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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...9/29/22


By Danny Coleman


originally published: 09/30/2022

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The Sea Of Tranquility Fest will be Saturday at the Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie, NY. The "Sea Of Tranquility" is an online website with videos and reviews and there's a whole community around it which is led by Pete Pardo. During the quarantine part of COVID, there was a "Sea Of Tranquility virtual festival to help raise money for the ASPCA COVID Outreach and this is kind of an extension of that; this is the live version," explains Epic Tantrum bassist Greg Ross as he and the band prepare to join The Pat Travers Band, Vanilla Fudge, Nektar, Chris Caffery, Andy Powell, Rick LaBonte and Nektar in a return to an old school type of festival featuring diverse acts, a Q & A and more. "Pete sort of helped curate the bands that will be playing and the idea was to create an event that reflects the diversity of this year's Tranquility fan base and what they cover. So, during the afternoon they're doing live versions of the panels they do, they will be reviewing a record, they have a thing called the Hudson Valley Squares where like nine of them get together and review records so, it's trying to encompass the world of Sea Of Tranquility but live instead of online. Epic Tantrum got involved because Pete is a big fan of the Epic Tantrum album and he wrote a really, really nice review of it and I reached out to him just to say thank you and we started talking and that's kind of what led to us being involved in the virtual event and now the concert.” 

One of the acts is the ever-present Vanilla Fudge; yes, THAT Vanilla Fudge who continue to churn out remakes of old standards and in ways that nobody else can. Legendary drummer, Carmine Appice recalls some of the earlier days of music festivals and offered his take on this one and the length of their set. 

“We were just always a heavy band but we were the first American prog-rock band because you look at our songs; we go in and out of time signatures just like prog bands do but I have to look at the contract but we’ve been going out and doing an hour and 15 minutes and if it has to be shorter, we’ll cut a few things out," he said with surety. "That’s the way festivals used to be years ago. When we did festivals you’d have Crosby, Stills & Nash and then you’d have Led Zeppelin, then you’d have Vanilla Fudge and then you’d have Jimi Hendrix; they’d have all different kinds of music. That’s why they’d have festivals and now they don't do that, they put all the same kind of music on a festival gig. Everything has a label, back then it was all rock; how would you label Jimi Hendrix? What would you put him in? Vanilla Fudge? Crosby, Stills & Nash; harmony group? Deep Purple, Janis Joplin; we were all on the same show. So, it's gonna be interesting; I'll just say that because we haven't been on a show that has had so many different levels and different types of music. We went out with Pat Travers and Cactus and it is the same kind of music and we recently did a gig with a Deep Purple cover band; a Deep Purple tribute which is kind of cool because we used to have them open up for us. We did a gig a couple of months ago with a Led Zeppelin tribute band so, yeah, it's an interesting time of music because right now, all of the pop music is really shit; excuse my French. I got a Billboard Magazine because Cleopatra, my record label that I have my instrumental band on and King Cobra, I’ve got Vanilla Fudge on there and I've done a lot of tributes with them and I know the owner very well; they're celebrating an anniversary so, me and Pat Travers and my guitarist Fernando, we bought a half-page ad to congratulate them in Billboard Magazine and my manager Bruce sent me a copy; I looked at it and it is so different. The number one record was by Nicki Minaj and she's got a picture of her and she's wearing a lingerie outfit and their congratulating her on the number one record; it's more about how you dance and how you look; it’s not about the music anymore. I looked at those other charts and I didn't hardly know anybody; on the singles charts anyway. Years ago, it would be, oh that sounds like Zeppelin, that's from Janis, that's Jimi Hendrix and now they all sound the same; it’s all instrumental computer music and somebody singing the vocal that sounds just like some other guy. I know I probably sound like the old man but you know it's the truth. Even in the ‘40s when we were coming up and in the ‘50s; you’d hear music and say, oh that's Bo Diddley, that's Elvis Presley, that's Little Richard, that’s Chuck Berry, that's The Cadillacs or that’s The Ronettes because you could hear the difference and then it continued through the ‘60s and the ‘70s and the ‘80s and the ‘90s with Nirvana and all that stuff.  So, I started getting into this pop music which has taken over the country and the rap music and it's all the same; you know?” 

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“Being a small band," added Ross; "Carmine has obviously had some pretty big hits in his life and Vanilla Fudge had a bunch of hits; it's a different time. So, places like Sea Of Tranquility are vital for bands like us and people like you who cover the non-mainstream stuff are so vital for the survival of and helping get the word out for bands like us.” 

Many may not have realized but "The Fudge," as they are sometimes known, have been performing together in earnest since the late '90s and early 2000s. Recently, an album they recorded of Led Zeppelin songs has surfaced and it sounds as if it was done only days ago; such is not the case according to Carmine. 

