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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...10/26/23


By Danny Coleman

originally published: 10/26/2023

Rock On! This Week"Friends & Family," began Firefall's Jock Bartley, "Our manager Len Fico who is also our record label, he suggested to me and Mark Andes when Mark was still in the band and who has since retired before we started this record; he said, "You know, the original guys in Firefall, many of you played in other famous bands; why don't you do an album of just their material?" When he said that, the lightbulb went off in my head and I said, "That's great but why don't we expand that?"

So began the process of Firefall's latest release, the aforementioned "Friends & Family," a collection of songs from the group's favorite artists, friends, past employers and "Family." Recently, guitarist and vocalist, Jock Bartley elaborated on the making of the record, the band's song choices, the certain criteria and taboo of the material and more. 

"In 1976 when our first album came out of the box so big," we toured with Fleetwood Mac, Marshall Tucker, The Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Loggins and Messina and I thought, let's open it up and do a song of theirs too and Len said, "That's Great!" Once that Idea started taking shape, I knew that it was a really big responsibility to pick the right songs because some songs shouldn't be touched by anybody else. Len even suggested that we should do The Band, "Up On Cripple Creek" and I said, no freaking way! Levon Helm is the only guy who should ever sing that song. On the Heart song, I didn't know which one to do and "Barracuda" to me was off limits; no, we shouldn't do that and so, I didn't know which one to do by the Wilson sisters and our new amazing lead singer, John Basaha who was also in The Babys said, "I can really sing "What About Love?" great" and he did. In fact, "What About Love?" and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man" are John singing. When he and Steve Weinmeister rejoined the band; man, our vocals are over the top now and it was such a pleasure making this record."

Given the longevity of the band and the copious amount of musicians they've encountered, performed with and befriended; how was it possible to even begin choosing the material for this record? 

"It was difficult yet sometimes really easy," explained Bartley. "Loggins and Messina, the obvious choice without even thinking was, "Angry Eyes." That was so much up Firefall's alley that it was really great doing that. I didn't know which Dan Fogelberg song to pick and I certainly didn't know which Doobie Brothers song to pick. On a side note, Dan Fogelberg, we kept that really close to the original. Our version doesn't sound like Dan's because there is a different vocalist, different guitar sounds, different studio, different time; on the Doobie Brothers song, "Long Train Runnin'"  I deliberately wanted to make that a bit different. Instead of going with the original Tommy Johnson signature guitar part, I kind of made the biggest part of the song the secondary guitar part and then we added a sax. We obviously tried to respectfully keep true to these songs and some of them sound different and some are right in the ballpark. So, it was really a challenge and really great."



 
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Prior to the album's release several weeks ago, there was the customary release of singles to draw advance interest. Bartley and the boys chose their adaptation of Skynyrd's "Simple Man" as the first to be revealed; a dangerous yet brilliant move given the song's notoriety and popularity. A laughing Bartley explained how they intend on incorporating this album and tunes with such rich history into Firefall's performances.

"Well, the album came out at the end of September. "Simple Man" was the first single and "Long Train Runnin'" was the second; we play so many packages with all of these famous '70s bands that oftentimes we're only given 45 minutes to play and we have to play our big five or six songs. We're going to start playing two or three of these songs in our show and if it's a headline show where it's a 90 minute show or longer; we may even do four or five. We may even just do one or two of these songs as encore songs and keep the main part of our set just Firefall songs which we've got so many great ones of also." 

"We had some guest stars play on this record. Actually, Howard Leese from Heart played the guitar solo on "Simple Man" and I doubled it and we made a big solo out of it. Guitar wizard John  Jorgenson played on The Byrds song and one of my friends in Colorado, John Magnie from The Subdudes is a great accordion player and to me, when you add an accordion to the right song; certainly not every song should have an accordion but when you add an accordion, it gives the song a down home, back porch kind of feel. I really wanted to do that on "Simple Man" and I really like our version and I really tried to, when I was playing the solo on that song; to try and keep true to how great those Lynyrd Skynyrd guitar players were."

Their last studio album of original material was 2020's "Comet," one that didn't really get a fair shake due to viruses, lockdowns and other things cutting into their promotional and tour schedules. Jock says the band has plans to promote this one as much as possible in a concentrated fashion but they also have an eye to the future.

