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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...9/23/21

By Danny Coleman

Rock On! This Week

"I had moved to New York City a while back and I can't tell you what a thrill it is to be back in that area. I'll probably have some friends come to the show; we don't get up there that often and I'm really looking forward to it,” said Atlanta Rhythm Section original and current lead singer Rodney Justo as he enthusiastically discussed their upcoming October 8 “Ultimate 70’s Show” at the Bergen PAC in Englewood, NJ with Pure Prairie League and Orleans.

Atlanta Rhythm Section formed circa 1970 and cut their rock ‘n’ roll path with hits like “So Into You,” “Imaginary Lover” and the penultimate re-make “Spooky” and during the process established a sound which separated them from the pack.

When asked about “The sound,” Justo is quick to give credit to guitarist Barry Bailey whose searing licks and clean tone set the standard for many during the band’s early years.

"It's a funny thing that you say that; a lot of people want to sound like Barry Bailey and I tell them; I'll get his guitar and set his amp exactly like he sets it and I'm going to let you play it, it's not going to sound like Barry Bailey because it's in the fingers. There is something there, Barry has always been a very underrated guitarist; he can't play anymore because he has M.S. and he had to hang it up about 15 years ago and it has finally reached the point where he doesn't even play at home. Barry was a musician; do you know what I mean?  I know you know the syndrome where sometimes you see a guy; I don't care if it's drumsticks or hold a guitar or sit in front of a piano but the second they touch the instrument; they don't even have to play a note, you know there's something there. You can just put a guitar in his hands and watch him grab it and you'll think, I have a feeling this guy can really play. I knew him before the band started and he's always been a  beautiful, beautiful guitarist and he is a good guy too." 



 
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"It's a blessing and a curse,” he continued with a laugh, “We're a very peculiar band because; where the hell do we fit in? People say we're Southern Rock, eh I don't know. We're not Marshall Tucker, we're not The Outlaws, we're not Lynyrd Skynyrd, to me those are Southern Rock bands. We don't sing about pick-up trucks and Merrell and Buck, that's not our thing. "Spooky" was a re-cut of another song and the big hits were Classic Rock hits; luckily those kind of hits keep us working."

So; how did A.R.S form? Well, like multiple other successful groups of their era; they rose from the ashes of different projects and combined forces but for Justo; he had been on the right track seemingly from the beginning as he rubbed elbows with those who went on to become legends.

"I'll tell you a funny story, three of us were in Roy Orbison's band The Candymen which is how we started and we were in California and had a record out called "Georgia Pines" which was starting to get some action,” he said with a chuckle. “Our manager was on the phone and he was talking to somebody back in Atlanta and he says; "What? They'll be the last one on it? Chicago? Beautiful; what? Spartanburg South Carolina? Great; Atlanta is on it?" I thought they were talking about my record and he hangs up the phone and says, "Rock, "Spooky" is a smash" and I said, what?! That record had been out for a while and I can't tell you how much Dennis Yost hated it; Dennis of course was in the Classics IV. He came to me and said, "Well Rock, it looks like my next record is going to  be "Spooky" on Liberty and Buddy made me sing it like a damn sissy (laughs). So, I learned something from Dennis Yost, the secret to life; don't give a shit because they were broken up and their record went top five. They got back together because the record was a hit and then they had another hit with "Stormy" and then they broke up again and then they got back together; every time these guys broke up they had a hit record and they had to get back together and we're out in California wondering why our record wasn't a hit (laughs)." 

