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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...10/16/14

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 10/16/2014
"I loved it! I am so glad to be coming back! My last time there I had to restrain myself from pawing through the vinyl but I'm not so sure that I can this time," says the "Beehive Queen" and SNL band member Christine Ohlman about her return to The Record Collector in Bordentown City, NJ on November 8. "I'm a collector myself, so it's not easy (laughs)!"

Still on the road along with her band Rebel Montez, in support of her latest release, "The Deep End," Ohlman continues to wow audiences from small, intimate venues such as The Record Collector; to being the top draw at the W.C. Handy Music Festival in Muscle Shoals, AL. "I've been kind of busy," she chuckled once again with a laugh that's best described as infectious. "We went down to the Handy Festival in July and we were the top selling ticket; I was feeling very good about that. I got to meet and do a duo with Candi Station, she's one of my favorites of all time; so that was a huge thrill. I was also asked to be the Grand Marshall for the 2015 festival and I gladly accepted, which is a huge honor itself. We went to New Orleans for another festival and visited the new Orleans Musicians Clinic. The clinic people are going to be very active with the governor's decision to not accept the Medicaid provision of Obama Care, it's designed to help people like musicians who have no insurance or who can't afford it and without it many of our own will suffer; especially in this depressed economy. I also got to have dinner twice with Zachary Richard. I'd never met him; what an interesting man. I was very glad to have had that opportunity, not just once but twice."

A tireless worker, performer and entertainer, her most recent release "The Deep End" and her role since 1991 as the voice and "The Hive" of the SNL band have kept her hopping. Topping the "Alternate Root Readers Poll" as the "Top Americana Vocalist" of 2013 and sharing the stage with such rock 'n' roll luminaries as Black 47, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Sting, Bill Medley and the list goes on and on; Ohlman is one of the most sought after personalities in music today.

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With charm as big as her bee hive hairdo, Ohlman carries herself with a refreshing grace and confidence which making her only more appealing. Her strong character and make up have led to six studio albums and one live recording; multiple television appearances apart from her weekly SNL gig and repeated requests for studio work from near and far. Ohlman says of her career and "The Deep End," "It is going great! I consider myself very fortunate. The album has been picked on several year end "Top Ten" lists and is doing very well. Saturday Night Live is back for the season so I'm there and I've got plenty of studio work and live shows coming up to keep me going."

Ohlman is somehow also finding time to write and has begun the process of another studio album titled, "The Grown Up Thing" which is due out in 2015. "I've had the material to do this but I pay great attention to lyrics," she explained. "There are too many distractions on the road to write. It's easy to start lyrics on the road but tough to finish them; on and off tour buses and travel make it difficult. The success of "The Deep End" has delayed this next one but hey; that's a good thing right?"

After her appearance in Bordentown City, Ohlman's remaining dates in November and December are in Connecticut. "I've got shows coming up at the Mystic Cinema which is a great old theater all redone and is amazing, then a show at Café 9 which is sort of my home; I've debuted all of my CDs there."

So make sure to catch Christine Ohlman in her only Jersey and area appearance before heading home to finish out the year. Ohlman is engaging, funny and so talented that The Record Collector show promises to be a great night of music; especially in this small setting. The Record Collector is located at 358 Farnsworth Ave. in Bordentown City, NJ. More information and tickets, which cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door can be found at . To uncover more about the fascinating Christine Ohlman, please visit .

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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

Thurs. 10 p.m. Arnie Baird

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Sun. 9 p.m. Corey Ross-Jenkinson

Wed. 10 p.m. Open mic. night

All shows 21+

Amarones Windsor Inn

29 Church St. Windsor

(609) 448-7144

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

Fri. 8 p.m. Kim Yarson Band

Sat. 8 p.m. Shore Soundz

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

Wed. 7 p.m. FREE Salsa Lessons

Big Shots Bar and Grill/Hebe Music Lounge

835 E Rte. 130 South, Burlington

(609) 267-1200

Sat. 7 p.m. Wade In The Water, In The Proxinimity of Rockets, Husky Bundles, Formless Form

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Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic.

