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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites....3/27

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 03/27/2014
Welcome to my musical world! This is one man's attempt to alert you to the best in area entertainment!

The Jersey shore area has spawned its share of talent, both musical and otherwise but rarely has it produced someone the likes of Michael Ghegan. This multi-instrumentalist and much sought after artist, will be taking the role of "featured saxophonist" in Cirque Du Soleil's "Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour," this Friday and Saturday at The Sun National Bank Center in Trenton.

Ghegan, a graduate of Rutgers University's prestigious Mason Gross School of The Arts, has mastered the saxophone, keyboards, guitar and flute as well as being a vocalist, programmer and producer. His skills and determination have paid off well as he has travelled the world and shared stages or collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Aerosmith, Justin Timberlake, Michael Bolton, The Allman Brothers Band and Colin Hay. Ghegan has performed for the President and written and produced music for TV; claiming credits on shows such as Extra, Ellen DeGeneres, TMZ, Entertainment Tonight and The Bachelor. One of his earliest breaks came from a result of his years at Rutgers. "Rutgers was fantastic," he told me rather enthusiastically. "I mean, it was tough; it was the Conservatory, where they want you to work. My involvement with Elton was like serendipity; I was in the right place at the right time, he saw my picture and his people actually called my parents."

With his self titled debut CD, Ghegan has added yet another feather to his cap; although, with all of his accomplishments, it's more like a headdress by now. Reflecting back on those accomplishments, Michael's sincerity came through as he said, " I've been fortunate. I am lucky to have my TV and film writing and all the other various projects, my music etc.; it is me, it's in my make up. I can't imagine things any other way."

Ghegan developed a relationship with Cirque Du Soleil in 2007 and more than welcomed a return to their fold when asked. "I had just come off the road with Justin Timberlake when I got the initial call from them. Honestly, I'm not even sure how they knew who I was or got my name (laughs). They asked me to do a show in Montreal, I did that for two years and now I got the call for this and I am very glad about that."

Perhaps he's glad because of his featured role, or the fact that it's a Cirque Du Soleil production; maybe it's all of the above? Regardless of the reasons, Ghegan tells me that it promises to be a night which those in attendance will definitely remember. "This is really special," he explained. "I'll be performing with Michael Jackson's touring band; we'll be performing a live concert of his music to Michael's vocals. Those who are coming to Trenton will be treated to a complete escape.They will be immersed in Jackson's history from when he was young, to his brothers and beyond. Sometimes people fail to realize that he really was a magnet for others, for people around the world. Jackson's mark on fashion and pop culture over his career are undeniable; he influenced more than music."

Micahel Ghegan and the rest of Cirque Du Soleil's "Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour" have two 8 p.m. shows scheduled with the doors opening an hour prior to each performance. Ticket prices range from $45 to $150 and can be purchased at the arena box office or on line at . To discover more about the amazing talents of Michael Ghegan, please go to .

Tonight (Thursday), former member of Live, Ed Kowalczyk, will be lending his hand at drawing awareness to epilepsy by performing at the first Candlelight Concert for Epilepsy of 2014. Opening for Kowalczyk will be Pete Donelly. Doors at 7 p.m. and the ticket cost is $35.

Friday, none other than Bill Kirchen returns to our area as he makes a return appearance at The Record Collector on Farnsworth Ave. in Bordentown City. Join this former member of Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen as he tells stories, performs his music and shows off the skills that have him dubbed "The Titan of The Telecaster." Tickets are $20 in advance.

Saturday, Pete's Steak House will come alive with the great sounds of F2 and the Anchovy Brothers playing their brand of classic rock tunes for your listening pleasure. Pete's is located on the point at the intersection of Whitehorse - Mercerville and Whitehorse - Hamilton Square Rd. in Hamilton.

Also on Saturday, Tangled, with new lead singer Mark Giovi in tow, will be rocking Sunsets at Cream Ridge; located on Rte. 539 at the Cream ridge Golf Course in Cream Ridge. This is a great band that just got even better with the addition of Giovi's superior vocal skills.

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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. Paul Plumeri Blues Band
Sun. 9 p.m. Thomas Johnston
Wed. 10 p.m. Open mic. night Hosted by Eric Puliti
All shows 21+

Amalfi's Restaurant and Bar
146 Lawrenceville-Pennington Rd. Lawrenceville
(609) 912-1599
Sat. 8 p.m. Honey Spot Blvd.

