Big Bandingo is back in NWNJ!


On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 6th, 7th, and 8th 2013, AG Tavern at Layton Hotel in Layton, NJ will welcome back the Big Bandingo festival!


In addition to over 50 musical acts, the weekend entertainment will include; vendors, hula hoopers, belly dancers, Lorde and Lady of Layton competition, find the M&M in the whipped cream contest, visual art romp and late night frolicking.



The performers have been selected to cover a wide range of music to satisfy various palates and ages. Up and coming new talent, as well as legendary masters will be spotlighted. Soul, rock, folk, country, jazz, bluegrass, funk, gospel, and even space-dance-swing-disco will be represented. On Friday evening, the classic ‘Dark side of the Moon’ album, by Pink Floyd will be performed in it’s entirety, complete with a psychedelic light show. Some of the anticipated highlights will include the Latin power punch groove of Sub Committee, the trance freakout of 50 Hippies, the super shaking Matty Carl Project and the Ecuadorian pan-flute sounds of Andes Cosmos.



“Northwest NJ may seem like nothing but a bunch of hicks in the sticks, but these hills are alive with the most glorious of sounds. Come savor the delight,” beckons Mingo Lodge, of the band, Big Boss Sausage.



The Layton Hotel was the home of the Big Bandingo from 2007-2010. The festival organizers decided to return here after it was purchased and renovated by the folks at AG Pizza. The rustic stage sits by the Little Flatbrook on the amphitheater-like lawn. A new patio, complete with a tiki bar, overlooks the site, and offers patrons a chance to enjoy the show while dining.



The festival begin at 4 pm Friday night. It will be outdoors until 10 pm, then continue inside until 1:30 am. On Saturday, gates will open at 11 am. It will go inside again at 10 pm, then go until 1:30 am. On Sunday the gates open at 11 am, and the festival ends at 10 pm. The show is rain or shine, so prepare accordingly. Food, beer, frothy cocktails, and other refreshments will be available at the event. Bring your blanket, lawn chair, flip- flops and a hankerin’ for a sweet country hoedown. Please leave your pets and coolers at home.



AG Tavern is located at 124 CR 560 in Layton, NJ. Local camping, Pay Pal details and other information can be found at AG Tavern can be contacted at 973-948-5020.


Advance tickets are $5.00 Friday, $10.00 Saturday, $10.00 Sunday, and weekend passes are $20.00.


At the gate, tickets are $10.00 Friday, $15.00 Saturday, $15.00 Sunday, and weekend passes are $25.00. There is no refund on tickets.




5pm– Ordinary Decent Folk


5:40– Josh Lafargue


6:00– Rusty Rachets


6:40– Drew Whelan


7:00– Tell The Truth


8:00– Evan Lane & Friends Feat. Josh Chaffee


8:40– Kelly Fragale


9:00– Dark Side of the Moon Tribute


10:00– Kevin Kinsella Band


10:40– Ophelia Immortal


11:00– Ant & Co.


11:40– Rachel Weinrich & Brian St. John


12:00– BBQ




12pm– Lorg


1pm– Chris Fantasia Band


1:40– Bill Ruddy


2:00– Gandalf Lebowski


2:40– Maura Glynn-Congdon


3:00– Circus McGurkus


3:40– David Larsen


4:00– Blind Fergeson


4:40– Melissa Judge


5:00– Michael Ironside


5:40– Jake Stanton


6:00– Swamp Fox


6:40– Troop Lakshmi


7:00– Subcommittee


8:00– The Purple Avenger & Jack Mullet Band


8:20– Puck


9:00– The Spinbirds


9:20– Jungle Jazz Initiative


11:00– Eric Waldman


11:40– Mike Herz


12:00– The Hawk Owls


1:00am– Gabe Zander




1pm– 50 Hippies


1:40– Brian Peterson


2:00– Malvador


2:40– Andrew Lister


3:00– The Dowden Brothers


3:40– Bob Nicholson


4:00– Morning Door


4:40– John Sheehan


5:00– Reno


5:40– Mike Esposito


6:00– A Bit of Finger


6:40– Steel City Sunrise


7:00– The Matty Carl Project


8:20– Non-Stop Denny


8:40Big Boss Sausage


About Kath Galvin Cameron

Kath is a freelance writer, community organizer, photographer and blogger. She has been involved in writing, promoting and community outreach. She has produced many musical, cultural, artistic and green events in North West New Jersey for over 15 years. She is the founder of Northwest New Jersey Homeschoolers, and has been involved with supporting natural learning at all stages of life.

Posted on September 2, 2013, in North West New Jersey and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I just wanted you to know I LOVE receiving these happenings, Kath! One of these days, I’ll get to one of the events.


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