"Roy Orbison though, he was the sweetest guy, I could tell you stories about him all day long, especially now looking back; what a sweet guy he was. People always ask me; did you learn anything from working with Roy Orbison? Like I was going to learn how to sing or something; that doesn't happen. I will tell you this, he was such a nice guy and he made a lot of really bad records that disc jockeys would still play to give him a chance because they had met him and he was such a nice guy that they wanted to give him a shot. He would spend time with people like you couldn't believe and he treated everyone very respectfully. When you sat with Roy and talked with him; you were the only guy in the room. That's just the way he was, he was a great listener, had a great memory, he had an incredible sense of humor and loved to laugh, he loved jokes and was a practical joker; he was a lot of fun and it was a big loss when he died on a personal level. I met Roy back before bands had hit records; before bands had hit records it was people who had hit records. A single artist like Bobby Rydell or Gene Pitney or Roy Orbison or Neil Sedaka used to travel around the country and nobody had their own bands, they might travel with a drummer or a guitar player but nobody had their own band; they couldn't afford it. So, they would work with whatever local bands that they could and Roy showed up and my band was the band that backed all of the artists that would come to Central Florida. They all had two, three, maybe four hits and we would learn their hits and then they'd do "What I'd Say," a Bo Diddley song, a Chuck Berry song; they all did the same songs. So, that's how I got to meet virtually everybody and that's how I met Roy. He was the first or maybe second person to travel with his own band and Bobby Goldsboro was the rhythm guitar player in his band; so, I took Bobby's place."  

“Another funny story, there was a real popular cologne that was out when I was a kid called Canoe and Fabian had it, now mind you, I was a young kid and it smelled so great and I said, man I like that cologne, it smells so good and he said, “Here” and he gave it to me. Now, I didn’t have enough brains to know it was Canoe, I thought it was (pronounced) Ca-KNOW-a or some crazy word; even though it has five flags on it which symbolize the letters C A N O E (laughs). That got to be a well-known cologne, everybody wore it and I got mine from Fabian and that was a big deal back then because he was a big act.”

Justo has always been enthusiastic about his career and at this stage he still prefers longer sets to a few quick offerings; the “Ultimate 70’s Show” is right up his alley and so are the other acts joining A.R.S that evening but he also has some opinions on the music of today.

"They are all pals of ours and we work quite a few dates with them and Firefall and we're lucky but what I don't like about some of those shows is that sometimes we only play five or six songs; I wanna play (laughs)! If I'm leaving my house why the hell do I only want to do five songs and soft-rock'em to death (laughs)? When we started off, we were going to be a rock 'n' roll band, the hits; like I said, they are classic rock hits but we didn't think we were going to be like that. We thought we were going to be more like; oh hell, I don't know what we thought we'd be; originally more rock 'n' roll I guess. A lot of times I see young people at our concerts and I say; what the hell are you doing here (laughs)? They say; “Are you kiddin’ me? My parents brought me up on Classic Rock, I don’t listen to the stuff that is out right now.” I was visiting my daughter and my granddaughter and they had the TV on and the volume was off but it was playing music and I’m seeing words up on the screen and I’m looking at these words and I’m thinking; these are songs? How long did it take to write? If it was a four minute song then it must’ve taken four minutes to write it, it looked like they just started writing stuff down. There is not a lot of craft; I don’t want to sound like an old guy complaining about that “God damn rock ‘n’ roll music! Don’t be listening to that stuff,” I’m not like that and I want desperately to like the stuff but it’s not happening (laughs).”

Time has a funny way of morphing old routines into new methods; Justo can’t help but laugh when he talks of tours in the past and the shows of today and once again; today’s music.

"It's so great that we have all this work coming up because last year was poised to be our best year since the glory years and then it all fell apart. This show is 60-minutes and this will be great! I'm lovin' it and it looks like we are going on second and I guess Orleans is closing. Our tours aren't like the tours we used to do when we were young and would go out for three months at a time; that's a different world. We try and work 50 dates a year and most are like this or we play for an hour and a half by ourselves with maybe a local band as an opener or another act like ours but I will say that we are happy to hear that we are doing this 70's show because we get to be friendly with these guys. We look forward to seeing them; we hang around in the hotel after the shows like in the old days. I miss the old days when we all used to bunk up with two guys to a room and we didn't have any money; now, we've all got our own room and you can't say, do you want to get something to eat because one of the guys may have just fallen asleep (Laughs) or they call me after I've fallen asleep and I'd been thinking, oh God please don't call me, I need to sleep so bad (laughs). We had two gigs this week where we had to catch planes at six o'clock in the morning which means we had to get up at four; this is like my worst nightmare (laughs). We're happy to be working and playing 70's music; it seems like you can define music by decades and I love 60's and 70's music. I had a little band here in Tampa when I wasn't working with A.R. S. and I had that for 12 years and we did only 60's music and our motto was, remember the days before music sucked (laughs)! There are no real songs out there and most people will tell you that it's the songs, the songs, it's the songs; do you think your children, 25 years from now are going to sing some of these songs? The songs don't live; in Atlanta Rhythm Section we had a Svengali and his name was Buddy Buie and the band was his dream. He was primarily a songwriter and he wanted a band that would play his music; it was pretty simple. We get confused a lot with the Classics IV, people think we were the Classics IV, J.R. Cobb was in the Classics IV but Buddy Buie wrote and produced all of those hits for he Classics IV and the same with us and he managed us. So, we were really just a vehicle for his songs and of course Ronnie Hammond sang all of those hits; you sing like Buddy wants you to sing or like Buddy wishes he could sing (laughs) let’s put it that way. What do you think movies are? The actor acts like the director tells him to act; right?”

