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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites....1/16/14

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 01/16/2014
Welcome to my musical world! This is one man's attempt to alert you to the best in area entertainment!

"Groove rock! Yeah, that's what I'd say it is," says guitarist and primary songwriter Ian Bamberger of the trio which bears his name as he described their forthcoming EP, "Those Girls."

Calling Allenhurst, NJ their base of operations, Bamberger, bassist Arjun Subramaniam and drummer Bill Grillo formed as a unit only recently. "One of the first people that I ever met when I went to Rutgers was Arjun, " says Bamberger. "We would get together and play all the time up at school and we've been jammin' together ever since." Finding a drummer proved a bit more difficult and Ian enlisted the help of his studio engineer/drummer Jon Leidersdorff of Lakehouse Music. "I was looking for drummers and not having much luck, Leidersdorff gave me a few names and Bill was actually first on the list. We brought him in and we just clicked."

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Growing up in musical surroundings, Bamberger began playing guitar as a pre-teen, made his first home recording at the age of sixteen and has recorded a disc with an earlier band; this current one however, is the first he can claim as totally his own. "Yeah, this is my first one, all my own. When I was sixteen I did an instrumental (disc) in my room on a four track recorder, then I did one with my band Alice & the RV. This one, this is all my own songs, my material."

Bamberger feels he's a grown a bit thanks to the recording process; even beyond his 22 year old frame. "Recording at Lakehouse was a good experience," he said. "Jon leidersdorff and Tim Panella laid down the drums and Erik Romero did the bass lines. Working with those guys was great! Basically, I discovered more confidence in my music and songwriting; I really grew as a result of it all."

Once out of the studio, Bamberger put his current band together and expects great things; especially on January 24 when they have their official EP Release party at The Saint in Asbury Park. "The best way to describe the band is, we're a power three piece. We are trying to keep it minimalist, yet at the same time rock 'n' roll with a big sound. I've been playing music since I was twelve, this EP is my music and my vision with a definite Jersey Shore sound. The title "Those Girls" is, well, open to interpretation. I mean, everybody runs into "Those Girls" in their life; don't they? I think it's both good and bad (laughs)."

I asked him what the future held for him and the band, as far too many bands release a disc and then do little to nothing to support their effort. Bamberger was adamant that they would not fall into that mode as he stated, "OK, that's a big thing." "We want to make a statement, we want to be known as a hard rockin' band. We are planning a mini tri-state tour, NY, PA. and NJ to try and grow our fan base away from our area; after that we shall see. We just want to be heard."

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The Ian Bamberger Trio hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. at The Saint, located at 601 Main St. (Rte. 71). This EP Release Party proceeds headliners Local Hero at 9:30 p.m. and the cost is $10. To discover more about the Ian Bamberger Trio please go to .

Once again this week, tonight at Centro Grille on Rte. 33 in the Robbinsville Town Center there is a great solo performer in John Patrick Bastiani making an appearance. John plays all your favorite classic rock tunes, some blues numbers and just about everything for all to enjoy. The atmosphere at Centro is relaxing and I'm told that the food is outstanding. Good food, good drink and a top notch player sounds like a winning combination for sure.

The Polish Nannies are very busy this weekend as they perform at the RHO Waterfront Happy Hour and Buffet starting at 5 p.m. in Trenton and then again on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. at Pete's Steak House in Hamilton. Their Friday performance proceeds that of the Sharon Lia Band at 8 p.m. at this popular night spot. Go for the buffet, the bands and a DJ to close out the night, all for just a cost of $10.

Saturday also sees two of my favorite local original bands hitting stages on either side of the Delaware. Charles Laurita & The Mischief will rock the Ivy Tavern in Hamilton and Honey Spot Blvd. brings beavers, bubbles and humor, along with great music to John & Peter's in New Hope, PA.

Also on both Friday and Saturday, jazz great Dick Gratton plays for your dining pleasure at 6 p.m. at Chambers Walk Café in Lawrenceville. Always the utmost in professionalism, Gratton sets the standard for many area jazz enthusiasts.

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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. 10 p.m. Arnie Baird

Sun. 9 p.m. Joe Kaplow

Wed. 10 p.m. Open mic. night Hosted by Eric Puliti

All shows 21+

Amarones Windsor Inn

29 Church St. Windsor

(609) 448-714

Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Scott Gager & Debbie

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Fri. 8 p.m. The Blue Moons

Sat. 7:30 p.m. Donny Love

Tues. 7 p.m. Texas Hold'em

Candlelight Lounge
24 Passaic St. Trenton
(609) 695-9612

Sat. 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Carrie Jackson Singer Quartet. (No cover-$10 minimum)

Cedar Gardens Pub
661 Hwy. 33 Hamilton
(609) 587-0930

Fri. 9 p.m. Larry Archer & Friends

Sat. 9 p.m. Shadows In The Rain (Police Tribute)

All shows 21+

Centro Bar And Grille

2360 Rte. 33 Robbinsville

(609) 208-9300

Thurs. 9:30 p.m. John Patrick Bastiani

Chambers Walk Cafe
2667 Main St. Lawrenceville
(609) 896-5995

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Fri./Sat. 6 p.m. Dick Gratton

The Backstage at Championship Bar
931 Chambers St. Trenton

(609) 394-7437

Fri. 6 p.m. Take #13, Ampersand, For The Quitters, Automatic 253, Theone2s, Jantones. All ages, $10

