Music fans should mark their calendars! The Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival, one of the summer’s most popular free music festivals, takes place Saturday, Aug. 18 from noon to 10 p.m.
Now in its eighth year, the festival appeals to music fans of all ages and is known for great performances on the beautiful Green located in the center of the historic town.
Parking is available in the many public lots and the train station is just a couple of blocks away. Visitors come for the weekend and enjoy all that Morristown has to offer from historical sites to great shops and wide array of restaurants.
The lineup is as follows:
Rhythm in Blue is the dynamic big band jazz ensemble from the United States Air Force. This talented, professional big band takes great pride in preserving America’s uniquely original art form, drawing on big band charts from the Swing Era to contemporary classics. Rhythm in Blue tours throughout the Eastern half of the United States and is in constant demand.
Bria Skonberg 2:00 – 4:00
The Canadian singer, trumpeter and songwriter Bria Skonberg has been described as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” (Wall Street Journal). Since her sensational appearance at the Festival three years ago, she has racked up more critical acclaim and awards. She won a Canadian JUNO Award in 2017 and was nominated for a second in 2018. She won the 2017 Hot House Jazz Magazine Award for Favorite Trumpet in October 2017 and was awarded the Jazz at Lincoln Center Swing Award.
LaBamba & The Hubcaps 4:00 – 6:00
Richie “LaBamba” Rosenberg was a fixture on the Asbury Park music scene before moving to California where for the past 24 years he has been an integral part of the house band for Conan O’Brien’s late night talk shows. His big break came when he was asked to join Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes where he also began playing with Bruce Springsteen. It was Bruce who bestowed the nickname “LaBamba” on him. He has performed at the White House with Jon Bon Jovi and at the Super Bowl with Bruce Springsteen, but he always looks forward to Hubcaps reunions.
Bernard Allison Group 6:00 – 8:00
Born in Chicago in 1965, Bernard Allison was first introduced to the blues and the art of the electric guitar by his father, the legendary Luther Allison. He worked hard at his chops and upon graduation from high school, went on the road with the Koko Taylor Blues Machine, touring the world and backing blues greats such as Willie Dixon. And now, with his music receiving regular air play on blues radio, European-based Bernard Allison has stepped into the spotlight as a polished artist who is rooted in the blues, but is charting his own path.
Davy Knowles 8:00 – 10:00
Born and raised in the Isle of Man, Davy Knowles learned to play guitar by studying the likes of Rory Gallagher, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, and Peter Green, and learned his lessons well. Still in his early thirties, he is already turning heads with his mature style, and even the great Joe Satriani proclaimed Knowles his “favorite modern bluesman.” He has toured with Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, The Who, Warren Haynes, George Thorogood, Joe Bonamassa, and Peter Frampton, playing festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Austin City Limits. Davy Knowles is the future of the blues and the future is in capable hands.
The Best Western PLUS Morristown Inn is once again pleased to be the official hotel for the Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. There is a special discounted rate of only $114.00 per night for the weekend of August 17-19. To make reservations, call the Morristown Inn at 973-540-1700. Just tell them you are attending the Festival! The Inn is conveniently located at 270 South Street in Morristown.
You can also book online at: The Best Western PLUS Morristown Inn