On a beautiful, crisp autumn afternoon a group of musicians and friends gathered on a farm in Sussex County for a day and night of music, camaraderie, food and fun. Everyone got together for an event christened Moon Raiser to help local musician Francie Moon raise funds for studio time to record an EP. By all indications the event was a great success. There was amazing coffee from Coffee Coops. And, the ‘Ono Hula Truck had yummy Hawaiian BBQ plates all day.
We were really impressed by all of the bands. Ordinary Decent Folk opened the show with some inspired alternative rock.
They were followed by Secondhand Sun who played some great alterna-folk.
This was the first show that Justin Grabowsky and & Tawney Blooms played together and they showed a lot of promise.
The Lies, who recently released an EP, really floored us with their straight ahead blues rock and we can’t wait to see them live again.
It was great seeing Only Living Boy again who always put on a great set. They took the stage just as the sun broke through the clouds and they played with some dramatic lighting going on. We talked to bassist Eric Curley for a few minutes and were excited to hear their new EP will be out soon.
The sunset over Sussex County Sunday night was gorgeous!
As the day got dark and the bonfire got bigger it was time for the rap rock, boom box sound of Michael Ironside which was quite interesting and fun.
Next up was Trenton-based Roy Orbitron who showcased their blend of bluesy rock.
We hope to check them out when they hit Newark’s The Life Lab next month with Only Living Boy and Gypsy Wig. Speaking of Gypsy Wig, vocalist/saxophonist Linda Everswick & Band followed and added a touch of ska to the evening.
Francie Moon closed the evening with a stellar performance that impressed everyone there. In addition to a great voice, Melissa Lucciola can shred the guitar.
I don’t think we were the only ones in awe. It started getting cold so she had to take a moment and warm her hands on one of the dogs that were in attendance.
Complete photo galley below.
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