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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...3/3/16

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 03/03/2016
The local and not so local music scenes are starting to heat up as we speed towards the change of seasons and into Spring. Summer concert announcements, tribute bands, local cover and original acts are all gearing up for our entertainment and listening pleasure.

Major touring acts Zac Brown Band, Dave Matthews Band, Sting & Peter Gabriel, Steely Dan, Daryl Hall & JohnOates, Journey & The Doobie Brothers with "Special guest" Dave Mason, Slipknot, Heart with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts & Cheap Trick will all invade the BB & T Pavilion (formerly the Susquehanna Bank Center) in Camden, NJ and should be enough to whet any classic music lovers appetite. Tickets are currently on sale for all of these shows and can be found at

Tribute bands are also all the rage these days and several tribute shows of note will be forthcoming. First up is the return of "The Machine" on March 26 at the Bergen PAC in Englewood, NJ as they offer up the closest thing to Pink Floyd other than Floyd themselves. Playing to sold out or near sellout crowds; the band offers a great light show and the total Pink Floyd experience. Tickets range from $29 to $79 and can be obtained at

The WFIL Band, performing music from 1966 - 1974 and hailing from Hamilton, NJ will be performing a recreated radio broadcast from the hey-days of "Philly 56 WFIL" radio complete with facts, commercials, jingles, blasts from the past and more on April 22 at the Ivy Tavern in Hamilton. They can be found on youtube at

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Staying in Hamilton, the insanely talented Tom Reock will bring his Reock & Roll Revue to Mercer County Community College's Kelsey Theater once again on July 16 and 17. Reock (known for his incredible reproductions of classic rock albums) will be bringing Jackson Browne's "Running On Empty"to life in yet another quality production filled with facts and educational blurbs about Browne, the music and the creation of the album. A definite can't miss on anyone's must see list of summer shows. Tickets are available at

Some great shows this weekend include, an early 7:30 p.m. start on Friday for Dirty Red "Unplugged" at the Take 5 Gourmet Cafe located in the Foxmoor Shopping Center in Robbinsville. Miss Scarlet Fox and her boys Jeff and Joe bring some classics and new age material straight at you; unplugged.

The Ernie White Band will be rockin' the Ivy Tavern later on that same night with their usual brand of classic rock covers and White originals. Ernie, Tom, Marty and Frankie will rattle "The great wall of alcohol" to its core. Start time is 10 p.m.

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Saturday afternoon jazz can be found with the David Dzubinski Group at the Dog & Bull Brew Pub in Croydon, PA. Dzubinski is one of the most talented piano players in the tri-state area and a great stage persona to boot and will be the featured act at the 11 a.m. jazz brunch. Then the James Stewart Sax Quartet is at the Candlelight Lounge located on Passaic Street in Trenton. Top notch jazz acts call the Candlelight their home and Stewart is no different. Catch this 3 p.m. show then head out later in the evening to Amarones for dinner and the Meg Hanson Band featuring the incomparable Billy Hill on vocals.

Also on Saturday, Honey Spot Blvd. will be topping off a great weekend at The Ivy Tavern with a show and a birthday bash for one of my favorite people; their bassist Terry Crawford. There will be beavers, bubbles, shot glasses and plenty of libations to celebrate the man, the myth and the legend. Always a great time regardless; Honey Spot Blvd brings their "A" game to every performance; start time is 10 p.m.

There's also Deep Release at Pete's Steak House on Whitehorse - Mercerville Road in Hamilton. Still rockin' strong for over 20 plus years; these guys are always a lot of fun as they bring you their brand of classic rock covers and the occasional original tune thrown in. the fun kicks off at 10 p.m.

Sunday, the legend known as Dick Gratton returns to the aforementioned Dog & Bull Brew Pub for two sets. The first as part of the Sunday jazz brunch at 11 a.m. and then he'll be providing the dining soundtrack beginning at 3 p.m.

