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. The event is being organized by 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, the music begins at 3 p.m. with Charlotte Sometimes, Wild Carnation, Speed the Plough and Yung Wu. 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.