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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...9/21/23


By Danny Coleman


originally published: 09/21/2023


Rock On! This Week"I did an acoustic thing and I won last year and the year before that I won the "Album Of The Year" in the blues category. So, we've been blessed to be in the running six or eight times and we've won two of them and hopefully this will put us in the ball game for a nomination if not a win," states best described as legendary blues man Bobby Rush as he discusses his new album, "All My Love For You," how he got interested in blues music and more.  

Rush, born Emmett Ellis Jr and who will be 90 years of age come this November, has been a blues enthusiast and performer from a very young age and over the course of his celebrated lifetime has won two Grammy Awards, 14 Blues Music Awards, been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and has had roles and cameo appearances in multiple motion pictures. 

Born in Homer/haynesville, Louisiana, Rush developed his interest in blues music more from curiosity than almost anything else. 

"Let me take you way back to when I was about eight or nine years old," he began with a warning and an infectious laugh. "My daddy was a preacher and a pastor of a church and my cousin gave me a guitar and I hid it because I didn't want my daddy to know that I had a guitar because simply, I was afraid my dad was gonna want me to play gospel in the church. So, I hid the guitar because I wanted to play the blues man! One day he said, "Junior, bring that guitar here boy," I brought the guitar to him and he said, "Let me play a little song that I used to play for a little girl when I was a little bit older than you." Well, I thought he was gonna sing about my mother or "Glory, glory hallelujah, when I laid my burden down;" he didn't sing about my mother, he didn't sing "Glory, glory hallelujah," he sang, "Me and my girl with the Chunky Pin on, she fell down and I saw somethin'" and I said, man, Daddy! In my little mind, I wanted to know the next verse; if she fell down and he saw somethin', I wanted to know what he saw and I couldn't ask my daddy what is was. So, I went and got me a pencil and paper because I figured if my daddy couldn't tell it to me, he could draw it and tell me what he saw. So, he went to sing it again and my mother said, "Ahem, don't sing that song to that boy" and he went to sing it again and he said, "Me and my girl with the Chunky Pin on, she fell down and I saw somethin'" and I knew right then that I wanted to sing the blues. I wanted to sing the kind of song that would dare to be talked about, what I saw, how I saw it, how small it was, how big it was, how pretty it was and how it looked and the whole bit. I wanted to tell that story; that's a dirty story but I wanted to tell it, that's the way I am. I knew that I wanted to be a blues singer at that age and that got me started; I was curious." 

Most people age and begin a slow ride into the sunset but not Bobby Rush. Still full of vim and vigor, still matter of fact, still funny and very willing to get back out on the road; he has taken the plunge and released "All My Love For You" proving he is still viable, enjoying himself and in the process; exposing the real Bobby Rush.



 
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"All My Love For You," one thing different about this album is that you've got different directions in this album; it's one good thing about this album. I've got three or four hats that I wear in this album. I've been wearing these kind of hats all of my life; you hear the blues in me, the gospel in me, you hear the fun in me, the comedy in me and you have the entertainer in me and not just a singer, not just a harp player; you have all of these elements that are in Bobby Rush.The first song says, "We come a long way but we've got  a long way to go. The things I used to do in Louisiana I don't do anymore. I used to carry water fifteen miles for fifty cents a day, it's a shame a boy nine years old had to work so hard everyday. I used to pick cotton in the cotton field where I used to live, now I'm still pickin' cotton but I want a piece of the field. So, take a look at me, you can see I'm free. I've got the shackles off my feet and the chains off my mind." That means, this is a new day, I don't have a beef with anyone about how I've been treated or the position I'm in because most of the positions I'm in are because I didn't know how to keep myself out of the positions I got in. I'm not talking that I endorse everything that has ever happened to me right or wrong; the ups and downs but the thing about it is, if you get yourself up from the fall and dust yourself off and keep going; if I can make it, you can too. Just get up, that's life, don't fall down and stay there and wallow, get off your knees and do something." 

"You're Gonna Need A Man Like Me" is one of three new singles we've released from the album," he continued. "I'm talking about a woman who wants to put me down for a useful man; I'm not gonna call him a younger man but a useful man but she's gonna need an old man like me, you just watch and see (laughs). One of these days, you're gonna find out baby, what you had, you needed all of the time; it's right there up under your nose. Part of this was written from experience and part was what I wish and hope for (laughs). Experience, life, you're gonna need a good man like me; everybody needs a man but a good man is hard to come by. I say that in a joking fashion but a woman can need a good man like me but a man can need a good woman in the same way."

Sage advice from someone who has had his share of the aforementioned "Ups and downs" and who has persevered for more decades than many have lived but he realizes that in order to maintain longevity, one must adapt and perhaps change with the times. A large portion of blues music revolves around lyrical content and with songs such as the tongue in cheek "TV Mama," which speaks of a certain woman's, umm, shall we say girth? Bobby maintains and shows us his sense of humor and his way of looking at lyrical content is pure gold.

"You've got to modify your lyrics and talk about the things that people relate to the most today. You have to think about what people wear, where they go to school, what they think and what they've been taught, who they've been taught by and what are their surroundings. You've got to write about their surroundings; today's surroundings. People talk about different things in a different way but it's all the same thing. When you go to the grocery store; what do you do? You buy eggs, milk, chicken, hog, pig, cow and you fix it a different way but it's all the same thing. You fix your rice 20 different ways, your steak 20 different ways but it's all the same. I remember going to the bathroom when I was a kid and as a poor family, we didn't have electric lights and we had to go outside to the toilet, it looked bad, it smelled bad. Now I've got nine bathrooms in my house that look good and they smell good but you do the same thing in them; that hasn't changed (laughs). When I write my lyrics, I talk about the same thing that my grandfather and the old people talked about; there's nothing new in the song but now you talk about the same thing but with a different approach, it's the same thing. When your grand-daddy was going with your grandmother, they did the same thing we did when we were first married or with our girlfriend or whatever. Now, your children do the same thing with a different approach; it ain't no different than loving and making love (laughs)." 

Safe to say, the list of 89 year old musicians making records is not a very long one. Now that it is out, what are his plans to support the record, did he use certain musicians in the studio and will he be using them if and when he performs? 

"There's no band involved with me personally, I had different musicians on the sessions and they did the songs with my direction. I've mapped this out myself the way I wanted to go. I had a hip-hop player from Jackson, Mississippi who was also the engineer on the record and he was a great help to me, he had the respect for me where he said, "OK, do what you're gonna do" and his name was Dexter Allen and the only input that he had was not giving me any input. So, by him not having any input, that meant that I had to come up with all of the inputs (laughs) and so far so good but at least he respects me enough that if there was something that wasn't right he would've said something." 

"I'm going to tour and support it and I'm working on some things that I can't talk about too much. I'm hoping to do some things with Kenny Wayne Shepherd, there are a few other people who I can't name right now and we're talking about negotiating some things and they like what I'm doing and what I'm bringing to the table but at least I'm coming to the table even if some kissing butt is on my turn (laughs). I'm laughing about that but there's so much truth in that. You've got to be careful about who you meet, how you treat them and who you walk by because the same people you meet on the way up, you meet on their way back down." 

To discover more about Bobby Rush, his amazing career and the new album, please visit https://www.bobbyrushbluesman.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


Al's Airport Inn
636 Bear Tavern Road West Trenton
(609) 883-5252 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Redbird
Sat. (12 p.m.) Acoustic Brunch w/ Jerry Monk (5 p.m.) (TBA)
Sun. 12 p.m. Sunday Acoustic Brunch 
Mon. 5 p.m. Jessica DiDonato
Tues. 7 p.m. Brian Elliot
Wed. (4 p.m.) LGBTQ Happy Hour (7 p.m.) Jessica DiDonato
Aristaeus Brewing
2475C Big Oak Road Langhorne, PA 
(215) 757-2337
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Fri. 4 p.m. Oktoberfest feat. Bill Thomas
Arm & Hammer Park
1 Thunder Road Trenton 
(609) 394-3300
Sat. 12 p.m. RiverFest 2023 feat. Live Music, beer, food games, activities, Case's Porkroll eating contest.
  
