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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...12/25/14

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 12/25/2014
"It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas means a little bit more." .... Dr. Seuss via The Grinch.

Maybe it does, maybe it means a lot more. Perhaps it means the "15th Annual Ernie White Christmas Show" in Hamilton where approximately $200,000 has been raised to help the less fortunate. Maybe it's Cook Smith's "Winter Solstice Show" in Asbury Park where the food and monetary donations go directly to a local food bank. Maybe it's the amazing work of Holiday Express and other organizations such as Musicians on a Mission that means so much more to so many.

Maybe, just maybe, it's the continuous unselfishness of music communities all across our globe that embodies the spirit of giving as well as support for and love of our fellow man. No matter what the case; music brings people together. Different genres, styles, sounds nor geography stand in the way of the powers of unification made possible by music.

So while most of us are off over the next week, try and focus a bit on what we can do to support our local musicians, food banks, soup kitchens and shelters. Try not to get caught up in the "Retail" meaning of Christmas. Instead choose to remember those less fortunate and what one can do to help; there's no musical ability needed for that gig, it's strictly a solo performance.

Rock On Radio has a new home. Effective 12/28/14 the program will be broadcasting live from " A 40 Foot Hole Studio" ( at 10 p.m. EST. This move will allow the program to do full electric performances versus strictly acoustic as well as bring the show to you visually through a live video stream. Listeners can now interact via their laptops in four ways, audio, video and through a Facebook chat room. The program will also now have a live audience in attendance and all are encouraged to come on down and support the station and Rock On Radio for this free event! This Sunday, Point Pleasant, NJ solo artist Scott Brandt will be the first guest of the program in its new surroundings and we are very excited to have him.

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There's a light holiday schedule this week in the area entertainment scene but the quality is never less than stellar.

I would like to personally wish all of those who make this space possible and the readers a very Merry Christmas and a joyous holiday season! I thank you for your continued support and talents!

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


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Amalfi's Restaurant

146 Lawrenceville-Pennington Rd. Lawrenceville

(609) 912-1599

Fri./Sat. 8:30 p.m. (TBA)

Amarones Windsor Inn

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29 Church St. Windsor

(609) 448-7144

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

Fri. 8 p.m. Lonnie Youngblood

Sat. 8 p.m. Sounds of The Street

Wed. 7:30 p.m. DJ John Rossi

Big Shots Bar and Grill/Hebe Music Lounge

835 E Rte. 130 South, Burlington

(609) 267-1200

No music scheduled until 2015

Blend Bar & Bistro

911 Highway 33, Hamilton

(609) 245-8887

Sat 9 p.m. ZQ Acoustic w/ Mike & Steve

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Tues. 8 p.m. Triviajam

The Backstage at Championship Bar
931 Chambers St. Trenton

Fri. 7 p.m. I Am The Trireme, Godless A.D., (TBA). All ages, $10

Sat. 5 p.m. Who Killed Marilyn?, The Silverhounds, The Damn Long Hairs, Electric Puke, Zero Gear, A Crisis of Confidence, (TBA). All ages, $10

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

Sat. 3 p.m. Victor North Sax Quartet. (No cover-$10 minimum)

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

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

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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.


No music scheduled until 2015

All shows 21+

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

Thurs. Closed for Christmas

Fri. 8:30 p.m. Bigg Romeo

Sat. 8 p.m. "Earth Wind and Fire Tribute" w/ Earth Wind and Fire Review. Doors at 6 p.m., $25

Sun. 6 p.m. JB Kline Band

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

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Wed. 9 p.m. "New Year's Rockin' Eve" w/ Se7en Band (a.k.a Chris James Band). $10

All shows 21+

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

Fri. 10 p.m. Gunsmoke

Sat. 10 p.m. Polish Nannies
All shows 21+

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

Thurs. Bar is OPEN (no entertainment)

Fri. 9 p.m. Ben Vaughn Quintet w/ Cliff Hillis

Sat. (3 p.m.) Rev. B-Ill's Christmas Spectacularrrrrrr (9 p.m.) Bluebalz

Sun. (3 p.m.) Miss Pumpkin's Drag Show Benefit (9 p.m.) Sugar Burns

Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic. Night

Tues. 9 p.m. Sage

Wed. 9 p.m. New Year's Eve Party w/ DJ aggrEschen
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. (TBA)

Sat. 7:30 p.m. (TBA)

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

Fri. 9:30 p.m. That Acoustic 80's Band

RHO Waterfront

50 Riverview Plaza Trenton

(609) 393-7300

Fri. 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Free Buffet Customer Appreciation Party w/ DJ Frank Olivetti

Sat. 9 p.m. "Alsato Navideno" Hosted by Paul Perez w/ DJ Coqui, Freestyle Contest, Kombo Latino. $20

Wed. "New Year's Eve Gala" w/ DJ Bob-E-Luv. $50/$65

All Shows 21+

Tavern On The Lake

101 Main St. Hightstown
(609) 426-9345

Fri. 9 p.m. Steve The Band

Sat. 9 p.m. Far Cry

Wed. (8 p.m.) Karaoke Night (10 p.m.) "New Year's Eve Party" feat. live music, 2 seatings, $25/$28

The Ivy Inn

248 Nassau St. Princeton

(609) 921-8555

Thurs. Closed

Sat. 10 p.m. El Ka Bong

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

The HOB Tavern

146 Second Street

(609) 291-7020

Sat. 9 p.m. Karaoke

Wed. 9 p.m. New Year's Eve Party w/ DJ A3RO

The Millhill Basement

300 South Broad St Trenton

(609) 989-1600

Sat. 9 p.m. "My God Damn Birthday Party" feat. The Cryptkeeper 5, Brick Mower, GameDay Regulars, The Jukebox Romantics / DJ Streams of Whiskey w/ Jay Insult

The Record Collector

358 Farnsworth Ave. Bordentown

(609) 324-0880

Fri. 8 p.m. Uncle Floyd. All ages, doors at 7:30 p.m., $18 (advance)

Sat. 8 p.m. Ben Vaughn Quintet / Cliff Hillis. All ages, doors at 7:30 p.m., $15 (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. Ed Wilson

All shows 21+

Trenton Social

449 South Broad Street Trenton

(609) 989-7777

Thurs. 8 p.m. Cinema Thursdays Presents: (Closed)

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. Alycat. ($5 cover charge)

Sat. 10 p.m. Mercer County Pour. ($5 cover charge)

Sun. 7 p.m. Open Jam Night

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

Wed. 10 p.m. New Year's Eve feat. Pure Jerry. ($5 cover charge)

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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