"We were slammed and that's the weird thing; we all kind of joked that we couldn't wait to get back to work so we could stop working so much,” laughed Styx keyboardist Lawrence Gowan as he talked about the band’s workload during the COVID pandemic, their new album “Crash Of The Crown” and the ever changing fan base to which they’ve grown accustomed. “It was really fun actually, because we kept ourselves extremely busy working on this record and I'm really glad that we did because it has already connected so well with people. We did a bunch of streaming things too so we could stay connected with the faithful out there throughout; let's call it, "The Break."
When a band has been as wildly successful as Styx, it is certainly no accident; hard work and ever evolving strategies have kept them a top selling and concert draw for decades. So, one may wonder why they don’t just rest on their laurels and do as many of their peers and tour using their past hits with no new offerings added to their catalog. According to Gowan, the band has never even considered slowing down as is evident by this latest release; pandemic or not.
"It's been a couple of pretty wild years if you think about it; hasn't it? We started this album at Tommy's studio in Nashville prior to the pandemic. We got all of the songs written there and kind of scoped and mapped it out and we got a good chunk of our vocals, particularly our background vocals done there in Nashville. It was when the pandemic began that we decided to finish the rest of the album by recording our parts in our studios in the various cities where we were because after the first three months of the pandemic, we realized that these songs were so relatable to what people were going through that we should really make an attempt to finish them off as recordings. Then by late August or September of last year the Zoom calls and through an app that studios use called Audio Movers; you can be in remote studios around the world and be hearing the others in real time and actually hear the person playing through the monitors in studio and not sending emails back and forth. So, I could hear Todd from Austin, TX in his drum room which is one of the most sophisticated on Earth and Tommy Shaw and Will Evankovich in studio in Nashville and then I was in my own studio in Toronto which holds all of my vintage keyboards and I was able to utilize all of those on the album in real time and it actually played well into our hands as how to finish the record. Ricky Phillips, Chuck Panozzo and James Young wound up flying to Nashville and finished most of their parts in Tommy's studio and we had the album done and then we played it for Universal and they were really excited about it and came up with a great plan on releasing the record by saying, "Let's hold onto it until it's simultaneous with you guys starting to tour again" and they held it until June 18 and we did our first show announcing the record on June 16 and two days later it came out and 10 days after that it hit number one on Billboard's Rock AlbumChart and it is backordered now already. Universal said they were going to need another album ASAP because this one is doing really well; so, that's the story of the last year plus and the making of "Crash Of The Crown."
With the success of their last studio album, “The Mission,” which took the band further back into its progressive rock past; they’ve decided to continue down a similar path with this new release but Gowan stops short of saying that it is a “Concept album.”
"It's 15 tracks but if you look at how short the songs are; I think the longest song just hits four minutes; these are short little pieces and one bleeds into the other and you're into the next song before you even know it,” he began to explain. “We used the template of a progressive classic rock record that is only going to be 40-minutes long because the side of a vinyl album can only be roughly 20-minutes per side before you start losing fidelity. So, we knew it was going to be 40-minutes long and instead of amalgamating these into one song; you know how you can take three or four pieces and say, OK, this is one song? We kept them individual, kind of like; we kept harkening to side two of "Abbey Road" where short little pieces suddenly flow into the next song and the next one and before you know it; you haven't even realized you've turned a corner. That's why the 15 tracks are very short in duration as individual pieces but as a long piece they basically comprise the 40-minutes that makes up the album."
"We've had success with the last two records approaching them that way,” he continued; “What is funny is that when something seems to happen to your detriment, there is always a good side to it if you look for it and for us, the fact that radio doesn't play new classic rock music because by its nature it has to be at least 25 years old I guess before it is classic but the form of the album suddenly came back to us and we said, there doesn't have to be a hit single. We said, what there has to be is a cohesive statement of music that lasts about 40-minutes, that is comprised of songs that interconnect in some way or in some way convey a similar sentiment where they are connected by their spirit and that is the concept. The Concept is that you are going to listen to this for 40 minutes straight, you're going to flip the thing over half-way through and you're going to hold the artwork and have this tactile experience that goes along with the listening experience and that really is where the concept comes from; it's what goes on in your mind as you listen to this whole piece and not lift the needle up and look for the single because that doesn't exist. It is all contained within the confines of the album and that's how we've approached this and that's why the songs that made it on, made it on because they fit within the boundaries of what we were trying to put together."
Even the title has an interesting flair; Gowan says that it is more inspirational than it may connotate.
""Crash Of The Crown" is a title; you can read a lot into that. There is all kinds of subtext to it etc. but the crash of the crown is the apex or the highest point on the mountain so to speak and if you look at it in a social structure or even physically; where whatever had achieved the ultimate achievement is suddenly pulled away. I envision it like a mountain, where if you suddenly chopped off the top of it, suddenly there is a volcano and what spills forth from the volcano is both terrifying and it also kind of signals renewal. So, when the crown in this case and you can read into that in any metaphorical way, when that suddenly has been wiped away all kinds of other possibilities spill forth. That is what is really put across in that song and so many of the songs on "Crash Of The Crown." The songs are about renewal and this is why we felt it so important to finish the record because it is about renewal after a cataclysmic event . A cataclysmic event like "Crash Of The Crown" or "Sound the Alarm" or "Save Us From Ourselves" or "Fight Of Our Lives;" all of these titles tie into that notion that whatever was perceived as the insurmountable is suddenly wiped away and that really relates to what the pandemic did. Who would've thought that the world could grind to a halt the way it did a year ago and yet it did. Suddenly, we've made all kinds of new discoveries that we could pull out of this; in some ways we could pull out of this better or worse depending on how you approach it."
Given the longevity of Styx and the various phases of their career; they have acquired multitudes of fans, so; has that fan base expanded and are they accepting of the new music? Lawrence says hat from his vantage point, things have come full circle.
"I've been in the band for 22 years; I'll break it into two decades. In the first 10 years that I was in the band, most of the audience that we played to around 1999-2008 were about 40 years of age; that was roughly the base demographic, mid-thirties to about 50 and they comprised the audience. About 12 years ago I began to notice a shift in the audience; this is just me from the stage taking my own little social cross-section. I began to notice clumps of younger people together at the shows; small groups that seemed to know the songs and of course we're playing all the classic Styx stuff. There has never been a show where we don't play "Renegade," "Come Sail Away," "Blue Collar Man," "Grand Illusion" and those are songs that have to be in every Styx show which is fine and they still are but every year for the last 12, those groups of younger people have been growing to the point where when I came off stage just 12 hours ago the front row of the show were all under 40 years of age; they weren't even born when the biggest Styx records were made! They weren't born until after 1980, 81 or 82 and I recently talked to Alice Cooper about this, he sees so many kids in his audience now; as do we, that we realized this is spanning generations. Classic rock and with Styx being part of that genre; classic rock is the great musical statement of the last half of the twentieth century. There are younger people now discovering it and also bands like Led Zeppelin, Queen, Genesis and Yes and these type bands and they want to go and see them! I went and saw my friend Tony Levin who has played on all of my solo records, he was playing with King Crimson and I was sitting next to a guy who was about 18 years old and he knew the whole Crimson catalog. Like I say, the audience now and the bulk of who bought the records and built the band into what it is now are around 50 to 60 years old but what I'm seeing at shows is a multi-age situation that runs from about eight to 80. When it comes to weaving the new songs into that, we do that in a very seamless way. For example, we open the show with "Fight Of Our Lives" which is the opening of "Crash Of The Crown" and that immediately bleeds right into "Blue Collar Man." So, they're into a classic song before they even know that they've heard something new. Then for example, by the time we get towards the end of the show, Tommy has already played "Sound The Alarm" which immediately morphs into "Crystal Ball." So, he covers 45 years of his career in a span of about 10 minutes without ever introducing it as a new song and because these two albums, "The Mission" and "Crash Of The Crown" sound like they're from the 70's because of the way we approached them; a lot of people don't realize that they've heard something new because if they are young enough they might only know "Grand Illusion" or "The Mission" or they might know "Pieces Of Eight" and "KIlroy Was Here" and that's it. So, we take them on this little musical adventure where we don't necessarily spotlight the fact that this is a brand new piece of music they're hearing and if you've heard "Crash Of The Crown," I have a tiny little piece that is only 40 seconds long called "Lost AtSea" and that sets up "Come Sail Away" now. So, that's how we have bridged the musical gap and the age gap has kind of bridged itself simply because younger people seem to love classic rock."
To find out more about “Crash Of The Crown,” upcoming tour dates and Styx in general, please visit www.styxworld.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
Al's Airport Inn 636 Bear Tavern Road West Trenton (609) 883-5252 Sun. (12 p.m.) Sunday Brunch (6 p.m.) "Sunday Funday" w/ DJ Spinning Tues. 7 p.m. Aaron Quarterman Wed. 7 p.m. Brian Elliot Arts Council of Princeton 102 Witherspoon Street Princeton (609) 924-8777 Fri. (2 p.m.) “Princeton Makes” Art Grand Opening (7 p.m.) Story & Verse: A Storytelling and Poetic Open Mic “The Way We Were” (8:30 p.m.) Moonlit Full Yoga (Takes place at Princeton Shopping Center located at 300 Harrison Street) Sat. 1 p.m. Fall Open House Sun. 6:30 p.m. “Sukkah City” Film Screening. (FREE event)Artworks Trenton 19 Everett Alley Trenton (609) 394-9436 Sat. 12 p.m. “Art All Day + Ciclovia”Bill's Olde Tavern 2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton (609) 586-0192 Sat. 7 p.m. Kevin Toft & The Alternators Mon. 7 p.m. Trivia Night Tues./Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ "Super" Dave Curtis Ages 21+ Bordentown Yacht Club 1 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown (609) 298-9754 Fri. 5 p.m. "Creekfest" feat. (6 p.m.) Some Assembly Required Sat. 12 p.m. "Creekfest" feat. (1 p.m.) Black Brant (5 p.m.) Polish NanniesBowman's Tavern 1600 River Road New Hope, PA (215) 862-2972 Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Fermenters Trio Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) Bob Egan Sat. 7 p.m. Jim Dedrick Trio Sun. (12 p.m.) Steve Guyger (6 p.m.) Lorenzo Wed. 6 p.m. Andy PrescottBroken Goblet Brewing 2500 State Road Bensalem, PA (267) 812-5653 Thurs. 7 p.m. Mike Estabrook / Deej Roisin Fri. 8:30 p.m. Bougie and The Beasts Sat. 8:30 p.m. Vedic (EP Release) / Empress Sun. 11 a.m. “School Of Rock” Wed. 8 p.m. Open Mic w/ Cara CartneyCity Streets 510 Highway 130 South East Windsor (609) 426-9400 Wed. 6:30 p.m. "Wine Down Wednesdays" w/ Rich G. AveoCOARadio.com 125 South Main Street Hightstown (609) 241-7103 Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. Jordan, Kuf Knotz, Christine Elise, Dave Vargo of Asbury Park Porch FestCommunity Park West Manor Way and Gordon Road Robbinsville Sat. 2 p.m. “Robbinsville Community Festival” feat. (3 p.m.) DJ Entertainment (3 p.m.) Performing Arts Presentation (3:30 p.m.) Chocolate Eating Contest (5 p.m.) Eric Clapton Tribute w/ “Bell Bottom Blues” (6 p.m.) Journey Tribute w/ “Frontiers”Cooper's Riverview 50 Riverview Plaza Trenton (609) 393-7300 Thurs. (7 p.m.) Cover Up (9 p.m.) Club Night feat. Rotating DJs (inside event) Fri. (5 p.m.) "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere Happy Hour" (8 p.m.) Se7en Band Sat. 8 p.m. GruvTyme Sun. 11 a.m. " Sunday Latin Jazz Brunch" w/ Victor Tarassov Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke w/ Karen and Mark Wed. (12 p.m.) "Wine Down Wednesdays" (7 p.m.) Blues Jam on the Deck / Disco Hustle Night (Inside) All Events Ages 21+Cream Ridge Winery 145 Route 539 Cream Ridge (609) 259-9797 Sun. 1:30 p.m. Sangria Sunday Cross Pollination Gallery 2 North Union Street Lambertville (609) 213-6734 Fri. 5 p.m. "Friday Happy Hour." (Talk art, wine and musicians who bring instruments) Dacey's Pub 215 West Philadelphia Avenue Morrisville, PA (215) 295-4838 Fri. 6 p.m. Acoustic Music Night Wed. 8 p.m. Quizzo Dadz Bar and Grill 744 Main Street Lumberton (609)267-4344 Thurs. 