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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...10/6/16

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 10/06/2016
"Well, about two years ago on the music site, "," says front man/vocalist Matthew Makin as he explained the formation of New Brunswick based Experiment 34. "I found Kevin and it turns out that he lived like ten minutes away from me. We started meeting at open mics, next thing you know we had written 20 or 30 songs and then we met Jack and Jake through "Facebook" and it all fell into place." 
With a name which they claim, "Kind of rolls off the tongue" and a description of themselves on that very same social media as, "An eclectic, well-rooted, independent, hard rock band with a strong psychedelic groove and a flair for rap," these fellas are all that and more; i.e. the Red Hot Chili Peppers. When asked about how they incorporate all of that into their songwriting, guitarist Kevin Nenichka says, "Yeah, John can really bring a funky bass line or maybe it's Matt bringing a certain vocal line; I don't know it can come from many places but we all feed off of each other. Jake is like the glue that holds us together and we just let the music evolve." 
"John," is bassist Johnny Zabe and "The glue" is drummer Jack La Monica, both from Hamilton, NJ and both vital members of the band that Nenichka and Makin call, "Genre Bending" and one that, "Challenges the boundaries of the brain." According to Matt and Kevin, the foursome has been as smooth as room temperature butter and on a roll since they released their EP in March of this year. "Finding those two guys really gives us a solid rhythm section," stated Nenichka. "We just released our three song EP, "Charismanic" back on March 17, 2016 and we loved every minute of recording it. We did it at Lakehouse Studios in Asbury Park and it was a great experience. Right now is a very special time for the band," adds Makin. "We've been playing all over the tri-state area. We've been in Philly, New York City, Albany and we've opened for Clutch, and Anthrax and we did the "Rock Carnival" on September 30 with Twisted Sister, Alice Cooper, Halestorm and Clutch again; things are going great for us." 
Considering the band has "No management," as one can see, they seem to have no problem getting gigs; high profile gigs. Their next larger gig is a 9 p.m.showcase on October 22 at Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse in Dunellen, NJ and they're just as pumped for this one as all the others. "We are very much looking forward to this one," stated both men collectively. "We're part of the "Makin' Waves Rock Circus," along with Black CloudWill Wood & The Tapeworms and The Production and we are ready to go." 
 Beyond Roxy & Dukes, the band has even bigger plans to finish out 2016 and hit the ground running in 2017"We are going to possibly release another from our EP this month and then turn that EP into an LP. We want to put out "Charasmanic 2.0" so to speak by re-releasing those three songs and three new ones, hopefully early in 2017 and then tour next summer. We consider ourselves, as we said before, we consider ourselves very different. Some people call us psycho punk, call us hip-hop and metal and rock; it's those differences that actually create similarities but at the same time these different tastes and styles that we all have bring us together as a band and let us gel as a unit." 
Armed with talent and determination, Experiment 34 will keep bringing their brand of rock to their ever growing fan base and continue to push forward; blazing a path into uncharted and undefinable waters. To discover more about Experiment 34; please go to their Facebook page at where you'll find all of the links to their social media sites. 
Some FYI, Experiment 34 are scheduled to appear live on air this Sunday 10/9 on Rock On Radio at 10 p.m. EST on

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

This week's event listings

Amalfi's Restaurant & Bar
146 Lawrenceville Pennington Road Lawrenceville
(609) 912-1599
Sat. 9 p.m. Whiskey Sweet
Amarones Windsor Inn
29 Church Street Windsor
(609) 448-7144
Fri. 8 p.m. Just Us
Sat. 8 p.m. Shore Soundz
Backstage at Championship Bar 
931 Chambers Street Trenton
Fri. 8 p.m. "Barz All Night" feat. B. Devinchi w/ Music and Sound by DJ Dogg. Ages 21+, $10
Wed. 5 p.m. Everyone Dies In Utah, Convictions, Glass Houses, Conspire, Dreams Of Demise, Rise My King, Perennial. All ages, $12/$14
Blend Bar & Bistro
911 Highway 33 Hamilton 
(609) 245-8887
Tues. 8 p.m. Triviajam 
Bowman's Tavern
1600 River Road New Hope, PA
(215) 862-2972
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Michelle Wiley Duo
Fri. 8 p.m. Bob Egan
Sat. 8 p.m. Hazelrigg Brothers
Sun. 6 p.m. Lorenzo
Candlelight Lounge 
24 Passaic Street Trenton
(609) 695-9612
 Sat. 3 p.m. Landom Brothers Sax and Drum Quartet. $10 (cover charge includes buffet)
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. Quizzo Trivia 
City Streets 
510 Highway 130 South East Windsor
(609) 426-9400
Fri. 9 p.m. DC Trio
Sat. 9 p.m. Kim Yarson Band
Mon. 9 p.m. "Malibu Mondays" w/ DJ Brett Gash
Tues. 9 p.m. Trivia w/ Jessie and Chelsea
Wed. 6:30 p.m. "Wine Down Wednesdays" w/ Rich Genoval
Dempster's Pub
437 Pine Street Mount Holly
(609) 261-0500
Thurs. 8:30 p.m. DJ DNIAL
Fri. 9 p.m. DJ Chris
Dog & Bull Brew House
810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.
(215) 788-2855
Thurs. 8 p.m. Dane Rosenfeld
Fri. (4 p.m.) "Happy Hour Jam" feat. David Dzubinski Group (9 p.m.) Greg McGarvey
Sat. (11 a.m.) "Saturday Brunch Jam" feat. Michael Leggerie (9 p.m.) Mia Johnson
Sun. (11 a.m.) "Sunday Brunch" feat. Dick Gratton (4 p.m.) TF Squared
Wed. 8 p.m. Twin Ghost
Fran's Pub
116 S. Main Street New Hope, PA.
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Ja-Tun
Mon. 8 p.m. Open Blues Jam
All shows age 21+
Havana New Hope
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA. 
(215) 862-9897
Sat. 8 p.m. Vice Versa w/ Poor Ron
Sun. 3 p.m. Ten Foot Tall
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 8 p.m. Pat Foran & Friends Local and Original Music Night
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington
(609) 737-4465
Thurs. 6 p.m. Hopewell Valley Vineyards Jazz Ensemble
Fri. 6 p.m. The Jackalopes
Sat. 6 p.m. Living The Dream
Sun. 2 p.m."Jazzy Sundays" feat. Haddon Jazz Quartet
Iron Plow Vineyards
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus
(732) 306-9111
Fri. 6 p.m. Don The Medicine Man
Sat. 2 p.m. Ed Wilson
Sun. 2 p.m. Keith & Scot Jazz Duo
Ivy Tavern 
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton
(609) 888-1435
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Fri. 9 p.m. Tangled
Sat. 9 p.m. Mr. Lucky
All shows 21+
John & Peter's 
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-5981
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic. Night
Wed. 9:30 p.m. The Invitational
All shows 21+
Killarney's Publik House
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
(609) 586-1166
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Live Music on the Paddy-O" (TBA)
Sat. 10 p.m. "Dance Party" w/ DJ Jimmy G 
Tues. 5 p.m. "Pinktober" Fundraiser
Laurita Winery
85 Archertown Road New Egypt
(609) 752-0200
Thurs. 7 p.m. "2016 Laurita Idol Singing Showcase" Adult Idol Final
Sat.  "Laurita Harvest Festival" (11 a.m.) Shore Syde Band (2 p.m.) Mr. Lucky (6 p.m.) The Polish Nannies
Sun. "Laurita Harvest Festival" (11 a.m.) Herd Of Blues (1:30 p.m.) Pennington Station (5 p.m.) Successful Failures
Wed. 6 p.m. "Girls Night Out" / Color Between The Wines
Mamma Rosa's 
572 Klockner Road Hamilton 
(609) 588-5454
Thurs. 6 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Richard Schneider
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(215) 949-9570
Thurs. 10:30 p.m."Beer Pong" w/ DJ RV & MC Slim
Fri. 9 p.m. Little Miss Love Jones & The Archangels, Pravda
Sat. 9 p.m. "College House / Hip-Hop Party" feat. DJ RV & MC Slim
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo hosted by Mike
Millhill Basement
300 S. Broad Street Trenton
(609) 989-1600
Tues. 10 p.m. "Local Artist" Hip Hop, Experimental EDM and Bass Music Showcase
O'Connor's American Bar & Grille
1383 Monmouth Road Easthampton Mt. Holly
(609) 261-1555
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Nice Hats
Sat. 8:30 p.m. (TBA)
Olde Liberty Tavern
2114 Liberty Street Trenton
(609) 396-2262
Sat. 9 p.m. Open Mic. Night
Palermo's Of Hamilton
310 Klockner Road Hamilton
(609) 838-7979
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke
All shows 21 +
Patriot's Crossing
1339 River Rd. Titusville
(609) 737-2780
Fri. 8 p.m. DT & the Burnerz
Sat. 8 p.m. Kevin Toft & The All Stars
Pete's Steak House
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton
(609) 585-8008
Fri. 9:30 p.m. (TBA)
Sat. 9:30 p.m. (TBA)
Randy Now's Man Cave
134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 424-3766
Check web site for upcoming events
RHO Waterfront
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
(609) 393-7300
