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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...1/23/20

originally published: 01/23/2020

Rock On! This Week

"It's pretty busy around here; my ongoing joke is that I'm juggling about eight or nine knives and I'm trying not to cut anybody right now," stated a laughing Barbara Newman as she discussed the upcoming International Blues Challenge. 

"The International Blues Challenge will take place in Memphis from January 28 until February 1. We're going to have about 200 to 235 blues acts which translates to between 800 and 900 blues musicians coming in from around the world for a shot at being named the best new band or the best new solo or duo act; it's very exciting it's our 36th edition of this. I'm in my fifth year now so this is my fifth rodeo of late nights, early mornings and a lot of really fabulous blues music." 

We all have interests and we're all passionate about something in our lives but most who listen to blues music take those things to a whole different level; to some it's a way of life. Those who are blues enthusiasts will travel the globe in support of a favorite artist or in search of a new one and mostly all of them religiously seek the pleasure derived from this art form. 

Newman who is the current President and CEO of The Blues Foundation seemed destined to fill the role she now occupies; seemingly almost preparing for it from a young age. 

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"I'm a Memphis girl, I grew up here in Memphis Tennessee and Memphis is the home of the blues, it's the jumping off point for blues going back long before I was even born," she said with conviction. "This is WC Handy's town, BB King's town, Furry Lewis's town, Memphis Minnie;  I grew up with blues around me, my uncle was a session musician at a lot of the local studios. I was an early student for a "Blues in the Schools" program with of all people Furry Lewis who actually came to our school when I was about 11 and taught us about the blues, the history and what the music sounds like and it just stayed with me ever since. I was supposed to be the child that was going to be the musician but I really didn't have that talent (laughs) so I'm just the administrator who is there to support the musicians. I took piano lessons and I was very proficient but I'm much better with spreadsheets and power points than I am with playing the music but I appreciate it immensely. I love the music, I get it, I've learned a lot more about it since I've been in this role even though I've been involved in music for many years through various vehicles; I have huge respect for people who have that kind of brain. It takes a certain type of brain chemistry to make and create music so I have a huge amount of respect for people whose brains work that way."

As previously stated, The International Blues Challenge is in its 36th year and for a band or artist(s) interested in participating or rising to the challenge so to speak, there are a series of steps that must be undertaken.  

"The International Blues Challenge is what I like to call a pseudo conference; it's not a full on conference where you get attendee badges; it's all industry and there are a lot of fans that come through," explained Newman. "In order for any artist to come to Memphis to compete they have to first win their local blues challenge sponsored by a blues society that's affiliated with a blues foundation. So they have to already have won a challenge and then they get the ride to Memphis to compete on the big stage up and down Beale Street." 

"So in addition to all of the industry who are coming to see who the next greats are; who should maybe get a label deal or get booked at their festival or in their club," continued Newman, "We get a lot of fans that come through because they are coming from their local blues societies to support their winning artist. So we will have thousands of people on Beale Street every day and we try to coordinate a number of activities through the day and into the evening around the challenge performances to give people more than just that five o'clock to eleven o'clock set of performances. We've got panels and master classes and workshops, we're showing a film, we've got exhibits at the Blues Hall of Fame and book signings and networking events and in addition to the challenge performances which go every night Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from about five o'clock until about 11 or 11:30 we'll have late night jams and showcases and day time jams and showcases. So anybody can come to Memphis and for a hundred dollar pass which gets you into everything you'll get your fill of blues that will last you for a while." 

This event holds true to its name as blues artist from all over the planet converge on Memphis, all vying to be the top dog of  their genre. Newman couldn't help but sound excited as she detailed the upcoming schedule of events.

