The New Jersey Pinelands Cultural & Historical Preservation Society presents Live Music Every Saturday Night at the Albert Music Hall in Waretown, NJ -- Bring the whole family for an evening of live country, bluegrass, and pinelands music each Saturday night at 7:30 pm. until 11:30 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. See web site for more information, including schedule of performers and directions.
Note: On a recent visit, a variety of groups played inside the hall to a full house. While outside, pick-up groups, with their own audiences, were playing on the front porch, in the 'jamming' shed, on the side walks and in the parking lot where the music was sometimes as good as the concert inside. Whether performing on stage or outside, the musicians do not get paid. They all do it just for the joy of performing and sharing their music with others.
The music in the hall was more eclectic than originally expected, with players filling in and moving from one group to another. While the main focus is always bluegrass, traditional country and folk music, during this evening was also heard cowboy songs, celtic, blues, pop (in a troubadour style), Irish pub songs and songs from the tin pan alley era where the audience was encouraged to sing along and clap. One set had just 2 singers who did a good job singing and accompanying themselves on guitar, while most were done with a full bluegrass complement of instrumentalists and singers. One group, which performed When The Saints Come Marching In and several tin pan alley era songs, incorporated a trombone player (a rarity in this string instrument environment) to add a more swing/Dixieland feel to that genre of music, which the audience enjoyed. Their set included an extemporaneous salute to those in the audience who were veterans of the different armed forces (which ended up being counted as part of it's set by the master-of-ceremonies due to time schedule limitations).
Inside the hall are a snack booth (you can't bring food in with you) and a gift store booth. In the store you can purchase recordings (many of the featured performers have their own CD's for sale), books, strings, picks and souveniers. Refreshments offered for sale include: coffee, sodas, hotdogs with saurkraut, homemade cakes and pies and Klondike bars. While the music is playing, tickets for two 50-50 raffles are sold and then drawings held around intermission time (usually 9:30 to 10:00 pm) to raise additional funds for the non-profit Albert Hall organization.
All-in-all this was a lot of enjoyable music, in a comfortable setting, for a small admission price.
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