Outpost in the Burbs: Looking Great at 30!

Ellis Paul. Portraits by Michael Stahl.

Outpost in the Burbs turned 30 and celebrated Friday night with a fantastic concert featuring Valerie June and March Cohn, along with special guest Ellis Paul, hosted by guest emcee John Platt of WFUV Public Radio. If you missed the concert (or want to relive the magic, scroll down to watch videos of the incredible performances).

Outpost was born back in the spring of 1987, when a group of young adults, meeting Sunday nights in the library of the First Congregational Church of Montclair, decided to open a coffeehouse as a way to expand their group.

And over the past 30 years that coffeehouse developed into Montclair’s premier place for hearing great folk music. The Outpost has produced more than 500 concerts by internationally known folk artists — Judy Collins, Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, Richie Havens, J.D. Souther, Dar Williams — and more than 50,000 people have attended.

Valerie June. Photo: Portraits by Michael Stahl.

Outpost’s roughly 100 volunteers have also donated more than 35,000 hours of their time through our programs affiliated with Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots, Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair, MESH, Community Food Bank of N.J., Dress for Success and the soup kitchen staffed by Outpost volunteers at Christ Episcopal Church in East Orange that feeds some 75 people twice a month.

March Cohn: Photo: Portraits by Michael Stahl.


Find out how you can join the Outpost team this Wednesday, October 25th at at an Open House for Prospective Volunteers -7:00 pm, at First Congregational Church, 40 So. Fullerton (Guild Room, up the stairs by rear parking lot).