Concert on the Quad
Jo Stones & Phil Swanson, MSG Acoustic Blues Trio, Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches, and Session Americana
Saturday, Sept. 22 at 2PM
Saturday afternoon’s events are free and open to the public and this year are offered as a Community Day in Celebration of RVCC's 50th Anniversary. In addition to Concert on the Quad, there will be a drop-in Pickers Tent where local musicians are invited to play together and some organized activities for the kids. Food will be available for purchase throughout the afternoon and local craft vendors will be offering their wares. And, as part of Community Day, the Planetarium will offer free laser shows, the college art gallery will be open, and RVCC Cosmetology students will be giving free hand and arm massages.

JO STONES A Jersey native and graduate of Westminster Choir College, Jo Stones has a way of speaking to your soul. His simplistic approach to the guitar started only a year ago when he decided to pack his bags and live life as a broke but hardly broken wanderer of the west. Recently returning from California and Colorado, Stones released his fourth and most recent album Trails showing off his love for the road. Be sure to also check out Stones' piano skills on his album Under the Influence available on iTunes and Spotify.

PHIL SWANSON [...] after playing in several garage bands in High School, an acoustic duo in college and several post college bands, I’ve arrived at this mid-life juncture, guitar in hand with a desire to express myself through words & music. For lack of a better name or category (I hate them) I guess you’d say I’m a singer/songwriter. My writing is infl...uenced by the world and the people around me, the constantly changing rhythm of life in the 21st century. [...] I like to think that my songs are about real life, and not cliché. I tend not to write about cars, fast women, or my drinking buddies at the bar (but who knows what the future holds).

M.S.G. ACOUSTIC BLUES TRIO M.S.G. has been together for fifteen years and has produced four CDs. Their latest effort, THE FLOOD made the first-round for the Grammy Nominations under the category of Best Traditional Blues Album. They are considered one of the top Piedmont acoustic blues (singer/songwriting) groups in the Mid-Atlantic Region. M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio has performed at the Chicago Blues Festival, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion. The trio has played and taught at the Folk Project Weekend in N.J. and was featured in a live video Horses Sing None of It!, sponsored by the Folk Project. They also have been honored to perform at the Annual John Cephas Piedmont Blues Festivals, paying homage to their late mentor.


BANJO NICKARU & WESTERN SCOOCHES are likely the only band today infusing elements of world rhythms with global folk traditions, Americana, New Orleans influences, and 1920s jazz. The new album, Get Us Out Of Fearland builds upon the multicultural exuberance that made the band’s debut, Very Next Thing, a transcendent breath of fresh air. Elmore Magazine championed its “remarkable musical dexterity with songs that bask in a genuine roots regimen and a sense of timeless tradition,” and revered tastemaker station WFUV (John Platt) said, “This is a band that must be heard to be believed!"

SESSION AMERICANA (Boston) is a rock band in a tea cup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. This band/collective of talented musicians craft an musical experience unlike any other. On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and all of its smaller siblings, a harmonica case fire damaged when Jack's bar went up in flames and graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny. The anything-could-happen feel of a Session show depends on craft that's not accidental or easily won; they bring a kind of ease and genuineness to this timeless music, sometimes presenting the latest batch of original songs, sometimes reaching back into depths of the American "song bag".
Calling all local pickers! You know who you are. You know who each other are. Feel like jamming and meeting new friends? Bring your acoustic instrument, a smile and pick to your hearts content in the pickers tent.
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