Dromedary Records Will Bring 12 Bands Together at Maxwell’s in Hoboken in Support of Former Foster Youth
Members of the New Jersey and regional music scene are coming together to support young adults who have aged out of the child welfare system in the Garden State, announced Dromedary Records, a Great Meadows-based independent record label. The effort will launch with Camelfest 2011, a two-day music festival to be held Friday and Saturday, August 12 and 13, at Maxwell’s, the legendary club in Hoboken, N.J.
Proceeds from Camelfest will benefit Roots & Wings, a nonprofit organization based in Mountain Lakes, N.J. Founded in 1999, Roots & Wings provides safe housing, educational support and practical life skills to youth who have “aged-out” of the child welfare system; for many, services are discontinued at age 18. Roots & Wings assists this high-risk population of disadvantaged young adults, helping them replace dependency with self-sufficiency.
Twelve bands will perform during three shows at Camelfest. On Friday night, beginning at 8 p.m., Richard Barone, Robbers on High Street, Readymade Breakup and The Mommyheads will take the stage. Saturday afternoon, Camelfest will kick off at 3 p.m. with Charlotte Sometimes, Wild Carnation, Speed the Plough and Yung Wu. And, on Saturday night, again beginning at 8 p.m., the lineup features The 65s, The Library is On Fire, Varsity Drag and Stuyvesant. Admission is $10 per person for each show, with tickets available online at http://maxwellsnj.com and at the door. Maxwell’s is located at 1039 Washington Street in Hoboken.
“We’re thrilled to have assembled such a great lineup of bands for this worthy cause,” said Dromedary Records owner Al Crisafulli. “New Jersey has a rich history of indie rock music, and young people have always been a huge part of keeping it going. It’s great to be working with bands that are so willing to donate their time and talent to give something back, and to be bringing them together at one of the state’s best music venues.”
Additionally, Dromedary Records will contribute a portion of proceeds from its next six releases to Roots & Wings. This includes forthcoming albums from Speed the Plough, Shirk Circus, The Mommyheads, Cuppa Joe, The 65s and Guy Capecelatro III.
“Because Roots & Wings is funded almost entirely by private donations and special events, support from individuals and organizations that work hard to put on events like this one are critical to our sustainability,” explained Kim Spangenberg, executive director of Roots & Wings.
“Often becoming suddenly homeless with no plan for the future, youth who phase out of foster care can find themselves alone with no one to depend on, leaving them at disturbingly high risk for dependence on welfare and unemployment, homelessness, unplanned pregnancy and incarceration,” she added. “Roots & Wings provides these young people the support they need to become successful, contributing members of society. Without the generosity of groups like Dromedary Records and its bands, Roots & Wings could not exist.”