PARK RIDGE- Who’s a chicken? The Slippery Chickens are all about original music defined with “rockabilly, rhythm and blues, and rock n roll with a hint of Nawlins style.”

Jerry Scaringe, lead vocals, careens in head-first with his characteristic croons and yelps, all-the-while dominating an old-fashioned upright bass and electrified harmonica complete with homemade amplification system. Michael Olivieri, lead vocals, is steadfast on his giant semi-hollow electric guitar, filling up and freeing space with awe-inspiring skill. You’ll hear instantly why musicians beat down George Morales’ door for him to keep time and get ready to be blown-away by Dave McDowell’s gorgeous tone.

Jim Tedesco, Bergen County Executive and the Board of Chosen Freeholders presents a free music concert featuring The Slippery Chickens on Aug. 25 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Wortendyke Barn Museum in Park Ridge.   

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People are welcome to bring chairs and blankets with limited seating provided. The barn will open to visitors an hour before the concert and during intermission. 

The Slippery Chickens consist of Jerry Scaringe: upright bass, harmonica and vocals; Michael Olivieri: guitar and vocals; George Morales: drums; and Dave McDowell: saxophone.

For more band info, visit: http://www.theslipperychickens.com

The free outdoor music series at the Wortendyke will continue with the following:

Sept. 29: Sharp Edge at 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 27: Annual Bluegrass Concert at 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The historic Wortendyke Barn:

The Wortendyke Barn has been a Pascack Valley landmark since its construction on 500 acres of land bought by the Wortendyke family in 1735.  It was used continually as a barn well into the 20th century and is one of only six pure Dutch barn types in Bergen County.  This New World Dutch Barn showcases Bergen County’s history through unique, educational exhibits designed to let you explore farm life.

In 1997, the barn opened as a museum with agriculture exhibits that include 18th and 19th century farm implements and tools, and the history of the Wortendyke family farm.  The main feature of the museum is the barn itself, an outstanding example of the vernacular architecture referred to as a New World Dutch Barn. 

This accessible pre-Revolutionary museum is located at 13 Pascack Road, Park Ridge. It is currently undergoing exhibit changes.  Admission is free.  Schools, scout troops and other organizations are welcome during the week by appointment.

For information on the museum, or to make a group appointment, call the Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs, Bergen County Department of Parks, at (201) 336-7252 or e-mail vdavis@co.bergen.nj.us.  For concert info, please call 201-336-7292 or emailglucente@co.bergen.nj.us.