You have to be a, "Jack of all trades" and it's hard to make it with one revenue stream," says Progressive Rock musician and violinist Joe Deninzon as he discussed being a diverse musician in today's climate, a new album and a CD/DVD set forthcoming from his band Stratospheerius. "For Joe and I both, this is a career and especially nowadays, things have changed so much where you don't just usually get lucky in one little band. You have to sort of do a million other things and everything spiders out to the next thing and you hope that everything sort of connects at some point in your career," added drummer Jason Gianni as the two of them shed some light on their September 28 show at The Debonair Music Hall in Teaneck, NJ and their September 30 show at Kennett Flash in Kennett Square, PA. as well as the paths which got them to where they are now.
Things are "Progressing" quite well these days for Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius on both the band front and their personal music careers. Joe is on tour with legendary classic progressive rock act Kansas and Jason has spent time with projects such as "Rock of Ages," Queen Celebration, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Neal Morse Band and more. So, together, they and their band mates, guitarist Michelangelo Quirinale, bassist Paul Ranieri along with new addition Bill Hubauer on keyboards are ready to get back out on stage and show the masses what they've been putting together "Behind the scenes."
"We booked this show at The Debonair Music Hall for September 28 while I was on the road this summer touring with Kansas, so our last show together was at the Iridium back in May," began an excited Deninzon. "We've been working on a new album and we've been tracking and mixing the last few songs, planning the release and working on what the artwork is going to look like and videos and things like that. We've been doing that over the phone and through emails as well as preparing for the gigs we have coming up."
"Yeah," adds Gianni, "With Joe still on the road with Kansas which is going to be for a while, we are trying to wedge in Stratospheerius plans in between and we've been doing quite a bit of work behind the scenes getting the new record ready. Joe has put in a lot of time doing this double CD/DVD "Behind the Curtain (Live at ProgStock)" package that we have out now; we've been able to do quite a bit being at a distance from each other, it's been a good year and it will be nice to play a gig together again."
Putting out a new album, especially between hectic touring and gig schedules can be a daunting task but in today's technology driven world, some of the stress can be eliminated. One of the ways is to use recordings and email or some other transfer service to share tracks; something Deninzon says they prefer.
"The record is done, it's already tracked. We went in the studio at the beginning but then we just tracked the rest of the songs ourselves; we like working that way. We work out the songs in rehearsal and we all have our own home studios and it's a lot easier to record that way. So, we just add tracks and go back and forth and it works out. Rich Mouser is doing the mixing of the album. He is one of our favorite engineers on the planet and he has worked with Dream Theater and Tears For Fears. He is based out of L.A. and it's sounding beyond our wildest dreams; we can't wait for people to hear it; they've heard some of it because we've released some songs as singles but there is a whole other half that people have not heard that we're really excited about."
"Rich is predominantlyNeal Morse's engineer," interjected Gianni. "He has mixed for everyone from Neal to Transatlantic and I had been playing with Neal Morse for a little bit and I introduced Rich to Joe and the band and it was a great relationship. I don't remember the first tune we had him do; I believe it was "Imposter." This record has been going at kind of a slow pace because we're making sure that we do this right and writing the music song by song. Rich has been involved from the beginning song by song instead of doing the whole record all at once and as Joe said, it's coming out just as we pictured it; everything Rich does is like gold. So, I think everyone is going to be very impressed when they hear the record as a whole."
"Up until recently, I was the primary writer but Jason and I have been co-writing a lot," continued Joe. "I'll bring in an idea and Jason will add a section that enhances the song that I didn't think about and we just kind of bounce back and forth. There is a 12-minute song that is pieced together from different sections we wrote; it's kind of like throwing a ball back and forth; here's something I came up with, well, here's something that will dovetail nicely off that; that's part of the process. Sometimes we write a five minute song and sometimes we write kind of an epic more progressive type of song but it can all work on one record I think."
Making progressive music is not something these gentlemen and their band mates take lightly but for Joe and Jason; it runs far deeper.
