Nick Clemons, Clarence's son, & band set for Inn at Millrace Pond's Blues and Craft Brews Fest Sept. 14

What better way to kick off the fall season than to enjoy an afternoon of Blues music and Craft Beers? That's what you'll get under the tent at the Inn at Millrace Pond on Sunday Sept. 14 when the restaurant hosts its 2nd Annual Blues and Craft Brews Festival.

Among the great acts on tap this year, is the Nick Clemons Band. Nick is the oldest son of the late Clarence "Big Man" Clemons, sax player with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. In addition to Clemons' band, the day will feature The Bad Hands and the Jersey Doors tribute band. The gates open at 1 p.m. and the music is set to start at about 2. The music continues until 7 p.m. An assortment of Craft Beers will be on tap, along with plenty of food for purchase.

The Blues and Craft Brews Fest is presented by the historic Inn at Millrace Pond in association with Joe Hirsh Productions and Tramontin Harley-Davidson.

The Nick Clemons Band has been performing at venues across North America with their original uplifting sound that always gets the crowd on its feet. Based in Asbury Park, the band's driving sound is all its own - a high-energy mix of funk, soul, jazz, and R&B with an edge. Live shows include covers and originals, including rock classics, Jersey Shore favorites, as well the music of the Big Man himself - songs that Nick's dad Clarence Clemons made famous. 

"The most important thing to me," Clemons says, "is to get a warm feeling from a crowd, that juice or electricity that makes you want to give more."

The Bad Hands are led by Chicago blues influenced Mike Gallemore, The Bad Hands are from different backgrounds, influences and generations. The band blends influences ranging from Chicago Blues, Funk, Southern Rock, Jazz, New Orleans and Caribbean grooves to create their own sound. Leaning heavily on improvisation, their music is as diverse as their age. Two generations combining to create a colorful tapestry of sounds.

The Jersey Doors have made a name for themselves as the premier Doors tribute band in North and Central Jersey.  

Advanced tickets can be purchased at the Inn or at Tramontin Harley-Davidson, which is located at the Route 80 Exit 12 ramp. They are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets for seniors, bikers and students are just $10. Kids 12 and under free with accompanying adult. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.joehirshproductions.com.

Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs if they'd like, however, please no coolers or pets.

The Inn at Millrace Pond, a historic bed and breakfast and restaurant just minutes from Route 80, Exit 12. The Tavern, located in the restaurant's tap room downstairs, is the perfect setting to listen to music and enjoy a pub style menu.  The Inn regularly features music with its Friday night music series and on Saturday nights patrons enjoy dinner while listening to live piano music. Weather permitting, the Inn also offers patio dining outside. 

The Inn at Millrace Pond is located in the heart of Hope at 313 Johnsonburg Road by Route 519. For more information about the Inn at Millrace Pond, to make a reservation in the restaurant "upstairs" or in the "Fireside Tavern" downstairs, call 908-459-4884 or visit www.innatmillracepond.com.

Getting ready for Festival in the Borough 2014! Sept. 6 & 7 featuring: Blues Brotherhood, Jimmy & The Parrots, Southbound, Bob Lanza, Pro Wrestling, More!

Blues Brothers tribute band Blues Brotherhood, Jimmy & The Parrots, Southbound, Bob Lanza Blues Band and over 20 other musical acts, as well as Pro Wrestling and a special kids show on Saturday afternoon are among the highlights for this year's Festival in the Borough.

The region's largest street and music festival is getting bigger with the addition of Pro Wrestling on Sunday Sept. 7. The two-day event kicks off on Saturday Sept. 6.

Blues Brotherhood performs on Saturday on the PNC Stage, while the ever-popular Jimmy & The Parrots bring their high energy act back to Washington on Sunday. Also featured on Saturday will be Lost in Place, Southbound and the North Carolina-based country group, the Wink Keziah Band.

Appearing at the new "New Jersey American Water/Wells Fargo Bank Stage" on Belvidere Avenue (next to Scotty's) on Saturday will be Good Sky, JerZgirls and Too Stupid To Quit, followed by a DJ Dance Party.

Pro Wrestling with the likes of the Jersey Devil and The illusionist will take center stage from 1:30-3 followed by the Bob Lanza Blues Band and then the Parrots.

The 10th annual Festival in the Borough, last year named the Top Festival in the Skylands Region, features 3 stages of entertainment on Saturday and two stages on Sunday.

