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Posted on: June 13, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Eric Roberson, Bilal, Syleena Johnson, Over 100 Vendors and More at EO MACFest on June 17th!


GRAMMY-Award Nominated Artists Eric Roberson, Bilal and Syleena Johnson among featured performers at The 3rd Annual EO MACFest on Sat, June 17th 

EXTRA’s A.J. Calloway Will Serve as Special Guest Host

East Orange, NJ, June 13, 2017 — The City of East Orange and the Arts Council of East Orange presents GRAMMY-Nominated performers Eric Roberson, Bilal and Syleena Johnson, who are headlining the 3rd Annual Mac Festival on Saturday, June 17, 2017, from 12pm-9pm at 44 City Hall Plaza, East Orange, NJ. The event, hosted by special guest and South Orange, NJ native A.J. Calloway, will feature DJ’s and live music, over 100 vendors from the Tri-State and D.C. areas, specialty food trucks, a Kids Corner featuring the Montclair Art Museum Art Truck and Juneteenth-inspired activities, Pink Dragon Pop-Up Art Demonstration, a Mini Car Show and more! Admission is free and open to the public. (See below for complete list of vendors

Other acts include: Brown Rice Family, Marel Hidalgo, Jaye Jerz, DJ Boom, DJ Nugget, DJ Sienna Chanel, Victoria Skie, D’Yon Musiq, Tenn Stacks, Stiff Lauren, DJ Smoove, DJ Steve Lucky Bensen and Young Picassos. 

“Our city is successfully undergoing an urban renewal fueled by a growing arts and culture scene right in the heart of our Transit Village and our arts and cultural district at Lower Main Street. This festival is a wonderful combination of what East Orange is and what it has the potential to be,” said Mayor Lester E. Taylor III. “We are hoping to attract festival lovers from across the region to experience East Orange!” 

Eric Roberson 

Rahway, NJ native and singer, songwriter, and producer Eric Roberson (affectionately known as “Erro” by friends and fans) continues to break boundaries in an industry predominantly influenced by major record labels, manufactured sounds, and mainstream radio. His countless achievements as an independent artist has established him as a leader in which he has been able to reach levels of great success once never imaginable by an unsigned artist. Eric has achieved major milestones in his career, from being a successful songwriter and producer for notable artists such as Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Dwele, Vivian Green and countless others, as well as headlining sold-out tours across the country.An outstanding storyteller, Eric’s music is relatable, allowing him to form personal connections with each of his listeners. His music is influenced by elements of music styles varying from Soul, Rhythm & Blues, House, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Rock and more, inhibiting him from being confined or limited to any one genre of music. His music is personal, poetic, positive and progressive. It is classic music presented in an untraditional fashion. All of these factors, paired with a humble, inspiring, and inviting spirit, has earned Eric the love and respect of each of his fans one by one, cultivating a fan base that has shown an unbelievable level of support throughout the years. 


If there was one R&B artist for whom the neo-soul categorization seemed limiting, it was Philadelphia native Bilal. None of his recordings resembled the sycophantic worship of soul artists who thrived in the ’60 and ’70s, and it wasn’t just because his voice -- classically trained, capable of singing opera in seven languages -- was so unique. While some inspirations were detectable, his recordings were wholly modern and became increasingly creative. His individuality led to being dropped from a major label, and he went several years without releasing any solo material. Through evangelism from his peers and word of mouth from his early fans, Bilal gained an insatiable following and was supported by sympathetic independent labels, where he was finally able to thrive creatively.  

Grenique’s Black Butterfly, a 1999 release on Motown, was the first major album to feature Bilal’s vocals; he contributed to three songs. The following year, he established a deep connection to hip-hop by appearing on Common’s Like Water for Chocolate and Guru’s third Jazzmatazz album. These recordings led him into the Soulquarians, a rotating collective of collaborators who included Common, Jay Dee (aka J Dilla), the Roots’ Ahmir Thompson, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Q-Tip, and Raphael Saadiq within its ranks.  

