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Our 2019 lineup will be announced after May 1, 2019.

Our 2018 Headliners and Featured Acts and Full Lineup

Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band - Headliner (Sunday at 8:15 PM)

Josh Ritter‘s acclaimed 20-year career as a songwriter and musician reaches new heights with the release of his ninth full-length album, Gathering. Along with his loyal bandmates, the Royal City Band, Josh returned to the studio with more songs than he’d ever had before at one time. Reenergized after a recent collaboration with legendary musician Bob Weir (who also contributes vocals and guitar to a song on Gathering) and –at the same time — tired of living in the shadow of his earlier self, Josh felt charged with exploring the possibility of cutting himself loose from his own and others’ expectations. In his words, “I began with an exciting sense of dissatisfaction, and what emerged, as I began to find my voice, was a record full of storms. I still can’t tell what era these stories are from. They feel part roustabout, part psalm to me.”

A songwriter, a musician, a New York Times best-selling author, a painter, a consummate performer. Josh Ritter encompasses all of these descriptors and more. He is a true artist, one who is not afraid of growing, changing and constantly challenging earlier versions of himself. Here, two decades into his storied career, Josh Ritter is just getting started.

Third World - Headliner (Saturday at 8:45 PM)

Celebrating 45 years, ‘Reggae Ambassadors’, THIRD WORLD is one of the longest-lived Reggae bands of all time, and one of Jamaica’s most consistently popular crossover acts among international audiences. Mixing in elements of R&B, funk, pop, and rock and, later on, dancehall and rap, Third World’s style has been described as “reggae-fusion”.

With 10 Grammy nominations and catalogue of charted smash hits (including “Now That We Found Love”, ”96 Degrees in the Shade” and “Try Jah Love” ) spanning over four decades, sold-out tours, a vibrant and loyal fan base and inspirational messages, one may wonder, “Where did it all begin? What gives Third World the staying power so rare in the music industry?” Third World is more than just one of the top Reggae bands of all time, it is an institution that stands for producing and performing music that, while holding firm to the cultural and ancestral roots of its members, still pushes forward the cutting edge of music worldwide. It is an institution whose themes are positive, progressive and internationally relevant: an asset to any size festival or event.

Third World has performed to thousands of music fans on 6 of the 7 continents: TW toured & recorded with late great Bob Marley, including opening for Marley’s first world tour in 1978. TW recorded and toured with master blaster Stevie Wonder, who produced 2 of their albums in the 80’s released with CBS. They toured America with legendary guitarist Santana, opened for the Jackson 5’s first concert in Jamaica, shared stages throughout the world with the Bono of U2, Sting, The Police, Whitney Houston, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Jimmy Buffet, Eric Clapton, Marc Anthony and more.

We invite you to be entertained by the Reggae Ambassadors, THIRD WORLD!

Danielia Cotton - Featured Act (Saturday at 7:15 PM)

It’s telling that after so many years, the Hopewell, N.J. native— who first picked up a guitar at age 12, released her debut album in 2005 and has opened for the likes of Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks and Bon Jovi—is still looking for fresh ways to say hello to audiences. Though she’s constantly evolving as an artist, Cotton’s quick to point out that she’s always managed to remain herself.

“I still stayed true to myself because to me, I had to keep redefining success along the way and decide what it is I truly wanted,” she says. “Did I want adoration or did I want a certain level of artistry and acknowledgement from my peers versus fans? And I keep redefining and answering that question over and over again. I believe I’ve stayed true to who I was in the process, so that’s a deep thing. I went the long route, but I wouldn’t do it any other way. My first entertainment lawyer, Jaimie Roberts, always said ‘if it comes quick, it doesn’t last.’ If it’s a slow build, you’ll get there and you are much more likely to have longevity.”

She’s still here, and she’s got no plans to leave.

The Suffers - Featured Act (Sunday at 6:45 PM)

There is a contagious and combustible energy every time the eight-piece wonder-band The Suffers steps on the scene. NPR’s Bob Boilen attributes the band’s allure to their “Soul, straight from horn to heart.” He adds, “This band is on fire when it’s in front of an audience...but the intensity of their shows are also captured in the studio.” Following The Suffers’ electrifying late night TV debut on Letterman in 2015, David Letterman exclaimed, “If you can’t do this, get out of the business!” There is something undeniable about The Suffers (whose name is a reference to the 1978 Jamaican film Rockers starring Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, Jacob Miller and Burning Spear, among others), that instantly hits home with their audiences. “We make music for all people,” says lead vocalist Kam Franklin. “At this point, we’ve played all over the world and one thing is certain - if the music is good, the people will enjoy it.”

Since 2011, the H-Town heroes have been on a steady grind and have no plans of stopping. It seems the secret to their success is simple. Keyboardist Patrick Kelly confides, “There is a universal groove in the music that we play,” while bass guitarist Adam Castaneda adds, “I don’t think any of us are trying to impress anyone with our technical abilities, we just want to make them dance.”

