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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...7/19/18


By Danny Coleman

originally published: 07/19/2018

Asbury Park Music Foundation was the scene of a recent performance featuring Echo Black and City of The Weak. This unique and intimate venue provided the perfect setting for this show and the bands did not disappoint. 

City of The Weak, a hard drivin' band out of Minneapolis, MN fronted by the dynamic, "Stef w/ an F" got things rolling with an intense set of some of the best straight forward rock and roll that this reviewer has ever seen. She set the tone not only for the band but the room with her grab your face and listen to me style which served well as it worked the room into a frenzy. 

A tireless touring machine, City of The Weak pumps out high energy, raw, loud and edgy rock 'n' roll well worth the price of admission and should become even a bigger force to reckon with in the very near future. 

Next up was Echo Black, fronted by enigmatic vocalist Danny Blu; this New York City area foursome, whom on the surface seem to be a cross between early glam and full blown Gothic rock with videos that have a techno twist. Their live show however, takes a totally different direction and sucks you into their realm with ease. 

Their 10 song set rocked hard from start to finish, continued to energize the crowd and actually drew blood from Blu. Featuring great band and crowd interaction along with a well-designed set list which flowed perfectly, they navigated the room with ease. 



 
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A very tight knit unit, Echo Black uses all the tools of their trade to keep one interested. Electronic drums, synthesized bass guitar, a nice change of pace featuring drummer Billy Long on acoustic guitar and yes, a bloody lip were all part of the package on this near perfect evening along the Jersey Shore. Blu somehow managed to take a microphone to the mouth during the title cut of their most recent release, "Dawn," no doubt in part due to the constant motion among each other on stage. This little mishap plagued him for the final three songs but had zero effect on his performance. 

One of the features of the Asbury Park Music Foundation is its size; it is a small room which carries an, "Underground" vibe; the sort which may have been prominent during the late 1960's and early 1970's Greenwich Village scene and was the perfect choice for this show.

 City of The Weak and Echo Black have toured extensively together at times and are a great fit for one another. Whether together or apart, each is worth the effort. 

