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Dromedary Celebrates 20th Birthday with Camelfest 2013

Wed Oct 2, 10:04 AM

*CAMELFEST MUSIC FESTIVAL OCT. 18-19 TO BENEFIT ROOTS & WINGS
In Celebration of its 20th Anniversary, Dromedary Records Will Bring 8 Bands Together at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park in Support of Former Foster Youth*

Members of the New Jersey and regional music scene are coming together once again to support young adults who have aged out of the child welfare system in the Garden State, announced Dromedary Records, a Great Meadows-based independent record label. The effort will launch with Camelfest 2013, a two-day music festival to be held Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19, at Asbury Lanes, the legendary venue in New Jersey’s Asbury Park.

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.

Eight bands will perform during three shows at Camelfest. On Friday night, beginning at 9 p.m., Wax Darts, The Coffin Daggers, Cinema Cinema and The Everymen will take the stage. On Saturday night, again beginning at at 9 p.m., the lineup features Overlake, The Brixton Riot, The Anderson Council, and Stuyvesant. Admission is $10 per person for each show, with tickets available at the door. Attendees must be 18 to enter, 21 to drink. Asbury Lanes is located at 209 4th Avenue in Asbury Park

“In 20 years of hosting shows, this might be the most exciting lineup we’ve ever offered.” said Dromedary Records owner Al Crisafulli. “It’s a celebration of indie rock in New Jersey, and of 20 years of great music, and we decided this year we’d make it extra loud, just to prove that we’re not too old for this yet.”

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Dromedary will be releasing From ’93 ‘Til Infinity, a compilation album featuring contemporary indie rock bands performing covers of indie rock songs initially released in Dromedary’s “birth year,” 1993. The compilation, which will be available on CD and digital download, features bands like Stuyvesant, The Anderson Council, and Cinema Cinema performing tracks from legendary artists like Liz Phair, Superchunk and Yo La Tengo. CDs will be available for purchase at the show.

The third annual Camelfest continues the label’s affiliation with Roots & Wings, as Dromedary has contributed to the organization each year since 2011.

“Because Roots & Wings is funded almost entirely by private donations and special events, support from individuals and organizations that work hard to put on events like this one are critical to our sustainability,” explained Kim Spangenberg, executive director of Roots & Wings.

“Often becoming suddenly homeless with no plan for the future, youth who phase out of foster care can find themselves alone with no one to depend on, leaving them at disturbingly high risk for dependence on welfare and unemployment, homelessness, unplanned pregnancy and incarceration,” she added. “Roots & Wings provides these young people the support they need to become successful, contributing members of society. Without the generosity of groups like Dromedary Records and its bands, Roots & Wings could not exist.”

For more information, visit the Dromedary Records website at www.dromedary-records.com or the Camelfest website at www.camelfest.com.

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