“I was thinking the other day, when it comes to musicians, they write songs and people complain about the songs they’ve written. Well, maybe the songwriter is imagining a scenario; do you think Al Pacino actually wants to kill people? No, it’s called acting! It’s the same thing that I was talking about earlier; songwriters hooked up with single artists and songwriters pitched their songs to singers or their producers, there were no singer/songwriters, you were either a singer or a songwriter.”

He also has concerns about production techniques and lack of authenticity in today’s sound; preferring classics from days gone by to today’s sterile methods.

“I’m not going to mention any singers who do this but there are people who have lots of hit records who do not have one scintilla of; I see some of these singers on some of these shows like “American Idol” and some of these people, the way they can sing; whoa this guy or this girl has a great voice but I don’t see any pain there; they’ve got words and they’ve got technique. There was a song by the Zombies, it went, “No one told me about her…” “I like the way she looks, the way she accents the color of her hair;” you can hear that guy breathe and today; we’ll never hear that again. They will take that out; guitar players, you could hear them move their fingers on the strings and you could hear that; gone. If I could only listen to music for one day, I’d flip a coin and I’m either going to listen to Beatle records or old Ray Charles records. Those old Ray Charles records, he was really a Gospel singer 2.0; you could see the Gospel influence from when he started singing. He was very passionate, the band was making mistakes, it was disjointed but it was just so passionate with so much feeling; gosh I miss that so much. Some of the music isn’t even good but it’s great; because something is or isn’t good doesn’t mean you have to like it. Most woman want to be either Etta (James) or Aretha, after those two the tree starts getting small and I could talk about this all day long; you want to hear a good singer? Find out what a guy does with crap songs; find some old Jackie Wilson records and see what that guy had to deal with. Listen to him sing “Danny Boy,” I can imagine his manager saying, Jackie, you’ve got to get ready for Vegas, this is all going to end one day, learn “Danny Boy.” Jackie gets “Danny Boy” and he turns it inside out; I saw him do it live when I was a young kid and I was just mesmerized, it was totally different and he was unbelievable. Young people today don’t know who guys like him or Bobby “Blue” Bland are; there are singers and then there are people who can sing…”



