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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...6/7/18

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 06/07/2018

ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...6/7/18

"A gin blossom is slang for the capillaries in your nose and face that burst because of excessive drinking."

 "We were a bar band for a long time and we needed something to stick," says Gin Blossoms guitarist Scott Johnson with a laugh as he explained how the band got their name. A "Gin Blossom" is actually caused by Rhinophyma/Rosacea and results in the enlargement and reddening of one's nose; usually the result of long term heavy drinking. 

The Gin Blossoms (the band not the condition) are currently in full bloom with a new CD to be released on June 15 called, "Mixed Reality" and show on June 7 in Montclair, NJ at the Wellmont Theater as they continue to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of their watershed release, "New Miserable Experience."

A little more than 30 years ago the Gin Blossoms brought a unique sound and style to a weakening alternative music scene. Punk had begun to fade and grunge was still developing a head of steam but the Gin Blossoms were different with a new fresh sound. Perhaps their most notable hit was spawned, albeit with some difficulty from, "New Miserable Experience" but Johnson says that performing, "Hey Jealousy" today and that all things in the band realm really aren't much different from their past.



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"Not a whole lot of things are different for me personally but the world has changed. Music is still music and life is still life but what has changed is the internet has taken over the world and we didn't have that back in 1992 and I'm a lot older with a lot more grey," he said with a hearty laugh. "Our label thought, "Hey Jealousy" was going to be the hit and in their mind it was going to be the breakthrough song for the band. We spent a whole year trying to get attention for that song. We even played it on, "Letterman," the first time we were on and it just didn't work so the label wanted us to move onto, "Mrs. Rita" and then suddenly it hit in Los Angeles first and that was where it first started getting airplay; isn't that interesting? They called it a reoccurring single because it would drop off the, "Top 100" and then it would come back and that's such a rare thing. Usually when a song is off it never comes back but that song kept coming back. Then it would get added to more rotations; I can't really remember the highest it charted but it went to number one on one of those alternative indie charts or one of those crazy charts they had back then. So that was what was really interesting about that song, it would go away and come back and it lasted a long time, it really had legs." 

Along what are perhaps now blurred lines in the music industry, Johnson jokingly also wonders aloud if the old proven methods of making music are going by the wayside. "Yeah, that leads me to bands, bands are almost kind of becoming extinct; ya know?  Now you see more of one or two guys; do you know what I mean? The idea of a band situation is almost or is slowly disappearing. I've seen bands now with some of these kids without a guitar player, definitely the world is changing and obviously we're still old school (laughs), we're doing it the old way. Some of these bands now don't have a drummer; they'll bring a guy out on a tour but there's not a drummer who helps out with the writing or is part of the band. Kids are gonna do what they like, it's just different. It's hard for me to judge of course because I don't even understand what they're doing and what they're into (laughs); it's just that different. Every generation is gonna rock the way they're gonna rock and lean the way they're gonna lean; you remember boy bands? They were talented but there were so many of them, they were all over the radio and in every bar and every restaurant, kids are going to do their own thing."

Although no longer, "Kids," the group has reunited and is still very much a viable part of the industry. A new record and an at times busy touring schedule keep them in the public eye. Johnson chuckles about the upcoming disc's title, especially since he wasn't involved in the decision. "Mixed Reality," I've heard it around and it has something to do with the internet and the digital world and analog world combined which is kind of what we have; it's roughly the slang or something like that. I didn't come up with that," he said once again with a laugh.  "I was told that this was going to be the name of the record and I was like; well what does that mean? I was told it means digital and analog together and we're combining the two worlds, so I was like, ah OK (laughs)." 

"It's coming out on June 15 and we 're really excited about it," he continued. "We've had it in the can for a while and to be honest with you, it just took a while to figure out a label and this and that; it takes a minute to get it going but yeah we are all really excited to finally have it out. Its been a while, I think its been seven years since our last album; did you know our producer passed away? John Hampton, the guy we did all of our stuff with; so we had to find another guy. We ended up going with Mitch Easter and Don Dixon, the guys who did those first couple of REM records and also Marshall Crenshaw so it just seemed like a good fit for us, they seemed like our kind of guys; know what I mean?"