"We don't really do tours anymore," he said with another laugh. "We're kind of weekend warriors where we go out for two or three gigs in Florida, California or wherever we go and we are playing a lot this fall. What's in store though is, we are doing a "Friends & Family" number 2 and I've already started on some of those songs and it's really fun. I do want to add some new Firefall songs to that as a bonus. The concept to me is so cool and there are a lot of songs we didn't choose from these bands like, "So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star" by The Byrds or one of the songs we are doing is "Love the One You're With" by Stephen Stills. So, it's gonna be Volume Two and we'll kind of finish off this concept album."

"Concept album?" Are there any bands making those any longer? To the average fan and/or listener, this may seem like a collection of remakes but those in the know or long time fans of Firefall; they know the history. When asked the question; do you find it ironic that when you started out as a musician you played cover material and now after all of these years and the band's successes; you've returned to playing cover material? Bartley couldn't help but laugh.

"You know, it's funny because a lot of my friends here in Colorado play in bands and play cover tunes in clubs and I've been really fortunate and lucky in my life; thank you Rick Roberts and Larry Burnett our songwriters; have been since 1974 in Firefall; I haven't played in a cover band since college. So, it's kind of funny but the main thing in a group, Firefall, the Eagles, The Little River Band and some of those bands from the '70s; the main important thing is the song. Firefall always had some great songs to play and our first three albums sound so good today still and people love those songs with songs like "Mexico," "Strange Way" and "Cinderella;" unbelievable. So, this is a departure and so much fun because we are lovingly and respectfully treating these songs by other folks that we know; also, just the '60s and '70s, what a fertile time for American music, wow." 



 
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"The truth is," he went on,  "All of us later musicians learned from the best band ever; The Beatles. It was like, wow, you could write your own songs! Suddenly all of that group of '70s acts, particularly a band like the Eagles or Dan Fogelberg; it's like writing your own songs, playing and singing them to perfection and having them really connect with an audience; well, that is just great." 

To discover more about Firefall or purchase "Friends & Family," please visit https://firefallofficial.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