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. The Prophets
Sat. 8:30 p.m. No Way Out
Amarones Windsor Inn
29 Church St. Windsor
(609) 448-7144

Fri. 8 p.m. Rick & Kenny
Sat. 8 p.m. Meg Hanson Group feat. Billy Hill
Blend Bar & Bistro
911 Highway 33, Hamilton
(609) 245-8887
Tues. 8 p.m. Triviajam

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Backstage at Championship Bar

931 Chambers St. Trenton
Fri. 8 p.m. The Rooftop, Joshua Adair, TMSFE, Riverside Odds, Assemble,

Ages 21+, FREE
Sat. 4 p.m. Experiment 34, Alcove, Beneath Polaris, Menace Of The Canvas, Love Underwater, Endless Taile, We Remain So.


ages, $10
Wed. 6 p.m. FLAW, We...Our War, Maggotmouth, Palaceburn, Pyramids. All Ages, $12/$15
Candlelight Lounge

24 Passaic St. Trenton
(609) 695-9612

Sat. 3

p.m. James Stewart Sax

Quartet. $10 (cover charge)
Chickie's & Pete's
183 US Highway 130 North Bordentown
(609) 298-9182
Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Music Night feat. The Dawgs
Wed. 9 p.m. Quizzo Trivia
City Streets
510 Route 130 South East Windsor
(609) 426-9400
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Gyrl Band
Dempster's Pub
437 Pine Street Mount Holly
(609) 261-0500
Thurs. 8:30 p.m. DJ DNIAL
Fri. 9 p.m. DJ Chris
Dog & Bull Brew House
810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.
(215) 788-2855
Thurs. 8 p.m. Dane Rosenfeld
Fri. (4 p.m.) "Happy Hour Jam" feat. David Dzubinski Group (9 p.m.) Heather Heather
Sat. (11 a.m.) "Saturday Brunch Jam" feat. David Dzubinski Group

(9 p.m.) New Pony
Sun. (11 a.m.) "Sunday Brunch" feat. Dick Gratton

(3 p.m.) Dick Gratton
Mon. 8 p.m. Keith

Lesnik Trio
Wed. 8 p.m. Perry Wolfe
Fran's Pub
116 S. Main St. New Hope, PA.
Mon. 8 p.m. Open Blues Jam
All shows 21+
Glory Days Tavern
1200 Hornberger Ave. Roebling
(609) 499-0896
Sat. 8 p.m. (TBA)
Havana New Hope
105 S. Main Street. New Hope, Pa.

(215) 862-9897
Fri. 9:30 p.m. DJ Josiah
Sat. 8 p.m. "Talking Heads Tribute" w/ Start Making Sense. $15 (Sold Out as of this publishing)
Sun. 2 p.m. Midnight Sun Orchestra
Hopewell Valley

46 Yard Avenue Pennington
(609) 737-4465
Thurs. 6 p.m. Candice Reyes & Charlie Sigler
Fri. 6 p.m. Acoustic Road
Sat. 6 p.m. The Lifters
Sun. 2 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Adelente
Ivy Tavern

3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton
(609) 888-1435
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Fri. 10 p.m. The Ernie White Band
Sat. 10 p.m. "Terry's Birthday" w/ Honey Spot Blvd.

All shows 21+
John & Peter's

96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-5981
Thurs. 9 p.m. Brad Staudle
Fri. 9 p.m. Rainbow Fresh
Sat. (3 p.m.) Anthony Sacchetti

(9 p.m.) The Sound Of Urchin / Sicman Of VA
Sun. 3

p.m. Jason & The C.O.P.O
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic. Night

Tues. 9 p.m. Jerry Fiess
Wed. 9:30 p.m.

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The Invitational
All shows 21+

JoJo's Tavern
2677 Nottingham Way Hamilton
(609) 586-2678
Sat. 10 p.m. Radio Fiction
Wed. 10 p.m. Karaoke
Laurita Winery
85 Archertown Road, New Egypt
(609) 752-0200
Sat. 1 p.m. Deb & Mike
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Rd Levittown, PA
(215) 949-9570
Thurs. 10:30 p.m. "Beer Pong" w/ DJ Codie
Fri. 10 p.m. Pixie Dix
Sat. 10 p.m. "Saturday Night Party" w/ Dueling DJs
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo hosted by Mike
Millhill Basement
300 S. Broad Street Trenton
(609) 989-1600
Fri. 9 p.m. Strange Angels
Sat. 9 p.m.

