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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...11/21/19


originally published: 11/21/2019

Rock On! This Week

"I just got back from Denmark about four days ago and I'm getting ready to hit it again. I'm leaving for Florida for a short run but I like it up there in Sellersville; I'm looking forward to it," says veteran blues rocker Joe Louis Walker in advance of his upcoming November 29 show at the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA.

Born on the West Coast in the San Francisco Bay area, Walker has been a musician all of his long and storied life. Well- traveled with a wealth of experience and a thirst for music that is perhaps unrivaled, he has toured the world bringing his brand of blues rock 'n' roll to the masses for more than seven decades. 

"Joe Louis Walker Viva Las Vegas Live" is his recently released CD/DVD and one that was put out as a result in part, due to popular demand.

"Yeah, it has been out for several months; the record company wanted to do a combination live DVD/CD and I thought, yeah that might be a good idea and we did it and we've been getting a pretty good response. When you play quite a bit during the year you see what songs people really enjoy. People will come up and tell you; oh will you play this song or play that song? People will let you know what they enjoy and we want them to see it so that's why we did a live DVD."



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Whereas many artists with the longevity of Walker's stay true to their core group of musicians, some go in a completely different direction; changing their band members frequently. Walker has some strong views on both sides of that coin and went in-depth when asked about his band and philosophy. 

"My bass player has been with me for about 10 years, my keyboard player about six, seven or eight years now, the drummer has been with me for a while; I've been very fortunate to have some great musicians that have always been around and into the music. Sometimes you get these great musicians and try and connect with them but everybody's got a life and you realize that; some guys want to spend time at home with their loved ones or what have you so you do the best you can as far as keeping a good team on the field so to speak, at least that's the way I look at it."

"Freelance is not a bad word if you're a musician," he continued, "Because let's say you've graduated from The Berklee School of Music or something like that and you're looking for opportunity and you are looking for the best opportunities. You may start off with one group and then end up with another group and then end up working your way up into your own thing and freelancing is a way to get a lot of experience; personally I don't think it's a bad thing. The Who has had the same people for over 20 years but I guarantee you that those guys have wanted to jam and play with other people; they're not going to leave The Who but it's like being able to do different things and try different things because different people bring out different things in you." 

"Look at bands that you really enjoy, since we're talking about blues in particular; take Muddy Waters who had great musicians that went on to be great band leaders themselves. Little WalterOtis Spann, Jimmy Rogers, Carey Bell; they all went on to lead their own bands. Muddy didn't try and keep all those guys in his bands just for longevity, he figured, hey you're doing your own thing, great! Now flip it around with someone like BB King who pretty much had sometimes the same guys for 10, 12, 20 years; same kind of band leaders but a different philosophy. I mean no disrespect to BB but if you compare the two, Muddy spawned so many band leaders and famous people and BB; how many band leaders can you claim came out of BB King's band that did the things that came out of Muddy Water's band? Not very many right? Am I right? You don't hear people as famous as Little Walter saying, well I started with Muddy Waters; you just don't hear it and same thing with someone like a Howlin' Wolf. Although The Howlin' Wolf was a great place to play and had some unique players like Hubert Sumlin but once you get past Hubert Sumlin; who was in Howlin' Wolf's band that you know of that went on to become a gigantic band leader like those in Muddy Water's band? Not very many; so it's one size doesn't fit all so I sort of prefer the Muddy thing because I feel that the more people you play with the more different ways you go about looking at it. One person will play a song one way and another person will play it another way and you really do breathe new life into old songs. That's what I loved about Muddy Waters, he was 60 years old and yet he would hire a guy that was 28, 29 or 30 as long as he could play solid music. I respect BB King too because he had to get some guys that were tailor made to playing the way he played; so I've seen it both ways. Muddy was sort of a father and that really worked for him and I can't think of anyone in the blues genre that had guys go on and be huge stars like Little Walter and fast forward all the way to today who are really thought of very highly like Bob Margolis. You can take a line from Little Walter to Bob Margolis and ask; where did they both get known from? The response would be Muddy Waters' band and to me that's a big wing span; that's a shadow, a gigantic shadow." 

So what was the main influence driving Walker's interest in music and the blues in particular? According to him it was, "All in the family."

