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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites... 12/11/14

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 12/11/2014
"The Asbury Music Awards, presented each year by The Saint and Asbury Music Company, originally known as The Golden T-Bird Awards, premiered in Asbury Park in 1993. An annual music scene staple, the first Asbury Music Awards was held at the former T-Birds Cafe on Main Street in Asbury Park, NJ. Scott Stamper, of The Saint in Asbury Park, founded, and originally designed the Asbury Music Awards in 1993 along with Peter Mantas, formerly of The Saint, now the Entertainment Director at Langosta Lounge + Asbury Park Yacht Club, as a response to the area's hardworking musicians, singers and songwriters, artists, and the longstanding, ever-evolving Live Original Music scene in Asbury Park and at the Jersey Shore."

The Stone Pony plays host to The 22nd. Annual Asbury Music Awards on Thursday December 18. This yearly gathering, which began as stated above in an excerpt from the Award's web site, has become more than just an awards ceremony; it's an Asbury Park institution.

The "AMAs" as they are affectionately known, like any other recognition ceremony is chock full of entertainment, nominees and even the occasional controversy but for all those who are nominated or attend one thing is certain; you will witness incredible talent.

Every year the list of nominees seems to get bigger and each deserving of the nod. Every year the musical acts selected to perform from a talent pool which runs deeper than the ocean itself fill the night with magic. Recent years past performances by The Amboys, Thomas Wesley Stern, Scarlet Carson and many more have been memorable. This year, there are a host of new performers ready to rock 'n' roll the Pony to its rafters. Players such as Sofia Nicole with Megan Doucette, Francis Lombardi, Matt Wade and great acts such as Deal Casino and The Battery Electric will all hit the storied stage beginning at 6 p.m. and running until 2 a.m.

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This year's event is hosted by comedian Taylor Allen; a job that has belonged to Brookdale Radio's Jeff Raspe for the last several years. Raspe had and still has his hands on the pulse of the Asbury Park and Northern Jersey Shore area music scene better than most anyone over the last twenty five years. Another man who has received multiple nominations is music journalist and owner of The Penguin Rocks Radio Mr. Gary Wien. Gary is a well respected author of several books about the Jersey Indie artist population and the Asbury Park and surrounding area's music communities.

The event's main man, Scott Stamper does yeoman's work to put together this show every year and deserves the accolades which come his way. The Saint is an original music hub and under Stamper's direction has allowed many an artist to flourish. Scott and Meg Kelly, along with the rest of their committee deserve a nice round of applause for their yearly efforts.

Tickets for the Asbury Music Awards are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and can be purchased at The Stone Pony, The Saint or on line at, or To discover more about the awards and their history; please go to .

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That's it for this week! Please continue to support live and original music and until next week....ROCK ON!


Alchemist & Barrister

28 Witherspoon Street Princeton
(609) 924-5555

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Thurs. 10 p.m. Einstein Alley Musicians Collaborative

Sun. 9 p.m. Ed Wilson

Wed. 10 p.m. Open mic. night

All shows 21+

Amalfi's Restaurant

146 Lawrenceville-Pennington Rd. Lawrenceville

(609) 912-1599

Fri. 8:30 p.m. Kindred Spirit

Amarones Windsor Inn

29 Church St. Windsor

(609) 448-7144

Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Scott Cager & Debbie

Fri. 8 p.m. Greg Martiello

Sat. 8 p.m. Meg Hanson Band feat. Billy Hill

Tues. 7:30 p.m. Texas Hold'em

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Wed. 7 p.m. DJ John Rossi

Big Shots Bar and Grill/Hebe Music Lounge

835 E Rte. 130 South, Burlington

(609) 267-1200

Fri. 7 p.m. A Breed of Human, Allora Mis, Bove the Wom

Sat. 7 p.m. Kara Lia, High Rise, Kimmy Dole

Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic. feat. The Great Socio and Eric Sommers

Blend Bar & Bistro

911 Highway 33, Hamilton

(609) 245-8887

Tues. 8 p.m. Triviajam

The Backstage at Championship Bar
931 Chambers St. Trenton

Thurs. 6 p.m. Scab, Grim Legion, Morbid Visions, Mindless Flesh, Mind of The destroyer, At variant Air. All ages, $10

Fri. 6 p.m. Dog Fashion Disco, Super Terrific Action Team, Devo Spice (CD Release Show), Justin ‡ Symbol, (More TBA). All ages, $13/$15.

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Sat. 5 p.m. Disaster Committee, Final Showcase, Milhouse, (TBA). All ages, $10

Candlelight Lounge
24 Passaic St. Trenton
(609) 695-9612

Sat. 3 p.m. Webb T Quartet w/ Face Rickman. (No cover-$10 minimum)

Chambers Walk Cafe
2667 Main St. Lawrenceville
(609) 896-5995

Fri./Sat. 6 p.m. Dick Gratton

Chickie's & Pete's

183 US Highway 130 North Bordentown

(609) 298-9182

Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Music Night feat. The Dawgs

Dubh Linn Square
167 Rte. 130 North Bordentown
(609) 298-7100

Sun. 4 p.m.Billy O'neal

Tues. 9 p.m. Open Mic. Night hosted by Shaun Ruymen

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Wed. 9 p.m. Trivia Night

Fran's Pub

116 S. Main St. New Hope, Pa.


Sat. 8 p.m. Mister Revelator

Sun. 3:30 p.m. Dave Bond

Mon. 8 p.m. Open Mic Blues Jam hosted by Jimmy Pritchard

All shows 21+

Havana New Hope
105 S. Main St. New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-9897