Allentown Borough
Main Street Allentown
Thurs. 6 p.m. Annual Witches Night Out
All Saints Church
16 All Saints Road Princeton
Sun. 5 p.m. Choral Evensong
Al's Airport Inn
636 Bear Tavern Road West Trenton
(609) 883-5252 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Diane Chiorello
Sat. (12 p.m.) Acoustic Brunch w/ Bill Thomas (5 p.m.) JT Rox (8 p.m.) A Night of Boos & Booze w/ DJ Justin Macellaro
Mon. 5 p.m. Rob Silvers
Tues. 7 p.m. Brian Elliot
Wed. (4 p.m.) LGBTQ Happy Hour (7 p.m.) 
Aristaeus Brewing
2475C Big Oak Road Langhorne, PA 
(215) 757-2337
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Sat. 7 p.m. Halloween Party w/ Beth Arnold Gilbert Band & Supertrain 
Arm & Hammer Park
1 Thunder Road Trenton 
(609) 394-3300
Thurs. 4:30 p.m. EVENT FULL: FREE Trick or Treat at the Trenton Thunder  
Arts Council of Princeton 
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
(609) 924-8777 
Fri. (1 p.m.) Meet The Artist: Valerie Huhn (7:30 p.m.) Monthly Dance Party: "Halloween Extravaganza"
Sat. (2 p.m.) Meet The Artist: Valerie Huhn (7 p.m.) Cafe Improv 
Mon. 6 p.m. Weekly Open Drawing Studio w/ Live Model
Wed. 7 p.m. Inktober Draw-A-Long w/ Barbara DiLorenzo 
Ashlynn Distillery 
32 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Cecil & Carl
Fri. 7 p.m. Diane & PK
Sat. 12 p.m. "1 Year Anniversary" feat. Cara Cartney, Midnight Sun TTL, Cecil & Carl
Sun. 3 p.m. Dueling Pianos
Wed. 6 p.m. Cara Cartney
Bill's Olde Tavern
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton
(609) 586-0192
Thurs. 7 p.m. Line Dancing
Fri. 7 p.m. Thrown Together
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. 2 p.m. JDuo
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 
Sun. 2 p.m. Bordentown City Halloween Parade 
Bordentown Elks
11 Amboy Road Bordentown 
(609) 298-2085 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Taste of Bordentown City
Sat. 8 p.m. Halloween Party feat. The Soul Cruisers (SOLD OUT check for availability)
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. John Bianculli Trio
Sun. (12 p.m.) Bill Avayou Trio (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 p.m. Ozzy Experience w/ "Crazy Train"
Sat. 8 p.m. Pearl Jam Tribute w/ "The Ledbetters"
Sun. 7 p.m. Darkbuster, NOI!SE, Vulture Raid, Hardx Turf. $20 (Advance), ages 18+
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Righteous Jolly
Bucks County Brewery and Hewn Spirits 
31 Appletree Lane Pipersville, PA
(215) 766-7711
Sat. 4 p.m. Leisure Suit Monday
Sun. 2 p.m. Just Jeff  
Bucks On Bridge
25 Bridge Street Lambertville
(609) 483-2615
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Poetry Night 
Tues. 5 p.m. Chess Night
Wed. 6 p.m. Trivia
Cadwalader Park (Ellarslie Museum)
299 Parkside Avenue Trenton 
(408) 335-4400 
Sat. 11 a.m. Make a Puppet Day
Candlelight Lounge 
24 Passaic Street Trenton  
(609) 695-9612 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam. $5
Sun. 3 p.m. Akiko. $20
Catch A Rising Star (Hyatt Regency Princeton) 
102 Carnagie Center Princeton
(781) 568-1471
Fri. 7:30 p.m. Bob Nelson Hosted by Jay Silverberg. $26.50, Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Bob Nelson Hosted by Jay Silverberg. $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
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. 7 p.m. Groove Pocket
Cooper'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.) Halloween Party w/ The Nerds and DJ Paul Desisto
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) 
Wed. (7 p.m.) Blues and BBQ Jam (8 p.m.) Wednesday Night Fever Disco Hustle Night
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 
Sat. 2 p.m. Trick or Treat for Grownups w/ Kim & Chuck
Sun. 2 p.m. Sweet Spot  
Crosswicks Community House 
480 Main Street Crosswicks
(609) 442-5830
Fri. 7:30 p.m. 22nd Annual Witches Ball
Sun. 4 p.m. Crosswicks Halloween Parade
Curran’s Irish Inn
1909 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
(215) 245-1800
Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo 
Fri. 8 p.m. Rachel & Ty
Sat. 8 p.m. So Easy
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
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic 
Dharma Bums 
4935 River Road New Hope, PA
(215) 663-2867
Thurs. 8 p.m. Malcolm Clark Jazz Trio
Fri. 8 p.m. Boris Garcia
Sat. 8 p.m. Pre-Halloween Party w/ Cryptical Sunshine 
Eddington House Bensalem
2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA 
(215) 639-1220 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. SideArm
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Zone
Mon. 5:30 p.m. "Family Fun Night" w/ Amazing Balloon Creations by Kelsi-Joe
El Barrio Cantina & Tequila Bar
1470 Buck Road Southampton, PA 
(267) 685-0725 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Go Hamm Trio
Sat. 8 p.m. Jeni & Joe
