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Marshall Crenshaw Heads to Knowlton for WNTI Stage Fest

07/07/2014, 09:48 AM

KNOWLTON TWP - Marshall Crenshaw has just about done it all, from acting to playing music, but when it comes down to it, he is most at home performing in front of appreciative audiences. And that's just what he'll be doing when he hits the stage at this year's WNTI Stage Festival.

Presented by WNTI Radio at Centenary College in partnership with Kennedy Events Services, WNTI Stage takes place at the Lions Pavilion on Route 46 in Knowlton Township. This year, the event is taking place Aug. 15-17, and offers the same kind of great music everyone has become accustomed to, from acoustic singer-songwriters to some good old rock 'n roll.
 Born in Detroit, Crenshaw began playing guitar at age ten and he received his first break playing John Lennon in the off-Broadway company of Beatlemania. In 1987, he played Buddy Holly in the Richie Valens biopic "La Bamba."

While living in New York City, he recorded the single "Something's Gonna Happen" for Alan Betrock's Shake Records, which led to a deal with Warner Bros. His debut album, “Marshall Crenshaw”, was acclaimed as a pop masterpiece upon its release in 1982 and established him as a first-rate songwriter, singer and guitarist. The record spawned the Top 40 single "Someday, Someway," which rockabilly singer Robert Gordon scored a hit with a year earlier. Crenshaw's second album, 1983's Field Day, was another critical smash and led to a successful slate of 20-plus years of studio recordings that offered a fascinating evolutionary journey through an array of musical landscapes.

As Crenshaw was developing Jaggedland's mix of poignant and incisive love songs and musings on mortality, he ventured once again into the film world, co-penning the title track to the hilarious, critically acclaimed John C. Reilly film "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story"; the track was nominated for a 2008 Golden Globe and a 2008 Grammy Award.

"He writes songs that are melodic, hooky and emotionally true, and he sings and plays them with an honesty and force that still finds room for humor without venom,” stated a quote from All Music Guide on Crenshaw.

Other featured acts for WNTI Stage include Willie Nile with James Maddock, Spuyten Duyvil, The Grand Slambovians, Todd Wolfe with John Ginty, and more! In all, there will be over 20 musical acts.

Friday hours are 6-10 p.m., Saturday 12-10 p.m., and Sunday, 12-7 p.m. The charge for admittance is $10 Friday and Sunday, and $20 on Saturday. Children 12 and under are free. Parking is free.
The food menu is as diverse as the music, with everything from seafood to vegetarian to American Classic food available.

Major sponsors for WNTI Stage are Knowlton Lions Club and the Knowlton Township Cultural and Heritage Commission.

Organizers ask that you leave the coolers and pets at home.

For more information about the festival, or to order tickets, visit www.wntistage.org or call (908) 979-4355 ext. 1. For more about WNTI go to www.wnti.org

About WNTI
In 1957, WNTI noncommercial radio was licensed to Centenary College and began broadcasting. Initially, WNTI was only on the air a couple of times a week for several hours.  Today, WNTI’s eclectic free-form programming can be heard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  WNTI’s staff includes many Centenary students and community volunteers.  With studios on the campus of Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey, WNTI can be heard on 91.9 FM in northwestern New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania.

About Centenary College
Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs online and in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.

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