Amarones Windsor Inn
29 Church St. Windsor
(609) 448-714
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Scott Gager & Debbie
Fri. 8 p.m. The Blue Moon Band
Sat. 8 p.m. Tony Malandro
Tues. 7 p.m. Texas Hold'em

911 Rte. 33 Hamilton
(609) 245-8887
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke

Candlelight Lounge
24 Passaic St. Trenton
(609) 695-9612
Sat. 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Orrin Evans Birthday Jam. (No cover-$10 minimum)

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Centro Bar And Grille
2360 Rte. 33 Robbinsville
(609) 208-9300
Thurs. 9:30 p.m. Deb & Mike

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. 7 p.m. Black Out Brandy, Respectably Average, Only On Weekends, Spoon Of Government Of Sheep, Backyard Superheroes. All ages, $8/$10
Sat. 7 p.m. Fiakra, Seax, Skull Hammer, Assayer, Throat. All ages, $8/$10
Sun. 10 p.m. "Punk Rock Flea Market After Party" feat. Liz Cisco Tre-L, Lurch Lightning, Base Bronson, JE Double F. Ages 21+, $5

Dubh Linn Square
167 Rte. 130 North Bordentown
(609) 298-7100
Fri. 9 p.m. Class A Kings
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. DJ Entertainment
Sat. 8 p.m. Scoville Blues
Sun. 3 p.m. Billy Walton Band
Mon. 8 p.m. Open Mic Blues Jam
All shows 21+

Halo Pub
4617 Nottingham Way Hamilton Square
(609) 586-1811
Sat. 7 p.m. John & Carm

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. 8:30 p.m. Animal House
Sun. 6 p.m. JB Kline
Mon. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Ron Sherr and Bridge
Tues. 8 p.m. 92.5 XTU 30th Anniversary X-Stop!
Wed. 8 p.m. The Mighty Leoce
All shows 21+

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Ivy Tavern
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton
(609) 888-1435
Fri. 10 p.m. Gunsmoke
Sat. 10 p.m. Infinite Bandwidth
All shows 21+

John & Peter's
96 S. Main St. New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-5981
Thurs. 9 p.m. Bitches Brew
Fri. 9 p.m. Ammunition
Sat. (3 p.m.) Tie Dye Hillbilly Dance Party w/ Hot Dose (9:30 p.m.) Jason Ager w/ Old Baltimore Speedway
Sun. 3 p.m. Drag Show
Mon. Open Mic.
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

Palermo's Of Hamilton
310 Klockner Rd. Hamilton
(609) 838-7979
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Never Enough
All shows 21+

Patriot's Crossing
1339 River Rd. Titusville
(609) 737-2780
Fri. 7:30 p.m. Wendy Zoffer Group
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Andrea Carlson Band

Pete's Steak House
523 Whitehorse Ave. Hamilton
(609) 585-8008
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Mercer County Pour
Sat. 9:30 p.m. F2 and The Anchovy Brothers

RHO Waterfront
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
(609) 393-7300
Thurs. 9 p.m. College Night w/ DJ Jeff Scott
Fri. (4:30 p.m.) Matt & Rachel Happy Hour Buffet. $10 (9 p.m.) Latin Night feat. Toby Love, DJ Lobo, DJ David Alvarez. Ages 21+, $30.
Sat. (6 p.m.) Trenton Freedom Football: Team Meet and Greet. (9 p.m.) Chambersburg Reunion w/ DJs John Rossi, Scott Valyo, Frank Oliveti, Mike Witzel, Danny Reed, Harry Warren, Mike Guerriero and live performances by Kim Yarson / Kelly Fragale.
All Shows 21+

Spigola Ristorante
3817 Crosswicks Hamilton Square Rd. Hamilton
Fri. 8:30 p.m. SA Anthony
Sat. 8:30 p.m. After Dark

Sunsets at Cream Ridge
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge
(609) 208-2500
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Joe Kaplow
Fri. (6:30 p.m.) Rob Silver Duo (9:30 p.m.) DJ Dave
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Tangled
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.) Far Cry
Sat. 9 p.m. El Ka Bong
Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke Night

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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. Radio Fiction

The Ivy Inn
248 Nassau St. Princeton
(609) 921-8555
Thurs. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ Ron Sherr
Fri. 10 p.m. Rainbow Fresh
Sat. 10 p.m. Stereo87
Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E. Luv
Wed. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ Ron Sherr

The Record Collector
358 Farnsworth Ave. Bordentown
(609) 324-0880
Fri. 8 p.m. Bill Kirchen. All ages, doors at 7:30 p.m., $25 (advance)
Sat. 8 p.m. Tumbling Bones / Gerry Thompson's Killing Aunt Grace. 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. Empty Fossil
All shows 21+

The Sun National Bank Center
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton
(609) 656-3200
Fri./Sat. 8 p.m. Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque de Soleil. Doors at 7 p.m., $45, $65, $100, $150
Sun. 2 p.m. Trenton Freedom vs. Richmond Raiders
The Yardley Inn
82 E. Afton Ave. Yardley, PA.
(215) 493-3800
Sat. 10 p.m. Paul Plumeri & Jerry Monk

Tir Na Nog
1324 Hamilton Ave. Trenton
(609) 392-2554
Fri. 9 p.m. Greg Carpenter
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
Fri. 10 p.m. Dirk Quinn. $5 (coverage)
Sat. 10 p.m. The Alchemystics. $5 (cover charge)
Sun. 7 p.m.Open Jam Night
All shows 21+)

Villa Romanza
429 Rte. 156 Hamilton
(609) 585-1717
Fri. 6 p.m. Arturo Romay
Sat. 8 p.m. Carole Lynne Jazz Trio

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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