“Yeah, we just put it out but we did it 2005, we put out on a label that's called Escapi Music in Sweden and just as they released it, they went out of business. So, we just held onto it and we sold it at concerts and then just before COVID we made a deal with Golden Robot and it was that album but the rest of it was going to be us doing Supreme's songs and we were calling it, "Supreme Fudge" but the only song that we did on that was "Stop In The Name Of Love" with Tim on it before he passed away and that was the first song we recorded and I recorded it with Tim in 2002 and 2020 when I went to the NAMM show out on the West Coast. I got Tim on it and then COVID hit and that was the end of doing an album and so they have that album and little by little they're releasing a single here and a single there and everybody is telling me they're releasing the whole album; I didn't even know it's being released, they never told us. It is coming out on September 28 or 29 or something like that. Like I said, we did it in 2005 and we did it analog and we did it then like we do them now. We do “Dazed and Confused” and “Babe I'm Gonna Leave You” in our show and they've been in our set since 2010.” 

“We don't play big giant tours anymore and go out for 30 or 40 days," he continued. "We go out for weekends; we're doing this weekend and then we got the weekend after that for three days and then the weekend after that for three days and then we go back. I'm staying in New York; we have an apartment there. I'll leave on September 29 and I'm back on October 23 unless the hurricane screws up this trip. I don't think we can reschedule this with the festival because you know that Pat Travers is in Florida too and I just talked to Pat and those other three bands may have to be the ones and if so it's too bad but I'm looking forward to playing this; I never saw Nektar and the others, so I'm looking forward to it.“ 

Well, The Fudge and bands such as Nektar and Pat Travers may not tour as extensively as they once did but festivals such as this create opportunities for them to reach their fan base as well as for bands such as Epic Tantrum and acts like Rick LaBonte to reach generational audiences. 

“We are a band that is a little different every time you see us," says Ross. "We're not a jukebox, our songs have a structure but there's improvised parts and it's always a little different. I know this; it'll be very guitar heavy because I have two brilliant guitarists that I play with so we try to let them take the lead as much as possible. There'll be a couple of new songs and hopefully it'll just be a really exciting fun way to get the show started. Rick LaBonte is going to be first and then there is going to be the Q&A with Andy Powell from Wishbone Ash which will happen right up on the stage and then we'll play, then Pat Travers and Vanilla Fudge and Nektar. So, it'll be a lot of music and it'll be a lot of fun and if you're a fan of progressive and heavy music and sort of non-mainstream rock]; this this will definitely be the place to be.” 

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Never one to shy away from speaking his mind; Appice expressed his thoughts on still performing with his Vanilla Fudge band mates and the current state of the music business. 

“We’ve been playing since 2005 like I said and before that I played with me, Tim and Vinny from like 1999 until now and then we played with this guy Bill Pascali who sounds like Mark and doesn't play as good a keyboard as Mark but he sounds like Mark. So, we're playing from 1999 to 2005 with that band and we did a lot of stuff; we did a DVD with an orchestra and it's called, “When Two Worlds Collide” and that's on YouTube and we did an album called, “Then and Now” and we went to Europe a bunch of times, we went to Japan and we've done a whole lot of stuff with that band. In 2005 we put the original band back together with Tim, Mark, me and Vinny and we played a tour with The Doors and since then we've been playing and then Tim got in a motorcycle accident and didn't want to play on the road anymore and we got this guy Pete Bremy who has been playing with us for 10 years now and we've been playing with this combination for 10 years. So. it's not like we just got back together again it's been like playing the way we always played; we’ve known each other 55 years and we are comfortable with the songs and we do new songs that we release. I mean, we released “Stop In The Name Of Love” by The Supremes last year and that arrangement has Tim on it and I put new drums on it in my studio and by the time we released that last year, we were the only band from 1968 or 1967 with four original members that released new material and nobody heard it because of the way everything is set up today. There's no radio for Vanilla Fudge. There is video of it on YouTube but when we play it live people go freaking nuts because unlike new bands that play new material; when the audience is hearing it, they're familiar with it and nobody plays new material anymore; right? I went to see Rod Stewart and he has a million views on his new song and I went and saw him, we hung out backstage and he said to the audience, “We’ve got this new song out but most people that want to come to my shows want to hear the hits; am I right?” and everybody shouted, yes! They never played anything new. I went to see KISS the other night and they didn’t play anything new and that's the way it is but with Fudge the songs are songs they know; we screwed around and screwed them up and they like it (laughs). So, at the end of a new song they’re cheering with big cheers. So, with us doing a new record it doesn't pay to do a new record, we could just as easy be doing a song and put it in the set 'cause nobody; I mean with that video we might have and I haven't looked at it in a long time but it might have 15 or 20,000 views and that's nothing split around the world. “Do Ya' Think I'm Sexy” has 212,000,000 views and it went up 10,000,000 views in a few months and that's the difference and you don't get paid any money anymore. I mean, Peter Frampton had 55,000,000 views of something and he made $1,700; it’s a freaking joke.” 

