Steve Forbert & Jesse Bardwell at Wild West City!

Steve Forbert, whose many hits including Romeo's Tune are renowned in the music world, will be performing at The Golden Nugget Saloon with local musician Jesse Bardwell on Saturday, November 10th!

June 15th marked the 40th Anniversary of Forbert's outstanding debut record, “Alive On Arrival”, and the release of his 19th studio album is on the way as well. He also has a book being released soon, "Big City Cat: My Life in Folk-Rock." Both will arrive this fall in time for the show.

This is going to be an outstanding night of live music at a unique venue that you will not want to miss! Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Tickets are $20 in advance / $25 at the door.

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New Orleans comes to Hope for 6th Annual Blues and Brews at Inn at Millrace Pond Aug. 19

The music of New Orleans is coming to Hope!

The 6th Annual Blues and Craft Brews at the Inn at Millrace Pond this year features Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes on Sunday Aug. 19.

This year’s musical line-up starts early, with The Trevor B. Power Band and The Outcrops warming up the crowd for national act Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes. The gates open at 1 p.m. and the music is set to start at 1:30. 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 and Tramontin Harley-Davidson in association with Joe Hirsh Productions and Mr. Music.
Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes have appeared in the region at Michael Arnone's Crawfish Fest and two years ago, at the Festival in the Borough in Washington. The band brings it on only like a New Orleans band can do it.  

Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes rocks the house all the time every time! This classically trained New Orleans-based band delivers a smorgasbord of musical genres every time they hit the stage. JSDN defy easy categorization, their irreverent funk is cut with rock riffs, a Gypsy/Klezmer flare, a Latin tinge courtesy of a hard hitting horn section, and a sense of humor.

JSDN is a collection of carefully crafted alter egos, mystical musicians hesitant to share their personal selves but collectively ready to funk beyond the call of duty. The ensemble features Johnny Sketch (Marc Paradis) on guitar, electric cello, and lead vocals; Busta Gnutt (Dave Pomerleau) on bass and backing vocals; Dirty Johnny (Andre Bohren) on drums and backing vocals; and Johnny Rico (Omar Ramirez) on trumpet and flugelhorn: and Sage Rouge on Saxophones.

With a live show that is as carefully crafted as their musical arrangements, JSDN want the audience to have FUN; carrying them from a calm, funky groove to a full blown frenzy at the drop of a hat. In New Orleans, and across the country JSDN have developed a loyal following of die-hard fans.

Both the Trevor B. Power Band and The Outcrops are two of the area's top musical attractions, combining hard-moving rock, blues and funk. The Outcrops, led by lead singer Cassidy Rain, played at the Blues and Craft Brews last year. Since then they've played at a host of festivals, appeared at Steel Stacks in Bethlehem, PA. in June, and are opening for the Slambovian Circus of Dreams and Alexis P. Suter at the Festival in the Borough in Washington on Sept. 22. 

Advanced tickets can be purchased at the Inn, in the Village of Hope, 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. You can also make ticket reservations by calling the Inn, 908-459-4884.

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 some 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.

Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Alexis P Suter headline Festival in the Borough; Vendors, Kids Fun Area, Food and More!

Tons of music, including two national acts, dozens of vendors, food, a beer garden, and a Kids Fun Area are all part of the 14th Annual Festival in the Borough. The region’s largest music and street festival, scheduled this year for Saturday Sept. 22, takes place in Downtown Washington from 11 a.m. til 10 p.m.

This year's event features not just one, but two national acts: the Slambovian Circus of Dreams and the Alexis P. Suter Band. The "Circus" has been a Northwest Jersey favorite for years, playing at Knowlton Riverfest and WNTI Stage and appearing at numerous events in the area. The Alexis P. Suter Band is renowned as one of the top blues/soul bands around.

In all, there are three stages of music (in the main parking lot downtown, by Scotty's Stadium Club, and the acoustic tent by Gaia's Gifts), with over 15 acts this year. Also included in this year's line-up are Super Local Favorites Southbound and JerZgirl, Carol Fredericks and the Dirty Jersey Band, Bulldog Attack, The Outcrops, The Emulators, and Radio Zoo. The Chatham Big Band (jazz) and This Old House (50's/60's tribute) are also on tap, along with several acoustic performers:  Mark Ryan, Helen O'Shea & Marvin Perkins, Kate & Paul, Gordon Thomas Ward, AJ Croix and Katherine Rondeau.

Presented by Visions Federal Credit Union and Baker Federal Credit Union, along with the Washington Business Improvement District, Festival in the Borough is a free admission event and is considered one of the top annual festivals in the area.

Additional sponsors and support for this year’s event include Welcoming Sponsor PNC Bank, Hackettstown Medical Center, Rossi Chevy Buick GMC, Scotty’s Stadium Club, Castle Family Dentistry, Warren County Dental Center, Williams Irish Tavern, WRNJ Radio, WXPN Radio, Good Impressions Printing & Mailing, RP Machine, Jewell Computing Solutions, and Washington Borough Clean Communities. The Skylands Songwriters Guild will host the Hackettstown Medical Center Acoustic Tent at Gaia’s Gifts and the Washington Fire Department mans the Beer Garden. The festival is also made possible through a grant from the Warren County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

The Festival in the Borough always has an array of vendors selling crafts and other items and for the second year in a row the Washington Farmers Market will be set up for business as well. The Kids Fun Area, sponsored in part by Taylor Rental of Washington, this year features plenty of free activities and back for his second time around, the hugely popular Eazy Bubble Man! In addition there will be a free craft project for the children with Dove Environmental.

A kickoff party is scheduled at Williams’ Irish Tavern on Friday night, Sept. 21, from 8 p.m. to midnight, with live music by Kelly Caruso. William's Irish Tavern will also have a post-festival party show on Saturday night featuring Supernova. That starts at 10:15. Additionally on Friday night Scotty's Stadium Club and Kathy's Kove will be having live entertainment. Scotty's will feature DJ Mitch Hess on Saturday night after the festival, as well.

For more about the Festival in the Borough, including the scheduled line-up, visit www.washingtonbid.org. You can also LIKE the Festival in the Borough Facebook page for ongoing details. Vendor openings are still available. Visit www.washingtonbid.org or call 908-689-4800 for further information.