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The 2017 Rockland-Bergen Music Festival

The 2017 Rockland-Bergen Music Festival(TAPPAN, NY) -- On June 24 and 25, New Jersey/New York fixture Joe D'Urso will present the fourth annual Rockland-Bergen Music Festival on the borders of Rockland and Bergen counties in Tappan, New York. The festival, which has now become an anticipated event in area, will feature over 33 artists on two stages as well as 15 non-profit organizations to realize D'Urso's vision of a musical event that combines great music and important causes.

Early bird tickets are now on sale at the price of $45 or $51 for a two day pass. Visit www.rocklandmusicfestival.com for pricing and details. As in years past, anyone born in the calendar year of 1967 can enter the festival for FREE in celebration of their 50th birthday. 

"As we enter our fourth year, fans can expect a lot of the same things that we have been doing the past few years. Festival fans have said that this is their favorite small music festival as it feels like a family BBQ with famous and talented people walking around and performing. I personally love that line as that is exactly what I was going for when I started 4 years ago. The RBMF is a true labor of love as I wanted to bring fantastic music to the border area of Rockland and Bergen counties as we have never had anything like this in our area. Now, we have had various Grammy winners and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members. Not bad for a family BBQ!" said D'Urso about the fourth installment of this annual event.

This year, the festival will break down into two distinct days. On Satuday, June 24, the stages will be focused on nationally known touring acts like the Jake Clemons BandJohn Cafferty & Beaver Brown, Steve ForbertJoe GrusheckyJeffrey GainesHollis BrownChristine Oilman & Rebel MontezJoe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, and more. Sunday, June 25 will keep the focus on the most talented local artists in the area like Neil Berg's Pianomen (Billy Joel/Elton John), Rita Harvey'sHeart Like A Wheel Tribute to Linda Ronstadt, Walkin' After Midnight: Patsy Cline Tribute with Carter CalvertRex & The Rockabilly Kings (Early Elvis), Jeb Jones plays The Dead (Johnny Markowski), Dead Mile Dance and more.

For the second day of the festival, D'Urso wanted to create a more inclusive day of music. "We have also changed the ticket pricing for the second date to a incredibly reasonably ticket price of $10/$12 per person and the first day of the festival will be somewhat similar to last year with ticket prices ranging from $45 to $53 per person," said D'Urso. 

On June 23, there will be a kickoff concert at the Turning Point in Piermont, NY with Anthony D'Amato and Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan. On June 24, there will be an evening show at the Turning Point featuring Joe Grushecky, Ben Arnold and Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan. Tickers for the Turning Point shows are sold separately and can be purchases at www.rocklandmusicfestival.com.

Rockland-Bergen Music Festival's mission is to bring great music to the beautiful areas of Rockland and Bergen counties area while raising awareness and consciousness of many organizations that are doing great work in various fields of health and humanity and have them be discovered and supported by music fans.


"As we have had in the past, there will be 15 or so not for profit/501C3/charities on site each day from the local community and region. My goal is to have every person who attends to discover an organization and maybe get involved with those folks. Enriching lives along the way, both the festival go’er and the organization. It's not your normal 'festival fare' when walking around but it has been a wonderful 'adventure' and I have to thank my friend Joe Allen and Active International for helping me create "Active’s Circle of Hope" which donates funds to each organization on site.  The organizations also receive donations from folks at the festival, but more so, relationships start," said D'Urso about the charitable organizations on site.

Saturday, June 24 

Jake Clemons Band, John Cafferty & Beaver Brown, Steve Forbert, Joe Grushecky, Hollis Brown, Jeffrey Gaines, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, Jesse Terry, Finn & The Sharks, Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes, Mike Rocket,Joe D'Urso's Acoustic Excursion

Sunday, June 25

Neil Berg's Pianomen (Billy Joel/Elton John), Rita Harvey's Heart Like A Wheel Tribute to Linda Ronstadt,Walkin' After Midnight: Patsy Cline Tribute with Carter Calvert, Rex & The Rockabilly Kings (Early Elvis), Dead Mile Dance (Allman Brothers), Jeb Jones plays The Grateful Dead (Johnny Markowski), School of Rock Orangeburg, Isabella Rose, Tim O'Donohue & TMU, Blarney Stew, Mojo Foot, Better Than Bowling, Damage Radio, Bobby DiBlasio, Tommy Dunn Band, Patrick Jones, Adam Falcon, Rick Ilowite, Ayanna Martine

Rockland-Bergen Music Festival 2017:

June 23 - The Turning Point - Piermont, NY - 8:00pm

June 24 - German Masonic Park - Tappan, NY - 10:45am


June 24 - The Turning Point - Piermont, NY - 8:00pm

June 25 - German Masonic Park - Tappan, NY - 10:45am

June 25 - The '76 House - Tappan, NY - 8:30pm

Tickets on sale: www.rocklandmusicfestival.com

High School and College ID: Day-of purchase only, no advance purchase

Anyone born in 1967 gets free entrance in celebration of their 50th birthday


Festival Information: Rain or Shine Event

Parking Lot opens at 9:30am - $5

Tailgating is not allowed in the German Masonic Park parking lots

Hours of Event: Parking lot opens at 9:30am

German Masonic Park gates open at 10:30am

Music begins at 11:00am each day

Music ends at 7:45pm each day


10 x 10 Tents:

A limited amount of 10x10 tents allowed into the festival.

These tents would be set up on the "back third" section of the main field.



Other Festival Info: Promo events

The Palisades Center - West Nyack, New York

4th Floor across from Levity Live and 5 Wits

RBMFestival Songwriters with local songwriters and School of Rock Orangeburg performers.

There are tables and chairs so you can sit, listen and be comfortable!



Friday, June 2 - 6pm-9pm

Saturday, June 10 - 1pm-4pm

Sunday, June 11 - 1pm-4pm

Saturday, June 17 - 2pm-5pm

Charitable Organizations on site during the RBM Festival 2017:

Light of Day, WhyHunger, People to People, Dan Sullivan Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, March of Dimes, Penguin Plunge, Sunrise Day Camp, VCS, Love, Hope and Strength, South Orangetown Ambulance Corp, Orangetown Auxiliary Police, Hi Tor Animal Shelter

What to bring to the RBMF 2017... besides your tickets!

Blankets and chairs are welcome; Hats, sunglasses and bandannas for shade; Personal identification & medical documentation, in case of emergency; Cash is good to bring. There is an ATM on site as well and the town of Tappan is close by; Rain gear, just in case; Clothing with a hood; Extra pair of shoes/sneakers; Sunscreen.

Please do NOT bring: 

Liquor, Beer, Wine, Soda, Water, Bottles (Glass or Plastic), Coolers, Backpacks, No Guns or Knives (really?), No Fireworks,


No Illegal Substances, No Pets (Service animals, trained to assist an individual with a disability, are allowed)


originally published: 05/02/2017

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