"I got influenced in playing music by my father. My father played records at home when I was a little kid and it just so happens that he was from Cleveland, Mississippi so he played a lot of that type of stuff for me. My mom played BB King records a lot in the early and mid-fifties when I was a kid and I just got to hear all the music and I liked it. My older brothers and sisters played a lot of early rock 'n' roll so I got a good taste of everybody from The Howlin' Wolf to Sonny Boy Williamson to Little Richard and all that stuff that they played and I really got fascinated with the music and even before I could pick up an instrument I was fascinated with the sound. Fortunately my father really respected music and the musicians so my mom didn't think it was out of the ordinary for me to want to play an instrument so I got a little support like that. Then when my mom could afford it and she'd squirreled a little money away, she got me a little cheapie guitar about 1952 and I moved to the Fillmore District and all of my cousins were in a band and that really helped. We all joined the musicians union in 1954 and then I left home in '66 to pursue music and that's what I've been doing."

Once on the road; Walker's education began to flourish but he also attributes his style and formation to the era that he came of age; the tumultuous '60's.

"I'll be honest, I was sort of fortunate where I grew up and the time when I grew up; my formative years were in the Bay Area of San Francisco which is where I came from and to be around so many musicians where I lived in the Fillmore District and to be able to have our "Battle of the Bands" at the Fillmore Auditorium before the hippies got there, before Bill Graham, before The Family Dog and Chet Helms and so fast forward a year or two and there was this big configuration of everything meeting at once. There were young kids leaving their different areas of The United States trying to, "Tune in, Turn on and drop out" and you had a lot of people and things just meeting at the same time in the mid-sixties. You had women's rights, civil rights, gay rights, senior rights; people who did not want to have the baggage of previous generations. People were rebelling, growing their hair long, mixed relationships, on and on and on; there was Native American rights with Russell Means and all of those people occupying Alcatraz and all of that was part of the whole thing. Kent State and all of that was part of a musical movement as well as part of a movement that was about change. I think the music sort of infused the change and the change was infused by people trying to change themselves so as not to have what went on in the past. So that was all together and I think that all of that combined infused my generation and it infused everybody in my generation not just the blacks or whites but the Hispanics, older people's rights, The Black PanthersThe White Panthers, The Gray Panthers and you had all of that going on. Me and my friends talk about it now about how the music infused the movement and the movement infused the music and all art at that time. I think everybody heard from their parents, "Get a real job" at that time and I think the ones who didn't do what their parents told them to do and get real jobs ended up being The Grateful Dead, The Jefferson Airplane, The Beatles, and The Joe Louis Walkers (laughs) but I did have a real job, it was music. I did have a real calling; it was trying to make music a conduit for change and I think that was done in my generation from the Beatles to BB King. That all made a change and I feel like the effects of that change are still ongoing because a lot of those people who were alive to make those changes are still alive now. So to make a long story short, I feel that blues in particular were one of the things that gave young people a voice in the context of just by them playing the blues, just by The Rolling Stones playing the blues was a statement unto itself (laughs) and I know that because they were called everything but a child of God when they came to The United States playing that kind of music and they knocked a lot of walls down as did a lot of the English guys. Then some of the American groups followed suit and I think that is still part of musical history and part of our history and it's still being written."

Rock On! This Week

With all of these ingredients in what appeared to be a multi- cultural soup coming to a boil; how did Walker separate himself from the pack and begin his long successful career and what sticks with him now after all of these years?

