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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...11/15/18


By Danny Coleman

originally published: 11/15/2018

"As you get older and the distance and the time goes away, you realize that they might be just people but in reality they are, "Led Zeppelin." I remember saying to those guys in a rehearsal; do you know who you are? You're Led Zeppelin! They laughed a bit and asked when I became such a fan and my response was; too late! Without realizing it; I had been too close to it at the beginning to notice."

So said a laughing Jason Bonham as he discussed those first rehearsals with Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones; preparing to take the seat his revered father John had occupied as the drummer of whom many consider to be the greatest rock band of all time, Led Zeppelin.  On this occasion it was for a reunion of the super group, a reunion which garnered much attention and had even a young Jason seemingly pinching himself as he soaked in his role in this momentous event. 

Performing as a member of Led Zeppelin and filling in for his father who is considered to be one of  the greatest drummers in rock 'n' roll history spawned an entire new appreciation for his dad's talent and the band's place in music history. So much so that between solo projects and stints with artists such as UFO, Paul Rodgers, Foreigner, Heart and currently Sammy Hagar; he assembled the, "Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Experience," now known as the, "Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Evening" and Jason will be bringing it all to The Music Box inside The Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ on November 23 for a 9 p.m. show

So how does one go about forming the quintessential tribute band while maintaining the authenticity, distinct sound and style of the original? Technology of course and Jason used exactly that to recruit the members of the group. 

"I was told about a site called, "Virtual Zeppelin" and that's where I listened to James (Vocalist Dylanand literally was like, no way! So I actually flew him down to my house and got him to come and sing but at the time he was kind of a different guy back then and I told him, you know you sound like it but you're not rock 'n' roll enough, he said with slight laugh. "Literally about a year later he called me up and we spoke again and we kicked it off and I never imagined it going past the time we had at the beginning; I thought it'd be maybe a couple of tours if that but it was amazing from the moment we started. The weirdest thing was that the bass player we had, Michael Devin got the call from Whitesnake after the first tour and I remember saying to him, take it because I might not do this anymore. Fortunately, last year after he found the bass player to replace himself with, a wonderful guy named Dorian Heartsong; Dorian couldn't do the time last year so Michael came back for a tour and then this summer Michael was in Whitesnake so it was a great fun tour to be had. So finding them all came into place really but the biggest thing is, you've got to be a fan and that's all it is really. When my guitar player of many, many years, Tony Catania decided that he wanted to get off and do his own thing, I was kind of like; what am I gonna do? Fortunately enough, somebody said to me, you've got to give this guy a listen, you've got to try him out and it kind of brought a new lease on life to the band. It made us go back to some of the original live stuff from the earlier and different versions of recordings; Jimmy Sakurai is his name, he goes by the name, "Mr. Jimmy" and he is just phenomenal. Alex Howland on keyboards and guitar, I've been very fortunate, these guys are very, very good, we give it 200 percent when we're up there because I'm representing the family; so I always say that this is the hardest gig that I play."



 
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With what appears to be a lengthy touring schedule at hand, Bonham explained that it's not as large as one might think; timing his tours with the "JBLZE" around the spring and fall.

"We don't work as much as people would think. I'm very fortunate, if anything, since we've added those  summer shows; we usually only do around 20 shows around May and 20 shows after Thanksgiving, that's what we usually do. So 40 shows out of the year, if that's all I'm working well that's OK. I've got my other projects with Sammy Hagar and The Circle so that gives it space, so I'm fortunate. I don't have a nine to five, I still really, really enjoy playing, I feel very lucky that I can do this and pick and choose when we do it. So it might look like we're always working and sometimes it feels like it and just lately I had two weeks off and when Sammy is working and wants to work roughly at the same time; it's like" and as if to elaborate yet leave the thought open-ended he continued after a short pause . "I literally did a festival in Mexico in Monterrey with Guns N' RosesWhitesnake, Wolfmother, The Circle and Garbage which was great fun and after that I flew to Jacksonville to start rehearsals for this tour with JBLZE and we'll work into December and have a few weeks off and then Sammy has started to add shows in January because we've got a new album coming out. Yeah, I mean there were times when I wasn't doing anything so I can't complain (laughs)."

Being the son of a music icon, especially one as influential as John Bonham can be a blessing or a curse; when asked if this has ever affected him in any manner, Jason was forthright yet sentimental with his response.