Blend Bar & Bistro

911 Highway 33, Hamilton

(609) 245-8887

Fri. 6 p.m. Rich Schneider w/ Tom Schneider and Jim Paraino

Tues. 8 p.m. Triviajam

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

Sat. 3 p.m. Jillian Pressley Sax Quartet. (No cover-$10 minimum)

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

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

The Backstage at Championship Bar
931 Chambers St. Trenton

Sat. 5 p.m. Prospect, Deadletter, From Under The Willow, Order 66, The Uncommonly Good, Shadows of Dawn, Deadly Nights. All ages, $10

Wed. 4 p.m. Brightwell, Sirena, Restless Streets, (TBA). All ages, $10/$12

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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

Wed. 9 p.m. Trivia Night

Fran's Pub

116 S. Main St. New Hope, Pa.


Sat. 8 p.m. Bob T & The T-Bones

Sun. 3 p.m. Joe Zook

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

All shows 21+

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

Thurs. Beat the Clock College Night DJ Dance Party

Fri. 8 p.m. "Rock and Roll Over" a Tribute to KI//. Doors at 6 p.m., $15

Sat. 8:30 p.m. Slamm Band

Sun. 6 p.m. "River of Dreams" Billy Joel Tribute. Doors at 4 p.m., $15

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

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. El Ka Bong

Sat. 10 p.m. Tangled
All shows 21+

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

Thurs. 9 p.m. The Mayflys w/ Dirty Boots

Fri. 9 p.m. Paul Gargiulo Band

Sat. (3 p.m.) The Trip Dogs (9 p.m.) Sugar Burns

Sun. (3 p.m.) Dick & The Deer Gutters (9 p.m.) The Hyde

Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic. Night w/ Lauren
All shows 21+

JoJo's Tavern

2677 Nottingham Way Hamilton

(609) 586-2678

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. Blues In Disguise

Sat. 7:30 p.m. Kevin Toft and The All Stars

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

Fri. 9:30 p.m. Infinite Bandwidth

Sat. 9:30 p.m. Deep Release

RHO Waterfront

50 Riverview Plaza Trenton

(609) 393-7300

Thurs. 9 p.m. College Night w/ DJ Wessy Wes

Fri. (4:30 p.m.) Happy Hour w/ DJ Big Jae (8 p.m.) The Main Event Band "All Pink Dance Party"

Sat. 9 p.m. Latin Dance Event w/ Son Siete Band, DJ Dors

All Shows 21+

Sunsets at Cream Ridge

181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge

(609) 208-2500

Fri. 9:30 p.m. John & Maggs

Sat. 9:30 p.m. On The Rocks

Tavern On The Lake

101 Main St. Hightstown
(609) 426-9345

Fri. 9 p.m. Groove Pocket

Sat. 9 p.m. Speed Limit

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. All For Bettee

Sat. 10 p.m. Stereo87

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

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

The HOB Tavern

146 Second Street

(609) 291-7020

Fri. 9 p.m. DJ A3RO

Wed. 9 p.m. Matt & Rachel

The Record Collector

358 Farnsworth Ave. Bordentown

(609) 324-0880

Fri. 8 p.m. Frank Cervantes Band / Buffalo Stack. All ages, doors at 7:30 p.m., $12 (advance)

Sat 8 p.m. Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown "CD Release Party." All ages, doors at 7:30 p.m., $35 (advance)

The Sticky Wicket
2465 South Broad St. Hamilton
(609) 439-0007

Fri. 9 p.m. River's Bend

Sat. 9 p.m. Chemical Martinis

All shows 21+

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.) Tommy Glover (9 p.m.) Mike Brill

Sat. 9 p.m. Bob Daley

Sun. 2 p.m. The Dixiecrats

Tues. (7 p.m.) "Rock On Radio Happy Hour" hosted by Danny Coleman (9 p.m.) Matt Kennedy

Wed. 9 p.m. Bill Shannon

All shows 21+

Trenton Social

449 South Broad Street Trenton

(609) 989-7777

Thurs. 8 p.m. Cinema Thursdays Presents: "Industrial Scorpion Retrospective" the Films of Joshua Birkhimer Borden

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. Turbine. $5 (cover charge)

Sat. 10 p.m. Paper Submatines w/ Commonwealth Choir. $5 (cover charge)

Sun. 7 p.m. Open Jam Night

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

Wed. 9 p.m. Terrapin Flyer w/ Mark Karan and Melvin Seals. $20

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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