Saturday, July 14, 2018

NOON - Amish Internet
Eclectic mix of classic rock hits and new indie rock covers.
Website: http://instagram.com/amishinternet

12:42 - Luca Max
Original songs blending funk, R&B, and hip-hop with choice covers.

1:24 - Bennett McLaughlin Band
A tight Bluesy Rock band.

2:06 - Woodfish
Mix Dave Matthew, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hootie & The Blowfish.
Website: http://www.woodfishmusic.com  

2:48 - Cold Weather Company
New Brunswick-based alternative folk band, returning to Maplewoodstock with new music from their upcoming third full-length album.
Website: http://coldweathercompany.com

3:30 - Dave Murphy Band
It’s about the song! It’s Folk/Roots Rockin’ Americana. Sweet to edgy & gritty.
Website: http://www.davemurphy.net

4:12 - The Lord Calverts
Original ‘60s-inspired garage rock, trashy, catchy, nasty and fun!
Website: http://thelordcalverts.com

4:54 - Los Traficantes del Amor
Latin Rock and Folkloric.
Website: https://lostraficantesdelamor.com/

5:36 - Whitney Jackson
Smooth and sultry fusion of Soul, Jazz, R&B, Afro Beat and Hip Hop! Her music will take you on a thrilling ride through space and time.

6:18 - SisterMonk
A female-powered, genre-bending band combining djembe-driven Worldbeat with Rock, Funk,Pop and thought-provoking lyrics.
Website: http://www.sistermonk.com

7:15 - Danielia Cotton
This Hopewell, N.J. native has opened for the likes of Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks and Bon Jovi. With an equal emphasis on rock, jazz, and soul — and with roots in gospel — New York-based singer Danielia Cotton draws on a wide range of influences, from Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones to Mavis Staples and Etta James.
Website: http://www.danieliacotton.com/

8:45 - Third World
One of the longest-lived Reggae bands of all time, and one of Jamaica’s most consistently popular crossover acts among international audiences. Mixing in elements of R&B, funk, pop, and rock and, later on, dancehall and rap, Third World’s style has been described as “reggae-fusion”.
Website: http://www.thirdworldband.com/

NOTE: Schedule subject to change. If weather interrupts the schedule we pick up the schedule as per the “clock.” In other words, if it pours rain from 4 pm to 5:45, we pick up the schedule with whatever band is scheduled to be playing at 5:45. However, we have a covered stage, so light or moderate rain won’t stop us.

Last minute updates to the schedule (due to weather or other factors) will be announced in real-time on our Twitter channel — twitter.com/maplewoodstock

Sunday, July 15, 2018

  • Noon -- Autumn Jones -- Autumn Jones, a local Maplewood native, is honored to be performing at the acclaimed Maplewoodstock. Backed by her fantastic band (formed at Berklee College of Music), the Neo-Soul and R&B singer will perform songs from her new album “Bloom”, available on all platforms
  • 12:42 -- The Parkers -- The Parker sisters are sensual and subversive. Coded within the pair’s grungy synth-pop are anthems of disenfranchisement, burning missives to toxic love, and searing social commentary.
  • 1:24 -- Marry the Sea -- Original ethereal folk rock that delivers messages of love and empowerment
  • 2:06 -- The Jo Wymer Band -- AMA award winner Jo Wymer’s vocals are powerful, high energy, soulful and bring an authentic raw feel to her original music. Audience members are awe struck with her emotionally raw performances.
  • 2:48 -- Forget the Whale -- A female-fronted, New Jersey pop-rock band whose original music ranges from epic anthems to playfully catchy melodies.
  • 3:30 -- Mia Gladstone -- MIA GLADSTONE is a singer/writer/producer with soul, jazz, & hip-hop influences who uses her music to spread luv & light!
  • 4:12 -- Dyado -- Dreamcountry, shameless vocal harmonies, Appalachian indie folk rock, nomadic anthems
  • 4:54 -- What's Black is White -- a millennial age band that fuses rock, funk, R&B, dance and rap together into a new genre.
  • 5:36 -- Jane Lee Hooker -- All female rock/blues The band performing internationally. Ruf Records recording artists.
  • Featured Act -- The Suffers -- there is a contagious and combustible energy every time the eight-piece wonder-band steps on the scene.
  • Headliner -- Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band -- Josh Ritter‘s acclaimed 20-year career as a songwriter and musician reaches new heights with the release of his ninth full-length album, Gathering.

NOTE:  Schedule subject to change.  If weather interrupts the schedule we pick up the schedule as per the “clock.”  In other words, if it pours rain from 4 pm to 5:45, we pick up the schedule with whatever band is scheduled to be playing at 5:45.  However, we have a covered stage, so light or moderate rain won’t stop us.

