Black Potatoe Music Festival
6:30pm - Mike Montrey Band
Mike Montrey Band is a roots rock six piece born in New Jersey in 2008, performing at stages from Brooklyn Bowl to The Stone Pony and with artists from The Avett Brothers to Dean Ween. It’s the high-spirited melodies and flowing, exploratory warmth of the musicianship that keep this six-piece from settling anywhere near easy classification. "MMB can clearly write one hell of a pop song, and ‘Song By Song By Song’ is littered with gorgeous guitar melodies and uplifting hooks throughout." - Americana UK.
7:30pm - Experiment 34
Coming at you live, highly proclaimed "psycho-funk" band, Experiment 34 is a hard, heavy and aggressive mix of punk, funk, rap, metal and psychedelic rock that bonds into an inventive chemistry to which audiences of all kinds, ages, shapes and sizes will react well. Based out of Trenton and New Brunswick, 'E34' recently traveled down to Austin, rocking Texas, playing three shows during SXSW. Experiment 34 performs with an unmatched high-energy, along with a dynamic element that feeds the intense harmonic and rhythmic interplay between guitarist Kevin Nenichka and bassist Johnny Zabe which compliments front man Matthew Makin's theatrical madness and poetic flow impeccably, while rock-steady drummer, Jack LaMonica keeps the psycho funk nice and tight.
6:00pm - Jay Thatcher, Steve O'Malley & Owen O'Malley
Jay Thatcher and Steve O’Malley are long-time friends and practicing attorneys here in Clinton, New Jersey. Not only do they practice law, but they also practice and enjoy playing their guitars and vocalizing. Both are avid Martin Guitar collectors and have enjoyed performing since the mid-1960’s. They are happy to again participate at Black Potatoe, having previously performed in 2013. Jay and Steve and again fortunate to be joined by Steve’s brother Owen, a well-known Blue Grass guitar and bass player/performer.
9:00pm - The End of America
The End of America is a band of friends, singers and travelers who blend three-part harmony with rock and Americana. The Philadelphia-based outfit was named "Best New Discovery" the 2016 Philly Folk Festival and masters a sounds that resonates with fans of Ryan Adams, CSNY and Dawes.
8:00pm - Karl Dietel Five
A pianist since age 6, Karl Dietel is a veteran of the New Jersey live music scene. He is best known for his eight-years long national tour with Sean Kelly and The Samples. Dietel’s a multi-instrumentalism can be heard on over 20 indy cds as well as on his 2007 release, “Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself.” His flair for the melodic inspired his most recent challenge of recreating the entire “The Stranger” record, which was so well-received that it gave birth to We May Be Right: Billy Joel Tribute band. That, in turn, led to his “Karl Dietel Five” recording, ten thoughtful originals that showcase his entire ensemble.
9:30pm - KC Cary
KC Cary finishes the opening night of the 21st Annual Black Potatoe Music Festival on Thursday, July 13th. The evening will celebrate the release of his Black Potatoe Records CD "Beautiul and Blue", his first record in 20 years. Mr. Cary explains: "I had done it all, Grammy, Emmy, ' the voice of an Angel', blah, blah, blah. I needed new challenges. Now I'm back. Any other questions, you can ask my Therapist".
Thursday July 13th