Washington Gears Up For Festival in the Borough

Music galore, dozens of vendors, food, a beer garden, rides, and a Kids Fun Area are all part of the Annual Festival in the Borough, the region's largest music and street festival, scheduled this year for Saturday Sept. 23, takes place in Downtown Washington from 11 a.m. til 10 p.m. 

The event features three stages of music, featuring local and national acts such as the Brian Dean Moore Band, Too Stupid To Quit, the JerZgirls, the John Ginty Band, Santana Tribute Band Jingo, Above Ground Blues Band, Skylar Burrell Band, and Dizaster Horse. Ginty's band is coming off a U.S. Tour. In addition to his own band, Ginty often tours with the Dixie Chicks. A true showman, Ginty is among the world's premier B-3 Hammond organ players. 

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

Additional sponsors and support for this year's event include PNC Bank, Hackettstown Medical Center, Rossi Chevy Buick GMC, Scotty's Stadium Club, Castle Family Dentistry, Warren County Dental Center, Stew's Auto Body, Williams Irish Tavern, WRNJ Radio, WXPN Radio, and Good Impressions Printing & Mailing.  The Skylands Songwriters Guild will host the Rossi Chevy Buick GMC 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 this year features hula hooping and new this year, Eazy Bubble Man!

A kickoff party is scheduled at Williams' Irish Tavern on Friday night, Sept. 22, from 8 p.m. to midnight, with live music on tap.  

For more about the Festival in the Borough, visit the Festival in the Borough Facebook page. Sponsorships are still available as are Vendor openings. Visit www.washingtonbid.org or call 908-689-4800 for further information.

Bardwell putting up the mileage with new projects

Jesse Bardwell has been putting up some serious frequent flyer mileage over the past year. And it's added up to some exciting new projects along the way.  

The former lead singer of the Quimby Mountain Band, who was also a contestant on Season 10 of The Voice, has been criss-crossing the country with his band, Jesse Bardwell and The Free Union, as a duo with Elliott Peck performing as Peck & Penn, as a solo act, and guesting with many other bands from New York to Savannah, Nashville, and Northern California.

"I've been busy," understated Bardwell, who grew up in Hackettstown and currently resides in the Delaware Water Gap area. "I've got a lot of exciting projects going on, I'm meeting a lot of great people, and there's a lot of good things on the horizon."

Including a European Tour Nov. 29-Dec. 24 with another Hackettstown native, Joe Cirotti, and Peck. That tour includes stops in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Denmark and Belgium, so far. 

"It's going to be a lot of work, but it should be fun," said Bardwell, who has never toured outside the U.S. before. 

He recently let loose a new EP/Vinyl, produced in Nashville, that also features Andy Goessling of Railroad Earth and others.

A month ago he appeared with Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead at Terrapin Crossroads in California and more recently has opened up for and accompanied Steve Forbert on guitar and mandolin. In fact, Bardwell was also selected to produce a track on a new release of artists covering Forbert tunes. 

In August he returns to California again, for another tour with Peck. For more about Bardwell and what he's up to, visit www.JesseBardwell.com.

Photo by Doug Clifton. "Grahame Lesh and Friends":  Elliott Peck, Grahame Lesh, Jesse Bardwell, Phil Lesh (in back right), and Alex Koford, at Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA