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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites....9/21/17

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 09/21/2017

They call themselves, “Symphonic Metal” but Elantris vocalist Tom Ullom says that one must see the band to get, “The full effect of what they’re about.”

Currently on the road with a formidable line up which includes, EPICA, Lacuna Coil and Insomnium on, “The Ultimate Principle Tour,” the band is raring and ready to go and has been ever since they left their hometown of Lisbon, Ohio. “This tour is going great,” says Ullom. “We’re not used to going on a big tour like this, it’s a lot different. So far the crowds have been really receptive. We had a couple of issues early on where a few places opened their doors a bit late and that didn’t help but the shows still went great. All of the bands seem to be getting along even though there was some disarray at first with the logistics of it all but we’re all good now; I mean there are some of the people in the other bands that we’ve not met yet but that’s going to happen soon now that we’re getting used to what we need to do.”

Comprised of Ullom and female vocalist Lindsay Ketchum as well as Erik Liber (drums), John Dobosh (bass), Mark Liber (keys) and Garrett Chetock on guitar, the group has always been a solid rockin’ unit but they’ve not always been Elantris. “We used to be Blackthorne,” explained Ullom. “However as we discovered, there were a few other bands with the same name and before we encountered any legal issues we decided to change it. We re-released our old CD under the new name and so far it’s been doing pretty well.”

The re-released material was done on their own, as is the case with this current tour since at the time of this interview the band was still an unsigned commodity. Like all who perform, they want more but realize the importance of picking the right fit to help guide them and their career. “We’re playing two songs which are brand new and not yet recorded on this tour, kind of testing them out and so far the response has been pretty good. When the tour is over we are going to go back in the studio or at least continue to work on a new record; it could be an EP or a full length, we’re not sure. Our first one took a year and a half to complete and then people go and download or only want one song. We aren’t sure what route we want to go yet but we are also kind of glad that we’re independent. Producers are going to tell you how to do the record or at least how you should do it anyway but we’ve been kind of lucky, the ones that we’ve worked with haven’t and that’s because we go through our own label. We are not being held by some label or record company, we are in charge.”

Unfortunately, the closest the band will be coming to New Jersey are two consecutive dates, one in Philadelphia at the Trocadero Theatre and one in Manhattan at the Playstation Theater on September 28 and 29 respectfully. Ullom says that the fans coming to see them are in for a rockin’ good time no matter where they are seen. “As long as the stage is big enough, you’ll see all six of us,” he said with a laugh. “Expect a good energy show, a lot of crowd interaction and as I said earlier, you’ll get the full effect of who we are.”

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Oh and in case you’re wondering about the name, “Elantris,” it comes from the literary world. “Having time on the bus, a couple of our guys spend their time reading and someone had a book and that’s the title and they love the author’s work so we named the band after the novel.”

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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