"By being a child of all of those things that I just mentioned; my take on the blues and presenting my style of it is not the same style as Muddy Waters or Son House. Mine is based on my experiences and all of the different elements that infused my life. Everything from John Lennon to Muddy Waters and Bob Marley; that catches me because those three people that I just named were all groundbreaking people who literally bucked the system. To me there was no difference between John Lennon and Muddy Waters; zero difference. Every song that they did you could understand, you didn't need a Thesaurus and if you knew anything about them as people you knew that they were stand-up people and ground breakers. You knew that there was something special about them and the same thing with Bob Marley. You know there's something special and what it is, is the truth. When you listen to them sing and the stuff they sing about; it's not esoteric, you don't need a Thesaurus. I mean no disrespect to Paul Simon or someone who writes in all different styles but you can pick up a John Lennon song and read the lyrics and understand it just like you can a Muddy Waters song; of course you can also get some psychedelic stuff  but if you pick up a song and you read the lyrics you know just where they're coming from. Bob Marley; you know exactly where he's coming from and where he stands. Usually they stand for people who are down trodden and trying to raise up humanity and I can say this for a fact; in my generation when I was 16 or 17 if you walked into a room and said that you wanted to be famous  you'd get laughed out of the room. Everybody wanted to be a better musician, they wanted to make a difference through their music for a whole generation. There was no "American Idol" or "The Voice;" everybody had a voice, there were no idols. Be a star? All of the stars were in the sky, there were no stars walking around the streets, so in that context music is sort of sacred; it can literally transform your life, it can help you dream, it can make your dreams come true and it can really transform you as to what you think you are into something that you will and can be and there's nothing like that. Basically, those three that I mentioned are all poor people; Liverpool, played there, Jamaica, played there, Mississippi, played there and believe me there ain't much difference depending on where you go. I played there in the 80's and I can't imagine what it was like in the '50's and '60's; it had to be rough. So you think of that and the background that these guys came out of and you think about where they went to; humble beginnings, this whole crazy thing of you've got everything you want and crazy, crazy adoration, incredible where people will do anything for you, say anything for you; so how do you not lose yourself and how do you go back and find yourself? Music is probably one of the greatest transformational things in the world. It can take you so many places and bring you back and redeem you and save you; it's incredible, it really is."

It's been said that there's, "No rest for the weary" and walker exemplifies that; so after a little break and a birthday celebration it's back on the road or should we say; "Slow boat?" 

"After Sellersville I'm having a little party. I'm born on Christmas Day and we're having a little party in mid-December and then I'm playing an acoustic show with a friend in Florida and then I'm going to fly back home for four days before I go toChina to play in Beijing and Shanghai and then I'll be back in the beginning of 2020 to get back up on the horse and start all over again. I'm fortunate that people know who I am still and I've been fortunate to be able to travel the world and perform my music for all kinds of people. This is my second time going to China; it's a beautiful country with a lot of history." 

The Sellersville Theater is located at 24 West Temple Avenue in Sellersville, PA with a show start time of 8 p.m. Tickets are available through their box office or by going to www.st94.com

To discover more about Joe Louis Walker or purchase tickets through his site; please go to www.joelouiswalker.com

That's it for this week! Please continue to support live and original music and until next week....ROCK ON! 

 



This week's event listings


Arts Council of Princeton     
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton     
(609) 924-8777    
Sat. (3 p.m.) Opening Members Exhibition (FREE event) (7 p.m.) Cafe Improv. $2
Bill's Olde Tavern     
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton     
(609) 586-0192     
Thurs. 7 p.m. Ladies Night 
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke Contest
Ages 21+    
Blend Bar & Bistro     
911 Highway 33 Hamilton     
(609) 245-8887   
Sun. 7 p.m. Karaoke  
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia  Jam     
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke    
Bordentown Elks   
11 Amboy Road Bordentown   
(609) 298-2085   
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Karaoke
Bowman's Tavern     
1600 River Road New Hope, PA     
(215) 862-2972     
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Neil Podgurski Trio
Fri. (5 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) Bob Egan  
Sat. 7 p.m. Patrick & Debra
Sun. 6 p.m. Lorenzo
Mon. 6 p.m. Andy Prescott
Tues. 6 p.m. Gary Reed & Aurturo
Wed. 6 p.m. Ed Wall
Brickwall Tavern & Dining Room     
19 E. Union Street Burlington     
(609) 733-3562  
Fri. 11 p.m. DJ Joat
Sat. 8 p.m. Doctor Octamelon
Sun. 5 p.m. Becky's Beard Unit
Wed. (7 p.m.) Quizzoholics (11 p.m.) DJ Breezy
Broken Goblet Brewing   
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA   
(267) 812-5653   
Thurs. 8 p.m. Mike Estabrook 
Fri. 8 p.m. Calla Bere & The Attitude
Sat. 8 p.m. "A Night of Neil Young Songs/A Tribute to Pegi Young" w/ Greg McGarvey and His Agitated Donkeys. (All proceeds benefiting The Bridge School) Special guest Righteous Jolly  
Wed. 8 p.m. "Thanks For The Laughs 5" feat. Don Jamieson, Jim Florentine. Ages 21+, $10, $13, $17, $25
All Shows 21+
Candlelight Lounge     
24 Passaic Street Trenton     
(609) 695-9612     
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam w/ The Mojo Gypsies. $5 (Includes hot buffet) 
Sat. 3 p.m. (TBA) $10 (cover charge/$10 Minimum includes buffet)     
Championship Bar   
931 Chambers street Trenton   
(609) 396-5457 
Mon. 8 p.m. "Art Chill Night"   
Tuesday 8 p.m. "Jam Night" Hosted by Nikki & Caleb   
Chickie's & Pete's 
   
