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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...1/29/15


By Danny Coleman

originally published: 01/29/2015
"A Cappella," said Jerzy Jung as she described her affections for the October project. "I was in an A Cappella group at school where I sang lead to the song "Sunday Morning Yellow Sky," Mary has such an incredible voice and I've always been obsessed with that song and her vocal ability; it's going to be so cool to actually get to meet her!"

The next installment of the Candlelight Concert for Epilepsy Awareness series takes place on February 7 at 7 p.m. Once again at the Trinity United Methodist Church located at 1985 Pennington Road in Ewing, NJ; featuring special guest Mary Fahl.

Formed in the late 80's with roots in Montclair, NJ, songwriting partners Julie Flanders and Emil Adler were introduced to Mary Fahl during a meeting in New York City. By 1993 the band was signed to Epic Records and experienced commercial success. Securing some late night TV appearances and movie soundtrack placements, as well as opening for major touring acts; the band seemed poised for a breakout when suddenly, Epic "Terminated their contract without explanation." The band chose to go their separate ways with members pursuing other endeavors.



 
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Fahl, like her prior band mates, never stopped playing, recording and doing live shows. "That's how I met Eric," explaining her involvement with the Candlelight Concert Series. "Eric knew me from my October Project days and had invited me to do his smaller house concerts. His wife was a fan, or they were both fans of the band and I recall them coming out to see a show. I am one of the lucky ones, I got to meet his wife before she passed away, such a tragic thing; I am glad he asked me to do this."

Not being directly effected, Fahl, like one out of every twenty six people, knows someone with epilepsy. "You know, I am not personally affected but I have a very dear friend who was recently diagnosed and she's in her sixties! One never knows, as I said, I met Eric's wife and there are just no words...." As her voice trailed off, Fahl seemed to contemplate the magnitude of what her appearance means to this awareness series.

The show's opener is Jersey Shore area solo artist Jerzy Jung. Yes, Jerzy is her given first name. A name incredibly unique, yet one her father had seen somewhere and liked. "Yes," she declared emphatically. "It is my real name. My dad read the name somewhere, I'm not sure where; a newspaper maybe? Wherever it was it just clicked for him. I wish I could say it was something more interesting but that's it," she said with a laugh. "I never quite got it. My dad always said that it's the greatest gift he ever gave me and as a kid I never quite understood but now that I'm an entertainer I embrace it; guess he was right."

Like Fahl, Jung had no personal ties to epilepsy; or so she thought. "You know what's so funny? I thought that I didn't know anyone that is effected but my cousin's husband just posted on Facebook that he had seizures as a child. I've known him for years and I honestly never knew; it's scary. I've been following Eric on Facebook for quite some time now. Eric's story is just so, so, sad and tragic. What happened with his wife due to epilepsy just doesn't seem fair. I had met Eric some time ago, I don't remember where exactly but he liked my music and he asked me to be part of this and I'm very excited to do it!"



 
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Jung who says she's, "Got a lot of stuff going on" musically claims that we can expect pure Jerzy at the show on the seventh. "I think the plan right now is, well, it's going to be a stripped down version of my music. I'm going to go for it; it will be just me and the piano. I'm going to play some of my new songs and see how they go over and my older material; I'm just going to have a lot of fun with it. Right now I'm working on a four song EP at Lakehouse Studios. I work there, I teach voice and piano. So I am recording there, my new material has a more aggressive sound, it's a super raw sound that is different for me."

Fahl has the same thought process when it comes to debuting new material; using her audiences as the supreme judge of any and all new material. "I never put anything on a record that I don't test on an audience repeatedly," she stated with a laugh. "My audiences are the best litmus test for any new material, I mean if it doesn't go over live, will it go over on a recording? I've been touring a lot and I have about forty dates coming up. I just played the City Winery in Chicago and I'm going out to L.A. and these shows have been some solo, some with the full band. I'm getting these albums out there and this is the gestation period for my next album so I'll be trying out some new material at this show. I'll be bringing the band with me and my music director is fantastic; his name is Mark Boyle. I'll be doing some October Project stuff which is where people primarily know me from and some of my stuff along with a few covers; the show will be a panorama of me."

After this show, both Fahl and Jung have great happenings coming down the road. Fahl will be doing a series of performances with the New Jersey Symphony; one of which is at the State Theater in new Brunswick. "This something big! It is a really big thing. I've never done anything like this before; it's a nail biting experience that's for sure." Jung says that she'll continue to "Write every day" but she'll be busy in other areas as well. "I have a duo with a guy from England on this web site called "Hit Record." His name is Andrew Keeble and he is amazingly talented. We send our recordings back and forth to each other on line and things have worked out well. Then I've been asked to return for the "Hit Record" TV show. The first season can be found on "Pivot" and we are about to start filming the second season; so I'll be busy right into the summer."

Tickets to see these two fantastic ladies of song are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and can be purchased by going to www.candlelightconcert.org .


The Trenton Elks are celebrating their 127th. birthday on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. at the lodge located at 42 Decou Ave. in Ewing, NJ. The two man blues wrecking crew of Paul Plumeri and TJ Nix along with the rest of Blues In Disguise will be providing the entertainment for the evening.


It is a very sad day for the Trenton/Hamilton music scene. The recent passing of Cedar Pub bar keep and music man Ted Zegarski has left a huge void in most of our musical hearts. Ted's re-opening of a long dormant club and his support for live and/or original music were well known and respected in the area. "Teddy Z" as he was known, could be found hurrying his acts along, imploring them to get their gear packed up at night's end so that he could possibly make it to another local venue and support yet another band. Many a time, he could be found arriving late at the Ivy tavern or Pete's Steak House to check out his favorite local bands. Multiple times, this writer had opportunities to work with Ted. There were often times where he would send a CD my way or suggest, no, make that urge me to have a group on my radio program, "Rock On Radio." "I'm tellin' ya' Danny, these guys are good; ya' gotta have'em on your show," I can still hear his words. Being both a writer and a musician, my relationship with Ted was unique and one forged out of respect and the desire to do right by the musical community of the Trenton area. Ted's attempts to help the scene flourish were much appreciated by all who came in contact with him and his gallant efforts to do what no other local establishment does, support original acts on a consistent basis; was and still is lauded by the countless players who he booked at Cedar Pub. "Everything in life is temporary," a friend once said to me. With Teddy's passing his temporary time on earth has come to an end but the mark that he's made on all of us musicians both young and old will remain for a life time. Rest in peace our friend, you earned it.



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

THIS WEEKS CALENDAR LISTINGS

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. Gyrl Band



 
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Sat. 8 p.m. Greg Martiello & Chosen Few

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

Thurs. 8 p.m. Country Night

Fri. 7 p.m. Plantation, Kid Felix, Alright Junior, Wonder and Fury

Sat. 7 p.m. Garden State Line, You Do You, The Aponic Blue, Yeah Son

Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic. hosted by Reji B. feat. Soundbots Motif

Blend Bar & Bistro

911 Highway 33, Hamilton

(609) 245-8887

Tues. 8 p.m. Triviajam

The Backstage at Championship Bar
931 Chambers St. Trenton



 
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Fri. 5 p.m. "Pirate Fest" feat. Alestorm, Swashbuckle, The Dread Crew of Oddwood, Shadows of Dawn, Stealing Fame, Endless Lament, w/ special performances by Karnevil Circus Sideshow. All ages, $20

Sat. 6 p.m. The Slackers, Molly Rhythm, Backyard Superheroes, Autocracy East, The Bad Parts, Seeing Snakes. All ages, $18/$20

Sun. 5 p.m. Fit For An Autopsy, Lorna Shore, Sicker Than Most, Proletariat, Reborn Divided, The Blessing Of This Curse, Fulfill the Prophecy, Draped In Dread. All ages, $12/$14

Wed. 8 p.m. Wu-Wednesday. Age 21+, $5

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


Sat. 3 p.m. John Simon Sax Quartet. (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


Dog & Bull Brew House

810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.



 
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(215) 788-2855


Thurs. 8 p.m. Faraway Guys

Fri. 9 p.m. Heather Heather

Sat. (11 a.m.) Saturday Brunch feat. Michael Leggerie (9 p.m.) Jeffrey Washington

Sun. (11 a.m.) Sunday Brunch feat. Evolution Jazz Band (3 p.m.) Dick Gratton

Mon. 8 p.m. The Keith Lesnik Trio


Fran's Pub

116 S. Main St. New Hope, PA.

(215)862-5539

Sat. 8 p.m. Blue Meanies

Mon. 8 p.m. Open Blues Jam

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 p.m. Best of The Eagles (Eagles Tribute). Doors at 6 p.m., $25


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

Sun. 1 p.m. Midnight Sun Orchestra

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

Wed. 8 p.m. Original Music Series hosted by Pat Foran

All shows 21+

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

Fri. 10 p.m. Gunsmoke

Sat. 10 p.m. Papa Deluxe
All shows 21+


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

Thurs. 9 p.m. The Mayflys

Fri. 9 p.m. Ammunition w/ Grasshopper

Sat. 3 p.m. Lifeguard Nights


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

Wed. 9:30 p.m. The Invitational
All shows 21+

JoJo's Tavern

2677 Nottingham Way Hamilton

(609) 586-2678

Sat. 10 p.m. Kindred Spirit

Wed. 10 p.m. Karaoke


McGuinn's Place

1781 Brunswick Ave. Lawrenceville

(609) 392-0599


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

Paint the Roses Tea and Café

37 West Broad Street Hopewell

(609) 466-8200

Sat. 11 a.m. Bryan Hill

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


Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke

Sat. 9 p.m. Out of The Red

All shows 21+

Patriot's Crossing

1339 River Rd. Titusville

(609) 737-2780

Sat. 7:30 p.m. Soul Kitchen

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


Fri. 9:30 p.m. (TBA)

Sat. 9:30 p.m. Blind Lemmon Pie


Randy Now's Man Cave

134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown

(609) 424-3766


Sun. 12 p.m. Pre-Super Bowl / Randy's Knee Replacement Party. Free Man Cave Hot dogs / Entertainment feat. Todd "The Mod" Ellis and Les The Mentalist


RHO Waterfront


50 Riverview Plaza Trenton


(609) 393-7300

Thurs. 10 p.m. "College Night" w/ DJ Wessy Wes

Fri. (4 p.m.) Happy Hour Buffet (8:30 p.m.) In The Cut

Sat. 9 p.m. Dance Party


All Shows 21+

Sunsets at Cream Ridge

181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge

(609) 208-2500

Fri. 9:30 p.m. Timeless

Sat. 9:30 p.m. Tangled


Tavern On The Lake

101 Main St. Hightstown
(609) 426-9345


Fri. 9 p.m. ArHouse

Sat. 9 p.m. No Limits

Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke Night

The HOB Tavern

146 Second Street

(609) 291-7020

Fri. 9 p.m. Matt & Rachel

Sat. 9 p.m. Karaoke

The Ivy Inn

248 Nassau St. Princeton

(609) 921-8555

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

Fri. 10 p.m. Jam Lab

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

Wed. 10 p.m. "Theme Night" w/ DJ Rockn Ron

The Millhill Basement

300 South Broad St Trenton

(609) 989-1600

Check web page for upcoming shows.

The Record Collector

358 Farnsworth Ave. Bordentown

(609) 324-0880

Check web site for upcoming shows.

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

Fri. 9:30 p.m. Polish Nannies

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

Check web site for upcoming events

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


Fri. (5 p.m.) Ed O'Neal (9 p.m.) John Byrne

Sat. 9 p.m. Mike Barniskis

Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions" w/ Kathy DeAngelo and Dennis Gormley

All shows 21+

Trenton Social

449 South Broad Street Trenton

(609) 989-7777

Thurs. 8 p.m. Cinema Thursdays Presents: "Freestyle Love"

Fri. 7 p.m. First Friday Presents: "Young at heArt" a Watercolor Exhibit by Nonagenarian Stephen M. Marusky

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. The Brummy Brothers. ($5 cover charge)

Sat. 10 p.m. Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers. ($5 cover charge)


Tues. 9 p.m. Acoustic 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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