‘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.


New Jersey native Danielia Cotton takes center stage for WNTI Fundraiser May 2

American rock singer Danielia Cotton, who grew up in Hunterdon County and is now performs throughout the United States, takes center stage on May 2 when WNTI Radio hosts a fundraiser for the public station at the Historic Blairstown Theater. 

Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 each, with proceeds going to WNTI.

Cotton, who comes from a musical family, is the daughter of jazz vocalist Wenonah Brooks and the niece of jazz vocalists Jeannie Brooks and Carol Brooks-Meyners.

"Danielia really brings it on stage," said Melanie Thiel, Development Director at WNTI. "She is one of those 'wow' performers."  

When not doing her jazz thing, Cotton's single mom also supported the family doing accounting work. When Danielia was 12 years old, her mom gave her an acoustic guitar, a prescient move designed to help a daughter find an emotional and creative outlet. She also started harmonizing with her mom and her aunts in a gospel group, the Brooks Ensemble Plus. 

Along with her growing love for rock, Cotton developed a warm appreciation for jazz and gospel and to this day, her musical style can run the gamut. 

In 2005 Cotton released her debut album Small White Town (title inspired by Hopewell). Although Cotton is not a fan of comparisons, she was soon earning them after her debut album with such titans as Tina Turner, Janis Joplin and even the Rolling Stones.  She was immediately pegged by World Cafe as an "Artist to Watch". And it's been an upward swing ever since as Cotton has played in clubs and festivals around the country, and has opened for some of the biggest names in rock, R&B and blues including the Allmans, BB King, Bon Jovi, and Robert Cray, 

For tickets and other information,visit www.wnti.org or call 908-979-4355, Ext. 1. For directions to the theater, visit www.thehbt.com.