Sat, July 13, and Sun, July 14, 2019 – our 16th year
Antibalas is a force of nature celebrated by both music connoisseurs and a wide array of renowned artists alike. Antibalas has served as the backing band for high profile tribute shows at Carnegie Hall, including Music of Paul Simon (2014), Music of David Byrne & Talk Heads (2015), and Music of Aretha Franklin (2017). Antibalas members have also appeared alongside some of today’s biggest stars, such as Beyonce, The Roots, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Angelique Kidjo, Zap Mama, Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti, Tony Allen, Davido, Arcade Fire, Lady Antebellum, and many others. In 2012, Antibalas made their late night television debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and have appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Formed in Brooklyn, the musical collective known as Antibalas has a new new studio album, Where The Gods Are In Peace, which is an epic Afro-Western Trilogy searching for solace from American political opportunism, greed and vengeance. Through its battle cry of resistance against exploitation and displacement, Antibalas’ longform compositions investigate oppression in 1800s America that eerily mirror the current state of the country. Three explosive original arrangements cultivate an urgent call to heal a broken system. Ultimately, the sonic excursion lands on an island where love is our first instinct. A new ideology is born opening our hearts to the possibilities of living as one unified people, where all gods are equal and together we prevail.
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
For nearly a decade , Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds have been hailed for their explosive brand of modern soul, equally celebrated for their three studio albums and electrifying live performances. Kincheloe grew up amongst an intensely musical family in upstate New York’s Catskill Mountains, co-founding Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds with her brother Jackson at just 18. The band based itself in Brooklyn and soon earned a rep as one of the har dest working outfits anywhere in the world, playing upwards of 150 shows each year including headline dates, sold out r esidencies, and top festivals. “Sister Sparrow, Arleigh Kincheloe’s nom de disque , is a soul queen,” raved The Washington Post, while The Baltimore Sun simply noted, “Arleigh Kincheloe has one of the biggest voices in the business. Prepare to be blown away”.
Rich with ingenuity, confidence, and deeply felt emotion, their new album GOLD represents both a career milestone and thrilling new beginning for Sister Sparrow. Though she has been making music for most of her life, Arleigh Kincheloe is well aware that with GOLD she has finally created something unique, universal, and altogether her own.
Drip painting entails actively splashing myriad colors on canvas. Popularized by Jackson Pollock, Janet Sobel, Max Ernst, and other 20th century luminaries, the artform itself relies on ac tion and motion. In similar fashion, energetic splashes of funk, alternative, rock, R&B, and psychedelia color the music of Turkuaz. Balancing male-female harmonies, strutting guitars, wild horn arrangements, and interminable grooves, this spirit takes shape in the color donned by each respective member on stage nightly via larger-than-life performances.
The Brooklyn-based nonet–Dave Brandwein [guitar, vocals], Taylor Shell [bass ], Craig Brodhead [guitar, keys], Michelangelo Carubba [drums], Chris Brouwers [trumpet, keys], Greg Sanderson [tenor sax], Josh Schwartz [baritone sax, vocals], Sammi Garett [vocals], and Shira Elias [vocals]–ignite an explosion of energy punctuated by neon hues, deft musicality, and show-stopping singalongs on their fifth full-length album, Life In The City.
“Turkuaz is made up of individuals, each their own shade of the color spectrum,” explains Dave. “Each person brings a signature style and embodies his or her own color. The respective auras come together to create our sound. The name itself implies that vibrancy, but it’s a different spin on turquoise. In the same way, we put a different spin on groove-oriented music by telling stories that you wouldn’t normally associa te with funk.” Since emerging in 2011 with their self -titled debut, the group have quietly animated a movement.
Touring incessantly in support of four full-length s tudio albums and three official live releases, they’ve lit up stages everywhere from Bonnaroo, Hulaween, Okeechobee, Electric Forest, and Mountain Jam to Telluride Jazz, High Sierra, and Lock’n, in between gracing stages at legendary spots such as Red Rocks, Terminal 5, and The Fillmore, to name a few. Among numerous critical plaudits, The New Yorker claimed, “ This Brooklyn-based nine-piece delivers horn-filled funk incorporating elements of R&B, psychedelic pop, gospel, Afro-pop, New Wave, classic rock, and just about any genre that gets people dancing.”
