In addition to the premiere of Toms River-based hard rock band Ropetree’s new video for “So Bad,” the second single from their forthcoming LP, “The Saints of Asbury Park on Their Stone Pony,” this week’s Scene Report also includes news about The West End Weekly summer concert series in Long Branch and the Second Annual Pulse Memorial Benefit for Asbury Park’s Project R.E.A.L. HIV outreach, LBGT and LBGT youth center.
The Toms River-based hard rock band Ropetree will release a second single, “So Bad,” from their forthcoming sophomore LP, “The Saints of Asbury Park on Their Stone Pony,” their sixth release since 2000. “So Bad” is a funky feel-good rocker that will get the crowd moving at the band’s release party on June 30 at The Saint in Asbury Park.
“It’s inspired by the beginning of an affair,” founding namesake bassist Vin Ropetree said. “All the fire of a situation you know is wrong, but the urge is uncontrollable. This song is definitely more of upbeat, rhythmic dance rock versus what we’ve done in the past.”
The single is available now on YouTube (see stream below) and June 8 on Spotify and Bandcamp. “So Bad” follows the April release of the 11-song album’s first single, “Empty.” Available on CD at the release party and digitally on July 6, ”Saints” follows the 2013 release of the band’s “Bacon” EP. Their previous full-length was 2005’s “Pathetic Beauty.” The release party also will feature fellow hard ‘n’ heavy Jersey Shore acts Lower the Veil, December Morning and Vextion, whose namesake lead singer-guitarist, Kate Vextion, sings on “So Bad,” as well as the stirring track “Plastic Jesus.”
Ropetree said, “This album has been a long time coming. Can’t wait to share these new tunes — and a twist on an old tune — and reconnect with our fans. Plus, we get to share the stage with some incredible bands and longtime friends. We go back 10 to 15 years with some of these guys.
“The title is a play on words,” he continued. “There is the obvious homage to The Saint and Stone Pony. Taking it deeper, we have been in the scene for a long time and have been relatively the good guys, the saints, but never really get anywhere since a stone pony doesn’t go anywhere. Yet, we still get up on that concrete beast and try to ride.”
Well, on Aug. 18 at Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, Ropetree will have gotten somewhere when they once again will open for Fuel on their tour for the 20th anniversary of the “Sunburn” album. Ropetree’s buds in New Theory will share the bill. Look for a Record of the Week here by month’s end ...
Moto recording artists James Sleeman, 18; Georgia Owen, 16, and Leah Nawy, 17, each will release EPs on June 9 at the Stone Pony. All three were recorded at Lakehouse Recording Studios, also in Asbury. Sleeman is a guitarist and songwriter from Neptune who’s been playing and writing music for about eight years. He has worked with artist Glen Burtnik and Corey Glover and Doug Wimbish of Living Colour. His debut EP is entitled “The Eagle.” A Colts Neck talent, Nawy has been playing piano since she was 6. Her EP is the four-song “Time after Time.”
Owen is a singer-songwriter from Allentown. Her self-titled EP was released in 2017. The sophomore effort, “Black Magic,” features a track written with Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem. Her version of U2’s “One” was recorded and used for the movie trailer for “Just Before the Dawn,” the award-winning documentary about the legendary Upstage club, as well as the 1970 race riots in Asbury. She sang backup for Asbury great Bobby Bandiera at PNC Arts Center, Holmdel.
“It's been amazing to see these artists grow so much in such a short period of time,” Lakehouse owner Jon Leidersdorff said. “Watching how well they collaborate with their peers and music industry professionals makes me extremely proud. They're so good!”
The Moto Records releases will be available on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube and Soundcloud ...
90.5 the Night has announced the lineup for its annual Songwriters on the Beach concert series on the 6th Avenue Beach in Belmar. Jason Morton & the Chesapeake Sons and Don Dilego will kick things off on July 12. The schedule also will include Dramarama and The Brixton Riot (see interview here), July 19; Glorietta and Lowlight, July 26; Daniela Cotton and Sherman Ewing, Aug. 2; Ike Reilly and Kurt Deemer, Aug. 9; The Accidentals and Tara Dente, Aug. 16; Animal Years and Leriche, Aug. 23, and Mike Montrey Band, who’ll perform Aug. 30 with headliner to be announced in July ...
Also happening on the beach this summer is The West End Weekly concert series brought to Long Branch’ West End Park by that seminal rock breeding ground The Brighton Bar. The hot young act Just 6 Hours will get the summer-long party started on June 9. Garage Sale will play June 16, followed by A Little Bit Scary, June 23; Ashley Delima, June 30; LEEDS, July 7; Whirling Dervishes, July 14; Ribeye Brothers, July 21; Sherri Pie Band, July 28; Billy Hector, Aug. 4, and Statues of Liberty, Aug. 11. The series of 5 to 6 p.m. shows is rain or shine, and in case of inclement weather, moves to the Brighton Bar ...
