“Other than Postell, for the rest of us it's been 50 plus years of playing together and finally coming together as a band again was pretty cool; it's still pretty cool," laughed bassist Leland Sklar of The Immediate Family as he discussed their formation, longevity, writing style and upcoming show at the Count Basie Center/Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre in Red Bank, NJ on January 12, 2023.
The Immediate Family, in all reality; isn't so "Immediate" as it has taken shape over the course of five decades and to this day continues to host some of the greatest musical talent ever assembled. The "Family" members include Sklar, Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel, Russ Kunkel and Steve Postell; all of which have performed with some of the greatest names in music.
Recently, Sklar opened up about the group and a new documentary on their careers as well as much more.
“The original band," he began, "This wasn't the original incarnation of this band, literally. The original incarnation of the bulk of us coming together was back when we were playing with James Taylor back in the very beginning and we ended up forming a band called The Section and we would open for him and we backed Jackson Browne and opened for him and worked as a unit a great deal. Then as you know, all these decades have gone on and we've all worked together in various configurations. So, I don’t know; God, it's been maybe about six to eight years ago; time at this point becomes really relative (laughs) but Danny Kortchmar had a record deal with a label in Japan called Vivid Records and they wanted him to do a solo album and he took a chance; he assumed all of the other guys could all be gone but he took a chance and called. Russ Kunkel and I were both in town and it was only going to take three days basically to do the album and so we went in the studio. He also wanted Waddy Wachtel to be doing it but he was out on the road with StevieNicks and their tour was just ending. So, we went into Jackson Browne’s studio in Santa Monica and cut all these songs that Kootch had done with other artists. Songs he had written for them like “Machine Gun Kelly” that James Taylor had recorded and “All She Wants to do is Dance” that he wrote with Don Henley and there was a whole bunch of other stuff and on the last day Waddy was available because he was back in town so he came down. There was also another guy that I had worked with before, I had done his albums, named Steve Postell and Kootch had hooked up with him because they were living near each other and had met up socially at a couple of events and started playing together. They did most of pre-production for the album and we finished the thing in like three or four days and the label was going to call it “Danny Kortchmar” and they asked him; what do you want to call it? He said, “These guys are kind of like my immediate family so let's call it "Danny Kortchmar and The Immediate Family” and that was for the Japanese label so he could fill out the agreement. When that was done, we went to Japan and toured it and we all kind of looked at each other and said, this is really fun! Let's just do it and it became The Immediate Family out of that. So, it's Kootch, Russ, myself and Waddy and Steve.”
Musicians tend to never actually leave anyone or any situation behind despite what may have caused a unit to go their separate ways or individuals to choose other options; so, just the sheer fact that this group of men has kept it together and have never lost touch and still look forward to playing and touring together is a true testament to their friendship.
“Things are still happening here out in L.A; we had four gigs and then we had two more to do and then we also went to Aspen for the Aspen Film Festival and then we played a show there and then the gigs in January; there are three or four in January. I mean, we're looking towards serious touring but right now we're focused on what we've just finished; a new album which will be coming out at the beginning of the year. Then the documentary movie that Denny Tedesco who did "The Wrecking Crew" has done about the group and so, we've been hitting all the film festivals with that and doing Q&A's and all that stuff. So, we are looking forward to actually getting out on the road and doing a real, you know, go out for like four to six weeks tour. We get calls from all over the country saying; when are you going to come here? We signed with a new agency and we're going to start putting all that stuff together; we might be a bunch of old farts but we're ready to kick some butt.”
This "Super-group" of seasoned professionals have resumes longer than their arms and are well worth being immortalized on film. So; how did the documentary come about?
