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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...5/10/18

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 05/11/2018

ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...5/10/18"Funny, there's a part of me that's never really quite comfortable unless I have a guitar in my hands. The trick is A. Don't make any mistakes B. If you make a mistake, cover it or C. Just don't give a shit if you make a mistake (Laughs). The three are not mutually exclusive and at any given moment you can be operating on all three of those principals," says The Spin Doctors Chris Barron as he discussed his new release, "Angels and One Armed   Jugglers," his past and his upcoming gigs at, "Randy Now's Man Cave" in Bordentown, NJ on May 11 and "JCC of Central Jersey" in Scotch Plains on May 12. 

Barron's been writing songs ever since he was a teen aged youth in Princeton, NJ but his story and that of The Spin Doctors, leading up to his additional solo career began in high school; thanks to another very talented classmate. 

"I went to high school with John Popper and the guys from Blues Traveler. We were into Cab Calloway and Ella Fitzgerald, we were all musicians but I didn't play a lot of guitar back then so when we'd jam, I'd do a lot of scatting. Sometimes we'd be playing tunes we knew but most times it was tunes we wrote and that became part of my musicality. Growing up with John, he turned me onto the blues and a lot of this stuff like Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker and The Blues Brothers. We hadn't known each other very long, I was like 14 or 15 years old and I asked him about the blues harmonica and he just kind of turned me onto the blues. Then I did what I did with various genres of music; I went to the Princeton Record Exchange with my allowance and I had like $4.85 and I'd buy these one dollar blues records. John turned me onto the slick established stuff and then I'd buy these one dollar records of obscure artists that I really never heard.There was one that really blew my mind, "Memphis Blues Again Volume II," no relation to Bob Dylan at all but it had these really crusty gut bucket blues artists that I never heard of but it was so visceral. I took it to John and he said it was too raw for him and I was like; really? In my mind I thought that this was the shit and at the time I was writing tunes but was a very rudimentary guitarist. I could figure out those rudimentary parts that were played with absolute conviction and emotionality on the line with topics of songs that were so personal. It was at that point that I realized not every song has to be an emotional epiphany; you can write a song about anything you want." 

However, it didn't stop there. Using their powers of persuasion and a little peer pressure, the Blues Traveler would convince Barron to make a move that would unknowingly begin his journey into rock 'n' roll stardom. "Those guys came to my apartment in Princeton, where I had already written, "Two Princes" and "Jimmy Olsen's Blues" and they were like, "Dude, you're just wasting away here. We have to get a new apartment and you have to move to the city because it'll be cheaper if we have an apartment for five guys instead of four guys." "The late great Bobby Sheehan dared me to move to New York so I did and then I spent the summer with those guys and then in the fall they were going to a new music school. I told my dad I wanted to go to the new school if he'd help me out with the money but I didn't want a music degree. I just wanted to go until I meet some guys and put a band together; I'll work my guts out until then but once I put a band together I'm out of there. I want to be in a rock band. He was really cool and backed me and I did one semester and by the end of that semester The Spin Doctors were together. I met Eric and Aaron and we were playing out for money so we all quit school and concentrated on the band full time and in my case it's all because of the Blues Traveler. I can't overstate how much I owe those guys. John and I don't get to see each other as much as we'd like but in my reckoning he's one of my very dearest friends and in any arena of my life, one of the most important figures."

At the height of their popularity, The Spin Doctors were a top drawing act and still continue to tour today; albeit with a scaled back schedule. Barron doesn't seem to mind as it allows time for his solo career and for a welcome change of pace. 

"I'm basically doing a lot of stuff on the weekends in my career right now. I haven't been on an extended tour in quite a long time. Mostly The Spin Doctors go out, you know The Spin Doctors are together; the original band and in the summer we go out most weekends  and then the rest of the year I'm doing solo stuff. Yeah, it's a fun period in my career. I've got The Spin Doctors shows, my killer loud rock band with my buddies that I've been playing with forever and then I have this solo acoustic thing that I've been doing since I was a kid. I started out as a teenager as just a kid with a guitar, writing tunes and playing them just solo acoustic. That's like a whole kind of art form all to itself, a venerable kind of art form that goes back to the Mississippi Delta with guys like Robert Johnson and Reverend Gary Davis, these great guitar players and songwriters that I've always really admired. So it's fun, I kind of have two worlds and it makes my career very diverting and interesting. One night I'm up there with a loud rock band with nothing in my hands and I'm just the front man just running around Mick Jagger or Jim Morrison style and another night I'm the singer/songwriter with a guitar in my hands picking tunes."



