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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...1/11/18

By Danny Coleman

ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...1/11/18"Interstellar Fortuneteller" is the second release from Hamilton, New Jersey rockers Charles Laurita and The Mischief

Released in the fall of 2017, this follow up to their self-titled debut is not only a rarity in that it's a concept album but it was also cut in two studios; one of which was built with their own hands."We started out with a local studio and then we decided to finish it on our own.Will (Drummer Sarverand I built a studio ourselves and we're happy with how it all turned out," said a candid Laurita as he explained the process. 

The band as it exists today has undergone several personnel changes since the CD was completed. The cast of mischief makers may be different but the product itself is a well done second effort that deserves to find its way into ones auditory library. Mixing Charles's funk/blues style guitar with driving rhythms and a top notch horn section has become the trademark of this group and we are getting more of the same both on the album and on stage with the revamped line up. 

"Alone" is the opening cut and starts off with dubbed in wind. Sounding as if one has just awoken from a coma and found themselves solo on an abandoned outpost, the mood is compounded by a chain or key rattling effect followed by a Chandler Scales sax riff reminiscent of a lone subway performer; giving way to a halted Laurita vocal line. The music crescendos but Charles keeps the mood somewhat low key with a few exceptions as the horns of Scales, Sean Joyce (trumpet) and baritone sax player Tommy Allen build a neat accented base underneath it all. This tune features one of the few guitar solos on the disc which this reviewer finds to be one of its few flaws as Laurita can shred with the best. 

Track 2 is, "Lose My Mind" and it starts with drums and a swell of horns that quickly become a studded rhythm and the opening line, "I Must've died when I was 10 years old. I'm best described as a dead man's soul." This blues based offering features another nice guitar solo with timed accents from the rest of the band; showing why they are one of the best live acts on the circuit today. 



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"Break The City Down" is the first track where Laurita gets his patented funk on and is a nice change of pace. Pay attention to the chorus as Sarver and bassist Kenny Hamilton get a great syncopated groove on and oh yeah; there's a hot horn riff in the middle as well. 

Track #4 is, "Out There Starlight" and nicely combines all of the elements of the band and will definitely cause some toe tapping. Here too, the bass and drums drive the tune a bit more than Laurita's guitar which is mixed evenly throughout but it's the use of the horns that carries this one. 

Up Next is, "How To Fly" and this up tempo number has a throwback feel as if to the big band or speak easy era of prohibition. Jitterbug material for those old enough to remember that classic dance and definitely a challenge to anyone who thinks they can sit still for its duration.

Track #6, "Wicked Little Thing;" yup, that just about covers it.

"Talk To Me" comes in at #7 and is a return to the funky style that is the band's trademark; "Tell me what you're feeling, come on baby talk to me. " Here Sarver does some great tom work with nifty trumpet accents through the sax ride in the middle. 

"Lying On the Floor" is a dirty ditty with some well-placed harmonies and showcases Joyce on the trumpet. The bridge features an en mass transition that comes full circle back to the original rhythm. The only issue with this one is that it ends too soon.

Track #9 is titled, "Shut Your Mouth And Dance" and this too is another that gets funky  and offers up some well-timed syncopation. Laurita does a solo briefly reminiscent of  the one in Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" but quickly diverges into pure Charles. This could easily become a fan favorite if one were apt to make such a difficult choice. 

"Ridley" is a semi-instrumental based somewhat loosely on Sigourney Weaver's character in the "Alien" movie series. Pay attention and see why it's not completely an instrumental.     

 "Shape I'm In" is a change of pace and gives the listener a chance to catch a breath. This could be likened to driving through a construction zone; not full speed but just slow enough to get on by. 

Track #12 is, "Make It Out Alive" and is bottom heavy with bass and drums at the beginning but unfortunately  they get somewhat buried in the mix. The call and answer section between Laurita and the horns however, is superb.

The Last cut, "Skin & Bones" is a perfect closer and like most of this disc is a total group effort. Laurita readily admits that he wanted this second release to be more of a, "Whole band" sound and to his and their credit they've accomplished just that. 

Currently, the band has two new faces; Mike Farrell on alto sax and Steve Scarafile on bass who have replaced Tommy Allen and Kenny Hamilton respectively and done so without as much as a hiccup and continue to make Charles Laurita & The Mischief one of the best live bands around. 

