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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...8/28/14

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 08/28/2014
"There has been no bigger impact on the whole band, we didn't know it at first but the overwhelming impact was just astounding," says Young Dubliners guitarist and front man Keith Roberts as the band readies to make their third appearance on September 7 at 7 p.m. EST in the Candlelight Concert for Epilepsy Awareness Series. "The raw emotion that comes with doing this, Eric's love for his wife and the circumstances that have prompted him to do this have really moved us. We get asked to do charity events all the time but this one, well, is really profound."

The "Eric" of which Roberts speaks is Eric Miller; founder of the
Candlelight Concert for Epilepsy Awareness Series. A series of concerts designed to draw attention and awareness to Epilepsy; of which Eric's young wife Carolina passed away of at the age of 25. Carolina was felled by SUDEP, Sudden Unexpected Death from Epilepsy and ever since, Miller has made awareness his passion.

The Candlelight Concert Series began as a string of house concerts in Miller's living room. Artists such as Jeffrey Gaines, Living Colour's Corey Glover, Eric Bazilian of The Hooters and multiple others performed in front of literally a "Packed House" as Miller turned nobody away; seating as many as 40 people in his townhome's living space.

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As word got out and interest grew, Miller decided to reduce the number of shows from as many as three a month, to one every few weeks or months; opting for a larger venue. Recently, Collective Soul's Ed Roland and his Sweet Tea Project, Ed Kowalczyk of Live, Joan Osborne and even a reunited Living Colour have all signed on and performed at the 300 seat Trinity United Methodist Church in Ewing, NJ in support of the cause.

Roberts and the rest of the Young Dubliners are one of a handful of acts who have made multiple appearances in the series. "It's something we look forward to, we really do; it's such a great thing that Eric is doing and we are very happy to be part of it," said Roberts as he elaborated on what the band has been up to since their last trip to our area. "We have a new record called "9" and we've been out on tour supporting it. Since March we've made two trips to Europe and as of right now, we are in an airport waiting on a flight; we're heading to Alaska."

"9" is the latest release from this Celtic rock influenced band based out of Los Angeles, CA.; a self funded effort which had the group concerned."Yes, this album is our first self funded one. We were scared at first (laughing) because it was our money and we wondered what would happen if it didn't do well but it's not been the case. This one has so far turned out to be our best; it's been our most critically acclaimed one to date and we are very happy about that."

A fun group of extremely talented musicians, the Young Dubliners have been a cohesive unit for years now; keeping the same line up intact for quite some time. When questioned as to what to expect at the September 7 show, Roberts was very enthusiastic. "Well, there've been no changes in the line up, not yet anyway; but there's a week until the gig so...." he laughed. "The fun thing is that we're supporting a new record, so there will be lots of new music. It is also the end of the east coast run so we'll be good and ready to put on a show. You know, when a band tours as much as we do, every couple of years you try to revamp the show and we are really comfortable with what we are doing right now as we revamped a short time ago; so this should be a lot of fun."

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Opening for the Young Dubliners are two incredibly authentic and talented singer/songwriters; John Alberici and The Williamsboy. Both from the Jersey Shore area, these are two of the most prolific and heartfelt writers and performers who have captivated coffee houses and smaller listening rooms with their musical styles. Very few artists have the ability to paint mental pictures with their lyrics and this show will have two whose brushes never seem to run out of solution.

Tickets for this September 7 show are a scant $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The Trinity United Methodist Church is located at 1985 Pennington Road in Ewing, NJ directly across the street from the main entrance gate of The College of New Jersey.

To discover more about the Candlelight Concert series, please visit and to read up on Young Dubliners, go to .

Saturday, August 30, Pete's Steak House in Hamilton will see Santa Ray & The Arctic Blasters featuring Deb & Mike take to the stage at 10 p.m. Usually found delivering the goods around the Jersey Shore; Santa and the crew will be making their first Hamilton appearance. Playing classic rock covers, oldies and some newer material, they are always a good time and ready to rock!

Also on Saturday, making what has become a rare area showing; The Mojo Gypsies are at Palermo's of Hamilton. Dave Orban leads his band of Gypsies playing blues and rock covers and possibly some other surprises as well. Start time at this Klockner Rd. eatery is 9:30 p.m.

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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 Trio

Sun. 9 p.m. Thomas Perkins

Wed. 10 p.m. Open mic. night

All shows 21+

Amarones Windsor Inn

29 Church St. Windsor

(609) 448-7144

Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Scott Gager & Debbie

Fri. 8 p.m. Lonnie Youngblood

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Sat. 8 p.m. Robert Bruce

Tues. 7:30 p.m. Texas Hold'em

Wed. 7 p.m. FREE Salsa Lessons

Big Shots Bar and Grill/Hebe Music Lounge

835 E Rte. 130 South, Burlington

(609) 267-1200

Fri. 8 p.m. Shattered Sanctity

Sat. 7 p.m. Civil Pilots, Impulsive Kind, Climbing The Walls, Reckless Serenade, The Stimes

Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic.

