Music at Whitesbog

Music has always been a part of Whitesbog and it is continuing to grow. We host the bi-monthly Blueberry Jam, Music in the Bogs events and of course the Blueberry Festival going on now 37 Years! We have more in the works to come!

Blueberry Festival Musicians

We are so lucky to have so many amazing Musicians at Whitesbog, that come out and play at the Blueberry Festival, The Blueberry Jam and many other events that we host at Whitesbog.

The Accidental Jug Band

Bad Dogz

The BAD DOGZ is a bluegrass band named after Joe Wills’ schnauzer, Kayla. We didn’t know what to name the band when we first got together but when Kayla backed guitar player John O’Donnell into a chair, he remarked “that’s a bad dog”. We had a name for the group!
Together since, 2002, the BAD DOGZ consists of John O’Donnell on guitar, Bill Doerge on bass, Jim Gooch on fiddle and mandolin; and Joe Wills on 5-string banjo and Dobro.
The BAD DOGZ have appeared for many years at the annual Blueberry Festival at historic Whitesbog Village, Browns Mills, NJ; and at the Fall Pinelands Discovery Day that was held there each October. We have performed a number of times for the prestigious Stafford Historical Society in Manahawkin, and at historic Tuckerton Seaport where we had the honor of being the first band to begin their Friday Night concert Series in 2008.
The DOGZ was the headliner bluegrass band performing on the main stage at the 2012 New Jersey Folk Festival at Rutgers University.
We have performed at the Burlington County Farmers Market, and for the last several summers at Bass River State Forest. Past appearances have been at The Acoustic Musicians Guild’s Harvest Harmony Festival and showcases, and at the Pinelands Charge Bluegrass Gospel Festival; and for the Ocean County Library. Other appearances include the Howell, NJ Grange, and the 1st Annual Bikes & Bluegrass in Frenchtown, NJ, at the Pinelands Short Course at Burlington County College.
We perform at Albert Music Hall in WaretownNJ, and at BOTMA and have performed at both the NJ Historical Fair at Allaire Village, and at the Burlington County Earth fair.
We like to do high lonesome bluegrass and throw in some cornpone humor to keep it interesting. We’ll add in some Celtic to get your heart pumpin’, too!
When the DOGZ are barkin’, we hope you’ll be tapping your toes and waggin’ your tails!
We hope to complete our CD project, NO CATS ALOUD in the near future.
We are honored to be invited to perform at the First Annual Allaire Bluegrass Festival!

The Raising River Band

The Basement Musicians

BASEMENT MUSICIANS – Tony Pileggi (lead vocals and rhythm guitar) & Joe Stamboni (backup vocals and lead guitar.)

Ed Mattson

Clay Hawkins

Blending rapid-fire finger style slide guitar and honest, heartfelt songwriting, Clay Hawkins creates his own unique brand of acoustic rock. Influences like Neil Young, John Fahey, The Black Keys, Nick Cave and even Radiohead come together behind a well worn yet lush vocal style. Clay’s music unfolds naturally, taking the listener on a ride that is entirely his own.
As far as his “story” goes, well that began in Phoenix, AZ…

Born into a household of professional rodeo cowboys (truly) it wasn’t immediately obvious that music would be the chosen path. But the nights spent on the road, listening to country music, (when it was still good) on the way to the next town made an impression. Since carrying a guitar around is a lot easier than hauling horses…, maybe there was something floating in the dust all along.

Fast forward to the discovery of guitars, classic rock and the life sustaining qualities of coffee and a warm smile. It was all uphill from there. Eventually all roads led out of town. Clay refined and supported his new songwriting habit up and down both coasts, across Europe, in and out of clubs, cafes, street corners, bars, barns, back yards and back alleys.  Hanging his hat in New Orleans and then San Francisco, he listened and turned the sound echoing in those halls into the basis of the music he makes now.  What he calls, “Late Night, Boot Stomping, Road Music from the Heart”.  
That road became home, and eventually the wild hills of Northern California claimed another as their own.  With a rolling band of co-conspiritors, an assortment of slide guitars, old amps and a great affection for good times, (and a dog), Clay spends his days playing music around California and taking it one mile marker at a time.

He still doesn’t own a horse though.