Thurs. 10 p.m. "College Night" w/ DJ Paul Desisto. Ages 21+ (2 IDs required), $15 ($5 w/ valid college ID) 
Fri. (4 p.m.) Happy Hour Buffet, $10 (8:30 p.m.) WFIL Band (Boss Radio AM Gold)
Small World Coffee
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Rick Fiori Jazz Trio
Sun. 7 p.m. Princeton Bluegrass Jam 
Mon. 7 p.m. "Mic Monday" 
South Rio
120 South Warren Street Trenton
(609) 943-2123
Thurs. 7 p.m. "All You Can eat Crabs." Music, Drink Specials, Sports on TV
1867 Sanctuary 
101 Scotch Road Ewing
(609) 392-6409
Fri. 7 p.m. Ed Goldberg and the Odessa Klezmer Band. $20
Sat. 8 p.m. An Evening with Larry Siegel. $20
Sun. 3 p.m. Boxcar Lilies / Gordon Thomas Ward. $20
Tara's Tavern 
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road Wrightstown
(609) 286-2300
Fri. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ Big Daddy G
Sat. 10 p.m. (TBA) 
Tavern On The Lake
101 Main Street Hightstown
(609) 426-9345
Fri. 9 p.m. El Ka Bong
Sat. 9 p.m. Funk Point 5 
Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke Night 
Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road Princeton
(609) 924-2310
Sun. 12 p.m. Fam
The Cool Cricket
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro
(609) 291-9110
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Sat. 9 p.m. Radio Fiction
The HOB Tavern
146 Second Street Bordentown
(609) 291-7020
Fri. 9 p.m. DJ Entertainment 
Sat. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Tues. 9 p.m. Open Mic. Night
Wed. 8 p.m. (TBA)
The Ivy Inn
248 Nassau Street Princeton
(609) 921-8555
Thurs. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Ron
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Fatha Ramzee
Sat. 10 p.m. DJ Darius the First
Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv
Wed. 10 p.m. "Wednesday Wheel Night Spin To Win Karaoke" w/ DJ Rockn Ron
The Record Collector 
358 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 324-0880
Fri. 8 p.m. Billy Hector Band. All ages, Doors at 7:30 p.m., $18 (advance)
Sat. 8 p.m. Iron Front. All ages, Doors at 7:30 p.m., $12 (advance) 
The Roost 
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge
(609) 208-0050 
Fri. 9 p.m. Out Of The Red
Sat. 9 p.m. Rich Scanella
The Sticky Wicket 
2465 South Broad Street Hamilton
(609) 439-0007
Fri. 9 p.m. General Krank
Sat. 9 p.m. All Fired Up Party Band
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke
The Sun National Bank Center 
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton
(609) 656-3200
Check website for upcoming events
Tir Na Nog 
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton
(609) 392-2554
Fri. 9 p.m. Oliver McElhone
Sat 9 p.m. Diarmuid MacSuibhne
Tues. 9 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Taylor Reed
All shows  21+
Trenton Buzz
702 Pine Street Trenton
(609) 392-6000
Fri. 8 p.m. Live Band & Open Mic. 
Trenton Social
449 South Broad Street Trenton
(609) 989-7777
Fri. 4 p.m. First Friday 
Mon. 9 p.m. Monday Night Karaoke w/ Benny P
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic. Night
Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, Pa. Location)
400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-8300
Fri. 10 p.m. Dale and The Zbubs. ($5 cover charge)
Sat. 10 p.m. Jerry Fiess / Matt Simon. ($5 cover charge)
Sun. 7 p.m. Open Jam Night (Sign-ups at 6:30 p.m.)
All shows 21+ 
Wildflowers Inn
2572 Pennington Road Pennington
(609) 773-2392
Sat. 9 p.m. Acoustic Rock
Mon. 9 p.m. "Moonshine Mondays" Trivia
Tues. 9 p.m. Ed Wilson
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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