"Maybe in my late 20's; I was just like, enough already, I know, I know," he explained. You know, when you kind of want to be your own self but then you realize that he is the most influential; every drummer I've ever asked, every drummer that I've ever read about, their top three always has John Bonham in there. The other two drummers might change but everybody I've ever asked and most drummers I've ever read about say this and that's just phenomenal that he had that much influence on the drumming world. Somebody asked me the other day; what do you love the most about the show? I said, the conversations that I have with my father in my head while I'm playing. If I do something pretty good, I mean I'm playing the gig and I'm saying in my head; hey check that one out dad. You didn't do that one until, "ZOSO" and then I'll have a moment where I'm watching him do something in my head and he'll turn around and say, you didn't think of that one; did ya? Yeah you're right,  you've always been a master; what am I thinking? It's kind of cool to have those kind of moments, like when I'll do something from, "Presence" in a, "Led Zeppelin II" song and I think, see I did that in a "Led Zeppelin II" song and you didn't even think of it until, "Presence" (laughs). I try and imagine what he'd be playing like now, that's kind of where my head goes. I think of the very fundamental fills, the triplets, the iconic stuff that he used but it's trying to get his subtleties and his space and just that groove, that is way more my focus now than any fill. His pocket, I was listening to "The Song Remains the Same" version of, "Dazed and Confused" and oh my God, that is such an amazing version live. That to me is, that is it; drop the mic. I mean the drum sound and just everything about it; all of the jam sessions within it and then when they go into, "If you're going to San Francisco," the drum groove that dad starts playing with the hi-hat, the hairs on my arm are standing up just talking about it." 

"The Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Evening" is an outstanding recreation of the music of Led Zeppelin; so how do the three remaining members of the band feel about what Jason is doing? 

"I went to Robert's show and his keyboard player came up to me and said; "You know he watches the clips don't ya? He'll never tell you himself and he always asks the fans; did anyone see Jason's show last week?" "Apparently Robert said one night, "If you want to hear how it sounded back in the day, you go see Jason's band and if you want to hear how it sounds now, you come and see me;" that was the greatest compliment that I've ever been given. I haven't heard anything from the others but there's a lot of bands out there; it'd be terrible if they thought it was wrong when there's how many other bands out there doing it, it'd be horrible to think that. We did an interview one time and the DJ tried to get Robert to react to me doing it and in the end it bit the DJ in the ass because Robert turned around and said, "Excuse me, he's John's son; do you understand that? He is the best living drummer that can play that music and he does it so well; so why can't he do that? What is your point? " "I was like, wow and then he said, "It astounds me how much time he puts into what we did such a long time ago and sometimes I wish he would have his own thing," and I had to butt in and I said, but I do Robert, I have two other bands with original stuff (laughs) and he said, "See? He's ready!" "Robert and I speak more than anyone else and we call each other every now again and I try and see him whenever he's around; there's big love for that. Jimmy and I, whenever we see each other or any of us see each other it's like we had just seen each other the day before; there's no awkwardness, it's just pure love and respect." 

With the tour finishing up in December; what will 2019 and beyond bring for the band and Jason himself?



 
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"The Evening," as we call it now will always have a place in my heart and passion but as far as planning next year; we're not too sure yet. I want to give Sammy 100 percent for the new album that we've done together, so I'm leaving it pretty open. I'm sure we'll do our regular 20 or 40 shows next year and usually I like touring this time of year, the winter time and I like touring in May. So if something happens in between in the summer; there's talk of "JBLZE" going out with another act, a very big act and if that comes to play then I'll be a very happy man. As far as anything planned now, we're going to finish the shows this winter and then I'll be promoting the new, "Circle" album with Sam and as I said, don't be sad, I'll still be doing 20 to 40 shows sometime next year."

Fans of Led Zeppelin will enjoy what Bonham has assembled as the music is timeless. Generation after generation has discovered and been influenced by the band as their legacy lives on and will for generations to come; to discover more about Jason Bonham, The "JBLZE" or obtain tickets to the remaining shows; please visit www.jasonbonham.net