Last minute updates to the schedule (due to weather or other factors) will be announced in real-time on our Twitter channel — twitter.com/maplewoodstock

MUSIC

Our 2017 Headliners and Featured Acts

Saturday headliner:  Los Lobos

“We’re a Mexican American band, and no word describes America like immigrant. Most of us are children of immigrants, so it’s perhaps natural that the songs we create celebrate America in this way.” So says Louie Perez, the “poet laureate” and primary wordsmith of Los Lobos, when describing the songs on the band’s new album, Gates of Gold.

Los Lobos’s dynamic songwriting, deeply poetic lyrics, thoughtful romantic and spiritual themes, and eclectic blend of styles is an American saga in the rich literary tradition of legendary authors John Steinbeck and William Faulkner. Over 30 years after Los Lobos’ major label breakthrough How Will The Wolf Survive? -- their 1984 album that ranks #30 on Rolling Stones list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s – Los Lobos is surviving quite well and still jamming with the same raw intensity as they had when they began in that East L.A. garage in 1973.

Los Lobos will headline Day 1 of Maplewoodstock 2017 with a set starting at 8:30 pm.

>> Read more about Los Lobos at http://loslobos.org.

Sunday headliner:  Ruthie Foster

In the tight knit musical community of Austin, Texas, it’s tough to get away with posturing. You either bring it, or you don’t. If you do, word gets around. And one day, you find yourself duetting with Bonnie Raitt, or standing onstage with the Allman Brothers at New York’s Beacon Theater and trading verses with Susan Tedeschi. You might even wind up getting nominated for a Best Blues Album Grammy — three times in a row. There’s only one Austinite with that résumé: Ruthie Foster.

Her live shows, which she has referred to as a “hallelujah time,” are a mix of as “some blues, some folk, some soul, some rock, some gospel” and have been described by Rolling Stone as “pure magic to watch and hear.”

Ruthie Foster will bring Maplewoodstock 2017 to a close with a Sunday night set starting at 8:15 pm.

>> Read more about Ruthie Foster at http://www.ruthiefoster.com.

 

Featured Artist The Hip Abduction

The Hip Abduction blends indie pop, world pop, and club into a highly emotive and roots driven sound.  Their latest album, Gold Under the Glow, was recorded in Nashville with producer Dabney Morris and incorporates synth-pop teeth into the band’s global foundation and summery vibe.

The Hip Abduction will set the stage for our festival’s ending with their 6:45 pm set towards the end of Day 2 of Maplewoodstock 2017.

>> Read more about Hip Abduction at https://thehipabduction.com.

Our full two-day lineup is below.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

  • Noon — PTW Voices ... Current and former students of a performing arts school in Malplewood, under the direction of Dean Kravitz, singing a variety of styles from jazz to pop to musical theatre ...
  • 12:42 — Cold Weather Company ... a NJ-based independent folk band, rich with vocal harmonies and instrumental builds ...
  • 1:24 — Shakey Ground ... presenting the best mix of classic R&B, rock, Latin, blues, and funk ...
  • 2:06 -- Velvet Rose Band ... a young alernative band from Morris County who has exploded onto the NJ/NY performance circuit; the band recently released its first EP of original songs ...
  • 2:48 --  Cosmic Brotherhood ... groovin' exotic, Indian-fusion, rock, psychedelic, multi-dimensional, multi-cultural ...
  • 3:30 — Laredo ... seasoned local scene songters adding salt to the sound ...
  • 4:12 -- Julie's Party ... 5 instruments and 5 vocalists; funky, bluesy, bayou, rock, and soul ...
  • 4:54 -- Carl Brister ... eclectic blend of soul, pop, and uplifting lyrics of love ...
  • 5:36 — Brother Valiant ... 6 piece indie folk rock band that blends nuances of other genres into a unique sound of their own ...
  • 6:18 — Queen Blue Nile ... funky, soul, energetic, melodic, eclectirally groovy, goose-bump sensational ...
  • 7:00 — Annie Minogue Band ... a gutsy rock attitude with great pop sensibility and a hint of the blues reminiscent of some of rock's greatest female icons ...
  • 7:42 -- Above the Moon ... female-fronted indie-alternative band with pop hooks ...
  • 8:45 — Headliner Los Lobos ... after celebrating their 40th anniversary with the cleverly titled 2013 live album Disconnected In New York City, the hard working, constantly touring band leaps headfirst into their fifth decade with an invitation to join them as they open fresh and exciting new Gates of Gold, their first full length studio album since 2010’s Tin Can Trust (a Grammy nominee for Best Americana Album) ...