Random Notes

Brian Rauch

Ron Stevenson

Born in Brooklyn, NY, lived 15 years in Asia, then Western Pennsylvania and now central NJ. Has played Old Time String Band Music since 1970 on mandolin, banjo, guitar, fiddle and resonator. Since moving to NJ in 2013, became part of NJ’s bluegrass and old time community and Whitesbog’s jams at the Barrel Factory and stage.

Michael Rochelle and Shadetree Mechanics

Larry Cottrell

Libby Prison Minstrels

New Jersey’s own Libby Prison Minstrels are a group of musicians dedicated to history and education through music.  They have entertained audiences since the early 1990’s with programs that include music of the Union and the Confederacy, dances of the period, humor, stories of soldiers, stories related to President Lincoln, and the remarkable history of the prisoners held in Libby Prison.  The name of the band was chosen to remember those prisoners known as The Libby Prison Minstrels, who sang and performed to keep up the morale up of their fellow Union officers. In addition to Civil War presentations, Libby Prison Minstrels can also share the life of 19th century sailors through traditional sea shanties, work, and fo’c’sle songs.  In honor of the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, they have added music of that era to their repertoire.
Libby Prison Minstrels perform in period attire appropriate to the program theme presented.
Over the years, the band has performed at a number of special venues throughout the Mid Atlantic. 

  • Ford’s Theater, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Capitol Building in Washington D.C.
  • At the New Jersey State House for the State of the State Address
  • A Civil War era Christmas event in Colonial Williamsburg
  • A Remembrance Day Ball in Gettysburg
  • At the Gettysburg National Military Park for the 100TH Anniversary of the National Park Service and annually for the Gettysburg Music Muster in August
  • On board New Jersey’s official tall ship the A.J. Meerwald
  • Numerous libraries, historical societies, schools, and festivals throughout the state 

A specialty of the band is the singing an 1863 version of the Star Spangled Banner, which they have performed at Citizens Bank Park at the invitation of the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Libby Prison Minstrels also perform regularly at New Jersey’s historic Albert Music Hall in Waretown NJ.
For further information, photos, videos, along with upcoming performances please follow our Facebook page Libby Prison Minstrels, the one with the eagle as its profile picture.
For booking information, please contact band manager Mr. Brian Ross at 856 304-2358                                                                                      

Elaine & The Cimarron Sky Band

Singer/Guitarist/Keyboardist Elaine Orzechowski is a veteran of the Jersey Shore music scene, having been a part of numerous bands/trios/duos and even a stint as a party DJ over the years.  Performing in several country rock/southern rock bands she developed a love for harmony-driven country-tinged music.  As a solo performer, Elaine specializes in singing classic country and country rock songs, but also includes acoustic versions of favorite pop/rock/folk songs from the 50’s through today’s music.   With her band, The Cimarron Sky Band, the same classic country/country rock songs are taken to the next level with full instrumentation and up to four-part harmony – with a touch of bluegrass added to the mix!

 THE CIMARRON SKY BAND is:

 Brian Rauch – electric & acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, lead & harmony vocals
 Mark Donley – bass guitar, lead & harmony vocals
 David Donley – fiddle, mandolin, harmony vocals

Lori London

Miss London sings with a powerhouse of emotion, vocally she has a wide range — a big voice. She has the ability to sing virtually any style of music ranging from Jazz to Operatic music. Miss London is a published songwriter and at a very early age had the honor of composing with noted arranger, composer and conductor Lew Douglas. He wrote songs such as Pretend, Why Don’t You Believe Me and Have You Heard recorded by the talents of Patti Page, Joni James, and The Duprees. Lori has opened for music legends such as The Duprees, The Brooklyn Bridge, Kenny Vance and The Planotones, Queen of Country Miss Loretta Lynn, Marty Robbins, Ray Price, Mel Tillis, Queen of Bluegrass Miss Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, most recently for the annual APOL dinner dance and The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and at the Chicago Cultural Center under the Tiffany Dome for a Friends of Animal Welfare fundraiser. Miss London has performed with Chicago’s Ambassador of Music Franz Benteler and The Royal Strings Orchestra. She’s performed at the historic landmark Tampa Theatre and Cuban Club in Ybor City — Tampa Florida. In New York for the 158th Birthday Celebration for genius inventor Nikola Tesla. Miss London recalls standing on the very site where the Tesla Tower had stood at Tesla’s Wardenclyffe laboratory! Miss London performs as a tribute artist in “Patsy Meets Elvis” in which she gives an emotionally charged performance as the voice of Patsy Cline. She once performed tribute as the humorous June Carter Cash, in The Man In Black.