Sat. 5 p.m. Gorematory, Enemies Deceased, Locked, Corpse Hoarder, Prosper Or Perish, Asphyxiating, Morbid Visions. All ages, $10

Sun. 4 p.m. Abigail Williams, Erimha, I Am The Trireme, Angmar, Malphas, Damien The Cat, (TBA). All ages, $10/$12

Dubh Linn Square
167 Rte. 130 North Bordentown
(609) 298-7100

Sun. 4 p.m. Irish Sessions w/ Billy O'Neal

Tues. 9 p.m. Open Mic. Night hosted by Shaun Ruymen

Halo Pub

4617 Nottingham Way Hamilton Square

(609) 586-1811

Sat. 7 p.m. Mike Matisa & Karly Coleman

Havana New Hope
105 S. Main St. New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-9897

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Thurs. 10 p.m. "Beat The Clock" College Night DJ Dance Party

Fri. 9:30 p.m. DJ Dance Party

Sat. 8:30 p.m. Sindi Raymond Band

Sun. 6 p.m. JB Kline

Mon. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Ron Sherr and Bridget

Wed. 8 p.m. "Wino Wednesday" Local Unplugged w/ Pat Foran

All shows 21+

Ivy Tavern
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton
(609) 888-1435

Fri. 10 p.m. Kindred Spirit

Sat. 10 p.m. Charles Laurita & The Mischief
All shows 21+

John & Peter's
96 S. Main St. New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-5981

Thurs. 9 p.m. InCircles w/ Ask The Dead

Fri. 9 p.m. Big Terrible

Sat. (3 p.m.) Rushland (9:30 p.m.) Honey Spot Blvd.

Sun. (3 p.m.) Jamie Salvatore (9:30 p.m.) David Cahill & Squid

Mon. Open Mic.

Tues. 9 p.m. John & Peter's Holiday Party

Wed. The Invitational (Featuring John & Peter's House Band)
All shows 21+

JoJo's Tavern

2677 Nottingham Way Hamilton

(609) 586-2678

Sat. 10 p.m. Trenton Makes

Wed. 10 p.m. Karaoke

Palermo's Of Hamilton
310 Klockner Rd. Hamilton
(609) 838-7979

Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke

Tues. Trivia Night

All shows 21+

Pete's Steak House
523 Whitehorse Ave. Hamilton
(609) 585-8008

Fri. 9:30 p.m. Crosswick

Sat. 9:30 p.m. Polish Nannies

RHO Waterfront

50 Riverview Plaza Trenton

(609) 393-7300

Thurs. 9 p.m. College Night w/ DJ Jeff Scott

Fri. (5 p.m.) The Polish Nannies (8 p.m.) The Sharon Lia Band (10 p.m.) DJ Jimmie Palumbo. $10 (cover charge includes buffet, bands and DJs)

Sat. 9 p.m. Latin Dance Event-Sabado Sabroson

All Shows 21+

Spigola Ristorante

3817 Crosswicks Hamilton Square Rd. Hamilton

Fri. 8:30 p.m. Steve Bross

Sat. 8:30 p.m. After Dark Band

Star Subs Café

621 Rte. 130 Buckley Plaza Hamilton

(609) 333-1230

Wed. 7 p.m. Acoustic Open Mic. Night hosted by Bri LoBue

Tavern On The Lake
101 Main St. Hightstown
(609) 426-9345

Fri. (8 p.m.) Sarcasm Comedy Night (9 p.m.) El Ka Bong

Sat. 9 p.m. Steve (The Band)

Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke Night

The Cool Cricket

216 4th St. Fieldsboro

(609) 291-9110

Thurs. 8 p.m. Kinky Bingo

Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke

The Record Collector

358 Farnsworth Ave. Bordentown

(609) 324-0880

Sat. 8 p.m. Jet Weston & his Atomic Ranch Hands. All ages, doors at 7:30 p.m., $12 (advance)

The Sticky Wicket
2465 South Broad St. Hamilton
(609) 439-0007

Fri. 9 p.m. Monster Zero

Sat. 9 p.m. Catch 22

All shows 21+

The Sun National Bank Center
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton
(609) 656-3200

Please check venue web site for upcoming events.

Tir Na Nog
1324 Hamilton Ave. Trenton
(609) 392-2554

Fri. 9 p.m. Mike Brill

Sat. 9 p.m. David Falcone

Tues. 9 p.m. Ed Wilson

All shows 21+

Trenton Social

449 South Broad Street Trenton

(609) 989-7777

Thurs. 7 p.m. Social Thursdays w/ DJ Tangency

Fri. 7 p.m. Social First Fridays

Mon. 10 p.m. Service Industry Night w/ DJ-JayKountree

Tues. 9 p.m. LiveMusic/Open Mic.

Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, Pa. Location)
400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-8300

Thurs. 10 p.m. Swear And Shake

Fri. 10 p.m. Steal Your Face (Grateful Dead tribute). $5 (coverage)

Sat. 10 p.m. Philly Funk Authority. $5 (cover charge)

Sun. 7 p.m. Open Jam Night hosted by The Lawsuits
All shows 21+

Villa Romanza

429 Rte. 156 Hamilton

(609) 585-1717

Fri. (6 p.m.) Arturo Romay. (9 p.m.) DJ Big Red

Sat. 8 p.m. Gemini (Comedy/Magic Show) $30 (advance) $35 (door)

Wed. 7:30 p.m. Texas Hold'em

Wildflowers Inn

2572 Pennington Rd. Pennington

Sat. 9 p.m. Live Acoustic Rock
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke

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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