To discover more about these bands, please go to www.echoblackmusic.com and www.cityoftheweakofficial.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 
Thurs. 6 p.m. "Summer Courtyard Concert Series" feat. Trinidelphia 
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. Liz Du Four
Sat. 7 p.m. David Dales 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 Baguer
Wed. 6 p.m. Lorenzo
Brickwall Tavern & Dining Room  
19 E. Union Street Burlington  
(609) 733-3562  
Sat. 10 p.m. Organic Jam
Broken Goblet Brewing
1500 Grundy Lane Bristol, PA
(267) 812-5653
Fri. 8 p.m. Giana Lynn
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. Bob Orlowski & Melissa Wegfahrt
BT Restaurant 
2031 Route 130 South Burlington  
(609) 499-1355  
Thurs. 8:30 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 6:45 p.m. "Bike Night" feat. Asylum Choir
Burlington County Amphitheater
5 Pioneer Boulevard Westampton
Fri. 7 p.m. The Sensational Soul Cruisers
Sat. 7 p.m. Big Hix Band
Caffe Galleria
23 North Union Street Lambertville
(609) 397-2400
Fri. 7 p.m. Swan Street Supper Club
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
Thurs. 6 p.m. Downswing, Great American Ghost, Degrader, Mom Fight, Life Itself, Deadbeat. All ages, $13/$15
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. Rick Barth (Re-air of previous episode)
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. "Diamond's After Dark" feat. (TBA)
Sun. 10 a.m. Live Jazz Brunch Buffet  
Dog & Bull Brew House  
810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.  
(215) 788-2855  
Thurs. 8 p.m. Stephen Anthony
Fri. 9 p.m. Cecil Middleton
Sat. (11 a.m.) "Saturday Brunch" feat. Keli Vale (9 p.m.) Soul Custody
Sun. (11 a.m.) "Sunday Brunch" feat. Keli Vale (4 p.m.) Paul Donovan
Fedora Bistro & Cafe 
2633 Main Street Lawrenceville
(609) 895-0844
Wed. 6 p.m. Jerry Monk
Frans Pub
116 South Main Street New Hope, PA
(215) 862-5539
Fri. 8 p.m. Ja-Tun & Random Acts of Soul
Sun. 2 p.m. Sammy Flow w/ Special Guests
Freddies Tavern  
12 Railroad Avenue Ewing  
(609) 882-0978  
Fri. 8 p.m. Gyrl Band
Sat. 8 p.m. After Dark
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Joe Vadala
Wed. 7 p.m. "Wednesday Night Jazz" feat. Gary Schaeffer Trio
Grounds For Sculpture
80 Sculptors way Hamilton
(609) 586-0616
Please check web site for upcoming events
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. Lefty Mann
Halo Pub (Fete) 
9 Hullfish Street Princeton
(609) 921-1710
Sat. 6 p.m. John & Maggs
Havana New Hope  
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA.  
(215) 862-9897 
Fri. (8 p.m.) Best of The Eagles. Doors at 6 p.m., $40 (11 p.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sat. (8:30 p.m.) Coast 2 Coast (12 a.m.) DJ Dance Party 
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke 
Wed. 8 p.m. "Local Original Music Showcase" Hosted by Pat Foran feat. Paul Kurrey, Old Head
Hopewell Theater  
5 South Greenwood Avenue Hopewell  
(609) 466-1964 
Sat. 8 p.m. The Slambovian Circus of Dreams. $22
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. James Popik
Fri. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Deb & Mike
Sat. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Firedog
Sun. 2 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Hazelrigg Brothers
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.) Great Scott
Sat. 9 p.m. All Lit Up
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula & Sam  
Iron Plow Vineyards  
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus  
(732) 306-9111  
Fri. 6 p.m. Frank Stagliano
Sat. 1 p.m. Jo Wymer Band
Sun. 1 p.m. Ronnie Brandt   
Ivy Tavern  
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton  
(609) 888-1435  
Thurs. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke  
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Asylum Choir 
Sat. 9 p.m. Smoked Ice
All shows 21+  
Jake's Eatery  
869 Bustleton Pike Richboro, PA  
(215) 322-6787  
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Ladies Night" 
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Night  
Jimmy's Firestone American Grill
140 Route 130 South Bordentown
(609) 291-0200
Thurs. 8 p.m. "Bar Games and Trivia"
John & Peter's  
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa  
(215) 862-5981 
Thurs. 9 p.m. Bansai Bills 
Fri. 9 p.m. Hotel Ten Eyes 
Sat. (3 p.m.) King of Nowhere (9:30 p.m.) Rhonette &The Smiths, Tara Dente
Sun. (3 p.m.) Flat Ernie (9:30 p.m.) You Kids
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic.  
Tues. 9 p.m. Monette Sudler
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.) Dan Barrone (9 p.m.) Class A Kings  
Sat. 9 p.m. Unleashed
Laurita Winery  
85 Archertown Road New Egypt  
(609) 752-0200  
Thurs. 7 p.m. "2018 Laurita Junior Idol Singing Showcase" Idol Tryouts
Fri. 5 p.m. "Cornhole Tournament"
Sat. 11 a.m. "The Red, White & Blue and Bacon Too Food Truck Festival"
Sun. 11 a.m. "The Red, White & Blue and Bacon Too Food Truck Festival"
Wed. 6 p.m. "Laurita Summer Grill Night"
Logan Inn  
10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA  
(215) 862-2300
Fri. 7 p.m. Arianne Rox
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Colleen Ryan
Sun. 11 am "Jazz Brunch" feat. Zeke Stambovsky
Mamma Rosa's  
572 Klockner Road Hamilton  
(609) 588-5454  
Thurs. 6 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Richard Schneider  
Fri. 6 p.m. Paul Plumeri & Joe Zook
