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Josh Ritter and Third World to Headline Maplewoodstock 2018

originally published: 05/02/2018

Josh Ritter and Third World to Headline Maplewoodstock 2018(MAPLEWOOD, NJ) -- The 15th Annual Maplewoodstock Music and Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 from noon until 10:00pm each day.   This free, two-day, live music and arts event will be held at Maplewood's Memorial Park (160 Dunnell Rd -- directly opposite Maplewood’s NJ Transit train station). Saturday's Headliner is Third World.  Sunday’s Headliner is Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band.   

Third World is one of the longest-lived reggae bands of all time -- informed and influenced by funk, soul, and disco.  They have toured the world and bring their inclusive sound to our stage.   

Sunday's Headliner Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band travels in the channels of the Americana singer-songwriter tradition.  His 2017 album  – The Gathering – has been described as an amalgam of country, gospel, and soul.   

Saturday's show will also feature Hopewell, NJ, native Danielia Cotton.  Danielia pulls inspiration from classic Motown as well as Sly and the Family Stone and presents strikingly optimistic message from abominable lows.  She has opened for Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, and Bon Jovi.   

And, Sunday's show will feature The Suffers.  Spin magazine has described them as “a ten-piece soul collective that steeps their tracks in jazzy history with a modern twist. They’re the sort of neo-retro group you never knew music was so badly missing.”



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“We aim to put on the best possible free music and art festival that we can – one with deep roots in the Maplewood community,” says volunteer Maplewoodstock Festival Chairperson Drew Dix. “We are nine of your friends and neighbors who volunteer all year long to put this festival together.  We love seeing old friends and making new ones out enjoying the gorgeous weekend.  So, come relax on your blankets and lawn chairs, bring a picnic basket, and enjoy a family-friendly weekend of music, art, food, and the best of the Maplewood community.”

Each day of the festival features nearly a dozen bands who represent a stylistically-wide variety of rock, pop, soul, R&B, funk, folk, reggae and world beat. These bands are selected from a record-high 109 applicants in 2018 who radiate from Maplewood/South Orange to other musical communities like Montclair, New Brunswick, Red Bank, and Brooklyn.  The festival gives voice to local and regional talent, while lending its stage to a few artists a bit further away who can grace our hillside with their distinct sounds.  And, as we have come to appreciate, each day is capped with an internationally touring Featured and Headline act.

A total of 23 bands will perform over the two-day festival.  In addition to the music, there will be local arts and crafts vendors, who bring unique offerings of handcrafted goods, like artwork, clothing, jewelry, – a rare find of arts and crafts amid such a diverse musical program.

In addition to the music and arts vendors, the Maplewoodstock festival will offer a food court – a cornucopia of options for the whole family from burgers to tacos, from lobster rolls to Thai food, from fresh squeezed lemonade to jerk chicken -- a beer garden for kid-dodging parents, and a large KidZone with games, inflatable rides, crafts, and more for our youngest attendees and their minders.

The town of Maplewood also offers a senior-friendly tent for those long-time citizens who want to come out, enjoy the youthful energy, sit in the shade, and enjoy a meal from our food vendors that can be delivered from volunteers run by the Age Friendly Committee for Maplewood and South Orange.    

For those hearing-impaired, we also offer (for the second year) our volunteer-organized sign language interpretation for several hours each day (typically 5 pm until closing).  While we cannot offer reserved seating space, if you are seeking sign language interpretation, you should aim to situate yourself at “House Right” – about 20 feet from the right-front corner of the stage.  We will mark the area with “Deaf Area” signs and ask attendees to self-police and be gracious and neighborly in sharing/ceding space for those wanting to view the sign language interpreters.

Volunteer Maplewoodstock Festival Chairperson Drew Dix also added, “The last few years, we’ve almost become the victims of our own success, with very large crowds and some confusion about when and where tents and canopies can be erected.  The town of Maplewood will be clarifying their rules on this, and we will be publicizing those rules on our website in the coming weeks so that all our attendees are clearly informed about what to expect.”





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Upcoming Events

South Jersey Pops To Present Holiday Shows On Sunday & Monday

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Audible and NJPAC Present "Jazz in the Key of Ellison"

Audible and NJPAC Present "Jazz in the Key of Ellison"

(NEWARK, NJ) -- The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and Audible have announced the first three national performance dates of “Jazz in the Key of Ellison,” celebrating the musical world of the esteemed African-American novelist, critic and scholar Ralph Ellison and his remarkable collection of jazz recordings.








Event calendar
Sunday, Dec 16, 2018


MUSIC

CHRIS GULLACE BAND - A BENEFIT FOR ST. JUDE @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 2:00pm

SOLAR CIRCUS / DOOBIE DECIBEL SYSTEM @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

ELEVEN ELEVEN @ Lobby Bar at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 2:00pm

SUNDAY JAZZ @ Hard Rock Cafe at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 10:00am

Joy to the World: A Christmas Suite @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 4:00pm


THEATRE

Elf, The Musical @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 2:00pm

A Christmas Story @ Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, Budd Lake - 2:00pm

An Actor's Carol @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm

Seussical @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 2:00pm

Peter pan @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 1:00pm and 5:00pm

A CHRISTMAS CAROL @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 3:00pm

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 1:30pm and 7:00pm

A Wonderful Life @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Junie B. Jones The Musical at Black Box PAC @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 11:00am

A Charlie Brown Christmas @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 1:30pm and 3:30pm

Hudson Theatre Works presents "And My True Love Gave To Me" @ Hudson Theatre Works, Weehawken - 5:00pm







DANCE

Cocktail Hour: The Show Featuring the B-Twist Orchestra @ White Eagle Hall, Jersey City - 6:00pm

NEW JERSEY BALLET’S NUTCRACKER WITH NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 1:00pm and 6:00pm

The Nutcracker: The Russian National Ballet @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Carol of the King: The Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 3:00pm

Bolshoi Ballet: Don Quixote @ Pollak Theatre @ Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 3:00pm


KIDS

Shopkins LIVE! Shop It Up! @ Mainstage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 11:00am

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