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


Alchemist & Barrister  
28 Witherspoon Street Princeton  
(609) 924-5555  
Thurs. "Pasta and Sinatra Night"  
Wed. 10 p.m. (TBA) 
Amalfi's Kitchen & Bar
146 Lawrenceville-Pennington Road Lawrenceville
(609) 912-1599
Sat. 9 p.m. No Way Out
Arts Council of Princeton  
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton  
(609) 924-8777 
Sat. 7:30 p.m. "New York On Broadway" w/ Katie Welsh and pianist David Pearl. $15
Artworks Trenton
19 Everett Alley Trenton
(609) 394-943
Sat. 12 p.m. Y.A.L. Comics   
Bill's Olde Tavern  
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton  
(609) 586-0192  
Thurs. 9 p.m. Trivia  
Ages 21+  
Blend Bar & Bistro  
911 Highway 33 Hamilton  
(609) 245-8887  
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia  Jam  
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke 
Bordentown Elks
11 Amboy Road Bordentown
(609) 298-2085
Sat. 7 p.m. "Dinner Dance" w/ The Polish Nannies. $70 (Per couple)
Bowman's Tavern  
1600 River Road New Hope, PA  
(215) 862-2972  
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Neil Podgurski Trio
Fri. 8 p.m. Bob Egan
Sat. 7 p.m. David Dales Trio
Sun. (12 p.m.) Brunch w/ Ottmar (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Mon. 6 p.m. Andy Prescott
Tues. 6 p.m. Ed Wilson
Wed. 6 p.m. Lorenzo
Brickwall Tavern & Dining Room  
19 E. Union Street Burlington  
(609) 733-3562 
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Byrd
Sat. 10 p.m. Screaming Rockets
Broken Goblet Brewing
1500 Grundy Lane Bristol, PA
(267) 812-5653
Thurs. 8 p.m. Mike Estabrook
Wed. 9 p.m. "Thanks for the Laughs 4" Comedy Show. Feat. Don Jamieson / Jim Florentine. Doors open at 5 p.m. 
BSB Gallery
143 East State Street (Suite 4) Trenton
(609) 599-3268
Fri. 2 p.m. "The Collaborators" Exhibition
Sat. 12 p.m. Call For Art: "Revolutionary Resolve"
BT Restaurant & Tavern
2031 Route 130 South Burlington  
(609) 499-1355  
Fri. 8 p.m.Out of Nowhere  
Wed. 9 p.m. "Thanksgiving Eve" w/ Asylum Choir
Candlelight Lounge  
24 Passaic Street Trenton  
(609) 695-9612  
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam
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 Banquet Hall
661 Route 33 Hamilton
(609) 931-9464
Fri. 7 p.m. "Pre-Thanksgiving Show" Gwen Edge, Camryn Champion, Amazing Grace Little Band, Kool Brezz (Kool & The Gang Tribute), DJs Slow-Ice, EZP. Doors at 6 p.m., $25
Championship Bar
931 Chambers street Trenton
(609) 396-5457
Mon. 8 p.m. "Art Chill Night"
Tuesday 8 p.m. "Jam Night" Hosted by Nikki & Caleb
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
Fri. 9 p.m. ArHoUsE
Mon. 9 p.m. "Malibu Mondays"   
Tues. 9 p.m. Trivia w/ Jessie & Chelsea  
Wed. 6:30 p.m. "Wine Down Wednesdays" w/ Rich Genoval  
COARadio.com  
125 South Main Street Hightstown  
(609) 241-7103  
Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. Nick Clemons
Common Sense Brewing
102 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 526-8651
Sat. 6 p.m. Radio Fiction
Continental Tavern
2 North Main Street Yardley, PA
(215) 493-9191
Thurs. 9 p.m. 
Fri. 9 p.m. Mike & Laura Tusay
Sat. 9 p.m. Michael Meade
Wed. 9 p.m. Jeff Sutton Band
Curly's at the Nest
1492 Woodbourne Road Levittown, PA
(267) 639-0707
Fri. 8 p.m. Bambu Weasels
Sat. 7 p.m. Kid Comet
Wed. 9 p.m. "Thanksgiving Eve Party" w/ The Fredz
Diamond's of Hamilton  
661 Route 33 Hamilton  
(609) 981-7900  
Fri. (6 p.m.) Bob Orlowski (10 p.m.) DJ Frank Oliveti
Sat. (6 p.m.) Tara Woodcock (9 p.m.) Tymes 2
Sun. 10 a.m. "Jazz Brunch" 
Wed. 10 p.m. DJ Frank Oliveti
Dog & Bull Brew House  
810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.  
(215) 788-2855  
Thurs. 8 p.m. Cecil Middleton
Fri. 9 p.m. Mia Johnson
Sat. (11 a.m.) "Saturday Brunch" feat. Keli Vale (9 p.m.) Rachel & Ty
Sun. (11 a.m.) "Sunday Brunch" feat. Mikey Raggz (4 p.m.) Dick Gratton