Escape Resort, Restaurant & Bar 
120 Pheasant Run Road Newtown, PA 
Tues. 6 p.m. Karaoke
Flying Pig Tavern & Tap 
167 US-Route 130 North Bordentown 
(609) 899-7447
Fri. 9 p.m. Side Daddy
Sat. 9 p.m. Mike Slom & Steve Bross or 44 Fridays
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 
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. 215 MOPAR 6th Annual Trunk or Treat
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.) Halloween Party feat. (8:30 p.m. Never Enough
Sat. Halloween Party feat. (5 p.m.) Casey Welborn (8 p.m.) Little Sister
Tues. 6:30 p.m. Trivia Night Hosted by Best Choice Productions
Grounds For Sculpture
80 Sculptors way Hamilton
(609) 586-0616 
Sat. 10:30 a.m. "Artists In Action" Studio Program
Grover's Mill Coffee House 
Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction   
(609) 716-8771  
Thurs. 6 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Wade Prestridge 
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. Trivia
Happy Apple Inn 
29 Imlaystown Road Cream Ridge
(609) 259-7889
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Makers Mark Barrel Release
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.) Classic Skynyrd Live w/ "Southern Steel." $20  (11 p.m. ) DJ Dance Party 
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Halloween Costume Party w/ Bigg Romeo (11:59 p.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sun. 4 p.m. High Heel After Party
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Dwayne
Tues. 9 p.m. "Scary-ok-ie" Come in Costume
Wed. 7 p.m. Jumper Duo 
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington 
(609) 737-4465 
Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5:30 p.m.) Christine Havrilla
Sat. (9 a.m.) WWFM Fransisco (1 p.m.) Craig Leach Group (5:30 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. Chris from Rave On
Sun. 2:30 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Hopewell Valley Vineyards Jazz Band
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. 
Sat. 8 p.m. Halloween Party w/ DJ
Mon. 7 p.m. Motown Mondays w/ rotating DJs BeeNice, Rawskillz, JusGroove
Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Tuesday 
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 
Sat. 8 p.m. Halloween Party w/ DJ Dante
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo Night
Iron Plow Vineyards
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus 
(732) 306-9111 
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Heart & Soul
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Cliff Barnes
Sun. 2 p.m. Spoondrift
Iron Plow Vineyards Tasting Room
61 High Street Mt. Holly 
(732) 306-9111
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Marlene Howell
Ivy Tavern
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton 
(609) 888-1435 
Thurs. 8:30 p.m. Karaoke 
All shows 21+    
John & Peter's
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa 
(215) 862-5981 
Fri. 9 p.m.  Comedy Night w/ Mike Dialto & Friends
Sat. (3 p.m.) The Dust-Ups (9 p.m.) Dinosaur Eyelids
Sun. (3 p.m.) Trip Dogs (9 p.m.) Proboscis, Underground Rats, Amorphus Blob Orchestra, Lo-fi Milf
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. 7 p.m. My Other Band
Sat. (11 a.m.) Trunk or Treat (9 p.m.) Halloween Party w/ DJ Jimmy G
Mon. 4 p.m. Halloween "Yappy" Hour and Pt Costum Contest
Wed. (6 p.m.) radio Fiction (8 p.m.) Trivia Hosted by Geek Who Drink
KUMO 27
3376 Route 27 South Brunswick
(732) 419-3452 
Sat. 7 p.m. Halloween Party
La Cena Ristorante
2233 Galloway Road Bensalem, PA
(215) 639-9969
Wed. 6 p.m. Joe Plush & Friends w/ Kess
Laurita Winery 
85 Archertown Road New Egypt 
(609) 752-0200 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Laurita Fall Junior Idol Tryouts
Fri. 7 p.m. Paint & Sip (SOLD OUT check for availability)
Sat. Harvest Weekend "HalloWINE Food Truck Festival" feat. (11 a.m.) Jersey Surecats (2:30 p.m.) Shoresyde Band (6 p.m.) Junkyard Dawgs. $13 (advance / age 20 and under FREE)
Sun. Harvest Weekend "HalloWINE Food Truck Festival" feat. (11 a.m.) Strictly '60s (3 p.m.) Pennington Station Band. $13 (advance / age 20 and under FREE)
Library Company of Burlington
23 West Union Street Burlington
(609) 3861273
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night
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. 12 p.m. Fall Festival
Sun. 11 a.m. Fall Festival
Louie's by Jason 
1111 Route 130 North Robbinsville
Wed. 5:30 p.m. The Blue Eyed Balladeer
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  
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 949-9570 
Sat. 8 p.m. Halloween Spectacular feat. Old School, All Lit Up, Big Whiskey. $10
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night 
Millhill Basement 
300 S. Broad Street Trenton 
(609) 989-1600
