Week number two of "Prelude To JAMFEST 4" featured Raritan, NJ singer/songwriter DALE LAKATA.
Dale brought her new lead guitarist DAVE BATESON with her, as well as PETE JESTER and DONNA
TORRES, the owner and manager of JAMFEST 4 venue THE LOCAL SHACK.
This show was definitely quite unique as we discussed many different topics ranging from
JAMFEST 4 to Hydrogen-powered vehicles to the U.S. military.
DALE LAKATA has been playing and performing since the early '90s. A staple at many open mics
statewide, she is a tireless performer who combines her originals with some select cover tunes
that fit her "dark" style. Born in NYC, LAKATA has spent some time in Boston as well as Long
Branch, NJ before settling in her current hometown of Raritan, NJ.
Inspired and influenced by many classic rock artists, as well as her life experiences, LAKATA
pens original songs that are a reflection of the various styles and genres that she favors.
Dale's vocals are hard to pin down to any one style. Her voice, in my opinion, is very similar
to that of the Motels' Martha Davis. It's low and borderline sultry.
In studio, Dale performed her song "Hydrogen," which is about cars and alternative energies
of the future. We also played a track called "New Life," which will be on her upcoming (still
Along with DALE LAKATA, the owner of the LOCAL SHACK, PETE JESTER, also performed an original
song of his. A military veteran of twenty four years, JESTER sang of his experiences in the
Army as an Airborne Ranger. JESTER brought along the manager of the LOCAL SHACK, DONNA TORRES.
Donna spoke of the special JAMFEST 4 five-dollar food voucher that actually will net anyone
who purchases it ten dollars in savings. There will also be food and other specials. The LOCAL
SHACK is a BYOB establishment, so bring your adult beverages and relax with great food, and
This Sunday, June 20, the final JAMFEST 4 participant, EVERGREEN FILE, will be the guest
of ROCK ON RADIO. These country-style, Americana Rockers from Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ "bring
decades of experience" to the table.
Also, as a side note, I will be performing along with AGENCY bassist MIKE THOMPSON as part
of the KIM YARSON rhythm section at a "Turn The Corner Lyme Disease Foundation" benefit for
TORCHY BLAINE at Brewster's Bar and Bowling Alley in Bradley Beach, NJ this Saturday, June 19.
This event begins at 3pm with a suggested donation of ten dollars. The music starts at 5:30pm
and features a fantastic line-up of musicians who are all donating their time and talent. To
learn more please visit www.torchystroubadours.org.
Turn on... tune in... and, as always... ROCK ON!