Blend Bar & Bistro

911 Highway 33, Hamilton

(609) 245-8887

Fri. 8 p.m. Sharon Lia Band

Sat. 9 p.m. ZQ Acoustic feat. Mike & Steve

Tues. 8 p.m. Triviajam

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Candlelight Lounge
24 Passaic St. Trenton
(609) 695-9612

Sat. 3 p.m. Lee Hogans Quartet (No cover-$10 minimum)

Chambers Walk Cafe
2667 Main St. Lawrenceville
(609) 896-5995

Fri./Sat. 6 p.m. Dick Gratton

The Backstage at Championship Bar
931 Chambers St. Trenton

Fri. 7 p.m. The One2s, Shade By Giants, Children's Books, Aniqatia, Christian Diana and The Foxfires, Khalid Quesada. All ages, $8/$10

Sat. 5 p.m. Cut The Act, Red Eye Flight, N.A.S.H, Results Not Typical, Automatic 253, Kylan Hillman, (TBA). All ages. $8/$10

Chickie's & Pete's

183 US Highway 130 North Bordentown

(609) 298-9182

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

Dubh Linn Square
167 Rte. 130 North Bordentown
(609) 298-7100

Sun. 3 p.m.Billy O'neal

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Tues. 9 p.m. Open Mic. Night hosted by Shaun Ruymen

Fran's Pub

116 S. Main St. New Hope, Pa.


Thurs. 8 p.m. Drag Show

Sat. 8 p.m. Polish Nannies

Sun. 3 p.m. Jim Adler

Mon. 8 p.m. Open Mic Blues Jam hosted by Jimmy Pritchard

All shows 21+

Havana New Hope
105 S. Main St. New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-9897

Thurs. Beat the Clock College Night DJ Dance Party

Fri. 8 p.m. "Think Pink" Pink Floyd Tribute. Doors at 6 p.m., $15

Sat. 8:30 p.m. The Naturals

Sun. 7 p.m. JB Kline

All shows 21+

Ivy Tavern
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton
(609) 888-1435

Fri. 10 p.m. Gunsmoke

Sat. 10 p.m. El Ka Bong
All shows 21+

John & Peter's
96 S. Main St. New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-5981

Thurs. 9 p.m. '80's Backseat w/ Crypt Keeper 5

Fri. 9 p.m. Ammunition

Sat. 9:30 p.m. Skip's Museum

Sun. 3 p.m. Pumpkin's Drag Show

Wed. The Invitational (Featuring John & Peter's House Band)
All shows 21+

JoJo's Tavern

2677 Nottingham Way Hamilton

(609) 586-2678

Wed. 10 p.m. Karaoke

Palermo's Of Hamilton
310 Klockner Rd. Hamilton
(609) 838-7979

Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke

Sat. 9 p.m. The Mojo Gypsies

All shows 21+

Pete's Steak House
523 Whitehorse Ave. Hamilton
(609) 585-8008

Fri. 9:30 p.m. Kindred Spirit

Sat. 9:30 p.m. Santa Ray & The Arctic Blasters feat. Deb & Mike

RHO Waterfront

50 Riverview Plaza Trenton

(609) 393-7300

Thurs. 9 p.m. College Night "Welcome Back TCNJ" w/ DJ Jeff Scott

Fri. 8 p.m. Friday Nightlife on The Deck w/ DJ Jimmie Palumbo

All Shows 21+

Spigola Ristorante

3817 Crosswicks Hamilton Square Rd. Hamilton

(609) 585-5255

Check web site for upcoming entertainment

Sunsets at Cream Ridge

181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge

(609) 208-2500

Fri. 9:30 p.m. Misfit Johnny

Sat. 9:30 p.m. That Acoustic '80's Band

Tavern On The Lake

101 Main St. Hightstown
(609) 426-9345

Fri. 9 p.m. El Ka Bong

Sat. 9 p.m. Steve (the band)

Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke Night

The Cool Cricket

216 4th St. Fieldsboro

(609) 291-9110

Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke

Sun 3 p.m. Bikes, Beers, Burgers w/ Jeff Palmer & Friends

The Ivy Inn

248 Nassau St. Princeton

(609) 921-8555

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

Fri. 10 p.m. River Dogs

Sat. 10 p.m. DJ Fatha Ramzee

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

Wed. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ Ron Sherr

The Man Cave

134 Farnsworth Ave. Bordentown

(609) 424-3766

Sat. 8 p.m. 1960's Garage A-Go-Go Dance Party. Doors at 7:30 p.m., BYOB

The Record Collector

358 Farnsworth Ave. Bordentown

(609) 324-0880

Please check web site for upcoming events

The Sticky Wicket
2465 South Broad St. Hamilton
(609) 439-0007

Fri. 9 p.m. Alright Alright

Sat. 9 p.m. Riversbend

All shows 21+

The Sun National Bank Center
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton
(609) 656-3200

Check web site for upcoming events

Tir Na Nog
1324 Hamilton Ave. Trenton
(609) 392-2554

Fri. 9 p.m. Some Assembly Required

Sat. 9 p.m. Tommy Glover's 50th Birthday Celebration

All shows 21+

Trenton Social

449 South Broad Street Trenton

(609) 989-7777

Thurs. 8 p.m. Cinema Thursdays Presents: "Nancy, Please"

Fri. 10 p.m. Friday night w/ Jay Kountree & Jaxx

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

Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, Pa. Location)
400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-8300

Thurs. 10 p.m. DJ Trubblemaker

Fri. 10 p.m. JP Harris & The Tough Choices. $5 (cover charge)

Sat. 10 p.m. Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers. $5 (cover charge)

Sun. (2 p.m.) Frank Viele (7 p.m.) Open Jam Night

All shows 21+

Wildflowers Inn

2572 Pennington Rd. Pennington

Sat. 9 p.m. Live Acoustic Rock
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke

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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