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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...2/20/20


originally published: 02/20/2020

Rock On! This Week

" I'm an entertainer, I love it and when I walk on that stage I become another person. I know my audiences and I know what to do to make them smile and how to make them happy. I always like to fulfill requests if I know ahead of time; I love to do that; who doesn't like to make people happy?"

Terry Isaiah Johnson, sometimes known as "Buzzy" has been entertaining and making people happy since he was a young teenager; eventually rising to fame as a member of The Flamingos in the latter half of the 1950's. 

Starting out playing in clubs and small concert halls until their mega-hit single, "I Only have Eyes For You" was released in 1959, Johnson and his fellow band mates quickly gained notoriety. The iconic single has been featured in countless TV shows, movies and on compilation releases for more than six decades and has now been re-recorded and released by Johnson as part of a solo project; however this nor the original would not have happened had it not been for his persistence. 

"I know, it just won't die, it just keeps moving right along," he said with a laugh. "I feel blessed and that's the only word that I can find because that arrangement came from my soul. When I did it with The Flamingos they didn't liked it, nobody liked it. They thought it was corny, it was weird, they said it wasn't 50's music. George Goldner the president of End Records at the time, he was pissed off with me and said, "What the hell are you doing? You go into the studio without me and you come up with garbage like this?" I said, it's not garbage George, he said, "Terry this is not a 50's song!" "Good Night Sweetheart" was supposed to be the release from the album but when the DJs heard the album they all chose, "I Only Have Eyes For You." After that song became a hit, George was the nicest person in the world, all the guys in the group loved me, they said, "We sound great! Don't we sound great?" 



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Johnson's faith in his writing and willingness to showcase his talents paid off with George Goldner and End Records but that wasn't the first time this gentleman from the State of Maryland took a risk with his music career and with the single's re-release it's obviously not the last.

"My first gig I was 14 and I had a group in Baltimore where I'm from, we were called The Whispers. I was always putting groups together and we did a talent show and we won and it was a great feeling. Then we went to New York and we were turned down but there were four songs that I had and then we stopped in Philadelphia at Gotham Records and recorded four songs. They were pretty good songs but they didn't really take off and then The Flamingos came to town and I knew them and I kind of took up with them and they said that they were looking for a person who sings tenor or baritone and we need somebody who plays bass or piano or guitar and I said, well I do all of that. So that's when I got with them in 1956 and I remember the first gig was in Miami and it was the stage at "The Rockin' M.B.," Bucky Gray was the guy's name and he was the owner. The place was jam-packed, you couldn't move in there; we did our music and it wasn't all rhythm and blues because I wasn't raised on rhythm and blues music. So we did some white songs like Everly Brothers "Bird Dog" and that kind of stuff (laughs). People loved us and I felt that I had made the right choice in life because we were accepted. My parents wouldn't let me hear R & B; no radio for R & B. They'd have Arthur Godfrey, Julius La Rosa, Steve and Eydie, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr, Sinatra, Vic Damone; so it was white artists that I was raised on. When I got with The Flamingos I carried that with me and introduced them to it and at first they didn't know how to take it but then when they saw it working in every place we were working at they really appreciated it. When I left The Flamingos I moved on to Motown and was Smokey Robinson's partner for 10 years. I recorded everybody there; Temptations, Four Tops, Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, Edwin Starr, so there are a lot of stories I can tell (laughs)."

"Yeah the single, it was released earlier this year; it really wasn't me (pushing it) it was Providence. I don't know if you know Paul Kasofsky but we had written some songs and we went to Reba McEntire's studio in Nashville and my wife Theresa (Trigg) and I did the song that we wrote called "Until Then" and we finished the track in about two hours so we had an hour left so he said, "Let's do "I Only Have Eyes For You." So Jimmy Nichols who was the piano player and producer laid down this track and I said, whoa that's nice and it was "I Only Have Eyes For You" but in a different way. I think he wanted it to sound something like "Lady In Red"  and the musicians were like destiny, they had never heard it but they played everything right where it was supposed to be; do you know what I'm trying to say? When I sang it after they laid down the track, it seemed like no matter what I did, things like the guitar was answering me in a way and the piano was there; it fit together like a puzzle. So Paul asked me, since we had recorded it for someone else; well the kid, he didn't have the feeling for it so the producer Jimmy asked me to go into the booth and just give him a feel of how you would do it and when I did it they said, "Oh shit (laughs) that's it! No, No, No it's for you!" Then I took the track home and got down with it and my wife produced me and I came up with a winner."

