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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites....9/14/17

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 09/15/2017

"I'm not one of those that sits backstage or in the green room before or after a show. I love hanging out with the fans, I love to make the human connection with the fans and hear the stories from them directly of how my music affected their lives."

Michale Graves was the lead singer of the notorious punk rock band, The Misfits and throughout his long career he has taken many twists and turns along the way but one thing he has not taken is his supporters for granted. "We all have a different outlook on music and what it's for or means to us as individuals. People lay some heavy stuff on me and tell me where they were or what was happening in their lives and how a song or my music was part of it and to know that a little piece of me is in them, is at times exhausting but also very rewarding. That's what music is all about, to see and hear people open up. I may stand with someone for two or three minutes of my time, our time but they may remember that the rest of their lives. I'll stand there until the last one is gone, until the ink runs dry in the pen because that's rewarding to me and to the fans."

Graves and his rabid fan base will get the chance to unite on September 21 as, "The Beginning of the End Fall Tour 2017" comes to the Wonder Bar located on Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park, NJ and Dingbatz in Clifton on September 22. "I'm trying to bump up my image in the industry a bit," he said with a slight laugh as he explained his reasons for the tour. "I'm trying to get people familiar with my music, something other than The Misfits and I am also trying to build the audience for my radio show. I also have the book and the new CD. I've been doing the whole book thing for a while but the CD is called, "When Worlds Collide" and is doing well so I figured we may as well hit the road and see what happens. I've now got this giant 80 city tour planned which is going to turn the band into an unstoppable performing unit (laughs)." 

Songwriter, vocalist, author, actor, TV personality and front man can all describe the many things Graves has been in his more than two decade career. He is an enigma of sorts, very well-known not yet quite a household name outside of his musical genre. Both he and The Misfits were and are highly successful, yet commercial and corresponding financial success from their efforts seemed to be just beyond the reach of their fingertips. "Yeah, as the the band got bigger the legends grew. So much legend that made up so much of our success. We were so close, so very close to breaking through but there were some critical points that knocked us off track each time due to decisions that were made or maybe not made in some cases that stopped our momentum or forced us to take a different route. Rob Zombie was supposed to produce one of our videos because he had taken an interest in us and then for reasons not worth discussing really, he backed out. It was things like that that seemed to happen at less than opportune times; shame but it happens. One thing that I've learned is that being rich is more than financial. I'm lucky that I can do this and make a living at doing something I love and interacting with the fans makes me far more wealthy than most." 

The tour kicked off on September 8 and will span the entire country including both coasts and many points in between. There will be 80 cities in 107 days with very few nights off for this legendary punk rocker but he is promising a return to the performer we came to know during the height of The Misfits popularity. "Oh yeah! A full on audio assault," he stated with bravado. "I'm back putting make up on and wearing costumes again, I'm really concentrating on the theatrics of it all. People coming to the shows will hear all of The Misfits hits, maybe more I don't know, my new stuff, some interesting things but most of all they can expect me to be hanging with the fans before, during and after; it's all for and about them." 