Wed. 8 p.m. Bus Stuff
Freddies Tavern  
12 Railroad Avenue Ewing  
(609) 882-0978 
Thurs. 8 p.m. Trivia Night
Fri. 9 p.m. Gyrl Band
Sat. 9 p.m. Ernie White & Lisa Bouchelle w/ Mark Sacco
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Joe Vadala
Wed. 9:30 p.m. "Thanksgiving Eve Dance Party" w/ The Polish Nannies
German American Society
215 Uncle Pete's Road Hamilton
(609) 585-5200
Sat. 7 p.m. "Entertainment Night" w/ Rick and Kenny. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., $12/$15
Grounds For Sculpture
80 Sculptors way Hamilton
(609) 586-0616
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Sing Along with Sculpture" w/ Seward Johnson
Grover's Mill Coffee House  
Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction  
(609) 716-8771  
Thurs. 7 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Anker
Halo Pub
4617 Nottingham Way Hamilton Square
(609) 586-1811
Sat. 7 p.m. Ja-Tun
Havana New Hope  
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA.  
(215) 862-9897 
Thurs. 8 p.m. Santana Tribute w/ "Stone Flower." Doors open at 6 p.m., $25
Fri. (8:30 p.m.) Plush (12 a.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sat. (8:30 p.m.) JJ Rupp (12 a.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sun. 6 p.m. Best of The Eagles. Doors open at 4 p.m., $40
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke 
Wed. 9:30 p.m. "Night Before Thanksgiving DJ Blow-Out"
Hibernian Foundation of Trenton
2419 Kuser Road Hamilton
(609) 586-5982
Wed. 8 p.m. "Back In The Day DJ Reunion" Benefitting the Sunshine Foundation. Feat. DJs, Anthony Bradley, Greg Blair, Frank DiRe, Frank Bucchino, Joe Povio, (TBA). $10 
Hopewell Theater  
5 South Greenwood Avenue Hopewell  
(609) 466-1964 
Fri. 8 p.m. Heather Maloney w/ Izzy Heltai. $26.66, $27.72, $28.79
Sun. 11 a.m. "Gypsy Jazz Brunch" w/ Pyrenesia and Max hansen Buffet. $19.73 (No brunch) $53.85 (Includes brunch)
Hopewell Valley Bistro & Inn  
15 East Broad Street Hopewell  
(609) 466-9889  
Fri. 8 p.m. Open Mic. Night 
Hopewell Valley Vineyards  
46 Yard Avenue Pennington  
(609) 737-4465  
Thurs. 6 p.m. Four +1
Fri. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Deb & Mike
Sat. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Acoustic Road
Sun. 2 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Darla and Rich
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. Ed Wilson & Carol Brooks
Sat. 1 p.m. Victor Tarassov
Sun. 1 p.m. Nami Lane
Ivy Tavern  
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton  
(609) 888-1435  
Thurs. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke  
Fri. 9 p.m. Audio Pilot
Sat. 9 p.m. Papa D'Lux
Wed. 9 p.m. "Thanksgiving Eve Party" w/ the South Side Wanderers
All shows 21+  
Jake's Eatery  
869 Bustleton Pike Richboro, PA  
(215) 322-6787  
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Ladies Night" 
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Night  
Jimmy's Firestone American Grill
140 Route 130 South Bordentown
(609) 291-0200
Thurs. 8 p.m. "Bar Games and Trivia"
John & Peter's  
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa  
(215) 862-5981 
Thurs. 9 p.m. Matt & Dallas
Fri. 9 p.m. Jonah Jam
Sat. (3 p.m.) Mr. Chris and the Alley Band (9:30 p.m.) Lowlight, The Extensions, The Adventure Party
Sun. (3 p.m.) Black Cat Habit (9:30 p.m.) James Booth, The Return
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic.  
Tues. 9 p.m. Terez Little Flowers
Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational  
All shows 21+ 
JoJo's Tavern
2677 Nottingham Way Mercerville
(609) 586-2678
Wed. 10 p.m. Radio Fiction
Killarney's Publick House  
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton 
(609) 586-1166 
Sat. 8 p.m. "Fire Pit Party" w/ Acoustic Explorer
Wed. 7 p.m. "Thanksgiving Eve Party" w/ Unleashed
Laurita Winery  
