the back revolving doors. Prom tickets are limited and first come- first served.

9:00 AM until late in the night: Welcome back to Brandon McCoy of Gooch Freehand Pinstriping in front vendor area. He’ll be joining us again all the way from Oklahoma!! He’s an incredibly talented pinstripe artist and quickly becoming a very valued member of our LEAD EAST family as well! Make sure you stop by his booth to see what he’s working on throughout the weekend and to say Hi!! He’ll be available to paint his very cool and creative custom pinstripe designs at LEAD EAST this year!

Noon - 9:00PM: DJ Jerry "The Wolman" Burst will be playing Oldies music outside on the PA System. Stroll around the parking lot and listen to the sweet sounds of the oldies!

6:00 – 9:00 PM: Craigles the Clown will be cruising the parking lot, welcoming our guests and posing for photos.

7:30PM - MIDNIGHT: The "ACE" Drive-In opens. 7:30 - 8:00 Cartoons for the kids. Double Feature movies begin at 8 PM; titles will be announced at the show. Bring a lawn chair or something to sit on... there’s plenty of space! The "ACE" Drive-In is located behind the hotel in the parking lot. See you there!

8:00 PM: Welcome Party in the BALLROOM hosted by The GOLDEN GUP!! Enjoy the smooth, swinging tunes, and good times with the always cool and entertaining, Golden Gup!! It’s a tradition! See you there!


Friday, September 3, 2021

9:00 AM - 12:00 midnight: LEAD EAST is open to the public! DJ Jerry "Wolfman" Burst plays your favorite Oldies music outside on the PA system. He’ll be taking requests, dedications, and making announcements! Tune to 88.1FM to hear the music on your radio.

9 AM – 9 PM: Meet Bad Chad at the Meadowlands Hot Rod Repair Shop location for autographs.

9:00 AM until late in the night: Welcome back to Brandon McCoy of Gooch Freehand Pinstriping in front vendor area. He’ll be joining us again all the way from Oklahoma!! He’s an incredibly talented pinstripe artist and quickly becoming a very valued member of our LEAD EAST family as well! Make sure you stop by his booth to see what he’s working on throughout the weekend and to say Hi!! He’ll be available to paint his very cool and creative custom pinstripe designs at LEAD EAST this year!

9:00 AM - 9:00 PM: Collectibles show and other vendors will be open in hallway area by the ballroom of the Hilton Hotel.

10:00 AM –6:00 PM: Registration for Lead East 2022 in the Hilton Lobby. The balance of all available rooms will be on sale on a first come-first served basis. After you get your room, reserve your plan A and your wristbands!

10:00 AM – 7:00PM: You can pick up your FREE prom tickets and purchase concert tickets at the coat room by the ballroom next to the back revolving doors. Prom tickets are limited and first come- first served.

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Celebrating 10 years of Oldies Karaoke and open mic performances at LEAD EAST presented by DJ Pat and Heather Ferrante in the HILTON LOBBY… your chance to be a singing star! You are welcome to bring your own microphone. There will be 5 other mics available to rotate between performances while sanitizing them in between. Wind covers will also be provided for each microphone during use.

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM: Come join Jesse at Blue Sky Performance and Restoration and take your shot at rolling beads into sheet metal. They will provide various sketching tools to create your own bead rolling design using a Baileigh Industrial Electric bead roller! The bead roller will be free to use Friday-Sunday from 12:30 to 2. Limited one panel per person per day. This seminar is located by the back revolving doors behind the outdoor stage. Come check it out!

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Coolest Cruiser Contest!!! Please assemble by the outdoor stage. DJ Jerry "Wolfman" Burst will MC this People’s Choice Award. The car or truck with the most cheers, clapping, noise wins!!

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM: "Horsepower Happy Hour" in the Hilton Hotel courtyard by the outdoor pool. $2.00 Bud and Bud Lite drafts and finger foods provided by High Grade Beverage and the Hilton Hotel 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Don’t miss it!

