The first annual Food Truck and Rock Carnival took place Sept. 18-20 at Oak Ridge Park in Clark, N.J. The park was divided in two, on one side carnival rides and a plethora of delicious food trucks and on the other side two main stages of music and the Birch Hill stage which housed energetic acts in an intimate setting.

The festivities kicked off on Friday night (Sept. 18) that featured some of the coolest cover bands gracing the stage and along with tasty grub, wrestling and comedy for even more entertainment. But on Saturday, the festival kicked into full gear as some heavy hitting acts took hold of the main stages.

Guitar icon Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators headlined the Main Stage 1 for a memorable performance on the second day of the festival. Their set started kicked off with “You’re a Lie” and the Guns N’ Roses tune “Nightrain.” From new track “Wicked Stone” to a classic “Mr. Brownstrone,” frontman Myles Kennedy belted song after song as only he could with uplifting melodies and unmatched range.

Slash himself shredded on G N’R classics “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine” as well as new original songs “Beneath the Savage Sun” and “Bent to Fly.”  The enthusiastic set ended with a cover of Velvet Revolver’s “Slither” and GN'R's “Paradise City” with a very special guest guitarist, Gilby Clarke.

Clarke played over on the Birch Hill stage earlier in the day along with Los Angeles glam metal band Faster Pussycat and former Ratt singer Stephen Pearcy. Headliners included King’s X and the hard rockers of Kix.

Other acts that took hold of Main Stage 1 before Slash included Black Label Society with their Doom Crew in full support. Puddle of Mudd and Pop Evil brought the groove early on and female fronted act Fit For Rivals kicked things off.

Over on Main Stage 2, Three Days Grace headlined and Sevendust brought the house down beforehand for a hard hitting performance. Good ol’ American hard rock band Skid Row performed a lively set and the Nevada boys of Otherwise got the blood pumping early on.

Bellies were filled with beer, spiked lemonade and good food top that off with incredible music and we still had one more day to go! Stay tuned of our main stage coverage of the Sunday lineup of the Food Truck and Rock Carnival and check out our gallery of the Saturday lineup above!

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