So, as the old guard settles in playing "The Hits," the new guard struggles with an ever-changing music industry and fighting for audiences or just to be heard. With that in mind; where does Epic Tantrum go from here? 

"We put out our album in January of 2020 right before the pandemic started so it was really not a great time to put out a debut album," said a reflective Ross. "So, we've kind of just been writing and trying to record new material and hoping to get back out on the road. We had plans to do a lot of touring in 2020 or a lot of shows in 2020 I should say and you know once the pandemic started that kind of blew up and this is actually going to be one of our first shows outside of Syracuse which we're excited about. Hopefully, we'll have some new material out early next year; it won't be an album but our goal is just to kind of release EPs and just keep putting stuff out more frequently rather than waiting until we have 10 songs or something like that. So, I don't know for sure because the way music has changed and how it's released; I think we're going to focus on just kind of recording EP's and just putting them out onto the streaming platforms and then eventually taking enough of that material and turning it into a physical product but so much of music is consumed by streaming now that you know it doesn't make sense to wait until we have 10 songs written for an album and the songs we write are pretty complicated and hard to play and it's a bit of a challenge. So, it's nice to just get them recorded and feel like OK, now we can move on and kind of focus somewhere else because otherwise we'll probably just keep tinkering and changing those songs over and over and over again. So, it's kind of a good way to keep moving and putting out more music so that hopefully by early next year we'll have an EP out. I know once we've recorded everything it's just a question of getting it all mixed and all that stuff; I know EPs aren't as exciting to fans of progressive rock and stuff like that but it just seems like a better way for us to keep moving forward.” 

To discover more about the October 1 Sea Of Tranquility Fest, please visit https://www.seaoftranquility.org/index.php



 
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This week's event listings


Al's Airport Inn
636 Bear Tavern Road West Trenton
(609) 883-5252
Thurs. 5 p.m. Jonathan Savage
Sat. (12 p.m.) Acoustic Brunch (5 p.m.) Rob Silvers
Sun. (12 p.m.) Sunday Acoustic Brunch 
Mon. 5 p.m. Rob Silvers
Tues. 7 p.m. Mike & Laura Tusay
Wed. 7 p.m. John & Ty
Ancient Order of Hibernians
2419 Kuser Road Hamilton 
Fri. 6 p.m. "Hamilton Irish Festival" Irish Pub Night
Sat. 12 p.m. "Hamilton Irish Festival" (6:30 p.m.) Chrome Pony
Aristaeus Brewing
2475C Big Oak Road Langhorne, PA
(215) 757-2337
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Fri. 7 p.m. Oktoberfest: The Flying Deutschman w/ music by Ryan Sab
Sat. 3 p.m. Oktoberfest: The Vegan Table with music by Supertrain (7 p.m.) Jupiter & The Jets
Sun. 10 a.m. “Sunday Funday Brunch” (2 p.m.) Faye Mayer
Wed. 7 p.m. History Trivia Night
Bill's Olde Tavern 
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton 
(609) 586-0192 
Fri. 7 p.m. Best of Clapton 
Sat. 7 p.m. Unleashed
Mon. 7 p.m. Trivia
Tues. 7 p.m. Singer-Songwriter Night
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke
Ages 21+
Blue Bottle Cafe
101 East Broad Street Hopewell
(609) 333-1710
Wed. 6 p.m. Brian Elliot
Bordentown City
Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
Sat. 11 a.m. "Cranberry Fest '22" feat. Skelly, Justin Love, Princeton School of Rock, Jerry Lardieri, The Successful Failures , The Williamsboy
Sun. 11 a.m. "Cranberry Fest '22" feat. Two Ripped Jeans, Slugger O'Toole, Wednesday Jam, Leo Silverman, Mick Chorba, Keith Monacchio, Dave Vargo.  
Bordentown Elks
11 Amboy Road Bordentown 
(609) 298-2085 
Sat. 7 p.m. UWC Pro Wrestling and Trick or Treat with the Wrestlers. $5-$17, doors open at 6:30 p.m., family friendly 
Boro Bean
9 East Broad Street Hopewell
(609) 466-6681
Sat. 11 a.m. John Abbott  
Bowman's Tavern 
1600 River Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 862-2972 
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Jonathan Daddis Trio
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) Bob Egan
Sat. 7 p.m. Mark Smith Trio
Sun. (12 p.m.) Larry Tamanini (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Mon. 6 p.m. Josh Zuckerman
Wed. 6 p.m. Liz DuFour   
Bristol Riverside Theater
2501 Bath Road Bristol, PA
(215) 785-0100
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "A Leg Up"
Fri. 8 p.m.  "A Leg Up"
Sat. 2 p.m. / 8 p.m. "A Leg Up"
Sun. 3 p.m. "A Leg Up"
Wed. 2 p.m. / 7:30 p.m. "A Leg Up"
Broken Goblet Brewing
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 812-5653
Thurs. 7 p.m. Mike Estabrook
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Low Totem
Sat. 7 p.m. The Suicide Machines, McRad, The Best of The Worst
Sun. 3 p.m. Music Bingo 
Tues. 7 p.m. Luck of the Draw Weekly Dart Tournament
Wed. 8 p.m. Quizzo Hosted by Righteous Jolly
Bucks County Brewery and Hewn Spirits
31 Appletree Lane Pipersville, PA
(215) 766-7711
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Wes Johnson
Sat. 5:30 p.m. Blue Harmony
Bucks On Bridge 
25 Bridge Street Lambertville
(609) 483-2615
Tues. 5 p.m. Chess Night  
Burlington County Fairgrounds and Pavillion 
1960 Jacksonville Jobstown Road Columbus 
(609) 265-5858 
Sat. 10 a.m. "Gone To The Dogs" 8th Annual Craft Fair and Family Event
Burlington County Library/Amphitheater
5 Pioneer Boulevard West Hampton 
(609) 267-9660 
Fri. 6 p.m. Doobie Brothers Tribute w/ "What A Fool Believes" 
Sat. (6 p.m.) Jackie and the Gents (7 p.m.) Arena Rock Tribue   
Candlelight Lounge
24 Passaic Street Trenton 
(609) 695-9612 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam. $5
Sat. 3 p.m. An Evening of Blues w/ David Ross. $20  
Catch A Rising Star (Hyatt Regency Princeton)
102 Carnagie Center Princeton
(781) 568-1471
Fri. 8 p.m. Michele M. Traina w/ Divorce Diaries. $23.69 Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 7:30 p.m. John Butera and Friends. $23.69, Doors open at 7 p.m. 
Chickie's & Pete's  
183 US Highway 130 North Bordentown   
(609) 298-9182 
Fi./Sat. 8 p.m.  DJ Entertainment
City Streets 
510 Highway 130 South East Windsor 
(609) 426-9400
Sat. 9 p.m. Kindred Spirit  
COARadio.com 
125 South Main Street Hightstown 
(609) 241-7103
Fri. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues"
Sat. 3 p.m. “Rock On Radio Indie Hour”
Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. Paul Marzano and Dennis Diken of The Smithereens
Cooper's Riverview                                                                     
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
(609) 393-7300
Thurs. (7 p.m.) Midnight Sun (9 p.m.) Club Night w/ DJ Ran D. Ages 21+
Fri. (5 p.m.) "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere Happy Hour" (8 p.m.) Se7en
Sat. 8 p.m. Never Enough
Sun. 11 a.m. "Latin Jazz Brunch" w/ Victor Tarassov 
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. (7 p.m.) Blues Jam on the Deck  (8 p.m.) Disco “Hustle” Night w/ "Guest" DJs. $5
All Events Ages 21+ 
Crossing Vineyard and Winery 
1853 Wrightstown Road Washington Crossing, PA
(215) 493-6500
Thurs. 7 p.m. Tarot Card Reading and Wine Tasting
Sat.  2 p.m. (outdoors) Julia Melito
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. 9 p.m. AJ Slick
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Quizzo  
Dacey's Pub
215 West Philadelphia Avenue Morrisville, PA
(215) 295-4838
Fri. 7 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. 8 p.m. Anger Management
Sun. 4 p.m. Oldies with DJ Deuce
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Edgar Anderson
Wed. 7 p.m./9 p.m. Poker Night  
Eddington House Bensalem
2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA
(215) 639-1220
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Keep The Change
Wed. 7 p.m. Music Bingo w/ Dan
El Barrio Cantina & Tequila Bar
1470 Buck Road Southampton, PA
(267) 685-0725
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Talking In Cursive
Escape Resort, Restaurant & Bar
120 Pheasant Run Road Newtown, PA  
(215) 968-0600
Tues. 6 p.m. Karaoke   
Flying Pig Tavern & Tap
167 US-Route 130 North Bordentown
(609) 899-7447
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia
Forsgate Country Club   
375 Forsgate Drive Monroe 
(732) 521-0700 
Sat. 6:30 p.m. "Wine Dinner"  
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.) 
Gleason's Bar
6700 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA
(215) 943-4781
Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo / “Ladies Night”
Fri. (6 p.m.) "Happy Hour" (8 p.m.) Leading Zero
Tues. 6:30 p.m. Trivia Night Hosted by Best Choice Productions 
Green Parrot Restaurant Pub, & Patio
240 North Sycamore Street Newtown Township, PA
(215) 504-7277
Fri. 8 p.m. Keith & Joey
Sat. 8 p.m. The Naturals
Hamilton Tap & Grill
557 US Route 130 North Hamilton
(609) 905-0925
Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo w/ DJ Nebbs
Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia
Hamilton Veterans Park
1865 Yardville-Hamilton Square Road Hamilton  
Sat. 9 a.m. Mercer County Walk
Happy Apple Inn
29 Imlaystown Road Cream Ridge
(609) 259-7889
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Taconic Bourbon Release" $100 (Includes whiskey tastings, prime rib or salmon) $150 (Includes whiskey tastings, prime rib or salmon and a bottle)   
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.) "Lady Supreme" A Diana Ross Experience. $35 (11 p.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sat. (9 p.m.) Screaming Broccoli (11:59 p.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sun. (1 p.m.) Midnight Sun (6:30 p.m.) JB Kline Blues Band
Mon. (9 p.m.) "Lipstick Mondays Drag Show" Hosted by Cyannie Lopez (11 p.m.) Karaoke w/ Dwayne
Tues. 7 p.m. Tuesday Night Jazz w/ Jillian Ashcroft Quartet
Wed. 7 p.m. Jumper Duo
Hightstown Memorial Park
North Main Street Hightstown
Sat. 10 a.m. Hightstown "Harvest Fair" 
Hooters of Princeton 
US Route 1 South/Mercer Mall Lawrenceville
Fri. 8 p.m. Karaoke Party
Hopewell Valley Vineyards 
46 Yard Avenue Pennington 
(609) 737-4465 
Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5:30 p.m.) Bad Hombres Trio
Sat. (12 p.m.) "Wine & Waddle" Fundraiser (1 p.m.) Silent Q (5:30 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. The Jackalopes
Sun. 1:30 p.m. Rob Messina
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. (7 p.m.) Happy Hour (8 p.m.) Springbrooke
Sat. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula & Sam
Mon. 7 p.m. Motown Mondays w/ DJ Slow Ice
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic w/ Laura Fiacco 
Il Portico Restorante Italiano
273 West Route 130 South Burlington
(609) 239-1000
Thurs. 7 p.m. Jazz Night
Irish Rover Station House
1033 South Bellevue Avenue Langhorne, PA
(215) 970-5412
Sat. 12 p.m. "Oktoberfest"
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo  
Iron Plow Vineyards 
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus 
(732) 306-9111
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Andrew Lobby
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Mario & Frank
Sun. 1:30 p.m. Bob & Dave
Iron Plow Vineyards Tasting Room
61 High Street Mt. Holly
(732) 306-9111
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Wayne Palmer & Friends  
Ivy Tavern 
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton 
(609) 888-1435 
Thurs. 8:30 p.m. Karaoke. 
Sun. 8 p.m. Karaoke Latinos / Ladies Night
All shows 21+     
John & Peter's 
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa 
(215) 862-5981
Fri. 9 p.m. Comedy Showcase Hosted by Mike Dialto feat. Jay Simpson, Jake Lapinsky, Colin Armstrong, Devon Hall. Ages 21+
Sat. 3 p.m. Eastview & Shed's Kitchen 
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic (Sign-ups start at 8:30 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. "Battle of The Bartenders" (9 p.m.) DJ Jimmy G
Sat. 11 a.m. "Oktoberfest" 
Sun. 11 a.m. Sunday Brunch    
Laurita Winery 
85 Archertown Road New Egypt 
(609) 752-0200
Fri. (7:30 p.m.) "Kricket Comedy" Hosted by Eddie Gallagher feat. Missy Hall, Mike Celona, Matt Faison. Doors open at 6 p.m. 
Sat. "Oktoberfest Food Truck Festival" feat. (11 a.m.) Riverdogs (2 p.m.) Billy Joel Tribute w/ Wade Preston (3:30 p.m.) Pennington Station Band (6 p.m.)  Billy Joel Tribute w/ Wade Preston (7:30 p.m.) Nikki Briar & the Sweet Briar Band. (FIREWORKS after dusk)
Sun. "Oktoberfest Food Truck Festival" feat. (11 a.m.) Jersey SureCats (3 p.m.) Rangers Nouveau.
Lawrenceville Main Street
17 Phillips Avenue Lawrenceville
(609) 219-9300
Sun. 12 p.m. "Lawrence Township Community Day" (Takes place in Central Park)
Logan Inn 
10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA 
(215) 862-2300
Thurs. 7 p.m. BD Lenz
Fri. 8 p.m. Rob Tait
Magikava
87a South Main Street New Hope, PA
