Stephen Kellogg is playing only a handful of concerts this summer as he is working on a new record and writing his first book - so it's a rare stroke of luck for music lovers to welcome him to Basking Ridge on Friday, June 15.
Over the last decade, Connecticut native Kellogg has performed more than 1,500 concerts around the world, raised thousands of dollars for causes close to his heart, been named Armed Forces Entertainer of the Year, and penned singles for artists like “American Idol” winner Nick Fradiani and the platinum-selling rock band O.A.R. Kellogg’s most recent writing work with legendary guitarist Robert Randolph led to a 2017 Grammy nomination for “Best Contemporary Blues Record.” He’s also had songs covered by international major label acts and released eight albums of his own that have yielded hundreds of thousands of ticket and album sales.
When it comes to performing, CBS radio has called him “the best live act you’ve never seen” and another writer for No Depression gives him the oddly flattering title “the best songwriter you’re not listening to.” Filmmaker Peter Harding was so moved by the underground nature of Kellogg’s story that he made a documentary called “Last Man Standing” which went on to become an Amazon exclusive film. In recent years he’s added speaking to his resume, delivering a TEDx Talk on job satisfaction, the keynote speech for the prestigious photography summit WRKSHP, and garnering an invitation to speak to the students at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO on the topics of social justice and ‘finding your voice.’
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While it’s true that Kellogg may not currently be a household name to everyone, he has persisted in building a substantial career that has landed him onstage with some of the biggest and best touring bands in the world (Train, Sugarland, Jason Isbell, Sara Bareilles, and Hanson, to name a few). Kellogg’s music has found its way onto the Billboard charts and been featured in numerous films and TV shows. His Americana-tinged folk, pop and rock stylings can make his sound hard to define, but to his core, this musician and father of four brings heart and incredible energy to everything he does.
The suggested donation for this very special performance is $35 for adults and $10 for students. Guests can buy dinner at the Farm, including a mouthwatering choice of hamburgers with all the fixings, smothered brats in a hoagie, fish tacos, sides, desserts and soft drinks. Come early to stroll the historic 50+ acre property, play some corn hole, visit Boudinot's Giving Garden and enjoy a June Friday evening outdoors.
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as those who have registered will be given priority entrance if inclement weather requires this show to be moved indoors. Feel free to bring a lawn chair or blanket for the outside concert; ample seating will be available if the show is moved indoors.
The Ross Farm 2018 Music Series is presented by the Friends of the Boudinot-Southard-Ross Estate, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Ross Farm is owned by the Somerset County Parks Commission.