New Jersey Stage

Sunday, August 14, 2011

An Evening of Rag and Blues

(Lakewood, NJ) -– The historic STRAND Center for the Arts announces An Evening of Rags & Blues presented by Suburban Roots Concert Series on Saturday, August 28 at 7pm.  This all ages show is an intimate evening of acoustic "Rags & Blues" along with some witty storytelling by the notable Roy Book Binder plus very special guests Thomas Wesley Stern and local picker Frank Fotusky!

Roy Book Binder is a Blues singing, guitar picking, song writing raconteur, and has been for the past 40 years! Roy has been interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air, featured on the Emmy award winning segment of the PBS TV series EGG Art in America, and appeared more than 30 times on Ralph Emory's highly regarded TV series Nashville Now.

Thomas Wesley Stern began as, and remains, four friends who grew up together in Jackson, NJ.   From the beginning, Thomas Wesley Stern was an experiment in living for and through songs.  Their first EP, "Hope Folk" is available now on iTunes and on CD.

Frank Fotusky plays Acoustic Blues in the style reminiscent of the great East Coast "Piedmont" players such as Rev. Gary Davis, Blind Boy Fuller, John Jackson, Blind Willie McTell to name a few. Tom Olson from the Blues Connection said, "Frank understands and plays the music authentically," and BIG CITY BLUES offered, "This is a player that would be welcomed on any porch, front or back!"

Tickets are $15 plus service charges.  Make your ticket reservations online at or call 732-730-5925.  The STRAND box office, 732 – 367 - 7789, is open on Thursday and Friday, between 12 pm and 5 pm and 3 hours before each show.

The Strand Theater is located at 400 Clifton Avenue in Lakewood, NJ.