"My wife and I produce each other, we're a production team but I listen to her," he explained with the cautious laugh of an experienced man. "When she hears things; like when she moved a part in that song I said, no, no, no, no, no I don't want that, she said, "Just look, we can always bring it back, just let me move it" and when she did I said, damn I didn't hear that at all; she's really good, she's  a really good producer." 

"March 7 at The Count Basie Theater, we're looking forward to it; we'll have our CDs and stuff there, we're going to have a great show with my Flamingos. I won't do the (new) recording there because that's my solo project but we're on a bill with Larry Chance and some other groups; I can't remember everybody at the moment because I've got so many things running through my mind at the same time."

The "Other groups" taking part in "An Evening of Doo-Wop Volume II" are, Charlie Thomas's Drifters, The Legendary Teenagers, The Fireflies, Larry Dell and The Demensions, Jimmy Gallagher & The Passions and more; so how along can we expect the sets to last? 

"About 20 minutes, maybe 25. It's never really long enough and audiences always say; why didn't you do so and so or why didn't you stay longer?" 

So how does Johnson sum it all up? 

What I want to say about this new recording is that it's really a love song just like the iconic one that the Flamingos did; I have a saying that love never dies, love never grows old.  That's why I know this song will be able to catch on the same way The Flamingos version did; do you know what I mean? People fall in love, I don't care how long ago or how new or in the future; people fall in love and music always plays a very important role in that and oh yeah, I'm excited about it, things are moving smooth."

