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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...6/11/15

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 06/11/2015
Most kids growing up with a view of Manhattan have aspirations of being in the big city; be it on stage, screen or in the music world. Teen sensation Chloe Baker is no different but with a successful video, a management team and her first full length CD already in tow; she's accomplished more than most and she's not even old enough to drive herself to rehearsals.
"I always did a lot of musical theater when I was younger," says the young lady from North Jersey. "I decided to actively pursue my music about two years ago." Baker, who says she plays,"A little bit of guitar," concentrates primarily on her stunning abilities as  a vocalist and lyricist; writing material seemingly beyond her years. "I wrote the lyrics myself," she stated matter of factually; "They're not just based on my experiences but on others too. They're based on things I've seen or the way I think things will turn out." 
Mike Baker stumbled upon his daughter's talents as they putted around in his basement recording studio. The senior Baker and musician was allowing Chloe to express herself in the studio when he was suddenly taken by her output. "For lack of a better term," he said sheepishly; "I had an "Oh Shit" moment. I was amazed at what she had written and I was like, OK what else do you have?" From that point forward, Mike began to explore Chloe's songwriting abilities to their fullest; enlisting the help of some industry professionals and a team of marketing and public relations specialists who have played a major part in her now blossoming career. "Umm, it's very nice working with my dad. Like if I have an idea or something like that, being able to head to the basement recording studio is great. We share ideas and are very comfortable with each other." 
These "Ideas" have led to her debut disc; "Bitter's Kiss."  This eight track CD with the unusual title is a mix of soft and hard lyrical content encased in what is at times haunting melodies; much darker than one would expect from a young artist of her age and experience. "The title? I think we thought a lot of contradicting feelings throughout the album. There is the bitterness of life, yet there's also the moving on or forward of it too."
Baker is in the process of assembling band mates so that she may begin to promote her product more directly to live audiences. A recent performance at New York City's Rockwood Music Hall has inspired her to continue the search. "Yeah, we are looking to put a band together and it will be pretty simple; bass, guitar, drums and piano. I like performing with a band and hope to do so soon."
Many times for young artists, balancing school life with their alter egos isn't always an easy task. Chloe seems ambivalent to the highs and lows of dealing with her peers when it comes to her musical happenings; seemingly taking the high road and remaining above any possible fray. "Well," she started hesitantly. "A lot of my classmates are supportive; some aren't."
Baker isn't done as she has plans for yet another release on the heels of this current one; an EP planned for September of this year. Citing that she feels she's still got much to say and buoyed by the success of this disc and her recent video for "The Rope;" Chloe looks forward to evoking more emotions from the listeners of her material. "I've always loved how music can make people think. I think music allows you to learn things; some of which you don't even know you've learned at the time it's happening. I love being able to make people think." 
To discover more about Chloe Baker and "Bitter's Kiss;" please go to 
Continuing on with more music happenings; Tuesday June 16 has two events worth noting. First is the last "Rock On Radio" Happy Hour of the season at the Tir Na Nog Irish Pub in Trenton, NJ. Join the fun from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. as the featured duo of Michael Nabinger & Joe Chianese provide the entertainment before we adjourn until September. Sponsored by our South Jersey Canada Dry Bottlers, there will be prizes and drink specials. 
Also that evening; the eclectic group Men Without Hats will be rocking the Open Arts Stage Theater in Bordentown, NJ. Located on Route 130 South next to the historic Mastoris Diner; this intimate venue provides an up close and personal concert experience. These guys are more than just "The Safety Dance!"

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


Alchemist & Barrister

28 Witherspoon Street Princeton

(609) 924-5555


Thurs. 10 p.m. Arnie Baird

Sun. 9 p.m. Spanky's Garage

All shows 21+

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Amalfi's Restaurant

146 Lawrenceville-Pennington Rd. Lawrenceville

(609) 912-1599


Fri. 8:30 p.m. Dusty Rivers Band 

Sat. 9 p.m. Honey Spot Blvd. 


Amarones Windsor Inn

29 Church St. Windsor


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(609) 448-7144


Thurs. 6:30 p.m. "Country" Ron Crites

Fri. 8 p.m. Larry D

Sat. 8 p.m. Kindred Spirit

Tues. 8 p.m. Ambiance the Duo


Bill's Olde Tavern

2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton

(609) 586-0192

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Sun. 12 p.m. "8th Annual BBQ Rib Contest" feat. The Dawgs


Blend Bar & Bistro

911 Highway 33, Hamilton

(609) 245-8887


Tues. 8 p.m. Triviajam 


The Backstage at Championship Bar 

931 Chambers St. Trenton


Fri. 6 p.m. PEELANDER-Z, Molly Rhythm, Roxy Roliz, Toranavox, The Late Greats, Joshua Adair. All ages, $12

Sat. 4 p.m. Thrashole (EP Release), Panic, The Donner Party, Paralysis, Xenophile, The Garbage State, Windstorm. All ages, $10


Candlelight Lounge 

24 Passaic St. Trenton

(609) 695-9612


Sat. 3 p.m. Victor North Tenor Sax Quartet. (No cover-$10 minimum)