So with the death of their long time friend and producer, the man who essentially helped shape their sound; how did the band replace such a critical cog? "A lot of our sound was due to John Hampton, he was out of Ardent Records and a studio in Memphis. Don lived in this little town in Ohio where we played and he came to the gig and so we were talking about the records that he had produced and it just kind of seemed to fit. Sometimes you just get that feeling and for whatever reason we like southern guys; John was from Memphis and Don is from North Carolina. So after we all hung out with him that night, we talked about it and we called him about a week later and said, "Hey do you want to make a Record?" "Right away he agreed and suggested that we do it with Mitch who was also the engineer on all those other records and he wanted to do it in Mitch's studio in North Carolina and so actually once the initial phone call was made that part fell together pretty quickly. We took about six months to write songs, rehearse and do pre-production and then we knocked it out in about 10 days. It's 13 tracks, yeah, we went for it but there's a couple of short things so it's not too epic and over all it was a really good experience." 

When asked as to whether or not, "Mixed Reality" has another, "Hey Jealousy" buried in its midst, Johnson laughs and is very non-committal. "That is a really scary question. That's so hard to say and of course in my mind there's some great songs on the record that could be hits but to say there's another, "Hey Jealousy" on the record and quote me as saying that; I don't know if I can do that. We were just talking about it over the weekend as to which is going to be, "The one," the one we're gonna push, we're kickin' it around. There's a song that Jesse (guitarist Valenzuela) wrote called, "Here Again" that I really like and it looks like that may be the one that we're going to push but there were a couple of others too that we talked about so we're actually trying to figure that out right now." 

With the advent of the internet, supporting new releases seems to be easier. Digital downloads and videos as well as streaming sights make getting finished product to the masses much easier than putting together lengthy tours. Some bands prefer the new age methods, others like the Gin Blossoms utilize today's technology but like to stay in touch with their still thriving fan base as well. "We've been touring a lot," says Johnson. "We do about 80 shows a year, although last year for whatever reason we did 110 and we made a record. We've been busy, we get a lot of offers for gigs but some of them we just physically can't do. You just can't get from one place to the other, some are just logistical problems. We could probably work even more but we like it around 80 shows a year because that's still being on the road for about six months; nobody wants to be gone eight months or more. Last year was crazy for us and now with the record coming out it looks like it's going to be another crazy summer. We've got about 50 shows on the books already, so we'll see where that goes." 

Does the band have a preference as to smaller vs. larger venues? According to Johnson, they're right at home in both. "I don't have a preference because they both can be equally fun. Small clubs are sweaty and hot but the people are right in your face and there's something great about that but we recently did a festival on the beach in Florida and it was a great beautiful day and the temperature was awesome and the bands were all really cool so yeah they can both be great. I like mixing it up, that's a, "Mixed Reality" right there (Laughs). Part of the 110 shows last year was that we did a bunch of clubs that we used to play in the old days, it was a very successful little run and we did three different legs of it all across the country. It was a very proud moment for all of us with, "New Miserable Experience" turning 25 and a lot of people who used to come see us came out to see us again and that's saying something as life goes on."

VIP and various ticket packages are available and if you miss them in Montclair, they'll be back in the Garden State on July 21 at the Hard Rock Hotel Casino in Atlantic City. So what can one expect when attending a Gin Blossoms show? "You can expect some hits, some new songs, maybe one cover; we don't like to get too crazy with the cover thing. We are interactive with our audience. Our singer likes to run around on stage and he lets people play his tambourine, he high fives people and I think people will have a good time. We like it when the audience plays the band, we're not the kind of band where at the end of each song the lights go dim and we say thank you; we want people to have a good time." 

