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.
Pioneer Productions Presents Wendy-Lane Bailey Women's Work (DENVILLE, NJ) -- Pioneer Productions kicks off its new Living Room Series with Women’s Work - an evening of songs by female songwriters on September 16 at 6:00pm at the Arthur Murray Studios in Denville. Conceived and performed by singer/storyteller Wendy-Lane Bailey & composer/pianist Michele Brourman it has a funny, sometimes challenging but always defiantly feminine viewpoint that brings the worlds of Broadway, pop, and country together in one show.Stone Pony To Honor Butch Pielka (ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- A special day of music to honor the legacy of the original Stone Pony co-owner and manager, Robert “Butch” Pielka, will be held Sunday, October 7, from 2:00 to 9:00pm at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. The lineup includes reunions of Cats on a Smooth Surface and The Shakes, and Lance Larson. More names are expected to be added.Victor Wainwright & The Train To Perform At Lizzie Rose Music Room (TUCKERTON, NJ) -- The Lizzie Rose Music Room presents Victor Wainwright and the Train on Wednesday, August 22 at 7:30pm. A 3 time BMA Piano Award winner, BB KING Entertainer of the Year Award Winner, and Band of the Year Award winner, Victor Wainwright is at the top of his game right now. The band is touring in support of their latest record, The Train, on Ruf Records. Tickets are 30 in advance and $35 at the door.State Theatre presents Lost 80's Live (NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents Lost 80’s Live on Saturday, September 20, 2018 at 8:00pm. The Lost 80’s line-up features some of the most iconic bands from the 1980s including A Flock of Seagulls; Wang Chung; Bow Wow Wow; Farrington and Mann, Original Vocalists of When in Rome UK; Naked Eyes; and Animotion. Tickets range from $48-$98.White Eagle Hall Presents Sloan (JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- White Eagle Hall presents Sloan, one of Canada's best power-pop bands, on Friday, September 7 at 8:00pm. The band recently released their first album in four years, 12, which has become their highest-charting album in their long career. Tickets are $25.
Let’s Hang On’s Tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons LIVE! at The Strand Q: So what do four guys from Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, and Massachusetts — and all currently based out of Florida — have in common with four guys from “Joisey” this summery August 3, 2018 evening at the Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ?80's Tribute Band Almost Journey Rocks iPlay America I never in a million years would have thought about iPlay America in Freehold as being an event venue. To me, it's a place to ride bumper cars, have kids' birthday parties and play video games. Never been there.The Great Rock N Roll Time Machine LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center As we make our way inside the Grunin Center of the Arts located on the campus of Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ, this Saturday, July 28, 2018, we see music lovers of all ages. Some of them are wearing street clothes but some are decked out in outfits from the 1970s and ’80s for tonight’s concert by the ’70s and ’80s tribute band, The Great Rock N Roll Time Machine.Classical Guitarists Alex and Wesley Park LIVE! at The Great Auditorium The bucolic seashore town of Ocean Grove, NJ is a place designed for quiet reflection and spiritual renewal.
An artist sketches in the lush green park off Pilgrim Pathway.
Still others read or meditate in the heart of this picturesque village which features gingerbread houses and colorful gardens, all just steps away from the fresh salt air wafting off the blue Atlantic Ocean.“Rock and Roll Icons!” Hippiefest LIVE! at BergenPAC A light summer rain is falling outside Englewood, NJ’s BergenPAC this Wednesday July 25, 2018, as music lovers decked out in peace signs, tie-dyed shirts, and bell-bottomed jeans arrive for tonight’s Hippiefest concert event starring Vanilla Fudge, Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder, and Badfingers’ Joey Molland.