 
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“The Ultimate 70’s Show” rock ‘n’ rolls its way into Englewood on October 8 and to purchase tickets for what promises to be a great show or discover more about the Atlanta Rhythm Section, please visit www.atlantarhythmsection.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
Wed. 4 p.m. LGBTQ Happy Hour    
Arm & Hammer Park
1 Thunder Road Trenton
(609) 394-3300
Sat. 10 a.m. “2021 Riverfest & Case’s Pork Roll Eating Championship” feat. Live Music, family games, food, craft beers. $5         
Arts Council of Princeton     
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton     
(609) 924-8777  
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Artist Talk with Robin Resch (FREE and located in Dohm Alley next to Starbucks on Nassau St.) 
Sat. (1 p.m.) “Festival Cultural Latino.” Food, music. (Takes place at 59 Paul Robeson Place) (6 p.m.) Open Air Discotheque (7 p.m.) Café Improv. $2
Bill's Olde Tavern     
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton     
(609) 586-0192     
Fri. 7 p.m. The Polish Nannies
Mon. 7 p.m. Trivia Night
Tues./Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ "Super" Dave Curtis
Ages 21+ 
Bowman's Tavern     
1600 River Road New Hope, PA     
(215) 862-2972     
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Dark Hollow Road
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) Bob Egan
Sat. 7 p.m. Dave Dales Trio
Sun. (12 p.m.) Steve Guyger (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Wed. 6 p.m. Andy Prescott
Broken Goblet Brewing   
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA   
(267) 812-5653   
Thurs. 7 p.m. Mike Estabrook / Deej Roisin
Fri. 7 p.m. Cinepunx Presents: "Dead Guy: Killing Music" Ages 21+, Q & A Immediately Following
Wed. 8 p.m. Kinky Quizzo
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. Lynn Riley $10 (cover charge/$10 Minimum includes buffet)    
City Streets     
510 Highway 130 South East Windsor     
(609) 426-9400   
Fri. 9 p.m. Jim Delre Band
Wed. 6:30 p.m. "Wine Down Wednesdays" w/ Rich G. Aveo
COARadio.com     
125 South Main Street Hightstown     
(609) 241-7103
Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. (Replay of a previous show)
Cooper's Riverview 
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton 
(609) 393-7300
Thurs. (7 p.m.) Plush Band (9 p.m.) Club Night feat. Rotating DJs (inside event)
Fri. (5 p.m.) "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere Happy Hour" feat. Ellie Spy(8 p.m.) WitZend
Sat. 8 p.m. TKA K7 Concert/Freestyle Live 
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 
Fri. 6 p.m. Pizza & Yoga Night
Sat. 1:30 p.m. Alex English
Sun. 1:30 p.m. Sangria Sunday w/ Ronnie Brandt
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 Night
Dempster'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 entertainment
Dog & Bull Brew House     
810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.     
(215) 788-2855     
Fri. 6 p.m. Pale Horse
Sat.  4 p.m. Dana Collins
Sun. 4 p.m. Ziggy
Eddington House Bensalem
2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA
(215) 639-1220
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Se7en Band
Sat. 8 p.m. Cracklin' Diamond
Escape Resort, Restaurant & Bar
120 Pheasant Run Road Newtown, PA
(215) 968-0600
Fri. 6 p.m. Friday Night Live: Joe Gantert and the 2nd Shift
German American Society   
215 Uncle Pete's Road Hamilton   
(609) 585-5200   
Sat. "Oktoberfest" (12 p.m.) The Austrian Boys (4 p.m.) Aqua String Band (Mummers) (5 p.m.) Union
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" w/  (9 p.m.) Dance Party w/ DJ In D Groove
Sat. 6 p.m. Bill Monach
Greenhouse  
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 Dunlevy
Grover's Mill Coffee House
    
Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction     
(609) 716-8771     
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Anker   
Sat. 11 a.m. Karl Dentino
Harvest Seasonal Grill (Newtown Shopping Center)
2865 South Eagle Road Newtown, PA
(215) 944-8469
Thurs. 6 p.m. Brian Elliot
Havana New Hope 
   
