Rock Hops: Dark Star Orchestra & Craft Beer Festival
Bernie Worrell Orchestra, Citizens Band Radio, Quimby Mountain Band, Lucid
334 South Post Road
West Windsor, NJ, 08550
Doors 1:30PM / Show 1:30PM
This event is all ages
Dark Star Orchestra
Dark Star Orchestras shows are built off the extensive catalog of the Grateful Dead. On any given night the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead's 30 years of extensive touring or use the catalog of original songs and often played covers to create a unique set list for the show. This allows music fans both young and old to share in the experience. Dark Star Orchestra presents its critically acclaimed live show at esteemed venues from coast to coast and internationally. Grateful Dead classics are performed in the same way that an orchestra interprets music of classical composers. The composer spirit is derived and channeled as the players capture the excitement and innovation of the original performances and compositions.
Touring nationwide for nearly 15 years to the tune of over 2000 shows since forming, the band's determined commitment to "raising the Dead" has drawn national media attention.
Citizens Band Radio
Citizens Band Radio plays a great 70's throwback country rock. They're best described simply as a honky-honkin', rock-a-rollin', whiskey-drinkin', good timin' band.
Quimby Mountain Band
Known for their incredible live performances, Quimby Mountain Band is quickly taking the music scene by storm. With the release of their new CD, "Move On", the band is "on the move" toward new heights and is now heard nationally on the Sirius XM Jam Station.
Whether playing at the historic Stanhope House in New Jersey or at festivals throughout the Northeast, the Quimby Mountain Band continues to garner tons of attention and new fans.
Barreling out of the northern woods like a grizzled bear on speed, Lucid, the hardest working band in the North Country (Upstate NY and VT), careens across the musical spectrum as a V8 blend of genres emerge- from jazz to rock, honky-tonk blues to reggae.
Formed in 2003, the latest album from the sextet, "Dewdmanwah", was released this past fall to regional acclaim in the northeast.
With 2010 aimed at being their breakthrough year, keyboardist Andy Deller looks forward to gracing the country with a healthy dose of Adirondack soul and passion.
"Our sound is catchy yet eclectic. The songs get stuck in your head, and there is a very distinct tone," said Deller. "The influences and the styles we play are wide ranging. But always at the center of it all is a thick thread of rock tying everything together. Our music has a little something for everybody. Audiences all over are very appreciative. We get applause, we get hooting and hollering, and sometimes nakedness. They're always dancing."
Roaming the nation on their graffiti-doused, Neal Cassady-esque psychedelic bus, "Lucy", the rock bandits roll joyously along the road towards musical stardom, taking no prisoners, and always having fun in a sometimes-unforgiving industry.
"We just want people to go away thinking 'that was a good time'," Deller said. "And maybe for the next week or two they can't get that one song out of their heads, but it's a good thing. It's like burping four hours after a meal, and saying, 'oh yeah, that lasagna was good'."
"Living in a ski town, one constantly hears the adage, 'if you like it now, you should have been here 10 years ago, before all these people showed up'," said Garret K. Woodward (Roving Festival Writer/State of Mind Music Magazine). "The funny thing is, in 10 years, I'll probably be saying the same thing about Lucid and the unforgettable presence they create onstage and out of your speakers.
$35 - $65
Doors open at 1:30 PM
All tickets include:
-Dark Star Orchestra show
-Music all day
-Food vendors - "Ring of Fire"
-Great Craft Beer for sale by the cup
-Access to Seminars & Vendors
Connoisseur VIP Package also includes:
-Access to Select Rare Beer Tastings from 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
-Complimentary tasting glass
-Access to VIP Concert viewing area & bar close to stage
-Access to VIP restrooms
-Complimentary tasting glass
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