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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...4/26/18

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 04/26/2018

Danny Blu formed Echo Black in 2015 and this New York City based outfit has just released their first full length album; “Dawn” and are currently out on the road with City of the Weak on, “The Turn It To Eleven Tour.”

Kicking off on April 7 in Fayetteville, NC and making stops in Florida, Texas, South Dakota and many more in between, the schedule is heavy on dates with three of the last four being area shows in Asbury Park, NJ, Philadelphia, PA and New York City.

May 2 sees them stop in Jersey's best music town; Asbury Park with a show at the Asbury Park Music Foundation located at 621 Lake Avenue. Joining them and City of the Weak are New York City metal band In Loving Memory.

May 3 has the same three acts across the river in Philadelphia, PA at the very intimate Voltage Lounge located at 421 North 7th Street; followed by a May 4 show at the Knitting Factory. The Knitting Factory is located at 361 Metropolitan Avenue in Brooklyn, NY.

Press releases have them labeled as; “Dance rock” but these four men are a definite mix of multiple genres. Some may consider them, “Glam rock,” others, “Metal”and still others, “Power Pop”  but one thing is for sure; they’re chock full of energy. The paradox here is that along with that energy they have somewhat dark lyrical content both of which are on display in their music and corresponding videos. 

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Debut album and single of the same name, "Dawn" are throwbacks to 80's and 90's techno, retro, new wave rock with a definite edge. Their stage presence consists of bygone glam rock days and make up with a vintage Duran Duran look, encapsulated in ebony. "I'm so glad that you caught the reference," said Blu. "Most guys don't catch that and we kind of did that intentionally. Those bands back in the day, that whole look and stage show; we're kind'of paying tribute to the music and bands that we grew up on."

According to their website, "Dawn" is their, "Coming of age story" and was,"Completely funded by their fans via Indiegogo." "We've got a great fan base and we are so grateful for their support." 

The tour is a whirlwind of dates with the group only having seven off dates from start to finish but Blu says the band intends on bringing it to their fans nightly without fail. "When you come see us be ready to rock and dance. We're high energy and ready to rock. We love connecting with the crowd."

To discover more about Echo Black, please visit

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. "Pasta and Sinatra Night"
Wed. 10 p.m. (TBA)

Arts Council of Princeton  
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton  
(609) 924-8777  
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Bill's Olde Tavern  
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton  
(609) 586-0192  
Thurs. 9 p.m. Trivia  
Ages 21+  

Blend Bar & Bistro  
911 Highway 33 Hamilton  
(609) 245-8887  
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Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke 

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1600 River Road New Hope, PA  
(215) 862-2972  
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Fri. 8 p.m. Bob Egan
Sat. 7 p.m. Larry Tamanini Trio
Sun. 6 p.m. Lorenzo
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(609) 733-356  
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1500 Grundy Lane Bristol, PA
(267) 812-5653
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2031 Route 130 South Burlington  
(609) 499-1355  
Thurs. 8:30 p.m. Karaoke
Fri. 9 p.m. Asylum Choir
Sat. 8 p.m. The Few
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic

Candlelight Lounge  
24 Passaic Street Trenton  
(609) 695-9612  
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)

Cedar Gardens 
661 State Highway 33 Hamilton 
(609) 931-9464 
Sat. 7 p.m. "Comedy Show" feat. Rich Vos $23.16 Doors at 6

Championship Bar
931 Chambers Street Trenton
(609) 396-5457
Sat. 7 p.m. Waiting For December, Sawce, Mike Mulshine and the Manic Pixies, Broth. All ages $10

Chickie's & Pete's  
183 US Highway 130 North Bordentown  
(609) 298-9182  
Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Music Night  
Wed. 9 p.m. Quizzo Trivia  

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City Streets  
510 Highway 130 South East Windsor  
(609) 426-9400 
Fri. 9 p.m. Kindred Spirit
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  
125 South Main Street Hightstown  
(609) 241-7103  
Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" 

Diamond's of Hamilton  
661 Route 33 Hamilton  
(609) 981-7900  
Thurs. 6 p.m. "Ladies Night" and Dance Party w/ Frankie "O"
Fri. 6 p.m. Paul Plumeri
Sat. 9:30 p.m. The G-Man
Sun. 12 p.m. "Jazz Brunch" feat. Ambiance The Duo
Wed. 7 p.m. "Dine and Dance" w/ Radio Personality Bob Pantano.   

Dog & Bull Brew House  
810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.  
(215) 788-2855  
Thurs. 9 p.m. Stephen Anthony
Fri.  (4 p.m.) "Funky Friday Happy Hour" (9 p.m.) Monaco and Robinson
Sat. (11 a.m.) "Saturday Brunch" feat. Michael Leggerie 
Sun. (11 a.m.) "Sunday Jazz Brunch" feat. Kelli Vale Jazz (4 p.m.) Paul Donovan


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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