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 
Sat. 9 p.m. Pixie Twist
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo hosted by Mike  
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Kirchner Entertainment  
Mercer County Park Boathouse Marina
Hughes Drive/Old Trenton Road West Windsor
(866) 683-3586
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Happy Hour" feat. Jack & Joyce. (Food/drink specials, cigar bar, boat tours)
Mercer County Park Festival Grounds
Hughes Drive/Old Trenton Road West Windsor
(609) 448-1947
Please check web site for upcoming events
Millhill Basement  
300 S. Broad Street Trenton  
(609) 989-1600  
Tues. 10 p.m. "Local Artist" Hip Hop, Experimental EDM and Bass Music Showcase 
Mill Hill Park Levitt Amp Concert Series
165 East Front Street Trenton
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Hardwork Movement / Ladibug. (FREE Admission)
Music On Main
15 South Main Street Yardley, PA 
Sat. 7 p.m. Eco del Sur
Music On The Street
16 South State Street Newtown, PA
Thurs. 6 p.m. Pixie Twist Acoustic
New Hope Winery 
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA
(215) 794-2331
Please 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. 8 p.m. John & Maggs
Sat. 9 p.m. Deep Release
Ages 21+  
Old Town Pub  
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
(609) 291-9232 
Thurs. 8 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia
Fri. 9 p.m. Fast Ant
Sat. 9 p.m. Jenny Cat
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Sir Xerri
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. AC Steel & the Galvanizers
Sat. 8 p.m. Blues In Disguise
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.) Village Sinner (9:30 p.m.) Split Decision (10 p.m.) DJ Capps
Sat. (5 p.m.) The Launch (9:30 p.m.) Chorduroy (10 p.m.) DJ Capps
Sun. 5:30 p.m. A Tribute to Heart w/ "Kick It Out"
Wed. 8 p.m. Sudsy   
Pete's Steak House  
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton  
(609) 585-8008  
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Ernie White & Tom Reock
Sat. 9 p.m. Roundabout
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke  
Randy Now's Man Cave 
134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
(609) 424-3766 
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Trenton Brass Quintet Plus One. All ages, (FREE Admission)
Wed. 7:30 p.m. Paul Collins & Paul Stingo. (FREE event)
Robbinsville Town Center Free Summer Concert Series
Gazebo at Town Center Lake Robbinsville
Tues. 7 p.m. Kindred Spirit
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. Rainbow Fresh
Sat. 8 p.m. Jerry Topinka
Small World Coffee  
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton  
(609) 924-4377 x2 
Thurs. 7 p.m. SOSI 
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Joe DiVita
1867 Sanctuary  
101 Scotch Road Ewing  
(609) 392-6409
Thurs. 8 p.m. Jonathan Kirschner Band. $20
Fri. 8 p.m. Joe Holt w/ Danny Tobias. $20
Sat. 8 p.m. Minas Duo. $20
Sun. (3 p.m.) "Classical Piano Concert" (7:30 p.m.) The Jazz Thieves 
Tara's Tavern 
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown  
(609) 286-2300  
Fri. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ Big Daddy G
Sat. 10 p.m. The Quattro
Tavern On The Lake  
101 Main Street Hightstown  
(609) 426-9345  
Fri. 9 p.m. (TBA)
Sat. 9 p.m. Extreme Measures
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  
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo w/ Righteous Jolly  
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Session Jazz Night
Terhune's Orchard
330 Cold Soil Road Princeton
(609) 924-2310
Fri. 5 p.m. "Sips and Sounds Summer Music series" feat. Jerry Steele
The Birdhouse Center For The Arts
7 North Main Street Lambertville
(215) 681-4660
Wed. 8 p.m. Open Folk Jam
The Cool Cricket  
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro  
(609) 291-9110  
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke  
Sat. 9 p.m. ArHouse
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
Sat. 8 p.m. The Willie Lynch Band
Sun. 3 p.m. "Traditional Irish Session"
The Five Four Bar & Grill
8919 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(215) 547-5525
Wed. 7 p.m. "Lyrical Conundrums" w/ Cara and Righteous
The Four Crows Café
41 North Main Street New Hope, PA
(215) 869-5252
Fri. 5 p.m. Henna Artist "Sarah"
Sat. 2 p.m. Tyler Rishel 
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. Smoke 'n' Mirrors
Sat. 10 p.m. DJ Jon Gosselin
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 Record Collector  
358 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
(609) 324-0880  
Check web site for upcoming events
The Roost  
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge  
(609) 208-0050  
Fri. 9 p.m. Robert Silvers
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  
Fri. 8 p.m. Lisa Bouchelle
Sun. 3 p.m. Stem Live Trio
Wed. 6 p.m. AJ Slick
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
Fri. 9 p.m. Black Brant
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"
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. Zeke Sky Band (CD Release). $5 (cover charge)
Sat. 10 p.m. Core Four Ensemble. $5 (cover charge)    
All shows 21+
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. Deb & Mike
Yankee Doodle Tap Room
10 Palmer Square Princeton
(609) 921-7500
Fri. 10 p.m. Bad Idea


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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