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. Neil Podgurski Trio
Fri. 8 p.m. Bob Egan
Sat. 7:30 p.m. David Dales Trio
Sun. 6 p.m. Lorenzo
Mon. 6 p.m. Andy Prescott
Tues. 6 p.m. Lovey Williams
Wed. 6 p.m. CJ Steinway
Brickwall Tavern & Dining Room
19 E. Union Street Burlington
(609) 733-3562
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Shorty Rock
sat. 9 p.m. Troy Kaiser
Sun. 5 p.m. Charlie Stroup
Candlelight Lounge 
24 Passaic Street Trenton
(609) 695-9612
 Sat. 3 p.m. Duane Eubanks. $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. (5:30 p.m.) "The Finale" w/ DJ Brett Cash (Final appearance) (9 p.m.) Trivia w/ Jessie & 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. "Peaches" of Peaches and Herb: Patrice Hawthorne
Dadz Bar & Grill
744 Main Street Lumberton
(609) 267-4344
Thurs. 10 p.m. "Pong Tournament"
Fri. 10 p.m. The Drunk Monkeys
Sat. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Byrd
Sun. 4 p.m. Mr. Jones and Me
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. Sister Blue
Fri. (4 p.m.) "Happy Hour Jam" feat. Keli Vale & Nick Bucci (9 p.m.) Soul Fanatics
Sat. (11 a.m.) "Saturday Brunch" feat. Michael Leggerie (9 p.m.) The Mix
Sun. (11 a.m.) "Sunday Brunch" feat. Dick Gratton (4 p.m.) Brian Elliot
Wed. 8 p.m. J.T.
Freddies Tavern
12 Railroad Avenue Ewing
(609) 882-0978
Fri. 8 p.m. The Rich Scanella Group
Sat. 8 p.m. Paul Plumeri Blues Band
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
Havana New Hope
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA. 
(215) 862-9897
Thurs. 8 p.m. Big Sandy and His Fly Rite Boys. Doors at 6 p.m., $15
Fri.  (8:30 p.m.) John Waite / Jason Sinay. Doors at 6 p.m., $40 (11 p.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sat. (4 p.m.) School of Rock Presents: "The Police" (9:30 p.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sun. (1 p.m.) School of Rock Presents: "The Police" (6 p.m.) The JB Kline Blues Band
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
Hurricane Jacks Bar and Grill
7759 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(267) 914-4517
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paul Kircher
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula & Sam
Iron Plow Vineyards
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus
(732) 306-9111
Fri. 7 p.m. "Singer/Songwriter Series: Ladies Who Rock" feat, Jo Wymer, Sandy Zio, Kim Yarson
Ivy Tavern 
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton
(609) 888-1435
Fri. 9 p.m. Scrumper Joe
Sat. 9 p.m. Honey Spot Blvd.
All shows 21+
John & Peter's 
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-5981
Thurs. 9 p.m. "Comedy Night" Hosted by Mike Dialto
Fri. 9 p.m. Animal Masks
Sat. (3 p.m.) The Trip Dogs (9 p.m.) Sonic Blenders
Sun. (3 p.m.) "Miss Pumpkin's Drag Show Benefit" (9 p.m.) Augustus
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic.
Tues. 9 p.m. Something Is Happening
Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational
All shows 21+
Killarney's Publick House
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
(609) 586-1166
Sat. (4 p.m.) "Shipyard Chowder Fest 2017" feat. Radio Fiction
Laurita Winery
85 Archertown Road New Egypt
(609) 752-0200
Thurs. 7 p.m. Laurita Idol Fall Singing Showcase: "Idol Tryouts" 
Fri. 7 p.m. "Tequila Rose Dance Party" 
Sat. (10:30 a.m.) VinoVinyasa w/ Mettamade (1 p.m.) Gary Straga
Sun. 1 p.m. "Blessing Of The Grapes" / First Call
Wed. 6 p.m. Girls Night Out "Dance Night" 
Legends Pizza and Tap
318 High Street Burlington
(609) 386-3001
Sat. 7 p.m. Kim Yarson & Joey
Mamma Rosa's 
572 Klockner Road Hamilton 
(609) 588-5454
Thurs. 6 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Richard Schneider 
Sun. 6 p.m. Dick Gratton
Mercer County Park
1638 Old Trenton Road West Windsor
Fri. 5 p.m. "Mercer County Italian American Festival" feat. Paul Plumeri Blues Band (Main Stage)
Sun. 5 p.m. "Mercer County Italian American Festival" feat. (5 p.m.) Boss Radio AM Gold (Main Stage) (5:30 p.m.) No way Out (Second Stage)
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 Fridays" w/ DJ Favs. & MC Fredo Ages 21+
Sat. 10 p.m. Paint Box / Phantom Lords
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo hosted by Mike
Millhill Basement
300 S. Broad Street Trenton
(609) 989-1600
Sat. 9 p.m. Joy On Fire / The Mess
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. "Frontiers" A Tribute To the Music Of Journey. $30
Sat. 8 p.m. "CSN Songs" Celebrating the Music Of Crosby Stills Nash & Young. $30
Nook's PourHouse
2043 Route 130 South Florence
(609) 447-0927
Thurs. 8 p.m. Karaoke 
Fri. 9 p.m. Class A Kings
Sat. 9 p.m. Out Of The Red
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
Sat. 9 p.m. Einstein Bridge
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 +
Pete's Steak House
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton
(609) 585-8008
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Kindred Spirit
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Ernie White & Tom Reock
Princeton Arts Council "Cafe Improv"
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton
(609) 924-8777
Sat. 7 p.m. Avi Wisnia. All ages, $2
Randy Now's Man Cave
134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 424-3766
Thurs. 6 p.m. "Moonlight Market" feat. Black Cat Habitat
Sat. 8 p.m. Freedy Johnston. All ages, $15
Sun. 12 p.m. "Randy Now's 61 Birthday Party" feat. Frank Pinto & Rich Ziegler. All ages, Free Food.
Salt Creek Grille
1 Rockingham Row Princeton
(609) 419-4200
Fri. 8 p.m. Paul Plumeri Blues Band
Sat. 8 p.m. Timothy Brent
Small World Coffee
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
(609) 924-4377 x2
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Darla Rich Trio
1867 Sanctuary 
101 Scotch Road Ewing
(609) 392-6409
Fri. 7 p.m. Open Mic. (Free Admission)
Sat. 8 p.m. Ken Bonfield. $20
Sun. 7:30 p.m. David Cullen. $20
Tara's Tavern 
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown
(609) 286-2300
Fri. 10 p.m. Penque Diomede Band
Sat. 10 p.m. El Ka Bong
Tavern On The Lake
101 Main Street Hightstown
(609) 426-9345
Fri. 9 p.m. Kick Back
Sat. 9 p.m. Sleeping Dogs Lie
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. Undecided
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. Paper Shakers
Sat. 10 p.m. The Polish Nannies
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
Tues. 8 p.m. "Bearlesque In The Oak Room"
Wed. 7 p.m. Dena Underwood
The Record Collector
358 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 324-0880
Fri. 8 p.m. Hymn For Her / April Mae & The June Bugs. All ages, Doors at 7:30 p.m., $12 (Advance)
Sun. 8 p.m. Wishbone Ash. All ages, Doors at 7:30 p.m., $35 (Advance)
The Roost 
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge
(609) 208-0050 
Fri. 9 p.m. ArHouse
sat. 9 p.m. Sideways Willy
The Sticky Wicket 
2465 South Broad Street Hamilton
(609) 439-0007
Thurs. 9 p.m. "Throwback Thursday" w/ DJ Chillio
Fri. 9 p.m. Smoked Ice
Sat. 9 p.m. J. Spirit Walker
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke
The Sun National Bank Center 
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton
(609) 656-3200
Check website for upcoming events
The Sycamore Grill
225 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA
(215) 968-6326
Fri. 8 p.m. The Dadz
Tir Na Nog 
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton
(609) 392-2554
Fri. 9 p.m. Seamus Kelleher
Sat. 9 p.m. The Williamsboy
Tues. (7 p.m.) "One More Rockin' Happy Hour" Hosted by Danny Coleman feat. Gypsy Mother Duo. (9 p.m.) Open Mic. Hosted by Jerry Monk
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. Fletcher's Grove. $5 (cover charge)
Sat. 10 p.m. Brighton Beat. $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 Night
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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