7 p.m. Open Mic NightDempster's Pub 437 Pine Street Mount Holly (609) 261-0500 Thurs. 9 p.m. "Throwback Thursday/Ladies Night" w/ DJ entertainment feat. retro 70's, 80's and 90's music. Fri. / Sat. 9 p.m. DJ entertainmentDog & Bull Brew House 810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA. (215) 788-2855 Fri. 6 p.m. Eddie Sat. 4 p.m. Paper Shakers Sun. 4 p.m. Brian ElliotEddington House Bensalem 2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA (215) 639-1220 Sat. 8 p.m. Never EnoughEscape Resort, Restaurant & Bar 120 Pheasant Run Road Newtown, PA (215) 968-0600 Fri. 6 p.m. KirkoGerman American Society 215 Uncle Pete's Road Hamilton (609) 585-5200 Fri. 7:30 p.m. Slugger O'Toole (Outdoor Biergarten Event) Gleason's Bar 6700 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA (215) 943-4781 Thurs. 7 p.m. Weekly Corn Hole Tournament Fri. (6 p.m.) "Happy Hour" (9 p.m.) Dance Party w/ DJ In D GrooveGreenhouse 90 South Main Street New Hope, PA (215) 693-1657 Thurs. 8 p.m. "Musicians Night Out" Hosted by Lovelight Tues. 8 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Sam Ryan Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Dwayne DunlevyGrounds For Sculpture 80 Sculptors way Hamilton (609) 586-0616 Fri. 10:30 a.m. Stroller Tour Sat. 8 a.m. "Member Mornings" (9:30 a.m.) Meditation and MindfulnessGrover's Mill Coffee House Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction (609) 716-8771 Sat. 11 a.m. 3-26 Rodney & EvaHamilton Elks 1580 Kuser Road Hamilton (609) 585-8610 Sat. 12 p.m. “3rd Annual Hamilton Elks Car Show”Hamilton Tap & Grill 557 US Route 130 North Hamilton (609) 905-0925 Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia Havana New Hope 105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA. (215) 862-9897 Thurs. 7 p.m. Funk n' Blues Jam Fri. (8:30 p.m.) Legacy (11:59 p.m.) DJ Dance Party Sat. (11 a.m./1:30 p.m./4 p.m.) Newtown School Of Rock (8:30 p.m.) Jumper (11:59 p.m.) DJ Dance Party Sun. 6 p.m. Steely Dan Tribute w/ “Countdown To Ecstacy” Mon. (9 p.m.) "Lipstick Mondays Drag Show" Hosted by Cyannie Lopez(11 p.m.) Karaoke w/ Dwayne Hopewell Theater 5 South Greenwood Avenue Hopewell (609) 466-1964 Thurs. 7 p.m. "Your Stage At Any Stage: Open Mic" Hosted by Michelle KleinHopewell Valley Vineyards 46 Yard Avenue Pennington (609) 737-4465 Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5:30 p.m.) Dark Whiskey Sat. (1 p.m.) Bad Hombres Sun. 1:30 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Ashley PetettIrish Rover Station House 1033 South Bellevue Avenue Langhorne, PA (215) 970-5412 Fri. 9:30 p.m. DJ Entertainment Paula & Sam Dance Party Sat. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke Party Hosted by Paula & SamIron Plow Vineyards 26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus (732) 306-9111 Fri. 7 p.m. Bob O Sun. 2 p.m. Same Old AnticsIron Plow Vineyards Tasting Room 61 High Street Mt. Holly (732) 306-9111 Fri. 6:30 p.m. Wayne Palmer & Friends. Ivy Tavern 3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton (609) 888-1435 Thurs. 9:30 p.m.KaraokeJohn & Peter's 96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa (215) 862-5981 Sat. 9 p.m. “Redpants Presents: New Hope Takeover” Hosted by Brian Erick feat. Brian Rothenbeck, The Clydes, Royal Arctic Institute. Doors open at 8 p.m., Ages 21+, FREE admission Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic (Sign-ups start at 8 p.m.) Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational All shows 21+ Killarney's Publick House 1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton (609) 586-1166 Thurs. 7 p.m. Radio Fiction KUO Social 2360 Route 33 Suite 106 Robbinsville (609) 208-9988 Wed. 5 p.m. Kym DLaurita Winery 85 Archertown Road New Egypt (609) 752-0200 Thurs. 7 p.m. "Kricket Comedy" Hosted by Bob Marsdale. Feat. Mike Keegan, Mike Celona. Seating at 6:30 p.m., $25 Fri. (12 p.m.) "Wine In The Grove Friday" (6 p.m.) BBQ Grill Night w/ Adults ages 13+ $34.99, Kids ages 6-12 $19.99. Ages 5 and under FREE. (7 p.m.) Sat. “September Food Truck Festival” feat. (11 a.m.) Blind Lemmon Pie (2:30 p.m.) Daisy Jug Band (6 p.m.) Nikki Briar and the Sweet Briar Band Sun. “September Food Truck Festival” feat. (11 a.m.) The Surge (3 p.m.) Rhyme & Reason Wed. 12 p.m. "Girls Night Out" Ages 21+ Locust Hall at Johnson's Farm 2691 Monmouth Road Jobstown (609) 723-2630 Fri. 6 p.m. Rob McMahonMakefield Highlands Golf Club 1418 Woodside Road Yardley, PA (215) 321-7000 Fri. 5 p.m. Larry HinkMamma Rosa's 572 Klockner Road Hamilton (609) 588-5454 Fri. 6 p.m. Deb & Mike Sat. 6 p.m. Roundabout Wed. 7 p.m. KaraokeMarie's Kozy Korner 111 Trenton Road Fairless Hills, PA (215) 943-3131 Sat. 12 p.m. “5th Annual Chili Cookoff”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 Sat. 9 p.m. F.F.O.G Tues. 7:30 p.m. Trivia NightMercer County Park (Boathouse at Mercer Lake) 334 South Post Road West Windsor (866) 683-3586 Sat. 8 a.m. Dragon Boat FestivalMercer County Park Festival Grounds Hughes Drive/Old Trenton Road West Windsor (609) 448-1947 Sat. 6 p.m. Summer Concert Series: Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute. $5 (Parking Fee)More Than Q 13 Klines Court Lambertville (609) 773-0072 Sun. (11 a.m.) Packy's Sunday Brunch feat. Sim Cain & Dave Haneman w/ "Special Guests" Keith Kenny, Bill Fowler, Keith Hartel and more. (2 p.m.) "3 Days of Peace & Brisket" feat. Keith KennyMusic Mountain Theater 1483 Route 179 Lambertville (609)397-3337 Fri. 8 p.m. The Drowsy Chaperone Sat./Sun. 3 p.m. The Drowsy ChaperoneNeshaminy Creek Brewing Company 909 Ray Avenue Croydon, PA (215) 458-7081 Thurs. 7 p.m. QuizzoNew Egypt Flea Market Village 933 Monmouth County Road Cream Ridge (609) 758-2082 Sun. (8 a.m.) “Cars and Coffee” (11:30 a.m.) Kevin Hill at "Tye Dye Amy's" Mon. 5 p.m. Full Moon Market (Harvest Moon)Newtown Brewing Company 103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA (215) 944-8609 Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night Sat. 3 p.m.The Salty Dogs Nick's Roast Beef 4501 Woodhaven Road West Philadelphia, PA (215) 637-5151 Fri. 8 p.m. The Naturals Sat. 8 p.m. “Half-Way to Paddy’s Day Party” w/ Jamison Celtic Rock Wed. 7 p.m. LeCompt Acoustic DuoOld Town Pub 135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown (609) 291-9232 Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia Fri. 7:30 p.m. Modern Mojo AcousticPalmer Square 40 Nassau Street Princeton Thurs. 4 p.m. "Locals Night" w/ Live "Strolling" Musician Fri. 7 p.m. Movie Night on the Green feat. "Rookie Of The Year" Sun 12 p.m.Carm & Dave DuoPasquale's Sports Bar 9078 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA (267) 202-6268 Fri. 5 p.m. Happy Hour feat. (TBA) Sat. 8 p.m. DJ or Live Band Entertainment Tues. 7:30 p.m. Quizzo Wed. 7 p.m. Open MicPatriots Crossing 1339 River Road Titusville (609) 737-2780 Thurs. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo" Princeton Country Club 1 Wheeler Way West Windsor (609) 452-9382 Fri. 6 p.m. Kindred SpiritRosedale Mills 101 Route 31 North Pennington (609) 737-2008 Sat. 1 p.m. Outdoor Line Dancing. $10 (Rain date Sundays 12 p.m.)Saint Mark United Methodist Church 465 Paxson Avenue Hamilton Square (609) 587-1286 Fri. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Bill WieszczekSav'Aged Designs 110 South Main Street New Hope, PA (609) 937-6104 Sat. 10 a.m. The Art of Adriana GrozaSmall World Coffee 14 Witherspoon Street Princeton (609) 924-4377 x2 Sat. 6 p.m. Suite Talk: Zachary MowitzStars & Stripes Harley Davidson 600 South Flowers Mill Road Langhorne, PA (215) 752-9400 Sat. 11 a.m. Tailgate Party and Free DemosTara's Tavern 1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown (609) 286-2300 Sat. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Big Daddy GTavern On The Lake 101 Main Street Hightstown (609) 426-9345 Fri. 9 p.m. Black Zeppelin Wed. 9 p.m. KaraokeTemperance House 5 South State Street Newtown, PA (215) 944-8050 Thurs. 7p.m. "Blues Night" w/ Steve Guyger Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia w/ Righteous Jolly Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Cara CartneyThe Buck Hotel 1200 Buck Road Feasterville, PA (215) 396-2002 Thurs. 7 p.m. Kevin Kirko Fri. 7 p.m. Love Junk Sat. 9 p.m. Bigg RomeoThe Cool Cricket 216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro (609) 291-9110 Fri. 8 p.m. Karaoke The Dubliner 34 North Main Street New Hope, PA (215) 693-1816 Fri. 7 p.m. Sean Fleming Sat. 7 p.m. Andrew Koontz & Bill O’Neal Sun. 3 p.m. "Traditional Irish Session" Hosted by The Five Four Bar & Grill 8919 New Falls Road Levittown, PA (215) 547-5525 Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula and Sam Fri. 9 p.m. WitzendThe Morrisville Tavern 376 West Trenton Avenue Morrisville, PA (215) 295-5310 Mon. 7 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Tim Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia NightThe Roost 181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge (609) 208-0050 Fri. 8 p.m. "Summer's End 80's Party" w/ 80's UndercoverThe Sycamore Grill 255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA (215) 908-6326 Fri. 8 p.m. Danny Lynch Project Sat. 8 p.m. Plush DuoThe Vibe Lounge at Mastoris Route 130 and Route 206 Bordentown (609) 298-4650 Sat. 6 p.m. On The Rocks Duo Tues. 7 p.m. TriviaThomas Sweet Ice Cream 183 Nassau Street Princeton (609) 683-8720 Sat. 7 p.m. BackTrackTir Na Nog 1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton (609) 392-2554 Fri. 5 p.m. "Billy Briggs Scholarship Fundraiser" feat. The Williamsboy. (Guest bartenders) Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions" All Shows 21+ 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 Tap Room 19 West College Avenue Yardley, PA (267) 907-8550 Fri. 7 p.m. Jon Savage Acoustic Duo Sat. 7 p.m. Ryan SabWilson's Pub 1870 Brownsville Road Trevose Heights, PA (215) 355-4739 Sat. 7 p.m. Keep The Change Wed. 10 p.m. Beer Pong WednesdaysWorking Dog Winery 610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown (609) 371-6000 Sat. 1 p.m. The Williamsboy Sun. 1 p.m. CatmoondaddyWWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor Jazzon2.org Mon. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues"
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.