The family-friendly event also has lots of fun stuff for the kids to do. This is truly a family-friendly event. A special feature will be the appearance and photo ops with celebrity look-a-like Elsa of Frozen on both Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.!

The Saturday portion of the event will run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. while Sunday's hours will go from 12 noon to 7 p.m.

In addition the streets will be lined with dozens of vendors selling an array of items, as well as a host of participating downtown businesses. Food of all varieties will also be on hand. For vending information or more details on the festival itself, visit www.festivalintheborough.com or call the WBID office at 908-689-4800.

Major sponsorship for the festival is provided by PNC Bank, BASF, New Jersey American Water, Wells Fargo Bank, Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, WRNJ Radio, Good Impressions Printing & Mailing, and WNTI Radio, with grant funding from the Warren County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, contact the WBID, 908-689-4800.

Marshall Crenshaw heads to Knowlton for WNTI Stage Fest; Aug. 15-17 event features music galore, food, vendors, and more!

Marshall Crenshaw has just about done it all, from acting to playing music, but when it comes down to it, he is most at home performing in front of appreciative audiences. And that's just what he'll be doing when he hits the stage at this year's WNTI Stage Festival.

Presented by WNTI Radio in partnership with Kennedy Events Services, WNTI Stage, now in its third year, takes place at the Lions Pavilion on Route 46 in Knowlton Township. This year the event is taking place Aug. 15-17, and offers the same kind of great music everyone has become accustomed to, from acoustic singer-songwriters to some good old rock 'n roll!

And of course there's plenty of food, beverages and an amazing array of vendors.

Crenshaw will command all the attention though when he takes the stage on Saturday night. 

Born in Detroit, Crenshaw began playing guitar at age ten and he received his first break playing John Lennon in the off-Broadway company of Beatlemania. In 1987, he played Buddy Holly in the Richie Valens biopic "La Bamba."

While living in New York City, he recorded the single "Something's Gonna Happen" for Alan Betrock's Shake Records, which led to a deal with Warner Bros. His debut album, "Marshall Crenshaw", was acclaimed as a pop masterpiece upon its release in 1982 and established him as a first-rate songwriter, singer and guitarist. The record spawned the Top 40 single "Someday, Someway," which rockabilly singer Robert Gordon scored a hit with a year earlier. Crenshaw's second album, 1983's Field Day, was another critical smash and led to a successful slate of 20-plus years of studio recordings that offered a fascinating evolutionary journey through an array of musical landscapes.

A quote from Trouser Press sums up Crenshaw's early career: "Although he was seen as a latter-day Buddy Holly at the outset, he soon proved too talented and original to be anyone but himself." All Music Guide captured Crenshaw's vibe perfectly: "He writes songs that are melodic, hooky and emotionally true, and he sings and plays them with an honesty and force that still finds room for humor without venom."

As Crenshaw was developing Jaggedland's mix of poignant and incisive love songs and musings on mortality, he ventured once again into the film world, co-penning the title track to the hilarious, critically acclaimed John C. Reilly film "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story"; the track was nominated for a 2008 Golden Globe and a 2008 Grammy Award.

There's plenty more acts to check out! Among the other featured acts throughout the weekend will be Willie Nile with James Maddock, Spuyten Duyvil, The Grand Slambovians, Todd Wolfe with John Ginty, Grover Kemble, Lelica with BD Lenz, Kathy Moser, Caren Kennedy, Billy Hector, Jody Price, and the shaking good salsa band, La Fueza Da Positiva. In all, there will be over 20 musical acts over the 3-day weekend.


Friday hours are 6-10 p.m., Saturday 12-10 p.m., and Sunday, 12-7 p.m. The charge for admittance is just $10 Friday and Sunday (each day), and $20 on Saturday, with children 12 and under free. Parking is free.

The food menu is as diverse as the music, with everything from seafood to vegetarian to American Classic food available. Vendors selling a variety of products from jewelry to funky tee-shirts will also be on hand.

Major sponsors for WNTI Stage are Knowlton Lions Club, Century Link, and the Knowlton Township Cultural and Heritage Commission.

Organizers do ask that you leave the coolers and pets at home.

For more information about the festival, or to order tickets, visit www.wntistage.org or call (908) 979-4355 ext. 1. For more about WNTI go to www.wnti.org.