(215) 862-2739
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic  
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. 7:30 p.m. Music Bingo
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night
Wed. 7 p.m. Poker  
Millhill Basement 
300 S. Broad Street Trenton 
(609) 989-1600 
Fri. 9 p.m. Alpha Rabbit, Reese Van Riper, Take Today
Sat. 10 p.m. "The Millhill Massacre" feat. The Mad Splatter, The Whiskey Bats, The Mesos, The Galaxy Has Eyes. $8, doors open at 9 p.m.
ages 21+  
More Than Q
13 Klines Court Lambertville  
(609) 773-0072  
Sat. "Porchfest" feat. Bill and Fred's Excellent Adventure, Keith Kenny, Those Looks, Sam Ryan, Tod The Mod
Music Mountain Theater
1483 Route 179 Lambertville
(609)397-3337
Fri. 8 p.m. "Thoroughly Modern Millie"
Sat. 3 p.m./8 p.m. "Thoroughly Modern Millie"
Sun. 3 p.m. "Thoroughly Modern Millie"
All Shows Require Masks for the Unvaccinated
Naked Brewing Company
212 Mill Street Bristol, PA
(267) 544-7129
Fri. 7 p.m. Karaoke 
Sat. 11 a.m. Weekend “Acoustic” Brunch 
Sun. 11 a.m. Weekend Brunch
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
909 Ray Avenue Croydon, PA
(215) 458-7081
Thurs. 7 p.m. Rachel & Ty
New Hope Winery / Tavern
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA
(215) 794-2331
Fri. 8 p.m. Pat Travers Band
Sat. 8 p.m. U2 Tribute w/ "Unforgettable Fire" 
Newtown Athletic Club
120 Pheasant Run Newtown, PA
(215) 968-0600
Sat. 10 a.m. "Party In Pink" w/ Giovanna  
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA
(215) 944-8609
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Trivia
Fri. 6 p.m. Allison Landon
Sat. (3 p.m.)  Magic by Jared (6p.m.) Smooth Retsina Glow  
Nick's Roast Beef
4501 Woodhaven Road West Philadelphia, PA
(215) 637-5151
Thurs. 7 p.m.  Trivia
Sat. 9 p.m. The Launch
Sun. 4 p.m. Nothing 2 Prove
NJWeedman's Joint
322 East State Street Trenton
(609) 437-0898
Sat. 3 p.m. "Baffle The Cat" 
Nottingham Tavern 
9 Mercer Street Hamilton Square 
(609) 587-6623 
Thurs. 9:30 pm. Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Polish Nannies
Ages 21+
Odd Logic Brewing Co. 
500 Bristol Pike, Bristol, PA 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Trivia  
O'Fowley's Tavern & Grill 
200 State Road Croydon, PA 
(215) 785-6998
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo  
Old Town Pub 
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown 
(609) 291-9232
Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia
Tues. 7 p.m. Taco Tuesday w/ music by 
Wed. 7:30 p.m. Karaoke 
Oneida Boat Club
3 York Street Burlington 
Fri. 6 p.m.
Sat. 6 p.m. Orange Whip  
Palmer Square
40 Nassau Street Princeton
Fri.  6:15 p.m. Flamenco Dancing w/ Alborada Spanish Theater
Sat.12 p.m. “Summer Music Series" feat. Strictly 60s
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/ DJ Ron
Sun. 11 a.m. Jazz Brunch  
Princeton Public Library (Hinds Plaza)
65 Witherspoon Street Princeton  
(609) 924-9529
Sun. 3 p.m. Loose Bricks
Princeton United Methodist Church 
7 Vandeventer Avenue Princeton
Sat. 4 p.m. Quadrants handbell Quartet  
Princeton University (Richardson Auditorium)
Nassau Street Princeton
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "Healing with Music" w/ Clemency Burton-Hill 
Randy Now's Man Cave
119 West Ward Street Hightstown 
(609) 424-3766
Sat. 11 a.m. "Weird NJ Magazine's" Mark Sceurman & Mark Moran
Restart The Arts
110 High Street Burlington
Tues. 5:30 p.m. Random Notes Acoustic Linda  
River House at Odette’s
274 South Rive Road New Hope, PA
(215) 682-2022
Thurs. (5:30 p.m.) Tony Alosi (7 p.m.) Matt Gordeuk
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Joanna Caruso (7 p.m.) Paula Johns Duo
Sat. (11:30 a.m.) Brunch w/ Russell Norkevich (5:30 p.m.) Walter Lee  (7 p.m.) Bob Egan
Sun. (11:30 a.m.) Brunch w/ Dave Dales Duo (7 p.m.) Michael Andrew
Mon. 7 p.m. Scott Gurney
Tues. 7 p.m. Camille Peruto
Wed. 7 p.m. Megan Knight
Second Sin Brewing Company
1500 Grundy Lane Bristol, PA
(267) 812-5251
Thurs. 7 p.m.  Trivia
Shady Brook Farm
931 Stony Hill Road Yardley, PA
(215) 968-1670
Sat. 6 p.m. WURL
Sun. "Farm Fall Fest" feat. (12 p.m.) Tuesday Night Special (6:30 p.m.) The Needful
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo w/ Emily & Joe
Slim's Irish Pub
2195 Galloway Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 332-0047
Thurs. 5 p.m. Ryan Sab    
Small World Coffee 
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
(609) 924-4377 x2
Sat. 5:30 p.m. Damsel, Red Saint 
Sparky World-Famous Beer Garden
4333 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(215) 943-2321
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Dana
Sat. 9 p.m. "10th Anniversary Party" w/ The Flip-N-Mickeys
Sun. 9 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Cara Cartney
Mon. 9 p.m. Game Night Hosted by Kid Dalton
Tues. 8 p.m. Johnny Betz
Wed. 8 p.m. Acoustic Daze    
Stars & Stripes Harley Davidson
600 South Flowers Mill Road Langhorne, PA
(215) 752-9400
Fri.  6 p.m. Backstage Party and Open Mic. 
Sat. 11 a.m. "Customer Appreciation Weekend" (Includes FREE Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Beer) 
Steam Pub
606 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA
(215) 942-6468
Sat. 10 p.m. 52 Pickup
Mon. 6 p.m. "Sip N Shop" 
1675 at The Ridges
4666 East Bristol Road Trevose, PA
(215) 876-6868
Thurs. 7 p.m.  Quizzes at The Ridges
Fri. 6 p.m. Diane & Joe