85 Archertown Road New Egypt  
(609) 752-0200 
Sun. 1 p.m. Rick Winow
Wed. 6 p.m. "Girls Night Out"
Logan Inn  
10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA  
(215) 862-2300
Fri. 7 p.m. Zach & Tili
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Colleen Ryan
Sun. 11 am "Jazz Brunch" feat. (TBA)
Mama Flora's Trattoria 
1750 North Olden Avenue Ewing
(609) 434-1188
Sat. 6 p.m. Bryan Hill
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 
Sat. 9 p.m. Vicious Circle Official, Seeds of Perdition, Corners of Sanctuary. Ages 21+, $5
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo hosted by Mike  
Wed. 9 p.m. "Thanksgiving Eve" w/ Fish out Of Water
Millhill Basement  
300 S. Broad Street Trenton  
(609) 989-1600 
Sat. 8 p.m. worldsucks / Bury The Empire
Tues. 10 p.m. "Local Artist" Hip Hop, Experimental EDM and Bass Music Showcase
New Hope Winery 
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA
(215) 794-2331
Thurs. 8 p.m. "The Ivy League of Comedy" feat. Tom Ryan / Clayton Fletcher. Doors open at 7 p.m. $25
Fri. 8 p.m. A Tribute to the Rolling Stones w/ "Classic Stones." Doors open at  7 p.m., $35
Sat. 8 p.m. A Tribute to the Rolling Stones w/ "Classic Stones." Doors open at  7 p.m., $35 (SOLD OUT please check for availability)
Sun. 4 p.m. John McEuen & the String Wizards Present: "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" Doors at 3 p.m., $55
New Jersey WeedMan's Joint
322 East State Street Trenton
(609) 437-0898
Fri. 8:30 p.m. The "Stoner Giggles" Comedy Show/Open Mic. Hosted by Mister Direct. $10 
Sun. 2 p.m. Old Skool Hip Hop Sundays.
Nook's PourHouse  
2043 Route 130 South Florence  
(609) 447-0927
Sat. 9 p.m. Unleashed
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. Musicology
Sat. 9 p.m. Guenther Toft
Wed. 9 p.m. "A Rockin' Thanksgiving Eve" w/ ArHoUsE
Ages 21+  
O'Connors American Bar & Grille
1383 Monmouth Road Easthampton
(609) 261-1555
Wed. 8:30 p.m. The Grouser Girls
Old Town Pub  
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
(609) 291-9232 
Thurs. 8 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia
Sat. 9 p.m. Audio Pilot
Open Arts PAC
146 Route 130 South Bordentown
(609) 424-3058
Sat. 7 p.m. World Drum and Dance Showcase. $20 (Adults) $10 (Kids)
Palermo's Of Hamilton  
310 Klockner Road Hamilton  
(609) 838-7979  
Thurs. 8 p.m. Karaoke 
All shows 21 +
Patriots Crossing  
1339 River Road Titusville  
(609) 737-2780 
Thurs. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Bobby Jones
Fri. 8 p.m. Cover Up
Sat. 8 p.m. Paul Plumeri Blues Band
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo
Pete's Steak House  
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton  
(609) 585-8008  
Fri. 9 p.m. South Side Wanderers
Sat. 9 p.m. (TBA)
Wed. 10 p.m. "Thanksgiving Eve Party" w/ Deep Release
Randy Now's Man Cave 
134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
(609) 424-3766 
Fri. 8 p.m. Elk City / Glenn Morrow's Cry for Help. All ages, $10
Sat. 8 p.m. Adam Realman (Strongman / Sword Swallower). All ages, $12
Salt Creek Grille  
1 Rockingham Row Princeton  
(609) 419-4200  
Fri. 8 p.m. Carol Selick
Sat. 8 p.m. Jerry Topinka
Small World Coffee  
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton  
(609) 924-4377 x2
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Adam Sterr
Starbucks Coffee
2673 Main Street Lawrenceville
(609) 414-3320
Fri. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Anker
Stone Terrace by John Henry's
2275 Kuser Road Hamilton
(609) 581-8855
Wed. 8 p.m. Boss Radio AM Gold. $15 (Advance)
1867 Sanctuary  
101 Scotch Road Ewing  
(609) 392-6409
Sat. 8 p.m. "A Taste of Hawaii: A Tribute to Genoa Keane" w/ Bill Wynne. $20
Sun. 3 p.m. Wendy Zoffer Flute Experience. $20
Tara's Tavern 
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown  
(609) 286-2300  
Fri. 10 p.m. Ned Ryerson & The Groundhogs
