Waterloo Stage Down; New Music Era Begins

The iconic historic stage located at the Fields At Waterloo in Allamuchy Mountain State Park came down in an almost poetic heap yesterday as promoters, local and state officials, musicians, and others watched the proceedings.

The stage at the Fields At Waterloo is fondly remembered for many events and concerts. The dismantling sets the stage for the 10th Annual Bourbon Street Blues Festival – Saturday and Sunday, May 20th and 21st. 

The BSBF will reactivate and establish a new era of music and events for the Fields At Waterloo.  The May 20th and 21st landmark northern New Jersey concert event is being presented by Point Mountain Entertainment, LLC – (bourbonstreetbluesfest.com).   

Point Mountain Entertainment, LLC and the Forestry and State Parks of State Of New Jersey have collaborated to bring back music back to the Fields At Waterloo. The grand plan is to have the site perceived to be a premier family-friendly event/concert venue and tourist attraction in the State of New Jersey. As one stage goes, a new stage will take its place. Point Mountain Entertainment LLC is bringing in a modern state-of-the-art Stageline SL-320 to accommodate and present a new generation of events. 

Greg Starr and John Kennedy are the principals at Point Mountain Entertainment, LLC.

“We are planning more events. But the start for us, at the site, is the 10th Annual Bourbon Street Blues Fest,” said Kennedy, who prefers “showman” over promoter. “We have a highly skilled team working the show featuring a spectacular two days top-of-the-line blues line-up.”

Headliners for the event are Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band on Saturday and Robert Cray on Sunday. Supporting acts throughout the weekend include Bernard Allison, Bonerama, Mike Zito, Billy Hector, The Fins, Bob Lanza, Lee Delray and The Above Ground Blues Band.

Since it is our 10th Bourbon Street Blues Festival, we wanted it to be truly eventful and something special,” said Kennedy.  

There will be a second stage – the WBGO-FM Blues Heritage Stage – and features musician/historian national steel guitar aficionado Mike Esposito and Robert Ross, 1989 New Music Award – Best Blues Artist.

In addition to all the great musical performances, on site, there will be sumptuous food vendors, a varied selection of beer, wines and beverages, and a “blues information booth” providing materials on the Memphis-based Blues Foundation and Clarksdale, Mississippi’s Delta Blues Museum.  For further information: visit bourbonstreetbluesfest.com. 

(Photo by Cathy Miller)

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