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This week's event listings

Bill's Olde Tavern
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton
(609) 586-0192
Thurs. 9 p.m. Trivia
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke Contest (Cash prizes) 
Ages 21+ 
Blend Bar & Bistro
911 Highway 33 Hamilton 
(609) 245-8887
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia  Jam
Bowman's Tavern
1600 River Road New Hope, PA
(215) 862-2972
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Glenn McClelland Trio
Fri. 8 p.m. Liz Du Four
Sat. 8 p.m. Fermenters Trio
Sun. 6 p.m. Lorenzo
Mon. 6 p.m. Andy Prescott
Tues. 6 p.m. Fermenters Trio
Wed. 6 p.m. Lorenzo
Brickwall Tavern & Dining Room
19 E. Union Street Burlington
(609) 733-3562
Sun. 5 p.m. Grace Dolores
Candlelight Lounge 
24 Passaic Street Trenton
(609) 695-9612
 Sat. 3 p.m. Yoichi Yuzeki. $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)
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" w/ DJ Brett Gash
Tues. 9 p.m. Trivia w/ Jessie and Chelsea
Wed. 6:30 p.m. "Wine Down Wednesdays" w/ Rich Genoval 
Main Street Hightstown 
(609) 241-7103
Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. Tom Kanach w/ Billy Siegel of The Whirling Dervishes
Dadz Bar & Grill
744 Main Street Lumberton
(609) 267-4344
Thurs. 10 p.m. "Pong Tournament"
Fri. 10 p.m. Out Of The Red
Sat. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Byrd
Sun. 4 p.m. Camille Peruto Duo
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Superstar Entertainment
Dog & Bull Brew House
810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.
(215) 788-2855
Thurs. 8 p.m. Ricky and Jenny Leigh
Fri. (4 p.m.) "Happy Hour Jam" feat. Cecil Middleton (9 p.m.) Kevin Toft and The Alternators
Sat. (11 a.m.) "Saturday Brunch" feat. Jazz 180 (9 p.m.) Soul Custody Trio
Sun. (11 a.m.) "Sunday Brunch" feat. Mikey Ragz (4 p.m.) John Rodden
Wed. 8 p.m. A Thousand Days
12 Farms Restaurant
120 Main Street Hightstown
(609) 336-7746
Tues. 6:30 Anker
Fran's Pub
116 South Main Street New Hope, PA
(215) 862-5539
Sat. 8 p.m. Mitchell Truen
Sun. 3 p.m. Heritage Three
Freddies Tavern
12 Railroad Avenue Ewing
(609) 882-0978
Fri. 8 p.m. The Gyrl Band
Sat. 8 p.m. Smoked Ice
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Joe Vadala
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. Black Cat Habitat: "The Falling For You Show"
Havana New Hope
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA. 
(215) 862-9897
Fri.  (8:30 p.m.) 52 Pick Up (12 a.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sat. (8:30 p.m.) Johnny A. Ages 21+, Doors at 6 p.m., $30 (11 p.m.) DJ Dance Party
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 8 p.m. "Local Original Music" Hosted by Pat Foran
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. John & Maggs
Hurricane Jacks Bar and Grill
7759 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(267) 914-4517
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Mr Lucky
Iron Plow Vineyards
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus
(732) 306-9111
Fri. 6 p.m. John Rossi
Sat. 1 p.m. Victor Tarassov
Sun. 1 p.m. Jeff & Karen
Ivy Tavern 
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton
(609) 888-1435
Fri. 9 p.m. Unleashed
Sat. 9 p.m. Sweetie Pie
All shows 21+
John & Peter's 
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-5981
Fri. 9 p.m. Run To Sandy / The Take Ups
Sat. (3 p.m.) Tim & Ray  (9 p.m.) The Paper Jets
Sun. (3 p.m.) Jason Ager (9 p.m.) Trio Of Madness
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic.
Tues. 9 p.m. Lisa Bouchelle, Jerry Steele, Hal Selzer
Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational
All shows 21+
Killarney's Publick House
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
(609) 586-1166
Sat. 10 p.m. DJ Jimmy G
Wed. 7 p.m. Radio Fiction Duo
Laurita Winery
85 Archertown Road New Egypt
(609) 752-0200
Thurs. 7 p.m. Laurita Idol Fall Singing Showcase: "Idol Tryouts" 
Sat. "A Touch Of Italy & Food trucks Too" (11 a.m.) Kindred Spirit (2 p.m.) The Daisy Jug Band (6 p.m.) the Polish Nannies
Sun. "A Touch Of Italy & Food trucks Too" (11 a.m.) Raw Sugar (1:30 p.m.) Nash East (4:30 p.m.) Mr Lucky
Wed. 6 p.m. Girls Night Out "Wine and Cheese Pairing"
Mamma Rosa's 
572 Klockner Road Hamilton 
(609) 588-5454
Thurs. 6 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Richard Schneider 
Fri. 7 p.m. Joe Zook & Paul Plumeri
McGuinn's Place
1781 Brunswick Avenue Lawrence
(609) 392-0599
Sat. 9 p.m. Einstein Bridge
