Founder of the event Steve Warendorf started Colts Neck Rockfest in late August of 2008. “I had the idea to have a little free concert with a few musical acts at Bucks Mill Park in Colts Neck. My point was always to utilize the beautiful spaces we have available in town,” said Warendorf. In 2008, the Moroccan Sheepherders, Bullet Bob and the Colts, as well as a few acoustic artists played. “It was basically a backyard barbecue held at the park with about 30 people in attendance. It’s interesting to note that this was the Moroccan Sheepherders’ very first NJ cover music gig, as we were an original act from 1996 until then,” added Warendorf, who is a member of this band.
Headlining on Friday night will be the Taylor Tote Band, well-known in the music community. Warendorf has also planned something special for Friday night. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Rockfest, there will be a competition for bands who are under 25 that he dubbed “Battle of the Young Bands Night.” Warendorf said of the idea, “We have always had young bands perform at Rockfest who are just starting out. I like to give young bands a shot and this is good exposure for them.” The winning band will get a good slot in next year’s Rockfest.
Saturday’s lineup includes the Moroccan Sheepherders, who are headlining; Xol Azul; Woodfish; Secret Sound; Colossal Street Jam, and others. The music ranges from classic rock to latin to reggae to original music. Two stages will be set up and one full band will always be playing so that Warendorf can set up the stage for the next band. That means continuous music!
Vendors will be selling handcrafted items as in the past. Rockfest sweatshirts will also be available for sale. There will be a food truck from Chilango’s Mexican Restaurant; and a dessert truck from Chimney Cakes. Colts Neck Fire Company#1 will be selling hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and hot dogs. There will be no grills available, but you can bring your own beverages and food.
“Rockfest is a wonderful musical weekend picnic – a grownup version of a picnic, and you only pay $20 per car. Where else can you enjoy great music; hang out with friends; and at the same time help to raise funds for a charity? The quality of music is great and the bands are from the area. In the music community, we all know each other so at Rockfest we get to hang out together and play our music. Both the patrons and the band members enjoy this event. Rockfest is all about the music and hanging out with friends,” said Warendorf.
Warendorf loves music and wants everyone who attends Rockfest to relax, enjoy the music and socialize. “Rockfest is an easy-going environment. It’s an all-day picnic that is a very low-key music-centered community event. So come and enjoy the music, enjoy the food, shop a little, and be with friends. You can’t beat that!” he said.
Once again, as they have for the past seven years, Sakoutis Brothers will donate a flatbed truck for the stage and a dumpster for use during the event, noted Warendorf. The Colts Neck Lions Club, along with local volunteers will assist in the parking arrangements and the cleanup. “Proceeds from Rockfest, after costs, will go to a local charity,” said Warendorf.
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