183 US Highway 130 North Bordentown     
(609) 298-9182    
Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Music Night     
Wed. 9 p.m. Quizzo Trivia     
City Streets     
510 Highway 130 South East Windsor     
(609) 426-9400   
Mon. 9 p.m. "Malibu Mondays"      
Tues. 9 p.m. Trivia w/ Jessie & Chelsea 
Wed. 6:30 p.m. "Wine Down Wednesdays" w/ Rich Genoval      
COARadio.com     
125 South Main Street Hightstown     
(609) 241-7103
Sat. 12 p.m. "City of Angels Thanksgiving Dinner"
Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. "Beat Seat" Live Presentation w/ Lara & Mike
Conservatory Mansion
540 East State Street Trenton 
(609) 858-2279
Thurs. 6 p.m. Cha-Cha, Bop, 2-Step w/ Instructor "EL" ($12 walk in fee $40 monthly)
Tues. 6 p.m. Line Dance Classes
Continental Tavern   
2 North Main Street Yardley, PA 
(215) 493-9191   
Wed. 4 p.m. "Thanksgiving Eve" w/ Joe Rebel
Cook A.A.  
411 Hobart Avenue Hamilton  
(609) 586-5117 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "Karaoke at The Cook" Hosted by Superstar Entertainment 
Cooper's Riverview 
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton 
(609) 393-7300
Thurs. (4 p.m.) Happy Hour (9 p.m.) "Late Night" w/ DJ Entertainment
Fri. 4 p.m. Paradise Happy Hour" 
Sat. 9 p.m. "Saturday Night Social" 
Sun. 11 a.m. "Sunday Brunch"
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve Party w/ Louie DeVito and Bruce Mancia. $15 (advance)
Dacey's Pub 
215 West Philadelphia Avenue Morrisville, PA 
(215) 295-4838 
Fri. 7 p.m. Acoustic Music Night 
Wed. 8 p.m. Quizzo 
Dog & Bull Brew House     
810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.     
(215) 788-2855    
Fri. 8 p.m. Mike & Bridgette
Sat.  (11 a.m.) "Saturday Brunch" feat. Mike Leggerie (8 p.m) Gabe Guma
Sun. 11 a.m. "Sunday Brunch" feat. Keli Vale
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Wed. 8 p.m. Brian Elliot
Fedora Bistro Cafe   
2633 Main Street Lawrenceville   
(609) 895-0844   
 Wed. 6 p.m. Jerry Monk
Frans Pub   
116 South Main Street New Hope, PA   
(215) 862-5539   
Fri. 8 p.m. Light the Fuse
Sat. 8 p.m. The Bansai Bills
Friendly's
1031 Washington Boulevard Robbinsville
(609) 426-9203
Sun. 3 p.m. Open Mic and Karaoke
Greenhouse  
90 South Main Street New Hope, PA  
(215) 693-1657  
Thurs. 8 p.m. "Musical Chair" (Rotating Live Music) 
Fri. 9 p.m. Four Lanes End
Sat. 9 p.m. Kitty City
Tues. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Sam Ryan Music
Wed. 8 p.m. "Pre-Thanksgiving Party" 
Grounds For Sculpture   
80 Sculptors way Hamilton   
(609) 586-0616    
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Sing Along with Sculpture" w/ Seward Johnson   
Grover's Mill Coffee House
    
Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction     
(609) 716-8771     
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Anker   
Halo Pub   
4617 Nottingham Way Hamilton Square   
(609) 586-1811   
Sat. 7 p.m. Jerry Monk & Friends
Hamilton Tap & Grill  
557 US Route 130 North Hamilton  
(609) 905-0925  
Fri. 9 p.m. Kindred Spirit
Tues. 8 p.m.Trivia Challenge  
Wed. 9 p.m. "Thanksgiving Eve" w/ Tour de Force
Havana New Hope 
   