Sunday, July 9, 2017

  • noon — Shark Hat ... shake it up with songs frmo the local groove-rocker's brank new Maplewood-tracked album, Another Fable, and other fun tunes ...
  • 12:42  — Whitney Jackson ... a young vibrant ecentric vocalist whose melodies and movements feel like a smooth sultry fusion of R&B, jazz, soul, and hip hop ...
  • 1:24 —Sister Monk ... soul-rocking and djembe-driven, Sister Monk is a joyful sunny sound brimming with celestial ectasy -- a perfect tribal world fusion with a funky beat ...
  • 2:06 — Bellehouse ... female-fronted folk-Americana with luscious harmonies and foot-stomping rhythms ...
  • 2:48 — Tomas Doncker and the True Groove All-Stars ... a fusion of soul, funk, rock, and blues -- global soul at its finest ...
  • 3:30 The Matt Mattheiss Band ... a singer/songwriters from South Orange and his band performing classic covers and original songs from his just-released CD Living in the Grey ...
  • 4:12 — The New Watchdog Blues Band ... performing classic and eclectic R&B and blues; wll all of them singing -- including 3 female vocalists ...
  • 4:54 — The Martays ... slamming, greasy, bluesy, soulful, boldly-inventive arrangements of classic tunes! ...
  • 5:36 — Wedeya ... original roots, rock, reggae from Jamaica to NYC! ...
  • 6:45 — Featured Act The Hip Abduction ... sometimes inspiration strikes from the immersion of living in a far away place; sometimes, inspiration stems from a place that everyone can relate to, but maybe no one’s actually been. This is the music of The Hip Abduction, the vibrant St. Petersburg, FL-based collective that formed over a mutual appreciation for West African and early Jamaican reggae/dub music. ...
  • 8:15 — Headliner Ruthie Foster  ... described by Rolling Stone as “pure magic to watch and hear,” her vocal talent was elevated in worship services at her community church. Drawing influence from legendary acts like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin, Foster developed a unique sound unable to be contained within a single genre; that uniqueness echoes a common theme in Ruthie's life and career -- marching to the beat of her own drum ... 

NOTE:  Schedule subject to change.  If weather interrupts the schedule we pick up the schedule as per the “clock.”  In other words, if it pours rain from 4 pm to 5:45, we pick up the schedule with whatever band is scheduled to be playing at 5:45.  However, we have a covered stage, so light or moderate rain won’t stop us.

Last minute updates to the schedule (due to weather or other factors) will be announced in real-time on our Twitter channel — twitter.com/maplewoodstock

Our 2016 Headliners and Featured Acts

Saturday headliner:  Railroad Earth

Combining elements of bluegrass, rock and roll, jazz, celtic and more, NJ-based Railroad Earth has kept audiences dancing since forming in 2001.

Guitars, violins, mandolins, drums, and bass come together in a mix of Americana-flavored rock and roll.  Railroad Earth’s music is driven by the remarkable songs of front-man, Todd Sheaffer, and is delivered with seamless arrangements and superb musicianship courtesy of all six band members. 

Railroad Earth will headline Day 1 of Maplewoodstock 2016 with a set starting at 8:15 pm.

>> Read more about Railroad Earth at http://www.railroadearth.com

Sunday headliner:  NRBQ

Legendary NRBQ will bring their quirky 4-piece brand of rock, pop, and jazz styles to Maplewoodstock 2016.  Known for their spirited and improvisational live performances, their touring circuit has taken them to parts north, south, east, and west over their lengthy career.  Their songs have been covered by Los Lobos, Dave Edmunds, and Bonnie Raitt.

NRBQ will shepherd Maplewoodstock 2016 to a close with a Sunday night set starting at 8:15 pm.

>> Read more about NRBQ at http://www.nrbq.com

Featured Artist Maya Azucena

Brooklyn’s Maya Azucena graced our stage in 2010 and is back by popular demand.  
A multi-award winning indie soul rockstar, she is known for making music that uplifts the soul.  In 2015, Maya toured to Haiti, South Africa, India and Russia among her U.S. concerts. Azucena is currently on the cusp of her newest album, “Unleash Me,” which sounds like "a female Bruno Mars, if Bruno sang like Chaka.”

Maya will play a 7:00 pm set towards the end of Day 1 of Maplewoodstock 2016.

>> Read more about Maya Azecena at http://mayaazucena.com/

Featured Artist Nicole Atkins

Internationally acclaimed American musician Nicole Atkins is a rare artist whose timeless songwriting and raw, emotional voice spans the ages. The miasma of faded glamour and nostalgic pop noir of her critically lauded début album, Neptune City (2007), secured her place in Rolling Stone’s “Top 10 Artists To Watch,” where they praised her “voice full of longing and Loretta Lynn elegance.”

Nicole will set the stage for our festival’s ending with her 6:45 pm set towards the end of Day 2 of Maplewoodstock 2016.

>> Read more about Nicole Atkins at http://nicoleatkins.com 

SCHEDULE: DAY 1

  • Noon — Marry the Sea ... Melodic harmony driven acoustic folk rock indie female duo ...
  • 12:42 — ?Western Spur ... Western swing with a Jersey twang ...
  • 1:24 — Rose Boulevard ... Catchy folk/Americana with male/female vocals, layered harmonies, and rock energy ...
  • 2:06 -- Glenn Franke's Big Band -- 16 professional musicians playing bigband jazz, directed by Maplewood resident ...
  • 2:48 --  Dollar Store Riot ... Homegrown Maplewood indie "punk-n-roll" band that's been making melodic walls of noise for 5 years ...
  • 3:30 — Pepperwine ... toe-tapping grooves, in-your-face rock and roll, soaring improvisational jams, head-nodding blues, and a whole bunch of soul ...
  • 4:12 -- Area 301 ... 9 piece hiphop-rock-fusion; very diverse ...
  • 4:54 -- David Easton Band ... keyboard based, funk- and jazz-infused rock, catchy hooks, infectious grooves ...
  • 5:36 — Stuff Bros. ... acoustic, electric, funkified, eclectic; guaranteed to make you shake 'n shimmy ...
  • 6:18 — Big Mamou ... original and traditional country, cajun, and American roots music ...
  • 7:00 — Featured Act Maya Acuzena ... A Maplewoodstock crowd pleaser in 2010, Maya and her band perform her original songs, introducing new material from her upcoming LP "Unleash Me" ...
  • 8:15 — Headliner Railroad Earth ... Music driven by the remarkable songs of front-man Todd Sheaffer, and delivered with seamless arrangements and superb musicianship courtesy of all six band memebers ...

NOTE: Schedule subject to change. If weather interrupts the schedule we pick up the schedule as per the “clock.” In other words, if it pours rain from 4 pm to 5:45, we pick up the schedule with whatever band is scheduled to be playing at 5:45. However, we have a covered stage, so light or moderate rain won’t stop us.

Last minute updates to the schedule (due to weather or other factors) will be announced in real-time on our Twitter channel — twitter.com/maplewoodstock

SCHEDULE: DAY 2

Sunday, July 10, 2016

  • noon — Spyce Classics ... young local musicians playing tasty, funky, psychedelic dance music ...
  • 12:42  — Rick Persaud & Crossroads ...rock and reggae ...
  • 1:24 —Sun Cut Flat ... Immersive and organic indie rock format, creating a blend of textures and an infectious energy on stage ...
  • 2:06 — Deaf Rhino ... Catchy, active, groovy, heavy, fun, energetic, melodic, and gritty rock ...
  • 2:48 — TruSol ... captivating melodies, sweet harmonies, unforgettable lyrics, and an amazing sound ...
  • 3:30 Bruno Lee featuring Bet HaSHEM ... where inspirational soul meets hip hop meets jazz fusion ...
  • 4:12Golden Bloom ... An indie rock band making heartfelt pop music that is dynamic, bombastic, and beautiful ...
  • 4:54Lisa Rott & The All-Terrain Band ... driving and energizing rock and roll ...
  • 5:36Kwame Binea ... energetic rock and roll mixed with blues and soul ...
  • 6:45 — Featured Act Nicole Atkins ... Jersey Shore's Atkins, cultured in Asbury Park's music scene, introduced her rock, folk, and psychedlia to our backyard ...
  • 8:15 — Headliner NRBQ  ... "NRBQ is still liable to play anything; roaring rockabilly, transcendent pop-rock, roadhouse blues, avant jazz -- you name it" -- Minneapolis Tribune ... 

NOTE:  Schedule subject to change.  If weather interrupts the schedule we pick up the schedule as per the “clock.”  In other words, if it pours rain from 4 pm to 5:45, we pick up the schedule with whatever band is scheduled to be playing at 5:45.  However, we have a covered stage, so light or moderate rain won’t stop us.

Last minute updates to the schedule (due to weather or other factors) will be announced in real-time on our Twitter channel — twitter.com/maplewoodstock

NOTE:  Schedule subject to change.  If weather interrupts the schedule we pick up the schedule as per the “clock.”  In other words, if it pours rain from 4 pm to 5:45, we pick up the schedule with whatever band is scheduled to be playing at 5:45.  However, we have a covered stage, so light or moderate rain won’t stop us.

Last minute updates to the schedule (due to weather or other factors) will be announced in real-time on our Twitter channel — twitter.com/maplewoodstock

Our 2015 Headliners and Featured Acts

Saturday headliner:  The Wailers

Together with Bob Marley, the Wailers have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide. In England alone, they’ve notched up over twenty chart hits, including seven Top 10 entries. Outside of their groundbreaking work with Marley, the Wailers have also played or performed with international acts like Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, and Alpha Blondy, as well as reggae legends such as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and Burning Spear. As the greatest living exponents of Jamaica’s reggae tradition, the Wailers have completed innumerable other tours, playing to an estimated 24 million people across the globe. They have also been the first reggae band to tour new territories on many occasions, including Africa and the Far East.