"The conference starts Tuesday evening January 28; we kick it off with the international showcase and we'll have about 15 or 16 countries outside of the United States represented. We'll have performers coming from as close as Canada and as far away as Australia, Korea, Israel and all across the Western European region. They've traveled really long distances so we like to give them the opportunity to sort of shake off the jet lag and allow them one extra performance on Beale Street; it's not judged, it's just a chance for them to play. We have international showcases in four or five venues up and down Beale Street on Tuesday night with all of our international challengers performing; in fact one of the venues is exclusively Canadian, we have a sponsorship with the Consulate General of Canada and there's so many artist that come from all the different areas of Canada that they have one showcase that's exclusively Canadian. Wednesday and Thursday night are the semi-finals and we'll have about 23 venues on Beale Street with 10 to 12 performances in each venue per night and then on Thursday night we'll announce who makes it to the finals and we'll cut the birth of that in half. On Friday night we'll have around 11 or 12 venues with again 10 or 12 performances per club and that night we'll announce the finalists which will be eight solo/duos and eight bands and they go to the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday which is our big beautiful 1920's style theater which seats about 2200 people. We'll fill the theater with fans and blues lovers and that's when they get their shot in front of the finals judges. In addition to that we'll  give out an award for the "Best Harmonica Player" and "Best Solo/Duo Guitarist," "Best Band Guitarist" and then we have another contest going on concurrently called the "Best Self-Produced CD Contest" in which our blues societies also select a locally, self-produced CD and those get judged by a panel of blues experts and we name all of the winners that night. The winners walk away with cash, studio time, a bunch of festival gigs and gear; so there are lots of prizes involved as well. A lot of the artists will also walk away with label deal as well."

"While that's going on, we've just recently announced our nominees for the Blues Music Awards which are basically the Grammys of the blues which is the best way to describe it for those not familiar. They are the awards that we give out for the very best in blues recording, performance and songwriting from the prior year. There are 25 different categories; we have about 100 nominators who work through the summer over about five months listening to about 300 submissions. They call them down to the top five in each of these categories and divide them into sub-genres such as "Contemporary Blues," "Traditional Blues," "Blues Rock," "Soul Blues" and "Acoustic Blues" and instrumental awards, performer awards and best song, best album and things of that nature. We are gearing up for the big show in Memphis in May; we'll have an evening with nominee performances through the night and an after-party with a buffet dinner, more performances and all sorts of fun. It's a huge opportunity to celebrate the blues; the very best blues recording and performing artists will be here in Memphis to celebrate the blues." 

With two large events such as these per year it would be understandable if they kicked back a bit but The Blues Foundation will have none of that as they are very active in support of music and musicians with multiple arms of the organization providing a helping hand to those less fortunate and also aspiring blues artists.

"Music is a hard business, I have a lot of respect for people who choose to make a living that way; it's not an easy life but it's obviously one filled with passion and love. We have a fund here called "The Hart Fund" and we accept donations to that fund which are used specifically to help blues musicians who are uninsured or under insured get the healthcare that they need. We have free health screenings five or six times a year at different music conferences and events including our own and we provide direct resources for doctors, dental, vision and mental healthcare for musicians. We also pay for funerals for blues musicians whose families can't afford that final goodbye. We've also got a program called; "Generation Blues" and we provide scholarship funds to young blues musicians to send them to blues camps and workshops during the summer. We've had as many as 30 or 40 kids per summer get scholarships to eight to ten blues camps around the U.S and Canada. We have a youth showcase during the IBC and we provide them special master classes and workshops and they get to play on Beale Street and we have mentors who evaluate them and give them feedback."

So how can one help Newman and her blues mates continue doing good things? According to her it's very easy and inexpensive as well as beneficial for all who choose to do so. 

"We are a not for profit organization, we are member based so we are very much interested in people supporting our work through their memberships or through donations. All of your donations are tax deductible because we are a 501c3 and membership starts at just $25 per year and those resources go directly to helping us with our mission which is very simply, to preserve and celebrate the blues, to expand awareness and ensure its future.The music is really heeling; a lot of people turn to blues music as a place of solace and we are here to help make sure that people can find it, find the musicians and recognize the value of music." 

To discover more about The Blues Foundation, the IBC or how you can become a member, please visit www.blues.org