Wed. 9 p.m. Tail Light Rebellion, DIM, Jimmy-n-Johnny, Jay Hernandez
Music Mountain Theater
1483 Route 179 Lambertville
(609)397-3337
Fri. 8 p.m. "Elf" the Musical
Sat. 3 p.m./ 8 p.m. "Elf" the Musical
Sun. 3 p.m. "Elf" the Musical
Naked Brewing Company 
212 Mill Street Bristol, PA 
(267) 544-7129
Thurs. 7 p.m. Bob Sauler
Fri.  7 p.m. Costume Contest w/ Cara Cartney
Sat. (12:30 p.m.) Porch the Band (7 p.m.) Honey Spot Blvd.
Sun. 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. Video Game Night 
Fri. 7:30 p.m. FREE Movie Night feat. "Freaky Friday-Monster Squad"
Sat. 12 p.m. Halloween Party 
Sun. 12 p.m. Sunday Scaries w/ Edgar Allen Poe
New Egypt Flea Market Village 
933 Monmouth County Road Cream Ridge 
(609) 758-2082
Sat. 3 p.m. Moonlit Market Halloween Celebration and Costume Contest / Big Kid Monster Mash Up Toy Show
Sun. 8 a.m. Flea Market 
Wed. 8 a.m. Flea Market
New Hope Winery / Tavern 
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 794-2331 
Sat. 8 p.m. Cars Tribute w/ "Best Friends Girl" 
Newtown Athletic Club 
120 Pheasant Run Newtown, PA 
(215) 968-0600 
Fri. 7 p.m. Teen Halloween Party  
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8609 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Spooky Halloween Trivia 
Fri. (6 p.m.) The Accidental Brothers m(7 p.m.) Alan Tofig
Sat. 12 p.m. Halloween Costume Party feat. (3 p.m.) Magic By Jared / Oracle Card Readings (3:30 p.m.) Kids Costume Contest and Trick or Treating (6 p.m.) Two For Flinching (7 p.m.) Adult Costume Contest
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. Back In The Day Halloween Party w/ DJ 
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 
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Blind Lemon Pie
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Family Affair
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. Quizzo
Old Hights Brewing 
123 West Ward Street Hightstown 
(609) 469-5976
Sat. 6 p.m. Vintage Vibe Tribe Halloween Bash
Sun. 1 p.m. Fall Market, Pumpkin Painting & Kids Costume Contest 
Old Town Pub
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown 
(609) 291-9232
Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia
Fri. 9 p.m. Fuey
Sat. 9 p.m. The Early Birds
Sun. 10 a.m. Brunch
Tues. 6 p.m. Taco Tuesday w/ Radio Fiction 
Palmer Square 
40 Nassau Street Princeton  
Fri. 5:15 p.m. Hometown Halloween Parade  
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. No More Fences
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo"
Patriot's Theater at The War Memorial                                                             
1 Memorial Drive Trenton 
(609) 984-8400
Sat. 7 p.m. "45th Season Opening Concert" w/ The New Jersey Youth Symphony"
Pete's Steak House 
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton
 (609) 585-8008
Fri. 9 p.m. Deep Release
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
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. "Everyday Utopia" w/ Kristen Ghodsee & Joan Scott
Sat. 3 p.m. "The Superheroes Journey" w/ Patrick McDonnell & Gil Roth
Princeton University (Richardson Auditorium)
Nassau Street Princeton
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "Do Re Meet" Priceton Student Mingle
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. 8 p.m. Halloween Party w/ The Resurrection of The Screamin' Jay Hawkins Band. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., (Tickets online)   
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/ Neil Podgurski Duo 
Romeo's Restaurant & Pizza 
10 Schalks-Crossing Road Plainsboro 
(609) 799-4554  
Fri. 6:30 p.m. The Blue Eyed Balladeer  
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. Quizzoholics
Saint Mark United Methodist Church  
465 Paxson Avenue Hamilton Square 
(609) 587-1286
Sun. 3 p.m. Trunk or Treat
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
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 
Thurs. 6 p.m. The Zings
Fri. 6 p.m. The Loop
Sat. Fall Fest feat. (12 p.m.) Sister Merlin (6 p.m.) The Rockets 
Sun. Fall Fest feat. (12 p.m.) Low Totem (5 p.m.) Pixie Twist
Slim's Irish Pub 
2195 Galloway Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 332-0047
Sat. 9 p.m. Halloween Party Bash feat. Wicked Alibi
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. Tom Trovas Duo
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. 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
Stars & Stripes Harley Davidson
600 South Flowers Mill Road Langhorne, PA 
(215) 752-9400 
Sun. 5 p.m. Open Mic Night
Steam Pub 
606 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA 
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Montone
Sat. 10 p.m. Halloween Costume Party w/ DJ Kev
1867 Sanctuary
101 Scotch Road Ewing
(609) 392-6409
