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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...4/3

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 04/03/2014
Welcome to my musical world! This is one man's attempt to alert you to the best in area entertainment!

"Get the band back together? We've never been apart," said Living Colour front man Corey Glover with a hearty laugh as he discussed the band's upcoming performance at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ewing on Friday April 4 as part of the Candlelight Concert Series for Epilepsy.

"I do my own stuff to get away from those guys," he continued with a chuckle. "We just spent a month in Australia, we're working on a new album; I mean, seriously, we get along so well. We've known each other for a very, very, very long time; we are well acclimated to one another, it's like hanging out with family members. These guys are like siblings or a close cousin that you actually like hanging out with. I'm the youngest, so I'm like the annoying little brother, Will and I are close in age, we look at the other two guys like, look at the old folks over there (laughs). We tease each other but we get along great."

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Little over a year ago, Glover performed at the forerunner of this larger venue; better known as Eric Miller's living room. Corey was part of the growing list of performers at the house concerts Eric would host prior to the series outgrowing his home. "Eric, is just an amazing person," he said without hesitation. "He is doing Yeoman's work; it is a true testament to his love for his wife and the power of love in general."

The show in Miller's living room revealed a bit about Glover that he partially let slip in our original interview back in November of 2012. During a song introduction, he let it be known that not only was it "someone he knew" (as he had told me) who had epilepsy but it was in all actuality; his son. "Yeah, it was a childhood thing that we discovered in my son by accident; it really freaked us all out when it first started happening. So, yeah, I am happy to be doing this once again; although this time it's a little less intimate (laughs.)"

Guitarist Vernon Reid laid the groundwork for what would eventually become a Grammy Award winning group when he formed the first of several combinations of what would become Living Colour circa 1983. Around 1986 Glover and drummer Will Calhoun were brought into the fold and the band's debut album, 1988's "Vivid," containing the mega-hit "Cult of Personality" reached number six on the US Billboard 200 chart. Appearances on "Saturday Night Live" and a video on MTV propelled the band to open, along with Guns N' Roses, for the Rolling Stones on their "Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour."

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Buoyed by the success of their first album, their follow up effort, 1990's "Time's Up" won the Grammy for "Best Hard Rock Album." Reflecting back on those times, Glover summed it up, perhaps better than most when he said, "It was all new back in the day. We were all inexperienced and we were taking it as it comes and it came at us really fast. Now, things come at us much slower; we're more prepared."

Slower includes taking their time and working on material for their next CD; something Glover says the band is keeping close to the vest. "Our intent was to take a look at the blues; with our own slant that is. Our songs are like a good conversation; they tend to evolve over the course of time, we put our own take on things. Right now we're still writing and recording and working things out."

Friday evening, Corey says that those in attendance won't have to worry so much about hearing too much newer material. When asked what one can expect, he bluntly said with a laugh, "Oh, it beats the Hell out of me! I have a sneaky suspicion that we'll be doing as much of the older stuff as we can as not to tip our hand on the new album."

Glover went on to say that the future looks very busy for the band as they ready to record once again. "We are going to go back on the road for a bit," he stated, "Then into the studio to record in the fall. Then who knows; the world is wide open to us." The show in Ewing is a piece of that wide open world and one that the band is looking forward to putting into their puzzle. "We're hoping that our old friends come visit us and some new ones come out and get to know us; not to mention that they should all come on out to support this great cause."

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For those of you who like smooth jazz; Dick Gratton will be performing at Chambers Walk Caf on Main St. in Lawrenceville on both Fri. and Sat. Gratton has been playing to the delight of many in our area for decades and loves to see new and not so new faces. Stop out and say hi and let Dick know that I sent you.

Tuesday, I will be hosting a "Rock On Radio" Happy Hour from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Tir Na Nog Irish Pub located at 1324 Hamilton Ave. in Trenton. there will be giveaways, t-shirts, beer specials and the featured artist is Alright Alright. Come on out, say hello and toast our good fortunes as a prelude to the Open Mic. Night hosted by the fantastic Taylor Reed!