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"One of the things that is really nice about The Spin Doctors and I get this again and again and I don't know what we did and it wasn't necessarily intentional but we somehow struck this universal appeal and over and over again, people refer to being in the car with their entire family and playing our CD in the car; it was like the CD that everyone could agree on. The kids liked it and the grown ups liked it. I get people saying they wanted to listen to Soundgarden while their parents wanted to listen to Pat Boone or whatever but we all liked The Spin Doctors. That's very gratifying; it's nice that so many different kinds of people have enjoyed our record." 

So having the best of both worlds is always a beautiful thing but what happens when your main instrument, goes down? In Barron's case, losing his voice was just the kick in the pants he needed. "I lost my voice last year and I was planning on making a record. I had this huge backlog of songs and it was time to get these songs out there. You know, songs get mad at you if you let them sit around for too long. I hadn't made a solo record in a long time, my songs were mad at me, it was time for me to record but I lost my voice. Then when my voice came back, it was really clear that life is short, you never know what's going to happen, so I thought  get in there and get this record done. So I kind of came at the project with a new lease on life and kind of came at it with a will but I had a lot of the tunes around. It wasn't one of those records where it was like, OK it's time to make a record, better write something. I had a lot of the material, some of it I wrote a number of years ago, some I wrote within the last year or two but the songs were pretty ready to go; so it was the songs, the songs asked me to make the record." 

The result was, "Angels and One Armed Jugglers," something even Barron himself chuckles about. "How's that for a mouthful? It's kind of a funny story; I wrote that song while driving on the Queensboro Bridge. That line, "Angels and one armed jugglers," just kind of came to me and I was driving my Crown Vic Police Interceptor across the bridge and pulled out a pen and started writing it down on my steering wheel. I was thinking about this neighbor of mine back in the day, Adelaide, who is a character in the song. She was just this cool old lady that lived next door to me who had been a Broadway chorus girl. What's funny is, the whole idea of calling the record that, everybody, my friends, my wife, all were like, you can't call your record, "Angels and One Armed Jugglers" and I was like, yeah but I can't come up with anything else and I think it's kind of a cool title. My wife, after three months was like, "It is kind of a cool title" and I was like; right? Now that the record is out everybody loves the title and now that it's gotten great reviews, their like, yeah of course he's going to call it, "Angels and One Armed Jugglers." 

The record is full of twists and turns and has multiple mood changes; just how Barron likes it. So what can those attending a show expect from this man as he goes solo on stage?  "I'm going to perform my record in order, which has been really fun and it has been going over really great. I'm going to perform the record solo acoustic, it's a full production record there's a lot of different productions on the record. Some of it's like a rock band set up, some is stripped down and I have one tune called, "The World According to Garp," which is just me on guitar and just a tuba and an accordion. There's a lot of different things, some of the songs have strings, some have horns on them and the songs are quite varied in nature. I've got some love songs, some wistful stuff and some bombastic rock 'n' roll, it's a pretty well balanced record from that viewpoint. So I'm going to come out and do my record and then I'm going to do some Spin Doctors stuff. I'll do, "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong and "Two Princes" and the songs that are people's favorites but one of the fun things about coming out to see me if you're a Spin Doctors fan is that I do some of the deep cuts that The Spin Doctors never ended up playing live. So you can come out and hear the hits interpreted solo acoustic, which I think that the people seem to enjoy. The audience seems to get a kick out of hearing me interpret these songs differently and they still rock with just me and a guitar but it's really stripped down to the original elements of the song. So you can kind of get an insight into the writing and if you are a Spin Doctors fan you'll gain some insight into the band. I think the cool thing about seeing one of the guys from a band is that you get to see their contribution to the band on display. You get to see the part of the band that "he" did; OK cool and it gives you a bit of perspective. So I'll be doing some Spin Doctors hits, deep cuts, my new record and some Chris Barron tunes." 