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

Artworks Trenton   
19 Everett Alley Trenton   
(609) 394-9436   
Fri. 6 p.m. "Art for Lee" A Benefit for Lee Pfeiffer.      
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   
Sat. 9 p.m. "Back In The Day Dance Party" w/ DJ John Rossi
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. Dave Dales Trio
Fri. (5 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) Bob Egan  
Sat. 7 p.m. Andrea Carlson Trio
Sun. (12 p.m.) Steve Guyger (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Mon. 6 p.m. Andy Prescott
Tues. 6 p.m. Brian Elliott
Wed. 6 p.m. Lorenzo
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
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Lakeshore
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Kinky Quizzo
All Shows 21+
Brother's Pizza
871 Highway 33 Hamilton
(609) 586-2727
Sat. 11 a.m. "Wing Bowl"
Caffe Galleria   
23 North Union Street Lambertville   
(609) 397-2400    
Sat. 12 p.m. "Winter Fest 2020" w/ Ed Wall
Sun. 12 p.m. Animal Alliance NJ "Puppy Adoption Day"
Candlelight Lounge     
24 Passaic Street Trenton     
(609) 695-9612     
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam Hosted by 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      
125 South Main Street Hightstown     
(609) 241-7103
Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. Paul Marzano
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 Paul Desisto. Ages 21+
Fri. 4 p.m. Sunset Happy Hour
Sat. 8 p.m. "Social Saturdays" w/ No Way Out
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 
Wed. 8 p.m. Quizzo 
Dog & Bull Brew House     
810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.     
(215) 788-2855     
Fri. 8 p.m. Dana Collins
Sat.  (11 a.m.) "Saturday Brunch" feat. Michael Leggerie (8 p.m) Paper Shakers
Sun. 11 a.m. "Sunday Brunch" feat. Keli Vale 
1031 Washington Boulevard Robbinsville
(609) 426-9203
Sun. 5:30 p.m. Open Mic and Karaoke
90 South Main Street New Hope, PA  
(215) 693-1657  
Thurs. 8 p.m. "Musical Chair" (Rotating Live Music) 
Fri. 9 p.m. The South Side Wanderers
Sat. (2 p.m.) The Adventures of Matt Black (9 p.m.) Bluesabilly
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. 6 p.m. Eden Autism Services "Annual Gala." $175-$35
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. The True Tones
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    
Thurs. Lambertville-New Hope "Winter Festival Week 2020" 8 p.m.  Rolling Stones Tribute w/ "Satisfaction." Doors open at 6 p.m., $20
Fri. Lambertville-New Hope "Winter Festival Week 2020" 8 p.m. The Music of Crosby, Stills and Nash w/ "Wooden Ships." Doors open at 6 p.m., $20
Sat. Lambertville-New Hope "Winter Festival Week 2020" (12 p.m./2:30 p.m.) Newtown School of Rock (4 p.m.) "Magical Music Pub Crawl" (Costumes encouraged) (8:30 p.m.) Castle Lane. $8
Sun. Lambertville-New Hope "Winter Festival Week 2020" (1 p.m.) Midnight Sun Orchestra (6:30 p.m.) JB Kline Blues Band
Mon. (9 p.m.) "Lipstick Mondays Drag Show" (9:30 p.m.) Karaoke w/ Dwayne 
Tues. 8 p.m. "Funk N Blues Jam" Hosted by Slidewinder Blues Band
Wed. 8 p.m. Original Music Showcase Hosted by Pat Foran feat. Corey and Kara, Phil Mcauliffe
Hopewell Theater      
5 South Greenwood Avenue Hopewell     
(609) 466-1964  
Fri. 8 p.m. "Comedy Night" feat. Jackie Byrne, Joe Fernandes. $22.50
Sat. 8 p.m. Jim Infantino's Jim's Big Ego. $23.50, $25.50
Hopewell United Methodist Church   
20 Blackwell Avenue Hopewell   
(609) 466-0471   
Sat. 6 p.m. Hopewell Hayride (Old Time Country & Bluegrass). $15 (Suggested donation adults) 
Hopewell Valley Bistro & Inn     
15 East Broad Street Hopewell     
(609) 466-9889  
Thurs. 6 p.m. "Jazz On Broad" Hosted by Phil Orr feat. Jon Albaz / James Robbins Duo. $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. John & Carm
Fri. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Rick Winow
Sat. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Got 35
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     
Fri. (6 p.m.) Casey Welborn (9 p.m.) Union
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Never Enough
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. Dueling Pianos
Wed. 8:30 p.m. Trivia 
Iron Plow Vineyards     
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus     
(732) 306-9111 
Fri. 6 p.m. Melissa Wegfahrt
Sat. 1 p.m. Bob & Dave
Sun. 2 p.m. Spoondrift
Iron Plow Vineyards Tasting Room
61 High Street Mt. Holly 
(732) 306-9111
Thurs. 7 p.m. Ed Wilson
Fri. 7 p.m. John Rossi
Sat. 7 p.m. Steve Guyger Duo
Ivy Tavern     
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton     
