The Food Truck and Rock Carnival took place this past weekend with big name headliners Alice Cooper, Twisted Sister, and Halestorm.

This past weekend was the Food Truck and Rock Carnival in Lakewood, New Jersey. The three-day music festival included shock rock legend Alice Cooper along with Twisted Sister and Halestorm. The lineup included more than fifty bands rocking four stages along with two dozen or more unique food trucks to satisfy any taste, craft beers to wash it down, a family carnival, and pig racing if that wasn’t enough.

Local radio stations, WRAT 95.9 and WDHA 105.5, sponsored the main stages while Birch Hill and GameLoud sponsored the side stages. The Sunday schedule of 24 bands included a variety of cool sounds covering multiple genres and styles of music.

The festival started out soggy as Mother Nature intervened causing a few acts to be canceled on Friday due to safety concerns. The carnival rides were also closed on Day 1. Fortunately, the weather abated and eventually the remainder of the event continued, even though it included a mix or drizzle and mud.

The youngest band on the bill, Baelfire, opened Day 3 on the GameLoud Stage. The band is backed by their metalhead parents, and loved by the entire local metal scene.

Hard rock and metal act Common Wealth, a recent local Battle of the Bands winner, opened up the main stage with a huge bang.

One notable moment was Lzzy Hale from Halestorm joining Jim Breuer and Tom Keifer on stage.

Life of Agony stand out from the rest; in the mind of this concert photojournalist, Mina Caputo is without a doubt one of the best frontwomen in the business.

Sundays complete lineup, anchored by Halestorm, included The Used, Life of Agony, Sebastian Bach, Jim Breuer & The Loud And Rowdy, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, 10 Years, Doro, Trixter, Citizen Zero, Four By Fate, Bullet Boys, Dark Sky Choir, Legion, River Monsters, Apocalypse Blues Revue, Matt O’Ree, Bad Case of Big Mouth, Common Wealth, Empire Fallen, Strive, Atomic Beauty, ELI The Band, and Baelfire.

Music festivals thrive due to the diverse selection of artists and genres, and fans of all ages attending. Seeing little kids atop of their parent’s shoulders holding up the horned salute and singing along to their favorite bands makes everyone smile.

Festival creator Jon D did a great job creating a multi-day music event with something for everyone —carnival rides, food trucks, wrestling, pig races, and of course the music.

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Event Date: 02-Oct-2016 (Day 3)