To purchase tickets or discover more about Chris Barron, please visit www.thechrisbarron.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


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  
Please check web site for upcoming eventsn
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  
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia  Jam  
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke 
 
Bowman's Tavern  
1600 River Road New Hope, PA  
(215) 862-2972  
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Glenn McClelland Trio
Fri. 8 p.m. Bob Egan
Sat. 7 p.m. Jean Therapy Trio
Sun. (12 p.m.) Brunch w/ Ottmar (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Mon. 6 p.m. Andy Prescott  
Tues. 6 p.m. Gary Reed & Arturo
Wed. 6 p.m. Lorenzo
 
Brickwall Tavern & Dining Room  
19 E. Union Street Burlington  
(609) 733-356  
Fri. 10 p.m. (TBA)
Sat. 9 p.m. (TBA)
Broken Goblet Brewing
1500 Grundy Lane Bristol, PA
(267) 812-5653
Sat. 12 p.m. "No One Likes Us, We Don't Care" Beer Release feat. (2:30 p.m.) KillerWhale (3:30 p.m.) Graces Downfall (4:10 p.m.) Mark J Fisher (4:50 p.m.) Cologne Music (5:35 p.m.) Run to Sandy (7:10 p.m.) The Burgeoning (8 p.m.) Memphis Crawl (8:50 p.m.) Roi and the Secret People (9:40 p.m.) Madeline Haze (10:30 p.m.) Lonely at the Top
BT Restaurant 
2031 Route 130 South Burlington  
(609) 499-1355  
Thurs. 8:30 p.m. Karaoke
Fri. 7 p.m. Unleashed
Sat. 8 p.m. The Boomers
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)
Championship Bar
931 Chambers street Trenton
(609) 396-5457
Fri. 6 p.m. The Bunny The Bear, It Lies Within, Hold On Hollywood, Dead Noise, Watercolor Nightmare, For Those Who Fall, Losing Your Grip. All ages, $12/$15
Wed. 7 p.m. Dead Atlantic, Crawling Manifest, Bury Your Brother, (TBA). 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  
 
City Streets  
510 Highway 130 South East Windsor  
(609) 426-9400 
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  
 
COARadio.com  
125 South Main Street Hightstown  
(609) 241-7103  
Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. Kyle Ross
Cream Ridge Winery
145 Route 539 Cream Ridge
(609) 259-9797
Sun. 11 a.m. "Mother's Day" feat. Ronnie Brandt, Jan & Jeff 
Diamond's of Hamilton  
661 Route 33 Hamilton  
(609) 981-7900  
Thurs. 6 p.m. "Ladies Night" and Dance Party w/ Frankie "O"
Sat. 10 p.m. "Club 33 Reunion Party" w/ DJ Tony D
Sun. 12 p.m. "Jazz Brunch" w/ Mother's Day Buffet. $39.95
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  
Sun. (11 a.m.) "Sunday Jazz Brunch" feat. (TBA) (5:30 p.m.) Dick Gratton
Mon. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Dana Collins
Freddies Tavern  
12 Railroad Avenue Ewing  
(609) 882-0978  
Fri. 8 p.m. James Hickey/Paul Plumeri Blues Band
Sat. 8 p.m. Judge & Jury
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Joe Vadala  
Grounds For Sculpture
80 Sculptors way Hamilton
(609) 586-0616
Thurs. 6 p.m. "Conversations on Creativity" an evening w/ Elizabeth. 
Grover's Mill Coffee House  
Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction  
(609) 716-8771  
Thurs. 7 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Anker  
Halo Pub
4617 Nottingham Way Hamilton Square
(609) 586-1811
Sat. 7 p.m. Jerry Monk & Joe Kramer
Hamilton Township Azalea Festival
Sayen Gardens
Mercer Street/Hughes Drive Hamilton Square
Sun. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dick Gratton & Linda Lee
Havana New Hope  
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA.  
(215) 862-9897 
Thurs. 8 p.m. District 97. Doors at 6 p.m., $20 (Advance)
Fri. (5:30/7:30 p.m.) Newtown School of Rock (9:30 p.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sat. (1:30/6:30 p.m.) Newtown School of Rock (12 a.m.) DJ Dance Party
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke  
Wed. 8 p.m. "Local Original Music Showcase" Hosted by Pat Foran feat. James Popik, Jonathan Tea, Anker, Chris Chadwick.
 
