The Jersey Shore Music Festival, Co-Sponsored by, to Feature Aer and More Than 50 Other Bands on July 20 in Lakewood, NJ

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The popular hip-hop duo Aer, just back from European tour, will headline the inaugural event that honors the local music and arts scene in Lakewood, NJ.

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With a band like Aer headlining and the caliber of the other bands scheduled to perform, we know the event is going to be a blow out.

David von Mering and Carter Schultz, the pair who make up Aer, have just signed on to the first-ever Jersey Shore Music Festival, sponsored in part by, the leading online talent site. The Jersey Shore, having grown into a pop culture locale thanks to Snooki and company and the post Sandy recovery, has always been home to a bevy of musical and artistic talent. With this event, local talent will take one of the festivals’ six stages to perform with more than 50 bands-that also include, Papadosio, The Hush Sound, River City Extension and The Front Bottoms—for an all ages audience in BlueClaws Stadium (Lakewood, NJ). Tickets, $25 for adults, are available at this link.

The festival, the latest addition to Aer’s relentless touring schedule, gives East coast fans a long-awaited opportunity to see the Boston-based hip-hop artists. On a 48-city "Bright Side" tour, the duo has been on the road and in Europe, leaving few chances for their local fans to catch a performance. With a sound that’s got roots in reggae plus flecks of acoustic pop, indie rock and hip-hop, Aer started amassing fans with its mixtapes "Water on the Moon" and "The Reach" in 2010. But their career really got a jumpstart when their first iTunes EP “What You Need” was released in October of 2011. Recorded in von Mering’s basement with a performance mike and GrageBand, it hit the number-one spot on the hip-hop charts and sent the pair on a 37-city tour. In the summer of 2012, Aer released its first LP, “The Bright Side.” It soared on the iTunes album charts and secured a spot on Billboard’s Hot 100.

At the fest, Aer fans may be surprised by the stepped-up, polished performance. "While touring, you learn just how much more production can go into a show even when you think it's dope," Schultz told in a recent interview. "You can always do better,” echoed von Mering. “My goal is to be able to be suspended from a ceiling," he laughed. "We'll get there."

Looking forward to the New Jersey Shore Festival, von Mering shared what he likes best about performing these days: “The best part is meeting fans who make you think, “Whoa, I could chill with these kids!” To read the full interview visit this link.

"We’re proud to be a part of the first-ever New Jersey Shore Festival," said Ed Olimpio, vice president of marketing for "With a band like Aer headlining and the caliber of the other bands scheduled to perform, we know the event is going to be a blow out. But we also really like that the festival features local emerging talent—after all, that’s in line with our mission at Aer is a phenomenal band and the event will give their fans the opportunity to discover some other great musical talent."

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