Sun. 6 p.m. Rock-a-Billy Sunday
1675 Spirits
2685 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
(215) 645-1445
Fri. 6 p.m. Stage Left Duo 
1867 Sanctuary 
101 Scotch Road Ewing 
(609) 392-6409
Fri. 7:30 p.m. "After The Dust Settles" (FREE event)
Tankard Pub
440 Keim Boulevard Burlington
(609) 306-5079
Thurs. 8:30 p.m. The Williamsboy  
Taps Sports Bar
4021-4023 Veterans Highway Levittown, PA
(215) 486-7862
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke Hosted by Paula
Mon. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Joe Goodnall  
Tara's Tavern
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown 
(609) 286-2300 
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Big Daddy G
Sat. 9 p.m. The Jeanne Morris Band
Telouro Jazz Café
826 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA
(267) 797-5456
Fri. 7 p.m. Aaron Quarterman 
Temperance House 
5 South State Street Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8050 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Open Session Blues Hosted by Steve Guyger
Mon. 7 p.m. Trivia w/ Righteous Jolly
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Cara Cartney   
TGI Fridays
780 Route 130 South Hamilton 
(609) 581-6910  
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke w/ Big Daddy G
TGI Fridays 
685 Middletown Blvd. Langhorne, PA  
(215) 750-8002
Sun. 8 p.m. Don Lee   
TGI Fridays
3535 U.S. Route 1 North #275 Princeton
(609) 520-0378
Fri. 6 p.m. Joshua Van Ness
Sun. (1 p.m.) Edison Wilson (9 p.m.) Opry Mills  
The Beer Garden at Snipes Farm
890 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA
Sat. 9 a.m. Fall Harvest Festival. $10
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" 
The Brothers Moon 
7 West Broad Street Hopewell
Fri. 5 p.m. Parklet Pop-up: Cruise Night w/ Music by Nate Walker  
The Buck Hotel
1200 Buck Road Feasterville, PA
(215) 396-2002
Thurs. 7 p.m. Kirko
Fri. 7 p.m. Love Junk
Sat. 9 p.m. Buzzer Band
Tues. 6 p.m. Danny Lynch Duo  
The Cool Cricket 
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro 
(609) 291-9110 
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke
The Dubliner
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA
(215) 693-1816
Fri. 7 p.m. The Willie Lynch Band
Sat. 7 p.m. Seamus Kelleher
The Federal Twist Vineyard 
8 Federal Twist Road Stockton
(609) 773-6066
Sat. 12 p.m. Harvest Fest feat. The VooDudes
Sun. 12 p.m. Harvest Fest feat. Slim & The Perkolators
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. Fab Fly
Sat. 9 p.m. Kickbax
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Music Bingo w/ Jonathan Appel
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic w/ Chris Benedetti  
The HOB Tavern 
146 Second Street Bordentown 
(609) 291-7020 
Tues 7 p.m.  Music Bingo  
The Ivy Inn 
248 Nassau Street Princeton 
(609) 921-8555 
Fri. 9 p.m. DJ Slick
Sat. 9 p.m. DJ Fatha Ramzee
Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv
Wed. 10 p.m. Total Request w/ DJ Rockin' Ron  
The Morrisville Tavern
376 West Trenton Avenue Morrisville, PA
(215) 295-5310
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Sat. 8 p.m. Soul Shine
Mon. 7 p.m. Musical Bingo
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic
Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia Night
The Newtown Theatre
120 North State Street Newtown, PA
(215) 968-3859
Thurs. 7 p.m. James Taylor Tribute w/ "Sweet Baby James"
Fri. 7 p.m. A Night of Newtown Memories  
The Roost 
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge 
(609) 208-0050
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Sean Cox & Joe Hoyer
Fri. 8 p.m. Boys of Brunswick
Sat. 8 p.m. Riverdogs
Wed. 6 p.m. Joe Vadala
The Sycamore Grill 
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA 
(215) 908-6326 
Fri. 8 p.m. Native Sun
Sat. 8 p.m. Plush Duo
The Union Firehouse
18 Washington Street Mount Holly
(609) 288-6491
Fri. 8 p.m. Tom Petty Tribute w/ "Pure Petty" Doors open at 7 p.m.
Sat. 8 p.m. '80s Night w/ "Rock Kandy." Doors open at 7 p.m.
Trenton Social  
449 South Broad Street Trenton 
(609) 989-7777
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Happy Hour Throwback Thursday"
Sat. 8 p.m. Live Music (TBA) 
Mon. 6 p.m. "Monday Night Karaoke" Hosted by Sweets
Tues. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Tobias & Lea (Sign-ups at 7:30 p.m.)  
Under The Moon
23 North Union Street Lambertville
(609) 397-1710
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia w/ Righteous Jolly
Fri. 6 p.m. Greg and Grant
Sat. (12:30 p.m.) Max Rogers (6 p.m.) Greg McGarvey
Wed. 5:30 p.m. Robin Clabby  
Vault Brewing Company
10 South Main Street Yardley, PA
(267) 573-4291
Fri. 7 p.m. Jill Salkin Duo
Sat. 7 p.m. John Sheridan Trio 
Village Idiot Brewing Company
42 High Street Mount Holly 
(609) 975-9270  
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Sun. 1 p.m. Open Mic
Vince's Pizzeria and Taproom
573 Durham Road Newtown, PA
(267) 491-5418 
Sun. 5 p.m. Brick
Wildflowers Inn 
2572 Pennington Road Pennington   
(609) 773-2392
Thurs. 6 p.m. Rob Silvers
Wilson's Pub
1870 Brownsville Road Trevose Heights, PA 
(215) 355-4739 
Fri. 8 p.m. Keep The Change 
Working Dog Winery 
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown 
(609) 371-6000
Sat. 1 p.m. Ronnie Brandt
Sun. 1 p.m. Spoondrift
WWFM 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  
Thurs. 7 p.m. Matt Cook


