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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...4/30/15

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 05/02/2015
"Sixteen years now," says nineteen year old guitar phenom Matthew Curry in reference to how long he's been playing his instrument. "My dad played; it's the reason why I started. His dad played and that's it as far as music goes in my family but I do have a twin brother who is a pretty good drummer." 
This incredibly talented "Young Gun" as he's being called; has been turning heads for years. Currently on tour opening for the Doobie Brothers, Steve Miller Band and Don Felder, Curry has also shared a stage with rock legend Peter Frampton. In a recent press release, Frampton was quoted as saying, “I see a big future for Matthew. Someone asked me in an interview if I thought there could be any more guitar heroes.  Well, hell yes, of course, and Matthew is one who will prove that to be true.” "To be able to trade off licks with him was an honor," said an enthusiastic Curry. "That was just amazing! Peter is such a good guitar player; I was very honored to perform with him." 
A product of Normal, Illinois; Curry has already rocked his way to stardom, usually reserved for veteran players, with relative ease; all in a music scene which is much different from what it used to be. "Normal is the twin city of Bloomington, Indiana. The music scene? Eh, it's not, well it is slowly getting worse," he stated rather sadly. "I used to be able to walk into a club and see a good band no matter where I went but not so much anymore. I'm not sure why that is, whether it's the lack of places to play that's shrinking or there's not as many artists out there; I just don't know." 
Places to peddle his wares are not an issue for Curry as he's grown accustom to playing in front of large crowds. Be it while on the road with classic rock headliners or solo with his band mates; the kid from Normal is packing them in. Curry is quite often asked by the headliner to join them on stage and he is more than willing to accept. A combined exuberance for his instrument, and powerful vocals have drawn rave reviews from the old masters, audiences and peers alikeeven causing Steve Miller to compare him to the late great Stevie Ray Vaughn. Miller throws about terms like "Virtuosity" and "Originality" when comparing this up and comer to the newly elected Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame member. "Um, it's an, it's an honor that people think that...," and as his voice trailed off and as he was searching for the right words; one can sense the respect Curry has for those who have come before him and those who have taken him under their wing. "There are those who look at carrying a label like "Young Gun" or others as a burden; it's not baggage to me. Just knowing, being thought of that way is very enjoying. It was really exciting and continues to be very exciting and great to see and hang out with Steve and the Doobies; they are great guys and just incredible people. Being an Eagles fan, getting to meet Don Felder is huge for me. I have such respect for him as a guitarist; all those hits the Eagles had that he had a hand in were just amazing. I look forward to meeting him." 
Curry has two CDs to his credit; his 2011 debut disc, "If I Don't Got You" and 2013's "Electric Religion." So how does a nineteen year old "Gunslinger" make his way into a full fledged tour supporting some of the biggest names in rock? Well, one way is to be named a member of Fender Guitar's "Brotherhood of The Guitar,"  an exclusive club usually reserved for those players whose age surpasses the amount of their fingers and toes. Perhaps also being part of Fender's "Accelerator Program,"  one of only ten "Emerging" artists to be chosen as such does it? Regardless of the how; the fact remains that Curry is the real deal and is about to become much busier. "Well, I've got a lot of stuff on the works right now, including new music; a lot of new music," he stated with both confidence and a chuckle. "I try to stay writing but it's hard to do with the tour and the such but I am writing new material and we have a video coming out and this next CD is hopefully going to be my best yet." 
Most his age have the blues about something; school work, car troubles, relationships but not Curry. His sound is unrivaled in the genre and is deservedly turning heads. Molten guitar work mixed with vocals that have an edge unmatched by many are propelling him toward stardom at a rate not seen since Vaughn set the standard for modern blues players. What does this unassuming talent want from the future? "Well, hopefully my new music will be out and a radio hit or two would be nice!"
Matthew Curry is doing a series of solo shows intertwined with his major tour dates; one of which is Tuesday May 5 at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. A rare chance these days to see him in a small venue, Curry is performing on the upstairs stage; an even more intimate setting. Tickets are a mere $10 with the doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show kicking off at 8 p.m. Go now because I can guarantee that you'll not be seeing Mattghew Curry for that price much longer!n
To discover more about this exceptional artist, please go to .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
That's it for this week! Please continue to support live and original music and until next week....ROCK ON!

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931 Chambers St. Trenton


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Sat. 5 p.m. Black Out Brandy, Swim, UMan Era, Lurk, (TBA). All ages, $10

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510 Route 130 South East Windsor

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(215) 788-2855


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4617 Nottingham Way Hamilton Square

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Havana New Hope

105 S. Main Street. New Hope, Pa. 

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Ivy Tavern 

3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton

(609) 888-1435

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Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke

Fri. 10 p.m. Tangled

Sat. 10 p.m. Kindred Spirit

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John & Peter's 

96 S. Main St. New Hope, Pa.

(215) 862-5981


Thurs. 9 p.m. Larry Mitchell Band

Fri. 9 p.m. Rainbow Fresh

Sat. (3 p.m.) Crosscut Saw (9 p.m.) Bottle Cap Rockets

Sun. (3 p.m.) David Falcone (9 p.m.) J & P's Comedy Presents: Kevin Downey Jr. feat. Jim Gallagher

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

Wed. 9:30 p.m. The Invitational

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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

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Patriot's Crossing

1339 River Rd. Titusville

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Fri. 7:30 p.m. Sensei Juan & The Black Belts

Sat. 7:30 p.m. Buffalo Trixx


Pete's Steak House

523 Whitehorse Ave. Hamilton

(609) 585-8008


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


Randy Now's Man Cave

134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown

(609) 424-3766


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RHO Waterfront

50 Riverview Plaza Trenton

(609) 393-7300


Thurs. 10 p.m. "College Night" 

Fri. (4 p.m.) Happy Hour Buffet. $10 (8:30 p.m.) Kindred Spirit  

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Tavern On The Lake

101 Main St. Hightstown

(609) 426-9345


Fri. 9 p.m. El Ka Bong

Sat. 9 p.m. No Limits

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. Boxorox

Sat. 10 p.m. The Goods

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

Wed. 8:30 p.m. Tune Trivia (10:30 p.m.) DJ Rockn Ron


The Record Collector

358 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown

(609) 324-0880


Sat. 8 p.m. Vermilion/One Punch Mickey. All ages, doors at 7:30, $12 (advance)


The Sticky Wicket 

2465 South Broad St. Hamilton

(609) 439-0007


Sat. 9 p.m. Alright Alright 


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 (9 p.m.) Diarmuid McSweeney

Sat. 9 p.m. Bill Shannon

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

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Trenton Buzz

702 Pine St. Trenton

(609) 392-6000


Thurs. 8 p.m. Open Mic. w/ Hek Cat


Trenton Social

449 South Broad Street Trenton

(609) 989-7777


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Mon. 10 p.m. Service Industry Night w/ DJ-Jay Kountree 

Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic.

Wed. 6 p.m. Dick Gratton


Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, Pa. Location)

400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.

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Fri. 10 p.m. The Underwater Sounds ($5 cover charge)

Sat. (1 p.m.)The Wallace Brothers Band (10 p.m.) Mammal Dap ($5 cover charge)

Tues. 9 p.m. Looseleaf trio

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Wildflowers Inn

2572 Pennington Rd. Pennington

Sat. 9 p.m. Live Acoustic Rock

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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