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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...3/28/19
By Danny Coleman
originally published: 03/28/2019
"I think that I have a rebellious nature and it's always bothered me that people aren't more willing to talk about sex; especially female sexuality. I think I talk about sex for the same reason that I talk about radical politics because nobody else is talking about it" and rest assured that there is nobody else like Carsie Blanton.
Provocative, sexy and unafraid are all adjectives that describe Blanton. This edgy songstress who currently resides in New Orleans and her music both ooze with sensuality which is raw, bold, unabashed and definitely unapologetic.
February saw her release a new album titled, "Buck Up;" a 10 track collection, her seventh studio release and her third with The Figgs bassist Pete Donnelly producing.
"Yeah it's called "Buck Up" and it came out on February 15," she said with excitement. "I made it near Philly in South Jersey with Pete Donnelly producing and yeah, this is the third album that I've made with him. There's a familiar cast of characters on there and also my whole band. There are a few themes; it definitely has more of a political theme than the previous albums. I am pretty far left on the political spectrum which I think is fairly obvious from the writing, so the election of Trump was not a great moment in my life; it was a dark time for me and I think for a lot of people and the country in many ways. So a lot of these songs are exploring the darker side of all of that and sort of how I think of America and being American and being a person in the world at this time. My music has always been more about playfulness, pleasure and joy and so I've tried to put those ideas through a lens of playfulness and fun and sexiness so that it's a little easier to swallow."
"It's 10 tracks, I did one album in New Orleans but the last two, this one and "So Ferocious" I've done with Pete Donnelly in his home studio in South Jersey. I had done a record with Pete back when I lived in Philly; we just have a really good working relationship. It's not every day that you get a really good creative collaboration and I think I've found that with Pete, so I think I've kind of found a home for recording albums."
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Blanton also has a very visual side and has released multiple videos over her career; her two most recent off of "Buck Up" epitomize her very essence. Carsie chuckles a bit when asked about the symbolism and not so veiled sexual references in her work; particularly in this case with, "Jacket" and how she found participants willing to be as open as she.
"American Kid," came out on February 21; New Orleans is a pretty great place to live because there's a lot of talented people and it still has a pretty low cost of living so people are ready to participate in shoestring budget projects like that. My videos are always pretty creative and we always have a lot of fun with them so I think at this point it's easy to find people who want to come party with us (laughs). "Jacket," obviously there's a few different women in the video who are sort of touching fruit suggestively (laughs) and we found them just through casting on Facebook. They have all different backgrounds; one is a burlesque dancer so she was used to being in that context publicly but another was an elementary school teacher so we had a lot of different kind of people. The roller skating; he was a guy called Bobby Bonsey who is sort of a break dancer on roller skates and has been in a few of my videos. He helped us find all the other incredible dancers; they were all at a skate night on the west bank of New Orleans called "Skate Country" so it was easy."
A native of Virginia who left home at an early age, she has bopped all around the globe making music. Before making the move to Louisiana she had been in the Philadelphia area and although she flourished there she finds her current digs a bit more nurturing.
"I would say that I'm getting more prolific all of the time and I think that the move has been part of that. I feel like I've written more and made more creative projects since I moved here. Nothing against Philly but I do think that this city has something really special in being a safe haven for creativity and eccentricity of all kinds and also for music in particular."
Music isn't all she has on her plate, a while ago she created, marketed and distributed a card game based on one of her favorite subjects; sex.
"The game is called, "The F'ing Truth," it's a talking about sex game and I invented it and released it through Kickstarter a little over a year ago; now it's for sale in Urban Outfitters in around like one hundred stores. I'm hoping that they'll put in another order for an even bigger run but I'm happy that it's on the shelves there."
A tireless road warrior, Blanton is on an extensive coast to coast run which sees two shows just outside our area; April 10 at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City and April 12 at Boot & Saddle in Philadelphia.
Starting out west with some familiar faces, she is doing these shows a bit scaled back as a solo/duo act before going full band a bit down the road.