"I was always into Progressive Rock without kind of knowing it," laughed Gianni. "I grew up listening to Yes and Rush; my father had a couple of Kansas records and I started listening to them and it was just something that resonated with me. Years later, I realized that I liked music that was longer and more thought provoking, full of odd time meters; I think now, it has become more of a compositional thing for me. I listen to progressive music and I like the composing element of it even if it's not fully progressive as far as an extra long song or difficult to play; I love the chord structures and harmonies and lyrics that a lot of progressive composers end up coming up with. I like so much other music as well but to me, progressive music has always been kind of my mainstay since I was a kid. I was schooled in Classical music, I have two degrees in Classical and I think where a lot of my love of music comes from is a more arranged side of things; I'm a Jazz player too so, I like the improvisational aspect but I like the arrangement side of the compositional thing and that is why it has piqued my interest for so many years. "
"I grew up in a family of Classical musicians and I also fell in love with Rock 'n' Roll and later Jazz; progressive rock marries classical music with rock 'n' roll which are two things I love" said Deninzon. "I like the complexity of it and the challenge of playing it; it's funny, I wasn't consciously trying to be a progressive rock artist, that's just the music I was writing and that's the audience that was gravitating towards it. I realized, hey, these are my people (laughs); without setting out to do that on purpose, it just kind of progressed that way."
Let's face it, Progressive Rock isn't dominating the airwaves as it did in the early days of FM radio and through the mid-eighties but this doesn't deter the music's legions of fans from attending shows and supporting artists both old and new. Gianni has a viewpoint as to why some of the material "Resonates" and some, not so much."
"A lot of people want to write the next "Close To The Edge" but they don't have the compositional chops to do it. What makes great progressive music great is the 20-minute song where you don't notice 20-minutes has gone by and that's because every part grabs your attention. The melodies are so strong, it's so compelling as a piece of writing that you don't notice; if you find yourself zoning out thinking; when will this section be over? Then you know it's not a great song."
Music preferences and styles are all personal, we all unknowingly follow paths which we can not see at the time we are traveling them. Songs, events and general day to day life place us where we are meant to be through our choices or chance encounters and for Jason and Joe, their experiences are quite similar.
"Too many paths," laughed Gianni loudly. "Everything kind of spiders out from different things that you do, especially in the New York scene. You meet this one and that one knows this person and that leads to this; Neal Morse was a little bit separated from what I do here on the East Coast. I was working with Neal when Mike Portnoywas sort of in and out taking a break with a couple of other bands and Neal needed somebody to play for him when Portnoy was out on the road with the other bands. So, I filled in and played with Neal for a couple of years but Mike is now 100 percent committed to Neal so I've not, unfortunately, worked with Neal in a little bit but I was for a while and it was some of the best playing and memories of my life for sure. It came about when Neal announced on his fan page that he was holding auditions for an American band. The only caveat was that the drummer would be a sub for Mike Portnoy, it wouldn't be a regular situation but that was actually better for me because I had my hand in so many different things. So, I sent my stuff in, he picked me out of I don't know how many people but five people ended up auditioning and I won the spot after going down there. All of the other projects from the Steely Dan projectto Broadway, to different things that I work on, again, it's just a lot of people you meet along the way. Joe is the same way, we meet people in certain circumstances and then you hear about an opening and then you submit something like an electronic press kit or a video and they say, hey, any interest in sitting in or whatever and it kind of goes from there."
"Tracing the threads of my life as a musician, all the different people you meet; one thing kind of leads to another," continued Joe as he explained how he found himself center stage with Kansas. "I had been going to festivals like ProgStock and Stratospheerius had been playing in that world for about six or seven years and I got to know Tom Brislin through that world. I played the Cruise To The Edge and he was there, we hung out, I've heard his band, he's heard Stratospheerius and so he knows about me and that I'm in that scene. Kansas had been looking for understudies because during COVID some band members had gotten sick and they had to cancel shows. So, they created a new rule that everyone has to have an understudy so that they never have to cancel a show and that was the original call I received. Then David Ragsdale had some personal health related issues that prevented him from touring and over the course of three months, I was in touch with Tom and learned the music in case I had to step in and it turned out that I did have to step in and I was ready when the time came. So, that's how it came about but more so through my friendship with Tom over the last few years. The lesson I've learned is to just put stuff out. Write the music you're passionate about and make videos and put them out there because you never know who is going to see it. Especially now, it's easier than ever. I think part of what clinched it for me was when they saw our video for "Imposter" because it was very Kansas influenced. I wasn't consciously thinking that this might come about, I was just writing music I love and putting it out there just because I was passionate about it and if you keep doing that, you never know. Sometimes the universe has a way of lining up for you; follow your heart, that's what I would tell people."
Live albums and DVDs require sifting through hours of recordings and videos; so what led to the decision to release this box set and will they be returning for yet another year of ProgStock?
"I think they changed things up; we've played there at ProgStock four times," laughed Deninzon. "They are our dear friends and we don't expect them to invite us every year; they need to change things up but I'll be playing Saturday night with Dave Kerzner Band this year. I usually end up playing with somebody in some capacity there every year but this year Stratospheerius is not performing there. We do have people like Rachel Flowers on our live DVD and she's also on the new album as well. The DVD decision was made because when you play ProgStock on the main stage, they give you an eight camera shoot and a multi-track recording. We've wanted to do a live record for a long time and what a great opportunity because we had really good lighting and sound and a beautiful area where it was filmed. So, we had the raw materials to make a good live record; it took a while to put it all together because it was from two different years but we finally got it done. So, it's two-hours of music and we're really proud of the way it came out. Friday September 22 we released the video for "Frame By Frame" which we're not releasing as a single because it's already out on Spotify within the album. We're releasing the video just to continue to whet people's appetites for the DVD and we want people to check it out because, as I said, we are really proud of it."
Tonight's performance will be the first for the band as a unit since May at the Iridium in New York City; so what will it feel like to headline after several months off and what can we expect?
"I guess you can say we are co-headlining," stated Deninzon, "The backstory is, through Jason's experiences with Neal Morse, we got to know his keyboard player, Bill Hubauerwho has been recording on most of the songs on the new album. We invited him to play with us that night and his band will play the first set. His band is called, We Came From Space and they are based out of the Pittsburgh, PA area. So, they're going to open the show and share the bill and at Kennett Flash they are doing that as well and we're gonna try and premier a new song that we haven't played before; hopefully we can put that together."
"We have a tendency to have an overall framework of a set and then we insert some different songs that maybe we haven't played in a while or maybe try something we haven't done in a little bit but for the most part, a lot of it is going to be the new record," concurred Gianni. "We've been lucky enough to have people who have come out to see us several times and they will probably see some things that we've done before but for the new people, I think they are going to have a good experience hearing the new stuff live for sure because it has been very emotional to play live, very challenging of course but very cool too."
To discover more about Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius, please visit https://joedeninzon.com/stratospheerius/
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. John Brennan Sat. (12 p.m.) Acoustic Brunch w/ (5 p.m.) Mark Robidoux Sun. 12 p.m. Sunday Acoustic Brunch Mon. 5 p.m. Rob Silvers Tues. 7 p.m. Mike & Laura Wed. 7 p.m. Rachel & Ty Ancient Order of Hibernians 2419 Kuser Road Hamilton Fri. 6 p.m. Irish Pub Night Sat. 1 p.m. 39th Annual Irish Festival feat. Birmingham Six, The Natterjack's, Chrome Pony, Irish Dancing, Bagpipe Bands. $5 (Ages 16 and older, age 15 and under FREE)Aristaeus Brewing 2475C Big Oak Road Langhorne, PA (215) 757-2337 Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia Sun. 10 a.m. “Sunday Funday Brunch” Arm & Hammer Park 1 Thunder Road Trenton (609) 394-3300 Fri. 5:30 p.m. Outdoor Ballpark Movie Night: "The Sandlot" (FREE event)Arts Council of Princeton 102 Witherspoon Street Princeton (609) 924-8777 Fri. 8 p.m. Parking Lot Pop-Up: Monthly Dance Party Sat. 2 p.m. Pop-Up Beer Garden w/ Triumph Brewing Wed. 7 p.m. Inktober Draw Along w/ Barbara DiLorenzoAshlynn Distillery 32 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA Thurs. 5 p.m. Cecil & Carl Fri. 4 p.m. Puptails & Cocktails Sun. 3 p.m. Dueling Pianos Wed. 6 p.m. Cara CartneyBill's Olde Tavern 2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton (609) 586-0192 Thurs. 7 p.m. Line Dancing Fri. 7 p.m. Groove Pocket Sat. 7 p.m. Thrown Together 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 Wed. 7 p.m. "Horror" Trivia Hosted by Damien GlonekBordentown 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. Dave Dales Trio Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) Bob Egan Sat. 7 p.m. Mark Smith TrioBroken Goblet Brewing 2500 State Road Bensalem, PA (267) 812-5653 Thurs. 8 p.m. Murphy's law, The Rumjacks, The Barstool Preachers, Grade 2. $30, ages 18+, doors open at 7:30 p.m. Fri. 7 p.m. Tribute Night feat. Know Your Enemy (Rage Against the Machine), Jar of Flies (Alice In Chains) $10 Sat. 12 p.m. "Jawnaroo" Arts and Music Festival feat. (8 p.m.) Iron Chic, The Best of The Worst, The Amphorous Blob Orchestra Sun. 11 a.m. Sunday Brunch Tues. 7 p.m. Cornhole ($20 buy-in) Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Righteous JollyBucks County Brewery and Hewn Spirits 31 Appletree Lane Pipersville, PA (215) 766-7711 Sat. 6 p.m. Zen Dog Sun. 2 p.m. Brian Elliot Bucks On Bridge 25 Bridge Street Lambertville (609) 483-2615 Tues. 5 p.m. Chess Night Wed. 6 p.m. TriviaCadwalader Park (Ellarslie Museum) 299 Parkside Avenue Trenton (408) 335-4400 Fri. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Son of Black feat. Angel Mossucco. $5Candlelight Lounge 24 Passaic Street Trenton (609) 695-9612 Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam. $5Catch A Rising Star (Hyatt Regency Princeton) 102 Carnagie Center Princeton (781) 568-1471 Thurs. 8 p.m. Jerrold Benford, Vishnu Vaka, Rishi Mathur. $26.50, Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Fri. 8 p.m. Rey Gibbs, Ty Raney. $26.50, Doors open at 7:30 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. My Other BandClub Atlantis 1858 Street Road Bensalem, PA (215) 944-1777 Sat. 9 p.m. DJ Robbie Tronco All Events Ages 21+ and Dress to ImpressClubhouse at Mountain View (The Patio) 850 Bear Tavern Road Ewing (609) 538-0808 Thurs. 7 p.m. Karaoke Fri. 6:30 p.m. The RiverdogsCooper's Riverview 50 Riverview Plaza Trenton (609) 393-7300 Thurs. 7 p.m. Midnight Sun TTL Fri. 5 p.m. Happy Hour (8 p.m.) "Hotlanta" The Allman Brothers Experience Sat. 8 p.m. The Influence '80s Band 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) Tues. 7 p.m. Salsa Tuesdays w/ DJ Enerjetic / Complimentary Dance Class w/ "Papo" Wed. (7 p.m.) Blues and BBQ Jam (8 p.m.) Disco “Hustle” Night w/ "Guest" DJ. $5 Cream Ridge Winery 145 Route 539 Cream Ridge (609) 259-9797 Sun. 1:30 p.m. Ronnie Brandt Crossing Vineyard and Winery 1853 Wrightstown Road Washington Crossing, PA (215) 493-6500 Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia Night Sat. 2 p.m. Joe Grillo Sun. 1 p.m. Sweet Spot 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. Porch Sat. 8 p.m. Mike Goldman Mon. 7:30 p.m. QuizzoDacey'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 Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Dharma Bums 4935 River Road New Hope, PA (215) 663-2867 Thurs. (6 p.m.) Craft & A Cocktail: fall Wreath Workshop (8 p.m.) Bill Shannon Fri. 8 p.m. Burnt Mills Highballers Sat. (10 a.m.) Yoga for all levels (8 p.m.) The Blue Wave Ramblers Eddington House Bensalem 2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA (215) 639-1220 Fri. 8:30 p.m. Big Country and The Finger Pickin' Good Band Sat. 8:30 p.m. Leading Zero Mon. 5:30 p.m. "Family Fun Night" w/ Amazing Balloon Creations by Kelsi-JoeEl Barrio Cantina & Tequila Bar 1470 Buck Road Southampton, PA (267) 685-0725 Fri. 8 p.m. Two For FlinchingEscape Resort, Restaurant & Bar 120 Pheasant Run Road Newtown, PA Fri. 6 p.m. Fall Sips Family Fall Festival. (FREE event) Tues. 6 p.m. Karaoke Wed. 6 p.m. Wine & DineFlying Pig Tavern & Tap 167 US-Route 130 North Bordentown (609) 899-7447 Fri. 9 p.m. Joanne Caruso Sat. 9 p.m. The Quixote Project Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke Wed. 8 p.m. TriviaFounding Father's Sports Bar & Grill 2900 Street Road Bensalem, PA (215) 923-1100 Fri. 6 p.m. Bob Pantano Dance Party w/ DJ Joe CastroFriendly's 1031 Washington Boulevard Robbinsville (609) 426-9203 Wed. 6 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Kevin McGowan and/or Gino Formaroli (Sign-ups begin at 5:30 p.m.)