Maria Muldaur’s sweet sounds, ‘Midnight at the Oasis’, coming to Stanhope House Oct. 22

Maria Muldaur, whose mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis”, became an instant hit in the 1970s and remains one of that decade’s most memorable songs, is bringing “Midnight” and much more to the Stanhope House for a special show on Wed. Oct. 22.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of “Midnight” she has created a multi-media retrospective Way Past Midnight , which chronicles her 50 year journey “to the Oasis and Beyond”. This special presentation features all her hits and fan faves from every stage of her career, as well as fascinating, entertaining, (often humorous!) stories of her personal encounters, friendships, and collaborations with many of the greatest names in music.

While the Grammy nominated “Midnight at the Oasis” may be Muldaur’s most recognizable song, there is plenty more to her repertoire. In fact, the west coast based singer has recorded 40 albums, several of which garnered national attention.

Her critically acclaimed 2001 Stony Plain Records release, Richland Woman Blues, was nominated for a Grammy and by the Blues Foundation as Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year, as was the follow up to that album, Sweet Lovin’ Ol’ Soul. Her timely 2008 album, Yes We Can!, featured her “Women’s Voices for Peace Choir,” which included: Bonnie Raitt, Joan, Baez, Jane Fonda, Odetta, Phoebe Snow, Holly Near and others.  In 2009 Maria teamed up with John Sebastian, David Grisman, and Dan Hicks. That album, Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy, garnered Maria her 6th Grammy nomination, and it was also nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year by The Blues Foundation.

In 2011 Muldaur released Steady Love, a contemporary electric Blues album that reflects the kind of music she loves to perform live - what she calls “Bluesiana Music” - her own brand of New Orleans-flavored Blues, R&B and “Swamp Funk.” Steady Love reached #1 on the Living Blues Chart, and garnered her yet another nomination for Best Traditional Female Blues Artist from the Blues Foundation.

In 2012, for her 40th album, she produced the critically acclaimed ….First Came Memphis Minnie, a loving tribute to the pioneering Blues woman who inspired and influenced so many female Blues artists who followed in her footsteps, many of whom joined Maria on this special project: Bonnie Raitt, Phoebe Snow, Ruthie Foster, Koko Taylor and Rory Block accompanied by the amazing guitar work of Del Rey, David Bromberg, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Roy Rogers, and others.

Her astounding career could best be described as a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. During the folk revival of the early '60s, she began exploring and singing early Blues, Bluegrass and Appalachian “Old Timey” Music, beginning her recording career in 1963 with the Even Dozen Jug Band and shortly thereafter, joining the very popular Jim Kweskin Jug Band, touring and recording with them throughout the '60s.

In the 40 years since “Midnight at the Oasis,” she has toured extensively worldwide and has recorded 40 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots Music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band (not to mention several award-winning children’s albums). She has now settled comfortably into her favorite idiom, the Blues.

For more about Muldaur, visit her website, www.mariamuldaur.com. She is also on Facebook.


Opening up for Muldaur will be the exciting blues group, Kim Brewer Band. For tickets and further information about the Stanhope House, go to www.stanhopehousenj.com or call 973-347-7777.

Pre Halloween Vincent Price Tribute Dinner at Inn at Millrace Pond with grandson Jody's music and reflections, and Vincent recipes and wine!

Besides being a horror movie icon, there were many other sides to the late Vincent Price. His acting career was quite varied, he was an accomplished chef, and was a champion of the arts and education. What better way to get into the Halloween "season" with a night though, devoted to a man whose career included some of the most memorable horror movies of all time.

The Vincent Price Tribute Dinner, will feature reflective stories and background about Vincent by his grandson Jody, along with a menu highlighting several of Vincent's favorite recipes taken from his published cook book, as well as wines from the Vincent Price Wine Collection. The special event will be held at the historic Inn at Millrace Pond on Saturday Oct. 25. The special mid-winter spooky dinner also features the acoustic guitar work of Jody.