To find out more about Lori London click the link to her website.

 

Alpha Rabbit

Peter Kennedy

Pete Kennedy While awaiting retirement back in NJ, I decided to learn to play the guitar and loved it. As time went on I attended the biweekly “Whitesbog Music Jams” and also the Pickin shed at “Albert Music Hall “ These great groups of Musicians encouraged and inspired me to continue and perform whenever I can. Now playing and residing in TN and Outer Banks NC, pursuing my love of music.

Warm Hearted Country

Warm Hearted Country  was formed in 2003 by Laurie and Alice Dorisio.  Alice has been performing country music for about 50 years, mostly in family bands. Laurie’s love of country and bluegrass music goes back to her childhood when she began singing with her Mom at age 6. Laurie sings lead vocals, plays guitar and mandolin. Alice plays the snare drum, harmonica, provides harmony and sings lead vocals.  This mother/daughter team offer audiences a unique combination of immensely popular entertainment.
Other Warm Hearted Country band members include Dave Thomas playing lead guitar and mandolin along with Alan Chambers playing electric bass.  It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news of the passing of Alice’s son Bruce.  He was a fabulous harmonica player and added so much to the unique sound of Warm Hearted Country!  We miss him dearly but we know Bruce will continue to play beautiful music with the heavenly angels!
This fine group of talented, experienced musicians delight and captivate audiences through their creativity and the signature, unique sound of Warm Hearted Country.  Audiences can expect to hear an enjoyable mix of Classic Country, Bluegrass, Oldies, Old Time Rock & Roll and Gospel favorites!  Please visit www.warmheartedcountry.com for more information about Warm Hearted Country.

The Grassland Band

A new group with an old name. Back in the 1990’s Ed Krizni, with some friends, started his first bluegrass band called Grassland.  It was an amateur group that played a couple of gigs over their couple of years together. Ed wanted to keep the Grassland name, but instead he got picked up by another band (the Fox Hill Bluegrass Band). The Grassland Band is now registered in NJ and consists of two versions, The Grassland Band with four or five members and the Grassland Band Trio with three. The music they play is a mix of traditional bluegrass, very old country, originals, and some well-known songs done bluegrass style. Over all you get a good mix of vocals and songs that do not all sound the same. The band members themselves have a wide variety of talent and come into the group with their own unique backgrounds.

Yankee Rebels Bluegrass Band

  The Rebels appeared at the Whitesbog Blueberry Festival a few years ago.

The Fiddle Kicks

FiddleKicks was formed when cloggers who had recently moved to Philadelphia from Boston and a group of Philadelphia folk dancers met at a clogging workshop at the 1996 Heritage Dance Festival in Plymouth-Whitemarsh, PA. They began meeting regularly in Mt. Airy to practice Appalachian clogging steps and routines to bluegrass and old-time music. As word of these sessions spread, other cloggers joined the group, and soon FiddleKicks expanded in size and scope. By April of 1997, the group received an invitation to perform.

Prominent in performance, education and preservation of Appalachian clogging, FiddleKicks has substantial experience and expertise giving performances and teaching workshops in the Eastern U.S. and England. Concerts usually include narration and audience participation, enabling the public to connect with and personally experience this unique dance form. Repertoire also includes other traditional percussive styles, such as Cape Breton step dances, English clog & sword dances. Programs are closely tailored to the audience and can be

The Stage at Whitesbog

Keeping the music Alive at Whitesbog – Help Us finish the New Stage!

We have built the 1st “Stage” of the New Stage, which was a great asset to the 2019 Blueberry Festival –

 

We still need to raise more funds to Build the Roof! Thank You for your donations!

We have designed a multi use stage that will fit into the village surroundings utilizing cedar siding and the red metal roofing we see in our buildings throughout the village. Below is a concept design of the New Stage.

The Stage at Whitesbog - A Timelapse - Building the 1st Stage of The Stage!

Music in the Bogs

Blueberry Jam - RuffCut

North Branch

About the Blueberry Jam