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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...7/23/15

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 07/24/2015
"I've been playing guitar for 30 years. I started, oh God, my first band was when I was nine or ten years old; we were called Thunderbolt," laughed an excited Brian Quinn, the newest member of "Le Projet" and "Candlebox." "We played two songs well; "Wild Thing" and "Hey Joe" in our parents basements but hey, it was a start." 
Hailing from Pittston, PA, a working class, coal mining town situated between Scranton and Wilkes-Barre with rolling hills as a backdrop; Quinn now thrives on much larger stages in larger cities. "I don't know if I can specify one gig that cemented it for me but I do remember playing a reunion show with my former band Octane at the Electric Factory in Philly; the place was packed. I never knew that the band, or just didn't see it, either way I didn't realize we, or it were as popular as it was. I'm so glad that I stuck with it and it really set the tone for what was to come."
Quinn a two time "Philadelphia Music Award" winner for "Best Guitarist" in 2001 and 2004 and a critically acclaimed performer is loved by the press and has toured with or opened for some of rock's biggest acts. Metallica, Seether, Kid Rock, Zakk Wylde, Warren Haynes, Deftones, Sevendust, Candlebox and many more are among the ones lucky enough to have seen or shared in Quinn's talents. However, it was the last two bands with which Quinn left an impression. "I literally just got hired to do this full time. My band at the time, well my current band, Fosterchild; we were/are on a hiatus and I was doing a lot of freelancing; we were signed to a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Records. We had done a show in New York City and we had become buddies with Kevin Martin who asked me if I'd be interested in  doing some recording with his projects. I did that and then another and I kind of thought, OK this was cool, I got paid for the session and it was a great experience and that was that. Later on I ran into Kevin at NAMM out in California and he said that they were thinking about adding another guitarist for Le Projet; then the guitarist left the band and I was asked to step in." 
Le Prejet, a side project of Martin and Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose; has led directly to all that is right with Quinn's career at the moment. "Le Projet is a little bit different than how I'm used to working and totally different from how I am used to working in studio. This is a different process; in the past I used to write, work it out, try different things then record. In this band it's focused on writing then recording; it's a very organic process. We do the pre-production work and then we are recording and within hours we have scratch tracks down. The whole thing is rapid fire, guerrilla writing, add what you feel will fit and get it done; it's a really organic vibe and I love it! Here's a good example; we just finished a track and it's already in the final stages, it's an interesting mix, I haven't heard it yet but I'm looking forward to it. Now with Candlebox, the tour started Thursday in Louisiana and our first full rehearsal was Wednesday," he stated with a chuckle. "I'm not worried, I know the material, it was just a matter of getting together before we started the tour. We've got the original drummer from Pearl Jam, Dave Krusen with us; I'm just so anxious to get started!" 
Quinn is loving the experiences of a national tour and performing with such a talented cast of players and looks forward to the challenges that lay ahead. "Like I said; it's a baptism of fire for sure but I can't wait for it to start and I'm sure it's going to be great! I welcome what is yet to come!"
To discover more about Brian Quinn; please go to . 
Lisa Sherman, the woman who brought us "Decades of Divas" and her "Songbird" shows will be rockin' Tim McLoone's Supper Club located at  1200 Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park, NJ on Saturday July 25 as she presents: "The Best of Bonnie Raitt-An Evening Tribute to the Woman and Her Music." Join this talented performer and her assembled cast as they recreate the music of the Grammy Award winning Raitt, done only as Sherman can; full tilt, all out and to perfection. Tickets are $25 and with each purchased seat $1 will be donated to The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

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. The Beagles

Sun. 9 p.m. Kenny Cunningham

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

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All shows 21+


Amarones Windsor Inn

29 Church St. Windsor


(609) 448-7144


Fri. 8 p.m. F2 & The Anchovy Brothers

Sat. 8 p.m. After Dark

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Blend Bar & Bistro

911 Highway 33, Hamilton

(609) 245-8887


Tues. 8 p.m. Triviajam 


The Backstage at Championship Bar 

931 Chambers St. Trenton


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Fri. 7 p.m.  "Melissa's 30th Birthday Bash" feat. Maximum Oversatan, Endless Lament, Exinfernum, Lesch-Nyhan, (TBA). All ages, $10