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA.     
(215) 862-9897    
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Rocky & His Friends
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Big House. $8
Sun. 6:30 p.m. JB Kline Blues Band
Mon. 9:30 p.m. "Lipstick Mondays Drag show" followed by Karaoke w/ Dwayne 
Tues. 8 p.m. Funk 'N' Blues Jam Hosted by Sidewinder Blues Band
Wed. 9:30 p.m. "Night Before Thanksgiving DJ Blow-out. (FREE admission)
Hopewell Theater      
5 South Greenwood Avenue Hopewell     
(609) 466-1964    
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Sierra Hull, Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan. $42, $47
Hopewell Valley Bistro & Inn     
15 East Broad Street Hopewell     
(609) 466-9889  
Thurs. 6 p.m. "Jazz On Broad" Hosted by Phil Orr feat. Dave Schlossberg.$15 (Ages 22 and under $5)
Fri. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night  
Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions"  
Hopewell Valley Vineyards     
46 Yard Avenue Pennington     
(609) 737-4465     
Thurs. 6 p.m. Chromed Pony
Fri. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Just Us
Sat. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Craig Leach & Friends
Sun. 3 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Hopewell Valley Vineyards Jazz Ensemble
Hurricane Jacks Bar and Grill     
7759 New Falls Road Levittown, PA     
(267) 914-4517     
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paul Kircher     
Sat. 9:30 p.m. 5 Shades of Grey
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula & Sam      
Irish Rover Station House  
1033 Bellevue Avenue Langhorne, PA  
(215) 970-5412  
Thurs. 8 p.m. Karaoke 
Fri. 9:30 p.m. DJ Entertainment  
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Rougarou
Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Iron Plow Vineyards     
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus     
(732) 306-9111 
Fri. 6 p.m. Ronnie Brandt
Sat. 1 p.m. John & Carm
Sun. 2 p.m. Spoonrift
Iron Plow Vineyards Tasting Room
61 High Street Mt. Holly 
(732) 306-9111
Thurs. 7 p.m. Jerry Steele
Fri. 7 p.m. Bob O & Kim Montalvo
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Jim Gaven
Wed. 7 p.m. AudioPilot
Ivy Tavern     
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton     
(609) 888-1435     
Thurs. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke     
Fri. 9 p.m. Unleashed
Sat. 9 p.m. Asylum Choir
Wed. 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve DJ/Karaoke Night 
All shows 21+     
Jake's Eatery     
869 Bustleton Pike Richboro, PA     
(215) 322-6787     
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Ladies Night"    
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Night     
Jimmy's Firestone American Grill   
140 Route 130 South Bordentown   
(609) 291-0200   
Thurs. 8 p.m. "Bar Games and Trivia"   
John & Peter's     
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa     
(215) 862-5981    
Thurs. 9 p.m. Cosmo Iacavazzi (Album Release Party)
Fri. 9 p.m. Our Bodies, Themselves, Bitchfork, Monhadon, Tyson Steele
Sat. (3 p.m.) The Real Fugitives (9 p.m.) The Silks
Sun. (3 p.m.) "Pumpkin's Drag Show" (9 p.m.) Calla Bere and the Attitude
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic
Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational     
All shows 21+    
Joseph Lawrence Park
317 Ward Avenue Bordentown
Sat. 9 a.m. "Bordentown Turkey Trot"
Killarney's Publick House     
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton    
(609) 586-1166    
Thurs. 6 p.m. "Girls Night Out" w/ Radio Fiction
Fri. (6 p.m.) Joanna Caruso (10 p.m.) Union
Sat.10 p.m. The Big Fuss 
Wed. "Night Before Thanksgiving Bash" feat. (5 p.m.) Deep Release (10 p.m.) Recklesstown / DJ Bay
Laurita Winery     
85 Archertown Road New Egypt     
(609) 752-0200   
Fri. 7 p.m. Country Line Dancing
Sat.1 p.m. Sara James
Sun. 1 p.m. Rick Winow
Wed. 6 p.m. "Girls Night Out"  
Logan Inn 
   