"I'm mostly on tour from now until June; these shows were with The Wood Brothers and it was just a duo but the rest of the shows will be with a full band.This is maybe the tenth or eleventh time I've toured with The Wood Brothers but it's been about seven years since we were on the road together so I'm very happy to return and get to hang out with some of my favorite people and favorite musicians."
As stated, Blanton is a tireless creator, performer and songwriter who seems to always have something up her tattoo sleeves; so what's in store after this tour is in the books?
"I'm already working on the next album but it will be at least a year until I get back in the studio; I've got some songs a-brewin'. I have two more videos that are almost done; one for the song "Bed" and one for the song "Desire" and possibly another one after that. I've always wanted to do a music video based on an old Hollywood musical, like the dance numbers in "West Side Story;" that's my dream but I haven't come up with the budget for it yet but maybe I'll find it over the next couple of months (laughs)."
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To find out more about Carsie Blanton or purchase tickets to one of her area shows, please go to www.carsieblanton.com.
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
Amalfi's Kitchen & Bar
146 Lawrenceville-Pennington Road Lawrenceville
Sat. 8:30 p.m. No Way Out
Arts Council of Princeton
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton
Sat. 3 p.m. Opening Reception: Jenyfer Guethe. (FREE admission)
19 Everett Alley Trenton
Sat. 12 p.m. "UpCycled Fashion" Maria Maurio.
Bill's Olde Tavern
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton
Thurs. 9 p.m. Trivia
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Blend Bar & Bistro
911 Highway 33 Hamilton
Sun. 7 p.m. Karaoke
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia Jam
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke
1600 River Road New Hope, PA
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Dave Dales Trio
Fri. (4 p.m.) Ottmar (8 p.m.) Bob Egan
Sat. 7 p.m. Ash & Snow
Sun. (12 p.m.) Ottmar (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Mon. 6 p.m. Andy Prescott
Tues. 6 p.m. Ed Wilson
Wed. 6 p.m. Soul Custody
Brickwall Tavern & Dining Room
19 E. Union Street Burlington
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Byrd
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics
Broken Goblet Brewing
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA
Thurs. 8 p.m. Mike Estabrook
Wed. 12 p.m. "Metal Night"
24 Passaic Street Trenton
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)
931 Chambers street Trenton
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
Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Music Night
Wed. 9 p.m. Quizzo Trivia
510 Highway 130 South East Windsor
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
Clubhouse at Mountain View
850 Bear Tavern Road Ewing
Fri. 5 p.m. Johnny and Tim Hoh Jr
125 South Main Street Hightstown
Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. Natalie Farrell
Common Sense Brewing
102 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Frank Pinto
2 North Main Street Yardley, PA
Thurs. 9 p.m.
Fri. 9 p.m. Jeff Sutton Band
Sat. 9 p.m. Will Williams
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
Thurs. 3 p.m. "Happy Hour Kickoff" (5 p.m.) DCDUO/Trio (9 p.m.) DJ Randy. Ages 21+
Curly's at the Nest
1492 Woodbourne Road Levittown, PA
Fri. 7 p.m. The Bambu Weasels
Diamond's of Hamilton
661 Route 33 Hamilton
Fri. (5 p.m.) Joanna Noelle Caruso (10 p.m.) DJ Frank Oliveti
Sat. (5 p.m.) Tara Woodcock (10 p.m.) DJ Anthony Bradley
Dog & Bull Brew House
810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.
Sat. 11 a.m. "Saturday Brunch"
Sun. 11 a.m. "Sunday Brunch" feat. Dick Gratton
Wed. 7 p.m. 90's Trivia. All ages, themed drinks/decor, costume contest.