To discover more about Terry Isaiah Johnson, the current tour or to purchase tickets, please visit www.theflamingos.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    
Fri. 7:30 p.m. "BINGO for the Arts." $5 (suggested donation includes 5 BINGO boards)
Sat. 7 p.m. Cafe Improv feat. "toth." $2
Wed. "Princeton Swing" (6:30 p.m.) Advanced Lindy Hop Class (7:15 p.m.) "Drop-in" Format Beginner Swing Dance Class (8 p.m.) Social Dance w/ DJ Entertainment. $5 (includes all classes) 
Artworks Trenton   
19 Everett Alley Trenton   
(609) 394-9436   
Fri. 7 p.m. Raices Pt.2
Sat. 12 p.m. YAL: 3D Anime    
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. Saturday Dance Party feat. DJ Iron Mike
Bordentown Elks   
11 Amboy Road Bordentown   
(609) 298-2085   
Sat. 8 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. Wendy Simon Trio
Sun. (12 p.m.) "Blues for Brunch" w/ Steve Guyger (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Mon. 6 p.m. Andy Prescott
Tues. 6 p.m. Lorenzo
Wed. 6 p.m. Ryan Schubert
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. 9 p.m. Stems & Seeds
Wed. 8 p.m. Open Mic w/ Dana Collins
All Shows 21+ 
BSB Gallery   
143 East State Street (Suite 4) Trenton   
(609) 599-3268   
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. "Monthly Artist Meet Up" 
Sat. 11 a.m. "Collective Expeditions Exhibit"
Caffe Galleria   
23 North Union Street Lambertville   
(609) 397-2400   
Sun. 12 p.m. "Puppies On The Patio" Adoption Day Hosted by Animal Alliance NJ
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  
Thurs. 6 p.m. Trenton Cycling Open House
Fri. 5 p.m. "Winter Jam 2020" feat. Shattered Realm, Full Blown Chaos, The Banner, Shame Spiral, Roseblood, Departed, Bleed, Innter Turmoil, Abrupt. All ages
Sat. 2 p.m. "Winter Jam 2020" feat. Laid To Rest, MushMouth, Carried By Six, Billy Club Sandwich, Buried Dreams, Back of Tha Neck, Gloves Off, Scars of Deceipt, Hurtpiece, Weaponize. All ages
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. Samantha Spano
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 (6 p.m.)  (9 p.m.) "Late Night Thirsty Thursdays" w/ DJ Paul Desisto. Ages 21+
Fri. (4 p.m.) Sunset Happy Hour" (8 p.m.) Sensational Soul Cruisers. 
Sat. 8 p.m. "Social Saturdays" 
Sun. (11 a.m.) "Sunday Brunch" (6 p.m.) Alux Nahual
Mon. 7 p.m. Country Line Dancing w/ Jeremy Line Dance. $10
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke w/ Karen and Mark
Wed. 8 p.m. Blues Night w/ Paul Plumeri and Friends
All Events Ages 21+
Curly's at the Nest   
1492 Woodbourne Road Levittown, PA   
(267) 639-0707   
Fri. 8 p.m. The Fredz
Dacey's Pub 
215 West Philadelphia Avenue Morrisville, PA 
(215) 295-4838 
Fri. 7 p.m. Acoustic Music Night feat. Righteous Jolly
Wed. 8 p.m. Quizzo 
Dog & Bull Brew House     
810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.     
(215) 788-2855    
Fri. 8 p.m. Paper Shakers
Sat.  (11 a.m.) "Saturday Brunch" feat. Mike Leggerie (8 p.m) Mike V
Sun. (11 a.m.) "Sunday Brunch" feat. Keli Vale (3 p.m.) Vince Schneider 
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. Steal Your Face
Sat. 9 p.m. Beatles Tribute w/ "Mean Mr. Mustard
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   
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. Living The Dream
Hamilton Tap & Grill  
557 US Route 130 North Hamilton  
(609) 905-0925
Tues. (11:30 a.m.) "Fat Tuesday Celebration" (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. (8 p.m.) Tom Petty Tribute w/ "Radio Petty." Doors open at 6 p.m., $25 (advance) (11 p.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sat. (8:30 p.m.) Triple rail Turn. $8 (12 a.m.) DJ Dance Party 
Sun. (2 p.m.) Fast Clare-ROCK-A-BILLY. (7:30 p.m.) Slidewinder 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. Rick Winow, Michael Askin
Hopewell Theater      
5 South Greenwood Avenue Hopewell     
(609) 466-1964    
Thurs. 7 p.m. Films that Made Music: "Smithereens." $12.50
Fri. 8 p.m. Progressively Funny: John Fugelsang and Friends. $25
Sat. 8 p.m. Tameca Jones. $22, $25, $28
Hopewell Train Station
2 Railroad Place Hopewell
Wed. 7 p.m. Evening of "Community and Music" feat. James Popik, Chris Harford and the Band of Changes w/ Dan Kassel. $6 (suggested donation)
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. Tom Tallitsch. $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. Frank Sinatra Standards w/ Jim Slagel
Fri. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Chromed Pony
Sat. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Acoustic Road
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. The Roadsongs   
Fri. (6 p.m.) Happy Hour w/ Casey Welborn (9 p.m.) "Katie's Birthday Celebration" w/ Flip N Mickey
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula & Sam      
Irish Rover Station House  
1033 South Bellevue Avenue Langhorne, PA 
(215) 970-5412
Fri. (8 p.m.) Acoustic Music (9:30 p.m.) DJ Entertainment  
Sat. (7 p.m.) Acoustic Music (9:30 p.m.) Big Whiskey
Sun. 3 p.m. "Acoustic Sunday" feat. Joe & Krista
Wed. 8:30 p.m. Trivia 
Iron Plow Vineyards     
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus     
(732) 306-9111  
Fri. 7 p.m. The Grouser Girls
Sat. 1 p.m. John & Carm
Sun. 1 p.m. Ronnie Brandt
Iron Plow Vineyards Tasting Room
61 High Street Mt. Holly 
(732) 306-9111
Thurs. 7 p.m. Don the Medicine Man
Fri. 7 p.m. Jon Savage Duo
Sat. 7 p.m. Melissa Wegfarht
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. Unleashed
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. Chris Harford & the Band of Changes
Fri. 8 p.m. The Great Dying, Jon Kindred, Party Muscles, Cyclone Static, Alpha Rabbit
Sat. (3 p.m.) The Archangels / Johnny D (8 p.m.) The Pete Hill Band
Sun. (3 p.m.) "Miss Pumpkin's Drag Benefit for St. Baldricks" (9 p.m.) Katherine Quintana
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic
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.) Danny Lynch Project (10 p.m.) El Ka Bong
Lambertville Elks Lodge #1070
66 Wilson Street Lambertville
(609) 397-4210
Sat. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night
Laurita Winery     
85 Archertown Road New Egypt     
(609) 752-0200   
Fri. 7 p.m. Awesome 80's Dance Party
Sat. 12 p.m. "Mardi Gras Celebration" 
Sun. 12 p.m. "Mardi Gras Celebration" (1 p.m.) The Blue Jersey Band
Legends Tap and Pizza  
318 High Street Burlington  
(609) 486-3001 
Sat. 7 p.m. Kim Yarson & Joey J
Logan Inn 
   
