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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...1/16/20


originally published: 01/16/2020

ROCK ON! This Week"I'm lucky, I've got a great and fun hobby playing music," says the happy go lucky artist Matt Portella as he talked music, his band mates and more ahead of his upcoming January 25 show at The Vault in Berlin, NJ. 

An attorney by day and a musician by night he has been performing throughout the Philadelphia, South Jersey and Jersey Shore areas since his college and law school days. Portella possesses talent accompanied by a great sense of humor along with an infectious personality; a great combination if you're an entertainer; so how did he become a, "Singing lawyer?"

"I was born in Philly but that's because the hospital was there," he explained with a chuckle. "I'm a South Jersey guy, I grew up in Cherry Hill and I live in Haddonfield. My incentive to be a lawyer was my father, my father practiced law and I really just enjoyed the stories that I'd hear from him at the dinner table or when we were just hanging out and I thought that would be a very good means of income for me because my father and I had the same personality. So I knew from a long time ago that I wanted to be a lawyer but at the same time I also wanted to be on stage doing theater or acting or playing guitar and what really caused me to want to play guitar was Ace Frehley of KISS. I thought the KISS show and the theatrics and the glam were just very cool and I thought that Ace Frehley was a cool persona on stage and I really liked his playing; I thought his playing was just good, basic, R & B based rock'n' roll. So that's what caused me to really want to be an entertainer but inspiration wise it was The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel and John Denver; they were the earliest that I remember listening to while growing up and that's because of my mom, that's what she was listening to. I just wanted to be creative so I started writing when I was in college and it was a great outlet for energy and songwriting. I try and mix all of that into my shows, a little bit of theatrics; obviously not of the KISS level but the entertainment value of it. So I'll tend to talk a bit between songs to try and make people laugh to get them to enjoy the night and hopefully also enjoy the music that I've written."

 "My music is singer/songwriter all original acoustic based pop/rock/folk mix; I've been playing since the sixth grade but didn't actually start playing out until college and then law school I really got into playing. It has kind of morphed; I played bars for maybe 15 years or so and I really enjoyed it. I pretended that every show I was playing was in a big stadium or concert venue and I would do three or four hour gigs of cover material and then in 2008 I wound up opening for Kevin Bacon's band, The Bacon Brothers down in Ocean City, NJ at The Music Pier. A friend of mine who is a musician said, "Well, you can't do covers you've got to do all originals so it's time for you to release a CD;" so my first CD came out and since then it's been no cover gigs anymore its been mostly original stuff. The first disc was released in '08 and it's called "Stripped" and then the second one is called, "Fractured Image" and that was 2013 and now I'm working on another one." 

"Fractured Image" may be anything but for Portella as it was this album that introduced him to some industry insiders and heavy hitters within the Philadelphia area music scene; resulting in some very good fortune and a bolstering of his "Image." A one time solo act, he suddenly found himself with band mates; well known band mates. 



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"When I was doing the second record I wanted to just lay down some rough tracks in the hopes of at some point putting together a full CD with a full band because my first CD was just solo acoustic. I had called a buddy of mine to see if he knew anybody that had a studio so that I could just kind of get in, lay down some tracks and get out and he is friends with Fran Smith Jr. So I called Fran, told him what my ideas were and he said, "Why don't you come into our studio and we'll just write and lay the songs down and do the whole CD now instead of just doing a rough draft?" and that turned into the full project." 

"When I play live I mix it around depending on the venue and how I'm feeling. I'm either solo acoustic or I'll do a duo with Steve Butler who is in Smash Palace and who also does "In the Pocket" with Dave Uosikkinen from The Hooters. He and I will either do an acoustic duo unless we're feeling fancy that night and maybe Steve will play electric instead or we may mix it up a bit. So I'm either solo, duo or if I'm using a full band, Steve is with me and Dave Uosikkinen will be on drums and then Fran Smith Jr from The Hooters will be on bass. I've got one song recorded that I'm committed to on the new CD with Dave on drums, Fran on bass with Steve on guitar but due to my profession it takes me a while to get the CDs out due to a constant juggling of time but I like it (laughs)."

Despite getting, "A little help from his friends," he still seems to have trouble digesting his modest success but as time flows on like notes on sheet music he is beginning to come to terms with his accomplishments.