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA.     
(215) 862-9897    
Thurs. 7 p.m. Funk n' Blues Jam 
Fri. (8 p.m.) ELO Tribute Show (11 p.m.) DJ Dance Party 
Sat. (8:30 p.m.) Late Last Night (12 a.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sun. 4 p.m. "Tea Dance Party" LGBTQ + Sunday Out
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Dwayne 
Hightstown Elks
100 Hickory Corner Road East Windsor
(609) 448-9794
Sat. 2 p.m. "Oktoberfest" $35 (Ages 21+ includes food and refillable beer Stein) $15 (Ages 8 and above)
Hopewell Theater      
5 South Greenwood Avenue Hopewell     
(609) 466-1964    
Thurs. 7 p.m. Salami's East Coast Comedy: "Living Legends of Laughter" feat. Anita Wise, Gary DeLena, Mike Eagan. $30/$35
Fri. (6:30 p.m.) Europium Dancetheater Film Premier: "365" / Q & A w/ Director Linda Erickson. $20 (9 p.m.) Films That Made Music; Rockfield:"The Studio On The Farm." $12.50
Sat. (2 p.m.) Films That Made Music; Rockfield: "The Studio On The Farm." $12.50 (8 p.m.) Matt O’Ree Band Plays Led Zeppelin. $30
Sun.  2 p.m. Films That Made Music; Rockfield: "The Studio On The Farm." $12.50
Tues. 7 p.m. "Save The Sourlands Solofest" film and Q & A w/ The Sourland Conservancy. $20
Hopewell Valley Vineyards     
46 Yard Avenue Pennington     
(609) 737-4465     
Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5:30 p.m.) Silent Q  
Sat. (1 p.m.) Acoustic Road (5:30 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. Acoustic DuOver
Sun. 1:30 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Hopewell Valley Vineyards Jazz Band
Irish 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 & Sam
Iron Plow Vineyards     
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus     
(732) 306-9111  
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Melissa Wegfahrt
Sun. 2 p.m. Bob & Dave
Iron 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. Karaoke
Fri. 8 p.m. Comedy Night
Sat. 8 p.m. Diane Chiorello
All shows 21+   
John & Peter's     
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. 6 p.m. Radio Fiction  
Sat. (5 p.m.) Mario & Frank (9 p.m.) Out Of The Red
Laurita Winery     
85 Archertown Road New Egypt     
(609) 752-0200   
Sat. 9 a.m. "25th Anniversary Harbor House Ride for New Beginnings" 
Sun. 10 a.m. "Vines of Life Walk to Cure Cancer 2021" $30 (Includes T-shirt, wine and cheese stations)
Wed. 12 p.m. "Girls Night Out"  Wine & Yoga. Ages 21+  
Makefield Highlands Golf Club
1418 Woodside Road Yardley, PA
(215) 321-7000
Fri. 5 p.m. Jon Savage
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     
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula and Sam
Mercer County Park Festival Grounds
Hughes Drive/Old Trenton Road West Windsor   
(609) 448-1947 
Sun. 4:30 p.m. Instant FUNK & Epic Soul
Music In The Square 
30 Saddle Way Chesterfield 
Sat. 12 p.m. Chesterfield Township Harvest Festival
Music Mountain Theater
1483 Route 179 Lambertville
(609)397-3337
Fri. 8 p.m. The Drowsy Chaperone
Sat./Sun. 3 p.m. The Drowsy Chaperone
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
909 Ray Avenue Croydon, PA
(215) 458-7081
Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzo
Sat. 12 p.m. “Oktoberfest” feat. The Philadelphia German Brass Band
New Egypt Flea Market Village
933 Monmouth County Road Cream Ridge
(609) 758-2082
Sun. (8 a.m.) Fall Crafters Market (11 a.m.) Tommy Luke (Takes place at Pineland Coffee Roasters)  
New Hope Solebury High School
184 West Bridge Street New Hope, PA
Sat./Sun. 10 a.m. New Hope Arts and Crafts Festival. Feat. Just Jeff (FREE event)
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA
(215) 944-8609 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. “Today’s Music” Trivia Night
Fri. 6 p.m. Katalysst
Sat. 7 p.m. Allison Landon
Sun. 12 p.m. “Pet Adoption Event”
Nick's Roast Beef
4501 Woodhaven Road West Philadelphia, PA
(215) 637-5151
Fri. 8 p.m. Great Scott Band
Sat. 8 p.m. Cover Dawgs Band
Wed. 7 p.m. LeCompt Acoustic Duo
Odd Logic Brewing Co.
500 Bristol Pike, Bristol, PA
Thurs. 6 p.m. Trivia
Sun. 3 p.m. Joe & Krista
O'Fowley's Tavern & Grill
200 State Road Croydon, PA
(215) 785-6998
Fri. 8 p.m. DJ Entertainment
Old Hights Brewing
123 West Ward Street Hightstown
(609) 469-5976
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Fri. 7 p.m. Chet & Ari
