MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Maplewoodstock kicks off Saturday, July 12, at 12:30 p.m. with a performance by Columbia High School rap/rockers, Roll On Two. A fitting start to a show that was created in 2004 to promote local bands from the Maplewood and South Orange communities. Over the past decade, the show has grown into a must-see event for locals and has drawn regional as well as national talent.
The free two-day music and arts festival is a 100 percent self-supported event made possible by donations of money and time volunteered. Volunteers are still needed. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.maplewoodstock.com.
The music runs all day with just 15-20 minutes between acts. Over the two days, 25 acts will perform, covering just about all musical tastes, from Pop to Blues to Spirituals' to Rap. This year's headliners are Orange, N.J., native Robert Randolph and the Family Band on Friday, and Norah Jones' band, Puss N Boots, on Saturday.
Past performers have included Aztec Two Step, Steve Forbert, Marshall Crenshaw, Raul Malo, Shemekia Copeland, The Smithereens, The Iguanas, and Joan Osborne.
Of course, there's more than music. There will be vendors selling everything from T-shirts to original art; ten vendors serving a variety of food, including lobster rolls and pulled pork sandwiches; arts and crafts; a variety of children's activities, including mini golf, face painting and bouncy rides; as well as a beer garden of NJ-sourced beer.
Bring sun screen and lots of water as the temperatures are expected to be in the high 80's.