"The Ted Z Memorial Jam/A Celebration of a Man's Life," will flood the Ivy Tavern located at 3108 South Broad Street in Hamilton, NJ with memories and music from some of those who played the Cedar Pub, better known as "Teddy's" on a regular basis. "A musical tribute for a champion of local music," says one of the event's organizers Frank Clayton who began performing at Cedar Pub several years back with his duo partner Gary Anderson.
Clayton, along with Honey Spot Blvd. members Jessica Paris and Rusty DiPasquale along with Rock On Radio host Danny Coleman quickly put this "Memorial Jam" together. "I was contacted by the local duo of Alright Alright," explained Coleman; "They immediately reached out, I mean within hours of Ted's passing and stated that they wanted to be part of any benefit or memorial that I heard of or was organizing for Ted. I thought, you know what? Why Not? I know that Honey Spot Blvd. was one of Ted's favorite acts that played at Cedar Pub so I reached out to Rusty and Jessica, then Frank and they responded with an emphatic Yes! We had a meeting at the Ivy Tavern and had a list of bands, who, as it turned out, had contacted the others as well and within an hour or so the show was put together."
The outpouring of affection from the local music community continues to flow in; much like the beers that Ted would draw six nights a week. Musicians and patrons alike have inquired about a tribute honoring the man whose attempts to revive the music scene are well documented. "Teddy Zegarski was an instrumental part in keeping local music alive and rocking in Mercer County and was just a sweetheart of a guy. He always had a kind thing to say and a mischievous smile on his face. As one of the new kids on the block in the local music scene, we are very honored to be able to do a small part to honor him. He will be sorely missed," says Nicolo Giangrasso who often performed there as a duo when Ted first revived Cedar Pub and will be performing with his new project the Polish Nannies.
Local Hamilton product Kevin Toft, was Ted's go to guy, filling in literally on a moments notice if there was a cancellation; says that he performed either in that role or as a scheduled act twenty seven times or more and was deeply affected by Ted's death. "This hit me hard; I really liked that guy," he said before a recent gig in Titusville, NJ. "I met Ted when he first started at Cedar. I went in looking for a gig and he asked me if I had a CD. I gave him a disc and he called me an hour later and said, "You're in!" Over the next few years I played there twenty seven times or more. Ted changed my life by introducing me to some of the best musicians anywhere; love ya' Ted."
Ted Zegarski touched many people, one of which was long time blues man and well respected guitarist Paul Plumeri who reflected and urged all to attend of possible says, "Ted was a true supporter and fan of the Trenton music scene. Many of us will be there this Sunday at the Ivy to pay a musical tribute; I wish all of you will come and join us."
Event organizer Jessica Paris who, along with her band mates were close to Ted, said it best when she offered up this statement, "When we got together to plan this event we said it was for Teddy. But it's really for us, all the people he left behind. "We want to fill the Ivy with music and love so we can remember Ted how he should remembered. He helped and supported so many local musicians and there's nothing that we could do to give him the honor he deserves, but we're sure gonna try on Sunday. His mom says "He was gem" and I couldn't have said it better myself."
That's it for this week! Please continue to support live and original music and until next week....ROCK ON!
THIS WEEKS CALENDAR LISTINGS
146 Lawrenceville-Pennington Rd. Lawrenceville
Fri. 8:30 p.m. (TBA)
Sat. 8:30 p.m. (TBA)
Amarones Windsor Inn
29 Church St. Windsor
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. "Country" Ron Crites
Fri. 8 p.m. Robert Bruce
Sat. 7:30 Living The Dream
Wed. 7:30 p.m. Robert Bruce
Big Shots Bar and Grill/Hebe Music Lounge
835 E Rte. 130 South, Burlington
Sat. 7 p.m. "Date Night" w/ A Thousand Days
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic. hosted by Reji B feat. Danielle & Jennifer, Corey James
Blend Bar & Bistro
911 Highway 33, Hamilton
Tues. 8 p.m. Triviajam
The Backstage at Championship Bar
931 Chambers St. Trenton
Fri. 7 p.m. A Take back, (TBA). All ages, $10
Sat. 5 p.m. Cut the Act, Between The Vertebrae, (TBA). All ages, $10
Sun. 4 p.m. The Bunny The Bear, Kyle Colby, Today We Die, Lost In Betrayal, Orpheus Sets Fire, Infused Miscreation, Dreams of Desire, The Things They Carried. All ages, $12
24 Passaic St. Trenton
Sat. 3 p.m. Landom Bros. Sax Quartet. (No cover-$10 minimum)
Chickie's & Pete's
183 US Highway 130 North Bordentown
Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Music Night feat. The Dawgs
Dog & Bull Brew House
810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.
