Joe Castelli is a sound engineer and musician from New Jersey. In the late 1970’s, Joe started out as bassist and guitarist, but soon discovered that he found the audio/sound side equally interesting, and has been doing both ever since. In 1994, he founded Further Communications, a company that specializes in corporate shows and festivals. Through a suggestion from friends, in 2001 Joe filled in as sound engineer for The Tabernacle, a concert venue in Mt. Tabor, New Jersey, and has been part of that production company ever since. Not only is Joe the sound design, audio engineer at The Tabernacle, he is also a member of the At The Tabernacle,, the non-profit entity that organizes the concerts and other events.
The Tabernacle in Mt. Tabor, New Jersey
The Tabernacle is a small, unique, and popular concert venue, with 350 seats. In 1996, founder and current board member, George Philhower started promoting concerts at the theater in 1997, and has since grown it to be a popular location.
The Tabernacle rises 45 feet from the floor to its windowed cupola, with its roof supported by open truss work and two columns of solid chestnut. The Mt. Tabor Post Office operates in its basement, and where the police station and jail were once housed. “This building plays like a vintage guitar,” said John Sebastian (The Lovin’ Spoonful), on a night he shared the At The Tabernacle bill with Hot Tuna.
Donavan, Hot Tuna, and Art Garfunkel
The list of legends that have appeared at The Tabernacle stage grows yearly. Once bitten, they aren’t shy about coming back. Names like: Ian Hunter, Graham Parker, Hot Tuna, David Johansen, Donovan, the late Richie Havens, Tom Rush, David Bromberg, and Willie Nile, among many repeat guests. Kick back, watch, and listen to the great stories from Joe about when Art Garfunkel wanted to have the local noisy train stopped, or Donavan’s color of lights for his songs.