“There's a certain amount of sadness to this whole thing," Sklar started slowly. "Danny Kortchmar's girlfriend was a girl named Lisa Roy and Lisa was a mover and shaker in the music business and we had all known Lisa for a long, long, long time and I think Greg Richling was one of the producers on a movie they were doing and it was a project that wasn't coming together and they were really frustrated by it. So, he was talking to Lisa and Lisa suggested; why don't you think about maybe doing something about these guys? All of a sudden, everybody's eyes lit-up; I had known Denny Tedesco for a long time because I was a real advocate of The Wrecking Crew and I had worked with all of those people and I used to go to the Q&A's with them as a transitory musician from their thing. So, Lisa really kind of planted the whole seed for this thing and was a real motivator in it and then she tragically died almost a year ago. So, she never really got to see it; she saw a rough cut of the movie which was wonderful but never got to actually see it go to its completion. So, Denny jumped all over it and he kind of looked at it, not so much like Wrecking Crew Two because he said that what we've done was very different than what his father's generation of Tommy Tedesco, Hal Blaine and all those guys that were in The Wrecking Crew did; because they existed as a unit for maybe a little over 10 years and they never left the studio. Hal would every once in a while, go to Vegas and play with Sinatra or somebody but for the most part they never left the studio. They would go in, make these records and then move to the next state and do it somewhere else and he said that, because we've been together over 50 years and we've written, produced and toured with many of the artists that we've worked with over the years and the fact that we've got new material coming out and we're continuing moving forward rather than being a bunch of guys that are kind of basking in their past glory and we're really looking towards more glory; it's a different thing but it really kind of came together. Easily, the biggest problem we had with the whole thing and in hindsight what benefited us; was having this project get nailed during COVID. All of a sudden, all of the things that you wanted to do required to be in person. Being with a film crew and all that and many of the people involved didn't want to do that, they didn't want to take the chance; especially early on before vaccines and boosters. Everybody was pretty reticent about even walking out their front door and it ended up moving at a kind of different pace and a different angle from what was originally conceived. I’ve seen the movie a bunch of times and Denny did an absolutely remarkable job on this and I couldn't be prouder of all the people involved with the band and Denny and the production team and all the tech people that were involved in this. So far, we've won three audience awards at film festivals and all kinds of accolades; we just did the New York Doc Festival and there was enough of a demand where they had three screenings of it and so things are chugging along; I'm thrilled with the way things are.”
A single, "Toughest Girl In Town" was released as a preview of what is yet to come and the interesting thing is; it's a cover tune. Sklar explained why and also the band's writing process.
“That was one of the things that Waddy and Kootch but really it was more Waddy who was the motivating factor because he is a big Sparks fan. Waddy was also listening to a bunch of other stuff but this one song came up and he said, "We should do a cover of it; I really love “Toughest Girl In Town.” We all listened to it and said, shit, let's do it; why not? So, it was kind of like somebody throwing the idea out and everybody just went yeah, let's go for it. I mean that's one of the things, we've all been together for so long that when somebody comes in with something; things fall together really quickly. There's not a lot of forethought going into it because of our history. When something's being conceived you kind of know in the back of your head what everybody's going to do because you know their playing and their thought process so well but the primary writers on the new project are Waddy and Kootch. I was out doing Phil Collins last tour when a lot of the writing for this was done and it's hard sometimes for all of us to stay focused together. So, if somebody's got time to do something they do what they can and then they present it at that point to the other guys and then we take it from there. I mean, the thing here is, that everybody listens to each other; it's like Kootch will suddenly say to me, “Look I've got this baseline idea for this that I’ve just written” and he shows it to me; I'll go yeah, no shit, that's great! Then I'll take that and make it my own but use his idea as a basis for it because the one thing that the band really has, which is really a wonderful thing, is a ton of respect for each other. So, you sit there and if there are disagreements, we talk them all out; there's no fights. The really unusual thing about this is when I hear about everything from The Everly Brothers to the Eagles and all of the internal strife and arguments and fights and all that; we've never had that at all. We are really like an immediate family, a bunch of friends and so when we get together to work, even if we don't agree on something, we really work things out civilly; it's not like well screw you, I'm out of here kind of attitude. I've seen that so many times with other groups and I’m so glad that we take a different road.”
