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Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival Boasts Strong Lineup for June 2 Event

The Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival is considered one of New Jersey’s premier summer events.  Held each year on the first Saturday in June, the Festival celebrates the songwriter, specializing in folk, blues, alt-country, roots and acoustic rock music.  While the performance schedule includes some of the best known names in contemporary music, the event also promotes a sense of discovery by introducing emerging artists, many of whom have gone on to achieve long-term success.

This year’s Festival welcomes several new artists and exciting new music to the stage.  It is remarkable that four Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival performers will release new recordings in the weeks around the June 2 event.   Another of the artists has recently enjoyed song placement on a hit movie soundtrack.

On May 22, Tedeschi Trucks Band will release Everybody’s Talkin’, a two-disc live set that captures the power and heart of their acclaimed live show.  Hot on the heels of last year’s Grammy-Award winning album, Revelator, the new release features a hearty blend of originals and spirited covers of rock, R&B and gospel classics.

The Carolina Chocolate Drops are enjoying the current success of their song Daughter’s Lament on the soundtrack of the hit movie, the Hunger Games.

Their latest album release is Leaving Eden, a collection of original compositions and and traditional songs produced by the legendary Buddy Miller. The band members all sing and trade instruments during their live performances.   Their skilled play on banjo, fiddle, guitar, harmonica, snare drum, bones and jug delights audiences in a stunning and memorable live show!

Jukebox the Ghost will release its third album, Safe Travels on June 12th.  Expect another selection of catchy piano-driven indie pop.

Rodney Crowell’s upcoming album, Kin, features guest vocal appearances by luminaries such as Norah Jones, Vince Gill, Kris Kristofferson and Emmylou Harris.  Crowell will make a rare solo acoustic appearance at Appel Farm.

Singer, songwriter and fiddle player, Sara Watkins (formerly of Nickel Creek) releases her second album, Sun Midnight Sun on May 8th.  The album features guest appearances by Fiona Apple, Jackson Browne, Taylor Goldsmith (of Dawes), Benmont Tench (of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and Sean Watkins (also of Nickel Creek).

The Festival will also feature performances by Dawes, Cheryl Wheeler, Brother Joscephus and The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra, Scrapomatic, Mason Porter and Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why.

These world-class performers are just part of the experience that festival goers will enjoy in a country atmosphere less than an hour away from the urban centers of Philadelphia, Wilmington and Atlantic City.  Also are included are an artisan beer and wine tent, a food court, juried crafts fair, local cycling tour and performances and activities for children.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at   All proceeds benefit Appel Farm’s summer arts camp scholarship program and community arts outreach residencies in public schools.

The Saturday, June 2, 2012 Arts and Music Festival will be held 11:30 a.m.- 8:30 p.m. at Appel Farm Arts and Music Center, located at 457 Shirley Road, Elmer, NJ- 40 minutes from Philadelphia and Wilmington, and 2 ½ hours from New York City.  For further information about the Festival visit

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Louise #

    Awesome! Looking forward to this and seeing these great artists. I’ve heard a lot about Dawes lately so I’m glad they are in the line-up! Thanks again. Great news!

    May 21, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Very much looking forward to the Festival; it will be a real treat to see these artists live. Thanks, Louise!

      May 21, 2012
  2. Alfred James played the Appel Farm Festival several years ago – sharing the stage with Marc Cohn, Suzanne Vega, They Might Be Giants, and Vienna Teng. The awesome staff and volunteers always do a spectacular job and it’s one heck of an awesome day of great music! We can’t make it this year, but it looks super fun! Enjoy!!

    May 21, 2012
    • ontapblog #

      Thank you, Hilary! I’m sorry that we won’t see you at Appel Farm this year, but look forward to meeting you at an Alfred James band concert soon. And thank you for the positive reference for the Festival; I know it’ll be a good time. Hope to bring back photos!

      May 21, 2012

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