To discover more about the Gin Blossoms, please visit www.ginblossoms.net

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  
Check web site for upcoming events   
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. Neil Podgurski Trio
Fri. 8 p.m. Bob Egan
Sat. 7 p.m. CJ Steinway
Sun. (12 p.m.) Brunch w/ Ottmar (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Mon. 6 p.m. Andy Prescott
Tues. 6 p.m. Lovey Williams
Wed. 6 p.m. Lorenzo
Brickwall Tavern & Dining Room  
19 E. Union Street Burlington  
(609) 733-3562  
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Byrd
Sat. 9 p.m. Sir Xerri
Broken Goblet Brewing
1500 Grundy Lane Bristol, PA
(267) 812-5653
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Birdgangs
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Brian Bortnick
Brothers Pizza
871 Route 33 Hamilton 
(609) 586-2707
Thurs. 6 p.m. "Music On The Patio" feat. Jessica D & Bob O
BT Restaurant 
2031 Route 130 South Burlington  
(609) 499-1355  
Thurs. 8:30 p.m. Karaoke
Fri. 9 p.m. Who Knows
Sat. 8 p.m. (TBA)
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic
Caffe Galleria
23 North Union Street Lambertville
(609) 397-2400
Fri. 7 p.m. KD Brown Band
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. 9 p.m. Jess mf Stanley, DJ Alien, Pilot, Odd Men Out, Bayron 
Mon. 8 p.m. "Art Chill Night"
Tues. 8 p.m. "Every Tuesday Jam Night" Hosted by Nikki & Caleb
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. Jack Furlong and Sean Gough
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. Darryl Gibson
Sun. (12 p.m.) "Jazz Brunch" feat. Ambiance The Duo (4 p.m.) Supper Club Tribute to Billie Holiday
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. 8 p.m. Dane
Fri. 9 p.m. Sister Blue
Sat. (11 a.m.) "Saturday Brunch" feat. Michael Leggerie (9 p.m) Jeff Selby
Sun. (11 a.m.) "Sunday Brunch" feat. Keli Vale (4 p.m.) Mark Macmanus
Frans Pub
116 South Main Street New Hope, PA
(215) 862-5539
Please check web site for upcoming events
Freddies Tavern  
12 Railroad Avenue Ewing  
(609) 882-0978  
Fri. 8 p.m. Audio Pilot/DJ Bobby Diamonds
Sat. 8 p.m. (TBA)
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Joe Vadala
Wed. 7:30 p.m. "Jazz Franchise" feat. 
Grounds For Sculpture (Rats Restaurant)
80 Sculptors way Hamilton
(609) 586-0616
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Sing-A-Long with Sculpture" feat. Adam Weitz w/ Phil Orr
Grover's Mill Coffee House  
Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction  
(609) 716-8771  
Thurs. 7 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Anker
Havana New Hope  
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA.  
(215) 862-9897 
Fri. 9:30 p.m. DJ Dance Party
Sat. (8 p.m.) The High Divers. Ages 21+, Doors at 6 p.m., $15 (11 p.m.) DJ Dance Party 
Sun. 1 p.m. "Newtown School of Rock" 
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke 
Wed. 8 p.m. "Local Original Music Showcase" Hosted by Pat Foran
Historical Society of Princeton 
354 Quaker Road Princeton
(609) 921-6748
Sat. 6:30 p.m. "Concert Under the Stars" feat. Sheridan Gates (Porch side stage)/Chas Collins (Main stage)
Hopewell Theater  
5 South Greenwood Avenue Hopewell  
(609) 466-1964 
Fri. 9 p.m. The PI Power Trio
Sat. 11:30 a.m. "Family Fun Concert" w/ Lucy Kalantari and the Jazz Cats
Wed. 7 p.m. Mary Gauthier
Hopewell Valley Bistro & Inn  
15 East Broad Street Hopewell  
(609) 466-9889  
Fri. 8 p.m. Open Mic. Night  
Hopewell Valley Vineyards  
46 Yard Avenue Pennington  
(609) 737-4465  
Thurs. 6 p.m. Karaoke / Open Mic
Fri. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Mark Macmanus
Sat. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Firedog
Sun. 2 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Keith Franklin
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.) Scoville Blues Band
Sat. 9 p.m. Pixie Twist
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula & Sam  
Iron Plow Vineyards  
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus  
(732) 306-9111  
Fri. 6 p.m. AudioPilot
Sat. 2 p.m. Ed Wilson & Carol Brooks
Sun. 2 p.m. Joe Vadala   
Ivy Tavern  
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton  
(609) 888-1435  
Thurs. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke  
Fri. 9 p.m. Asylum Choir
Sat. 9 p.m. Einstein Bridge
All shows 21+  
Jake's Eatery  
869 Bustleton Pike Richboro, PA  
(215) 322-6787  
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Ladies Night" 
Tues. 5 p.m. Bill Shannon
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Night  
John & Peter's  
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa  
(215) 862-5981 
Fri. 9 p.m. Calla Bere & The Attitude            
Sat. (3 p.m.) (TBA) (9:30 p.m.) Trip Dogs
Sun. (3 p.m.) Dirty Fuss (9:30 p.m.) The Judy Chops
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic.  
Tues. 9 p.m. Dyado w/ Izaak Opatz
Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational  
All shows 21+ 
Killarney's Publick House  
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton 
(609) 586-1166 
Thurs. 9 p.m. DJ Byrd
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Bliss
Laurita Winery  
85 Archertown Road New Egypt  
(609) 752-0200  
Thurs. 6 p.m. "Girls Night Out"
Fri. 7 p.m. Awesome 80's Dance Party
Sat. 1 p.m. The Bergers
Sun. 1 p.m. WAH Lefty
Wed. 6 p.m. "Laurita Summer Grill Night"
Logan Inn  
10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA  
(215) 862-2300  
Fri. 7:30 p.m. Jager Soprano
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Tracy Sousa & James Popik
Sun. 11 am "Jazz Brunch" feat. (TBA)
Mamma Rosa's  
572 Klockner Road Hamilton  
(609) 588-5454  