The Wailers will headline Day 1 of Maplewoodstock 2015, as they sprinkle their reggae love over our audience with a set starting at 8:45 pm

>> Read more about The Wailers at http://wailers.com/

Sunday headliner:  Rusted Root

Rusted Root first gained attention coming out of Pittsburgh, PA, in the early 1990’s for their blend of acoustic, rock, and world music styles -- and their platinum-selling When I Woke album. Touring steadily for over two decades, they have forged a reputation for an outstanding percussive-driven live set that gets them dancing and leaves them exhausted.

Rusted Root's latest album is 2012's The Movement.

Rusted Root will bring Maplewoodstock 2015 to a close with a Sunday night set starting at 8 pm.

>> Read more about Rusted Root at http://www.rustedroot.com/

Sunday featured artist:  Alejandro EscovedoAlejandro Escovedo

Roots rock and Americana from Austin, TX -- with stops in San Fran and NYC. Escovedo's latest album, Big Station, was produced by the legendary Tony Visconti.

Escovedo has blended the lyricism of Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne with the raw power of the Stooges and the Velvet Underground…the result is music with heart, brains, and a burning sense of adventure.” - Mark Kemp, Rolling Stone

Escovedo will perform at 6:40 on Sunday night.

>> Read more about Escovedo at http://www.alejandroescovedo.com/

Saturday, July 11, 2015

  • noon — Rose Boulevard ( … fun, energetic Folk Pop featuring male/female vocals ...)
  • 12:42 — ?Hoochie Coochie Men ( … folk-tinged, blues rock revival born on the crossroads of the Delaware and Lehigh River … )
  • 1:24 — Chris Alleyne ( ... fusing soul, pop and rock, Chris Ayllene's music recalls the old school, but looks forward with a modern edge ... )
  • 2:06 — Pat Karwan ( … original material and cleverly crafted cover tunes with integrity and competence … )
  • 2:48 — Jane Lee Hooker ( … five women from New York City who infuse the grit and attitude of their hometown into the blues … )
  • 3:30 — StarFish  ( … the greatest rock band in the world … for kids and families! …)  starfishrocks.com
  • 4:12 — Julie's Party ( ... funky, bluesy quintet with great interpretations of multifarious covers ... )
  • 4:54 -- Moodring ( … original music that strives to be truly original; whatever the mood, they jam it … )
  • 5:36 — The Baby Please ( … from Alternative-rock to Alt-country, songs that'll make you swoon and a setlist from the ultimate Gen X mixtape … )
  • 6:18 — Kwame Binea Shakedown ( … blend of roots rock, funk, and soul; a true reflection of the energy, passion and sound of the city …)
  • 7:00 — JJ Blues Band ( ... a driving mix of Texas and Chicago blues ... )
  • 7:42 -- Queen Ella ( ... two time Apollo winner Queen Ella, born Queenella Nicole Gibson, is a full-time pop/r&b singer-songwriter with soul ... )
  • 8:45 — The Wailers bring their Reggae sounds of love ... read more!

NOTE: Schedule subject to change. If weather interrupts the schedule we pick up the schedule as per the “clock.” In other words, if it pours rain from 4 pm to 5:45, we pick up the schedule with whatever band is scheduled to be playing at 5:45. However, we have a covered stage, so light or moderate rain won’t stop us.

Last minute updates to the schedule (due to weather or other factors) will be announced in real-time on our Twitter channel — twitter.com/maplewoodstock

Sunday, July 12, 2015

  • noon — Atlas Bloom ( … modern power trio fuses energetic stage presence and fierce musicality to create a new brand of Alternative Rock … )
  • 12:42 — The Accelerators ( … power pop trio from Union N.J. influenced by 60's Surf, British Invasion and 80's New Wave … )
  • 1:24 — Brother Valiant ( … 7 piece ensemble blending nuances of Jazz, Folk, and Rock into a peculiar patchwork of sounds … )
  • 2:06 — TriState ( … indie rock band from New Jersey. Hooks, harmonies, stabbing guitars, tangential arrangements, and stories from post- youth … )
  • 2:48 — Big Radio ( ... high energy power pop rock band ... )
  • 3:30 — Thursday Habit ( … original thoughtful alternative progressive rock music by local favorites to make you move, think, and feel … )
  • 4:12 — Claire Khodara ( … now performing between NYC & London, Claire Khodara was the benediction singer for Pope John Paul II & Pope Benedict XVI, a contestant on American Idol, and has an album on iTunes called Brand New … )
  • 4:54 — Oxygen Box ( ... New Jersey-based  soul, rock, reggae band with a mission to uplift the community with positive music ... )
  • 5:36 — The DeLorean Sisters ( ... 1980's pop hits lovingly re-arranged as Americana ol-timey tunes ... )
  • 6:40 — Featured Artist Alejandro Escovedo ( ... roots rock and Americana from Austin, TX)
  • 8:00— Rusted Root brings their acoustic, rock, and world music style to close our our festival ... read more!

