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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...2/12/15

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 02/12/2015

He was known as Ted, Teddy, Teddy Z and even Flash to some but to the musicians in the Trenton area; he was known as a friend and major supporter of their craft. Sadly, Ted's untimely and unexpected passing has rocked all of those who knew him. On Sunday February 15 at noon, fourteen bands and solo artists are scheduled to pay tribute to the man who loved music, his patrons and bringing quality entertainment to the Trenton area.

"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."

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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."

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


Amalfi's Restaurant

146 Lawrenceville-Pennington Rd. Lawrenceville

(609) 912-1599

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

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

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Amarones Windsor Inn

29 Church St. Windsor

(609) 448-7144

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

(609) 267-1200

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

(609) 245-8887

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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

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

Sat. 3 p.m. Landom Bros. Sax Quartet. (No cover-$10 minimum)

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. 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

Fran's Pub

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.
(215) 862-9897

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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+

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

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.
(215) 862-5981

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+

JoJo's Tavern

2677 Nottingham Way Hamilton

(609) 586-2678

Wed. 10 p.m. Karaoke

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

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. Joe D'Angelo & Friends

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

Fri. 9:30 p.m. F2 & The Anchovy Brothers

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

Revere Ristorante

802 River Rd. West Trenton

(609) 882-6365

Fri. 8 p.m. Matt & Rachel w/ Bob O

RHO Waterfront

50 Riverview Plaza Trenton

(609) 393-7300

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

(609) 208-2500

Sat. 9 p.m. Kindred Spirit

Tavern On The Lake

101 Main St. Hightstown
(609) 426-9345

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

(609) 291-7020

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. 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

(609) 989-1600

Check web page for upcoming shows.

The Record Collector

358 Farnsworth Ave. Bordentown

(609) 324-0880

Check web site for upcoming events.

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. 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+

Trenton Social

449 South Broad Street Trenton

(609) 989-7777

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.
(215) 862-8300

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+

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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