The iconic Los Straightjackets, Garland Jeffreys and Incendio are among the featured bands set to take the stage at this year's WNTI Stage Music Festival July 15-17.
Over the course of three days on two different stages, there will be a host of acts covering an array of genres, from singer-songwriters to full steam ahead rock and roll bands.
WNTI Stage, presented by WNTI.ORG, is Northwestern New Jersey’s premier summer music festival, this year taking place Friday through Sunday, July 15-17.
Los Straightjackets, traveling in from California, is one of the most entertaining surf rock bands anywhere. Over the years the band has developed a cult following through its tight instrumentation and gimmicky stage shows. When performing live, band members dress identically, wearing black clothing, gold Aztec medallions, and personalized Mexican wrestling masks. Amis (aka "Daddy-O Grande") is the only member who speaks, introducing songs in fast, badly accented Spanish.
As time goes on, their stage shows have become more elaborate. Shows frequently feature choreography and guest vocalists.
Garland Jeffrey's background is unique as he uses parts of his Puerto Rican and African American heritage has influenced his songwriting.
"It’s affected my songwriting in a major way when it comes to how race has influenced it," he said. "My grandmother came from Puerto Rico; My mother was born in the States. I had quite an interesting family, to say the least. But the music itself does not come from any of that. Early on in my career, I started writing songs about issues, and the race issue (was just one of several areas that was focused on)."
Incendio is described in the following way: An exotic melody accompanies a desert caravan moving beneath a blazing sun. The sound of waves wash against a pristine South American beach. A lone flamenco guitar echoes through the cobbled streets of old Sevilla. And a lilting three quarter time rhythm conjures images of the rolling green hills of Ireland. The music is cinema. It is sound given shape and color. This is the music of Incendio.
Among the other acts during the weekend will be the Grand Slambovians, the Dana Gaynor Band, and Uncle Floyd. The full schedule can be found at www.wntistage.org.
Presented by the hugely popular station WNTI.ORG from Centenary University, in partnership with Kennedy Event Services. WNTI Stage, now in its fifth year, takes place at the Lions Pavilion on Route 46 in Knowlton Township and has become a weekend-long party for enthusiasts of the music festival scene. In addition to the non-stop music, there's plenty of food and beverages, and some of the region’s most phenomenal crafters and vendors.
This year's sponsors include: Century Link, Gallagher's Plumbing and Heating, Horizon Services, Inc., PocoNote, LLC, RP Machine, Minglewood Kennels, Direct Millwork, and First Hope Bank.
Friday hours are 6-10 p.m., Saturday 12-10 p.m., and Sunday, 12-7 p.m. The charge for admittance is: Friday $20. Saturday $25. Sunday $20. A 3-day pass is $50. Children 12 and under free, and parking is free as well.
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.
Organizers only ask that you leave the coolers and pets at home.
Discount three day passes now available online www.wnti.org or www.wntistage.org ($50 each until the end of June. This is a $15 savings). Day passes also available online.