Dubai Restaurant & Bar-Anchor Lounge
3950, 931 New York Avenue Trenton
Sun. (Time TBD) Yury Swing & The Chosen
116 South Main Street New Hope, PA
Fri. 8 p.m. Full Grown Men
Sat. 9 p.m. Renegade
12 Railroad Avenue Ewing
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Country Night" Hosted by Jeremy Line Dance. (FREE event)
Fri. 9 p.m. Rich Scannella Group
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Joe Vadala, Falcey & Marc Hoffman
90 South Main Street New Hope, PA
Fri. 9 p.m. The Inflexables
Sat. 9 p.m. Pyrenesia
Tues. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Sam Ryan Music
Grounds For Sculpture
80 Sculptors way Hamilton
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Sing Along with Sculpture" w/ Seward Johnson
Grover's Mill Coffee House
Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction
Thurs. 7 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Anker
4617 Nottingham Way Hamilton Square
Sat. 7 p.m. Deb & Mike
Hamilton Tap & Grill
557 US Route 130 North Hamilton
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Tues. 8 p.m.Trivia Challenge
Havana New Hope
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA.
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Rocky & His Friends
Fri. 8 p.m. Billy Walton Band / Waiting On Mongo. $15 (12 a.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sat. 8:30 p.m. 52 Pickup (12 a.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sun. 6 p.m. JB Kline Blues Band
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Tues. 8 p.m. Funk 'N' Blues Jam Hosted by Sidewinder Blues Band
Wed. 8 p.m. "Local Original Music Showcase" Hosted by Pat Foran feat. Lisa Bonner
5 South Greenwood Avenue Hopewell
Sun. 7:30 p.m. The Allman Betts Band. $64.51, $69.84
Hopewell Valley Bistro & Inn
15 East Broad Street Hopewell
Fri. 8 p.m. Open Mic. Night
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington
Thurs. 6 p.m. Tom Tallish & James Popik
Fri. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Christina Havrilla
Sat. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Acoustic Road
Sun. 2 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Hopewell Valley Vineyards Jazz Ensemble
Hurricane Jacks Bar and Grill
7759 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paul Kircher
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula & Sam
Irish Rover Station House
1033 Bellevue Avenue Langhorne, PA
Fri. 9:30 p.m. DJ Entertainment
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Clancy's Pistol
Sun. 3 p.m. "Chill Sunday Acoustic Afternoon"
Iron Plow Vineyards
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus
Fri. 6 p.m. Rusty & Jan
Sat. 1 p.m. Bob Daley & Dave Dedrick
Sun. 1 p.m. Bud & Maggs
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton
Thurs. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke
Fri. 9 p.m. Union
Sat. 9 p.m. South Side Wanderers
All shows 21+
869 Bustleton Pike Richboro, PA
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Ladies Night"
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Night
Jimmy's Firestone American Grill
140 Route 130 South Bordentown
Thurs. 8 p.m. "Bar Games and Trivia"
John & Peter's
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa
Thurs. 9 p.m. Seward & Shepherd
Fri. 9 p.m. New Pony
Sat. (3 p.m.) Pete Hill Band w/ Snacks Chapman, Dan Beaver Band (9:30 p.m.) Room For Mojo w/ My Funky Brethren
Sun. (3 p.m.) Pumpkin's Drag Show (9 p.m.) Terez Little Flowers
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic
Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational
All shows 21+
2677 Nottingham Way Mercerville
Sat. 10 p.m. Kindred Spirit
Killarney's Publick House
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
Thurs. "Girls Night Out"
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ B-Nice
Sat. 9 p.m. El Ka Bong
Mon. 7 p.m. "Paint Nite"
Wed. 8 p.m. Drop the Beat Bingo
85 Archertown Road New Egypt
Thurs. 7 p.m. Classical Music Competition
Fri. 7 p.m. Awesome 80's Dance Party
Sat. 1 p.m. The Bergers
Sun. 1 p.m. Tymes 2
Wed. 6 p.m. "Girls Night Out"
10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA
Thurs. 6 p.m. Ian Lander
Fri. 7 p.m. Zeke Sky Band
Sat. 7:30 p.m. April Mae
Sun. 11 a.m. "Jazz Brunch" feat. Dave Dales Trio
Marcellos Coal Fired Restaurant & Pizza
206 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
Sun. 10 a.m. "Blues Brunch"
1781 Brunswick Avenue Lawrence
Thurs. 9 p.m. "Hip-Hop Thursdays w/ Enki
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
Thurs. 10 p.m. "Beer Pong Night"