Hopewell Theater  
5 South Greenwood Avenue Hopewell  
(609) 466-1964  
Sat. 6 p.m. "From Love Shack to Rocko's Modern Life: An Evening with Pat Irwin. $20, $22.50, $40, $50, $80
Hopewell Valley Bistro & Inn  
15 East Broad Street Hopewell  
(609) 466-9889  
Fri. 8 p.m. Open Mic. Night
Sun. 1 p.m. "Irish Music Session"
 
Hopewell Valley Vineyards  
46 Yard Avenue Pennington  
(609) 737-4465  
Thurs. 6 p.m. Summer Swing Orchestra
Fri. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Firedog
Sat. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Four +1
Sun. 2 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Piano, Bass, Jazz
Hurricane Jacks Bar and Grill  
7759 New Falls Road Levittown, PA  
(267) 914-4517  
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paul Kircher  
Fri.(6 p.m.) Casey (9:30 p.m.) The Start Ups
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Kickbax
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula & Sam  
 
Iron Plow Vineyards  
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus  
(732) 306-9111  
Fri. 6 p.m. Lefty Mann
Sat. 1 p.m. Jim Gaven
Sun. 1 p.m. Bob & Dave   
Ivy Tavern  
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton  
(609) 888-1435  
Thurs. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke  
Fri. 9 p.m. Kindred Spirit
Sat. 9 p.m. AM Mafia w/ Stephanie Kenibrew
All shows 21+  
 
Jake's Eatery 
869 Bustleton Pike Richboro, PA  
(215) 322-6787  
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Ladies Night" w/ Julian Roso
Sat. 9 p.m. Glenn McCollum
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Night  
 
John & Peter's  
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa.  
(215) 862-5981
Thurs. 9 p.m. The Lords of Liechtenstein
Fri. 9 p.m. The Mixxtape / The Swiss Gaurd
Sat. (3 p.m.) Desoto Rust (9:30 p.m.) Cowbell Superstar / The Black Market Opera. Ages 21+, $5
Sun. (3 p.m.) Jake Bracey (9:30 p.m.) Small Batch Bourbon
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic.  
Tues. 9 p.m. "The Roast of Miss Pumpkin" Hosted by Mike DiAlto. $5
Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational  
All shows 21+ 
Killarney's Publick House  
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton 
(609) 586-1166 
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Thirsty Thursday HDTV Giveaway" w/ DJ BYRD. Ages 21+
Sat. 2 p.m. "Paddy-o Kickoff Beer-B-Q 2018" (5 p.m.) Some Assembly Required
Sun. 10 a.m. "Mother's Day Brunch"
Kovacs Corner
46 Evergreen Road New Egypt
(609) 901-4146
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Audio Pilot
Laurita Winery  
85 Archertown Road New Egypt  
(609) 752-0200  
Fri. 7 p.m. "Country Line Dancing"
Sat. 1 p.m. Rick Winow
Sun. 1 p.m. Fast Forward 80's
Wed. 6 p.m. Girls Night Out "Pound and Pour"
Logan Inn  
10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA  
(215) 862-2300  
Fri. 7:30 p.m. Colleen Ryan
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Sahara Moon
Sun. 11 am "Jazz Brunch" feat. Jamie Stem
Mama Flora's Trattoria & Catering
1750 North Olden Avenue Ewing
(609) 434-1188
Sat 6 p.m. Bryan Hill
Mamma Rosa's  
572 Klockner Road Hamilton  
(609) 588-5454  
Thurs. 6 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Richard Schneider  
 
McGuinn's Place  
1781 Brunswick Avenue Lawrence  
(609) 392-0599  
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke  
Ages 21+  
 
McStews Irish Sports Pub  
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA  
(215) 949-9570  
Thurs. 10:30 p.m."Beer Pong" w/ DJ RV & MC Slim  
Fri. 7 p.m. Tantric. $16/$20
Sat. 9 p.m. "10 Year Anniversary Party" feat. Hat Trick, Stem, Lisa, Sam & Paula, Cara Cartney, (TBA). FREE Admission
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo hosted by Mike  
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Kirchner Entertainment  
 
