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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...7/16/15

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 07/16/2015
With the Atlantic Ocean as a foreground, Sam Sims hit the first notes of "Sunday Sun" and the night was off to a feel good start; complete with the kind of vibe that says, "Every Little Thing is gonna be alright." 
Jenk's Pavilion in Point Pleasant, NJ recently hosted Sims, Random Test and The "Legendary" Wailers for a night of rock and reggae that defied the most stiff of leg to stay still, warmed the coldest hearts and provided an evening filled with singing and a vibe of togetherness rarely seen from one band let alone three. 
Random Test, hailing from Red Bank, NJ and their front man Danny Love took the baton that Sims passed off and the second leg of this three legged race picked up steam and picked it up quick. Wasting no time, Love and his band mates performed a high energy set; even having the chutzpah to throw a Bob Marley tune in the mix as a tribute to the very band waiting to take the stage next.
With the crowd now in a shoulder swaying, knee bending state; The Wailers took to the stage at 10:03 p.m. EST to a packed house. The beach, mostly empty now, void of those who had just arrived or had no interest in the opening acts; provided a perfect setting as the ocean now became a tide of bodies attempting to get closer to the stage. 
The first beats of "Cobra Style" split the now cool night and the band was off and running; actually more like "Running Away Crazy" which was the second offering of the evening. The crowd expressed its pleasure and joined in and sang along with the first of the mainstream selections; that of the popular "Buffalo Soldier." 
"Pimper's Paradise," "Roots Rock a Reggae" and "Stir It Up" proceeded the ever popular "Could You Be Loved" which took it up yet another notch as the crowd was by now in full Rasta mode. 
Several tunes later the night began a steamroll towards its end when front man and vocalist Dwayne Anglin uttered, "I shot the sheriff but I will tell you this; I did not shoot his deputy." That is all of those in attendance needed to hear as they sang the timeless classic in unison from start to finish and were now raring for more. 
"Heathen" was followed by another favorite, "Three Little Birds," and the show was then brought to a temporary close at 11:30 p.m. EST with a lengthy version of "Jamming;" which had hands waving, interpretive dance and once again, hundreds of vocalists helping the men and lady along. 
A three minute wait turned into the first encore and as the first finger picked chords of "Redemption Song"permeated the captive audience, a calm fell over the room with all eyes trained forward; not even noticing the remaining band slowly filtering back in place. They did notice them however as they next hammered the night home with "Get Up, Stand Up," literally bringing everyone to their feet to join in this battle cry off of the 1973 album "Burnin'." 
Another great night from a great band; three great bands is a more apt way to say it as Jenk's rocked hard from start to finish with the rock/reggae party of the year. Their members may change over the course of time but the music does not; long live the memory of Bob Marley and long live the Wailers!
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. Paul Plumeri Band

Sun. 9 p.m. Ed Wilson

Wed. 10 p.m. Open mic w/ Kevin Rovner

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Amarones Windsor Inn

29 Church St. Windsor


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Blend Bar & Bistro

911 Highway 33, Hamilton

(609) 245-8887


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The Backstage at Championship Bar 

931 Chambers St. Trenton


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Thurs. 4 p.m. Bermuda, The Funeral Portrait, The Prestige, Sovereign Kings, Under The Red Hood, Nights Of Malice, (TBA). All ages, $10/$12

Fri. 7 p.m. Thrashole, No More Pain, Galesburg, Windfaerer, Mindless Flesh, Logan Svihovec. All ages, $10

Sat. 6 p.m. Concrete, Lowered A.D., Forced Out, Ground, Garland Greene, Time Spent. All ages, $10

Sun. 5 p.m. Backyard Superheroes, P-Funk North, Fun While You Wait, Llama Tsunami, The Rooftop, Modern Eyes, The Mad Splatter. All ages, $10


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24 Passaic St. Trenton

(609) 695-9612


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Chickie's & Pete's

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(609) 298-9182


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Wed. 9 p.m. Trivia Night


City Streets

510 Route 130 South East Windsor

(609) 426-9400


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Fri. 9 p.m. Kim Yarson & Sandy Zio


Dog & Bull Brew House

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

(215) 788-2855


Thurs. 8 p.m. Dick Gratton

Fri. (4 p.m.) "Happy Hour Jam" feat. Cecil Middleton (9 p.m.) Visoon

Sat. (11 a.m.) "Saturday Brunch Jam" feat. Jazz 180 (9 p.m.) Chris & Tommy's Good Time Folk Rock Show

Sun. (11 a.m.) "Sunday Brunch" feat. Joe Robinson Brunch Jam (3 p.m.) Heather Heather

Mon. 8 p.m. Perry Wolfe

Tues. 8 p.m. Brian Cono

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

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Havana New Hope

105 S. Main Street. New Hope, Pa. 

(215) 862-9897


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Fri. 8 p.m. The Flozells feat. Sammy Flow  w/ Nalani & Sarina

Sat. (1 p.m.) Sip & Shop (8 p.m.) Creem Circus. Doors at 6 p.m., $7 (10:30 p.m.) DJ Entertainment

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. The Dawgs

Sat. 10 p.m. Beatles Pie

All shows 21+


John & Peter's 

96 S. Main St. New Hope, Pa.

(215) 862-5981


Thurs. 7 p.m. Ralph Smith's WALK ON Benefit

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Fri. 9 p.m. The Happy Dog

Sat. (3 p.m.) The Hallowed Roots (9 p.m.) Billy (The Band)

Sun. (3 p.m.) Faust / Fulton Duo (9 p.m.) Dan Zimmerman & The Torquebillies

Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic. w/ Justin Pope

Tues. 9 p.m. Just Cause, Sin PA, Obist Abettor

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. Blues In Disguise

Sat. 7:30 p.m. DT & The Burnerz


Pete's Steak House

523 Whitehorse Ave. Hamilton

(609) 585-8008


Fri. 9:30 p.m. Tone Rangers

Sat. 9:30 p.m. Kramer Monk Band


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


Fri. (4 p.m.) Happy Hour Buffet. $10 (8:30 p.m.) The Main Event

Sat. 10 p.m. Social Dance, DJ Entertainment, Guest Celebrity "Deelishis," $30, $40 (VIP)

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 Ivy Inn

248 Nassau St. Princeton

(609) 921-8555


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

Fri. 10 p.m. The Seth Tieger Band

Sat. 10 p.m. Diablo Sandwich Band

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

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


The Sticky Wicket 

2465 South Broad St. Hamilton

(609) 439-0007


Fri. 9 p.m. New Dawn

Sat. 9 p.m. Gyrl Band


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. 9 p.m. Mike Brill

Sat. 9 p.m. Seamus Kelleher

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: (TBA)

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


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Sat. 10 p.m. No Good Sister. ($5 cover charge)

Sun. 7 p.m. Open Jam Night

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Wildflowers Inn

2572 Pennington Rd. Pennington

Sat. 9 p.m. Acoustic Rock

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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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