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.) The Naturals Sat. 1 p.m. Fall Festival feat. Live DJ, Stein Holding Competition, Giveaways and More. Tues. 6:30 p.m. Trivia Night Hosted by Best Choice ProductionsGrounds For Sculpture 80 Sculptors way Hamilton (609) 586-0616 Fri. 4 p.m. College FestGrover's Mill Coffee House Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction (609) 716-8771 Thurs. 6 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Wade PrestridgeHalo Pub 4617 Nottingham Way Hamilton Square (609) 586-1811 Sat. 7 p.m. Sandy Zio & FriendsHalo Pub (Fete) 9 Hullfish Street Princeton (609) 921-1710 Sat. 6 p.m. Carm & Friends Hamilton Tap & Grill 557 US Route 130 North Hamilton (609) 905-0925 Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Music Bingo w/ DJ Nebbs Sat. 8 p.m. Karaoke Wed. 7 p.m. TriviaHappy Apple Inn 29 Imlaystown Road Cream Ridge (609) 259-7889 Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Knob Creek Barrel Release (Ticket required)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.) Heart Tribute w/ "Kick It Out" $35 (11 p.m. ) DJ Dance Party Sat. (8:30 p.m.) Jumper (11:59 p.m.) DJ Summer Dance Party Sun. (1 p.m.) Midnight Sun Orchestra (6:30 p.m.) JB Kline Band Mon. (9 p.m.) "Lipstick Mondays Drag Show" Hosted by Cyannie Lopez (11 p.m.) Karaoke w/ Dwayne Tues. 7 p.m. Jillian Ashcroft Jazz Quartet Wed. 7 p.m. Jumper DuoHopewell Valley Vineyards 46 Yard Avenue Pennington (609) 737-4465 Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5:30 p.m.) Ed Wall Sat. (9 a.m.) WWFM Fransisco (1 p.m.) Rob Silvers Duo (5:30 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. Melissa Ann Sun. (11 a.m.) Floral Pumpkin Plant & Sip. (SOLD OUT check for availability) / Pilates (2:30 p.m.) A Little Bit OffHurricane 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.) Harley & Daniel (9 p.m.) Starship Love Sat. (3 p.m.) Country Line Dancing w/ Jeremy (FREE event) (7:30 p.m.) DJ BeeNice Mon. 7 p.m. Motown Mondays w/ rotating DJs BeeNice, Rawskillz, JusGroove Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Tuesday w/ Mikey Jr. Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic w/ Laura FioccoIl 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 OIrish Rover Station House 1033 South Bellevue Avenue Langhorne, PA (215) 970-5412 Sat. 12 p.m. Oktoberfest feat. (8 p.m.) Jeni & Joe Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo NightIron Plow Vineyards 26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus (732) 306-9111 Fri. 6:30 p.m. Ed Wilson Sat. 6:30 p.m. (TBA) Sun. 2 p.m. Bob O & AnnIron Plow Vineyards Tasting Room 61 High Street Mt. Holly (732) 306-9111 Sat. 6 p.m. Skippy's Toy Duo or Timeless DuoJohn & Peter's 96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa (215) 862-5981 Sat. 3 p.m. Road Trip 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. 7 p.m. Dueling Pianos w/ Flying Ivories Fri. 10 p.m. Nick & Dom Sat. (10 a.m.) Brunch feat. (5:30 p.m.) Skyline Sun. 10 a.m. "Sunday Funday" Brunch Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Night w/ Geeks Who DrinkKing 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) Labyrinth Books Princeton 122 Nassau Street Princeton (609) 497-1600 Thurs. 6 p.m. Author Talk "Animals Spirits" w/ Jackson Lears & D. Graham Burnett Mon. 6 p.m. "More Than Empty Shelves: How Book Bans Undermine Identities and Restrict Information" feat Panelists Martha Hickson, Kasey Meehan, Brielle Winslow. (Reservations required) Wed. 6 p.m. Peter Brown and Jack Tannous: "Journeys of the Mind"La Cena Ristorante 2233 Galloway Road Bensalem, PA (215) 639-9969 Wed. 6 p.m. Joe Plush & FriendsLambertville Station Restaurant and Inn 11 Bridge Street Lambertville (609) 397-8300 Sat. 11 a.m. Fall Festival feat. food, live music Sun. 11:30 a.m. Fall Festival feat. food, live music Laurita Winery 85 Archertown Road New Egypt (609) 752-0200 Thurs. 6 p.m. Sangria, Sliders and Song! Feat. music by Rick Winow Fri. 7 p.m. Country Line Dancing. $9 Sat. 7 p.m. Awesome '80s Dance Party. $9, Ages 21+ Sun. (10 a.m.) Vines of Life: Walk to Cure Cancer (2 p.m.) NJ Cameo Club Variety Extravaganza. $15 Lawrenceville Main Street 17 Phillips Avenue Lawrenceville (609) 219-9300 Sat. 1 p.m. "Music In The Park" feat. Aloha Monkey (Weeden Park FREE admission) Library Company of Burlington 23 West Union Street Burlington (609) 3861273 Fri. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic NightLillipies 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. 12 p.m. Sunflower September Festival Sun. 12 p.m. Fall Harvest FestivalMagikava 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 McStews Irish Sports Pub 5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA (215) 949-9570 Fri. 9 p.m. DJ Dance Party w/ Paula & Sam Sat. 9 p.m. Supertrain Tues. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night Millhill Basement 300 S. Broad Street Trenton (609) 989-1600 Sat. 9 p.m. Jukebox Romantics, Pissed!, Mo and the Mo Mos. $10More Than Q 13 Klines Court Lambertville (609) 773-0072 Sun. 1 p.m. Joe Zook & Paul PlumeriNaked Brewing Company 212 Mill Street Bristol, PA (267) 544-7129 Thurs.6:30 p.m. Dana Collins Project Fri. 8 p.m. Monster Prom (Tickets Require) Sun. 11 a.m. Weekend Brunch (2 p.m.) Sunday Stroll feat. 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 Sat. 12 p.m. Oktoberfest feat. (2 p.m.) Polkadelphia (4 p.m.) Yodeling Contest Wed. 6:30 p.m. Cornhole LeagueNew Egypt Flea Market Village 933 Monmouth County Road Cream Ridge (609) 758-2082 Sun. 8 a.m. Flea Market Wed. 8 a.m. Flea MarketNew Hope Winery / Tavern 6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA (215) 794-2331 Thurs. 8 p.m. Jonatha Brooke Fri. 8 p.m. Heather Maloney Sat. 1 p.m. Bill Ihling Sun. 6 p.m. Darden Smith & Kim RicheyNewtown Brewing Company 103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA (215) 944-8609 Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "Useless Knowledge" Trivia Fri. 3 p.m. Oktoberfest Day 1 feat. (6 p.m.) JDuo Sat. 12 p.m. Oktoberfest Day 2 feat. (6 p.m.) Just Jeff Sun. 1 p.m. Local Artisan Craft Fair Wed. 4 p.m. Open Mic NightNick's Roast Beef 4501 Woodhaven Road West Philadelphia, PA (215) 637-515 Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia Fri. 9 p.m. Bruce Springsteen Tribute w/ "B Street Band" Sat. 9 p.m. Fish Out Of Water Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke
NJWeedman's Dispensary 322 East State Street Trenton (609) 437-0898 Thurs. 8 p.m. KaraokeNomad Distilling Company 20 South Main Street New Hope, PA Sun. 10 a.m. BrunchNottingham Tavern 9 Mercer Street Hamilton Square (609) 587-6623 Thurs. 9:30 pm. Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis Fri. 9:30 p.m. Blind Lemon Pie Ages 21+ O'Fowley's Tavern & Grill 200 State Road Croydon, PA (215) 785-6998 Mon. 7 p.m. Music Bingo Hosted by Best Choice Productions w/ DJ John S Tues. 7 p.m. QuizzoOld Hights Brewing 123 West Ward Street Hightstown (609) 469-5976 Sat. 1 p.m. Fall Market feat. Brockway & Slim Old Town Pub 135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown (609) 291-9232 Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia Fri. 9 p.m. Take 2 Sat. 9 p.m. Sho & John Sun. 10 a.m. Brunch Tues. 6 p.m. Taco Tuesday w/ Radio Fiction Palmer Square 40 Nassau Street Princeton Sat. 12 p.m. Chet & Ari Sun. 1 p.m. Music Fest Sundays: Swingadelic Does Sinatra 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. KaraokePatriots Crossing 1339 River Road Titusville (609) 737-2780 Thurs. 