Millhill Basement  
300 S. Broad Street Trenton  
(609) 989-1600  
Tues. 10 p.m. "Local Artist" Hip Hop, Experimental EDM and Bass Music Showcase 
 
Mojito Cuba Caribe  
90 South Main Street New Hope, PA 
(267) 740-2900   
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Chris  
 
New Hope Winery  
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA  
(215) 794-2331 
Fri. 8 p.m. Eagles Tribute w/ "Eaglemania. Doors at 7 p.m., $30
Sat. 8 p.m. Suzanne Westenhoefer. Doors at 7 p.m., $25
 
Nook's PourHouse  
2043 Route 130 South Florence  
(609) 447-0927  
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia Tuesday w/ Quizoholics  
 
Nottingham Tavern  
9 Mercer Street Hamilton Square  
(609) 587-6623  
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Super Dave  
Fri. 8 p.m. Deep Release
Sat. 9 p.m. Paul Plumeri Blues Band
Ages 21+  
Old Town Pub  
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
(609) 291-9232 
Thurs. 8 p.m. Quizzoholics trivia 
Sat. 9 p.m. (TBA)
Palace Of Asia
4591 Route 27 Kingston
(609) 497-9500
Wed. 7 p.m. True Acoustic
 
Palermo's Of Hamilton  
310 Klockner Road Hamilton  
(609) 838-7979  
Thurs. 8 p.m. Karaoke 
All shows 21 +  
Patriots Crossing  
1339 River Road Titusville  
(609) 737-2780 
Thurs. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Bobby Jones
Fri. 8 p.m. Audio Pilot
Sat. 8 p.m. Bruce Fredericks
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo"
 
Parx Casino (360 Bar)  
2999 Street Road Bensalem, PA  
(888) 588-7299  
Thurs. 9 p.m. "Latin Night" w/ DJ George Dennis
Fri. (5 p.m.) Steal Your Face (9:30 p.m.) Love Seed Mama Jump (10 p.m.) DJ Paul Desisto
Sat. (5 p.m.)Big Soul Chicken (9:30 p.m.) John Eddie (10 p.m.) DJ Eric Vanderslice
Sun. 6 p.m. Summer Club
Wed. 8 p.m. Bonnie McFarlane
Pete's Steak House  
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton  
(609) 585-8008  
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Randy Now's Man Cave 
134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
(609) 424-3766 
Fri. 8 p.m. Chris Barron (Spin Doctors). $25
Sat. 8 p.m. "Chris Harford: A Career Retrospective in Music and Art." $10
Wed. 8 p.m. Lipbone Redding. $12

Rossi's Bar & Grill  
2110 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton  
(609) 890-2004  
Thurs. 7 p.m. Ernie White
 
Salt Creek Grille  
1 Rockingham Row Princeton  
(609) 419-4200  
Fri. 8 p.m. Carol Selick
Sat. 8 p.m. Charles Clarke
Small World Coffee  
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton  
(609) 924-4377 x2  
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Milan
Sun. 7:30 p.m. Princeton Bluegrass Jam
1867 Sanctuary  
101 Scotch Road Ewing  
(609) 392-6409
Fri. 8 p.m. Toney Rocks. $20
Sat. 8 p.m. Eric Mintel. $20
Sun. 3 p.m. Victor Sadowski. $20
Wed. 8 p.m. Guild for Early Music. $20
Tara's Tavern 
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown  
(609) 286-2300  
Fri. 10 p.m. Stone Blue w/ Rotten Reid Totten
Sat. 10 p.m. 44 Fridays
 
Tavern On The Lake  
101 Main Street Hightstown  
(609) 426-9345  
Fri. 9 p.m. Quartet of Catastrophe 
Sat. 9 p.m. El Ka Bong
Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke Night  
 
Temperance House  
5 South State Street Newtown, PA  
(215) 944-8050  
Thurs. 7 p.m. Blues Open Mic Hosted by Steve Guyger  
Fri. 7 p.m. Kate Sottile
Sat. 7 p.m. Anders Hyatt
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo w/ Righteous Jolly  
Wed. 7 p.m. Jazz w/ John Sheridan  
Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road Princeton
(609) 924-2310
Sun. 1 p.m. "Spring Sunday Music Series" feat. Jerry Steele
The Cool Cricket  
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro  
(609) 291-9110  
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke  
Sat. 9 p.m. Asylum Choir
The Cure Insurance Center  
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton  
(609) 656-3200  
Check website for upcoming events  
The Dubliner
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA
(215) 693-1816
Fri. 8 p.m. Na Bodach
Sat. 8 p.m. Gerry Timlin
The Five Four Bar & Grill
8919 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(215) 547-5525
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Stem
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Steamboat Annie
Wed. 7 p.m. Cara & Righteous (Trivia and Open Mic)
The Four Crows Café
41 North Main Street New Hope, PA
(215) 869-5252
Fri. 5 p.m. Phil McAuliffe
Sat. 4:30 p.m. The Long Hill String Band. 
The HOB Tavern  
146 Second Street Bordentown  
(609) 291-7020  
Fri. 8 p.m. DJ Entertainment
Tues 9 p.m. Open Mic. Night  
Wed. 8 p.m. (TBA)
 
The Ivy Inn  
248 Nassau Street Princeton  
(609) 921-8555  
Thurs. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Rockin' Ron  
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Fatha Ramzee
Sat. 10 p.m. Stereo 87
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  
(215) 788-1659  
Sat. 9 p.m. Sister Blue & Mark Furman
Sun. 3 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Bill Monach Jr.  
 
The Raven  
385 West Bridge Street New Hope, PA  
(215) 862-2081  
Thurs. (5 p.m.) Russell Eiffert (10 p.m.) All Male Revue  
Fri. (9 p.m.) Michael Ferreri (10 p.m.) DJ Dance Party  
Sat. (5 p.m.) Russell Eiffert (10 p.m.) DJ Dance Party 
Sun. 7 p.m. Karaoke w/ Ms Betty Cox
Wed. 7 p.m. Bob Egan
The Record Collector  
358 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
(609) 324-0880  
Sat. 8 p.m. Joe Zook & Frank Pinto All ages, Doors at 7:30 p.m., $12 (Advance) 
The Roost  
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge  
(609) 208-0050  
Sat. 9 p.m. ArHouse
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke
The Sticky Wicket  
2465 South Broad Street Hamilton  
(609) 439-0007  
Thurs. 9 p.m. "Throwback Thursday" w/ DJ Chillio  
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke  
The Sycamore Grill  
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA  
(215) 908-6326  
Thurs. 8 p.m. Nick & Maryanne
Fri. 8 p.m. Jagged Blue
Sat. 8 p.m. Sherry St. John
Third State Brewing
352 High Street Burlington
(609) 387-1620
Check Web Site for Upcoming Events
Tir Na Nog  
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton  
(609) 392-2554
Fri. 9 p.m. Billy Walsh
Sat. 9 p.m. Mike Brill
Wed.9 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Paul Wiese
All shows  21+  
Trenton Buzz  
702 Pine Street Trenton  
(609) 392-6000  
Fri. 8 p.m. Live Band & Open Mic.  
Sat. 10 p.m. "Buzzed Saturdays" w/ Bockman  
Trenton Social  
449 South Broad Street Trenton  
(609) 989-7777 
Fri. 9 p.m. Charles Laurita & The Mischief
Sun. 9 p.m. "SIN Industry Night"
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Benny P
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic. Night w/ Benny P  
 
Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, Pa. Location)  
400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.  
(215) 862-8300  
Thurs. 8 p.m. Trivia  
Fri. 10 p.m. Challenge Accepted. $5 (Cover charge)  
Sat. 10 p.m. Naked Sun. $5 (Cover charge)  
Sun. 7 p.m. Open Stage Night. (Sign ups at 6:30 p.m.)   
All shows 21+  
 
Triumph Brewing Company (Princeton Location) 
138 Nassau Street Princeton 
(609) 924-7855 
Fri. 10 p.m. Molly Mason Band
Sat. 10 p.m. Sir Xerri
 
Wildflowers Inn  
2572 Pennington Road Pennington  
(609) 773-2392  
Sat. 9 p.m. Acoustic Rock Night  
Mon. 9 p.m. "Moonshine Mondays" Trivia 
Working Dog Winery  
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown  
(609) 371-6000  
Sat. 1 p.m. Williamsboy
Yankee Doodle Tap Room
10 Palmer Square Princeton
(609) 921-7500
Thurs. 7 p.m. The Polish Nannies


