READINGTON, N.J. – Hunterdon’s third annual “World Music Day” celebration will be held at Deer Path Park here on Sept. 30.
World Music Day is not just a concert; it is a full day of musical experiences for all ages, including performances from world-class musicians, fun and interactive programs for kids, and jam sessions for musicians of all levels.
The events begin at noon and continue until 6 p.m.
The festival features a full lineup of performances on the main stage and features The Tony Trischka Quintet. For more than 45 years, his stylings have inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians.
The main stage will also feature Aurelio Martinez. Born in Honduras, the artist is known for his powerful and evocative voice and is one of Central America’s most gifted performers; a major tradition-bearer of the Garifuna culture and music, he is considered by many to be the Cultural Ambassador of the Garifuna nation.
Also performing will be Karavika, a critically acclaimed chamber quartet that blends classical music of the Indian subcontinent and folk music of the Americas with western chamber music; Eco Del Sur, Latin American artists who explore and perform ancient Andean music as well as contemporary music from different Latin American regions; Anthony Carrera, a New Jersey world music multi-instrumentalist and student of classical/flamenco guitar, handpan, and sitar. Roxey Ballet, an all-inclusive contemporary ballet company based in Lambertville, will perform “Celebrating Diversity”. Video clips of the artists are available on hcworldmusicday.org
World-music expert Andy Wasserman will lead workshops for all ages in the “World-Beat Pavilion” (Cedars Pavilion) - a fun, interactive way for kids to learn to play instruments and music of various cultures. Wasserman will lead three, hour-long workshops on subjects including Native American music, Middle Eastern drumming, and a “Voyage to Bongoland.”
The West African Drum Circle with Jim Davidson will be in the “Jam Pavilion” (Overlook Pavilion), followed by Bluegrass Jam hosted by Daniella Fischetti and Tim Ryan. Instrumentalists of all levels are welcome and encouraged to bring instruments and participate.
Food trucks begin serving at noon, so come hungry and have a picnic on the grounds of the 104-acre park at 120 West Woodschurch Rd. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. For more information about the artists and schedule, visit www.HCWorldMusicDay.org or email Info@hcworldmusicday.org.
The free festival is organized by the Hunterdon’s Cultural & Heritage Commission in partnership with the county Division of Parks and Recreation.