Palmer Square
40 Nassau Street Princeton
Thurs. (11 a.m.) Polestar #2 On Tour (Runs from 9/23-9/26) (4 p.m.) "Locals Night" w/ Live "Strolling" Musician 
Pasquale'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 Mic
Patriots Crossing     
1339 River Road Titusville     
(609) 737-2780    
Thurs. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo" 
Revere Restaurant
802 River Road Ewing
(609) 882-6365
Sat. 6 p.m. Danny Lynch Project
Wed. 7 p.m. David Boyd
Robbinsville Community Concert
Town Center Lake Drive Gazebo, Robbinsville
Sat. 9 a.m. What’s My Name Foundation 5K Run / 1 Mile Walk
Romeo's Restaurant & Pizza
10 Schalks-Crossing Road Plainsboro
(609) 799-4554
Fri. 7 p.m. The Blue-Eyed Balladeer
Rosedale Mills
101 Route 31 North Pennington
(609) 737-2008
Sat. 1 p.m. Outdoor Line Dancing. $10 (Rain date Sundays 12 p.m.)
Small World Coffee     
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton     
(609) 924-4377 x2   
Sat. 6 p.m. McMillan & Co
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
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Never Enough
Straube Foundation, Inc
1 Straube Center Blvd. Pennington
(609) 737-3322
Sat. 10 a.m. Fall Festival feat. Jon Savage & The Classic Rockers, Pennington Dance Studio, Art from local artist Adriana Groza and more
1675 Spirits
2685 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
(215) 645-1445
Fri. 6 p.m. John Brennan
Tara's Tavern    
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown     
(609) 286-2300     
Fri. 9 p.m.  Karaoke w/ Big Daddy G
Sat. 9 p.m. Amptons
Tavern On The Lake      
101 Main Street Hightstown     
(609) 426-9345     
Fri. 9 p.m. Complicated Matter
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Temperance House     
5 South State Street Newtown, PA     
(215) 944-8050     
Thurs. 7p.m. "Blues Night" w/ Steve Guyger 
Fri. 7 p.m. Bad Hombres
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia w/ Righteous Jolly 
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Cara Cartney
The Beer Garden at Snipes Farm   
890 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA  
Sat. 3:30 p.m. Dogs In A Pile, Yam Yam, Love, Daniels and Dau
The Bog (Cranbury Golf Club)
49 Southfield Road West Windsor
(609) 799-0341
Sat. 7 p.m. Kindred Spirit
The 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. Buzzer Band
The Cool Cricket     
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro     
(609) 291-9110     
Fri. 8 p.m. Karaoke  
Sat. 9 p.m. Pulp Fiction
The Dubliner   
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA   
(215) 693-1816  
Fri. 7 p.m. William Lynch Band 
Sun. 3 p.m. "Traditional Irish Session"
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. Philly Rock and Soul
The Irish Horne Bar & Restaurant
882 2nd Street Pike Richboro, PA
(215) 942-4000
Fri. 8 p.m. Keep The Change
Sun. 4 p.m. Car and Bike Cruise
The 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 Night
The Sycamore Grill     
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA     
(215) 908-6326     
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Kickbax Acoustic Trio
Tindall Road Brewing Co.
102 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown   
(609) 526-8651    
Sat. 6 p.m. Will Knapp
Tir Na Nog     
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton     
(609) 392-2554   
Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions" 
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. Summer’s Grove
Sat. 7 p.m. Easy Driver
Water's Edge Gastropub and Lounge
1067 Totem Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 332-2095
Thurs. 7 p.m. Cornhole "Blind Draw." $10 
Sat. 12 p.m. Drag Brunch 
Wed.7 p.m. Drag Bingo & Karaoke
Waterfront Promenade
High Street & Pearl Boulevard Burlington
Sat. 12 p.m. "Hops & Rocks" feat. Kenny Raye Band, Steve Oakley, Retroglyphs. $18 (advance) 
Wilson's Pub
1870 Brownsville Road Trevose Heights, PA
(215) 355-4739 
Wed. 10 p.m. Beer Pong Wednesdays
Working Dog Winery     
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown     
(609) 371-6000 
Sat. 1 p.m. Bob & Dave
Sun. 1 p.m. Kevin McGowan
WWFM 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.


originally published: 09/23/2021


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