Sat. 9 p.m. Death Metallic, Hellbent, F.F.O.G
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo hosted by Mike
Wed. 9 p.m. "Karaoke Time" w/ Kirchner Entertainment
300 S. Broad Street Trenton
Fri. 9 p.m. Group Text, Greg Rekus, Steve O & the Crippling Addictions, Groomers. Ages 21+, $5
Sat. 9 p.m. Atom Driver, Zero for Conduct, Abstract Artimus, All Eyes West, (TBA). Ages 21+, $8
Mon. 9 p.m. Groomers, Fake Joy, Broken Field Runner, Nude Shoes, (TBA). Hosted by Bella Curro and Jake Foy. $7
Tues. 10 p.m. "Local Artist" Hip Hop, Experimental EDM and Bass Music Showcase
New Jersey WeedMan's Joint
322 East State Street Trenton
Sat. 8 p.m. "Chronic Stoner days" w/ DJ Rebel
Sun. 4:20 p.m. "Sugar Magnolia Sundaze"
Wed. 8 p.m. "420 Game Night"
2043 Route 130 South Florence
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia Tuesday w/ Quizoholics
9 Mercer Street Hamilton Square
Thurs. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis
Fri. 9 p.m. Deep Release
Sat. 9:30 p.m. ArHouse
O'Connors American Bar & Grille
1383 Monmouth Road Easthampton
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Sip 'N' Shop with Psychics"
Fri. 6 p.m. "Guinness Keep The Glass"
Old Town Pub
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
Thurs. 8 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia
Fri. 9 p.m. The Bar Band
Sat. 9 p.m. (TBA)
Tues. 6 p.m. Fill Father Matt's Truck" Easter Food Drive
Palermo's Of Hamilton
310 Klockner Road Hamilton
Thurs. 8 p.m. Karaoke
All shows 21 +
1339 River Road Titusville
Thurs. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Sean Cavalier
Fri. 8 p.m. DT & the Burnerz
Sat. 8 p.m. Slim & the Perkolators
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo
Pete's Steak House
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Ernie White & Tom Reock
Sat. 9 p.m. The Drunk Monkeys
457 Route 539 Cream Ridge
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Ernie White & Lisa Bouchelle
Princeton Public Library
65 Witherspoon Street Princeton
Sat. 3 p.m. Red Oak Chamber Ensemble
Randy Now's Man Cave
134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
Sat. 8 p.m. Pierce Turner. $15
River Cat Cafe`
142 South Main Street New Hope, PA
Mon. 6 p.m. "Monday Night Jazz"
Rossi's Bar & Grill
2110 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
Thurs. 7 p.m. Ernie White
Salt Creek Grille
1 Rockingham Row Princeton
Fri. 8 p.m. Party Of 3
Sat. 8 p.m. Jack Henry
Small World Coffee
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton
(609) 924-4377 x2
Sat. 8 p.m. Darla Rich Trio
(Trenton Community Store)
102 South Warren Street Trenton
Sat. 3 p.m. Open Mic
Stone Terrace by John Henry's
2275 Kuser Road Hamilton
Sat. 7 p.m. "Saturday Night Supper with Frank Sinatra" feat. Chris Pinnella. Hosted by The Jeremy Fund. Ages 21+, $100 (includes family style supper, beer, wine)
101 Scotch Road Ewing
Fri. 8 p.m. "An Evening with John SaFranko" feat. Yvonne. $20
Sat. 8 p.m. Alex Hiele Paris Jazz Combo "Once Upon A Summertime" A Tribute to Michel LaGrand. $20
Sun. 3 p.m. "Classical Guitar" feat. Hannah Murphy and Phil Goldenberg. $20
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown
Fri. 10 p.m. The Quattro
Sat. 10 p.m. Psycho Misfits
Tavern On The Lake
101 Main Street Hightstown
Fri. 9 p.m. Bliss
Sat. 9 p.m. Speed Limit
Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke Night
5 South State Street Newtown, PA
Thurs. 7 p.m. Blues Open Mic Hosted by Steve Guyger
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo
330 Cold Soil Road Princeton
Sun. 1 p.m. "Winery Sunday Music Series" feat. Bill O'Neal and Andy Koontz
The Cool Cricket
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Sat. 9 p.m. Black Brandt
The Cure Insurance Center
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton
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34 North Main Street New Hope, PA
Sat. 7 p.m. Gabriel Donohue
The Five Four Bar & Grill
8919 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
Fri. 9 p.m. Stem Live
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Witzend
Wed. 7 p.m. "Lyrical Conundrums" w/ Cara & Righteous
The HOB Tavern
146 Second Street Bordentown
Fri. 8 p.m. DJ Entertainment
Tues 9 p.m. Open Mic. Night
The Ivy Inn
248 Nassau Street Princeton
Thurs. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Rockin' Ron
Fri. 10 p.m. DISCOTeks
Sat. 10 p.m. Diablo Sandwich Band
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
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Laughing Water
Sun. 3 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Bill Monach Jr.