(609) 888-1435     
Thurs. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke     
Fri. 9 p.m. Tour de Force
Sat. 9 p.m. Union
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. Mike DiAlto's Stand Up Comedy Night Presents: Todd Glass
Fri. 9 p.m. Gigantic / Singles Going Steady
Sat. (3 p.m.) Musical History Tour w/ John Beacher (9 p.m.) Spitune
Sun. (3 p.m.) "Pumpkin's Drag Show" (9 p.m.) Sugar Burns
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic 
Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational     
All shows 21+    
Killarney's Publick House     
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton    
(609) 586-1166    
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Girls Night Out" 
Sat. 9:30 p.m. "Mercerville Night Out" w/ El Ka Bong
Lambertville Elks Lodge #1070
66 Wilson Street Lambertville
(609) 397-4210
Sat. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night
Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn
11 Bridge Street Lambertville
(609) 397-8300
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Taste of Winter Fest" (Call for ticket availability) 
Laurita Winery     
85 Archertown Road New Egypt     
(609) 752-0200   
Fri. 7 p.m. Country Line Dancing. (SOLD OUT check for availability)
Logan Inn 
10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA     
(215) 862-2300   
Fri. 7 p.m. Ian Lander
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Bonnie Boland
Sun. 11 a.m. "Jazz Brunch" feat. Dave Dales Trio
Mama Flora's Trattoria    
1750 North Olden Avenue Ewing   
(609) 434-1188   
Sat. 6 p.m.  Bryan Hill
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. 11:30 a.m. "Blues Brunch" feat. Tom Craig
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"
Millhill Basement     
300 S. Broad Street Trenton     
(609) 989-1600     
Fri. 9:15 p.m. "Fuck Off Cancer" A Benefit Show for Lee Pfeiffer feat. KC Slater, Nikki Nailbomb and the Amorphous Blob Orchestra, Collider, Chalk & the Beige Americans. Doors Open at 9 p.m., $7
Sat. 9 p.m. "Millhill Punk Night" feat. Time Out Timmy, The Damn Long Hairs, The Looms,  Hateful Scarecrows. Ages 21+, Doors open at 8 p.m., $5
Tues. 8 p.m. "Millhill Experiment" Gathering of Minds feat. Mindwalker, Mindtality, SubsLip, Freq, Reddy
New Hope Winery    
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA   
(215) 794-2331   
Fri. 8 p.m. Winter Fest 2020: "Come Together / Abbey Road Live" feat. various local musicians. Doors open at 7 p.m., $40 (advance), $50 (preferred seating)
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA
(215) 944-8609 
Fri. 6 p.m. Paul Plumeri
Sat. 6 p.m. Two For Flinching
Wed. 7 p.m. Superbowl Quizzo
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. Small Potatoes
Sat. 9 p.m. Honey Spot Blvd
Ages 21+    
Old Town Pub     
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown     
(609) 291-9232    
Thurs. 8 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia   
Fri. 9 p.m. Drew and Beth
Old York Cellars  (Quakerbridge Tasting Room) 
3320 Brunswick Pike (US Rte 1) Lawrence 
(609) 799-2707 
Sat. 7 p.m. Jo Wymer Band
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. Mike Tusay & Laura Henry
Sat. 8 p.m. John & Carm
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo"   
Patriot's Theater at The War Memorial
1 Memorial Drive Trenton
(609) 984-8400
Sat. 4 p.m. Dance De Chance. $50, $75, $100
Sun. 6:30 p.m. "United In Song" w/ Princeton Girl Choir. $15-$30      
Pete's Steak House     
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton     
(609) 585-8008     
Fri. 9:30 p.m. The Polish Nannies
Sat. 9 p.m. Kindred Spirit
Pj's Pancake House & Tavern
19 Main Street Robbinsville
(609) 772-4755
Fri. 8 p.m. 
Tues. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night
Plumsted Grill  
457 Route 539 Cream Ridge   
(609) 758-5552  
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Ernie White and Marc Hoffman
Princeton Elks Lodge #2129 
354 Route 518 Blawenburg
(609) 466-4945
Wed. 6:30 p.m. Country Dance Night
Randy Now's Man Cave 
134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown     
(609) 424-3766   
Sat. 7:30 p.m. The Richard Lloyd Group. $20
Recklesstown Farm Distillery
2800 Route 206 North Columbus
(609) 784-8046
Thurs. 6 p.m. "Tiki Party." Ages 21+, $18 (includes first drink and souvenir glass), $5 (designated driver entry fee) (SOLD OUT please check for availability)
Revere Restaurant
802 River Road Ewing
(609) 882-6365
Thurs. 9 p.m. Brian Elliott Duo
Fri. 9 p.m. Joe Fiorello
Sat. 9 p.m. After Dark
River Cat Cafe`    
142 South Main Street New Hope, PA   