Sun. 2 p.m. "La Boheme" $25, $10 
Tara's Tavern 
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown 
(609) 286-2300 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Ken Dubman
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Jay Oliver Duo  
Tavern On The Lake 
101 Main Street Hightstown 
(609) 426-9345  
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  
Sat. 7 p.m. Bad Hombres Acoustic
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 Bank of Princeton
10 Bridge Street Lambertville 
Fri. 6 p.m. The Back Porch Jug Band
The Beer Garden and Education Center at Snipes Farm
890 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA 
Sat. 8 p.m. Steal Your Peach. $25
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
Wed. 7:30 p.m. "Spirit Rider & Night Heart" A Performance of Shadow Puppetry and Song
The Bog (Cranbury Golf Club)
49 Southfield Road West Windsor
(609) 799-0341 
Sat. 7 p.m. Hallowenn Party w/ Guns For Hire. $10/$15  
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.) Halloween Party w/ The Dicoteks
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. El Ka Bong
The Cure Insurance Center  
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton  
(609) 656-3200  
Sat. 9 a.m. Garden State Games "Cheer"
Sun. 8 a.m. Eastern Region Pop Warner Cheerleading Championship  
The Dubliner
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA 
(215) 693-1816
Fri. 7 p.m. Sean Fleming
Sat. 7 p.m. Gerry Timlin
Sun. 2 p.m. Gerry Timlin 
The Federal Twist Vineyard 
8 Federal Twist Road Stockton
(609) 773-6066  
Sat. 2 p.m. Catmoondaddy. $5 (Ages 20 and under FREE)
Sun. 2 p.m. Phase 3. $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 
Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo w/ Jonathan Appel
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Chris Benedetti
The Irish Horne Bar & Restaurant
882 2nd Street Pike Richboro, PA 
(215) 942-4000 
Fri. 7 p.m. The Bucks County Singers
Sat. 8 p.m. Tuesday Night Special
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. Entertainment Unlimited Rotating DJs
Sat. 9:30 p.m. DJ Darius the 1st
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. DJ Johnny Bones
Sat. 8 p.m. Shameless
Mon. 8 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
Thurs. 8 p.m. The Wankers 
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. T-Bone Jam, Peter of The Relic Room
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. Diablo Sandwich Band
Sat. 8 p.m. Halloween Night w/ Kindred Spirit
Wed. 6 p.m. Joe Vadala
The Sycamore Grill
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA
(215) 908-6326 
Fri. 8 p.m. Bill Thomas 
Sat. 8 p.m. Low Totem
The Tavern at Penns Park 
2295 Second Street Pike Newtown, PA
(267) 491-5658
Fri. 8 p.m. Grape Street 
The Union Firehouse
18 Washington Street Mount Holly
(609) 288-6491
Thurs. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Joe Vadala. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 
Fri. 8 p.m. Tribute to The Pretenders & Sheryl Crow w/ "Chrissie Crow." $14 (Advance), Doors open at 7 p.m.
Sat. 8 p.m. Shorty Long & The Jersey Horns. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The Union House 
19 East Union Street Burlington
(609) 531-6077
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Fri. 8 p.m. Dave Cudrak
Sat. 9 p.m. Halloween Costume Party w/ DJ Dan
ThunderBowl Lanes NJ
423 east main Street Wrightstown
(609) 723-7914
Sat. 8 p.m. Halloween Party w/ Bent Mushroom
Sun. 12:30 p.m. Bowling with a Wrestler and Trick or Treat. $20
Tir Na Nog 
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton 
(609) 392-2554
Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions" 
All Shows 21+
Train Wreck Distillery 
25 Madison Avenue Mount Holly 
(609) 288-6300 
Fri. 7 p.m. Radio Fiction
Sat. 7 p.m. Banned For a Day
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  
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo w/ Ed Packer
Under The Moon 
23 North Union Street Lambertville
(609) 397-1710
Fri. 6 p.m. Tony Alosi
Sat. (12 p.m.) Dan Kassel & Robin Clabby (6:30 p.m.) MG3
Wed. 5:30 p.m. Chris Giakis
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. Behn Gillece Duo
Sat. 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. Trivia
Sat. 12 p.m. Halloween Jam feat. (3 p.m.) Wounded Souls (4:15 p.m.) Modern Mojo (6:15 p.m.) Justin Love (7:15 p.m.) The Mount Holly Three (9:15 p.m.) Edgar Anderson 
West Windsor Arts Center/Nassau Park Pavilion
952 Alexander Road Princeton 
Tues 7 p.m. Artist Collab Meet Up Sessions
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"
Zlock Performing Arts Center
275 Swamp Road Newtown, PA
(215) 968-846 
7:30 p.m. Bucks Dance Showcase


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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