To discover more please go to www.charleslaurita.com


This week's event listings


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. "Pasta and Sinatra Night"
Wed. 10 p.m. (TBA)
Bill's Olde Tavern
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton
(609) 586-0192
Thurs. 9 p.m. Trivia
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke Contest (Cash prizes)
Ages 21+
Blend Bar & Bistro
911 Highway 33 Hamilton
(609) 245-8887
Sun. 8 p.m.
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia  Jam
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke
Bowman's Tavern
1600 River Road New Hope, PA
(215) 862-2972
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Glen McClelland Trio
Fri. 8 p.m. Bob Egan
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Gary Reed & Arturo Baguer
Sun. (12 p.m.) Brunch w/ Ottmar (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Mon. 6 p.m. Andy Prescott
Tues. 6 p.m. Tony Alosi
Wed. 6 p.m. Soul Custody Duo
Brickwall Tavern & Dining Room
19 E. Union Street Burlington
(609) 733-356
Sat. 9 p.m. Retroglyphs
Bung's Tavern
2031 Route 130 South Burlington
(609) 499-1355
Sat. 9 p.m. Asylum Choir
Candlelight Lounge
24 Passaic Street Trenton
(609) 695-9612
Sat. 3 p.m. (TBA) $10 (cover charge/$10 Minimum includes buffet)
Tues. 6 p.m. "Tuesday Jazz Jam" Open Session feat. James Stewart / Tom Littwin Trios. $5 (Lite appetizers)
Cedar Gardens
661 Highway 33 Hamilton 
(609) 931-9464
Sat. 8 p.m. "Saturday Dance Party" w/ The Soul Cruisers. Doors at 7 p.m., $15-$45
Chickie's & Pete's
183 US Highway 130 North Bordentown
(609) 298-9182
Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Music Night
Wed. 9 p.m. Quizzo Trivia
City Streets
510 Highway 130 South East Windsor
(609) 426-9400
Mon. 9 p.m. "Malibu Mondays" w/ DJ Brett Gash
Tues. 9 p.m. Trivia w/ Jessie & Chelsea
Wed. 6:30 p.m. "Wine Down Wednesdays" w/ Rich Genoval
COARadio.com
125 Main Street Hightstown
(609) 241-7103
Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. Members of The Mark Stinger Band
Dadz Bar & Grill
744 Main Street Lumberton
(609) 267-4344
Thurs. 9 p.m. DJ Jason Byrd / "Beer Pong Tournament"
Fri. 10 p.m. One Hot Mess
Sat. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Dubbs
Sun. 4 p.m.One Hot Mess Duo
Tues. 8 p.m. "Game Night"
Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Christine Smith
Diamond's of Hamilton
661 Route 33 Hamilton
(609) 981-7900
Sat. 9:30 p.m. "Diamond's After Dark" w/ DJ Frank Oliveti
Wed. 5:30 p.m. The Connection Buzz Party (Free Networking Event)
Dog & Bull Brew House
810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.
(215) 788-2855
Fri. (4 p.m.) "Funky Friday Happy Hour" (9 p.m.) Fred S. 
Sat. (11 a.m.) "Saturday Brunch" feat. Michael Leggerie (9 p.m.) Jeff Zambino
Sun. 11 a.m. "Sunday Brunch" feat. Keli Vale Jazz 
Wed. 8 p.m. Ricky & Jenny Leigh
Freddies Tavern
12 Railroad Avenue Ewing
(609) 882-0978
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Joe Vadala
Grover's Mill Coffee House
Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction
(609) 716-8771
Thurs. 7 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Anker
Havana New Hope
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA.
(215) 862-9897
Thurs. 9 p.m. "College Beat The Clock Night"
Fri. (5 p.m./7:30 p.m.) "Newtown School of Rock" (9:30 a.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sat.  (8:30 p.m.) The Loop (12 a.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sun. (1 p.m./4 p.m.) "Newtown School of Rock" 
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 8 p.m. "Live Original Music Showcase" Hosted by Pat Foran
Hopewell Valley Bistro & Inn
15 East Broad Street Hopewell
(609) 466-9889
Fri. 8 p.m. Open Mic. Night
Sun. 1 p.m. "Irish Music Session"
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington
(609) 737-4465
Thurs. 6 p.m. Sergio's Blue Notes
Fri. 6 p.m. Castle Lane
Sat. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" Got 35
Sun. 2 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Vince Di Mura