Honah Lee, The Dewtons
Mill Hill Playhouse/Passage Theatre
205 E. Front Street, Trenton
(609) 392-0766
Thurs. 8 p.m. "Manchild in the Promised Land"

Fri. 8 p.m. "Panther Hollow"
Sat. 8 p.m.

"Manchild in the Promised Land"

Sun. 3 p.m.

"Manchild in the Promised Land"

O'Connor's American Bar & Grille
1383 Monmouth Road, Easthampton Mt. Holly
(609) 261-1555
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Gypsymother
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Tonya Lynette Trio

Olde Liberty Tavern
2114 Liberty Street, Trenton
(609) 396-2262
Sat. 9 p.m. Open Mic. Night
Palermo's Of Hamilton
310 Klockner Rd. Hamilton
(609) 838-7979
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Fri. 9 p.m. Polish Nannies
All shows 21+

Patriot's Crossing
1339 River Rd. Titusville
(609) 737-2780
Fri. 8 p.m. Receptor
Pete's Steak House
523 Whitehorse Ave. Hamilton
(609) 585-8008
Fri. 9:30 p.m. The Drunk Monkeys
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Deep Release
Randy Now's Man Cave
134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 424-3766
Check Website for upcoming events.

RHO Waterfront
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
(609) 393-7300
Thurs. 10 p.m. "College Night" w/ DJ Paul Desisto. 21+

Fri. (4:30 p.m.) Happy Hour Buffet. $10 (8:30 p.m.) The Grace Little Band
Sat. 10 p.m. "Big Rings 10th Anniversary Party and Pisces Birthday Celebration" w/ DJs William H., Bark DaRipper, Selecta Bam Bam. $20 (advance)
Take 5 Gourmet Cafe
1065 Washington Blvd., Robbinsville
(609) 443-6800
Fri. 7:30 p.m. Dirty Red Unplugged
Tara's Tavern


Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown
(609) 286-2300
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Big Daddy G
Sat. 9 p.m. El Ka Bong
Tavern On The Lake
101 Main St. Hightstown
(609) 426-9345
Fri. 9 p.m. Sleeping Dogs Lie
Sat. 9 p.m. (TBA)
Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke Night

The HOB Tavern
146 Second Street
(609) 291-7020
Sat. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Tues. 9 p.m. Open Mic. Night
The Ivy Inn
248 Nassau St. Princeton
(609) 921-8555
Thurs. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Ron
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Fatha Ramzee
Sat. 10 p.m. The Goods
Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv
Wed. 10 p.m. "Wednesday Wheel Night Spin To Win Karaoke" w/ DJ Rockn Ron
The Roost

181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge
(609) 208-0050
Fri. 9 p.m. Radio Fiction
Sat. 9 p.m. Let's Be Frank
The Sticky Wicket

2465 South Broad St. Hamilton
(609) 439-0007
Fri. 9 p.m. Never Enough

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Sat. 9 p.m. Superstar Karaoke
The Sun National Bank Center

81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton
(609) 656-3200
Check website for upcoming events
Tir Na Nog

1324 Hamilton Ave. Trenton
(609) 392-2554
Fri. 9 p.m. Oliver McElhone
Sat. 9 p.m. Jet Weston & The Atomic Ranch Hands
Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions" w/ Kathy DeAngelo & Dennis Gormley
Tues. 9 p.m. Open Mic. w/

Taylor Reed
All shows


Trenton Buzz
702 Pine St. Trenton
(609) 392-6000
Fri. 8 p.m. Live Band &

Open Mic.

Trenton Social
449 South Broad Street Trenton
(609) 989-7777

7 p.m. First Friday

Mon. 9 p.m. Monday Night Karaoke w/ Benny P
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic. Night
Wed. 6 p.m. Dick Gratton
Triumph Brewing Company

(New Hope, Pa. Location)
400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-8300
Fri. 10 p.m. Lord Nelson($5 cover charge)
Sat. 10 p.m. Georgia Flood.

($5 cover charge)
Sun. 7 p.m. Open Jam Night (Sign ups 6:30 p.m. at hostess stand)
All shows 21+

Wildflowers Inn
2572 Pennington Rd. Pennington
Sat. 9 p.m. Acoustic Rock

All shows 21+

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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