Thurs. 8 p.m. Heather Heather
Fri. (4 p.m.) Happy Hour w/ Visoon (9 p.m.) Mike Estabrook
Sat. (11 a.m.) Saturday Brunch feat. Mike Leggerie (9 p.m.) Mia Johnson
Sun. (11 a.m.) Sunday Brunch feat. The Evolution (3 p.m.) Brian Bortnick
Mon. 8 p.m. Jay Regan
Wed. 8 p.m. Kevin Toft & The All Stars
116 S. Main St. New Hope, PA.
Fri. 8 p.m. Sugar Burn & Satellite Hearts
Sat. 8 p.m. Miggy & The Spooges feat. Dean Ween. $15
Sun. 3:30 p.m. Dave Bond
Mon. 8 p.m. Open Blues Jam
All shows 21+
Havana New Hope
105 S. Main St. New Hope, Pa.
Thurs. 10 p.m. "Beat the Clock" DJ Dance party
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Wired
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Bigg Romeo
Sun. 4 p.m. Rocky and His Friends
Mon. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Ron Sherr and Bridget
Wed. 8 p.m. Pat Foran and Friends
All shows 21+
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton
Fri. 10 p.m. El Ka Bong
Sat. 10 p.m. Soul Custody
Sun. 12 p.m. Ted Z "Memorial Jam" A celebration of a Man's Life feat. Alright Alright, Deb & Mike, Tom Reock, Matt & Rachel, Kevin Toft & The All Star Band, Bob O, Dick Gratton, F2 & the Anchovy Brothers, Honey Spot Blvd., Kindred Spirit, Charles Laurita & The Mischief, Polish Nannies, Jeff Geunther, Paul Plumeri & Jerry Monk.
All shows 21+
John & Peter's
96 S. Main St. New Hope, Pa.
Fri. 9 p.m. Squid Subject A w/ Dreadlords
Sat. 9 p.m. Redrover Burlesque
Sun. 9 p.m. Jerry Fiess
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic. Night w/ Lauren
Tues. 9 p.m. Miss Pumpkin's Silver Anniversary Party
Wed. 9:30 p.m. The Invitational
All shows 21+
2677 Nottingham Way Hamilton
Wed. 10 p.m. Karaoke
Paint the Roses Tea and Café
37 West Broad Street Hopewell
Sat. 11 a.m. Bryan Hill
Palermo's Of Hamilton
310 Klockner Rd. Hamilton
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke
All shows 21+
1339 River Rd. Titusville
Fri. 7:30 p.m. Steve Bross
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Joe D'Angelo & Friends
Pete's Steak House
523 Whitehorse Ave. Hamilton
Fri. 9:30 p.m. F2 & The Anchovy Brothers
Sat. 9:30 p.m. That Acoustic 80's Band
802 River Rd. West Trenton
Fri. 8 p.m. Matt & Rachel w/ Bob O
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
Thurs. 10 p.m. "College Night" w/ DJ Paul Desisto
Fri. (4 p.m.) Happy Hour Buffet (8 p.m.) "Red Party" w/ Main Event
Sat. "Valentine Dance Event" w/ Edwin LeBron, DJs. $10, $20, $25
All Shows 21+
Sunsets at Cream Ridge
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge
Sat. 9 p.m. Kindred Spirit
Tavern On The Lake
101 Main St. Hightstown
Fri. 9 p.m. Out of The Red
Sat. 9 p.m. Black Rose
Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke Night
The HOB Tavern
146 Second Street
Sat. 9 p.m. Karaoke
The Ivy Inn
248 Nassau St. Princeton
Thurs. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Ron
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Darius The First
Sat. 10 p.m. Stereo87
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
Check web page for upcoming shows.
The Record Collector
358 Farnsworth Ave. Bordentown
Check web site for upcoming events.
The Sun National Bank Center
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton
Check web site for upcoming events
Tir Na Nog
1324 Hamilton Ave. Trenton
Fri. 9 p.m. Birmingham 6
Sat. 9 p.m. John Richards
Tues. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" Happy Hour Hosted by Danny Coleman feat. Ryche Chlanda.
All shows 21+
449 South Broad Street Trenton
Thurs. 8 p.m. Cinema Thursdays Presents: "Billy Was a Deaf Kid"
Fri. 7 p.m. First Friday
Mon. 10 p.m. Service Industry Night w/ DJ-Jay Kountree
Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, Pa. Location)
400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.
Fri. 10 p.m. Scott Pemberton. ($5 cover charge)
Sat. 10 p.m. Levee Drivers. ($5 cover charge)
Sun. (12 p.m.) The Berries (7 p.m.) Open Jam Night
Tues. 9 p.m. Acoustic Bengal Gold
All shows 21+
2572 Pennington Rd. Pennington
Sat. 9 p.m. Live Acoustic Rock
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke