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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...11/29/18

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 11/29/2018

"If we have to be away from our families we might as well make it count so it's a collection of our best stuff," says Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees as he discussed their current, "98° At Christmas The Holiday Tour," the band reunion, their new release, "Let It Snow" and their upcoming Mayo PAC and Borgata shows here in New Jersey. 

Formed by Timmons in 1996 along with Justin Jeffre and brothers Nick and Drew Lachey; these four lads from Ohio broke the typical, "Boy Band" mold and went on to become one of the largest selling acts of the late 90's until they stopped performing and recording circa 2002. 

Unlike others of their ilk, 98° was different in that they were not formed by a label but were signed by one after they formed on their own. With sales of over 10 million records, eight top 40 hits and a trail of broken hearts; they were a force to reckon with until they took a needed yet much longer than expected break. 

"When we took the break, we really didn't know what to expect," explained Timmons. "Nick had the television show and Drew was on, "Dancing With The Stars" and things just kind of went on from there. We never lost touch with one another and we didn't have some huge feud, we just went about our own lives." 

The break was more than a decade long and as they grew from young men in a, "Boy Band" into more mature artists; ironically enough it was another band from their past that helped get them back into performing. 

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"Yeah, wow, an 11 year hiatus," he said with a tone of disbelief himself. "We weren't sure what would happen when we got back together at the, "Mixtape Festival" in Hershey, PA back in 2012; we figured we'd try it and if it works we'd see where it went and it went well. I don't know if it's because we're all from the Mid-west but we are all pretty grounded, there's no egos involved and I think that's because we all had gone in different directions and grew as artists and people so we were very happy with the reunion and we realized that we still had an appetite for it and wanted to do it. Then our friends in Boyz II Men were on a summer tour and asked us to sign on along with New Kids on the Block and it all came back full circle." 

The band has seamlessly picked up where they left off and the hiatus is in the rear view mirror but was getting back into the swing of things, especially with such signature harmonies as easy as they make it sound? 

"When we got back together, as I said we didn't know what to expect; has the music evolved or would the harmonies be hard to find? It was pretty easy for us once we got acclamation with our tones; it was just trying to find out where our voices fit in the vocal stack. Once we figured that out it was pretty easy to move forward." 

The tour kicked off on November 1 and will come to a close on December 21 and has served as a celebration of both the band's 20 year anniversary and the holiday season. Timmons says the band is enjoying this immensely and experiencing a, "Resurgence" in their fan base while making new ones along the way. 

December 7 sees the band bring their 90 minute solo performance to the Mayo PAC in Morristown and December 15 they roll into The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and Timmons says that they are rather excited to be in the area. 

"It's going to be great to be back in the Northeast," he stated enthusiastically. "When we were first signed we spent a lot of time in the tristate area and we really enjoy performing there. New York City, northern New Jersey, Connecticut and then around Philly have all been really good to us so we look very much forward to coming back." 

So now that they are reassembled and have released new music; what's next after this tour concludes? 

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"I guess we will take it day by day. I know that we really enjoy performing in the summer so maybe we'll due a tour then; who knows? We've got some things in the works so we'll be taking it day by day." 

To discover more about the, "98° At Christmas Holiday Tour" or to purchase tickets, please visit 

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) 
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 
Bowman's Tavern  
1600 River Road New Hope, PA  
(215) 862-2972  
Thurs. 7 p.m. Dave Dales Trio
Fri. 8 p.m. Bob Egan
Sat. 7 p.m. CJ Steinway
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. Mantic
Broken Goblet Brewing
1500 Grundy Lane Bristol, PA
(267) 812-5653
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Stems and Seeds
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Kinky Quizzo
BT Restaurant & Tavern
2031 Route 130 South Burlington  
(609) 499-1355  
Fri. 8 p.m. Malpractice Show Band
Sat. 8 p.m. Malpractice Show Band
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)
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
Sat. 9 p.m. Kindred Spirit
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  
125 South Main Street Hightstown  
(609) 241-7103  
Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. The Paper Jets
Common Sense Brewing
102 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 526-8651
Sat. 6 p.m. Joe Zook
Continental Tavern
2 North Main Street Yardley, PA
(215) 493-9191
Thurs. 9 p.m. Fran & Jim
Fri. 9 p.m. Will Williams
Sat. 9 p.m. Sweet Willie Davis
Curly's at the Nest
1492 Woodbourne Road Levittown, PA
(267) 639-0707
Fri. 7 p.m. Undercover
Diamond's of Hamilton  
661 Route 33 Hamilton  
(609) 981-7900  
Fri. (6 p.m.) Masterpiece Party Band (10 p.m.) DJ Frank Oliveti
Sat. 9 p.m. Masterpiece Party Band
Sun. 10 a.m. "Jazz Brunch" 
Dog & Bull Brew House  
810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.  
(215) 788-2855  
Thurs. 8 p.m. Jenny Leigh & Brian Loftus
Fri. 9 p.m. Vince Schneider
Sat. 11 a.m "Saturday Brunch" feat.  (TBA)
Sun. 11 a.m. "Sunday Brunch" feat. Dick Gratton  
Freddies Tavern  
12 Railroad Avenue Ewing  
(609) 882-0978 
Thurs. 8 p.m. Trivia Night
Sat. 9 p.m. Jim Delre Band
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Joe Vadala
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. Blue Jersey Band
Havana New Hope  
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA.  
(215) 862-9897 
Thurs. 8 p.m. 
Fri. (8:30 p.m.) Fish Out of Water (12 a.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sat. (8 p.m.) Christine Martucci. Doors open 6 p.m., $25. (11 p.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sun. (1 p.m.) Midnight Sun Orchestra (6 p.m.) JB Kline Blues Band 
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke 
Wed. 8 p.m. "Local Original Music Showcase" Hosted by Pat Foran feat. "Nytrous Christmas Show"
Hopewell Theater   
5 South Greenwood Avenue Hopewell  
(609) 466-1964 
Fri. 8 p.m. Stephane Wremble. $39.45, $46.92, $48.51
Hopewell United Methodist Church
20 Blackwell Avenue Hopewell
(609) 466-0471
Sat. 7 p.m. Poorhouse Pickers & Friends Christmas Show. $20 (Suggested donation benefits Camp Moore)
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. Hazelrigg Brothers
Fri. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Just Us
Sat. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Living The Dream
Sun. 2 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. David Adolf
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. Audio Pilot
Ivy Tavern  
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton  
(609) 888-1435  
Thurs. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke  
Fri. 9 p.m. Gunsmoke
Sat. 9 p.m. Generals Krank Reunion "1.5" Gig
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. Mike DiAlto's Comedy Show feat. JT Habersaat
Fri. 9 p.m. Your Kids (Album Release)
Sun. 9:30 p.m. The Adventure Soundtrack
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic.  
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. The Benjamins
Fri. 9 p.m. DJ Bay Nice
Wed. 8 p.m. Drop the Beat Bingo
Laurita Winery  
85 Archertown Road New Egypt  
(609) 752-0200 
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Wooden Snowman Painting"
Sat. 12 p.m./6:30 P.M. "6th Annual Johnny Cash Christmas Concert" w/ Walk The Line. (Both shows currently SOLD OUT. Check for ticket availability) 
Sun. (10 a.m.) "Brunch w/ Santa" (6 p.m.) New Jersey Chamber Singers Concert
Wed. 6 p.m. "Girls Night Out" Holiday Centerpiece Making Class
Logan Inn  
10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA  
(215) 862-2300
Fri. 7 p.m. James Popik
Sun. 11 a.m. "Jazz Brunch" feat. (TBA) 
Marcellos Coal Fired Restaurant & Pizza
206 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown 
(609) 298-8360
Sun. 10 a.m. "Blues Brunch" 
McGuinn's Place  
1781 Brunswick Avenue Lawrence  
(609) 392-0599  
Sat. 10 p.m. Asylum Choir
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke  
Ages 21+  
McStews Irish Sports Pub  
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA  
(215) 949-9570  
Thurs. 8 p.m. NARPP Presents: Mochale Graves, Nim Vind, Argyle Goolsby w/ Riverside Odds, They Call Us Death. Ages 21+, $23 (advance)
Sat. 8:30 p.m. NARPP Presents: "A Night Full of Thrash & Punk" feat. The Silverhounds, The Skrulls, Roadkiller, Adder. $5
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo hosted by Mike  
Millhill Basement  
300 S. Broad Street Trenton  
(609) 989-1600
Thurs. 9 p.m. Downtown Brown, Dr. Beardface, Experiment 34
Fri. 9 p.m. Coach's Son (Record release), Brackish, latewaves, Ditz. Doors open at 8 p.m., $8
Sat. 9 p.m. Jt Habersaat & The Altercation Punk Comedy Tour. Doors open at 8 p.m., $10 (Advance)
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
Fri. 8 p.m. "Tusk" the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute. Doors open at 7 p.m., $35. (SOLD OUT. Please check for ticket availability)
Sat. 8 p.m. "Tusk" the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute. Doors open at 7 p.m., $35. (SOLD OUT. Please check for ticket availability)
New Jersey WeedMan's Joint
322 East State Street Trenton
(609) 437-0898
Sun. 2 p.m. Old Skool Hip Hop Sundays.
Nook's PourHouse  
2043 Route 130 South Florence  
(609) 447-0927
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. Pinto & Ziegler
Sat. 9 p.m. Radio Fiction
Ages 21+  
Old Town Pub  
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
(609) 291-9232 
Thurs. 8 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia
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. AC Steel & the Galvanizers
Sat. 8 p.m. Monika Ryan an The Alex Otey Trio
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo
Randy Now's Man Cave 
134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
(609) 424-3766 
Fri. 8 p.m. Chris Barron. $25
Sat. 7:30 p.m./9:30 p.m. Marshall Crenshaw. $25
Sun. 7 p.m. Marshall Crenshaw. $25
River Cat Cafe` 
142 South Main Street New Hope, PA
(215) 693-1008
Mon. 6 p.m. "Monday Night Jazz" w/ Dick Gratton /Jeff Fadden
Rossi's Bar & Grill  
2110 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton  
(609) 890-2004  
Thurs. 7 p.m. Domino, Domino (Monk & Monk)
Salt Creek Grille  
1 Rockingham Row Princeton  
(609) 419-4200  
Fri. 8 p.m. Rainbow Fresh
Sat. 8 p.m. Jackie Jones
Small World Coffee  
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton  
(609) 924-4377 x2
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Eugene Tyler Band
1867 Sanctuary  
101 Scotch Road Ewing  
(609) 392-6409
Fri. 7 p.m. Community Sing of "The Messiah." w/ Central Jersey Choral Society. $10 (Suggested donation)
Sat. 8 p.m. Let's Duet "Happy Holidays" feat. Scott and Bridgette Johnson w/ Martin Neron. $20
Wed. 8 p.m. TCNJ Jazz Ensemble. $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. Nami Lane
Tavern On The Lake  
101 Main Street Hightstown  
(609) 426-9345  
Fri. 9 p.m. SDL
Sat. 9 p.m. Black Rose
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. Kate Sottile
Sat. 7 p.m. Faraway Guys
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo 
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. (TBA)
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. Ray Coleman
Sat. 7 p.m. Seamus Kelleher
The Five Four Bar & Grill
8919 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(215) 547-5525
Fri. 9 p.m. (TBA)
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Light The Fuse
Wed. 7 p.m. "Lyrical Conundrums" w/ Cara & Righteous
The Four Crows Café
41 North Main Street New Hope, PA
(215) 869-5252
Sat. 5 p.m. Phil McAuliffe   
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. Polish Nannies
Sat. 10 p.m. DJ Fatha Ramzee
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. TimePeace
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
Fri. 8 p.m. "It's a Fruitcake"- A Holiday Tradition. w/ Tom Orr and Meagan Hill. $20
Sat. 8 p.m. Nellie McKay. $45
The Roost  
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge  
(609) 208-0050 
Fri. 9 p.m. Diablo Sandwich Band
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke
The Sticky Wicket  
2465 South Broad Street Hamilton  
(609) 439-0007  
Thurs. 9 p.m. "Throwback Thursday" w/ DJ Chillio 
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke  
The Sycamore Grill  
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA  
(215) 908-6326  
Thurs. 8 p.m. Bob Rontondo
Fri. 8 p.m. Kick Bax Acoustic Trio
Sat. 8 p.m. Scoville Blues
Third State Brewing 
352 High Street Burlington
(609) 387-1620
Sat. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by John Johnson
Tir Na Nog  
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton  
(609) 392-2554
Fri. 9 p.m. Mick & Ron of The Successful Failures
Sat. 9 p.m. Billy Walsh
Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions" w/ McDermott's Handy
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  
Wed. 6 p.m. Dick Gratton
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. Formula 5. $5(cover charge)
Sat. 10 p.m. The Successful Failures. $5 (cover charge)
All shows 21+
Triumph Brewing Company (Princeton Location)
138 Nassau Street Princeton
(609) 924-7855
Fri. 10 p.m. We'll Be Fine
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. Vic Della Pello
Yardley Inn Restaurant & Bar
82 East Afton Avenue Yardley, PA
(215) 493-3800
Sat. 8 p.m. Mike Meade

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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