Sun. 6 p.m. Jerry Monk
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. 10 p.m. "Frisky Friday DJ Dance Party" w/ DJ OG33Z
Sat. 9 p.m. (TBA)                   
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo hosted by Mike  
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Kirchner Entertainment  
Mercer County Park Festival Grounds
Hughes Drive/Old Trenton Road Windsor
(609) 448-1947
Please check web site for upcoming events
Millhill Basement  
300 S. Broad Street Trenton  
(609) 989-1600  
Thurs. 9 p.m.
Fri. 9 p.m. Nine Eighteen, Brian Rothenbeck & the Adventuring Party, Coach's Son, Old Currents. $8
Sat. 8 p.m. "Destroy Cancer" Hosted by Scott Silvester feat. Groomers, Stay Home, Jesse Gimbel, Wetbrain, Caruso. 
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  
Music On The Street
16 South State Street Newtown, PA
Thurs. 6 p.m. Greg McGarvey
New Hope Winery  
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA  
(215) 794-2331 
Check web site for upcoming events
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. 7 p.m. CoverUp
Sat. 9 p.m. You Never Know
Ages 21+  
Old Town Pub  
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
(609) 291-9232 
Thurs. 8 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia
Fri. 9 p.m. Fast Ant 
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. JB Rocks
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.) Big Whiskey (9:30 p.m.) B Street Band (10 p.m.) DJ Eric Vanderslice
Sat. (5 p.m.) Hot Dog Cannon (9:30 p.m.) Fish Out of Water (10 p.m.) DJ Capps
Wed. 8 p.m. Lynne Koplitz   
Pete's Steak House  
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton  
(609) 585-8008  
Fri. 9 p.m. Deep Release
Sat. 9 p.m. No Way Out
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke  
Randy Now's Man Cave 
134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
(609) 424-3766 
Sat. 7 p.m. NIN Tribute w/ "S I N." All ages, $15  
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. (TBA)
Sat. 8 p.m. (TBA) 
Small World Coffee  
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton  
(609) 924-4377 x2  
Sat. 8:30 p.m. BD Lenz
Sun. 7:30 p.m. Princeton Bluegrass Jam
Snipes Farm 
882 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA
(215) 295-1583
Fri. "In and Out of the Garden" feat. (5 p.m.) Lovelight / Mark Diomede (8 p.m.) Steal Your Face
Sat."In and Out of the Garden" feat. (11 a.m.) Touch of Grey (1 p.m.) Cosmic Jerry Band (9:15 p.m.) Rainbow Full of Sound (11:30 p.m.) Acoustic Mayhem
1867 Sanctuary  
101 Scotch Road Ewing  
(609) 392-6409
Fri. 8 p.m. Darla Rich Quartetr. $20
Sat. 8 p.m. Doris Spears. $20
Sun. 7:30 p.m. "A Summer Night on the Water" w/ Glassbrook Vocal Ensemble. $20
Wed. 8 p.m. New Jersey Jazz Quartet. $20
Tara's Tavern 
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown  
(609) 286-2300  
Fri. 10 p.m. Random Notes
Sat. 10 p.m. Ernie White & Lisa Bouchelle
Tavern On The Lake  
101 Main Street Hightstown  
(609) 426-9345  
Fri. 9 p.m. Sneak Attack
Sat. 9 p.m. Asylum Choir
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. B Street
Sat. 7 p.m. Ed Wall
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo w/ Righteous Jolly  
Wed. 7 p.m. Jazz w/ John Sheridan  
Terhune's Orchard
330 Cold Soil Road Princeton
(609) 924-2310
Fri. 5 p.m. "Sips and Sounds Summer Musi series" feat. James Popik
The Cool Cricket  
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro  
(609) 291-9110  
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke  
Sat. 9 p.m. El Ka Bong
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
Sun. 3 p.m. Traditional Irish Session
The Five Four Bar & Grill
8919 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(215) 547-5525
Fri. 9 p.m. Stranger Than Normal
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Spareparts
Wed. 7 p.m. Cara and Righteous
The Four Crows Café
41 North Main Street New Hope, PA
(215) 869-5252
Sat. 5 p.m.Bill Ihling  
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. Papa D'Lux
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  
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
Tues. 8 p.m. "Bearlesque"
The Record Collector  
358 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
(609) 324-0880  
Please check web site for upcoming evennts
The Roost  
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge  
(609) 208-0050  
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. Jonathn Ashe
Fri. 8 p.m. Jagged Blue Band
Sun. 3 p.m. Jamie Stem
Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ Kristin
Third State Brewing 
352 High Street Burlington
(609) 387-1620
Please check web site for upcoming events
Tir Na Nog  
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton  
(609) 392-2554
Sat. 9 p.m. Diarmuid MacSuibhne 
Wed. (7 p.m.) What's Next? A Rockin' Happy Hour" Hosted by Danny Coleman feat. John Alberici. (9 p.m.) Open Mic. Hosted by John Monk
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 
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. The Judy Chops. $5 (cover charge)
Sat. 10 p.m. Super UnLEDed. $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. (TBA)
Sat. 10 p.m. (TBA)
Wildflowers Inn  
2572 Pennington Road Pennington  
(609) 773-2392  
Sat. 9 p.m. Acoustic Rock Night  
Mon. 9 p.m. "Moonshine Mondays" Trivia 
Tues. 9 p.m. Ed Wilson
Working Dog Winery  
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown  
(609) 371-6000  
Sat. 1 p.m. Austin Vuolo
Yankee Doodle Tap Room
10 Palmer Square Princeton
(609) 921-7500
Thurs. 7 p.m. The Hub Kings
Yardley Country Club
1010 Reading Avenue Yardley, PA
(215) 493-4531
Fri. 6 p.m. Ernie White & Friends


