Clark Native Returns To Perform At MusicFest

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CLARK – Clark native Ilene “Leeny” Altman will be returning to her hometown this weekend to perform on the Kids Kingdom Stage at the Union County MusicFest.

Altman has two award-winning children’s music albums to her credit, “Sharing the Same Stars” and “Be Nice.” Altman and New York City singer–songwriter Tamara Hey perform “kid’s music that’s funducational” about topics such as ladybugs, seatbelt safety, shyness, the epidermis and kindness.


Altman began writing and performing kid’s songs to amuse her nephew, Zak. He loved them, and “when you get a great reaction from a kid, it inspires you,” Altman said.

Leeny and Tamara

A young Ilene Altman stands in front of her home on Rutgers Road, blocks away from Oak Ridge Park.

The songs on Leeny and Tamara’s album, “Sharing the Same Stars,” were inspired by a variety of sources. “Little Sister” is about Altman’s relationship with her own younger sister. Other songs, like “Ladybug, Ladybug, Ladybu-u-ug” and “Your Epidermis Is Showing” were written to share information about topics that interest Altman in a fun way. She finds that pairing information with music is a good way to remember things.

Leeny and Tamara will perform at noon on Saturday, Sept. 11 on the Kids Kingdom Stage. Altman said that it will be “a real thrill” to perform in her old hometown and see people and places for the first time in years. It will be Altman’s first performance in her native state. She expressed great appreciation for her teachers over the years, especially Hehnly Elementary School music teacher Gloria Havens and Noel Tipton, her piano teacher in Westfield.

Union County MusicFest will be held in Oak Ridge Park, 136 Oak Ridge Road, Clark all weekend. Grammy Award-winning band Train will headline the main stage on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Spoon is the headline act on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Other notable performers include Suzanne Vega, Soul Asylum and The Zombies.

On site parking will be available for $10. Free parking will be available at Union County Vo-Tech, 1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains. Shuttle busses will run from Union County Vo-Tech and Rahway Train Station on the hour from 11 a.m. to the close of the festival. For more information, visit

To learn more about Leeny and Tamara’s music, visit

All photos courtesy of Ilene Altman

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