Syleena Johnson

GRAMMY nominated vocalist and writer Syleena Johnson is one of the greatest singers and performers of her generation. She has scored major R&B hits and been invited to collaborate with the likes of Kanye West, R. Kelly and Musiq Soulchild. Syleena’s last album Couples Therapy dealt with love and relationships. As with all of her projects, Syleena gave us a heartfelt glimpse into where she is within her own journey and her private life. The project embodied Syleena’s relentless passion for songwriting. Johnson, wrote/ co-wrote all of the tracks. The album opened with the upbeat and lyrically honest song “All This Way For Love.”Leela James accompanies Syleena on the soulful 60’s throwback “Fool’s Gold”; and the incomparable Dave Hollister joins her on the moving and triumphant “Harmony.” The album production remains diverse and yet doesn’t venture too far off track. Vocally critics agree that this is one of Syleena’s strongest overall projects in years. Chapter 6: Couples Therapy has been made into a film that stars Johnson and the other collaborators from the album. 

AJ Calloway

A South Orange, NJ native and Emmy-award winning journalist, AJ Calloway is the New York City correspondent for "Extra." AJ is at the center of all things entertainment in the Big Apple, interviewing the most talked about celebrities, athletes and notables in the world. AJ began his television career in August 2000 when he secured a co-host position on B.E.T, and in September 2000 on "106 & Park, B.E.T’s Top Ten Live," which remains B.E.T’s most popular show to date, earning the network record-breaking ratings. 

A proud and active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., AJ believes in giving back to the community. He serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and he also speaks to youth around the country about the negative effects of drugs, alcohol, unprotected sex and the importance of entrepreneurship and leadership. He has been a guest lecturer at University of Missouri, West Virginia State, University of Florida, University of Delaware, University of Missouri, Nassau Community College, and Smith College, among others.

2017 East Orange MACFest Sponsors include Briclyn Entertainment, Discover Jersey Arts, J.G. Petrucci, Fantin Supply, Robert Taylor, Esq., KNTM Architects, Novus Equities, Springdale Industrial Park, ABGS, Burger King – QQR, LLC, and American Wear. 


Auntie Shay’s 

AHA Gourmet 

Annie Mae’s Bakery & Bites 

Candy Clouded 

Chef Shafiqah Sharif 

Eat My Balls NJ 


Hanna’s Meatballs 

Jerkin Chicken 

Jersey Jones Maagma 

Kamau’s Casual Catering 

Khemetstry Works 

Lick Your Lips Cakes 

Natasha Sweet Treats Catering 

Never Ending Summer 

Raw Thoughtz 

RB Sweet Treats Boutique 

Rita’s Water Ice 

ShaRee Amour Catering 

Soul Food Factory 

Aquil’s Fish and Wings 

Bean Pie Café 

Big Willie’s BBQ 

Blueberry Café Juice Bar 

Juice For Us 

L-N-D Vending 

Nellz Sweet Retreat 

Private Chef Nikko 

Specialty/Community Resources 

Acura Crew Nation

All in Her Designs 

Amaza Africa 


Auset Collection 


Beautiful by Nature 

Bey Arts

Blak Jewel by Jamese Keyon 

Brownstone Closets 

By Purple


Carry Me Cute 

Cdiamonds Cosmetics 

Chablis Designs 

Chic Trends Fashion & Accessories 

Creative Brothers 


Desirer Style Boutique 

Diaspora Africa 

Distinctive Endeavors 

East Orange Conservatory Charter School  

Ezi Enyi  


Fast Track Fashions 

Forever Audacious 

Glorious Transformations 

Grace’s Goodie Bar 

Hair Diva Fashions 

Hand and Heart Skincare 

I AM C.U.L.T.U.R.E.D. 


Jessie Tyre Gifts 

Juskel Clothing 

Kay’s Bootek

Keep Yourself Smellin’ Sweet 

Lester James Art 

Let’s Face It! 

Let Go and Let God International Outreach Ministry 

Look the Part 

Mary Kay 

Miracles Hair Gallery 

Natural Hats 

Nature’s Pout 

Nefertiti Productions 

New Life Counseling and Mental Health Services 

No. 1 Draft Pick Sportswear 

O’Envy Lash Bar 

OnQ Comics 

The Painter’s Palette NJ 


Phillip’s Creations 

Pink Dragon Artist Syndicate 

Pooka Pure and Simple 

Project Hygiene 

The Pour Artist NJ 

Real Bodies 


Saints Can Laugh Too 

Salome’s Art Creation 

SHADE Official Eyewear 

Shop DLynn 


Stikz Cigars 

Stilettos & Screwdrivers 

Style is Your Option 

T’ingz Nice 

Ta-Shonna’s Boutique

TBL Jewelry 

The House of Kaluaah 

Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry 

Urban Kween Brand 

Your Ultimate Princess Party 



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