Under Cover Music Fest


The second annual Under Cover Music Fest is back bigger and better than before.  On Saturday, June 1, from 4 pm to 10 pm, world-class musicians from the area will cover popular hits from Aretha Franklin,  Prince, The Meters, Bill Withers, Dave Matthews Band and Radiohead. 

New this year is a large beer garden (cash bar) hosted by The Fox and Falcon, which will serve beer from four regional New Jersey breweries, wine service, cider, a specialty cocktail and delicious festival food. The beer garden will be located on Sloan Street at the crosswalk in front of Starbucks (youth are permitted to enter, and provisions will be in place to ensure there is no under-age drinking). Kids activities will be provided by General Store Cooperative, which will also be selling music-centric wares from local independent stores, markers and artist. 

Click here for frequently asked questions. The event rain date Sunday, June 2, from 3 pm to 9 pm.

Under Cover Music Fest is FREE thanks to the gracious sponsorship of Mark Murphy's Music and Vanessa Pollock Properties Group of Keller Williams! We also want to thank our supporting sponsors Garden Savings Credit Union, Miti Miti,  Township of South OrangeSOPAC, The Fox & Falcon, General Store Cooperative, Bunny's Sports Bar, Steve Vaccariello Photography, The Local Yarn Store, BCB Bank, Couto DeFranco, P.A., Yoni Kreger  Salon, Cold Stone Creamery, Eventage, Scalora Brothers and BGR Burgers Grilled Right


Bill Withers- 4 PM

Covered by the Curtis Winchester Band

Born on July 4, 1938, in Slab Fork, West Virginia, singer-songwriter Bill Withers is a 3 time grammy winner known for such hits as "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Lean on Me." Withers' debut album, Just as I Am, was released in 1971. Three of the songs on the album became hit singles. One of them, "Ain't No Sunshine," went gold and received a Grammy Award for best R&B song. The follow-up single, "Grandma's Hands," reached number 18 on the R&B charts.

From 2006 to 2015, Curtis Winchester was the main vocalist for Grammy Nominated guitarist Gil Parris and his band. His influences include Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Nat “King” Cole and Stevie Wonder. Perhaps the most significant influence – and Curtis’ idol – is Robert Cray.

Aretha Franklin- 5PM

Covered by Mark Murphy's Student Group: Dithmi and The Franklins

Aretha Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1942. The Queen of Soul was an incredible singer, pianist, songwriter and interpreter of song. She was signed to Columbia records at 18 years old. After she signed to Atlantic Records in 1966 success soon followed with hits like "Respect", "Think" and "Chain of Fools".  Aretha recorded 112 singles that charted with Billboard. In 1987 she became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2008 she won her 18th Grammy Award. She is one of the most important artists in the history of the Grammys.

The Aretha set will be performed by MMM student/faculty band called Dithmi and the Franklins! This group of students and teachers is not to be missed. When you close your eyes you will be shocked that most of the band members are in high-school!

Prince- 6 PM

Covered by Ricky Persaud, Jr. & Crossroads

Ricky Persaud, Jr. is a Reggae Rock recording artist, singer songwriter, multi instrumentalist, composer and actor. Ricky plays guitar, piano and is a powerful vocalist. He is a commanding performer who fronts the band Ricky Persaud, Jr. & Crossroads. Ricky currently attends Berklee College Of Music on a full four year scholarship.

Prince was born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was a seven-time Grammy winner! And in In 1984 he held the number one spot for single, film and album with Purple Rain!

Dave Matthews Band- 7 PM

Covered by Mark Murphy and Friends

Dave Matthews Band, also known as the DMB, is an American rock band that was formed in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1991. They are a touring institution and have sold over  33 million albums worldwide.

The DMB set will be performed by Mark Murphy & Friends. Mark owns a music school in South Orange that has been open for 15 years. The entire band will be Mark and teachers from the school!

The Meters- 8 PM

Covered by Scott Kettner & Nation Beat

The Meters were a pioneer in New Orleans music and Funk! They recorded their own music from the late 1960s thru 1977. Their original songs "Cissy Strut" and "Look-Ka Py Py" are considered funk classics. they are considered originators of funk along with artists like James Brown, and their work is influential on many other bands, both their contemporaries and modern musicians. In 2018 the band was presented the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award!

Scott Kettner is a local. He lives with his family in Maplewood. He is at the helm of Nation Beat. Nation Beat’s live shows have taken on an almost mythological aura for their ability to lift the souls, and the feet, of their growing cross-cultural audience. Scott is looking to bring dance back to jazz. This is a beat that moves your feet. This set is not to be missed!

Radiohead - 9 PM

Covered by Charlie Pollock and Friends

Radiohead was formed in 1989 in Oxford, England. They broke out in 1993 with their hit “Creep”. Folks thought they were another Nirvana or Pixies but through the years have evolved to become arguably one of the most influential rock bands of the last 25 years. Their first few albums showed promise and expansion but it wasn’t until 1997’s “Ok Computer” that the band forever changed alternative rock. Since then the band has gone on to release important groundbreaking records like “Kid A”, “In Rainbows”, and most recently “A Moon Shaped Pool”.

Charlie Pollock is a local treasure. He is a musician/ actor that has extensive experience on Broadway and TV in shows like “The Good Wife” and “Law and Order”. He has a powerful voice and a large stage presence. He performed at the 1st Undercover festival last year performing the music of U2. He returns this year to fill the Thom Yorke in Radiohead! Don’t miss it.


JUN 1, 2019


Sloan Street
South Orange, NJ