The Second Annual Pulse Memorial Benefit Show will raise funds for Project R.E.A.L., Asbury’s HIV outreach, LGBT and LBGT youth center. The June 10 show at Georgies will feature the talents of Des & the Swagmatics, Shady Street Show Band, Lyons, Shaune Pony Heath, and drag queens Pissi Myles, Redd Rhumm, Lady Celestina and Kinsey Spectrum. Hosted by Mr. NJ Leather 2018 Rai Guerra, the event also will include a DJ, cornhole tournament, and free HIV testing.
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers To Return To Lizzie Rose Music Room (TUCKERTON, NJ) -- Tommy Castro & the Painkillers return to the Lizzie Rose Music Room on Wednesday, April 17 at 7:30pm. Whether he’s squeezing out the deepest blues or playing the funkiest soul grooves, legendary blues and soul giant Tommy Castro knows how to ignite a crowd. Tickets are $38.00 Advance and $45.00 day of show.Experience Hendrix at NJPAC on March 29th (NEWARK, NJ) -- Celebrate the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix as Experience Hendrix comes to Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Centeron Friday, March 29 at 8:00pm. This critically acclaimed multi-artist tribute to Hendrix features performances by Billy Cox, Joe Satriani, Dave Mustaine, Jonny Lang, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Johnson, Doug Pinnick, Chris Layton, Mato Nanji, Kenny Aronoff, The Slide Brothers, Henri Brown, Kevin McCormick and special guest Taj Mahal. World Famous Bachata Artists To Take The Stage for Uforia Bachata Fest 2019 At Prudential Center on Saturday, March 16 (NEWARK, NJ) -- Uforia Bachata Fest 2019 at Prudential Center will bring together the world’s best Bachata artists including, Frank Reyes “The Prince of Bachata”, Hector Acosta “El Torito”, Zacarias Ferreira, Luis Vargas and Raulin Rodriguez "El Cacique”. Uforia Bachata Fest 2019, presented by Zamora Live, Euforia Radio (Univision) and Corona Extra, will be held on Saturday, March 16 at 8:00pm. The contagious Caribbean rhythm known as "Bachata" will have its gala night, marking the first time in history these world-renowned artists will perform on the same stage. Youth Symphony and Youth Orchestra To Perform at Princeton University January 27 (PRINCETON, NJ) -- The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) continues its 40th Anniversary with a concert featuring the NJYS Youth Symphony and Youth Orchestra on Sunday, January 27 at 4:00pm at Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University located at 68 Nassau Street in Princeton. Youth Symphony will open the concert with Mahler Symphony No. 1 in D major followed by Youth Orchestra performing Dvořák Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88. Rickie Lee Jones To Perform At Grunin Center (TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- Two-time Grammy winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1978 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona on more than 15 critically acclaimed albums. She brings her show “An Intimate Evening with Rickie Lee Jones” to the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts on Friday, February 22 at 8:00pm.
The Empire Strikes Back in Concert with the NJSO LIVE! at the State Theatre Some of our favorite childhood memories growing up at the Jersey Shore involved going to our town’s grand old movie palace, The Community Theater, in Toms River. Built with colonial architecture and featuring large white columns in the front, paned glass windows in the lobby, a circular brick walk from the sidewalk to the box office, and a white picket fence which enclosed a lawn and a flower bed, this local gem presented the latest Hollywood films. For kids like us back in the 1960’s, that meant pictures like Mary Poppins, Cinderella, The Love Bug, and Flipper.Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes At Riverside Rhythm & Rhyme This coming Sunday, January 20, Scott Wolfson and his band will be serving up their unique blend of Americana at the Riverside Rhythm & Rhyme series at Investors Bank Theater in Succasunna, New Jersey. The band – Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes – formed in Jersey City in 2011, and, even though the members have migrated in various directions since then, they still consider themselves to be a Jersey City band."He Totally Wowed Us!" John Oates LIVE! at SOPAC It’s brisk for an evening walk on South Orange Ave. in South Orange, NJ, this Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 evening, but it’s a good road to follow as it leads us directly to the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) for a special performance by singer, songwriter, and guitarist John Oates and his backup group, The Good Road Band.“Tons of Fun!” The Glenn Miller Orchestra LIVE! at the Grunin Center Although Friday, December 21, 2018 is the shortest day of the year, the audience of big band music lovers here at Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center for the Arts is hoping for a long evening of classic swing and holiday tunes performed by the incomparable Glenn Miller Orchestra!Mike Davis and The New Wonders Mike Davis traces his love for the trumpet back to a Disney movie.
He grew up in a musical family, with both his parents playing strings in the Seattle Symphony. But Davis wanted an instrument of his own.
Then, at age 9, he saw “The Aristocats,” the animated film about a bunch of French felines — including a group of jazz-playing alley cats.
Event calendar Saturday, Jan 19, 2019
ALABAMA @ Hard Rock Live Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 8:00pm