Brother and sister rock duo in Sparta
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt, this Friday


Jocelyn & Chris Arndt

SPARTA — The Sparta Summer Concert Series is thrilled to welcome Jocelyn & Chris Arndt to The Nicholson Pavilion Stage this Friday night. They are an exciting brother/sister rock & roll duo from Albany, NY with Jocelyn belting out the vocals and Chris playing a lot of stinging guitar licks.
They tell it best themselves, in this dual statement:
”I’ll be straight with you. Thirteen years ago, we had no clue we’d be where we are today. We were in our parents’ living room, taking turns practicing the instruments we’d just started to learn. What we lacked in skill we made up for in enthusiasm. Two kids, excited to pick up something new, covering “Stairway to Heaven” at local talent shows and playing anywhere we could find permission and a power outlet. But it never crossed our mind that our love of music could be a career. Amazing how things change, isn’t it?
And as things changed, so did we. The living room began to fill up with instruments. Our minds began to fill up with ideas for original songs. We studied hard, and were rewarded with new CDs and trips to the music store. A few years later, and I was looking at an acceptance letter and a scholarship to Harvard University (spoiler: Chris would end up going to Harvard, too.). If anything was going to end the music thing for good, it would be that, right? We had one last show at the county fair, and then back to the books. But music has a funny way of holding on to us, and you never know who’s listening. That night, it was the couple in the back with the giving hearts and the beautiful recording studio. We inked a development and recording deal with David and Anna Bourgeois at Bridge Road Entertainment on my 18th birthday. And then man, did things really change.
Fast forward 4 years. We’ve recorded 5 releases with incredible guest players like G. Love and Gov’t Mule’s Danny Louis. We’ve developed an authentic retro-rock style that gives the sounds we grew up on a millennial twist. And it’s beginning to pay off. On December 18th, our single “Red Stops Traffic” debuted at #37 on the Billboard AAA Top 40. In addition, our current album “Go” held the #2 position on the Relix Jamband Top 30 for three consecutive months.
Together with our band, we’ve logged performances across the country, including stops at The Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, CMJ, and Milwaukee Summerfest. We’ve played hallowed stages like The Birchmere, The Viper Room, and The Bitter End. We’ve provided direct support for Vertical Horizon, Little Feat, Marc Cohn, The Gin Blossoms, and many others. We’re currently on a national tour throughout supporting our album “GO,” and after that we’ll be back in the studio to record a brand-new record. 5 releases. 4 years touring the country. Airplay on over 200 radio stations nationwide. 2 Harvard degrees (well, almost – just give Chris 5 more months). No sleep. Countless broken strings. One dream, thirteen years in the making. So that’s who we are. All in, full throttle, no holds barred.”
Blue Country will open the evening. Roots Country, Outlaw Country, Old-School Country, whatever you call, it you know it when you hear it or maybe when your foot starts tapping and you’re looking for the dance floor. The band are Sparta residents Rich Meier (Vocal, Harmonica and Guitar), Geof Doubleday (Guitar and Vocal), Dennis MacFarlane (Bass), Fred Van Kueren (Drums) and Don Elliker (Pedal Steel Guitar, Mandolin, Vocal). Playing a mix of all the fine music from this great American tradition that they can manage and some that manages them, Blue Country keeps it real and unpretentious.
This concert is free to all, a rain or shine event, and starts at 7PM at Dykstra Park, 22 Woodport Road, Sparta, NJ. Please visit www.spartaarts.org for more information and updates.