"The musical world is becoming smaller and smaller which is very cool to me," he continued with a sense of satisfaction in his voice." I'm a part time musician and I've got friends who are full time musicians who have made it and have really put out phenomenal stellar stuff and for me to be brought into that realm of people and musicians and artists; I shake my head in disbelief sometimes that I've been so lucky and blessed. Sometimes I pinch myself; I'm like wait a minute, I just did a show with Dave Mason, I just did a show with Jeffrey Gaines and now I'm doing a show with Ari Hest and it's a cool thing for me."

Ari Hest is an international touring musician who happens to be a favorite of Portella's and someone whom he has admired over the years; it was his work which ultimately led him to approach Hest and see if he'd be interested in collaborating on this upcoming show.

"I'm really excited to do this show with Ari because I'm such a fan and really just love his music," he stated with exuberance. "Ari is a cool guy, I met him in Philadelphia a couple of months ago, I've been a fan of his for years which is how this show evolved. I love his music, his one album "Twelve Mondays" is one of my favorite albums, there's not a bad track on that record. So I'd seen him in Philly at a show and just started chatting with him and then asked if he'd be interested in playing The Vault and he was; we communicated, got the show together and we're ready to give people a good time that night."

Portella is no stranger to the venue either as he has performed at The Vault on multiple occasions and has a deep appreciation for the history housed inside the building as well as the man responsible. The Vault is home to the remnants of the RCA Victor Catalog including some of the original equipment used to press the first vinyl records at RCA's Camden, NJ plant, sheet music, pictures and more. Those attending the show will not only hear great live music but can also view these museum pieces. 

"I love The Vault," he blurted out without hesitation. "Graham Alexander who has put that all together has really done a phenomenal job with bringing back vinyl and Victrolas and getting music back to its roots and back to where it came from. To me it's refreshing it's like the circle of life; it's like the circle of music and it's really incredible what they have done. They just opened a huge studio at the Victor building in Pennsauken and I told Graham that I want to come see it and record there; I've seen photos and it looks phenomenal." 

So what can those who plan on attending the show expect? 

"You'll get me and Steve and I believe Ari is bringing another artist with him and it's going to be an evening of just cool chill music. Ari and I are going to be a nice mix, he's got a wonderful stage presence, phenomenal voice, incredible music and sometimes I come out like a bull in a china shop when I hear the excitement from the crowd (laughs) and depending on the night my energy will skyrocket and The Vault is awesome because it's a great room with a great stage and it's bring your own drinks and bring your own food which I think is phenomenal."

Matt Portella, Ari Hest and a look back at history all in the same room; throw in BYOB and BYOF and the $25 ticket cost looks even better. This all ages show starts at 8 p.m. and has the ingredients to be a fun night of entertainment. 

The Vault at Victor Records is located at 150 South White Horse Pike in Berlin, NJ; to purchase tickets please visit www.victorrecords.com . 

To discover more about Matt Portella please visit www.mattportella.com and Ari Hest can be found at https://arihest.com/home.