9 South Main Street New Hope, PA     
(215) 862-2300  
Fri. 7 p.m. Rob Tait
Sat. 7:30 p.m. April Mae & Catfish
Sun. 11 a.m. "Jazz Brunch" feat. Melville
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" 
McGuinn's Place     
1781 Brunswick Avenue Lawrence     
(609) 392-0599    
Fri. 9:30 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. (7:30 p.m.) Come Meet the "WMMR Team" (9 p.m.) SamStorm 
Millhill Basement     
300 S. Broad Street Trenton     
(609) 989-1600     
Thurs. 9 p.m. Johnny Ott, Tim Hoh Jr, Space Jaim, Houston the Punk Poet. 
Fri. 9 p.m. The Lettermans, The Sheckies, Ruin By Design, True Will, Fangers. $5
Sat. 9 p.m. Scoville Unit, Yorkshire 10th, White Cactus, KHYFT
Tues. (9 p.m.) Millhill Experiment & Nova Noise Present: "The Alternate Reality Tour" feat. Smokestax, Inkblot, XL, CLIN. Ages 21+, $10 (11 p.m.) Karaoke (Upstairs in Saloon) 
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
909 Ray Avenue Croydon, PA
(215) 458-7081
Thurs. 7 p.m. Taproom Trivia: "Seinfeld"
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA
(215) 944-8609 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Movie Night: "The Waterboy"
Fri. 6 p.m. Sister Blue & Mark Furman
Sat. 6 p.m. Bridge Beat Duo
Sun. 11 a.m. Vinyasa Flow w/ Christine Keller
Nook's PourHouse     
2043 Route 130 South Florence     
(609) 447-0927   
Sat. 8 p.m. The Grouser Girls
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. ArHouse
Sat. 9 p.m. Close But Free Cigar
Ages 21+    
Old Town Pub     
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown     
(609) 291-9232    
Thurs. 8 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia   
Sat. 9 p.m. Remember Us Trio
Tues. 6 p.m. "Dinner Is a Drag" Mardi Gras Edition
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
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Bill Shannon
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo"   
Patriot's Theater at The War Memorial
1 Memorial Drive Trenton
(609) 984-8400
Sat. 7:30.m. "Brothers on Broadway" feat. Baritone Keith Spencer w/ The Capital Philharmonic. $35-$65   
Pete's Steak House     
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton     
(609) 585-8008     
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Unleashed
Piccolissimo Italian Grille
23203 Columbus Road Columbus
(609) 291-1033
Thurs. 5 p.m. The Williamsboy
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 University (Richardson Auditorium) 
Nassau Street Princeton 
Sat. 8 p.m. Claudia Acuna. $15
Randy Now's Man Cave 
  