8 p.m. Ladies Night Sat. 8 p.m. Spanky's Garage Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo"Patriot's Theater at The War Memorial 1 Memorial Drive Trenton (609) 984-8400 Fri. 7 p.m. The Casting Crowns 20th Anniversary TourPete's Steak House 523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton (609) 585-8008 Fri. 9 p.m. Deep ReleasePrinceton 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 Sun. 11 a.m. Sing-A-Long Brunch Extravaganza Princeton Makes 301 North Harrison Street Princeton Sat. 10:30 a.m. "A Fluid Art Experience" w/ Adriana Groza Sun. 1 p.m. Art In The Courtyard Outdoor Art FestivalPuss N Boots Tavern 942 Trenton Road Fairless Hills, PA Fri. 8 p.m. Retro Party Night w/ DJ Mike Sun. 12 p.m. Baseball Insiders Tues. 7 p.m. TriviaRistorante LUCCA & Piano Lounge 144 US Route 130 Bordentown (609) 262-0110 Thurs. 8 p.m. Jazz night w/ Bob Howell & The Dean Schneider Trio River House at Odette’s 274 South Rive Road New Hope, PA (215) 682-2022 Thurs. 7 p.m. Cara Cartney Fri. 7 p.m. Mikey Jr. Sat. 7 p.m. Bob Egan Sun. 11:30 a.m. Brunch w/ Dave Dales Duo Rossi's Bar & Grill 2110 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton (609) 890-2004 Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Ernie White Sat. 11 a.m. Brunch Sun. 11 a.m. Brunch Tues. 7 p.m. QuizzoholicsRusso's Pub & Italian Restaurant 1302 Monmouth Road Mount Holly (609) 261-3277 Sat. 7 p.m. John BrennanSandy's Beef & Ale 2028 E. Old Lincoln Highway Langhorne, PA (2670 852-2333 Thurs. 8 p.m. Quizzo Mon. 7 p.m. Music BingoSecond Sin Brewing Company 1500 Grundy Lane Bristol, P (267) 812-5251 Thurs. 7 p.m. TriviaShady Brook Farm 931 Stony Hill Road Yardley, PA (215) 968-1670 Fri. 6:30 p.m. Fall Fest "UnWINEd" Concert feat. Buzzer Band. $12 (advance/online, $15 at door), doors open at 5:30 p.m. Sat. 11 a.m. Fall Fest "Party On The Patio" feat. (2 p.m.) Joe & Krista Sun. 11 a.m. Fall Fest "Party On The Patio" feat. (2 p.m.) Aaron Quarterman 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 ContestSmall World Coffee 14 Witherspoon Street Princeton (609) 924-4377 x2 Sat. 7 p.m. McMillan & Co.Smithville Park 815 Smithville Road Easthampton Sat. 7 p.m. Dance Party w/ Stranger ThingsSparky 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. Never Enough 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. (TBA)Stars & Stripes Harley Davidson 600 South Flowers Mill Road Langhorne, PA (215) 752-9400 Fri. 5 p.m. End of Summer Bike Night and Bike Giveaway Sat. (11 a.m.) Tailgate Party (5 p.m.) Backstage PartySteam Pub 606 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Montone Sat. 10:30 p.m. Dear Zoe Mon. 7 p.m. Paint Night Stone Terrace by John Henry's 2275 Kuser Road Hamilton (609) 581-8855 Sat. 7 p.m. HHW Class of '83 Reunion1675 at The Ridges 4666 East Bristol Road Trevose, PA (215) 876-6868 Fri. 7 p.m. Aaron Quarterman1675 Spirits 2685 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA (215) 645-1445 Thurs. 8 p.m. Kings Highway Comedy Hosted by Dave Collins feat. Ryan Foster, Connor Lutz, Anna Gallagher Fri. 6 p.m. Diane & JoeTara's Tavern 1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown (609) 286-2300 Fri. 8:30 p.m. Karaoke w/ Big Daddy G Sat. 8:30 p.m. The Williamsboy Tavern On The Lake 101 Main Street Hightstown (609) 426-9345 Fri. 9 p.m. Kickback 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 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 CartneyTGI Fridays 780 Route 130 South Hamilton (609) 581-6910 Sun. 9 p.m. Trivia Game Night / SIN SundaysTGI 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 Beer Garden and Education Center at Snipes Farm 890 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA Sat. 11 a.m. Fall Festival feat. Tractor/Wagon Rides to Pumpkin Patch, Straw Bale maze, Farm Animals, Food Trucks and More. $6 (Age 2 and under FREE)The Birdhouse Center For The Arts 7 North Main Street Lambertville (215) 681-4660 Tues. 7:30 p.m. NJNO the "not just