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    
Fri. 7:30 p.m. "Bingo For The Arts" Proceeds Benefit The Arts Council of Princeton Scholarship Fund. $5 (includes one card per game/up to five additional cards per game available for purchase $1 each)
Mon. "Celebrate the Life & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King." (9 a.m.) Community Breakfast w/ Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman and Author Professor Ruha Benjamin (10 a.m.) "Hands On" (art & history activities) (10:30 a.m.) "Story Time" w/ JaZams (11:30 a.m.) Gospel Performance. (FREE admission to all events) 
Tues. 4:30 p.m. "Art Museum Tour & Dinner at Mediterra" w/ Director James Steward. $175 All Proceeds Benefit Community Outreach Programming and the Arts Council of Princeton Scholarship Fund. (Tour begins at the Art Museum) 
Wed. "Princeton Swing" (6:30 p.m.) Advanced Lindy Hop Class (7:15 p.m.) Beginner Class (8 p.m.) DJ'd Social Dance. $5      
Bill's Olde Tavern     
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton     
(609) 586-0192     
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Ladies Night"
Ages 21+    
Blend Bar & Bistro     
911 Highway 33 Hamilton     
(609) 245-8887   
Sun. 7 p.m. Karaoke  
Bordentown Elks   
11 Amboy Road Bordentown   
(609) 298-2085   
Sat. 8 p.m. The Nerds. Ages 21+, $25
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. David dales Trio
Sun. 6 p.m. Lorenzo
Mon. 6 p.m. Andy Prescott
Tues. 6 p.m. Ed Wilson
Wed. 6 p.m. Soul Custody Trio
Brickwall Tavern & Dining Room     
19 E. Union Street Burlington     
(609) 733-3562  
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics 
Broken Goblet Brewing   
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA   
(267) 812-5653   
Thurs. 7 p.m. Mike Estabrook
Sat. 6 p.m. Elysiums,The Stone Eye, Alright Junior 
All Shows 21+
Candlelight Lounge     
24 Passaic Street Trenton     
(609) 695-9612     
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam w/  $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  
Sat. 6 p.m. Barishi, WVRM, Zombie Apocalypse, Ether Coven, Wrong Planet. All ages, $13/$15
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
Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. Jay & Amy
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 Thirsty Thursdays" w/ DJ Entertainment. Ages 21+
Fri. 4 p.m. Paradise Happy Hour" 
Sat. 9 p.m. "Social Saturdays" w/ Rotating DJ Entertainment
Sun. 11 a.m. "Sunday Brunch" 
Mon. 7 p.m. Country Line Dancing w/ Jeremy Line Dance. $10
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke w/ Karen and Mark
All Events Ages 21+
Dacey's Pub 
215 West Philadelphia Avenue Morrisville, PA 
(215) 295-4838 
Fri. 7 p.m. Acoustic Music Night feat
Wed. 8 p.m. Quizzo 
Dog & Bull Brew House     
810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.     
(215) 788-2855     
Fri. 8 p.m. New Pony
Sat.  (11 a.m.) "Saturday Brunch" feat. Keli Vale (8 p.m) Mike Brill
Sun. (11 a.m.) "Sunday Brunch" feat. Mikey Raggz (3 p.m.) Pale Horse
First Presbyterian Church of Hightstown
320 North Main Street Hightstown
(609) 448-0055
Fri. 7 p.m. 3rd Friday Open Mic. Hosted by Rob & Bob Belloff
Friendly's
1031 Washington Boulevard Robbinsville
(609) 426-9203
Sun. 5:30 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. Stage Left
Sat. 9 p.m. Deal
Tues. 8 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Sam Ryan
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Dwayne Dunlevy
Grounds For Sculpture   
80 Sculptors way Hamilton   
(609) 586-0616    
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Sing Along with Sculpture" w/ Seward Johnson   
Sat. 11 a.m. "Frost & Flames"
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. Roundabout
Hamilton Tap & Grill  
557 US Route 130 North Hamilton  
(609) 905-0925  
Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia 
Wed. 7 p.m. Country Night
Havana New Hope 
   