Saturday, July 13, 2019
NOON – Switch Mob
America’s Band – a melting pot of musicians who have created an infectious sound. Think ’90’s Soul meets Black Eyed Peas meets 2019.
12:42 PM – Auguste & Alden
This alternative/rock/pop power trio is known for lighting up the room with their passion-filled songs, feel, and love for what they do.
1:24 PM – Counterfeiters
Wowing audiences from The Hamptons to DC, NJ natives, The Counterfeiters are the best party band you will see. Period!
2:06 PM – Joe Taino
A mix of blues, jazz, and 60’s rock with a latin/Caribbean flavor.
2:48 PM – Thursday Habit
Returning with new material in their unique altprog sound, Thursday Habit is influenced by Crimson, Bowie, Foos, Gabriel and Quetiapine.
3:30 PM – Control the Sound
Brooklyn rockers! A teenage band who exploded on the scene by blending jazz, hip-hop, funk, and rock.
4:12 PM – Tall Pines
Dirty Rock & Roll, Southern Soul and shack shaken’ pleasures.
4:54 PM – Bryan Hansen
Alternative Rock from Central Jersey combining funk, blues & soul into their original blend of music.
5:36 PM – Zach Matari
A unique blend of Pop, R&B, and World Music. Like his song “Dancando” says, Dance like nobody’s watching.
6:18 PM – Emily Cavanagh
Americana, folk, jazz, and indie pop sounds. Her songs reflect the throwback sounds of the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s while maintaining a great pop sensibility. Both a musician and an activist she brings music to underserved communities here and abroad.
7:00 PM – Autumn Jones
Maplewood native R&B singer-songwriter Autumn Jones returns with her band to Maplewoodstock with more funk and soul!
8:15 PM Headliners – Antibalas
Antibalas has long ben revered for re-popularizing the classic Afrobeat sound while adding their distinct New York City grit to the mix. Influences of punk, rock, free jazz, and hip-hop seep into their expansive works to define a truly 21st century translation of the Afrobeat genre and beyond.
Sunday, July 14, 2019
NOON – ScreenAge
An alternative rock band formed in 2016. Their first album, “Station 42,” was released this year.
12:42 PM – Ohemaah
Born in Ghana and raised in Canada, Ohemaah is a prolific songwriter, singer, and classically-trained musician. The songs are of hope and wisdom, with a musical style that fuses pop, jazz, and world music influences.
1:24 PM – Simple Man
Complex vocal harmonies to sweat-inducing dance rhythms, this genre-blending indie sound is an electrifying live experience.
2:06 PM – 3rd Gear
A tasty stew of rock, blues, and alt-country.
2:48 PM – Stuff Bros.
Original music with roots goodness, vocal breadth, and heart-felt depth. Acoustic, electric, funkified, eclectic.
3:30 PM – Owls and Lions
Endearing New Jersey-based indie folk trio whose sound lives down the street from The Lumineers & The Strumbellas.
4:12 PM – Dubistry
NYC-grown reggae, jazz, and soul with live dub effects.
4:54 PM – Luca Max
Hometown kid that plays original funk and hip-hop backed up by rhythm section, horns, and percussion.
6:15 PM – Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
Flavors of folk, rock, and pop now fully-fused with a traditional soul approach creates what is certainly the most sensual and emotionally diverse music of their career. Their heart-hitting melodies are more than a match for their candid lyricism and vocal prowess.
8:15 PM – Turkuaz
This Brooklyn-based nine-piece delivers horn-filled funk incorporating elements of R&B, psychedelic pop, gospel, Afro-pop, New Wave, classic rock, and just about any genre that gets people dancing. They have lit up stages everywhere from Bonnaroo, Hulaween, Okeechobee, Electric Forest, and Mountain Jam to Telluride Jazz, High Sierra, and Lock’n, in between gracing stages at legendary spots such as Red Rocks, Terminal 5, and The Fillmore, to name a few..
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