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Ridgewood Unplugged Makes Annual Return For Ninth Season

Ridgewood Unplugged returns to the School House Museum this Friday. Photo Credit: Facebook/Ridgewood Unplugged
Noelle Caramanna Performs at Ridgewood Unplugged Season III (2007)
Noelle Caramanna Performs at Ridgewood Unplugged Season III (2007) Video Credit: Ridgewood Unplugged
The Schoolhouse Museum Presents Ridgewood Unplugged "WE COULD BE HEROES" Season VIII Featuring Tributes
The Schoolhouse Museum Presents Ridgewood Unplugged "WE COULD BE HEROES" Season VIII Featuring Tributes Video Credit: Geri Abdoo
Andy Meyer, Jay Baney, Frank Muchel and crew perform Hesitation Blues at Ridgewood Unplugged Season III (1/17/08)
Andy Meyer, Jay Baney, Frank Muchel and crew perform Hesitation Blues at Ridgewood Unplugged Season III (1/17/08) Video Credit: Ridgewood Unplugged

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — The Ridgewood Unplugged Concert series is returning to the Schoolhouse Museum on East Glen Avenue for its ninth season Friday.

The four-night fundraiser over the next two weekends will feature 75 different bands to aid the Ridgewood Historical Society, which maintains and operates the Schoolhouse Museum.

This years theme is "Break On Through," focusing on the breakout albums of popular bands. The goal is to raise $10,000.

"One night at Ridgewood Unplugged will blow your mind," Concert Organizer Jeff Sofka said. HIs band, "Martha Quinn College," will be playing on Jan. 29.

"You realize just how much incredible talent there is just in this one small town."

Ridgewood Unplugged began in earnest in 2005. At that time, the Ridgewood Historical Society needed money for the Schoolhouse Museum — which has stood in Ridgewood since the 1800s.

Sofka tapped into the musician community in Ridgewood, and quickly found 20 bands willing to play.

"I figured if the museum was looking to raise funds and awareness it would be a great idea to have a concert inside," said Sofka.

Nine years later, Ridgewood Unplugged has become a major source of funding for the historical society.

"I think everybody loves being able to come out and see their friends and neighbors play music," Sofka said.

Tickets for every night sold out back in November.

"Band after band work really hard to put on their best performances for this show especially because the shows are being recorded," Sofka said.

"You really get an incredible range of talent and a lot of surprises in terms of the quality of the performances."

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