– Hunterdon County families can experience and interact with music from around the world at the second annual Hunterdon County “World Music Day” at Deer Path Park in Flemington. World Music Day is a free music festival organized by the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission in partnership with the Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation.
The event features a full lineup of performances on the main stage, headlined by Red Baraat, a Brooklyn-based 8-piece ensemble that NPR dubbed “The best party band in years.” The internationally touring Red Baraat combines the Indian “Bhangra” style of dance music with jazz, hip-hop, funk, and rock influences.
In addition to Red Baraat, the Main Stage includes a bluegrass performance by Hub Hollow; a Middle-Eastern, African, and American inspired drum and dance performance by Groove Merchant Drum and Dance Ensemble; jazz with Indian influence by Daniel Johnson and Craig Ebner, Swedish and American folk music by Justin Nawn and Bronwyn Bird, and soulful songs and chants with eclectic instruments by SiriOm Singh and Dror Gliksman. Video clips of the artists are available on hcworldmusicday.org .
Kid-friendly music workshops led by Andy Wasserman in the “World-Beat Pavilion” (aka Cedars Pavilion), are a fun, interactive way to learn to play instruments and music of various cultures. Wasserman, a world music expert and multi-instrumentalist, will lead three hour-long workshops on subjects including Native American music, African drumming, and Afro-Cuban rhythms.
The “Jam Pavilion” (aka Overlook Pavilion) features a special performance by participants in Hunterdon County’s Young Composers Competition. Later, a jazz jam led by the Jack Furlong Quartet is followed by a bluegrass jam hosted by violinist Daniella Fischetti and Hub Hollow’s multi-instrumentalist Tim Ryan. All instrumentalists are welcome and encouraged to bring instruments and participate.
Food trucks begin serving at noon, so come hungry and have a picnic on the grounds of the 104-acre Deer Path Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to sit on during the day. For more information about the artists and schedule, please visit www.HCWorldMusicDay.org or email Info@hcworldmusicday.org .
This program is made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. To learn more about the Commission’s programs and activities, please visit www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/c&h/c&h.htm or find us on Facebook.