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA.     
(215) 862-9897    
Fri. 5 p.m. / 7 p.m. Newtown School of Rock. Doors open at 4 p.m.
Sat. Lambertville-New Hope "Winter Festival Week 2020" (4 p.m.) Revolutionary Pub Crawl After Party (Themes: Revolutionary & Musical Magical, costumes encouraged) (8:30 p.m.) The Buzzer Band. $8
Sun. Lambertville-New Hope "Winter Festival Week 2020" 5 p.m. Earth, Wind and Fire Tribute w/ "Revue Band." Doors open at 3 p.m., $20
Mon. Lambertville-New Hope "Winter Festival Week 2020" (9 p.m.) "Lipstick Mondays Drag Show" (9:30 p.m.) Karaoke w/ Dwayne 
Tues. Lambertville-New Hope "Winter Festival Week 2020"  8 p.m. "Funk N Blues Jam" Hosted by Slidewinder Blues Band
Wed. Lambertville-New Hope "Winter Festival Week 2020"   8 p.m. Original Music Showcase Hosted by Pat Foran feat. Ben Anderson / John Nutt
Hopewell Theater      
5 South Greenwood Avenue Hopewell     
(609) 466-1964    
Thurs. 7 p.m. Films That Made Music: "Monterey Pop." $11.25, $12.50
Sat. 8 p.m. Peter Mulvey / Izzy Heltai. $22, $25
Hopewell United Methodist Church   
20 Blackwell Avenue Hopewell   
(609) 466-0471   
Sun. 2 p.m. Kids and Teens Open Mic
Hopewell Valley Bistro & Inn     
15 East Broad Street Hopewell     
(609) 466-9889  
Thurs. 6 p.m. "Jazz On Broad" Hosted by Phil Orr feat. Joe Plowman + His Philadelphians. $15 (Ages 22 and under $5)
Fri. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night  
Hopewell Valley Vineyards     
46 Yard Avenue Pennington     
(609) 737-4465     
Thurs. 6 p.m. Ed Wall
Fri. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Just Us
Sat. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Acoustic Road
Sun. 3 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Jeff Friedman
Hurricane Jacks Bar and Grill     
7759 New Falls Road Levittown, PA     
(267) 914-4517     
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paul Kircher     
Fri. 6 p.m. Casey Welborn 
Sat. 9:30 p.m. SamStorm
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula & Sam      
Irish Rover Station House  
1033 Bellevue Avenue 
Fri. 9:30 p.m. DJ Entertainment  
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Shameless
Tues. 7:30 p.m. "Paint Party"  
Wed. 8:30 p.m. Trivia 
Iron Plow Vineyards     
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus     
(732) 306-9111  
Fri. 6 p.m. Bob O
Sat. 1 p.m. Maggs & Bud
Sun. 1 p.m. Ronnie Brandt
Iron Plow Vineyards Tasting Room
61 High Street Mt. Holly 
(732) 306-9111
Thurs. 6 p.m. Jerry Steele
Fri. 7:45 p.m. Ed Wilson 
Sat. 7:45 p.m. AudioPilot
Ivy Tavern     
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton     
(609) 888-1435     
Thurs. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke     
Fri. 9 p.m. Uneverno
Sat. 9 p.m. Asylum Choir
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. Sam Ryan
Fri. 9 p.m. The Liberty Blues Band
Sat. (3 p.m.) 3 Stories High (9 p.m.) Brian Molnar, Jeff Fiedler, The Adventuring Party, Lowlight
Sun. (3 p.m.) Ellie Spy (9 p.m.) Trio Of Madness
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic
Tues. 9 p.m. Corey & Kara
Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational     
All shows 21+    
JoJo's Tavern   
2677 Nottingham Way Mercerville   
(609) 586-2678   
Sat. 10 p.m.  Radio Fiction
Killarney's Publick House     
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton    
(609) 586-1166    
Thurs. 6 p.m. "Girls Night Out" 
Sat. 5 p.m.Tiltin' Catz  
Laurita Winery     
85 Archertown Road New Egypt     
(609) 752-0200   
Sat.1 p.m. First Call
Logan Inn 
   
10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA     
(215) 862-2300   
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    
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"
Mercer County Park  (Boathouse at Mercer Lake) 
334 South Post Road West Windsor 
(866) 683-3586 
Thurs. 6 p.m. "Neo-Soul Night" w/ Joshua Howard & Lakin (FREE event)
Millhill Basement     
300 S. Broad Street Trenton     
(609) 989-1600     
Thurs. 9 p.m. Johnny Ott, Tim Hoh Jr, Dim, Skelly. $5
Fri. 8 p.m. Tuff Turf, Night Court, MegaNow, Data Wolf, Tangela Tangela. $7
Tues. 8 p.m. "Millhill Experiment" 
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
909 Ray Avenue Croydon, PA
(215) 458-7081
Thurs. 7 p.m. Taproom Trivia: "Friends" 
New Hope Winery    
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA   
(215) 794-2331  
Fri. 8 p.m./Sat. 8 p.m. Carole King Tribute w/ "Home Again" feat. Deb De Lucca. $30, doors open at 7 p.m. (Both shows are SOLD OUT please check for ticket availability)
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA
(215) 944-8609 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Movie Night: Commando
Fri. 7 p.m. Victor Tarassov
Sat. 6 p.m. Joe and Krista
Wed. 7:30 p.m. Movie Night: "Alien"
Nook's PourHouse     
2043 Route 130 South Florence     
(609) 447-0927   
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. Deep Release
Sat. 9 p.m. Black Brant
Ages 21+     
O'Connors American Bar & Grille   
1383 Monmouth Road Easthampton   
(609) 261-1555  
Sat. 6:30 p.m. "Robert Burns Supper" 
Old Town Pub     
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown     
(609) 291-9232    
Thurs. 8 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia   
Fri. 9 p.m. Recklesstown
Sat. 9 p.m. The Bitonti Boys
Wed. 6:30 p.m. "Divas Of Drag" Hosted by Astala Vista
Palermo's Of Hamilton     
310 Klockner Road Hamilton     
(609) 838-7979     
Thurs. 8 p.m. Karaoke    
All shows 21 +   
Palmer Square
Nassau Street Princeton
Thurs. 4 p.m. "Skating On The Square" $10 (Includes skate rental)
Fri. 4 p.m. "Skating On The Square" $10 (Includes skate rental)
Sat.12 p.m./4 p.m. "Skating On the Square" $10 (Includes skate rental) 
Sun 12 p.m./4 p.m. "Skating On the Square" $10 (Includes skate rental) 
Patriots Crossing     
1339 River Road Titusville     
(609) 737-2780    
Thurs. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night
Fri. 8 p.m. Acoustic DuOver
Sat. 8 p.m. Paul Plumeri Blues Band
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo"   
Pj's Pancake House & Tavern
19 Main Street Robbinsville
(609) 772-4755
Tues. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night
Princeton Elks Lodge #2129 
354 Route 518 Blawenburg
(609) 466-4945
Wed. 6:30 p.m. Country Dance Night
Princeton Folk Music Society (Christ Congregation Church)  
50 Walnut Lane Princeton  
(609) 799-0944  
Fri. 8 p.m. Anne Hills / Jay Ansill. $25 ($10 students $5 children)
Randy Now's Man Cave 
  