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An Evening with Johnny Irion & Pat Sansone of Wilco At Hopewell Theater
(HOPEWELL, NJ) -- Hopewell Theater presents American folk rock favorite, Johnny Irion, who will be joined by Wilco’s Pat Sansone in a special acoustic show on Saturday, November 10 at 8:00pm. This concert brings together two of folk-rock’s acclaimed musicians for a one-night only performance.
South Jersey Pops Lauds Nautical Exploration in "Sail Away"
(CHERRY HILL, NJ) -- The South Jersey Pops, the area’s own non-profit orchestra, raises the curtain on a 2018-2019 season that will include four themed concerts appealing to a variety of tastes and incorporating many touchstones of popular culture.  A pair of acclaimed guest vocalists will get the season off on a winning note with “Sail Away: Exploring the Sea,” November 4, 2018, at Burlington County Institute of Technology’s Medford Campus Performing Arts Center.
Rock Of Jersey Featuring The B Street Band & Slippery When Wet At iPlay America
(FREEHOLD, NJ) -- The B Street Band and Slippery When Wet come together at iPlay America, celebrating the music of two of New Jersey’s favorite sons, on November 11th. Doors open at 5:00pm, and the show starts at 6:00pm.
Three Dog Night To Perform In Newton
(NEWTON, NJ) -- Legendary music icons, Three Dog Night, are celebrating their 4th decade bringing with them some of the most astonishing statistics in popular music. In the years 1969 through 1974, no other group achieved more top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets than Three Dog Night. The celebration comes to The Newton Theatre on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 8:00pm.
Seton Hall University Chorus Launches Season With: A Concert For Hope
(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- To launch its 2018-19 season, the Seton Hall University Chorus, within the College of Communication and the Arts and its Arts Council, will perform "Et In Terra Pax: A Concert for Hope" alongside the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 7:00pm at Saint Bartholomew's Church in New York, N.Y.


Whitney Houston Exhibit Opens at The GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center
Interviews with Pat Houston, President of The Estate of Whitney E. Houston and Bob Santelli, Founding Executive Director of the Grammy Museum
"Very Happy!" The Buckinghams and Cowsills Star in Cousin Brucie's Rock and Roll Yearbook Vol. 2 LIVE!
Fall is in the air at Homdel, NJ’s PNC Bank Arts Center this Friday, September 28, 2018 evening as thousands of ’60s music lovers ready themselves forCousin Brucie’s Rock and Roll Yearbook Vol. 2! The show — produced by Cousin Brucie, along with Rob Albanese and the Garden State Arts Center Foundation — features four fab acts from the 1960s: The Buckinghams, The Cowsills, Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon, and The Orlons!
“Brilliant!” The Young Dubliners LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center
It’s a mild Saturday, September 29, 2019 evening as fans of Celtic rock are streaming into Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts for a concert by The Young Dubliners.
A Tribute to Roy Orbison, The Beach Boys, and Frankie Valli at the PNC Bank Arts Center
A huge crowd is gathered here on this beautiful September 27, 2018 afternoon at Holmdel, NJ’s PNC Bank Arts Center today for a live concert tribute to the music of Roy Orbison, The Beach Boys, and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
An Interview with Rusty Young of POCO
Steel pedal guitarist Rusty Young is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the country rock band he helped to create, Poco.










Event calendar
Thursday, Oct 18, 2018


MUSIC


ROCKTOPIA: A CLASSICAL REVOLUTION featuring special guest Dee Snider of Twisted Sister @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 7:30pm

Rio Mira @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 7:30pm

Collective Soul @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm


THEATRE

The Shuck @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 7:30pm

World Premier of, HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, A Horror of a Play @ Forum Theatre (Metuchen), Metuchen - 7:30pm

The Color Purple @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 1:30pm and 7:30pm

Black Tom Island @ The 1882 Carriage House, Liberty Hall Museum, Union - 10:30am

*Uncle Vanya, Scenes from a Jersey Life in Four Acts @ Hudson Theatre Works, Weehawken - 8:00pm







KIDS

Crybaby Matinee: The Land Before Time @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 11:00am


POETRY

The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival @ Victoria Theater @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 9:00am

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