This is a rain or shine event. Bands will continue to play under our covered stage in drizzle or light rain. If severe weather (downpours, dangerous winds, lightening, etc.) requires us to suspend the music, we will pick up as per the schedule (e.g., if we need to pause from 3 to 4 PM, we will pick up with the first band scheduled for after 4 PM; any band rained out will be invited to next year’s festival).
Sat, July 8:
Noon – Essex Funk Collective
A local multi-generational band playing soul, disco, R&B and funk grooves.
12:42 PM – Troubleman
A dynamic and electrifying band that has been making waves in the music industry. With a unique blend of rock, ska, and reggae, the band has captivated audiences.
1:24 PM – Al Gold & Cool in Hand
Blues and Roots music stripped down to its essence.
2:06 PM – Widely Grown
An Americana/Roots band, from “one of Hudson Counties most engaging songwriters over the last few years (NJ.com).” A little grass. A little rock. A lot in between.
2:48 PM – Billy Walton Band
If a band that mixes high energy rock/soul/blues covered in psychedelic jams seems intriguing, then the Billy Walton Band is a must see live act!! Get your dancin’ shoes on!
3:30 PM – Queen Bleu Nile & Family
A sultry, sassy Sistah bringing you unforgivable soul, with dabs of funk, sprinkles of reggae, a dash of jazz, and a dollop of rock! MUSIC is LIFE!
4:12 PM – Rasha Jay
NJ based artist Rasha Jay is a powerhouse vocalist and songwriter who fuses her love for alternative, rock and soul with heart. Her latest project Muscle Memory is available now.
4:54 PM – Carlos Frias & Circulo Social
In their music you can hear the heart of the Caribbean, the peasant chant, the voice of those speaking against injustice accompanied by Afro Caribbean rhythms.
5:36 PM – Tia Holt Experience
The voice you need to hear. The experience you need to have.
6:48 PM – Red Baraat (Featured Act)
Pioneering band from Brooklyn, merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra with elements of hip-hop, jazz and raw punk energy. Created with no less a purposeful agenda than manifesting joy and unity in all people. Read more about Red Baraat.
8:33 PM Mihali (Headliner)
The Vermont-based, but Maplewood-born, solo singer, songwriter, guitarist, artist, and Twiddle co-founder follows reggae’s evolutionary ebb and flow with a balanced mix of rich influence. Read more about Mihali.
Sunday, July 9, 2023
Noon – Isabella Dussias
A 20 year old singer-songwriter/composer from NJ whose indie pop music is influenced by folk, rock, and orchestral elements.
12:42 PM – Zöös
This trio loves nothing more than to share a deep musical experience with our audience. They specialize in music of the 60’s and 70’s, always adding our own spices and originals.
1:24 PM – SOMA’s Local Heroes Band
Features the powerhouse vocals of Charlie Pollock and Diane Davis performing a rousing mix of americana, country and rock music.
2:06 PM – JB Blues Band
The JB (“Jim Buchanan”) Blues band has played Maplewoodstock before with the late great Jim Buchanan on bass. RIP in musical peace to Maplewood’s Music Mayor.
2:48 PM – Workingman’s Jed
Offers unique set lists, with songs merged together in original ways, that feature beautiful multi- part harmonies. They thrive off each other’s (and the audience’s) energy.
3:30 PM – Sarah Hodd & The Drive
Bluesy & explosive originals and fun, funky covers. Neo-soul meets modern pop, with a dash of Americana and a whole lot of heart.
4:12 PM – Me & Nobody
An Indie pop/rock band from New York who simply loves making music that makes them feel something.
4:45 PM – TimaLikesMusic
With sultry, nostalgic RnB instrumentation and clever, sometimes comical lyricism, TimaLikesMusic takes listeners through their daily emotional journeys. She’s too good. It’s true.
5:36 PM – Q-Tip Bandits
Smooth yet powerful sound, thoughtful lyrics with danceable grooves.
6:48 PM – Remember Jones (Featured Act)
Unfortunately, weather circumstances required the cancelation of Remember Jones. We hope to have him back in a future year.
One-of-a-kind soul/pop singer, storyteller and bandleader with a throwback vibe and authentic energy, backed and supported by a large ensemble of musicians. Read more about Remember Jones.
8:30 PM – Louis Cato (Headliner)
Louis was generous and accomodating to move his set 90 minutes forward as weather circumstances threatened. Unfortunately, the weather required the ending of his set after just 3-4 songs. We hope to have him back in a future year.
Grammy-nominated and internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter. He leads the house band for Stephen Colbert’s “The Late Show.” Read more about Louis Cato.