The Black Potatoe Music Festival — set for July 10 through 14 at the Historic Red Mill Village and Museum in Clinton — is taking its place as one of the first of this summer’s musical harvests.

With an emphasis on independent labels and including 35 different sessions, the event has gathered a strong following for its mix of music — everything from blues to bluegrass, from traditional to cutting edge — and musicians from both near and a far, established and emerging.

Its roots go back 16 years as a CD release party for the Matt Angus Thing, led by New Jersey-based guitarist and vocalist Angus who blends the blues with rock and American classics.

Angus, who serves as the event’s musical director, and his band are set to make music on Saturday, July 13.

Joining him over the five day event — which coincidentally got its “indie” name by mixing an Idaho staple with the spelling of a former vice-president — is the Conan Show house band leader Jimmy Vivino (who plays on TBS with the Basic Cable Band).

The Paterson-native Vivino (whose brothers are the popular musical comedian Uncle Floyd Vivino and fellow Basic Cable member Jerry Vivino) will pay homage to one of the great pioneering groups The Band. The presentation echoes Vivino’s recent musical channeling of the Butterfield Blues Band. In addition to his own work, Vivino also participates in “The Fab Faux,” a successful Beatles tribute band.

With its focus on independent musicians, the appropriate Wednesday, July 10, festival opener is the sold-out world premiere screening of the documentary film, “Demand Your Independents,” detailing the ins and outs of independent music production. The film also tells the story of Black Potatoe, its origins, and its musicians. Begun in 2007 and completed in 2012, the film was produced by AH productions and directed by Justin Holt, founder of the Clinton-based Aphelion Entertainment.

The live music starts sounding at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 11, with Nalani and Sarina. The 19-year-old twin sisters from Flemington. The duo trained first in piano, moved into strings, and have been writing and performing for the past three years, including busking in Boston.

Black Potatoe Music Festival, Historic Red Mill Village and Museum, 56 Main Street, Clinton. “Demand Your Independents” screening, Wednesday, July 10. Live music, Thursday through Sunday, July 10 through 14. $20-$24. Call 908-735-6429 or for the most updated information visit

Thursday, July 11

6:30 p.m., Quarry Stage, Gregg Cagno, New Hope guitarist, singer, and ASCAPlus award winner.

7:30 p.m. River Stage, Reverend Freakchild performs “country blues and soulfolk grooves” will heal your hurting. His new CD is “Chaos and Country Blues” on Treated and Released Records.

8 p.m., Quarry stage, Ellis Paul, a “songwriter, poet, and troubadour originally hailing from a potato farming family in northern Maine” and the recipient of thirteen Boston Music Awards.

9 p.m., River Stage, Kathy Phillips, marking her 14th performance at the Black Potatoe Music Festival

9:30 p.m., Quarry stage, Chris Smither who “continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers.”

Friday, July 12

6 p.m., River Stage, Charlotte Kendrick, the Princeton-based writer and performer who with her husband Dan Rowe has released three albums and performer scores of performances across America.

6:30 p.m. River Stage Linda Sharar, “a Boston-based performing songwriter, whose percussive
folk-rock sensibility on the guitar, combined with thoughtful, poetic
lyrics and strong melodies, appeals to mainstream pop, rock and folk
audiences alike.”

7:30 p.m., River Stage, Xenia Dunford, a Vermont-based folk-rock composer and performer.

8 p.m., Quarry Stage, Eilen Jewell surveys “a wide a wide range of traditional musical styles, from the folk and jug band leanings.”

9 p.m., River stage, Amy Black, a Boston musician who “blends a sound that is the best of both sides of the Mason Dixon Line” and has appeared at the Boston Music Festival.

9:30 p.m., Quarry Stage, Jimmy Vivino and The Barn Burners featuring Jim Weider Randy Ciarlante and Byron Isaacs playing blues
rock and soul and some good old classics from The Band. and

Saturday, July 13

11:25 a.m., Karl Dietel, Quarry Stage, Clinton native and Boston University trained keyboardist and road musician.

Noon, River Stage, Collins Brothers, a Tennessee group mixing country, Motown, and classic rock.

12:30 p.m., Quarry Stage, Stone Cold Fever, hard rock and electric blues,

1:30 p.m., River Stage, Lily May, a 16-year-old Delaware Valley contemporary Folk singer-songwriter,

2 p.m., Quarry Stage, Fleeting Ends, Philadelphia-based rock band.

3 p.m., River Stage, Suzie Brown, “Harvard-educated cardiologist to singer-songwriter, now musing on matters of the heart,” named the Best of Philly (by Philadelphia magazine).

3:30 p.m., Quarry Stage, Andy Sheppard and Find The Others, Toronto-based acoustic songwriting and performers 

4:30 p.m., River Stage, Jonah Tolchin, New Jersey born and raised musician who shows a “deep resonant voice, foot-stomping rhythms, and lyrical original songs.”

6:30 p.m., Quarry Stage, Pat O’Shea, marking his fifth appearance at Black Potatoe and has recorded and/or performed with James Cotton, Kim Wilson, David Johansen, Jimmy Vivino, Bobby Keys and others.

7:30 p.m., River Stage, Gretchen Pleuss, Ohio based songwriter who combines folk, rock, soul, and the

8-8:30 p.m., Quarry Stage, Willy Porter, “esteemed guitarist/singer-songwriter” whose latest release is “How To Rob A Bank.”

9 p.m., Quarry stage, Rivals of the Peacemakers, Alex and Billy Watson, the wife-husband artistic force behind Chicago’s dark folk quintet.

9:30 p.m., Quarry Stage, The Matt Angus Thing,

Sunday, July 14

11:25 a.m., Quarry Stage, Lo8, “four guys from the tri-state area” blending “progressive, jazz and rock infused jam band with an emphasis on intricate interplay, groove-laced jams, and a whimsical attitude.”

Noon, River Stage, Steve Kunzman, Long Valley, NJ, based musician explores “truth through the essence of home as restorative power, as light in the distance and light in the heart, through his multifarious music.”

12:25 p.m., Quarry Stage, Graham Alexander, composer, guitarist, vocalist, and keyboardist.

1:35 p.m., Stolen Rhodes, Quarry Stage, Philadelphia rock and blues quartet playing original works,

3 p.m., Quarry Stage, Chris Bergson” has performed and/or shared the
stage with Hubert Sumlin, Levon Helm, B.B. King, Norah Jones, John
Hammond, Etta James, and Bettye LaVette, to name just a few.”

4 p.m., River Stage, Matt Wade, a pianist/singer-songwriter from the Jersey shore area who combines jazz, blues, and R&B.

4:30 p.m., Quarry Stage, Bow Thayer, an Americana musician who has been called one of the “best artist to come out of New England in recent years.”

5:30 p.m., River Stage, Patty Reese, awarded four Washington Area Music
Association awards, including Artist of the
Year, Songwriter and Album of the year and Roots Rock Vocalist.

6 p.m., Quarry Stage, Billy Hector, award winning guitarist, songwriter and frontman” dubbed a “A New Jersey state treasure” by music writers.

7 p.m., River stage, the Wahoo Skiffle Crazies, Staten Island’s premier jug band is probably Staten Island’s only jug band.

7:30 p.m., Quarry Stage, Billy Martin’s Wicked Knee, Three parts brass, one part drums, a “brass band from the Downtown New York scene.”

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