On Saturday, June 13, high atop the lush Palisades cliffs, the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey will continue its series of outdoor summer concerts aptly titled “Music on the Rocks.” This month attendees can come expecting some good old-fashioned rock n’ roll music by none other than area perennial Thaddeus MacGregor and his band Kid Thadillac.
The informal program, which begins at 7 PM and will last about three hours, is open to all, with no advance reservations required. The cost is $5 per person, and visitors should bring chairs or blankets to sit on. “Lookout Inn,” a refreshment stand with a lunch and snack menu, along with a gift shop, will stay open with a special evening menu, or visitors may bring a picnic supper with them. Adults may bring their own beer or wine to drink.
The son of an opera singer, Tenafly native MacGregor, has been singing all of his life. Long involved in vocal groups, bands, and solo performances, he has worked as a singer, instrumentalist, composer, conductor, music director, and teacher. He earned a degree in music composition from New York University’s Department of Music and Performing Arts in Manhattan, and has scored several films and commercials. His recent performance venues have included the historic Paris Café at South Street Seaport.
Macgregor can often be seen playing throughout the tristate area. Known for his soulful vocal delivery and his sizzling guitar riffs, MacGregor and his bandmates will take visitors along a musical journey peppered with R&B, roots, and blues influences. The band, Kid Thadillac, is composed of accomplished musicians Luther Rix on drums and vocals, Frank Hernandez on bass and vocals, and Rich Reiter on saxophone and flute — musicians who have played and toured with the likes of Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, the Mommas and the Poppas, Bette Midler, and more.
Visitors should try to arrive by 7, as the Lookout area will be closed to the general public after that time. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be rescheduled to Saturday, June 20.
By car, State Line Lookout is accessible via its own exit on the northbound Palisades Interstate Parkway about 2 miles north of Exit 2 (a well-marked U-turn is available for southbound motorists).
Buses stop at the state line on Route 9W, from which it is about a mile walk up the old closed highway there (adjacent to the entrance to Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory), and bicycles can also gain access to the Lookout area from this point. Click here for detailed directions.
For more information or directions, please call Lookout Inn at 201-750-0465.