10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA     
(215) 862-2300   
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Russell Norkevich
Sun. 11 a.m. "Jazz Brunch" 
Mamma Rosa's     
572 Klockner Road Hamilton     
(609) 588-5454   
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke
Marcellos Coal Fired Restaurant & Pizza   
206 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown    
(609) 298-8360   
Sun. 10 a.m. "Blues Brunch" 
McGuinn's Place     
1781 Brunswick Avenue Lawrence     
(609) 392-0599    
Fri. 9 p.m. "Flawless Friday"
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke     
Ages 21+     
McStews Irish Sports Pub     
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA     
(215) 949-9570     
Thurs. 10 p.m. "Beer Pong Night"
Sat. 8 p.m. And Then There Were None, Ketosis, They Call Us Death, Dismal. Ages 21+, $10
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Video Trivia  
Wed. 9 p.m. "Thanksgiving Eve" w/ Fish Out Of Water
Millhill Basement     
300 S. Broad Street Trenton     
(609) 989-1600     
Sat. 8 p.m. "Behold the Craft 6" Hosted by MamiCanKillaFlow & The Lung feat. DJ Alien, Cypher Divine Wise, Teef, Al Mal, KC Slater, J.C. the Visionary, Billy Blaze, Cyko Jones. $5
Tues. 8 p.m. "Millhill Experiment" 
Wed. 9 p.m. The Cryptkeeper Five, Honah Lee, Doc Rotten.
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
909 Ray Avenue Croydon, PA
(215) 458-7081
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Parks and Recreation" Trivia
New Hope Winery    
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA   
(215) 794-2331   
Fri. 8 p.m. "The Music of Steely Dan Live" w/ The Brooklyn Charmers. Doors open at 7 p.m., $35
Sat. 8 p.m. Steve Forbert. Doors open at 7 p.m., $32
Nook's PourHouse     
2043 Route 130 South Florence     
(609) 447-0927   
Sat. 9 p.m. The Suspects
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia Tuesday w/ Quizoholics      
Nottingham Tavern     
9 Mercer Street Hamilton Square     
(609) 587-6623     
Thurs. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis 
Fri. 9 p.m. Drunken Clams
Sat. 9 p.m. Joe Zook & Blues Deluxe
Wed. 9:30 p.m. "Get Ready for the Turkey" w/ Union
Ages 21+     
O'Connors American Bar & Grille   
1383 Monmouth Road Easthampton   
(609) 261-1555  
Wed. 7 p.m. The Grouser Girls
Old Town Pub     
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown     
(609) 291-9232    
Thurs. 8 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia   
Fri. 9 p.m. Deuces Wild
Sat. 9 p.m. Drew & Beth
Tues. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night
Wed. 9 p.m. "Thanksgiving Eve" w/ Quintin Tarantina
Open Arts PAC   
146 Route 130 South Bordentown   
(609) 424-3058   
Sun. 5 p.m. Family Karaoke Night 
Palermo's Of Hamilton     
310 Klockner Road Hamilton     
(609) 838-7979     
Thurs. 8 p.m. Karaoke    
All shows 21 +  
Patriots Crossing     
1339 River Road Titusville     
(609) 737-2780    
Thurs. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night
Fri. 8 p.m. Up All Night
Sat. 8 p.m. MLC Band
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo"      
Pete's Steak House     
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton     
(609) 585-8008     
Fri. 9:30 p.m. The Suspects
Sat. 9 p.m. Tour de Force Trio
Wed. 9 p.m. No Way Out
Piccolissimo Italian Grille
23203 Columbus Road Columbus
(609) 291-1033
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. The Williamsboy
Pj's Pancake House & Tavern
19 Main Street Robbinsville
(609) 772-4755
Tues. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night
River Cat Cafe`    
142 South Main Street New Hope, PA   
(215) 693-1008   
Mon. 6 p.m. "Monday Night Jazz"   
Roadhouse Inn
2200 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(267)812-5853
Sat. 9 p.m. Archangels
Rossi's Bar & Grill     
2110 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton     
(609) 890-2004     
Thurs. 7 p.m. Monk & Monk
Salt Creek Grille     
1 Rockingham Row Princeton     
