‘Not for Nothing Tour’ has Quimby Mountain Band teaming up with Midnight North w/Grahame Lesh

Midnight North (featuring Grahame Lesh, son of Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh) and Jersey-based Quimby Mountain Band are teaming up and hitting the road together in June for the “Not For Nothing Tour”.  The 9-day, seven show tour has stops in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.

The tour opens up on Thursday June 11 at Daryl’s House Club (owned by Daryl Hall) in Pawling, N.Y., and finishes at the 8x10 Club in Baltimore on June 19. The opening weekend also includes the Stone Pony in Asbury Park June 12 and the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on June 13. This is the first east coast tour for Midnight North.

The iconic Stone Pony in Asbury Park, a venue that Quimby Mountain Band has played in the past, has been the home to scores of great acts over the years. The Midnight North/Quimby Mountain show kicks off the summer music season down the shore. 

The Sherman Theater is located in Downtown Stroudsburg. Quimby Mountain Band has played the Sherman many times. Most recently they opened up for Rusted Root there in December. 

They say if you work hard enough, opportunity flies like seeds on the wind. Midnight North is a case in point. Midnight North, which features Phil Lesh’s son Grahame, is not resting on any laurels. The California Bay Area based band takes nothing for granted as it moves forward. The band’s debut album ‘End of the Night’ proved successful enough online and on CD that they chose to press a limited edition mixed colored vinyl record. In an age when bands seem to come and go like fireflies, Midnight North is entering its second year of making things happen. The band’s weekly gig at the famous Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA gives them an expansive outlet and through webcasting live they have been connecting with fans as far away as Japan.  

Quimby Mountain Band, meanwhile, continues its surge upward not only in New Jersey, with new fan bases opening up in Baltimore, Washington DC, Eastern Pennsylvania and elsewhere every day. The band is currently working on its fourth album. Its third disc, simply titled Quimby Mountain III, received solid reviews. The Aquarian Weekly noted that "Quimby's third album demonstrates the depth of their music, with each song telling its own story. It's a blend of musical styles that boasts individual personalities while seamlessly tying the disc together." Quimby has opened up for a host of major acts, including Rusted Root, Marshall Tucker, Dark Star Orchestra, and Railroad Earth.

Tickets for all shows are available on line at the respective venues. For info on Quimby Mountain Band see www.quimbymountainband.net. For more about Midnight North, go to www.midnightnorth.com.


Community Festival Goes Bigtime

The Bourbon Street Blues Festival in Lebanon Township (Hunterdon County) started simply enough. Organizers wanted to raise money to build a new playground. Nine years later the one-day festival that annually features national and regional acts is as strong as ever, with its initial intent still intact - raising money for community endeavors.

This year's festival, scheduled for Saturday May 16, once again will take place at spacious Lebanon Township Memorial Park, The Bourbon Street Blues Festival will have great music, and most importantly though, raise money for worthy organizations. Over the years, over 20 groups have been beneficiaries of the event's proceeds, totaling tens of thousands of dollars. 

While the festival remains a "community event" in Lebanon Township, it has also become a must-go festival throughout the area - and beyond.  

"It's a win-win for everyone," said Greg Starr, a founding organizer. "You got amazing music, including nationally known bands and terrific regional acts right here close to home, and the community benefits."

Bourbon Street Wine & Spirits has been the presenting sponsor since the event's inception. 

This year's musical line-up includes the Ed Palermo Big Band with special guest Rob Paparozzi, Alexis P. Sutter, and the Trudy Lynn Band from Texas, with guest players Steve Krase on Harmonica and Bob Lanza on guitar. CB Radio is among the many other acts that will take part that day on two different stages.

For this show, the versatile Ed Palermo Big Band is focusing on the blues music of Paul Butterfield & Mike Bloomfield. Alexis P. Sutter's throaty voice brings her style of blues together with a mix of gospel and funk. In Trudy Lynn, New Jersey will get a real treat when the internationally renowned artist takes the stage. Lynn, who rarely plays in the Northeast, is being joined by Krase, described by one critic as a "one man wrecking crew" with a harmonica. 

The family-friendly festival quietly draws thousands of attendees each year. There is free parking, food, beer, and lots of vendors. Tickets are always kept reasonable price: $30 for adults, $15 for college students and military folks, $7 for children 6-17 years old. Kids 5 and under are free. 

Gates open at 11 a.m. and music commences at 11:30 and goes until 9 p.m. For more information about the festival and advance tickets, go to www.bourbonstreetbluesfest.com.

WNTI Showcase Series at Inn at Millrace Pond Features Singer-songwriter Maura Glynn

Singer-songwriter Maura Glynn takes the stage at the Inn at Millrace Pond Friday, May 22 in a fundraiser for WNTI, the Hackettstown area’s publicly-supported radio station broadcasting out of Centenary College.  Glynn, an accomplished vocalist and guitar player based in northwestern New Jersey, has earned acclaim across starting a few years ago with the release of her debut album “Maura Glynn: At The River’s Edge.” 

Glynn’s songwriting style draws on influences from blues, folk, Americana, and jazz. She has been writing and performing in the area for many years. Maura has performed solo and with several different collaborative projects from the bluegrass band, Still River Band, to popular party music with many other local musicians. She is a regular at local venues and festivals. Rich, warm and seductive, her style makes you feel good about life and love.  

Glynn's warm vocal style and subtle sense of melody is deeply heartfelt and emotionally stirring. She has performed and various collaborative projects from the bluegrass band, Still River Band, to popular party music with many other local musicians. 

"We’re looking forward to the opportunity to showcase Maura’s captivating artistry and performing style," said Mel Thiel, Development Director and Manager of WNTI. "We have an amazing pool of talented musicians in our region and this is another great chance to highlight one of the area’s best, in a cozy, intimate setting. " 

Glynn brings her act to the Inn at Millrace Pond, a venue that has established itself as one of the area’s finest spots for intimate live performances. The Inn serves both tavern style and fine dining, and also has rustic accommodations for overnight guests. 

The historic Inn, located in the heart of Hope, is a B&B/Restaurant that offers entertainment throughout the year. The WNTI Showcase is a semi-regular event at the Inn. Admission to the event is just $5 per person, with proceeds going to the hugely popular WNTI, a public non-profit radio station.  

To make a reservation for this special performance, call 908-459-4884. You can also learn more about the Inn at www.innatmillracepond.com.