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Celebrating 10 years of Oldies Karaoke and open mic performances at LEAD EAST presented by DJ Pat and Heather Ferrante in the HOTEL LOBBY... your chance to be a singing star! You are welcome to bring your own microphone. There will be 5 other mics available to rotate between performances while sanitizing them in between. Wind covers will also be provided for each microphone during use. Come celebrate the 10th Anniversary of karaoke at LEAD EAST!

7:30 PM - MIDNIGHT: The "ACE" Drive-In opens. 7:30 - 8:00 Cartoons for the kids! Double feature movies begin at 8. Titles will be announced at the show. Bring a lawn chair or something to sit on.... there’s plenty of space to social distance. The "ACE" Drive-In is located behind the hotel in the parking lot.

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM Friday night dance party (Lead East Band Stand) NY style stage show in ballroom, featuring Michael D’Amore and the Symphonics for a dancing good time. $2 Bud & Bud Lite drafts and finger food provided by High Grade Beverage and the Hilton hotel. Tickets available by coat room by back revolving door.

8:00 PM - 11:00PM: Crash Gordon and Debra Dynamite along with DJ Lil Jimmy spinning records in between sets!!! This is definitely going to be a rocking night of music!!! Join us on the OUTDOOR STAGE this year located at the rear of the Hilton Hotel and dance the night away with your loved ones and friends!


Saturday, September 4, 2021

9:00 AM - 12:00 Midnight: Lead East is open to the public! DJ Jerry "Wolfman" Burst plays your favorite Oldies music outside on the PA system. He’ll be taking requests, dedications, and making announcements! Tune to 88.1FM to hear the music on your radio.

9 AM – 9 PM: Meet Bad Chad at the Meadowlands Hot Rod Repair Shop location for autographs.

9:00 AM until late in the night: Welcome back to Brandon McCoy of Gooch Freehand Pinstriping in front vendor area. He’ll be joining us again all the way from Oklahoma!! He’s an incredibly talented pinstripe artist and quickly becoming a very valued member of our LEAD EAST family as well! Make sure you stop by his booth to see what he’s working on throughout the weekend and to say Hi!! He’ll be available to paint his very cool and creative custom pinstripe designs at LEAD EAST this year!

9:00 AM - 8:00 PM: Collectibles show and other vendors will be open in the hallway area by the ballroom.

9:00 AM – 9:00 PM: CRAIGLES the Clown is on the move. Watch for CRAIGLES and her clown companions as they party their way around the parking lot and inside the hotel!

Noon - 9:00 PM: See Rob Ida’s 1940s Merc, Goodguys gold winner, parked where the winners park on Sunday.

10:00 AM–2:00 PM: Registration open for 2022 in the Hilton Lobby opens. The balance of all available rooms will be on sale on a first come-first serve basis. Reserve your plan A or Plan B car plans, and your wristbands!

10:00 AM -7:00 PM: You can pick up your FREE prom tickets and purchase concert tickets at the coat room by the ballroom next to the back revolving doors. Prom tickets are limited and first come- first served.

11:00 AM: Story time and photos with Craigles the Clown in Clown Hall. (Silver room.) Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Absolutely no drop-offs.

11:00 AM – NOON: Basic dance lessons held at the outdoor stage area hosted by Lou Vincent and Michelle Leota. Bring a partner and let’s dance!!!

NOON - 2:00 PM: Model Car Customizing Contest sponsored by Rossi Pressure Washing, for children under 17 (under 12 must be accompanied by an adult). There will be several categories and all model kits and supplies will be provided. Those who wish to bring their own model kits and adults over 17 are welcome! The contest will be held in the Hotel outdoor pool courtyard. This event is free, but limited - please be prompt! Sponsored by Rossi Pressure Washing.

NOON - 5:00 PM: The Razorbacks, Rockabilly band will be performing on the OUTDOOR stage located by the back door of the hotel. They are a LEAD EAST tradition... you don’t want to miss them!! Bring your dancing shoes!!!

