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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites....3/20/14

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 03/20/2014

“Well, I’ve got no personal experience with it; just some basic knowledge. I’m thankful that nobody I know suffers from it and having a chance to help is a very fulfilling thing,” says Ed Kowalczyk as he prepares to bring his acoustic show into Ewing, NJ as part of the Candlelight Concert for Epilepsy series.

Kowalczyk, best known as a founding member and former lead singer of the premier rock band “Live,” left the band in 2009 and to this day is still engulfed in controversy over his departure; none of which has seemed to deter him from his current solo career path. “I, uh, well,” he started and then paused for a moment, as if to choose his words carefully. “Five years ago was the end of a chapter. I’d been playing music the same way for a long time; I had started to lose my passion. I started doing acoustic shows, trying something different. I reconnected with fans and thanks to them I’ve been around the world four times now; they are really incredible.”

With a recently released CD added to his repertoire, Kowalczyk feels that its title, “The Flood and The Mercy” is quite apt, given his tumultuous past. “This is my second full length but technically my third release,” he said. “I love the photo on the cover; it was taken by Doug Lusander. He is a great photographer and this picture, with all of the technical camera work that he did, really is a great representation of what the album is about. I love how it speaks about the nature of the album and my life as a solo artist. I mean, the flood represents the recent drama I’ve been through and the mercy is the great reception that I’ve gotten from the fans the world over. The picture itself, with all of that water about to come down on me, yet with such a calm look on my face is just perfect; a fantastic representation of what I was trying to convey.”

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No stranger to charitable work, Kowalczyk is heavily involved with “World Vision,” a charitable organization which aides impoverished children. Ed is championing bringing clean drinking water to the children of Zambia, Africa; a luxury that many here in our country possibly take for granted. According to the “World Vision” web site, more than 1,600 children per day under the age of five die from unsafe drinking water related diseases that are a direct result of unsanitary consumption. Kowalczyk’s desire to help came about as he performed a nightly ritual, that of getting his young daughters their glasses of water at bed time. “Yeah, well, I realized that everybody should have clean drinking and bathwater. I began supporting the cause when I went solo; I developed an artist affiliation and endorsed them. Now, they tour with me, they are lining up lots of kid sponsorships; they’re amazing. They have got to be one of the most credible and ethical charitable organizations around. They have signed up over 300 kids sponsorships just from fans that come to my shows; it’s an amazing feeling to see this happen. It’s like this epilepsy show, as an artist, to play and sing for any charity is the least that I can do. To make a difference is what we strive for.”

So far to date, Kowalczyk is extremely happy with the way this current tour is progressing and his ability to shake off the doldrums of playing both acoustic and electrified shows. “This tour? Oh wow, this tour is great!” he said with obvious enthusiasm in his voice. “I finished the month of February by celebrating the 20th anniversary of my own full band. The beauty of it is that we are 50/50 acoustic and electric. I can play acoustically for as long as I want and when I start getting tired of doing things that way; I can switch back to full band electric. I love having that option, it’s great!”

The man who helped bring us tunes like “I Alone” and “Lightning Crashes” likes his options; and next week on March 27 at The Trinity United Methodist Church located at 1985 Pennington Rd. in Ewing, NJ, he’ll be exercising the acoustic side as he performs the first Candlelight Concert for Epilepsy of 2014. The doors open at 7 p.m. for this 8 p.m. show and the ticket cost is a scant $30 in advance and $35 at the door. The Ed Kowalczyk show is the first of four taking place between March 27 and the end of April. The band Living Colour, followed by Joan Osborne and Paula Cole will all grace the stage in an effort to raise awareness about epilepsy; a condition which affects tens of thousands of people each year. Opening for Kowalczyk is Pete Donnelly of Soul Asylum, NRBQ and The Figgs Fame.

So what does the future hold for Ed and his band? According to Kowalczyk, some very exciting new things are on the horizon. “First, I am looking forward to the concert for epilepsy,” he said. “After that, man, lots more performing, we are going to Europe in June and then I will be going to Poland for the first time; I am very excited about it all. I’m sure that they’ll be able to say my name much better than I so I am anxious to go (laughs).”

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The Diablo Sandwich Band makes their return to our area with the first of two shows. Friday they will be rockin' The Ivy Inn at 248 Nassau Street in Princeton and then again on Saturday at Spigola located at 3817 Crosswicks-Hamilton Square Road in Hamilton. These veteran rockers are always a crowd pleaser and a fun time for sure.

Saturday night sees the return of a long time local favorite Frank pinto as he sets up shop with Snake Eyes at The Halo Pub on Rte. 33 in Hamilton. A staple for many years on our local music scene it's great to see Frank returning to action.

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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. Kenny Cunningham

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. Pizza Party Night feat.Scott Gager & Debbie

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Fri. 8 p.m. The Gyrl Band

Sat. 8 p.m. Sounds of The Street

Tues. 7 p.m. Texas Hold'em


911 Rte. 33 Hamilton

(609) 245-8887

Fri. 9 p.m. Rich Schneider

Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke

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

Sat. 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Hill Greene Bass Quartet. (No cover-$10 minimum)

Centro Bar And Grille

2360 Rte. 33 Robbinsville

(609) 208-9300

Thurs. 9:30 p.m. The Dawgs

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

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

The Backstage at Championship Bar
931 Chambers St. Trenton

(609) 394-7437

Fri. 4 p.m. Arsonists Get All The Girls, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Beyond The Shore, Seeker, Your Chance To Die, The Color Nothing, Drowning Swans, The Enemy Is You. All ages, $13/$15

Sat. 4 p.m. Diet, Windermere, Donovan's Devils, Keep'em Blind, Retake The Video, Crash Landing, Count Me Out, Villain Fox. All ages, $8/$10

Sun. 10 p.m. Barrabas Black wagon, Jay Toxic, Aids Queen, Wizard Slave. Ages 21+, $5

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

Sat. 2 p.m. Andrew Pittman
Sun. 4 p.m.Billy O'neal

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

Fran's Pub

116 S. Main St. New Hope, Pa.


Fri. 8 p.m. BKWG

Sat. 7 p.m. Blue Meanies

Mon. 8 p.m. Open Mic Blues Jam

All shows 21+

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Halo Pub

4617 Nottingham Way Hamilton Square

(609) 586-1811

Sat. 7 p.m. Snake Eyes

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

Thurs. "Beat The Clock" College Night DJ Dance Party

Fri. 12 a.m. DJ Dance Party

Sat. 8 p.m. The Marshall Tucker Band. Doors at 6 p.m., $45

Sun. 6 p.m. Paul Mitchell Event

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

Wed. 8 p.m. Wino Wednesday Local Unplugged feat. Pat Foran / Michael Ronstadt

All shows 21+

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

Fri. 10 p.m. Kindred Spirit

Sat. 10 p.m. Stage Hamz
All shows 21+

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

Thurs. 9 p.m. Mike DiAlto's Stand Up Comedy

Fri. 9 p.m. Jerry Feiss

Sat. 9:30 p.m. Keith Kenny

Sun. (3 p.m.) The AMoS Duo (9:30 p.m.) Brother Eye / Reverend B. Ill (Benefit Show)

Mon. Open Mic.

Tues. 9 p.m. DJ Aggreschen

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

JoJo's Tavern

2677 Nottingham Way Hamilton

(609) 586-2678

Wed. 10 p.m. Karaoke

Millhill Basement

300 South Broad St. Trenton

(609) 989-1600

Sat. 8 p.m. Rabbi Darkside. Ages 21+

Wed. 9 p.m. Awkward Talking

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

Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke

Sat. 9:30 p.m. Alright Alright

All shows 21+

Patriot's Crossing

1339 River Rd. Titusville

(609) 737-2780

Fri. 7:30 p.m. Two Men Trio
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Shawn Would & Bonnie Von Duyke

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

Fri. 9:30 p.m. Ernie White & Tom Reock

Sat. 9:30 p.m. Infinite Bandwith

The Revere Ristorante

802 River Rd. West Trenton

(609) 882-6365

Sat. 8 p.m. Paul Plumeri & Jerry Monk

RHO Waterfront

50 Riverview Plaza Trenton

(609) 393-7300

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

Fri. (5 p.m.) Deb & Mike (8 p.m.) DJ Jimmie Palumbo. $10 per person includes buffet, bands and DJ

Sat. 9 p.m. High in The Mid 80's / DJ Wessy Wes. $8 (cover charge)

All Shows 21+

Spigola Ristorante

3817 Crosswicks Hamilton Square Rd. Hamilton

Fri. 8:30 p.m. DJ Frank Olivetti

Sat. 8:30 p.m. The Diablo Sandwich Band

Sunsets at Cream Ridge

181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge

(609) 208-2500

Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Jim Gaven

Fri. (6:30 p.m.) Rob Silver Duo (9:30 p.m.) DJ Dave

Sat. 9:30 p.m. Stan & Dave

Mon. 7 p.m. Open Mic. and Karaoke w/ Rich Barry

Tavern On The Lake

101 Main St. Hightstown
(609) 426-9345

Fri. (8 p.m.) Sarcasm Comedy (9 p.m.) Speed Limit

Sat. 9 p.m. Blues Tattoo

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

Sat. 9 p.m. Gunsmoke

The Ivy Inn

248 Nassau St. Princeton

(609) 921-8555

Fri. 9 p.m. The Diablo Sandwich Band

The Record Collector

358 Farnsworth Ave. Bordentown

(609) 324-0880

Fri. 8 p.m. April Mae & The June Bugs / Debra Dynamite & Crash Gordon. All ages, doors at 7:30 p.m., $12 (advance)

Sat. 8 p.m. Alexis P. Suter & The Ministers of Sound. All ages, doors at 7:30 p.m., $20 (advance).

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

Fri. 9 p.m. Out of The red

Sat. 9:30 p.m. D*Luxe the band.

All shows 21+

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

Sat. 10:30 a.m. American Cheer Power Presents: "Fabulous 50s Open Championship." Doors at 9:30 a.m., Tickets $5/$10 kids ages 6 and under FREE

Sun. 5 p.m. WWE Live: Road to WrestleMania. Doors at 3:30 p.m., $15, $25, $35, $55, $95

Mon. 6:30 p.m. NJSIAA Basketball Tournament of Champions. Doors at 5 p.m., $8/$2

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

Fri. 9 p.m. Birmingham 6

Sat. 9 p.m. Mike Barniskis

All shows 21+

Trenton Social

449 South Broad Street Trenton

(609) 989-7777

Thurs. 8 p.m. Cinema Thursdays

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. Ross Livermore

Fri. 10 p.m. Tumbleweed Highway. $5 (coverage)

Sat. 10 p.m. Alycat. $5 (cover charge)

Sun. (1 p.m.) Bucks Bacon and Beer. (7 p.m.) Open Jam Night
All shows 21+)

Villa Romanza

429 Rte. 156 Hamilton

(609) 585-1717

Fri. 6 p.m. Arturo Romay

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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