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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...9/3/15

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 09/03/2015
On a warm, near perfect summer evening, Asbury Park, New Jersey's Stone Pony came alive to the sounds of its outdoor Summer Stage; headlined by Better Than Ezra along with Sugar Ray and Uncle Kracker on their "Under The Sun Tour."  
As the capacity crowd filed into the hallowed grounds of "The Pony," they were greeted by the sounds of a fourth act, Southern California's EVE6. Using power chords mixed with the right amount of today's pop sound, with a similar style at times to Linkin Park; they did a very nice job of getting the crowd moving and shaking towards the front of the stage. 
Three bands to follow and an odd 10 p.m. curfew led to short changeover/intermissions and Uncle Kracker wasted no time keeping the throngs and (yes) thongs in ready to rock condition. Beach goers, late arrivals and bopped along to a great set featuring hits such as "Follow Me," "In A Little While," "When The Sun Goes Down" and some great renditions of covers such as Sublime's "What I Got" along with some classics by AC/DC, Steve Miller, Kid Rock and my personal favorite; Dobie Grays "Drift Away." 
After surprising a handful of fans side stage whom thought they had an obstructed viewpoint by posing for multiple selfies;Sugar Ray emerged several minutes later to further the party which by now was in full swing. A quick stage romp included the hits"Every Morning" and "Fly" along with a nice mash up of "Someday" and The Rascals "Groovin'" which had arms in the air and bodies swaying throughout the approximate thirty minute set. 
Better Than Ezra was next and much like the first three acts performed a quick, hit and run yet very effective set and were the perfect closing act on this beautiful summer evening. "Good" was followed by "King of New Orleans" and "Extra Ordinary" and the band was on point and in rare form. Front man Kevin Griffin had the crowd literally on stage with him as the band plowed through "Laid" and a medley of "Miss You/Juicy/Rapper's Delight/O.P.P. Beach balls were flying, dancers were everywhere and the crowd in a frenzy as "Desperately Wanting" and "In The Blood" wrapped things up. The band was both impressive and very crowd friendly as the vibe at times was more like a back yard jam session among several thousand friends than a concert; kudos to BTE. 
Short sets or not, the night was a success and the audience very warm and receptive just as the tour name states; it was all good "Under The Sun." 
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. 9 p.m. "Thursday Jazz" feat. Sam Ward Trio

Sun. 9 p.m. Barley Harvest

All shows 21+

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Blend Bar & Bistro

911 Highway 33, Hamilton

(609) 245-8887


Tues. 8 p.m. Triviajam 


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Bruno's Bicycles, One Sweet Ride

19 South Main St. Allentown

(609) 208-0544


Fri. 7 p.m. Yo Yo Nick Frisbie, Becca Stover, Georgia w/ "The Band", Brandon Franks. All ages. 


The Backstage at Championship Bar 

931 Chambers St. Trenton


Fri. 4 p.m. King Conquer, Adaliah, Dealey Plaza, Enterprise Earth, Proletariat, Under The Red Hood, War Among Us. All ages, $12/$15

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Sat. 6 p.m. "Benefit for Tom Alderson's Medical Bills" feat. Garland Green, Ten Ton Hammer, Iron Price, Guttersnipe, Dissent. All ages, $5 minimum donation

Sun. 9 p.m. JE Double F, Sleep Beggar, Raymond Strife, Uni V. Sol, Aniya. Ages 21+, $6


Candlelight Lounge 

24 Passaic St. Trenton

(609) 695-9612


Sat. 3 p.m. Mike Lee Sax 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


Sat. 10 p.m. Gyrl Band


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Dog & Bull Brew House

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

(215) 788-2855


Thurs. 8 p.m. Dane Rosenfeld

Fri. Vic's Mix

Sat. (11 a.m.) "Saturday Brunch Jam" feat. David Dzubinski Group (9 p.m.) Tommy Griggz

Sun. 11 a.m. "Sunday Brunch" feat. Dick Gratton

Mon. 8 p.m. The Keith Lesnik Trio

Tues. 8 p.m. Jay Regan

Wed. 8 p.m. Mia Johnson


Fran's Pub

116 S. Main St. New Hope, PA.



Sun. 3 p.m. The Mojo Gypsies

Mon. 8 p.m. Open Blues Jam

All shows 21+  


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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. 8 p.m. "Little Feat Tribute" w/ Sailin' Shoes. Doors at 6 p.m., $15 (general admission)

Sat. 8:30 p.m. Coast 2 Coast

Sun. 2 p.m. Midnight Sun Orchestra

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. Ernie White Band

Sat. 10 p.m. Tangled

All shows 21+


John & Peter's 

96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa.

(215) 862-5981


Thurs. 9 p.m. Collin J. Rocker & The Burning Barrels

Fri. 9 p.m. The Karmic Repair

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Sat. (6:30 p.m.) Crosscut Saw (9 p.m.) The Hyde 

Sun. 3 p.m. Ran Tan Toon

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

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


Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series at the Capital Green

201 Barrack Street Trenton


Sat. 7 p.m. NJ Capital Philharmonic's Chamber Ensemble. All ages, outdoor event


Millhill Basement

300 S. Broad Street Trenton

(609) 989-1600


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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. Sensei Juan & The Black Belts

Sat. 7:30 p.m. McMillan & Co. 


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. 9 p.m. "College Night" w/ DJ Paul Desisto

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

Sat. 9 p.m. "All White Attire Party" w/ DJ Bark Da Ripper. Age 21+, Ladies $10 (advance) Guys $20 (advance)

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. DJ Fatha Ramzee

Sat. 10 p.m. Mad Notes

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. Class of 84

Sat. 9 p.m. DJ Aero


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


Sat. 9 p.m. Mike Barniskis

Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions" w/ Kathy D'Angelo & Dennis Gormley

Tues. 9 p.m. Open Mic. w/ Taylor Reed

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 Presents: "Old Work Meets New" by Howard Michaels

Mon. 9 p.m. Monday Night Karaoke w/ Benny P

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. Challenge Accepted. ($5 cover charge)

Sat. 10 p.m. The Full Grown Men.($5 cover charge)

Sun. 7 p.m. Open Jam Night (Sign ups 6:30 p.m.)

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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