Sat. 10 p.m. El Ka Bong
Tavern On The Lake  
101 Main Street Hightstown  
(609) 426-9345  
Fri. 9 p.m. Asylum Choir
Sat. 9 p.m. Complicated Matter
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. Bill Thomas
Sat. 7 p.m. Two For Flinching
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo w/ Templeton Rye
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Session Jazz Night
The Cool Cricket  
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro  
(609) 291-9110  
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke  
Sat. 9 p.m. Asylum Choir
Wed. 9 p.m. El Ka Bong
The Cranbury Inn
21 South Main Street Cranbury
(609) 469-1228
Fri. 7:30 p.m. Corcoran Holt. Doors open at 7 p.m., $25
The Cure Insurance Center  
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton  
(609) 656-3200  
Check website for upcoming events  
The Dubliner
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA
(215) 693-1816
Fri. 7 p.m. Celtic Connection
Sat. 7 p.m. Andrew Koontz & Bill O'Neal
Sun. 2 p.m. Tom Brett
The Five Four Bar & Grill
8919 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(215) 547-5525
Fri. 9 p.m. Big Whiskey
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Philly Rock & Soul
Wed. 7 p.m. "Thanksgiving Eve" w/ Spareparts 
The HOB Tavern  
146 Second Street Bordentown  
(609) 291-7020  
Fri. 8 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. DJ Jon Gosselin
Sat. 10 p.m. Stereo 87
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. 9:30 p.m. Brian & the Coconutz
Sun. 3 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Bill Monach Jr.  
The RRazz Room (Clarion Hotel)
6426 Lower York Road New Hope, PA
(888) 596-1027
Sat. 7:30 p.m. The Amazing Kreskin. $35
The Record Collector  
358 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
(609) 324-0880  
Sat. 8 p.m. Vince Martell w/ Rock Gold / Peg Pearl. All ages, Doors open at 7:30 p.m., $18 (Advance)
The Roost  
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge  
(609) 208-0050 
Sat. 9 p.m. Kindred Spirit
Wed. 9 p.m. 80's Band
The Sticky Wicket  
2465 South Broad Street Hamilton  
(609) 439-0007  
Thurs. 9 p.m. "Throwback Thursday" w/ DJ Chillio 
Fri. 9 p.m. Einstein Bridge
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke  
The Sycamore Grill  
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA  
(215) 908-6326  
Thurs. 8 p.m. Lisa Bouchelle
Fri. 8 p.m. Stem Live
Sat. 8 p.m. M and RJ Acoustic Duo
Wed. 8 p.m. "Thanksgiving Eve" w/ Kick Bax Acoustic Trio
Tir Na Nog  
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton  
(609) 392-2554
Fri. 9 p.m. Diarmuid MacSuibhne
Sat. 9 p.m. Paul Wiese
Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions" w/ Billy O'Neal
Wed. 9 p.m. Black Brant
All Shows 21+
Trenton Buzz  
702 Pine Street Trenton  
(609) 392-6000  
Fri. 8 p.m. Live Band & Open Mic.  
Sat. 10 p.m. "Buzzed Saturdays" w/ Bockman  
Trenton Social   
449 South Broad Street Trenton  
(609) 989-7777 
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  
Thurs. 8 p.m. Trivia
Fri.10 p.m. La Capitana. $5 (cover charge)
Sat. 10 p.m. Joshua Howard. $5 (cover charge)
Wed. 10 p.m. "Thanksgiving Eve" w/ Rich Scanella Group
All shows 21+
Triumph Brewing Company (Princeton Location)
138 Nassau Street Princeton
(609) 924-7855
Fri. 10 p.m. Zeke Sky Band
Wed. 10 p.m. DJ Bay Nice
Wildflowers Inn  
2572 Pennington Road Pennington  
(609) 773-2392  
Sat. 9 p.m. Acoustic Rock Night  
Mon. 9 p.m. "Moonshine Mondays" Trivia
Working Dog Winery  
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown  
(609) 371-6000  
Sat. 1 p.m. Acoustic Road
Yardley Country Club
1010 Reading Avenue Yardley, PA
(215) 493-4531
Fri. 6 p.m. Jonnie Drue as "Frank Sinatra."
Yardley Inn Restaurant & Bar
82 East Afton Avenue Yardley, PA
(215) 493-3800
Sat. 8 p.m. Sarah Copley


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