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Awesome Sounds, Great Food, Craft Beer and Wine at the Keyport Music Festival




The Keyport Bayfront Business Cooperative is holding the first ever Keyport Music Festival on Saturday, October 20, 2018. This all-day event will feature blues, bluegrass, and jazz music at a variety of venues throughout the day. The festival runs from 11 AM to 11 PM. West Front Street will be closed with craft beer and wine available throughout the day and picnic tables set up so you can order food from the various restaurants around town. There will also be plenty of activities for children throughout the day.


Our main stage will feature Eryn at 3 PM and Dead Grass at 4:30, followed by fireworks along the waterfront. There will be a variety of other acts at venues throughout the downtown area.


Eryn – Starting At 3:00 PM


Eryn has developed a reputation as one of the premier up and coming voices on the scene today. Originally from MD and now living in NJ, Eryn’s style is heavily influenced by the musical traditions of the south. Her respect for the traditions of Jazz, Blues and Country fused with her modern pop style and brought together by Eryn’s incredible vocal ability has been said to give even the most hardened critic chills.


Dead Grass – Starting At 4:30 PM



Dead Grass is multi-instrumentalist Matt Turk and Grammy award winner C Lanzbom joined forces to form Deadgrass, a string band adventure through Jerry Garcia’s musical world. Bassist Dave Richards, banjo player Russell Gottlieb and fiddler Michael Barrett Donovan complete this fine group of seasoned pros exploring the life works of Jerry Garcia on the instruments that first inspired him. Deadgrass celebrates and interprets the music of Jerry Garcia, drawing from Old & in the Way, JGB, Grisman/Garcia, Jerry’s Jug Band days and The Grateful Dead.




The Michael Hill Blues Mob

Michael Hill’s Blues Mob has recorded seven internationally released albums of Original, New York-Style Blues and performed in 28 countries around the globe. Their 1994 Alligator Records album Bloodlines was Living Blues Magazine’s Debut Blues Album of the Year, and they’ve gone on to build a distinguished body of work in the studio and on stage that has drawn worldwide critical and audience acclaim for dynamic musicianship and vivid storytelling. Hill’s lyrics eloquently convey the passion, humor, and desire for freedom and justice that are intrinsic to the blues.


Chuck Lambert

The Chuck Lambert Band represents a commitment to expanding the range and scope of the Blues. It incorporates the vitality and innovation of modern electric blues with the soul and depth of its traditional forms. Each member of the band is an exceptional talent but their unity puts them on a whole different level. The rhythm section of Gene Boccia on bass guitar and Jay “Boxcar” Battle on drums radiates pulse and energy. Tony Tota on piano and Eric Salkin on Sax epitomize style and class with dynamic improvisation. Chuck completes the musical fellowship with his distinguished vocals and superb guitar playing. The result of their synergy is a unique and original narration of the power of the Blues and its enduring legacy.


The Last Whippoorwills

Twenty years ago, five guys got together to form a Thursday night club, not for poker but for something close to their hearts. They convened every Thursday night as a labor of love. The idea was to play the old tunes, the classic and traditional bluegrass music of Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, and the Stanley Brothers…tunes that many “bluegrass musicians” seem to have forgotten. Such was the birth of The Last Whippoorwill Band, a name spun out from the title of Bill Monroe’s “The First Whippoorwill”.


Damien and the DCQ

Damian and The DCQ is a group that performs originals penned by both Damian Cremisio and other members of the band. In addition, they perform Jazz Standards with a new twist. They also play jazz versions of songs by pop artists such as Sting, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Bobby Caldwell in addition to Jazz Fusion favorites by artists such as Spyro Gyra, Grover Washington Jr, The Yellow Jackets and more.


Delta Noir

Delta Noir plays early jazz and blues, and gypsy swing.



Daoine (pronounce “DEE-nee”) is the Irish word for “people”. We are a group of musicians that love to get together and play great Irish music and to share it with our listeners – Irish traditional music that, while played for centuries in Ireland and America, continues to inspire and continues to find a new voice with each generation. The evening’s program will include dance music (jigs, reels and hornpipes) as well as hauntingly beautiful airs and songs with guest Alice Ryan, who is also a wonderful sean nós (Irish “old-style”) dancer. Our instruments include fiddle, uilleann (Irish) pipes, bodhran, button accordion, whistle, flute, bouzouki and banjo.