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. Fish Out Of Water / DJ Favs. Ages 21+
Sat. 10 p.m. The Fredz / Bottoms Up
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo hosted by Mike
Millhill Basement
300 S. Broad Street Trenton
(609) 989-1600
Fri. 9 p.m. Facelift, Atomic Cretins, Jaws
Sat. 9 p.m. Worldsucks, Sister Munch, Atom Driver, Tough Shit
Tues. 10 p.m. "Local Artist" Hip Hop, Experimental EDM and Bass Music Showcase 
New Hope Winery
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA
(215) 794-2331
Fri. 8 p.m. Donna the Buffalo. Doors at 7 p.m., $25
Sat. 8 p.m. Chris Smither. Doors at 7 p.m., $30
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. 7 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Super Dave
Wed. 5 p.m. "Weekend Warm-up" w/ DJ Chris Barlow
Ages 21+
Palermo's Of Hamilton
310 Klockner Road Hamilton
(609) 838-7979
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke
All shows 21 +
Patriot's Crossing
1339 River Rd. Titusville
(609) 737-2780
Sat. 8 p.m. Blues In Disguise
Pete's Steak House
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton
(609) 585-8008
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Smoked Ice
Sat. 9:30 p.m. AM Mafia
Randy Now's Man Cave
134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 424-3766
Sat. (6 p.m.) Rick Barton & Continental (FREE All Ages) (8 p.m.) Adam Realman Presents: "Feats of the Body & Power of The Mind." $12
Salt Creek Grille
1 Rockingham Row Princeton
(609) 419-4200
Fri. 8 p.m. Eric Mintel
Sat. 8 p.m. Jerry Topinka
Small World Coffee
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
(609) 924-4377 x2
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Tom Tallitsch
Sun. 7 p.m. "Hurricane Harvey Relief Cabaret"
1867 Sanctuary 
101 Scotch Road Ewing
(609) 392-6409
Fri. 8 p.m. Kevin Nedig. $20
Sat. 8 p.m. Emily Barnes
Sun. Roger Verdi and Martha Locker
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. (7:30 p.m. front entrance/upstairs) "REJS Entertainment Presents" ShirazetteTinnin and Sonic Wallpaper, $25  (9 p.m. bar entrance) Suspended Justice
Sat. 9 p.m. After The Flood
Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke Night
The Cool Cricket
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro
(609) 291-9110
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Sat. 9 p.m. El Ka Bong
The HOB Tavern
146 Second Street Bordentown
(609) 291-7020
Fri. 9 p.m. DJ Entertainment
Sat. 9 p.m. Karaoke
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. Stereo 87
Sat. 10 p.m. DJ Darius
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
Mon. 9:30 p.m. "Lipstick Monday Drag Show"
Tues. 8 p.m. "Bearlesque In The Oak Room"
Wed. 7 p.m. Bob Egan
The Record Collector
358 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 324-0880
Fri. 8 p.m. Ed Goldberg & the Odessa Klezmer Band. All ages, Doors at 7:30 p.m., $12 (Advance) 
Sat. 8 p.m. The Gripweeds. All ages, Doors at 7:30 p.m., $12 (Advance)
The Roost 
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge
(609) 208-0050 
Fri. 9 p.m. Joe Vadala and Friends
sat. 9 p.m. Kindred Spirit
The Sticky Wicket 
2465 South Broad Street Hamilton
(609) 439-0007
Thurs. 9 p.m. "Throwback Thursday" w/ DJ Chillio
Sat. 9 p.m. The Drunk Monkeys
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke
The Sun National Bank Center 
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton
(609) 656-3200
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Tir Na Nog 
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton
(609) 392-2554
Fri. 9 p.m. The Successful Failures
Sat. 9 p.m. "Half Way To St. Patrick's Day" feat. Diarmuid MacSuibhne
Wed. 9 p.m. Paul Wiese
All shows  21+
Trenton Buzz
702 Pine Street Trenton
(609) 392-6000
Fri. 8 p.m. Live Band & Open Mic. 
Trenton Social
449 South Broad Street Trenton
(609) 989-7777
Thurs. 8 p.m. "Audio History of Funk and Soul" w/ Professor DJ Tangency
Mon. 9 p.m. Monday Night Karaoke w/ Benny P
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic. Night w/ Benny
Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, Pa. Location)
400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-8300
Fri. 10 p.m. Freekbass. $5 (cover charge)
Sat. 10 p.m. Colleen Ryan. $5 (cover charge)
Sun. 7 p.m. Open Stage Night (Sign ups at 6:30 p.m.)
All shows 21+ 
Wildflowers Inn
2572 Pennington Road Pennington
(609) 773-2392
Thurs. 8:30 p.m. Ernie White
Sat. 9 p.m. Acoustic Rock
Mon. 9 p.m. "Moonshine Mondays" Trivia
Ages 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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