Rockland-Bergen Music Festival begins Friday night

By Kathy Kahn

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Steve Forbert, Joe Grushecky, Jeffrey Gaines, Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan, among many talented performers, will be taking part in Rockland’s growing music venue this weekend.

Musician Joe D’Urso is putting on the 5th Annual Rockland-Bergen Music Festival, but this year, the guitarist and the festival coordinators are doing things a bit different.

The first four Music Festivals took place on the grounds of the German Masonic Hall in Tappan, but this year, D’Urso will be kicking off the event at a new venue, The Turning Point Café in Piermont on Friday, June 21, beginning at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, the music festival will return to the German Masonic Lodge to host a day of concerts, which will feature 17 bands on two stages. More than a dozen non-profits will also be on the grounds, inviting guests to learn more about what they offer and opportunities to volunteer. Food and drinks can be purchased at the site, but no coolers or tailgating will be allowed on the grounds. No matter what, it’ll be a feel- good day filled with fun, music and relaxation for people of all ages.

On Sunday, RBMF-2018 will hold its “Goodbye Brunch” at the ’76 House in Tappan from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Call ahead to the ’76 House to make a reservation at 845-359-5476.

Discounted tickets can be purchased at www.rocklandmusicfestival.com. Anyone born in 1968 will be comped free tickets to celebrate reaching their 50th birthday.

“We keep fine-tuning what we have been told is a very laid back and enjoyable experience. The unique German Masonic Park lends itself to the stripped-down feeling of the whole weekend. This is a professional production, while at the same time, feeling like an extended family BBQ with lots of great musicians,” said D’Urso.