Essington, PA –
More than twenty bands and a diverse range of food and merchandise vendors set up shop and entertained fans with a wide-ranging assortment of music, food, and spirits on the beautiful Delaware River Waterfront.
We heard everything from Gospel music to Black Sabbath, including jazz, Def Leppard, Jimi Hendrix, The Ramones, and The Four Tops. The smell of brisket, freshly baked soft pretzels, and grilled peppers & onions, were coupled with the sounds of laughter, music, and commercial airliners (next to Philly International). Bands were spread out between two stages, it definitely had a Woodstock, festival kinda vibe.
Personally, for me, it is always a wonderful experience. This was my 6th year photographing this charitable event! Reconnecting with old friends while doing something I’m passionate about, like music photography, and being in the presence of other people just as passionate can make for some memorable moments. It’s a great way to combine my creativity into lasting memories.
Overall, the Yachtstock Music Festival is an adventure filled with music, art, and camaraderie. It’s a chance to immerse yourself in a unique world of creativity and self-expression while enjoying your favorite tunes, discovering new ones, and helping kids less fortunate have hope and know that we care.
George Spicer’s “America Let’s Roll” can be found HERE.ashbridgestudios.com
Event Date: Saturday, September 30, 2023
Mission Statement: Yachtstock is a charitable organization that is committed to improving
the lives of children and teens by supporting initiatives focused on healthcare, academics, the arts, and nutrition, through music and entertainment, to provide a world of opportunity for children.
The Early Years:
In 1996, a group of musicians in Delaware County, led by George Spicer, decided to put
together an informal outdoor jam session at the West End Boat Club on the scenic Delaware River in Essington, PA. Each year the event grew as more singers and musicians got involved. Everyone donated their time, expertise, and talents to what became, by 1998, an annual event known as YachtStock RiverJam.
In 2002, Yachtstock participants decided to raise money for a local family whose child was battling cancer and struggling with medical bills. Fundraising became a focal point of the event. Over the years the RiverJam and other fundraising activities have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for families of local children with chronic health conditions as well as other worthy charities such as Shriners Childrens Hospitals – Philadelphia and the American Cancer Society Children’s Fund.
Charitable Org officially established in 2008-2009, Yachtstock received a 501(c)3, non-profit status, became incorporated, and put together a board of directors. The board and all participants are volunteers. In addition to the love of music and community, helping these families at such a difficult time and seeing the smiles on the kid’s faces make all the hard work worthwhile. These efforts have made YachtStock RiverJam DELCO’s largest outdoor, all-day, charity focused music festival.
Learn more about the Great Music, Great Fun, Greater Cause ofYachtstockand how to get more involved!