Smithereens to Celebrate 35th Anniversary at WNTI Stage

The Smithereens, one of New Jersey's most popular iconic rock bands, is going to have a party to celebrate their 35th Anniversary of performing - and everybody is invited!

The "party" will take place at Northwest New Jersey's "funnest" music festival, WNTI Stage, Organized by the eclectic WNTI Radio Station, WNTI Stage celebrates its own anniversary. As in years past, the festival, in its fifth year, features an array of musical styles, something for everyone!

This year's festival takes place July 17-19.

The festival opens Friday night with two super acts, The Grand Slambovians and the Ed Palermo Band. The Ed Palermo Band, which plays several different genres in its makeup, will pay tribute to the music of Frank Zappa.   

Saturday night features The Smithereens, not only a favorite in New Jersey but throughout the United States. The band formed in back in 1980 and has been on the music scene ever since. The well-known band is hoping you’ll join them at WNTI Stage to celebrate their music, its longevity and popularity. The Smithereens are famous for their catchy 1960’s style power-pop, with their first album “Blood and Roses” getting play in movies and TV shows like “Miami Vice.”

The band proudly draws on their influences ranging from Buddy Holly and The Who, to Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe, and their own music in turn helped influence others as well, most famously Kurt Kobain. This is a band with a tremendous range of appeal and something not to be missed at WNTI Stage. Led by Pat DiNizo, from Scotch Plains (vocals and rhythm guitar), The Smithereens also include Jim Babjak, lead guitar and vocalist, Severo "The Thrilla" Jornacion, bass guitar, and Dennis Diken on drums.

Sunday is headlined by none other than the legendary Chubby Checker. Many other acts are in the line-up, with two stages filling every weekend minute. The full schedule can be found

Presented by WNTI, in partnership with Kennedy Events Services, WNTI Stage 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. This year's event takes place Friday July 17 through Sunday July 19. With two stages of non-stop music there is also plenty of food and beverages, and some of the region's most interesting crafters and vendors.

Major sponsors for this year's event are Knowlton Cultural Heritage Commission, Century Link, and Kennedy Event Services.

Friday hours are 6-10 p.m., Saturday noon-10 p.m., and Sunday, noon-7 p.m. The charge for admittance is just $15 for Friday, $20 for Saturday, and $15 on Sunday. 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 coolers and pets are left at home.

For more information about the festival, or to order tickets, visit 

Bob Lanza Band, Brother Buddha to hit the blues at Inn at Millrace Pond's 3rd Annual Blues and Craft Brews Fest Aug. 30

What better way to wind down the summer season than to enjoy an afternoon of Blues music and Craft Beers? That's what you'll get under the tent at the Inn at Millrace Pond on Sunday Aug. 30 when the restaurant hosts its 3rd Annual Blues and Craft Brews Festival.

This year's musical line-up is killer, with power-packed bands Brother Buddha and Bob Lanza Band, along with Slackjaw, cranking out incredible energy from start to finish. The gates open at 1 p.m. and the music is set to start at about 2. 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 in association with Joe Hirsh Productions and Tramontin Harley-Davidson.

The Bob Lanza Band has been lighting up the blues circuit big time this past year, and is now a frequent act at blues festivals in the tri-state region. Brother Buddha hammers it out bigtime and features the King of the B-3 Hammond Organ, John Ginty. Slackjaw brings its steady blues rock sound to the show, too, making for a solid one-two-three punch of talent all day!  The event will also include  an array of amazing vendors.

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 Saturday nights patrons enjoy dinner while listening to live piano music. Weather permitting, the Inn also offers patio dining outside. 

Jimmy & The Parrots, Quimby Mountain, Southbound Highlight Festival in the Borough Sept. 26 Plenty of Kids Stuff, too!

Put on your dancing shoes because there will be plenty of reason to tap your shoes when the 11th Annual Festival in the Borough takes place on Saturday Sept. 26.

The Downtown of Washington will once again turn into the largest Street & Music Festival in Northwest New Jersey from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., as 20 musical acts perform on three separate stages throughout the day and into the evening.

Highlighting the musical line-up will be awesome festival favorites, Jimmy & The Parrots, along with the Quimby Mountain Band, Southbound and national recording artist, Barrence Whitfield and his band.

The Steve Kirchuk Trio, the JerZgirls, Don Elliker, Gina Royale, Barkers Mill Road Band, and other musical acts will be performing on various stages around town.

The Festival in the Borough is FREE to attend. There is also plenty of FREE parking. In addition to the free entertainment the streets will be lined with dozens of vendors selling an array of items, as well as a host of participating downtown businesses. Food of all varieties will also be on hand. And there is a beer garden hosted by the Washington Fire Department.

Three stages are on tap: PNC Stage in the Town Clock lot; the Hackettstown Regional Medical Center/Wells Fargo Acoustic Stage at the corner of School Street and Rt. 57 at Gaia’s Gift Shop, and the Scotty’s Tavern Stage" on Belvidere Avenue !

The Festival in the Borough has been named Top Festival in the Skylands Region and is truly a family-friendly event with lots of fun stuff for the kids to do. There will inflatable rides and free mini-golf courtesy of Stew’s Auto Body, as well as other cool stuff for the young ones.

For vending information or more details on the festival itself, visit (and LIKE) the Festival in the Borough Facebook page, or call the WBID office at 908-689-4800.