Hurricane Jacks Bar and Grill
7759 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(267) 914-4517
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paul Kircher
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula & Sam
Iron Plow Vineyards
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus
(732) 306-9111
Fri. 6 p.m. Grouser Girls
Sat. 1 p.m. Jan & Rusty
Sun. 1 p.m. Don the Medicine Man
Ivy Tavern
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton
(609) 888-1435
Fri. 9 p.m. Unleashed
Sat. 9 p.m. Smoked Ice
All shows 21+
Jake's Eatery
869 Bustleton Pike Richboro, PA
(215) 322-6787
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "Ladies Night" w/ Bob Tomlinson 
Sat. 9 p.m. Somewhat Civil 
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Night
John & Peter's
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-5981
Thurs. 9 p.m. Gigantic Pixies Tribute
Fri. 9 p.m. Jonah Lloyd & Friends
Sat. (3 p.m.) the Real Fugitives (9:30 p.m.) Sonic Blenders
Sun. (3 p.m.) Christine Havrilla (9:30 p.m.) Honeysuckle
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic.
Tues. 9 p.m. "Acoustic 8-Act Throwdown" feat. Joey Henderson, Catch Me If You Can, RJ Noebles, Corey & Kara, Ser Xeri, The Slims, Rhonnette Smith, Andrew Ludewig.
Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational
All shows 21+
Killarney's Publick House
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
(609) 586-1166
Thurs. 9 p.m. DJ Byrd
Sat. 10 p.m. DJ Jimmy G
Laurita Winery
85 Archertown Road New Egypt
(609) 752-0200
Check web site for upcoming events
Logan Inn
10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA
(215) 862-2300
Fri. 7:30 p.m. Ed Wall
Mamma Rosa's
572 Klockner Road Hamilton
(609) 588-5454
Thurs. 6 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Richard Schneider
McGuinn's Place
1781 Brunswick Avenue Lawrence
(609) 392-0599
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Ages 21+
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. "Ladies Night" w/ DJ_OGEEZ
Sat. 9 p.m. "Fear and Loathing in Levittown Part 2" feat. Smoke and Mirrors
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo hosted by Mike
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Kirchner Entertainment
Millhill Basement
300 S. Broad Street Trenton
(609) 989-1600
Sun. 7 p.m. Off With their Heads, Stacey Dee, Seth Anderson, Sammy Kay, Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken. $10
Tues. 10 p.m. "Local Artist" Hip Hop, Experimental EDM and Bass Music Showcase
Mojito Cuba Caribe
90 South Main Street New Hope, PA
(267) 740-2900
Fri. 10 p.m. Jerry Monk & Joe Kramer
New Hope Winery
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA
(215) 794-2331
Check web site for upcoming events
Nook's PourHouse
2043 Route 130 South Florence
(609) 447-0927
Sat. 8 p.m. Grouser Girls
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia Tuesday w/ Quizoholics
Nottingham Tavern
9 Mercer Street Hamilton Square
(609) 587-6623
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Super Dave
Fri. 9 p.m. Fast Ant
Sat. 9 p.m. The Drunk Monkeys
Wed. 5 p.m. "Weekend Warm-up" w/ DJ Chris Barlow
Ages 21+
Old Town Pub
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 291-9232
Sat. 9 p.m. Stephanie Brown Duo
Palermo's Of Hamilton
310 Klockner Road Hamilton
(609) 838-7979
Thurs. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Sat. 9 p.m. Love Jones & The Archangels
All shows 21 +
Parx Casino (360 Bar)
2999 Street Road Bensalem, PA
(888) 588-7299
Thurs. 9 p.m. Latin Night
Sat. (5 p.m.) Buzzer Band (9:30 p.m.) Don't Call Me Francis (10 p.m.) DJ Henz
Patriots Crossing
1339 River Road Titusville
(609) 737-2780
Fri. 8 p.m. Slim and the Perkolators
Sat. 8 p.m. DiRty ReD
Pete's Steak House
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton
(609) 585-8008
Fri. 9:30 p.m. El Ka Bong
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Roundabout
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Randy Now's Man Cave