Thurs. 10 p.m. "Beat the Clock" DJ Dance Party

Fri. 8:30 p.m. Big House Band

Sat. 8:30 p.m. Fish Out of Water

Sun. 6 p.m. Bob Lanza Blues Band

Mon. 10 p.m. Karaoke in the Bar w/ DJ Ron Sherr and Bridget

Tues. 7 p.m. An Evening with Colorado Earth

Wed. 8 p.m. Pat Foran and Friends

All shows 21+

Ivy Tavern
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton
(609) 888-1435

Fri. 10 p.m. The Dawgs

Sat. 10 p.m. Infinite Bandwidth
All shows 21+

John & Peter's
96 S. Main St. New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-5981

Thurs. 9 p.m. J & P's Comedy Night

Fri. 9 p.m. Brother Eye and The Rips

Sat. (3 p.m.) Basement Noise (9 p.m.) Corkscrew and Dusty Mason

Sun. (3 p.m.) The Fermenters (9 p.m.) Husky Burnette

Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic. Night w/ Lauren

Tues. 9:30 p.m. Snackpile

Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational
All shows 21+

JoJo's Tavern

2677 Nottingham Way Hamilton

(609) 586-2678

Sat. 10 p.m. The Polish Nannies

Wed. 10 p.m. Karaoke

Palermo's Of Hamilton
310 Klockner Rd. Hamilton
(609) 838-7979

Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke

All shows 21+

Patriot's Crossing

1339 River Rd. Titusville

(609) 737-2780

Fri. 7:30 p.m. Steve Bross

Sat. 7:30 p.m. McMillian & Company

Pete's Steak House
523 Whitehorse Ave. Hamilton
(609) 585-8008

Fri. 9:30 p.m. Mercer County Pour

Sat. 9:30 p.m. F2 and The Anchovy Brothers

RHO Waterfront

50 Riverview Plaza Trenton

(609) 393-7300

Thurs. 9 p.m. College Night "Santa's Helper Pajama Party" w/ DJ Paul Desisto

Fri. 4 p.m./8 p.m. Club Christmas w/ DJ Bryan

Sat. 9 p.m. "A Night at RHO Cuffing Season and Dance Party Celebration. $20

All Shows 21+

Tavern On The Lake

101 Main St. Hightstown
(609) 426-9345

Fri. 9 p.m. Pretty Baby

Sat. 9 p.m. ArHouse

Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke Night

The Ivy Inn

248 Nassau St. Princeton

(609) 921-8555

Thurs. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ Ron Sherr

Fri. 10 p.m. Rainbow Fresh

Sat. 10 p.m. DJ Fatha Ramzee

Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv

Wed. 10 p.m. Theme Night w/ DJ Rockin' Ron

The HOB Tavern

146 Second Street

(609) 291-7020

Sat. 9 p.m. Karaoke

Wed. 9 p.m. Jay Keller

The Man Cave

134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown

(609) 424-3766

This show occurs at The Open Arts Stage Theater

located at 146 Route 130 South in Bordentown

Wed. 7:30 p.m. The Dickies w/ Soraia, The Droogettes. Doors at 7 p.m., $20

The Millhill Basement

300 South Broad St Trenton

(609) 989-1600

Thurs. 9 p.m. Sex Cross, Manalive, Don't Bother Me, Head Creeps. $6

The Record Collector

358 Farnsworth Ave. Bordentown

(609) 324-0880

Fri. 8 p.m. Paul Plumeri & Joe Zook. All ages, doors at 7:30 p.m., $12 (advance)

Sat. 8 p.m. Danielle Steward (Trio) CD Release party / One Punch Mickey. All ages, doors at 7:30 p.m., $10 (advance)

The Sun National Bank Center
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton
(609) 656-3200

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Tir Na Nog
1324 Hamilton Ave. Trenton
(609) 392-2554

Fri. (5 p.m.) Bill Shannon

Sat. 9 p.m. Seamus Kelleher

Tues. (7 p.m.) Rock On Radio Happy Hour Hosted by Danny Coleman (9 p.m.) Open Mic. Hosted by Bob Daley

Wed. 9 p.m.

All shows 21+

Trenton Social

449 South Broad Street Trenton

(609) 989-7777

Thurs. 8 p.m. Cinema Thursdays Presents: "The Half-Life Horror From Hell" or "Irradiated Satan Rocks The World!"

Fri. 10 p.m. Friday night w/ Jay Kountree & Jaxx

Mon. 10 p.m. Service Industry Night w/ DJ-Jay Kountree

Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, Pa. Location)
400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-8300

Fri. 10 p.m. Adam Ezra Group. ($5 cover charge)

Sat. 10 p.m. Caroline Reese w/ Matt Romagna. ($5 cover charge)

Tues. 9 p.m. Acoustic Grateful Dead feat. members of Splintered Sunlight

Wed. 9 p.m. Bengal Gold

All shows 21+

Wildflowers Inn

2572 Pennington Rd. Pennington

Sat. 9 p.m. Live Acoustic Rock
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke

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 7:000pm EST on multiple internet radio outlets where he features indie/original bands and solo artists.



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