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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. Chris Nickey

Sun. 9 p.m. Princeton Area Blue Grass Jam

Wed. 10 p.m. Open mic. night Hosted by Eric Puliti

All shows 21+

Amarones Windsor Inn

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29 Church St. Windsor

(609) 448-714

Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Pizza Night w/Scott Gager & Debbie

Fri. 8 p.m. Mark Giovi Band

Sat. 8 p.m. Larry D

Tues. 7 p.m. Texas Hold'em


911 Rte. 33 Hamilton

(609) 245-8887

Fri. 9 p.m. Jamie Alexis

Sat. 9 p.m. Some Assembly Required

Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke

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

Sat. 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Joe Ford Alto Sax Quartet. (No cover-$10 minimum)

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Centro Bar And Grille

2360 Rte. 33 Robbinsville

(609) 208-9300

Thurs. 9:30 p.m. Jimmy K & Steve

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. 5 p.m. Murphy's Law, Down Low, Deadly Nights, Down With Homework, Loss of Effect, Inhale. All ages, $12/$14

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

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.

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Fri./Sat. 9 p.m. Rainbow Fresh

Sun. 3 p.m. Little Red Rooster

Mon. 8 p.m. Open Mic Blues Jam

All shows 21+

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

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

Fri. 8:30 p.m. Slamm Band

Sat. 12 p.m. Steam Punk The Green Fairy Cabaret feat. Thus Way to The Egress & Karnevil. $15, $25, $40

Sun. 2 p.m. Midnight Sun Orchestra

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

Wed. 8 p.m. Pat Foran & Friends feat. Philip Brazer and Jeannine Hebb

All shows 21+

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

Fri. 10 p.m. The Ernie White Band

Sat. 10 p.m. The Aldrich Brothers Band
All shows 21+

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

Fri. 9 p.m. Rushland

Sat. (3 p.m.) Desoto Rust (9:30 p.m.) The Hyde w/ The Burgeoning

Sun. (3 p.m.) Fantasy Faire Finale (9:30 p.m.) Eric Sommer

Mon. Open Mic.

Tues. Meatball Madness (Benefits the New Hope Library)

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. Phaze

All shows 21+

Paint The Roses Tea and CAFE RESTAURANTE

37 West Broad St. Hopewell

(609) 466-8200

Sun. 1:30 p.m. Bryan Hill

Patriot's Crossing

1339 River Rd. Titusville

(609) 737-2780

Fri. 7:30 p.m. Sensei Juan and the Blackbelts

Sat. 7:30 p.m. River Dogs

RHO Waterfront

50 Riverview Plaza Trenton

(609) 393-7300

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

Fri. (4:30 p.m.) Mike & Karly Happy Hour Buffet. $10 (8 p.m.) The Big Chill Band (10 p.m.) DJ Jimmie Palumbo

Sat. 9 p.m. Ladies Night Dance Event

All Shows 21+

Spigola Ristorante

3817 Crosswicks Hamilton Square Rd. Hamilton

Fri. 8:30 p.m. Acoustic Band

Sat. 8:30 p.m. Tony Malandro

Sunsets at Cream Ridge

181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge

(609) 208-2500

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

Tavern On The Lake

101 Main St. Hightstown
(609) 426-9345

Fri. 9 p.m. DJ Night

Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke Night

The Cool Cricket

216 4th St. Fieldsboro

(609) 291-9110

Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke

The Ivy Inn

248 Nassau St. Princeton

(609) 921-8555

Thurs. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ Ron Sherr

Fri. 10 p.m. Alright Alright

Sat. 10 p.m. The Emulators

Wed. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ Ron Sherr

The Record Collector

358 Farnsworth Ave. Bordentown

(609) 324-0880

Fri. 8 p.m. Commander Cody. All ages, doors at 7:30 p.m., $25 (advance)

Sat. 8 p.m. Joe Zook & Frank Pinto. All ages, doors at 7:30 p.m., $12 (advance).

Sun. 7 p.m. Rickity. All ages, doors at 7 p.m., $12 (advance)

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

Fri. 9 p.m. Out of The Red

All shows 21+

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

Please check web site for upcoming events.

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

Fri. 9 p.m. Bob Hurst & Paul Wiese

Sat. 9 p.m. Green Spell

Sun. Irish Sessions w/ DeAngelo & Gormley

Tues. (7 p.m.) Rock On Radio Happy Hour hosted by Danny Coleman feat. Alright Alright. (9 p.m.) Open Mic. hosted by Taylor Reed

Wed. 9 p.m. Paul Wiese

All shows 21+

Trenton Social

449 South Broad Street Trenton

(609) 989-7777

Thurs. 8 p.m. Cinema Thursdays Presents: People's Champion - The Eli Porter Story

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. La Capitana. $5 (coverage)

Sat. 10 p.m. Root Glen Band. $5 (cover charge)

Sun. (1 p.m.) Lynn Flick Trio (7 p.m.) Open Jam Night hosted by Paper Submarines
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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