Our Headliners and Featured Acts for 2014

Puss N Bootspuss-n-boots

Puss N Boots (Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones, and Catherine Popper) are at their core, three women who share a love for music. Whether it’s Country, Americana or just plain old hard drivin’ Rockabilly, through their mutual favorite covers or original tunes, this all girl power trio delivers by singing their tails off and making people laugh like crazy. Puss n Boots will be releasing their first album with Blue Note this July.

Puss N Boots will bring Maplewoodstock 2014 to a close with a Sunday night set starting at 8 pm.

>> Read more about Puss N Boots at http://www.pussnbootsmusic.com and https://www.facebook.com/pussnbootsband

Robert Randolph and The Family Band

Robert Randolph and The Family Band first gained attention with the release of the album Live at the Wetlands in 2002.  The band followed with 3 studio recordings of the next 8 years which, together with tireless touring and unforgettable performances at randolphsuch festivals as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, won them an expanding and passionate fan base.  Randolph’s unprecedented prowess on his instrument garnered him a spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarist of All Time” list, and also attracted the attention of such giants as Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana, who have collaborated with him on stage and in the studio.

The band’s latest album (Lickety Split) features his distinctive mix of rock, funk, and rhythm & blues.  Randolph, of Irvington, NJ, has traveled the world with his music, and now brings it back to Maplewood this summer.

Robert Randolph and the Family Band will headline Day 1 of Maplewoodstock 2014, as they leave everybody dancing on Saturday night.

>> Read more about Robert Randolph and the Family Band at http://www.robertrandolph.net/

Raul Midoniguanas-200x133

Featured artist Raul Midon is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who has earned renown as one of music’s most distinctive and searching voices. He is “a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus,” according to The New York Times. Midón has collaborated with such heroes as Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder, along with contributing to recordings by Jason Mraz, Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg and the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s She Hate Me.

Midon will be featured just prior to Puss N Boots set on Sunday evening.

>> Read more about Raul Midon at http://www.raulmidon.com/

SCHEDULE: DAY 1 2014

 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Noon to 12:30
Roll On Two
(Columbia High School groovalicious rap/rockers with big-stage attitude)

Roll on Two
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12:42 to 1:12
Coversa (modern, upbeat rock n roll, with catchy chorus's and adrenalizing riffs)

Website: https://www.facebook.com/coversaband
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1:24 to 1:54
Marco Ranieri Band (energetic American rock hits served up by and all-star band)

Website: http://marcoranieri.com/
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2:06 to 2:36
MyMyndMocean (world progressive psychedelic rock jams- structured songs with improvisation included)

Website: https://www.facebook.com/MMMsound
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2:48 to 3:18
Chris Alleyne (wide genre, includes 80s pop, rock, soul, and country influences)

Website: http://www.chrisalleyne.com
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3:30 to 4:00
The Mar-Tays (big, swampy, rockin', bluesy, classics reimagined by NY's musical elite)

Website: http://themar-tays.com
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4:12 to 4:42
Zombies of the Stratosphere (psychedelic power pop)

Website: https://www.facebook.com/zombiesofthestratosphere
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4:54 to 5:24
Sad About Girls (hooky power pop rock)

http://sadaboutgirls1.bandcamp.com/
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5:36 to 6:06
Dave Fields (the definition of electrifying rockin’ blues with a New York City soul)

Website: http://www.davefields.com/
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6:18 to 6:48
The Stuff Bros. (rootsy goodness with a pinch of soulful earnestness...tunes you think you know, but may not have heard before)
Stuff Bros.
Website: http://www.myspace.com/douglasgill

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7:00 to 7:30
Rude Boy George (80's New Wave covers done in a ska/reggae/rocksteady style)

Website: http://rudeboygeorge.com/
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7:42 to 8:12
Mythic West (hip shaking as well as transcendental world beat)


Website: http://www.myspace.com/smileydogmusic/
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9:00 to close
HEADLINER:  Robert Randolph and the Family Band 

Website: http://www.robertrandolph.net/

 

SCHEDULE: DAY 2 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Noon to 12:30
Queen Ella (energetic, fun, powerful, and soulful vocals)

Website: http://www.queenella1.com

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12:42 to 1:12
The Shakey Tables (sexy bass grooves, killer guitars, bumpin' drumbeats, classy vocal harmonies)

Website: http://www.shakeytables.com

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1:24 to 1:54
Lisa Brigantino (award-winning singer/songwriter whose music spans genre, groove and topic)

Website: http://www.lisabrigantino.com

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2:06 to 2:36
Client No. 9 (alt-rock upbeat original tunes about sex and relationships, suburban-style)

Website: http://www.facebook.com/clientno9

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2:48 to 3:18
Black Lace Blues (eclectic mix Blues, Rock, Reggae, Funk, Swing, jazz, originals, covers)