The RRazz Room
6426 Lower York Road New Hope, PA
Fri. 8 p.m. Suede and her band "One More Time." $40/$50 (limited VIP)
The Record Collector
358 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
Sat. 8 p.m. John Ford band. All ages, Doors open at 7:30 pm., $20 (advance)
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge
Fri. 8 p.m. Kindred Spirit
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke
The Sticky Wicket
2465 South Broad Street Hamilton
Thurs. 9 p.m. "Throwback Thursday" w/ DJ Chillio
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke
The Trellis Barn Bar
30 Route 156 Yardville
Fri./Sat. 8 p.m. "Grand Re-Opening"
The Sycamore Grill
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA
Thurs. 8 p.m. Cara Cartney
Fri. 8 p.m. Kickbax Acoustic Trio
Sat. 8 p.m. Idlewoodsman
Sun. 3 p.m. Jenny & Brian
The Union Firehouse
18 Washington Street Mount Holly
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Live & Local" Hosted by Jake Falana w/ Red Sea Affair, Ghost Friends, The Brilliant Fools, Wildebeast.
Fri. 8 p.m. Phish Tribute w/ "Divided Sky." Ages 21+, doors open at 7 p.m., $10 (advance)
Sat. 7:30 p.m. "Wright Way to Laugh" Hosted by Will Wright feat. Billy Da Kid, Reese Davis, Zachary Packert. $20-$30
Sun. 6 p.m. "Special Edition of R & B and Chill" w/ Dom B & Friends. Hosted by Mo. chelle feat. DJ Weswill. Ages 21+, doors open at 5 p.m., $15 ($20 for couples)
Tir Na Nog
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton
Fri. 9 p.m. Righteous Jolly
All Shows 21+
702 Pine Street Trenton
Fri. 8 p.m. Live Band & Open Mic.
Sat. 10 p.m. "Buzzed Saturdays" w/ Bockman
449 South Broad Street Trenton
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Happy Hour" Hosted by Jay Kountree
Tues. 7 p.m. "Social Musicology Series"
Wed. 6 p.m. "Jazz and Sushi Night" feat. Dick Gratton
Triple Sun Spirits
126 South State Street Newtown, PA
Sat. 7 p.m. The Williamsboy
Triumph Brewing Company
(New Hope, Pa. Location)
400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.
Thurs. 8 p.m. Trivia
Fri.10 p.m. Zaire. $5 (cover charge)
Sat.10 p.m. Pepperwine $5 (cover charge)
Sun. 7 p.m. Open Stage
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Bluegrass Pick
All shows 21+
Triumph Brewing Company
138 Nassau Street Princeton
Fri. 10 p.m. Rob Duncan
VFW Post 491
9 Fisher Place Yardville
Fri. 8 p.m. Sharyn Alice Murray
All shows ages 21+
2572 Pennington Road Pennington
Sat. 9 p.m. Acoustic Rock Night
Mon. 9 p.m. "Moonshine Mondays" Trivia
Working Dog Winery
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown
Sat. 1 p.m. David Kelly
Yardley Inn Restaurant & Bar
82 East Afton Avenue Yardley, PA
Sat. 8 p.m. Jon Ashe
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.