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.

Quimby gets ready for busy summer

While Quimby Mountain Band will have some dates close to home this summer, they'll also be packing a suitcase for a few dates.

This summer the band heads south for the first time in two years, kicking off an 8-show, 11-day trip that begins in Baltimore on July 16 and ends with a date in Virginia on July 26. Quimby has five shows in North Carolina: in Charlotte, Wilmington, Asheville, and Raleigh.

The summer also features some festivals, starting with the Great Pocono Raceway Festival in Stroudsburg on June 7 and then two more in Pennsylvania in July - Liberty Fest in Williamsport and Still Meadows Fest in Scranton. They've also got August appearances at the Butterfly Festival in Pennington, NJ and at the Yasgur's Reunion Fest in Bethel, NY, and in September they'll be at the Waterloo Festival in their backyard.


Their full schedule is available at www.quimbymountainband.net or on their band Facebook page.

Quimby Mountain Band Surrounds Stroudsburg with Sound

By Madisyn Jackman


The sounds of Soul, Southern Rock, Funk, Blues, and Reggae spilled out from the stage from the minute Quimby Mountain Band began its performance at the Sherman Theatre on April 12th.  That minute lasted a solid 90 minutes.

Opening acts for the band included the Jordan Koza Family Band and Mike Frank & Friends.

Jesse Bardwell on lead vocals and later on the mandolin pumped up the audience by sweet talking the microphone on "Sweetheart and a Cigarette" as well as showcasing some fine dance moves.

Matt Schmidt, on lead vocals and guitar performed ‘Breaking the Bank’ with an effort and soul almost as if he was a back woods bard who had fallen on hard times.

Bob Noble brought on the bass with heaviness reminiscent of being deep in the depths of the South on ‘Down in Tennessee’.

Harry Noble who performed on guitar and backup vocals showed off his skills by shredding his six string on "Cannons in the Corn Field".

Matt DiPaolo on drums kept up a steady and consistent beat throughout the duration of the concert.

Along with a horn section, John Ginty accompanied the band on organ hammering away at the keys on songs such as "Stew- Bone", "She Caught the Katy", "Bloody Well Right", "Beer and Whiskey", "I’d Rather Be", "Don’t Do It", "Troubled Mind", "Town of Love", and with the encore, "Cocaine" - an Eric Clapton classic.

Clustered around the barricade, those in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the concert.  Singing along, and some energetic whooping ensued among audience members.  Also among them a few brave individuals busting a move as the night wore on. Equal interaction and enthusiasm between audience and band members made the night memorable for this reviewer.