45 Main Street
Stanhope, NJ, 07874
Doors 6:00 PM (event ends at 11:59 PM)
Self-described as high performance rock n roll, RAQ has been touring as a four piece band for over 15 years. Their unique sound featuring complex song structure and quirky-yet- accessible lyrics has their older fans wishing the band was still full time and the younger generation wondering what they have missed. There is little doubt after all these years that RAQ still delivers tremendously when it comes to live improvisational rock.
The band met in Burlington, Vermont, where they first called
themselves "Shadraq", but decided to shorten the name to RAQ before cutting their debut album “Shed Tech” in March of 2001. In 2002, the band saw original keyboard player, Marc Scortino, leave the band who was replaced by Todd Stoops. Stoops joined Chris Michetti (guitar), Jay Burwick (Bass) and Greg Stukey (drums) to make up the band for the remainder of the decade. The band went on to release “Carbohydrates Are the Enemy” later that year and set out for their first national tour. In 2006, RAQ released their third album “Ton These.” The band took a brief hiatus from 2012-2014 to pursue some other projects and plays currently with Michetti, Burwick and Stoops who are now joined on drums by Scotty Zwang (formerly of Dopapod)
One of the reasons behind RAQ's highly successful tour past is due to their compositions being grounded in solid song structures, but still being malleable enough to go in infinite directions in the live setting. This keeps the quartet's devout following and first time listeners yearning for more as the audience is taken along on the collective journey. Their extensive repertoire of original compositions and eclectic selection of covers give the band the freedom to create a unique set list for every show.
The wait is over, RAQ is back!
Goose is a Funk-Folk band based out of Norwalk, Connecticut. Rick Mitarotonda is the guitarist-singer-songwriter whose folky, hummable melodies are supported by keyboardist Kristopher Yunker, and a deep-pocket rhythm section of Trevor Weekz on Bass, Ben Atkind on drums, and Aaron Hagele on percussion. The band’s music is both memorable and danceable; an organic and easy-to-love mix of funk and contemporary folk, with touches of reggae, jazz, blues, and rock.
Butt chugging bottom feeders choking on the nectar of the gods.
$18 in advance, or $22 cash at the door.
$5 Food & Beverage Minimum collected in cash at door for ages under 21; Voucher redeemable in restaurant.
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