Peace, love and mountain jams are coming to North Rockland soon.
Ossapalooza, an annual music jam event hosted by musician, businessman and Chamber of Commerce leader Tom Ossa will take place Saturday, September 30, 12-6 p.m. The event is open to the general public, with a nominal admission price of $10 per person.
This is the second year for Ossapalooza, formerly called “Under the Bridge,” as it is typically held in Charles Eccher Park (formerly known as Lowland Park). Weather permitting, the event will host a variety of musical acts, both professional and amateur.
Ossa said one of the event’s missions is to provide local bands just getting started on the music scene plenty of time to perform live in front of a sizeable audience. He plans to have a PA system and drum set available for bands to simply plug and play.
Thus far, seven bands have expressed interest and several have already been confirmed, such as Talking Machine, Spanky & the Radicals, and Dr. Eric Goldman’s Drum Circle. Ossa is also working to put together a 30-year anniversary tribute to Guns N Roses’ classic album, “Appetite for Destruction.”
Musicians can also show up unannounced, plug-in and play in between the sets of scheduled bands. Last year, a Reggae Band called Universal 5 showed up and performed several musical numbers that were well received by the audience.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to two charities this year: The JJ Watts Foundation – to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston Texas, as well as Project Possible, A local 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping children with special needs. on the latter, James Keenan of J Keenan Security volunteered a considerable amount of time to help both organize Ossapalooza, and connect Project Possible with the event.
Vendors and food trucks are still being sought for the event. For more information, Tom Ossa can be reached at 845-877-7333 ext. 4 (Rockland Web Design). The Ossapalooza Facebook Event page can be found at www.ossapalooza.com.