(609) 419-4200    
Fri. 8 p.m. Carrie Jackson
Sat. 8 p.m. Brad Mandigo
Small World Coffee     
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton     
(609) 924-4377 x2   
Fri. 8 p.m. Darnabee Jones
Sat. 8 p.m. Black Cat Habitat
Starbucks Coffee   (Trenton Community Store) 
102 South Warren Street Trenton  
(609) 393-0261  
Sat. 3 p.m. Open Mic   
Stone Terrace by John Henry's   
2275 Kuser Road Hamilton   
(609) 581-8855    
Sat. 6 p.m. "Project Freedom Gala/Benefit" w/ Kindred Spirit
1867 Sanctuary     
101 Scotch Road Ewing     
(609) 392-6409  
Fri. 7 p.m. Open Mic. (FREE admission)
Sat. (2 p.m.) "The Music of Burt Bacharach" feat. Fiona Tyndall. $20 (8 p.m.) The Darla Rich Quartet. $20
Sun. 3 p.m. "Gaelic Americana" w/ Kyle Carey. $20
Tavern On The Lake      
101 Main Street Hightstown     
(609) 426-9345     
Fri. 9 p.m. Asylum Choir
Sat. 9 p.m. The Wrecks
Wed. 9 p.m. "Thanksgiving Eve" w/ Black Zeppelin     
Temperance House     
5 South State Street Newtown, PA     
(215) 944-8050     
Thurs. 7 p.m. Blues Open Mic Hosted by Steve Guyger     
Fri. 7 p.m. Craig Lieboff
Sat. 7 p.m. Two For Flinching
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia w/ Righteous Jolly  
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Cara Cartney
Tessara's 
812 Route 33 Hamilton 
(609) 584-1700
Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke
The Birdhouse Center For The Arts   
7 North Main Street Lambertville   
(215) 681-4660  
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Not Just Nyckleharpa Orchestra
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Folk Jam
The Cool Cricket     
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro     
(609) 291-9110     
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke     
Sat. 9 p.m. Close But Free Cigars
Wed. 9 p.m. "Night Before Turkey Day" w/ El Ka Bong
The Cure Insurance Center     
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton     
(609) 656-3200     
Check website for upcoming events     
The Deck Restaurant and Bar @ the Bucks County Playhouse
70 South Main street New Hope, PA
(215) 862-2121
Sun. 7 p.m. Matt Gordeuk
The Dubliner   
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA   
(215) 693-1816   
Fri. 7:30 p.m. Gerry Timlin
Sat. 7 p.m. Celtic Connection
Sun. 2 p.m. "Traditional Irish Session" Hosted by Patrick Carroll
The Five Four Bar & Grill   
8919 New Falls Road Levittown, PA   
(215) 547-5525   
Fri. 9 p.m. Bambu Weasels
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Buzzer Band
Wed. 8 p.m. "Thanksgiving Eve" w/ Spareparts      
The HOB Tavern     
146 Second Street Bordentown     
(609) 291-7020     
Fri. 8 p.m. DJ Entertainment   
Sun. 1 p.m. Open Circle 
Wed. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night
The Ivy Inn     
248 Nassau Street Princeton     
(609) 921-8555     
Thurs. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Rockin' Ron  
Fri. 10 p.m. (TBD)
Sat. 10 p.m. Nancy & the No Bad Days
Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv    
Wed. 10 p.m. DJ Dujour
The Pines Tavern     
6217 North Radcliffe Street Bristol, PA     
(215) 788-1659     
Sat. 9 p.m. Sister Blue w/ Marc Furman
The Record Collector     
358 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown     
(609) 324-0880     
Sat. 8 p.m. The Grip Weeds (Record Release Party). All ages, doors open at 7:30 p.m., $15 (Advance)
The Roost     
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge     
(609) 208-0050   
Thurs. 6 p.m. Jazz Night feat. Dick Gratton
Fri. 8 p.m. ArHouse
Sat. 8 p.m. The Suspects
Tues. 7 p.m. Gary Frost (Single Release)
Wed. 9 p.m. "4th Annual Thanksgiving Eve 80's Party" w/ 80's Undercover  
The Sticky Wicket     
2465 South Broad Street Hamilton     
(609) 439-0007     
Sat. 9 p.m. South Side Wanderers
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke   
Wed. 9 p.m. "Pre-Thanksgiving Party" w/ Michael (Small Potatoes Band) Mikey Smallz
The Sycamore Grill     
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA     