Twenty years after his death, Price still commands the attention of generations of horror movie fans, notes Jody Price, who lives in Long Valley.

Vincent Price, a Yale graduate, began by playing the straight man, the lead, but "he fell into horror movies," said Jody. Born in St. Louis in 1911, Price's first on-screen appearance was 75 years ago as the romantic lead in 1938 "Service de Luxe," a role far from the face of classic horror he would soon become. It was three years later that his first plunge into sci-fi and horror hit the screens, a movie called "The Invisible Man Returns."
This led to roles in dozens of iconic movies, from the original versions of "The Fly" (60th anniversary marked this year) and "House of Wax" (55th anniversary), as well as a series of Edgar Allen Poe film adaptations.
For children of the '80s, he can be recognized opposite Johnny Depp as the inventor in "Edward Scissorhands" and as the speaker in Michael Jackson's highly acclaimed "Thriller."

Jody notes that his personal favorites are "The House on Haunted Hill," which terrified his brother for a full month as kids, and "The Conquerer Worm," in which his grandfather is hacked to bits with an axe.

"For someone who was not considered an A-list star, his impact was amazing," he said. "Vincent not only enjoyed playing the horror roles that made him famous but his guest appearances on kids' TV, comedies and parts in other 'serious' dramas also commanded much attention."

Jody is a computer programmer and locally-renowned acoustic guitarist who had his own piece of national fame in a 1999 "Simpsons" episode after that year's Super Bowl in which the ghost of Vincent Price tells Marge Simpson that his grandson, Jody, will deliver the missing piece of a celebrity craft kit. As a musical performer, Jody frequently entertains crowds at restaurants and special events. Jody, an instrumental acoustic artist, mixes material that gives his work an expansive feel. Influenced by the ikes of Leo Kottke, John Renbourn, George Harrison, Ralph Towner, Patty Larkin and a whole lot more, his tunes are a mixture of Jazz, Acoustic Blues, English Folk and Avant Garde.

A mix of music and commentary, Jody's fondest memories of his grandfather are not film-related. Join him on Oct. 25 to find out more about his relationship with his grandfather and Vincent's career highlights.

The Inn at Millrace Pond, a historic bed and breakfast and restaurant is located just minutes from Route 80, Exit 12. The dinner-event starts with seatings at 6:30 p.m. Jody's music starts at 7 p.m. and the Vincent Price "reflections" begin at about 8:15. Dinner tickets are just $49 (plus tax and gratuity) per person. For those just interested in the Vincent Price commentary, tickets are $10 each plus a one drink minimum.


Reservations are recommended for this event. The Inn at Millrace Pond is 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 call 908-459-4884 or visit innatmillracepond.com.

Quimby Mountain Band's Nov. 1 Halloween show at Historic Blairstown Theatre a 'costume affair'

Things might be a little spooky when Quimby Mountain Band takes the stage for its Halloween Extravaganza at the Historic Blairstown Theatre on Saturday Nov. 1.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Showtime is 8:30. The theater is located on Main Street in Blairstown.

Attendees are encouraged to come in costume and dance the night away! Expect plenty of surprises during the night and prizes for best costumes.

Quimby Mountain Band is known for its multi-genre sound, with pieces of funk, blues, rock, reggae, and soul mixed in. The band includes Bob Noble, bass, Harry Noble, guitar, Matt Schmidt, guitar, Jesse Bardwell, lead singer, and Matt DiPaolo, drums. The Quimby Mountain Band composes and arranges all of its music collectively. 

The band recently toured the south, playing at major clubs in North Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia. Over the summer they played a host of festivals including the Waterloo Festival in September. Also in September they headlined a show at the TB Bank Stage at Steel Stacks in Bethlehem, Pa. For more about the Quimby Mountain Band, check out the band's Facebook page and LIKE it.


Tickets are $15 in advance / $20 at the door. Students with valid ID will be admitted for $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online, at www.hbt.com or contact the band through Facebook. For more on Quimby, go to www.quimbymountainband.net.