Sat. 5 p.m. Blue Son, Darren Deicide, Fastride, Escape From Crete, Reckless Serenade, Experiment 34, Dead Robins. All ages, $10


Candlelight Lounge 

24 Passaic St. Trenton

(609) 695-9612


Sat. 3 p.m. Sylvia Cuena Drum 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

Wed. 9 p.m. Trivia Night


City Streets

510 Route 130 South East Windsor

(609) 426-9400


Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Superman Steve 

Fri. 9 p.m. Crossfire

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

Wed. 6:30 p.m. Rich Genoval


Dog & Bull Brew House

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

(215) 788-2855


Thurs. 8 p.m. Soul Kitchen

Fri. (4 p.m.) "Happy Hour Jam" feat. Keli Vale Jazz Duo (9 p.m.) Mike Estabrook

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

Sun. (11 a.m.) "Sunday Brunch" feat. Keli Vale Jazz Duo (3 p.m.) Mike Bortnick

Tues. 8 p.m. Mike Cono

Wed. 8 p.m. Mark Macmanus


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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All shows 21+  


Havana New Hope

105 S. Main Street. New Hope, Pa. 

(215) 862-9897


Thurs. 10 p.m. "Beat The Clock" College Night DJ Dance Party

Fri. 9:30 p.m. Fresh and Crisp Night

Sat. 8:30 p.m. Shot of Southern

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. Blind Lemmon Pie

Sat. 10 p.m. Soul Custody

All shows 21+


John & Peter's 

96 S. Main St. New Hope, Pa.

(215) 862-5981


Thurs. 9 p.m. John & Peter's Comedy Presents: Sean Lynch

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Fri. 9 p.m. Jerry Feiss & Friends

Sat. (3 p.m.) Bootstrap Bandits Record Release Show (9 p.m.) Moonbreaker

Sun. (3 p.m.) Miss Pumpkin Presents: A Drag Show Benefit (9 p.m.) Collin J. Rocker

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

Tues. 9 p.m. DJ Aggreschen

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


Nook's Pourhouse

2043 Rte. 130 South Florence

(609) 447-0927


Fri. 9 p.m. The Polish Nannies


Palermo's Of Hamilton

310 Klockner Rd. Hamilton

(609) 838-7979


Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke

Sat. 9 p.m. Out Of The Red

All shows 21+ 


Patriot's Crossing

1339 River Rd. Titusville

(609) 737-2780


Fri. 7:30 p.m. Buffalo Trixx

Sat. 7:30 p.m. (TBA)


Pete's Steak House

523 Whitehorse Ave. Hamilton

(609) 585-8008


Fri. 9:30 p.m. Joe Hoyer and Friends

Sat. 9:30 p.m. Tangled


Randy Now's Man Cave

134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown

(609) 424-3766


Thurs. 8 p.m. Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses. Doors at 7:30 p.m., $25 (advance) This show takes place at The Open Arts Stage 146 Rte. 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.) Black Frost

Sat. "Anthony Walker Presents" (6 p.m.) Luau. Ages for men 30+/women 27+, $20 (advance) (10:30 p.m.) Saturday Night Live. Ages for men 25+/women 23+, $20 (advance)

Tavern On The Lake

101 Main St. Hightstown

(609) 426-9345


Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke Night 


The Cool Cricket

216 4th St. Fieldsboro

(609) 291-9110


Sat. 9 p.m. Radio Fiction


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

Sat. 10 p.m. El Ka Bong

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. Rivers Bend

Sat. 9 p.m. Drunk Monkeys


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. The Shantys

Sat. 9 p.m. Mike Barniskis

Tues. 9 p.m. Jerry Monk

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


Fri. 10 p.m. The Rocket Boys. ($5 cover charge)

Sat. 10 p.m. Bella's Bartok. ($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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