134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown     
(609) 424-3766   
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Richard Bush & the Peace Creeps. $12
Tues.7 p.m. China Crisis. $30
Revere Restaurant
802 River Road Ewing
(609) 882-6365
Sat. 9 p.m. Danny Lynch Project
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. Union
Small World Coffee     
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton     
(609) 924-4377 x2   
Sat. 8 p.m. BD Lenz
Sparky World Famous Beer Garden
4333 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(215) 943-2321
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Fri. 9 p.m. DJ Dance Parties w/ the Paula & Sam Livingston 
Mon. 9 p.m. Game Night w/ Kid Dalton
Tues. 8 p.m. Johnny Betz
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Starbucks Coffee   (Trenton Community Store) 
102 South Warren Street Trenton  
(609) 393-0261  
Sat. 3 p.m. Open Mic   
1867 Sanctuary     
101 Scotch Road Ewing     
(609) 392-6409 
Sat. (2 p.m.) Kristin Rebecca. $20 (8 p.m.) "Robert Burns - Shamrock & Thistle"  w/ Fiona Tyndall. $20
Sun. 4 p.m. "Bach's Goldberg Variations" w/ Barbara Browne. $20
Tara's Tavern    
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown     
(609) 286-2300     
Fri. 10 p.m. Ernie White & Lisa Bouchelle
Sat. 10 p.m. Shadow Play
Tavern On The Lake      
101 Main Street Hightstown     
(609) 426-9345     
Fri. 9 p.m. Jazymn Adelle Band
Sat. 9 p.m. The Suspects
Temperance House     
5 South State Street Newtown, PA     
(215) 944-8050     
Thurs. 7 p.m. Blues Open Mic Hosted by Steve Guyger    
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia w/ Righteous Jolly 
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Cara Cartney
Terhune Orchards  
330 Cold Soil Road Princeton  
(609) 924-2310  
Sun.12 p.m. "Sunday Music Series" feat. Maggs & Bud
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  
Thurs. 8 p.m. Adam Agee & Jon Sousa 
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Not Just Nyckleharpa Orchestra
The Cool Cricket     
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro     
(609) 291-9110     
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke     
Sat. 9 p.m. 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
Thurs. (2 p.m.) Sam Ryan (7 p.m.) Bunny Barnes
Fri. (2 p.m.) Sam Ryan (7 p.m.) Aidan Holtz
Sat. (2 p.m.) Blend Duo (7 p.m.) Matt Gordeuk
Sun. (2 p.m.) Bunny Barnes (7 p.m.) Matt Gordeuk
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
Wed. (2 p.m.) Sam Ryan (7 p.m.) Open Mic Hosted by Bob Egan
The Dubliner   
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA   
(215) 693-1816 
Fri. 7 p.m. Gabriel Donohue
Sat. 7 p.m. Gerry Timlin
Sun. 2 p.m. David Falcone
The Five Four Bar & Grill   
8919 New Falls Road Levittown, PA   
(215) 547-5525   
Fri. 9 p.m. Slamm Band
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Big Whiskey   
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. 6 p.m. Happy Hour w/ DJ Darius The First
Sat. 10 p.m. Polish Nannies
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. Barefoot Bobby & the Breakers
The Roost     
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge     
(609) 208-0050   
Fri. 8 p.m. Dangerous Duo
Sat. 8 p.m. Living Proof
Sun. 4 p.m. Dick Gratton
The Sticky Wicket     
2465 South Broad Street Hamilton     
(609) 439-0007     
Fri. 9 p.m. "Retro Fridays" Hosted by Vibe DJs feat. DJ Chris Joseph
The Sycamore Grill     
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA     
(215) 908-6326     
Thurs. 7 p.m. Jamie Stem
Fri. 8 p.m. Undercover the People's Band
Sat. 8 p.m. Joy In Repetition
The Union Firehouse  
18 Washington Street Mount Holly  
(609) 288-6491  
Thurs. (4 p.m.) Happy Hour (7 p.m.) "Jam Night" Hosted by Joe Vadala 
Fri. 4 p.m. Happy Hour
Sat. (5 p.m.) Happy Hour  (8 p.m.) Tour de Force
Tues. 8 p.m. Movie Trivia
The Vibe Lounge at Mastoris
Route 130 and Route 206 Bordentown
(609) 298-4650
Thurs. 5 p.m. Dave Boucher
Sat. 6 p.m. Bennett Lee
Tindall Road Brewing Co.
102 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown   
(609) 526-8651    
Fri. 7 p.m. The Grouser Girls
Sat. 6 p.m. Will Knapp
Tir Na Nog     
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton     
(609) 392-2554   
Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions" w/ Billy O'Neal
All Shows 21+   
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  
Mon. 9 p.m. "Monday Night Karaoke" Hosted by Sweets
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   
Sun. 7 p.m. Open Stage 
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 w/ 
Mon. 9 p.m. "Moonshine Mondays" Trivia    
Working Dog Winery     
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown     
(609) 371-6000  
Sat. 1 p.m. Frank Cervante
Yardley Inn Restaurant & Bar   
82 East Afton Avenue Yardley, PA   
(215) 493-3800   
Sat. 8 p.m. Dan Ward