134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown     
(609) 424-3766   
Thurs. 7 p.m. / 9 p.m. Tommy Stinson. $25 (7 p.m. show is SOLD OUT) 
River Cat Cafe`    
142 South Main Street New Hope, PA   
(215) 693-1008   
Mon. 6 p.m. "Monday Night Jazz"   
Rossi's Bar & Grill     
2110 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton     
(609) 890-2004     
Thurs. 7 p.m. Ernie White
Small World Coffee     
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton     
(609) 924-4377 x2   
Sat. 8 p.m. Andrew Kaneb
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
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. 8 p.m. Alex Otey Trio. $20
Sat. (2 p.m.) Jocelyn Crosby. $20 (8 p.m.) Mara Levine / Gathering Time. $20
Sun. 2 p.m. PJ Parker and Sean Gough. $20
Tara's Tavern    
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown     
(609) 286-2300     
Fri. 10 p.m. Jimmy Merchant and Friends
Sat. 10 p.m. Shadow Play
Tavern On The Lake      
101 Main Street Hightstown     
(609) 426-9345     
Fri. 9 p.m. Sideways Willy
Sat. 9 p.m. Complicated Matter
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. Jerry Steele
Tessara's 
812 Route 33 Hamilton 
(609) 584-1700
Fri. 8 p.m. The Blue Eyed Balladeer
Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke
The Birdhouse Center For The Arts   
7 North Main Street Lambertville   
(215) 681-4660 
Fri. 8 p.m. Taylor Ashton Trio. $15       
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Not Just Nyckleharpa Orchestra
Wed. 8 p.m. Open Folk Jam
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.) Sarah Laskey
Fri. (2 p.m.) Sam Ryan (4 p.m.)  (7 p.m.) Flip Band
Sat. (2 p.m.) Blend Band  (7 p.m.) Matt Gordeuk
Sun. (2 p.m.) Sam Ryan  (6 p.m.) Matt Gordeuk
Wed. (2 p.m.) Ed Wall (7 p.m.) Open Mic Night Hosted by Bob Egan
The Dubliner   
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA   
(215) 693-1816  
Fri. 7 p.m. Gabriel Donohue
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Gerry Timlin
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. Light The Fuse
Sat. 9:30 p.m. The Se7en Band and Friends     
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. Polish Nannies
Sat. 10 p.m. DJ Bob E Luv
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. Scattershot
Sun. 3 p.m. Rachel & Ty
The Roost     
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge     
(609) 208-0050   
Fri. 8 p.m. The Suspects
Sat. 8 p.m. Living The Dream
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 DJs
The Sycamore Grill     
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA     
(215) 908-6326     
Thurs. 7 p.m. Danny Lynch
Fri. 8 p.m. Soul Fanatics
Sat. 8 p.m. American Hawk Band
Sun. 3 p.m. Chris Giakas
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.) Matt Williams
Sat. (5 p.m.) Happy Hour (8 p.m.) Billy Walton Band w/ Joe Vadala
The Vibe Lounge at Mastoris
Route 130 and Route 206 Bordentown
(609) 298-4650
Thurs. 5 p.m. Free Buffet and Live Music w/ Dave Boucher
Fri. 6 p.m. Joe Stafferi
Sat. 6 p.m. Tymes 2
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
Wed. 6 p.m.  Tymes 2
Thomas Sweet Cafe
1325 US Highway 206 Suite 2 Skillman
(609) 454-5280
Sat. 7 p.m. Dragonfly "Unplugged" 
Thomas Sweet West Windsor
64 Princeton-Hightstown Road West Windsor
(609) 269-5630
Sat. 7 p.m. Anker
Tindall Road Brewing Co.
102 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown   
(609) 526-8651    
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Thirsty Thursdays" 
Fri. 7 p.m. Skelly
Sat. 7 p.m. AudioPilot
Tir Na Nog     
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton     
(609) 392-2554   
Fri. 9 p.m. Bill O'Neal
Sat. 9 p.m. The Williamsboy
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Steve Gates.
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  
Sat. 9 p.m. Tyler Seton
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   
Fri.10 p.m. DJ Lee Clarke. $5 (cover charge)  
Sat. 10 p.m. Challenge Accepted. $5 (cover charge)    
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. Rob Messina
WWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio
MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor
Jazzon2.org
Mon. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues" 
Yardley Inn Restaurant & Bar   
82 East Afton Avenue Yardley, PA   
(215) 493-3800   
Sat. 8 p.m. Jonathn Ashe


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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