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Pioneer Productions Presents Wendy-Lane Bailey Women's Work
(DENVILLE, NJ) -- Pioneer Productions kicks off its new Living Room Series with Women’s Work - an evening of songs by female songwriters on September 16 at 6:00pm at the Arthur Murray Studios in Denville. Conceived and performed by singer/storyteller Wendy-Lane Bailey & composer/pianist Michele Brourman it has a funny, sometimes challenging but always defiantly feminine viewpoint that brings the worlds of Broadway, pop, and country together in one show.
Stone Pony To Honor Butch Pielka
(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- A special day of music to honor the legacy of the original Stone Pony co-owner and manager, Robert “Butch” Pielka, will be held Sunday, October 7, from 2:00 to 9:00pm at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. The lineup includes reunions of Cats on a Smooth Surface and The Shakes, and Lance Larson.  More names are expected to be added.
Victor Wainwright & The Train To Perform At Lizzie Rose Music Room
(TUCKERTON, NJ) -- The Lizzie Rose Music Room presents Victor Wainwright and the Train on Wednesday, August 22 at 7:30pm. A 3 time BMA Piano Award winner,  BB KING Entertainer of the Year Award Winner, and Band of the Year Award winner, Victor Wainwright is at the top of his game right now.  The band is touring in support of their latest record, The Train, on Ruf Records. Tickets are 30 in advance and $35 at the door.
State Theatre presents Lost 80's Live
(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents Lost 80’s Live on Saturday, September 20, 2018 at 8:00pm. The Lost 80’s line-up features some of the most iconic bands from the 1980s including A Flock of Seagulls; Wang Chung; Bow Wow Wow; Farrington and Mann, Original Vocalists of When in Rome UK; Naked Eyes; and Animotion. Tickets range from $48-$98.
White Eagle Hall Presents Sloan
(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- White Eagle Hall presents Sloan, one of Canada's best power-pop bands, on Friday, September 7 at 8:00pm. The band recently released their first album in four years, 12, which has become their highest-charting album in their long career.  Tickets are $25.