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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A Christmas Carol

Thursday, December 08, 2022 @ 7:30pm
McCarter Theatre Center (Matthews Theater)
91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
category: theatre


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Vienna Boys Choir

Thursday, December 08, 2022 @ 7:00pm
Grunin Center
1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754
category: music


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THE IRISH TENORS - "WE THREE KINGS" CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Thursday, December 08, 2022 @ 8:00pm
State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
category: music


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Seton Hall University Annual Winter Concert

Thursday, December 08, 2022 @ 7:30pm
South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ 07079
category: music


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George Street Playhouse presents "Joy"

Thursday, December 08, 2022 @ 8:00pm
New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC)
11 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
category: theatre


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A Rockapella Holiday

Friday, December 09, 2022 @ 8:00pm
South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ 07079
category: music


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A Christmas Story, The Musical

Friday, December 09, 2022 @ 7:30pm
Algonquin Arts Theatre
60 Abe Voorhees, Manasquan, NJ 08736
category: theatre


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A Christmas Carol

Friday, December 09, 2022 @ 7:30pm
McCarter Theatre Center (Matthews Theater)
91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
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Broadway for the Holidays II

Friday, December 09, 2022 @ 7:30pm
Grunin Center Black Box Theater
1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754
category: theatre


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Pyrenesia & Alex Radus Band

Friday, December 09, 2022 @ 8:00pm
Hopewell Theater
5 S. Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, NJ 08525
category: music


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Darlene Love - Love for the Holidays

Friday, December 09, 2022 @ 8:00pm
Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC)
30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631
category: music


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CDC Theatre presents Elf the Musical

Friday, December 09, 2022 @ 8:00pm
CDC Theatre
78 Winans Avenue, Cranford, NJ 07016
category: theatre


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Celtic Angels Christmas

Friday, December 09, 2022 @ 7:30pm
Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC)
100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
category: music


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George Street Playhouse presents "Joy"

Friday, December 09, 2022 @ 8:00pm
New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC)
11 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
category: theatre


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A Christmas Story, The Musical

Saturday, December 10, 2022 @ 2:00pm
Algonquin Arts Theatre
60 Abe Voorhees, Manasquan, NJ 08736
category: theatre


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A Christmas Story, The Musical

Saturday, December 10, 2022 @ 7:30pm
Algonquin Arts Theatre
60 Abe Voorhees, Manasquan, NJ 08736
category: theatre


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A Christmas Carol

Saturday, December 10, 2022 @ 1:00pm
McCarter Theatre Center (Matthews Theater)
91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
category: theatre


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A Christmas Carol

Saturday, December 10, 2022 @ 7:00pm
McCarter Theatre Center (Matthews Theater)
91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
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Ann Hampton Callaway & Liz Callaway: Broadway the Calla-way!

Saturday, December 10, 2022 @ 8:00pm
South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ 07079
category: music


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Broadway for the Holidays II

Saturday, December 10, 2022 @ 2:00pm
Grunin Center Black Box Theater
1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754
category: theatre


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