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The Last Whippoorwill Bluegrass Band

Bluegrass Band from Brick, NJ - Will travel up to 100 miles
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The Last Whippoorwill Band: Sixteen years ago, five guys got together to form a Thursday night club, not for poker but for something much closer to their hearts. They convened every Thursday night as a labor of love. The idea was to play the old tunes, the classic and traditional bluegrass tunes of Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, and the Stanleys...tunes that everyone else seems to have forgotten. Such was the birth of The Last Whippoorwill Band, a name spun out from the title of Monroe's “The First Whippoorwill”. Sure enough, to the audience the music was so old it was new. The Whippoorwills have entertained traditional bluegrass music lovers all around the tri-state area and continue to expand horizons as they move into the second decade of the 21st Century.

Harry Chadwick, guitar: Lifelong Ocean County, NJ, resident Harry Chadwick has been playing, singing, listening to and loving bluegrass music since 1972, when he and his good friends Kirk Clayton, Don Hayes, Ray Switzer, and Billy Jones founded the legendary Jersey Shore bluegrass band, The Late Nite Garage. Harry loves classic bluegrass and strives to keep that sound in his lead singing and rhythm guitar playing for The Last Whippoorwill Band.

Joe Fili, fiddle: Joe fell in love with bluegrass music when he was a child. When an opportunity to study fiddling with former Monroe Blue Grass Boy Gene Lowinger came along, he dived in, and he hasn't looked back since. Joe was the fiddler for the bluegrass band Groundspeed, which won the New Jersey State Bluegrass Band competition in 1993, and for 24 years he has fiddled for Old Time Country Music Hall of Famer, Jim Murphy, and The Pine Barons, a band which won the Traditional Music Association's Band Of The Year award in 1998.

Jeff Propert, mandolin: Jeff had the seeds of music planted within him at an early age. Amongst his earliest memories were family gatherings by the banks of Lake Wallenpaupack, PA. His family would rent a cabin, bring their musical instruments, and play them by the campfire 'till the late hours of night. At age 15, he asked his mother to show him some guitar chords. Being inspired by some multi-instrumentalists in his family, he began collecting and playing various stringed instruments. When he was of college age, he formed a Bluegrass band with a group of friends. This was the first of many professional bands to follow. Jeff Propert has been affiliated with bands opening for acts in the bluegrass world including Doc Watson, James King, Karl Shiflet and Ricky Skaggs. In Florida, he shared the stage with Larry Rice for two performances. Once a year though, he sets his bookings aside for one week, returning to that same old lake with his family, where he continues to play music with them around the campfire.

Carl Baron, banjo: Carl's introduction to bluegrass music came as a young teenager in, of all places, Newmarket, England. As the son of an American Air Force officer stationed at RAF Lakenheath, Carl had the opportunity to see Bill Monroe appearing at a local theater, "The Grand Ole Opry-Newmarket," run and hosted by Pete Sayer, an English bluegrass enthusiast and performer. Carl was homesick for the states, and the purely American sounds of Monroe's music deeply touched him (especially the 5-string banjo) and he has been hooked ever since.

Dave MacDonald, bass: Dave grew up in a family that loved and listened to bluegrass and country music. As Dave says, “There were times we would listen to records all night and wouldn't even put the TV on!” As a youngster, Dave got to see many of the early stars of bluegrass. After learning to play bass, Dave experimented with other genres of music, but soon realized how much he missed traditional bluegrass. He was drawn back and has never strayed. Along with legendary NJ bass player, Randy Bailey, Dave is just about the most in-demand bass man at Albert Music Hall.
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Oktoberfest Party

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The band was outstanding. Just totally professional and very entertaining. Negotiations were simple and easy. They were on time, their playing was great, their sound system was great, and they helped to make our party a really good time for all. Don't hesitate to book them for your event.

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Banquet

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Everyone enjoyed the music; each member of the band very talented!

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Picnic

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The Last Whippoorwill Bluegrass Band provided the "giddy up" at our Wild West BBQ. They are talented, professional and engaging. Our guests were impressed with their repertoire and expertise. We look forward to scheduling them again for future events.

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2016
Oct
15
Oktoberfest Party
Montclair, NJ
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
2016
Oct
1
Banquet
Waretown, NJ
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2016
Aug
25
Picnic
West Chester, PA
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
2015
May
31
NEPA Bluegrass Festival
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
2015
May
28
NEPA Bluegrass Festival
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
2015
May
28
NEPA Bluegrass Festival
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs
Wreck of the Old '97
Traditional
Uncle Pen
Bill Monroe and The Blue Grass Boys
Home in San Antone
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
North to Alaska
Jack Cooke
Folsom Prison Blues
Johnny Cash
Truck Drivin' Man
Terry Fell
Your Cheatin' Heart
Hank Williams
Lonesome Road Blues
Traditional
Rawhide
Bill Monroe
Bluegrass Band
Wedding Band
Weddings
Celebrations
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
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Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Birthday Parties (Adult)
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Grand Openings
Holiday Parties
Trade Shows
Cocktail Parties
Private Parties
Kentucky Derby Parties
Retirement Parties
Divorce Parties
Wine Tasting Parties
Church Services
Valentine's Day Parties
Please note The Last Whippoorwill Bluegrass Band will also travel to Allenwood, Point Pleasant Beach, Adelphia, Brick Town, Brielle, Manasquan, Lakewood, Sea Girt, Belmar, Mantoloking, Neptune, Asbury Park, Howell, Spring Lake, Tennent, Allenhurst, Lavallette, Normandy Beach, Toms River, Avon By The Sea, Farmingdale, Holmdel, Wickatunk, Bradley Beach, Roosevelt, Seaside Heights, Island Heights, Jackson, Lakehurst, Ocean Grove.
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