nyckelharpa orchestra" Community Orchestra 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.) Bigg Romeo Tues. 7 p.m. Danny Lynch DuoThe Cool Cricket 216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro (609) 291-9110 Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Dave Curtis Sat. 9 p.m. El Ka BongThe Cure Insurance Center 81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton (609) 656-3200 Sun. 7:30 p.m. Jubin Nautiyal The Dubliner 34 North Main Street New Hope, PA (215) 693-1816 Fri. 7 p.m. Gerry Timlin Sat. 7 p.m. Gabriel Donohue Sun. 2 p.m. Gerry Timlin The Federal Twist Vineyard 8 Federal Twist Road Stockton (609) 773-6066 Fri. 5 p.m. Full Moon Friday feat. Grape Street. $5 Sat. 2 p.m. Laurie Vosburg Band. $5 (Ages 20 and under FREE) Sun. 2 p.m. The Lifters. $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. Sometime In September Sat. 9 p.m. WitZend Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo w/ Jonathan Appel Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Chris BenedettiThe 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 Soto Sat. 9:30 p.m. DJ Lydell 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. Little Sister Sun. 3:30 p.m. Music Bingo Mon. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night Comedy and Music Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia Night The Newtown Theatre 120 North State Street Newtown, PA (215) 968-3859 Wed. 3 p.m. The Greatest Hits of BroadwayThe 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. Lauren Doral of The Real Jersey Shore Show 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 GodfreyThe Roost 181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge (609) 208-0050 Thurs. 6:30 p.m. DC Duo Fri. 8 p.m. ArHouse Sat. 8 p.m. Za Band Wed. 6 p.m. Joe VadalaThe Sycamore Grill 255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA (215) 908-6326 Fri. 8 p.m. Go Hamm Sat. 8 p.m. Idle WoodsmanThe Tavern at Penns Park 2295 Second Street Pike Newtown, PA (267) 491-5658 Fri. 8 p.m. PlushThe Union Firehouse 18 Washington Street Mount Holly (609) 288-6491 Thurs. 8 p.m. Derailed Comedy Presents: Brendan Donegan, Mel Harris, Tyler Langlois. $15, Doors open at 7 p.m. Sat. 8 p.m. A Tribute to The Doors w/ "Crystal Ship. Doors open at 7 p.m.The Union House 19 East Union Street Burlington (609) 531-6077 Fri. 8 p.m. Rough Cut Sat. 8 p.m. Todd BaileyTir 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 SweetsTriple Sun Spirits 126 South State Street Newtown, PA (215) 944-3057 Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo w/ Ed PackerUnder The Moon 23 North Union Street Lambertville (609) 397-1710 Fri. 6 p.m. Brad Staudel Sat. (12 p.m.) matt Gorduek (6:30 p.m.) Chris GiakasVANEFRANCODANCE 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. $18Vault Brewing Company 10 South Main Street Yardley, PA (267) 573-4291 Fri. 7 p.m. Behn Gillece Duo Sat. 12 p.m. Oktoberfest (7 p.m.) Tony Miceli Trio Mon. 6 p.m. Lunch Money Quizzo Village Idiot Brewing Company 42 High Street Mount Holly (609) 975-9270 Thurs. 7 p.m. TriviaWashington Crossing Historic Park 1112 River Road Washington Crossing, PA Sat. 10 a.m. McConkey's MarketWildflowers Inn 2572 Pennington Road Pennington (609) 773-239 Thurs. 6 p.m. Rob SilversWilson's Pub 1870 Brownsville Road Trevose Heights, PA (215) 355-4739 Fri. 8 p.m. SoulShineWorking Dog Winery 610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown (609) 371-6000 Thurs. 4 p.m. The Williamsboy Sat. 1 p.m. Roger Gardella Sun. 1 p.m. Chris SwattWWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor Jazzon2.org Mon. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues"Yankee Doodle Tap Room 10 Palmer Square Princeton (609) 921-7500 Fri. 9:30 p.m. The Polish Nannies or Blackwells MillZlock Performing Arts Center 275 Swamp Road Newtown, PA (215) 968-846 Thurs. (12:15 p.m.) Cultural Streaming Series: "Chopin" (7 p.m.) How Saba Kept Singing 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.