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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...12/15/16

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 12/15/2016
"Ya' know," says legendary member of the OutLaws Henry Paul, "It's still fun for me and for us, it's just different fun. The first fun was during our age of discovery. These days we know how to dance and what it's all about. So I challenge myself and the band challenges itself to put on a good show every time we take the stage. The band, the fans and the music are older but the rewards are priceless. The band doing well every time we take the stage is our main concern and it usually always works out."
The Outlaws have been at the forefront of the "Southern Rock"  genre for more than 40 years and have built, not just a fan base but legions of followers all along the way. Paul was there at the start and realizes the importance of the band's place in rock history along with the importance of capturing its essence. Reflecting on the past by performing in the present, he realized the need to record and preserve the group's music in its purest form and their latest effort, "Legacy Live," does just that. 
A 21 track two disc album which features most of the band's earlier material with a couple of classics thrown in for good measure awaits those who make the wise decision to purchase it. Paul claims that the band has taken great pains to present this material in a way that will satisfy their entire fan base. "I was there when we made the first three records," he started; "Those three are looked upon as the defining records. So on these recordings, we really sorted through our material and night after night of live performances and with the exception of "Ghost Riders," there's nothing from the later catalog. The Billy Jones contributions were considered left of center and were not appreciated then but they are more so now. So us putting them out there and putting this band's interpretations to them now; I've got to tell you, it can be quite emotional at times." 
Paul also knows that their supporters crave the hits as well and that the more seasoned OutLaws fan desires the older, less traveled roads the band will sometimes go down too. "Ya' know, the band, I'd say from 2008 going forward, just after Hughie's (guitarist Hughie Thomasson) passing and I assuming more of the leadership role in the band, the band 's live performances have begun a return to prominence. We started playing more and more shows and we all seemed to have a renewed spirit. I don't know if Hughie passing away was a sign to us to enjoy it while we can or what (laughs) but we are really enjoying ourselves and the fans seem to love it too. People began asking for another live record, they wanted to be able to take home the musical legacy that they just witnessed. Songs like "South Carolina," "Girl From Ohio" and "Prisoner," mean a lot to our loyal fans and are hardly ever heard live. We wanted to get those out there but yet do right by our original members like Billy Jones, etc. while still getting the fans affection. This is what I was going for when I sat down and started sorting things out and of course technology allows for some liberties but it's definitely an honest impression of our work." 
When asked about a possible tour and the future of the band, Paul was sure and steady; once again making it about the group's followers. "Tour? We've been on tour forever, we sing for our supper," he explained with a laugh. "Honestly? We'll start touring in January and won't end up until December, it's how we make our living. For now though, I'm writing new material and we'll be going in the studio in the spring with 10 to 12 new songs. Our last record never got the attention we had hoped for but our fan base really appreciated it. I'd love the opportunity to do a live  DVD but that's far more complicated and expensive but I'll never rule anything out."          
To discover more about the  Outlaws and "Legacy Live,"  please go to                    
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

The Alchemist & Barrister
28 Witherspoon Street Princeton
(609) 924-5556
Wed. 10 p.m. Paul Plumeri Blues Band
Amalfi's Restaurant & Bar
146 Lawrenceville Pennington Road Lawrenceville
(609) 912-1599
Fri. 9 p.m. The Prophets
Sat. (11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.) "Lunch With Santa" (8:30 p.m.) "Piano Bar" w/ Piano Pete
Amarones Windsor Inn
29 Church Street Windsor
(609) 448-7144
Fri. 8 p.m. After Dark
Sat. 8 p.m. Tony Malandro
Artworks Trenton
19 Everett Alley Trenton
(609) 394-9436
Sat. (12 p.m.) Winter Weaving (7 p.m.) Open Reception
Backstage at Championship Bar 
931 Chambers Street Trenton
Fri. 6 p.m. Bungler, Sentinels, Prevailer, Krooked Youth, The Color Nothing, Promise Breaker. All ages, $10
Sat. 5 p.m. The Blurry Minds, Joe Billy, No Such Agency, DogParc, (TBA). All ages, $10
Sun. 5 p.m. Era Of Discord, Reach Orenda, Scripted Chaos, (TBA).  All ages, $10
Mon. All ages, $10/$12
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 p.m. Neil Podgurski Trio
Fri. 8 p.m. Bob Egan
Sat. 8 p.m. David Dales Trio
Sun. (12 p.m.) Ottmar (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Mon. 6 p.m. Andy Prescott
Tues. 6 p.m. Michael Andrew
Wed. 6 p.m. Lorenzo
Candlelight Lounge 
24 Passaic Street Trenton
(609) 695-9612
 Sat. 3 p.m. Carrie Jackson 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. 80's Undercover
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. Nytrous
Fri. (4 p.m.) "Happy Hour Jam" feat. Cecil & Ray (9 p.m.) Mike Estabrook
Sat. (11 a.m.) "Saturday Brunch Jam" feat. Jazz 180 (9 p.m.) Brian Bortnick
Sun. (11 a.m.) "Sunday Brunch" feat.  Joe Robinson Brunch Jam (4 p.m.) Mike Ghantt
Wed. 8 p.m. Twin Ghost                                    
Fran's Pub
116 S. Main Street New Hope, PA.
Mon. 8 p.m. Open Blues Jam
All shows age 21+
Freddies Tavern
12 Railroad Avenue Ewing
(609) 882-0978
Fri. 8 p.m. JB Rocks
Sat. 8 p.m. Mike Kopliner
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Joe Vadala
Halo Pub
4617 Nottingham Way Hamilton
(609) 586-1811
Sat. 7 p.m. John & Carm
Havana New Hope
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA. 
(215) 862-9897
Fri. 8 p.m. "Kansas Tribute" w/ Know Return. Doors at 6 p.m., $25
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Se7en
Sun. 3 p.m. "John Eddie All Ages Christmas Show" Doors at 2 p.m., $15 (Adults)/$10 (Kids). 
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 8 p.m. "Local Original Music Series" Hosted by Pat Foran 
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington
(609) 737-4465
Thurs. 6 p.m. Jazz On Purpose
Fri. 6 p.m. (Closed Private Event)
Sat. 5:30 p.m. "Music & Merlot" Ugly Holiday Sweater Competition/The Jackalopes
Sun. 2 p.m."Jazzy Sundays" feat. Sergio & Lars
Wed. 6 p.m. "Farm-To-Table Dinner" w/ Nikiforos Vaimakis. $75 (Includes gratuity). Reservations required
Iron Plow Vineyards
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus
(732) 306-9111
Fri. 6 p.m. John Rossi
Sat. 2 p.m. Ed Wilson
Sun. 1 p.m. Bob O & Jess
Ivy Tavern 
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton
(609) 888-1435
Fri. 9 p.m. El Ka Bong
Sat. 9 p.m. Soul Custody
All shows 21+
Jake's Pub
869 Bustleton Pike Richboro, PA
(215) 876-9000
Thurs. 7 p.m. Danny Lynch
Sat. 9 p.m. John & Maggs
Tues. 5 p.m. "Acoustic Happy Hour" feat. Bill Shannon
John & Peter's 
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-5981
Thurs. 9 p.m. Nikita Trio
Fri. 9 p.m. The Chris Aguayo Band
Sat. (3 p.m.) Jonah Lloyd & Friends (9:30 p.m.) Dinosaur Eyelids 
Sun. (3 p.m.) Dirty Soap Blues Band (9:30 p.m.) Astrokatz 
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic. Night w/ Mike
Wed. 9:30 p.m. The Invitational
All shows 21+
Laurita Winery
85 Archertown Road New Egypt
(609) 752-0200
Sat. (1 p.m.) The Bergers (7 p.m.) The Impulse Handbell Ensemble
Sun. 4 p.m. "Ceremony Of Carols" w/ New Jersey Chamber Singers
Wed. 6 p.m. "Girl's Night Out" Holiday Shopping Boutique
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. Whoopiddy Doo
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo hosted by Mike
Millhill Basement
300 S. Broad Street Trenton
(609) 989-1600
Fri. 10 p.m. Night Birds, Conmen, Posers, Nervous Triggers
Sat. 10 p.m. (TBA)
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./Fri./Sat. 8 p.m. Raul Malo. Doors at 7 p.m., $60 (All three shows currently sold out. Please check for availability) 
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 +
PANJ Radio
Bridge Street Lambertville
(609) 460-4673
Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio 8th Annual Christmas Spectacular" feat. LIVE indie artists and recorded holiday tunes!
Pasquale's Bar
9078 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA
(267) 202-6268
Fri. 9:30 p.m. "DJ Dance Party"
Sat. 9 p.m. "DJ Dance Party w/ Live Band"
Patriot's Crossing
1339 River Rd. Titusville
(609) 737-2780
Sat. 8 p.m. Blues In Disguise
Pete's Steak House
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton
(609) 585-8008
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Kindred Spirit 
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Blind Lemon Pie
Randy Now's Man Cave
134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 424-3766
Sun. 2 p.m. "3rd. Annual Man Cave Book/Author Signing Meet & Greet" w/ Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta, Mary Muehleisen and Melanie Mitchell
Small World Coffee
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Nectar and Ambrosia
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
Tues. "$2 Tuesday"
1867 Sanctuary 
101 Scotch Road Ewing
(609) 392-6409
Fri. 7 p.m. Community Song: Handel's "Messiah." $10
Sat. 8 p.m. "Swingin' Christmas" w/ Joe Plouman and The Grand Slam Trio. $20
Take 5 Gourmet Cafe
1065 Washington Boulevard Robbinsville
(609) 443-6800
Fri. 7 p.m. Christmas Songs w/ The Rein-Dears
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. Fish Eyed Blues
Tavern On The Lake
101 Main Street Hightstown
(609) 426-9345
Fri. 9 p.m. Pretty Baby
Sat. 9 p.m. Kickback
Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke Night 
The Cool Cricket
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro
(609) 291-9110
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Sat. 9 p.m. 80's Undercover
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 Rockin' Ron
Fri. 10 p.m. River Dogs
Sat. 10 p.m. (TBA)
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. Joe Zook & Paul Plumeri.  All ages, Doors at 7:30 p.m., $12 (advance)
Sat. 8 p.m. The Cyers Christmas Show and CD Release Party. All ages, doors at 7:30 p.m., $12 (advance)
The Roost 
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge
(609) 208-0050 
Fri. 9 p.m. AR House
Sat. 9 p.m. El Ka Bong
The Sticky Wicket 
2465 South Broad Street Hamilton
(609) 439-0007
Fri. 9 p.m. General Krank
Sat. 9 p.m. Rick Moscarello and The Choir
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. David Falcone
Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions" w/ Kevin McCloskey
Tues. 9 p.m. Paul Wiese
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
Thurs. 10:30 p.m. 
Fri. 10 p.m. Steal Your Face. ($5 cover charge)
Sat. 10 p.m. Small Talker. ($5 cover charge)
Sun. 7 p.m. Open Jam Night (Sign-ups at 6:30 p.m.)
Tues. 9 p.m. Live Band Karaoke
All shows 21+ 
Triumph Brewing Company (Princeton, NJ Location)
138 Nassau Street Princeton
(609) 924-7855
Fri. 10 p.m. Jon Savage and The Classic Rockers
Sat. 10 p.m. The Jazz Burglars
Wildflowers Inn
2572 Pennington Road Pennington
(609) 773-2392
Sat. 9 p.m. Acoustic Rock
Mon. 9 p.m. "Moonshine Mondays" Trivia
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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