Blue Plate Special plays a blend of American roots music featuring strong three part vocal harmonies, mixed with the acoustic sounds of accordion, banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and upright bass. Blue Plate Special has experience entertaining crowds of all ages in a concert setting, casual party atmosphere, and interactive children’s workshops.

photo by Bill Geiger

Photo: Bill Geiger

Blue Plate Special features Jay Friedman (fiddle/guitar/vocals), Dave Gross (mandolin/vocals), James Hemp (guitar/vocals), Tom Wise (bass/vocals) and Dan Whitener (banjo/guitar/vocals).

Video credit: Dave Gross
“Lay My Head Down and Cry” by Dan Whitener,
played with Blue Plate Special.

Blue Plate Special has performed throughout New Jersey and the tri-state area, including multiple sets at the legendary bluegrass venue Albert Music Hall as well as a performance at Mexicali in Teaneck, NJ with Tony Trischka and his band Territory. (Check out photos of Blue Plate Special and Tony Trischka/Territory from the Mexicali show. Photos by Vernon Webb).

Video credit: Dave Gross
“Hiram Getty” written by Leslie King,
played by Blue Plate Special.

For upcoming Blue Plate Special gigs, check out the Events Calendar in the sidebar or Dan Whitener’s Facebook artist’s page.