Chickie's & Pete's

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183 US Highway 130 North Bordentown

(609) 298-9182


Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Music Night feat. The Dawgs

Wed. 9 p.m. Trivia Night


City Streets

510 Route 130 South East Windsor

(609) 426-9400


Sat. 9 p.m. Kim Yarson Band


Corner House Tavern

24509 E. Main Street Columbus


Sat. 9 p.m. Deep Release


Dog & Bull Brew House

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

(215) 788-2855

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Thurs. 8 p.m. Gypsy Mother

Fri. (4 p.m.) "Happy Hour Jam" feat. Visoon (9 p.m.) Wizard Duo

Sat. (11 a.m.) "Saturday Brunch Jam" feat. Michael Leggerie (9 p.m.) Heather Heather

Sun. (11 a.m.) "Sunday Brunch" feat. Kelli Vale Jazz Duo (3 p.m.) Larry Tritel

Mon. 8 p.m. Perry Wolfe

Tues. 8 p.m. Dick Gratton

Wed. 8 p.m. Paul Donavan


Fran's Pub

116 S. Main St. New Hope, PA.



Thurs. 9 p.m. Curtain Call

Mon. 8 p.m. Open Blues Jam

All shows 21+  


Havana New Hope

105 S. Main Street. New Hope, Pa. 

(215) 862-9897


Thurs. 10 p.m. "Thirsty Thursday Beat The Clock" DJ Dance Party

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Fri. 8 p.m. Michael Allman Band. Doors at 6 p.m., $25

Sat. 8:30 p.m. Se7en Band

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

Wed. 8 p.m. Pat Foran & Friends 


Ivy Tavern 

3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton

(609) 888-1435


Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke

Fri. 10 p.m. Mikey Jr.

Sat. 10 p.m. Blind Lemmon Pie

All shows 21+


John & Peter's 

96 S. Main St. New Hope, Pa.

(215) 862-5981


Thurs. 9 p.m. Driftwood Soldier

Fri. 8 p.m. Dibbs Preston

Sat. (3 p.m.) Buffalo Trixx  (8 p.m.) Chris Harford and the Band of Changes

Sun. (3 p.m.) Old's Cool (9 p.m.) Space and Time

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

Tues. 9 p.m. Bex Marshall

Wed. 9:30 p.m. 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


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. Mike McManus & Friends


Randy Now's Man Cave

134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown

(609) 424-3766


Tues. 8 p.m. Men Without Hats/The Successful Failures. All ages, doors at 7:30 p.m., $15 

(This show takes place at The Open Arts Stage 146 Route 130 South Bordentown, NJ)


 RHO Waterfront

50 Riverview Plaza Trenton

(609) 393-7300


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

All Shows 21+

Tavern On The Lake

101 Main St. Hightstown

(609) 426-9345


Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke Night 


The HOB Tavern

146 Second Street

(609) 291-7020


Sat. 9 p.m. Karaoke


The Hopewell Valley Vineyards

46 Yard Road Pennington

(609) 737-4465


Sat. 6 p.m. Deb & Mike


The Ivy Inn

248 Nassau St. Princeton

(609) 921-8555


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

Fri. 10 p.m. Jam Lab

Sat. 10 p.m. River Dogs

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

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


The Millhill Basement

300 South Broad St Trenton

(609) 989-1600


Thurs. 9 p.m. Insubordination, Matt Charles, Cousin Clyde


The Record Collector

358 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown

(609) 324-0880


Fri. 8 p.m. Hymn For Her / April Mae and The June Bugs. All ages, doors at 7:30 p.m., $15 (advance) 

Sat. 8 p.m. Vinny Martell & His Band of Brothers. All ages, doors at 7:30 p.m., $15 (advance)


The Sticky Wicket 

2465 South Broad St. Hamilton

(609) 439-0007


Fri. 9 p.m. Alright Alright

Sat. 9 p.m. Never Enough


The Sun National Bank Center 

81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton

(609) 656-3200


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The Trellis Outdoor Bar & Patio

30 Route 156 Hamilton

(609) 581-6782


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


Tilted Kilt 

557 US Hwy. 130 North, Hamilton

(609) 585-1800


Sat. 9 p.m. (TBA)


Tir Na Nog 

1324 Hamilton Ave. Trenton

(609) 392-2554


Fri. 9 p.m. Diarmuid McSweeney

Sat. 9 p.m. Oliver McElhone

Tues. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio Happy Hour" Hosted by Danny Coleman feat. Michael Nabinger & Joe Chianese

Wed. 9 p.m. Paul Weise

All shows  21+

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


Thurs. 8:30 p.m. Cinema Thursday Presents:  "Road Rage"

Fri. 7 p.m. First Friday

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

Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic.


Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, Pa. Location)

400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.

(215) 862-8300


Fri. 10 p.m. Hey Bulldog. ($5 cover charge)

Sat. 10 p.m. TK Kong & the Atomic Bomb. ($5 cover charge)

Sun. 7 p.m. Open Jam Night

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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