NOON - 5:00 PM: Celebrating 10 years of Oldies Karaoke and open mic performances at LEAD EAST presented by DJ Pat and Heather Ferrante in the HOTEL LOBBY... your chance to be a singing star! You are welcome to bring your own microphone. There will be 5 other mics available to rotate between performances while sanitizing them in between. Wind covers will also be provided for each microphone during use. Come celebrate the 10th Anniversary of karaoke at LEAD EAST!

Noon – 2 PM: Indoor movies in Aluminum room. Titles to be announced.

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM: Lil’ Jimmy’s Stack of Records live radio show recording at Golden Gup Island. The broadcast will air on Thursday, September 9th at 8 AM on RememberThenRadio.com.

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM: Come join Jesse at Blue Sky Performance and Restoration and take your shot at rolling beads into sheet metal. They will provide various sketching tools to create your own bead rolling design using a Baileigh Industrial Electric bead roller! The bead roller will be free to use Friday-Sunday from 12:30 to 2. Limited one panel per person per day. This seminar will be located by the back revolving doors behind the outdoor stage.

12:30 - 1:30 PM: Ronnie I Tribute will be held in the ballroom. There will be a slide show and several guests including host Tony Oetjen DJ of WVKR 91.3 FM Poughkeepsie NY, one of Ronnie’s best friends Alan David Stein DJ of WMTR 1250 AM new jersey, Bill Olb, Tom Harsford and Tony Castro, all Ronni’s "Inside guys". to tell stories and narrate the slide show. This will be a UGHA must.

1:00 PM: Wilbur the Wagon will be joining us at LEAD EAST 2021 and he’s been featured in our LEAD EAST artwork this year too!! He also appears in popular children’s books by author James Contreras, "Wilbur the Wagon’s Big Dream" and "Wilbur the Wagon’s Sunrise Surprise!" Wilbur the Wagon will be taking a cruise around LEAD EAST Saturday and Sunday at 1 PM. Be on the lookout for Wilbur cruising the parking lot throughout the day! Weather permitting, of course!

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Ballooning with Craigles the Clown in the Hotel lobby area.

1:30 PM: Acapella Contest. Singing groups will be competing and performing in the Ballroom! Come check it out and watch the performances! Hosted by Tony Oetjen, DJ WVKR 91.3 Fm radio. The winners will open the Saturday night show.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Advanced dance lessons with Lou Vincent and Michelle Leota by the stage in the back of the hotel.

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Celebrating 10 years of Oldies Karaoke and open mic performances at LEAD EAST presented by DJ Pat and Heather Ferrante in the HOTEL LOBBY... your chance to be a singing star! You are welcome to bring your own microphone! There will be 5 other mics available to rotate between performances while sanitizing them in between. Wind covers will also be provided for each microphone during use. Come celebrate the 10th Anniversary of karaoke at LEAD EAST!

7:00 PM Concert in Ballroom featuring Jay Siegel & The Tokens (Lion Sleeps Tonight) LaLa Brooks of The Crystals (Then He Kissed Me, and Da Doo Ron Ron,) The Royal Teens (Short Shorts,) and The Accords, hosted by radio personality Alan David Stein from WMTR AM radio. Tickets available at coat room by back revolving door.

7:30 PM - MIDNIGHT: The "ACE" Drive-In opens. 7:30 - 8:00 Cartoons for the kids! Double feature movies begin at 8. Titles will be announced at the show. Bring a lawn chair or something to sit on.... there’s plenty of space to social distance. The "ACE" Drive-In is located behind the hotel in the parking lot.

8:00 PM: Join us for "The Wolfman’s Stroll Party" with DJ Jerry "Wolfman" Burst!!! We do the Stroll together every year at Lead East…. it’s tradition! Get in on the action this year and let’s stroll. Meet by the Wolfman’s DJ booth! Be there or be square!

8:30 PM until 12:00 Midnight: The Golden Gup and the Rhythmhancers will perform on the outdoor stage located by the back door of the Hotel. This is surely a LEAD EAST tradition! Don’t miss the music and the fun!

11:00 PM: CURFEW FOR KIDS (must be in hotel rooms or leave event property.)

1:00 AM (approx.) until SUNRISE!: The GOLDEN GUP's late night Rhythm & Blues PARKING LOT PARTY with his jukebox-powered, shockingly pink "JUKEBUG." No other car event on this planet has activities scheduled 'til dawn! At previous LEAD EASTs they went 'til sunrise!! Join the fun and let’s dance the night away!


Sunday, September 5, 2021

9:00 AM until 12:00 Midnight: Lead East is open to the public! DJ Jerry "Wolfman" Burst plays your favorite Oldies music outside on the PA System. He’ll be taking requests, dedications, and making announcements. Tune to 88.1FM to hear the music on your radio.

9 AM – 9 PM Meet Bad Chad at the Meadowlands Hot Rod Repair Shop location for autographs.

9 AM – 5 PM: Corvette Round up and Muscle Car Mania in upper Diachi parking lot. No cruising other lots; Diachi only. Judging and awards presentation in lot at 5 PM. All year muscle cars and Corvettes welcome. All cars must go to registration and be registered.

9:00 - 9:45 AM: Sunday Chapel Service (multi denominational) held in the Ballroom, led by The Most Reverend Jim Craig (our event director).

Noon - 9:00 PM: See Rob Ida’s 1940s Merc, Goodguys gold winner, parked where the winners park on Sunday.

9:00 AM until late in the evening: Welcome back to Brandon McCoy of Gooch Freehand Pinstriping in front vendor area. He’ll be joining us again all the way from Oklahoma!! He’s an incredibly talented pinstripe artist and he’s quickly become a very valued member of our LEAD EAST family as well! Make sure you stop by his booth to see what he’s working on throughout the weekend and to say hi!! He’ll be available to paint his very cool and creative custom pinstripe designs at LEAD EAST this year!

9:00 AM - 7:00 PM: Collectibles show and other vendors will be open in the hallway area in front of the Ballroom.

10:00 AM –2:00 PM: Registration open for 2022 in the Hilton Lobby. The balance of all unsold rooms will be on sale on a first come- first serve basis. After you get your room, reserve your plan A and your wristbands!

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM: Pick up your FREE prom tickets and purchase concert tickets in the coat room by the ballroom next to the revolving doors. Prom tickets are limited and available first come – first served.

11:00 AM – NOON: Basic dance lessons held at the outdoor stage area hosted by Lou Vincent and Michelle Leota!! Bring a partner along and let’s dance!

11:00 AM - 9:00 PM: Craigles the Clown is on the move. Watch for Craigles and her clowny companions as they party their way around the parking lot and inside the hotel.

11:00 AM: Story time and photos with Craigles the Clown in Clown Hall (Silver room.) Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Absolutely no drop-offs.

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM: The Razorbacks, Rockabilly band, will be playing on the OUTDOOR stage located by the back door of the Hotel. You won’t want to miss this band in action... they’re a LEAD EAST tradition! Bring your dancing shoes!!

Noon – 2 PM: Indoor movies in Aluminum room. Titles to be announced.

Noon - 5:00 PM: Celebrating 10 years of Oldies Karaoke and open mic performances at LEAD EAST presented by DJ Pat and Heather Ferrante in the HOTEL LOBBY... your chance to be a singing star! You are welcome to bring your own microphone! There will be 5 other mics available to rotate between performances while sanitizing them in between. Wind covers will also be provided for each microphone during use. Come celebrate the 10th Anniversary of karaoke at LEAD EAST!

1:00 PM: Wilbur the Wagon will be joining us at LEAD EAST 2021. He’s been featured in our LEAD EAST artwork this year too!! He also appears in popular children’s books by author James Contreras, "Wilbur the Wagon’s Big Dream" and "Wilbur the Wagon’s Sunrise Surprise!" Wilbur the Wagon will be taking a cruise around LEAD EAST Saturday and Sunday at 1 PM. Be on the lookout for Wilbur cruising the parking lot throughout the day! Weather permitting, of course!