Let’s Hang On’s Tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons LIVE! at The Strand
Q: So what do four guys from Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, and Massachusetts — and all currently based out of Florida — have in common with four guys from “Joisey” this summery August 3, 2018 evening at the Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ?
80's Tribute Band Almost Journey Rocks iPlay America
I never in a million years would have thought about iPlay America in Freehold as being an event venue. To me, it's a place to ride bumper cars, have kids' birthday parties and play video games. Never been there.
The Great Rock N Roll Time Machine LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center
As we make our way inside the Grunin Center of the Arts located on the campus of Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ, this Saturday, July 28, 2018, we see music lovers of all ages. Some of them are wearing street clothes but some are decked out in outfits from the 1970s and ’80s for tonight’s concert by the ’70s and ’80s tribute band, The Great Rock N Roll Time Machine.
Classical Guitarists Alex and Wesley Park LIVE! at The Great Auditorium
The bucolic seashore town of Ocean Grove, NJ is a place designed for quiet reflection and spiritual renewal. An artist sketches in the lush green park off Pilgrim Pathway. Still others read or meditate in the heart of this picturesque village which features gingerbread houses and colorful gardens, all just steps away from the fresh salt air wafting off the blue Atlantic Ocean.
“Rock and Roll Icons!” Hippiefest LIVE! at BergenPAC
A light summer rain is falling outside Englewood, NJ’s BergenPAC this Wednesday July 25, 2018, as music lovers decked out in peace signs, tie-dyed shirts, and bell-bottomed jeans arrive for tonight’s Hippiefest concert event starring Vanilla Fudge, Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder, and Badfingers’ Joey Molland.










Event calendar
Monday, Aug 20, 2018


MUSIC

Asbury Park Industry Ball 2018 @ House of Independents, Asbury Park - 8:00pm

FINDING FEEBAS @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

Alex Laurenzi Quartet @ 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing, Ewing - 8:00pm


FILM

Eighth Grade @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 7:00pm

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