Arts Council of Princeton 
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
(609) 924-8777 
Fri. 4 p.m. Film Screening and Artist Talk: Chantel Comardelle & Dennis Davis of "Knowledge Is Power" 
Sat. 7 p.m. Cafe Improv. $2
Sun. 2 p.m. Mask Making Workshop: Day of the Dead Folk Arts
Tues. 6:30 p.m. Bob Jenkins: In His Own Words
Wed. 7 p.m. Nichos Workshop: Day of the Dead Folk Arts / Inktober Draw-Along w/ Barbara DiLorenzo
Ashlynn Distillery 
32 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Cecil & Carl
Fri. 4 p.m. Puptails & Cocktails Yappy Hour
Sat. (1 p.m.) Paws On The Canal (7 p.m.) Alex Otey
Sun. 3 p.m. Dueling Pianos
Bahama Breeze 
3535 U.S. Highway 1 Princeton
(609) 799-3808
Sat. 6 p.m. Zig
Bill's Olde Tavern
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton
(609) 586-0192
Thus. 7 p.m. Line Dancing
Fri. 7 p.m. Honey Spot Blvd
Sat. 7 p.m. Unleashed
Mon. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Tues. 8 p.m. / Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke 
Ages 21+
Bit-hin' Kitten Brewery
58-B East Bridge Street Morrisville, PA
(267) 799-5348
Sun. 4 p.m. Michael Trycieckyj
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo
Blue Bottle Cafe
101 East Broad Street Hopewell
(609) 333-1710
Wed. 6 p.m. Brian Elliot
Bordentown City
Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
Fri. 7 p.m. "Frightening Fridays!" Haunted History Tours. $20
Sat. 12 p.m. Bordentown Walking Tours. $20 
Boro Bean 
9 East Broad Street Hopewell 
(609) 466-6681 
Sat./Sun. 11 a.m. John Abbott 
Bowman's Tavern 
1600 River Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 862-2972
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Matt Gordeuk Trio
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) Bob Egan 
Sat. 7 p.m. Dave Dales Trio
Sun. (12 p.m.) Bill Avayou (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Wed. 6 p.m. Liz DuFour
Broken Goblet Brewing
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 812-5653
Thurs. 7 p.m.  Mike Estabrook
Fri. 8:45 p.m. The Launch. $5
Sat. 8 p.m. Dave Cudrak
Sun. 11 a.m. Sunday Brunch 
Tues. 7 p.m. Cornhole ($20 buy-in)
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Righteous Jolly
Bucks County Brewery and Hewn Spirits 
31 Appletree Lane Pipersville, PA
(215) 766-7711
Fri. 5:30 p.m. The Overtones
Sat. 5:30 p.m. D-Town Outliers
Sun. 2 p.m. Greg McGarvey  
Bucks On Bridge
25 Bridge Street Lambertville
(609) 483-2615
Tues. 5 p.m. Chess Night
Wed. 6 p.m. Trivia
Burlington Riverfront Promenade
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. "Cruizin on the River" Car Show
Candlelight Lounge 
24 Passaic Street Trenton  
(609) 695-9612 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam. $5
Catch A Rising Star (Hyatt Regency Princeton) 
102 Carnagie Center Princeton
(781) 568-1471
Fri. 8 p.m. Vince August, John Bramnick. $26.50, Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Vince August. $26.50, Doors open at 7 p.m.  
Cazz's Sports Bar 'N' Grille
1560 Haines Road Levittown, PA 
(267) 580-5469 
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paul 
City Streets
510 Highway 130 South East Windsor
(609) 426-9400
Sat. 9 p.m. Comedy Show Night. (Seating starts at 8 p.m.) 
Club Atlantis
1858 Street Road Bensalem, PA 
(215) 944-1777 
Sat. 9 p.m. DJ Robbie Tronco 
All Events Ages 21+ and Dress to Impress
Clubhouse at Mountain View (The Patio)
850 Bear Tavern Road Ewing 
(609) 538-0808
Thurs. 7 p.m. Karaoke
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Unleashed
Cooper's Riverview                                                                     
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
(609) 393-7300 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Kindred Spirit
Fri. 8 p.m. Se7en
Sat. 8 p.m. Big Whiskey
Sun. (10 a.m.) Sunday "Jazz" Brunch w/ Victor Tarassov. $22.95 (Includes 2 Mimosas) $34.95 (Adults, kids ages 6-12 $14.95, kids under age 5 FREE)  
Cream Ridge Winery
145 Route 539 Cream Ridge 
(609) 259-9797 
Sat. 6:30 p.m. "Wine For Wrinkles" $35 (SOLD OUT check for availability)  
Crossing Vineyard and Winery
1853 Wrightstown Road Washington Crossing, PA
(215) 493-6500 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Pairing Wine, Cheese and Charcuterie. $40
Sat. 2 p.m. Kim & Chuck
Sun. 2 p.m. Bill Thomas  
Cross Pollination Gallery
2 North Union Street Lambertville 
(609) 213-6734
Fri. 5 p.m. "Friday Happy Hour." (Talk art, wine and musicians who bring instruments)
Curran’s Irish Inn
1909 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
(215) 245-1800
Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo 
Fri. 8 p.m. Joey De Noble
Sat. 8 p.m. Danny Lynch
Mon. 7:30 p.m. Quizzo
Dacey's Pub 
215 West Philadelphia Avenue Morrisville, PA
(215) 295-4838
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Acoustic Music Night 
Wed. 8 p.m. Quizzo                                                                                                                                                        
Dadz Bar and Grill 
744 Main Street Lumberton
(609)267-4344
Thurs. 7 p.m. Open Mic w/ Jimmy Mannix
Fri. 7 p.m. Whiskey Grin
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic
Dharma Bums 
4935 River Road New Hope, PA
(215) 663-2867
Thurs. 8 p.m. An Evening of The Blues w/ Joe & Frank
Fri. 8 p.m. Garcia & Grisman Tribute w/ "Morrow & Ford"
Sat. 8 p.m. The Reality Check Experiment
Sun. 4 p.m. Drum Circle Hosted by RasMkyl The Rootsetter and Christopher Purtle
Wed. 5:30 p.m. Yoga
  
Eddington House Bensalem
2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA 
(215) 639-1220 
Fri. (5 p.m.) Dave Beck (8:30 p.m.) Zone
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Plush 
Mon. 5:30 p.m. "Family Fun Night" w/ Amazing Balloon Creations by Kelsi-Joe
Escape Resort, Restaurant & Bar 
120 Pheasant Run Road Newtown, PA 
Tues. 5 p.m. Karaoke
Flying Pig Tavern & Tap 
167 US-Route 130 North Bordentown 
(609) 899-7447
Thurs. 6 p.m. Cigar Night w/ Music by Monk & Monk
Fri. 9 p.m. Hearing Voices
Sat. 9 p.m. Sunrise Cries
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia
Founding Father's Sports Bar & Grill 
2900 Street Road Bensalem, PA 
(215) 923-1100
Fri. 6 p.m. Bob Pantano Dance Party w/ DJ Joe Castro
Friendly's 
1031 Washington Boulevard Robbinsville 
(609) 426-9203 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Cruise Night 
Wed. 6 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Kevin McGowan and/or Gino Formaroli (Sign-ups begin at 5:30 p.m.)  
German American Society 
215 Uncle Pete's Road Hamilton 
(609) 585-5200
Fri. 6 p.m. Oktoberfest feat. '80s Undercover. $10
Sat. 12 p.m. Oktoberfest feat. Philly German Brass Band, The Aqua String Band, The Ruckus. $10
Sun. 12 p.m. Oktoberfest feat. Don Bitterlich, GTV Almrausch, Mountain Xpress. $10
Gleason's Bar
6700 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA
(215) 943-4781 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo / “Ladies Night” Hosted by Best Choice Productions 
Fri. (6 p.m.) "Happy Hour" (8 p.m.) Little Sister
Sat. 7 p.m. Ray Palmer
Tues. 6:30 p.m. Trivia Night Hosted by Best Choice Productions
Grover's Mill Coffee House 
Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction   
(609) 716-8771  
Thurs. 6 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Wade Prestridge
Halo Pub
4617 Nottingham Way Hamilton Square 
(609) 586-1811  
Sat. 7 p.m. The Skyline Trio
Halo Pub (Fete) 
9 Hullfish Street Princeton 
(609) 921-1710 
Sat. 6 p.m. The Sim Cain Trio 
Hamilton Tap & Grill
557 US Route 130 North Hamilton 
(609) 905-0925
Sat. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia
Happy Apple Inn 
29 Imlaystown Road Cream Ridge
(609) 259-7889
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Macallan Scotch Tasting. $125, $225 (Includes tastings and choice of three entries)
Havana New Hope
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA.
(215) 862-9897
Thurs. 7 p.m. Funk & Blues Jam Hosted by The Slidewinder Blues Band
Fri. ( 8 p.m.) Van Halen Tribute w/ Romeo Delight. $2 (11 p.m. ) DJ Dance Party 
Sat. (8:30 p.m.) Stax (11:59 p.m.) DJ Dance Party 
Sun. 6 p.m. Van Morrison Tribute w/ "Tupelo Honey" $30
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Dwayne
Tues. 7 p.m. Jillian Ashcroft Jazz Quartet 
Wed. 7 p.m. Jumper Duo
Hightstown Porchfest 
All Over Hightstown Main Street Area
Sat. (12 p.m.) Hackers Anonymous (12:45 p.m.) School of Rock ((1:30 p.m.) Kristin Purdy (2:30 p.m.) Radio Road (3:15 p.m.) The Woe Nellies (4 p.m.) Puppy Grease (4:45 p.m.) Charles Laurita & The Mischief (5:30 p.m.) Stay Tuned
Hopewell Boro Park 
Columbia Avenue at Greenwood Avenue Hopewell Borough
Fri. 6 p.m. Hopewell Harvest Fair Harvest Moon Concert feat. Castle lane. (FREE event takes place at Hopewell Borough Gazebo) 
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington 
(609) 737-4465 
Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5:30 p.m.) Catmoondaddy
Sat. (9 a.m.) WWFM Fransisco (1 p.m.) Modrn Rewind (5:30 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. Winery Catz
Sun. (2:30 p.m.) "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Hopewell Valley Vineyards Jazz Ensemble. (6:30 p.m.) Mark, Sherma & Gang Jazz Show
Hurricane Jacks Bar and Grill
7759 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(267) 914-4517
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Music Bingo w/ DJ John W. 
Fri. (6 p.m.) Eve Still (9 p.m.) Brian Elliot
Sat. 9 p.m. Tailspin
Mon. 7 p.m. Motown Mondays w/ rotating DJs BeeNice, Rawskillz, JusGroove
Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Tuesday w/ Rick Pine
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic w/ Laura Fiocco
Il Portico Restorante Italiano 
273 West Route 130 South Burlington
(609) 239-1000 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Jazz Night
Fri. / Sat. 7 p.m. Live Music w/ Tony O
Irish Rover Station House 
1033 South Bellevue Avenue Langhorne, PA 
(215) 970-5412 
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo Night
Iron Plow Vineyards
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus 
(732) 306-9111 
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Timeless Duo
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Charlie Horse
Sun. 2 p.m. Bob O & Kim
Iron Plow Vineyards Tasting Room
61 High Street Mt. Holly 
(732) 306-9111
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Edgar
John & Peter's
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa 
(215) 862-5981 
Thurs. 9 p.m. Dan Spencer
Fri. 9 p.m. Vin Bru & The Long Branch Davidians
Sat. 9 p.m. Jacob Tremont, Unwelcomed, Giji, Emerson Woolf, Ms. Honey. $10 (Suggested donation), doors open at 8 p.m.
Sun. 9 p.m. Turtle Logic
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic Comedy Night w/ Mike Dialto feat. (Sign-ups start at 8 p.m.) 
Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational
All shows 21+
Killarney's Publick House
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
(609) 586-1166 
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Ladies Night w/ Lasting Linx / Kenny Dubman Duo
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Tom Vincent (9 p.m.) DJ Dan
Sat. (10 a.m.) Brunch (10 p.m.) DJ BayNice
Sun. 10 a.m."Sunday Funday" Brunch 
King George Inn 
102 Radcliffe Street Bristol, PA
(215) 788-5536 
Sun. 6 p.m. Joe (Solo of Joe & Krista) (Takes place in the gazebo/patio behind the inn on waterfront)
La Cena Ristorante
2233 Galloway Road Bensalem, PA
(215) 639-9969
Wed. 6 p.m. Joe Plush & Friends
Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn 
11 Bridge Street Lambertville 
(609) 397-8300 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Bourbon and Cigar Night. $195 (Includes Bourbon tasting, cigars, buffet dinner, cocktails)                                                                                                                                                                       
Laurita Winery 
85 Archertown Road New Egypt 
(609) 752-0200 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Sangria, Sliders and Song feat. Music by Gary Phillips. (FREE evnt)
Sat. 10 a.m. "Run The Vineyards 5K" $45 (Advance, pick-up numbers at 8:15 a.m.) 
Lillipies Bakery
30 North Harrison Street Princeton 
(609) 423-2100  
Sat. 10 a.m. Storytime with Jeff  
Locust Hall at Johnson's Farm
2691 Monmouth Road Jobstow 
(609) 723-2630  
Sat./Sun. 11:30 a.m. Sunflower September Festival
Magikava
87a South Main Street New Hope, PA 
(215) 862-2739 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Astrology Readings by Riss Cottrill 
Mon. 6 p.m. Magik "Art Mondays" 
Wed. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night hosted by Fayema  
Makefield Highlands Golf Club
1418 Woodside Road Yardley, PA 
(215) 321-7000 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Jack Furlong  
Fri. 6 p.m. Nuvo Brothers
Marcello's Coal Fired Restaurant/Pizza/Bordentown
206 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 298-8360
Wed. 7 p.m. Sunflower Wine Glass Paint, Sip & Eat.
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 949-9570 
Sat. 9 p.m. Pixie Twist
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night
Mercer County Hopewell Valley Golf Club
114 Pennington Hopewell Road Hopewell 
Sat. 6 p.m. Oktoberfest Celebration feat. Beer, Live Music, Food. $20 (Advance, includes entry and one plate of food)
More Than Q 
13 Klines Court Lambertville  
(609) 773-0072  
Sat. 2 p.m. Lisa Bouchelle
Sun. 1 p.m. Big Frank and Mike Smith
Music Mountain Theater
1483 Route 179 Lambertville
(609)397-3337
Fri. 8 p.m. "Sunset Boulevard"
Sat. 3 p.m./ 8 p.m. "Sunset Boulevard"
Sun. 3 p.m. "Sunset Boulevard"
Naked Brewing Company 
212 Mill Street Bristol, PA 
(267) 544-7129
Thurs.6:30 p.m. Dana Collins Project 
Fri.  7 p.m. Cara Cartney
Sat. 7 p.m. Low Totem 
Sun. 11 a.m. Weekend Brunch w/ (12 p.m.)  Joe & Krista / Mike & Shanna
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company 
909 Ray Avenue Croydon, PA 
(215) 458-7081
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia Night 
Sun. 12 p.m. Sip 'N' Spin w/ Magdalena & Vincent from Boro Records / Blues Bootcamp and Brews
New Egypt Flea Market Village 
933 Monmouth County Road Cream Ridge 
(609) 758-2082
Sun. 8 a.m. Flea Market 
Wed. 8 a.m. Flea Market
Newtown Athletic Club 
120 Pheasant Run Newtown, PA 
(215) 968-0600 
Sat. 1 p.m. Christine Englehardt Memorial Community Fair 2023  
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8609 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "Marvel" Trivia 
Sat. 6 p.m. Fly On The Wall
Wed. 4 p.m. Open Mic Night
Nick's Roast Beef
4501 Woodhaven Road West Philadelphia, PA 
(215) 637-515
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Fri. 9 p.m. EarCandy
Sat. 9 p.m. BoneHead
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke

NJWeedman's Dispensary
322 East State Street Trenton
(609) 437-0898
Thurs. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Nomad Distilling Company
20 South Main Street New Hope, PA
Sun. 10 a.m. Brunch
Nottingham Tavern 
9 Mercer Street Hamilton Square 
(609) 587-6623
Thurs. 9:30 pm. Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis 
Sat. 9:30 p.m. '80s Undercover
Ages 21+   
O'Fowley's Tavern & Grill 
200 State Road Croydon, PA 
(215) 785-6998 
Fri. 6 p.m. J'MO
Mon. 7 p.m. Music Bingo Hosted by Best Choice Productions w/ DJ John S 
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo
Old Hights Brewing 
123 West Ward Street Hightstown 
(609) 469-5976 
Sat. (1 p.m.) Fall Market (6 p.m.) Porchfest Finale w/ Don Trent Trio  
Old Town Pub
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown 
(609) 291-9232
Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia
Sun. 10 a.m. Brunch
Tues. 6 p.m. Taco Tuesday w/ Radio Fiction 
Palmer Square 
40 Nassau Street Princeton 
Sat. 12 p.m. Fall Music Series feat. PB2  
Pasquale's Sports Bar 
9078 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA 
(267) 202-6268 
Thurs. 9 p.m. Beer Pong
Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke
Patriots Crossing 
1339 River Road Titusville 
(609) 737-2780
Thurs. 8 p.m. Ladies Night  
Sat. 8 p.m. Diane & Joe
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo"
Princeton Country Club
1-Wheeler Way West Windsor
(609) 452-9382 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Karaoke Night w/ Live DJ
Fri. 5 p.m. Happy Hour w/ DJ Xtra
Sun. 11 a.m. Jazz Brunch
 
Princeton Makes 
301 North Harrison Street Princeton 
Sat. 10:30 a.m. "A Fluid Art Experience" w/ Adriana Groza  
Princeton Public Library (Hinds Plaza)
65 Witherspoon Street Princeton  
(609) 924-9529 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Yiyun Li & Lynn Steger Strong Wednesday's Child
Fri. 7 p.m. Dancing Under The Stars
Puss N Boots Tavern
942 Trenton Road Fairless Hills, PA
Fri. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
Randy Now's Man Cave
119 West Ward Street Hightstown 
(609) 424-3766
Sat. 7:30 p.m. The Peace Creeps, Reeder Station. $20, doors open at 7 p.m. 
Recklesstown Farm Distillery
2800 Route 206 North Columbus
(609) 784-8046 
Sat. 7 p.m. Ant Cannuli
Ristorante LUCCA & Piano Lounge 
144 US Route 130 Bordentown 
(609) 262-0110
Thurs. 7 p.m. Jazz Night feat. Dave Stahl & The Dean Schneider Trio
River Horse Brewing Company
2 Graphics Drive Ewing
(609) 883-0890
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Snap Dragons  
River House at Odette’s 
274 South Rive Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 682-2022 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Gina Corso
Fri. 7 Carole Lynn Duo
Sat. 7 p.m. Bob Egan
Sun. 11:30 a.m. Brunch w/ Dave Dales Duo
Wed. 7 p.m. (TBA)
 
Rose Bank Winery 
258 Durham Road Newtown, PA  
(215) 860-5899
Sat. 2 p.m. "Tastings & Tunes in the Buckman Barn"  
Rosedale Mills 
101 Route 31 North Pennington 
(609) 737-2008 
Sat. 10 a.m. Pennington Farmers Market w/ Music by Just Jeff  
Rossi's Bar & Grill
2110 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
(609) 890-2004 
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Marc Hoffman or Ernie White
Sat. 11 a.m. Brunch
Sun. 11 a.m. Brunch 
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics
Sandy's Beef & Ale
2028 E. Old Lincoln Highway Langhorne, PA
(2670 852-2333
Thurs. 8 p.m. Quizzo  
Mon. 7 p.m. Music Bingo  
Screamin' Hill Brewery 
83 Emleys Hill Road Cream Ridge 
(609) 401-2025
Sat. 2 p.m. Chet & Ari
Second Sin Brewing Company
1500 Grundy Lane Bristol, P
(267) 812-5251
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Shady Brook Farm 
931 Stony Hill Road Yardley, PA 
(215) 968-1670 
Fri. 4 p.m. Fall Festival
Sat. (11 a.m.) Fall Festival /"Party On The Patio" feat. (2 p.m.) Idle Woodsman (6 p.m.) The Needful
Sun. 11 a.m. Fall Festival
Slim's Irish Pub 
2195 Galloway Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 332-0047
Mon. 6 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Cecil 
Wed. 6 p.m. Karaoke Contest
Small World Coffee 
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
(609) 924-4377 x2 
Sat. 7 p.m. Rainbow Fresh
Sparky World-Famous Beer Garden
4333 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 943-2321 
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Dana
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Family Affair
Sun. 9 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Cara Cartney
Mon. 9 p.m. Game Night Hosted by Kid Dalton 
Tues. 7 p.m. Johnny Betz 
Wed. 8 p.m. Tim Hendrix & Jake
Stars & Stripes Harley Davidson
600 South Flowers Mill Road Langhorne, PA 
(215) 752-9400 
Sat./Sun. 11 a.m. Customer Appreciation Weekend feat. Crash Gordon & Debra Dynamite. (FREE lunch, beer prizes and more)
Steam Pub 
606 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA 
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Menace Cartel
Sat. 10:30 p.m. Country Night w/ "Let's Ride"
1675 at The Ridges
4666 East Bristol Road Trevose, PA
(215) 876-6868
Fri. 7 p.m. Diane & Joe
Sat. 7 p.m. Bill Thomas
1675 Spirits 
2685 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
(215) 645-1445
Fri. 6 p.m.  John & John
Tara's Tavern 
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown 
(609) 286-2300 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Ken Dubman
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Zack Trucksess  
Tavern On The Lake 
101 Main Street Hightstown 
(609) 426-9345  
Fri. 8 p.m. Tavern & Tiaras "Queens of Pop" Drag Show (Upstairs) 
Tues. 6 p.m. Trivia 
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke 
 
Temperance House
5 South State Street Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8050
Thurs. 7 p.m. Steve Guyger and Filthy Rich 
Fri. 7 p.m. Bad Hombres Duo
Mon. 7 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Neville Esquire
Tues. 7 p.m. Beginner Line Dance Lessons w/ Jeremy Line Dance. $40/4 Weeks 
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Cara Cartney
TGI Fridays 
780 Route 130 South Hamilton
(609) 581-6910 
Sun. 9 p.m. Trivia Game Night / SIN Sundays  
TGI Fridays
2703 Mount Holly Road Suite 3 Washington Twp.
(609) 239-486 
Thurs. 7 p.m.  Trivia  
TGI Fridays
3535 U.S. Route 1 North #275 Princeton
(609) 520-0378
Thurs. 8 p.m. Trivia Night 
The Birdhouse Center For The Arts
7 North Main Street Lambertville
(215) 681-4660
Thurs. 8 p.m. "SOS: Sing Off Stress" Fall Sessions
Tues. 7:30 p.m. NJNO the "not just nyckelharpa orchestra" Community Orchestra
The Bog (Cranbury Golf Club)
49 Southfield Road West Windsor
(609) 799-0341 
Sat. 7 p.m. TBone Jam Band
The Buck Hotel 
1200 Buck Road Feasterville, PA 
(215) 396-2002 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Kirko
Fri. 8 p.m. Love Junk 
Sat. (11 a.m.) Brunch (9 p.m.) '80s Revolution
Tues. 7 p.m. Danny Lynch Duo
The Cool Cricket
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro
(609) 291-9110
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Dave Curtis
Sat. 9 p.m. Whiskey Grin  
The Dubliner
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA 
(215) 693-1816
Fri. 7 p.m. JB Rocks
Sat. 7 p.m. Abe Ovadia Jazz Trio
Sun. 3 p.m. "Traditional Irish Session" 
The Federal Twist Vineyard 
8 Federal Twist Road Stockton
(609) 773-6066 
Sat. 11 a.m. Wine & Yoga 
Sun. 2 p.m. Mark Margolies Band. $5 (Ages 20 and under FREE)
The Five Four Bar & Grill
8919 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 547-5525
Thurs. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula and Sam 
Fri. 9 p.m. Well Strung
Sat. 9 p.m. SpareParts
Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo w/ Jonathan Appel
The HOB Tavern 
146 Second Street Bordentown
(609) 291-7020 
Wed. 7 p.m. Bad Hombres
The Irish Horne Bar & Restaurant
882 2nd Street Pike Richboro, PA 
(215) 942-4000 
Sat. 7 p.m. Aaron Quarterman
The Ivy Inn
248 Nassau Street Princeton
(609) 921-8555
Thurs. (7 p.m.) Bingo (10 p.m.) Karaoke w/ Trey Brown
Fri. 9:30 p.m. DJ Bockman
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Guy Smiley or DJ Ty
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv 
Wed. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ Trey Brown  
The Morrisville Tavern 
376 West Trenton Avenue Morrisville, PA
(215) 295-5310
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Fri. 8 p.m. Mojo Channel
Sat. 8 p.m. Luke Disangro
Sun. 3:30 p.m. Music Bingo
Mon. 7 p.m. Karaoke
Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo
Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia Night 
The Newtown Theatre
120 North State Street Newtown, PA
(215) 968-3859
Fri. 8 p.m. "Mysterious Ways" The U2 Experience
The Penguin Rocks (24 Hour On-Demand Music/Radio)
www.thepenguinrocks.com 
Mon. -  Fri. "Radio Jersey" Hosted by Lee Mrowicki 
Sun. - Sat. "Classic Jersey" Hosted by Gary Wien
Sun. - Sat. "Beyond The Palace" Hosted by Lee Mrowicki 
Sun. - Sat. "Danny Coleman's Rock On Radio" feat. Chris Plunkett and Bobby Boyd
Sun. - Sat. "From The Basement" Hosted by Mike Marrone
Sun. - Sat. "Deuce Radio" Hosted by Matt Barker
Sun. - Sat. "Altrok Radio" Hosted by Sean Carolan
Sun. - Sat. "Lighty's Corner" Hosted by Gary Wien 
Sun. - Sat. "The Troubador Show" Hosted by John Godfrey
The Roost
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge
(609) 208-0050
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. DC Duo 
Fri. 8 p.m. Sideways Willy 
Sat. 8 p.m. (TBA)
Wed. 6 p.m. Joe Vadala
The Sycamore Grill
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA
(215) 908-6326 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Mid Life Crisis
Sat. 8 p.m. Silent Frames
The Tavern at Penns Park 
2295 Second Street Pike Newtown, PA
(267) 491-5658
Fri. 8 p.m. Leading Zero
The Union Firehouse
18 Washington Street Mount Holly
(609) 288-6491
Fri. 8 p.m. The Looms, Erin Incoherent, The Fucchs, Cleo Becc, Loosa Panic. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Sat. 8 p.m. R & B and Chill: A Grown Sexy Experience feat. karaoke, Comedy, Hookah. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The Union House 
19 East Union Street Burlington
(609) 531-6077
Fri. 8 p.m. 6 Pack Poets
Sat. 8 p.m. Three Question Marks
Tir Na Nog 
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton 
(609) 392-2554
Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions" 
All Shows 21+
Trenton Social
449 South Broad Street Trenton
(609) 989-7777
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Happy Hour Throwback Thursday
Sat. 9 p.m. Live Music (TBA)
Mon. 6 p.m. "Monday Night Karaoke" Hosted by Sweets
Triple Sun Spirits
126 South State Street Newtown, PA
(215) 944-3057  
Sat. 8 p.m. Two For Flinching
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo w/ Ed Packer
Under The Moon 
23 North Union Street Lambertville
(609) 397-1710
Fri. 6 p.m. Dan Kassel
Sat. (12 p.m.) Brad Staudel (6:30 p.m.) Russell Norkevich
Wed. 5:30 p.m. Brad Staudel
VANEFRANCODANCE
23 Hankins Road Hightstown
(609) 635-3572
Thurs. (7 p.m.) Beginner Bachata (8 p.m.) Beginner Salsa. $18 
Fri. (7 p.m.) Advanced Bachata (8 p.m.) Advanced Salsa. $18
Vault Brewing Company
10 South Main Street Yardley, PA 
(267) 573-4291
Fri. 7 p.m. Matt Richards Duo
Sat. 7 p.m. Tom Trovas Trio
Village Idiot Brewing Company
42 High Street Mount Holly
(609) 975-9270 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Sun. 2 p.m. Billy Garrett
Wildflowers Inn
2572 Pennington Road Pennington 
(609) 773-239
Thurs. 6 p.m. Rob Silvers
Working Dog Winery
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown
(609) 371-6000
Thurs. 4:30 p.m. Ronnie Brandt
Sat. 1 p.m. Kevin McGowan
Sun. 1 p.m. Bob & Dave
WWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio
MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor
Jazzon2.org
Mon. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues"
Yardley Country Club 
1010 Reading Avenue Yardley, PA
(215) 493-4531
Thurs. 6 p.m. Mikey Jr. Duo
 


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Cat Kid Comic Club The Musical

Monday, December 04, 2023 @ 4:00pm
Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC)
100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
category: kids


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A Christmas Carol Performed By Gerald Charles Dickens

Monday, December 04, 2023 @ 7:00pm
The Vogel
99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
category: theatre


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A Christmas Carol Performed By Gerald Charles Dickens

Monday, December 04, 2023 @ 3:00pm
The Vogel
99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
category: theatre


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Darren Criss: A Very Darren Crissmas

Monday, December 04, 2023 @ 7:30pm
Count Basie Center for the Arts
99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
category: music


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Kenny G: The Miracles Holiday and Hits Tour 2023

Monday, December 04, 2023 @ 8:00pm
Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC)
30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631
category: music


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Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

Tuesday, December 05, 2023 @ 7:30pm
Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC)
100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
category: music


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WP Voice - AI Opera! - Reading of new AI-based opera composition

Tuesday, December 05, 2023 @ 7:30pm
William Paterson University - Shea Recital Hall 101
300 Pompton Rd, Wayne, NJ 07470
category: music


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Tuesday Night Record Club - Jackson Browne’s The Pretender

Tuesday, December 05, 2023 @ 7:30pm
Monmouth University - The Great Hall
400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ 07764
category: music


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Il Divo – A New Day Holiday Tour

Tuesday, December 05, 2023 @ 8:00pm
Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC)
30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631
category: music


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Hunter Hayes: Flying Solo Tour

Tuesday, December 05, 2023 @ 8:00pm
The Vogel
99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
category: music


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Laughs In The Loft

Wednesday, December 06, 2023 @ 7:30pm
The Loft @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ 07079
category: comedy


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A Midwinter Night's Dream

Wednesday, December 06, 2023 @ 7:30pm
Shakespeare Theatre Of NJ - F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre
36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940
category: theatre


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Il Divo: A New Day Holiday Tour

Wednesday, December 06, 2023 @ 7:30pm
Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC)
100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
category: music


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World Cinema Series - "Wadjda"

Wednesday, December 06, 2023 @ 7:30pm
Monmouth University - Pollak Theatre
400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ 07764
category: film


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A Christmas Carol

Wednesday, December 06, 2023 @ 7:30pm
McCarter Theatre Center (Matthews Theater)
91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
category: theatre


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The Illusionists - Magic of the Holidays

Wednesday, December 06, 2023 @ 7:30pm
State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
category: community


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WP Piano Night: William Byrd and the Missions

Wednesday, December 06, 2023 @ 7:30pm
William Paterson University - Shea Recital Hall 101
300 Pompton Rd, Wayne, NJ 07470
category: music


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David Benoit Christmas

Wednesday, December 06, 2023 @ 7:30pm
The Vogel
99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
category: music


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George Street Playhouse presents "Having Our Say"

Wednesday, December 06, 2023 @ 8:00pm
New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC)
11 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
category: theatre


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A Midwinter Night's Dream

Thursday, December 07, 2023 @ 8:00pm
Shakespeare Theatre Of NJ - F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre
36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940
category: theatre


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