(215) 908-6326     
Thurs. 8 p.m. Jamie Stem
Fri. 8 p.m. Plush Duo
Sat. 8 p.m. Lara Grant
Wed. 8 p.m. Mid-Life Crisis    
The Union Firehouse  
18 Washington Street Mount Holly  
(609) 288-6491  
Thurs. (4 p.m.) Happy Hour w/ Andrew Moorer (7 p.m.) "Jam Night" Hosted by Joe Vadala
Fri. (4 p.m.) Happy Hour w/ Homespun 
Sat. (5 p.m.) Happy Hour (8 p.m.) Penny Rhodes. Ages 21+, $8
Wed. 8 p.m. Vital Stats, Mums The Word (Album Release), Sensi Gathering Fam Jam. Ages 21+
The Vibe Lounge at Mastoris
Route 130 and Route 206 Bordentown
(609) 298-4650
Thurs. 5 p.m. Dave Boucher
Fri. 7 p.m. Sight Unseen
Sat. 6 p.m. Tymes 2
Third State Brewing    
352 High Street Burlington   
(609) 387-1620   
Wed. 7 p.m. Timothy James
Thomas Sweet West Windsor
64 Princeton-Hightstown Road West Windsor
(609) 269-5630
Sat. 7 p.m. Stephanie Chin and Drew Turock
Tindall Road Brewing Co.
102 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown   
(609) 526-8651    
Sat. 7 p.m. Pat Seiler
Tir Na Nog     
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton     
(609) 392-2554   
Fri. 9 p.m. Geoff Keiser
Sat. 9 p.m. The Williamsboy
Wed. 9 p.m. Black Brant
All Shows 21+  
Train Wreck Distillery
25 Madison Avenue Mount Holly
(609) 288-6300
Fri. 7 p.m. Modern Mojo
Wed. 7 p.m. "Thanksgiving Eve" w/ Modern Mojo
Trenton Buzz     
702 Pine Street Trenton     
(609) 392-6000     
Fri. 8 p.m. Live Band & Open Mic.     
Sat. 10 p.m. "Buzzed Saturdays" w/ Bockman   
Trenton Social      
449 South Broad Street Trenton     
(609) 989-7777    
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Happy Hour" Hosted by Jay Kountree  
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night
Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, Pa. Location)     
400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.     
(215) 862-8300     
Thurs. 8 p.m. Trivia   
Fri.10 p.m. Pepperwine. $5 (cover charge)  
Sat. 10 p.m. Connor Bracken & the Mother Leeds. $5 (cover charge)    
Sun. 7 p.m. Open Stage 
Wed. 10 p.m. New Pony
All shows 21+   
VFW Post 491  
9 Fisher Place Yardville  
(609) 585-9645  
Fri. 8 p.m. Karaoke
All shows ages 21+  
Wildflowers Inn     
2572 Pennington Road Pennington     
(609) 773-2392     
Sat. 9 p.m. Acoustic Rock Night     
Mon. 9 p.m. "Moonshine Mondays" Trivia    
Working Dog Winery     
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown     
(609) 371-6000     
Sat. 1 p.m. Maggs & Bud
Yardley Inn Restaurant & Bar   
82 East Afton Avenue Yardley, PA   
(215) 493-3800   
Sat. 8 p.m. Kate & Bob


Danny Coleman is a veteran musician and writer from central New Jersey. He hosts a weekly radio program entitled “Rock On Radio” airing Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. EST on multiple internet radio outlets where he features indie/original bands and solo artists.


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Event calendar
Thursday, Dec 05, 2019


MUSIC


lespecial @ The Wonder Bar, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

MORGAN EVANS @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 7:00pm


Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 1:30pm

Broadway for the Holidays: A Musical Revue @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 7:30pm

THEATRE


Seasoned @ Art House Productions , Jersey City - 7:30pm and 8:00pm

Broadway for the Holidays: A Musical Revue @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 7:30pm

The National Theatre: Hansard @ Pollak Theatre @ Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 8:00pm






COMEDY


DAVID SEDARIS @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 8:00pm


DANCE


Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance presents 2019 Princeton Dance Festival @ Berlind Theatre @ McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton - 8:30pm


KIDS


A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage! @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 7:00pm

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