1:00 – 3:00 PM: For the little kid, and some big ones too! Ballooning with Craigles the Clown in the Hotel lobby area.

2:00 – 3:00 PM: Advanced dance lessons with Lou Vincent and Michelle Leota held by back stage.

3:00 – 4:00 PM: Take a trip! Go beyond the music, past the myths, and behind the scenes with Ron Farber, the legendary Music Authority, in the Aluminum room.

5:00 - 5:30 PM: Awards presentations on the OUTDOOR stage featuring DJ Lil Jimmy. Best Street Rod, Best Stock Restored, "Worst" Rat Rod will be awarded, as well as other cool surprises!

6:00 PM: Sunday Concert featuring Barbara Harris & The Toys (Lovers Concerto), Memories Music, Jersey Sounds, and Classic Sounds. Tickets available by coat room by back revolving door. Hosted by our own Wolfman Jerry.

6:30 - 7:00 PM: Parade of the Prom Queens!! Convertibles line up by the front door of the Hampton hotel by "The Wolfman" and cruise a few laps around the parking lot. All past Prom Queens are welcome! All Queens and their escorts must be seated inside the car as they cruise the parking lot. This is a Lead East Tradition for 32 years!!! Bring your camera!

7:00 PM: The 33rd Annual Senior High School Prom held in the Elements Ballroom featuring a NEW DJ to LEAD EAST this year… NJ radio personality and DJ, Bob "T-Bone" Williams, from WMTR radio!! There will be a crowning of the 2021 Prom Queen! All attending must be properly attired: no jeans, t-shirts, shorts or sneakers. Gals must wear a dress or skirt. Guys must wear a jacket or suit, tie is optional. Tickets are free, but limited!! Tickets are available at the coatroom in the ballroom area by the revolving door.

7:00 - 9:00 PM: Celebrating 10 years of Oldies Karaoke and open mic performances at LEAD EAST presented by DJ Pat and Heather Ferrante in the HOTEL LOBBY... your chance to be a singing star! You are welcome to bring your own microphone! There will be 5 other mics available to rotate between performances while sanitizing them in between. Wind covers will also be provided for each microphone during use. Come celebrate the 10th Anniversary of karaoke at LEAD EAST!

7:30 PM - MIDNIGHT: The "ACE" Drive-In opens. 7:30 - 8:00 Cartoons for the kids! Double feature movies begin at 8. Titles will be announced at the show. Bring a lawn chair or something to sit on.... there’s plenty of space to social distance. The "ACE" Drive-In is located behind the hotel in the parking lot.

8:00 PM: Join us for "The Wolfman’s Stroll Party" with DJ Jerry "Wolfman" Burst!!! We do the Stroll together every year at Lead East…. it’s tradition! Get in on the action this year and let’s stroll. Meet by the Wolfman’s DJ booth! Be there or be square!

9:00 - 9:30 PM: NEW to LEAD EAST this year!!!!! Neon Hot Rod Parade!! Bring your cars, bring your lights, bring your neon or string lights... and let’s bring the fun! We’re closing out Lead East weekend with a neon or string light up hot rod parade! Let’s take a few laps around the Lead East parking lot with the Golden Gup, DJ Lil Jimmy, and all of their great music leading the way! The best thing about this parade is that it will also be a CONTEST!!! The car or truck with the best lights will win free entry for their rod into LEAD EAST 2022!! The Lead East crew will be choosing the winning car or truck and Wolfman will be announcing the winner… so make sure you listen in as you cruise by him!!! We can’t wait to see everyone light up the night as we close out the LEAD EAST 2021 weekend! The grand finale for the 39th Annual LEAD EAST!!!

Thank you for joining us at LEAD EAST 2021!!

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