Website: http://www.reverbnation.com/blacklaceblues/

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3:30 to 4:00
The DeLorean Sisters (Americana, hillbilly renditions of 1980's pop hits)

Website: http://www.deloreansisters.com

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4:12 to 4:42
Pidgin Droppings (a conscious mix of reggae, funk, hip-hop and afrobeat)

Website: http://www.juggwise.com

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4:54 to 5:24
Jambalaya (presenting the music of Sly and the Family Stone)

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5:36 to 6:06
Curtis Winchester and Friends (soul and funk guaranteed to keep you dancing, backed by some of the best musicians in the region and led by Grammy nominated guitarist Gil Parris)

Website: http://www.curtiswinchester.com

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6:18 to 6:48
Jim Hayes Band (a blues rock band with lots of soul)

Website: http://www.jimhayesband.com

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7:00 to 7:45
FEATURED ACT:  Raul Midon

Website: http://www.raulmidon.com
 

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8:15 to close
HEADLINER:  Puss N Boots (Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones, and Catherine Popper)

Website: http://www.pussnbootsmusic.com/

Our headliners for 2013!

Joan Osborne

joan-osborne-200x250Singer Joan Osborne was born in Anchorage, KY, but it wasn’t until relocating to New York City in the early ’90s (to study at N.Y.U.’s film school) that she began to take a singing career seriously after singing Billie Holiday’s classic “God Bless the Child” at a local bar’s “open mic night.” In addition to Holiday, Osborne looked to such legendary vocalists as Etta James and Ray Charles as role models, as the up-and-coming singer decided not to cater to major record companies and formed her own label, Womanly Hips, which resulted in such releases as 1992’s in-concert Soul Show, among others.

But eventually, Osborne decided to sign on with a major label, Mercury, which in turn issued the singer’s next release, ‘Relish,’ in March 1995. The album eventually racked up sales of three million copies and proved to have a long life, as almost a year after its initial release the track “One of Us” became a massive MTV and radio smash, camping out at the number-one spot on the U.S. singles chart for 2 weeks. Additionally, the singer managed to connect with a large and appreciative audience while touring as part of the 1997 edition of Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair tour. Osborne received numerous Grammy nominations in both 1996 and 1997.

Bring It on Home is a collection of vintage blues, R&B and soul songs that make up the seventh album from the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum artist. It’s an apt title—for Osborne, Bring It on Home marks a return to her musical roots.

Joan will bring Maplewoodstock to an end with an 8:00 pm Sunday night set.

» Read more about Joan Osborne at http://www.joanosborne.com

Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution

BJ-200x133Winners of the Independent Music Awards “Best Live Performance” Category 2011, Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution is on a mission to make the world a more righteous place. The two main visionaries of this 12-piece explosion of love – Brother Joscephus and his eccentric cohort, The Right Reverend Dean Dawg – dip heavily into a musical gumbo rich with old school soul, roots, classic rock stylings, New Orleans rhythms, and feel-good “secular gospel” music. BroJo combines all this with a message of righteousness, urging us towards acceptance and loving one another.  When you combine the music and the message with a one-of-a-kind, high-energy stage spectacle, you got yourself one hell of a revolution on your hands. Their brand new album, Revolution of Love, was entirely funded by fans through Kickstarter.com, and is slated for a June 4 release.

Brother Joscephus will bring Day One of Maplewoodstock 2013 to a close with a 9:30 pm Saturday night set.

» Read more about Brother Joscephus at http://www.brotherjoscephus.com

The Iguanas

iguanas-200x133The word “Americana” gets tossed around rather loosely these days; it can mean anything from a hipster with a recently-discovered acoustic guitar to a decades-long denizen of the Grand Ole Opry. But when you set aside the Johnny-come-rootly types from the real deal, it’s a sure bet that you’re going to stray into Iguana territory. Based out of New Orleans for the past couple of decades – save for a short, Katrina-imposed exile in Austin – the Iguanas define a sound of Americana that crosses cultures, styles, eras… and even languages.

Their latest album, Sin to Sin, is their first studio recording since 2008’s If You Should Ever Fall on Hard Times, and its release coincides with their appearance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

The Iguanas will help bring Maplewoodstock to a crescendo with an 8:00 pm Saturday night set right before final Day One act Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution.

» Read more about The Iguanas at http://www.iguanas.com

Read our full Day One and Day Two line-ups!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Our headliners and featured acts.

  • noon — StarFish ( … the greatest rock band in the world … for kids and families! …)  starfishrocks.com
  • 12:42 — Deena and the Laughing Boys ( … alt.country ‘n indie pop, with a wink and a twinkle and some ESP …)  deenashoshkes.com
  • 1:24 — Dave Fields ( … electrifying genre-defying rock with a blues soul …)  davefields.com
  • 2:06 — Hannah & Maggie ( … Indigo Girls and Simon & Garfunkel &

     
































































































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