It’s an all-day concert with nonstop local music, simultaneously produced on two stages, on Saturday, March 5. And it’s an event that will give attendees a taste of the Music Mountain series of years gone by. That’s what organizers of the mega-music showcase are promising with Prallsville Mill Music Marathon.
The Marathon is a fundraiser to support PA NJ Radio, a community Internet radio station based in Lambertville. The station is a mix of talk radio shows featuring local hosts and carefully curated playlists and albums featuring regional musicians.
Judy Marchand is the volunteer music director at PA NJ Radio and is working long hours to plan for this extravaganza. “It’s been nonstop,” Marchand quipped. “Myself, along with the station owner, Rob Bell, and other volunteers are doing this to support improvements at the radio station. The event is supporting all of the local musicians in the area and benefiting the entire river-town communities,” she continued.
Marchand’s regular gig at the station involves attending live shows, networking with musicians, getting permissions to play albums and tracks on air, listening to everything, then uploading the music received, and promoting the shows on the station. Now for the Music Marathon, Marchand’s role has expanded — working with 18 bands and over 35 individual musicians, scheduling volunteers, and asking local businesses and restaurants for donations and raffle prizes.
The set-list of performers and latest updates can be found on the event’s Facebook page. Tickets can be purchased online at the Prallsville Mills website for $12, or $15 at the door. Children 12 and under are free.
The Music Marathon is BYOB and a potluck, and attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share. Alcoholic beverages are limited to wine and beer — no hard alcohol is allowed at Prallsville Mills. A food truck might make an appearance; those details are being finalized. And raffle prizes for area businesses and restaurants will be awarded.
“I know 90 percent of these musicians and they’re just wonderful people,” Marchand emphasized. “We’re all working hard for the musicians and the radio station.”
The whole event will be broadcast live on PA NJ Radio. All in all, there will be over 120 musicians performing on Saturday, March 5, at the historic Prallsville Mills in Stockton, which lies at the intersections of the Wickecheoke Creek, the Delaware and Raritan Canal and Delaware River.
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