(215) 693-1008   
Mon. 6 p.m. "Monday Night Jazz" 
Salon 33
794 Alexander Road Princeton
Fri. 7 p.m. Jon Elbaz & Nicole Glover
Sat. 8 p.m. "Ooh La la Songs to Laugh and Cry By" w/ Bet Williams
Sun. 6 p.m. The Dumas String Quartet
Small World Coffee     
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton     
(609) 924-4377 x2   
Sat. 8 p.m. The Blurrys
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  
Fri. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night (FREE admission)
Sat. (2 p.m.) Magnolia Street String Band. $20 (8 p.m.) Marc Kaye's "Comedy Connection." $20
Sun. 2 p.m. Alex Hiele Paris Jazz Quartet. $20
Tara's Tavern    
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown     
(609) 286-2300     
Fri. 10 p.m. Billy Hector
Sat. 10 p.m. Ned Ryerson & the Groundhogs 
Tavern On The Lake      
101 Main Street Hightstown     
(609) 426-9345     
Fri. (8 p.m.) Tavern & Tiaras "Decades of Divas" Drag Show. (9 p.m. Barry Wasserman)
Sat. 9 p.m. Mars Landing
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. Faraway Guys
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. Kara & Corey
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
Sun. 5 p.m. Third Annual "Kazoo-along" 
The Cool Cricket     
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro     
(609) 291-9110     
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke     
Sat. 9 p.m. Classic Pie
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.) Jim Popik (7 p.m.) Flip Band
Sun. (2 p.m.) Tony Alosi (7 p.m.) Flip Band
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
Wed. (2 p.m.) Sam Ryan (7 p.m.) Flip Band
The Dubliner   
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA   
(215) 693-1816  
Fri. 7 p.m. Andrew Koontz & Bill O'Neal
Sat. 7 p.m. JB Rocks
Sun. 3 p.m. "Traditional Irish Session"
The Five Four Bar & Grill   
8919 New Falls Road Levittown, PA   
(215) 547-5525   
Fri. 9 p.m. Scatter Shot
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Three Rows Deep      
The HOB Tavern     
146 Second Street Bordentown     
(609) 291-7020     
Fri. 8 p.m. DJ Entertainment    
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  
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. Full Grown Men
The Roost     
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge     
(609) 208-0050   
Fri. 8 p.m. ArHouse
Sat. 8 p.m. Nicole & Denise
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. Guest DJ John Rossi
The Sycamore Grill     
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA     
(215) 908-6326     
Thurs. 7 p.m. Steve Tesluk
Fri. 8 p.m. Highway Run
Sat. 8 p.m. Mid Life Crisis
The Union Firehouse  
18 Washington Street Mount Holly  
(609) 288-6491  
Thurs. 4 p.m. Happy Hour 
Fri. (4 p.m.) Happy Hour (8 p.m.) "2nd Official 4 Tha Culture Live Podcast & Concert" Hosted by Shad & Quannie feat. Mell Chapo, Raw.Dean, $uper Drug$, Camryn Champion & Darren Eugene.  
Sat. 10 a.m. "Fire & Ice Festival" Mojo Acoustic (5 p.m.) Happy Hour (8 p.m.) Shadowplay does Chris Cornell
The Vibe Lounge at Mastoris
Route 130 and Route 206 Bordentown
(609) 298-4650
Thurs. 5 p.m. Free Buffet and Live Music
Fri. 6 p.m. Nothing2Prove
Sat. 6 p.m. Daryl LB Gibson 
Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Third State Brewing    
352 High Street Burlington   
(609) 387-1620    
Sun. 2 p.m. "Original Sin Day" All Original Music Open Mic.  
Tindall Road Brewing Co.
102 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown   
(609) 526-8651    
Fri. 7 p.m. "Top 5 Trivia" 
Sat. 7 p.m. Norman Taylor
Sun. 4 p.m. Jeff Selby
Tir Na Nog     
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton     
(609) 392-2554  
Sat. 9 p.m. The Willamsboy
All Shows 21+    
Train Wreck Distillery
25 Madison Avenue Mount Holly
(609) 288-6300
Fri. 7 p.m. Denise & Linda
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+   
Vault Brewing Company  
10 South Main Street Yardley, PA  
(267) 573-4291  
Fri. 9 p.m. Frayed Coats 
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. Vic Della Pello
Yardley Inn Restaurant & Bar   
82 East Afton Avenue Yardley, PA   
(215) 493-3800   
Sat. 8 p.m. Brian Elliott

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Event calendar
Fri, Feb 21, 2020


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


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


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


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


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


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

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