134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 424-3766
Sun. 1 p.m. "Urban Styles" Book Signing w/ Freddy Alva & Friends "Moderated" by Steve Dilodovico 
Rossi's Bar & Grill
2110 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
(609) 890-2004
Thurs. 7 p.m. (TBA)
Salt Creek Grille
1 Rockingham Row Princeton
(609) 419-4200
Fri. 8 p.m. Carol Selick
Sat. 8 p.m. Charles Clarke
Small World Coffee
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton
(609) 924-4377 x2
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Black Cat Habitat
1867 Sanctuary
101 Scotch Road Ewing
(609) 392-6409
Check web site for upcoming events
Tara's Tavern
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown
(609) 286-2300
Fri. 10 p.m. Raise The Bar
Sat. 10 p.m. Drunken Clams
Tavern On The Lake
101 Main Street Hightstown
(609) 426-9345
Fri. 9 p.m. Pop Comics
Sat. 9 p.m. Pretty Baby
Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke Night
Temperance House
5 South State Street Newtown, PA
(215) 944-8050
Thurs. 7 p.m. Blues Open Mic Hosted by Steve Guyger
Fri. 7 p.m. Christopher Dean
Sat. 7 p.m. Jeff Corbett
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo w/ Righteous Jolly
Wed. 7 p.m. "Jazz Night" w/ John Sheridan and BCCC
The Cool Cricket
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro
(609) 291-9110
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Sat. 9 p.m. Unleashed
The HOB Tavern
146 Second Street Bordentown
(609) 291-7020
Fri. 9 p.m. DJ Entertainment
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 Rockin' Ron
Fri. 10 p.m. Papers Shakers
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 Pines Tavern
6217 North Radcliffe Street Bristol, PA
(215) 788-1659
Sat. 9 p.m. Steve Bross
Sun. 3 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Bill Monach Jr
The Raven
385 West Bridge Street New Hope, PA
(215) 862-2081
Thurs. (5 p.m.) Russell Eiffert (8 p.m.) Will & Grace Viewing Party (10 p.m.) All Male Revue
Fri. (7:30 p.m.) (9 p.m.) Michael Ferreri (10 p.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sat. (5 p.m.) Russell Eiffert  (10 p.m.) DJ Dance Party
Mon. 9:30 p.m. "Lipstick Monday" Drag Show
Wed. 7 p.m. Bob egan
The Record Collector
358 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 324-0880
Please check web page for upcoming events.
The Roost
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge
(609) 208-0050
Sat. 9 p.m. ArHouse
The Sticky Wicket
2465 South Broad Street Hamilton
(609) 439-0007
Thurs. 9 p.m. "Throwback Thursday" w/ DJ Chillio
Fri. 9 p.m. Accelator
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke
The Sun National Bank Center
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton
(609) 656-3200
Check website for upcoming events
The Sycamore Grill
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA
(215) 908-6326
Thurs. 8 p.m. Acoustic Keys
Fri. 8 p.m. Jagged Blue
Sat. 8 p.m. Sherry St John
Tir Na Nog
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton
(609) 392-2554
Tues. 9 p.m. Trivia
Wed.9 p.m. Open Mic. w/ Paul Weise
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
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Happy Hour" w/ Jay Kountree (Live DJ all night)
Mon. 9 p.m. Monday Night Karaoke w/ Benny P
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic. Night w/ Benny P
Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, Pa. Location)
400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-8300
Fri. 10 p.m. Bob Denson's Blues. $5 (cover charge)
Sat. 10 p.m. "You May Be Right" Billy Joel Tribute. $5 (cover charge)
Sun. 7 p.m. Open Stage Night (Sign ups start at 6:30 p.m.)
All shows 21+
Triumph Brewing Company
138 Nassau Street Princeton
(609) 924-7855
Fri. 10 p.m. Rob Duncan
All shows 21+
Wildflowers Inn
2572 Pennington Road Pennington
(609) 773-2392
Sat. 9 p.m. Acoustic Rock Night
Mon. 9 p.m. "Moonshine Mondays" Trivia
 

originally published: 2018-01-12 10:02:50







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