Larry Legend and the Brooklyn Bluegrass Mercenaries

Brooklyn Bluegrass Mercenaries are a bluegrass collective.


The Dangerous Gentlemen

The Dangerous Gentlemen are a traditional style blues band from the NY/NJ metro area that features a time-stamped authentic blues style in the spirit of Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson. The band’s bare bones, old-school approach, highlights their unique ability to jump and swing at even the lowest volume. Inspired by the timeless sounds of blues once coming from juke joints across the country, the Dangerous Gentlemen are introducing the beauty of traditional blues to a new generation of listeners.


Dave McCarthy

Dave has been inflicting his peculiar form of “entertainment” on unsuspecting patrons at various and sundry watering holes, bistros and up-and-not-so upscale establishments in the greater Monmouth County area for the better (some say worse) part of four decades.


Bob Ferry

Bob Ferry is widely known in the New York area for his advanced technique, melodic phrasing and creative modern approach to the guitar. He is in demand for his extensive repertoire and ability to play any style fluently. His ability to play most anything has led to a varied carrier.


Clark Brothers Organ Trio

Clark Brothers Organ Trio features new original arrangements and renditions of well know jazz and pop standards infused with an infectious blend of blues, latin and funk and swing rhythms and original music by Charlie Clarke. The band consists of former Berklee College of Music graduates with Charlie Clarke on organ, Doug Clarke on guitar, and now jazz professor at Monmouth University and Brookdale College, Yutaka Uchida, a Princeton based jazz drummer.


The Doggy Cats

Doggy Cats has been performing in Brooklyn, New York Since 2015. Tetsuro Hoshii’s original music delivers fun, get-out-of-your-seat, brassy sonic doses of happiness, one upbeat piece of ear candy at a time. We’re at home in the back room of a honky-tonk, laying down a New Orleans second line, or dressed in funny hats playing a little kid’s birthday party. Come and dance with us!


Tim Davis

I’m a self taught honky tonk piano player who originally hails from Cambridge MA and have been living and playing music in and around Brooklyn for the last 20 years. As a kid I was heavily influenced by Johnnie Johnson’s piano playing on the classic Chuck Berry Chess recordings, and later took it upon myself to study the compositions of Duke Ellington When I was living in Greenpoint Brooklyn in the 1990s a pierogi frying accident left me without the use of my right hand for almost six months; which is when I developed a stride piano left hand technique similar to that of the great Fats Waller (which I later incorporated into my honky-tonk and blues piano style once my right hand healed) For several years now I have been the late shift house piano player at the Saturday night bluegrass jam at Sunny’s Bar in Red Hook Brooklyn and play occasionally as an accompanist for various groups in NYC and as a solo piano player.


Jackson Marquardt


The Colfax 4


Cowboys and Indians


Capo Brothers


Come down. Spend the day. Bring your friends and family.


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Volunteers Needed to Help Make the Music Fest a Success!


Please include the times you are available to volunteer and a contact phone number.  We will get in touch with an assignment. The rain date for the event is October 21st, let us know if you are available to help out that day as well!


Please send us an email at KBBC@visitkeyport.org to help:

  • Staff the beer/wine truck
  • Help run the chowder contest
  • Manage the music venues
  • Check IDs/Provide security
  • Conduct the children’s events
  • Provide general assistance during the day



Artisans and Vendors Wanted: Limited Number of Spaces Available


The Keyport Bayfront Business Cooperative (KBBC) is holding the first ever Keyport Music Festival on Saturday, October 20, 2018. This all-day event will feature blues, bluegrass, and jazz music at a variety of venues throughout the day. The festival runs from 11 AM to 11 PM. West Front Street will be closed with craft beer and wine available throughout the day and picnic tables set up so attendees can order food from the various restaurants around town. They’ll also be plenty of activities for children throughout the day.


The KBBC is looking to include a limited number of vendors who make or sell unique products in this event.


Vendor spaces are $125.