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
Fri, Feb 21, 2020


MUSIC


FUNGKSHUI @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

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

SUPER DIAMOND @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

Light Opera of NJ presents "Die Fledermaus" @ St Marks Episcopal Church (Basking Ridge), Basking Ridge - 8:00pm

LUCERO @ White Eagle Hall, Jersey City - 8:30pm

Les Paul Festival: The Young Philadelphians @ Berrie Center for the Arts, Ramapo College, Mahwah - 8:00pm

Get The Led Out @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm

Academy of St Martin in The Fields with Joshua Bell @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 8:00pm

Mardi Gras Boogaloo 2020 @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 8:00pm

Rod MacDonald in concert at Princeton Folk Music Society @ Christ Congregation Church, Princeton - 8:00pm

Mandy Harvey @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 8:00pm

Eric Lindell Solo @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm

Kinky Boots (Broadcast) @ Pollak Theatre @ Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 7:30pm






THEATRE


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 8:00pm

RITZ KIDZ - Pinocchio @ The Ritz Theatre, Haddon Twp - 10:00am

LEGALLY BLONDE @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 7:00pm


Sound of Music @ Rhino Theatre, Pompton Lakes - 8:00pm

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD @ Hamilton Stage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 8:00pm

COMEDY


BOB SAGET @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

Progressively Funny: John Fugelsang and Friends @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 8:00pm

Tracy Morgan: No Disrespect @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm


DANCE


two may be one, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance @ Hearst Dance Theater at Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton University campus, Princeton - 8:30pm


FILM


Screening of William Greaves’ Nationtime—Gary, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts @ James Stewart Film Theater at 185 Nassau Street on the Princeton University campus, Princeton - 6:00pm


POETRY


Open Book III - Poetry & Perform - FREE @ Bluefox Craft Beer & Restaurant, South Plainfield - 7:00pm

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