That "Road" leads them to the Count Basie Center/Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre on January 12 and then a stop in Connecticut at the Ridgefield Playhouse on January 14 and then a night at the famed Iridium Jazz Club in New York City on January 15; three chances to see these legendary musicians.
Final note: This space would like to extend much love and thanks to Gary Wien for his guidance and support for yet another year and to the artists, performers, fellow journalists and especially to all of YOU for your support and readership. May you all have a successful, healthy and happy 2023!
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. Bill Thomas Sat. (12 p.m.) Acoustic Brunch (5 p.m.) Mike & Laura Mon. 5 p.m. Edison Wison Tues. 7 p.m. Brian Elliot Wed. 7 p.m. AudioPilotAristaeus Brewing 2475C Big Oak Road Langhorne, PA (215) 757-2337 Thurs. 7 p.m. TriviaBill's Olde Tavern 2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton (609) 586-0192 Mon. 7 p.m. Trivia Tues. 8 p.m. / Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke Ages 21+ Blend Bar & Bistro 911 Highway 33 Hamilton (609) 245-8887 Sat. 9 p.m. New Year's Eve w/ The Jenks. (FREE glass of Prosecco with every entree purchased) Blue Bottle Cafe 101 East Broad Street Hopewell (609) 333-1710 Wed. 6 p.m. Brian Elliot Bowman's Tavern 1600 River Road New Hope, PA (215) 862-2972 Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Matt Gordeuk Trio Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) Bob Egan Sat. 8 p.m. Bob Egan Wed. 6 p.m. Liz DuFourBroken Goblet Brewing 2500 State Road Bensalem, PA (267) 812-5653 Fri. 8:30 p.m. Dom and JesseBucks On Bridge 25 Bridge Street Lambertville (609) 483-2615 Tues. 5 p.m. Chess Night Candlelight Lounge 24 Passaic Street Trenton (609) 695-9612 Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam. $5 Catch A Rising Star (Hyatt Regency Princeton) 102 Carnagie Center Princeton (781) 568-1471 Fri. 8 p.m. $23.69 Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Sat. 7:30 p.m. NYE Gala in the Hyatt Main Ballroom w/ RC Smith. $89, $199 (Includes DJ, Buffet Dinner, Party Favors, Live Feed from Times Square, Champagne Toast) Sat. 8 p.m. Jerrold Benford, Sonya Vai, Amanda. Hosted by Dean Blizzard. $30, Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Chickie's & Pete's 183 US Highway 130 North Bordentown (609) 298-9182 Fi./Sat. 8 p.m. DJ EntertainmentCity Streets 510 Highway 130 South East Windsor (609) 426-9400 Sat. 9 p.m. New Year's Eve w/ TanglewoodClub Atlantis 1858 Street Road Bensalem, PA (215) 944-1777 Sat. 9 p.m. New Year's Eve w/ DJ Robbie Tronco. $20 (Includes hats and noisemakers) 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. KaraokeCOARadio.com 125 South Main Street Hightstown (609) 241-7103 Fri. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues: Christmas Edition" Sat. 3 p.m. “Rock On Radio Indie Hour Christmas Edition" Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. The "14th Annual Christmas Spectacular In-Full" feat. multiple in-studio gusts, live and recorded songs and general merriment and mayhem. Cooper's Riverview 50 Riverview Plaza Trenton (609) 393-7300 Thurs.8 p.m. Club Night w/ DJ Ricch. Ages 21+ Sat. 6 p.m. New Year's Eve w/ Shorty Long & The Jersey Horns / DJ Nostradamix. $20-$115 (VIP Available) Wed. (7 p.m.) Blues Jam on the Deck (8 p.m.) Disco “Hustle” Night w/ "Guest" DJs. $5 Crossing Vineyard and Winery 1853 Wrightstown Road Washington Crossing, PA (215) 493-6500 Sat. 12 p.m. Jim Nelsen 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. Meshed Up Tues. 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 Fri. 8 p.m. Sugar Rush Rocks Sun. 4 p.m. Oldies with DJ Deuce Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Edgar Anderson Eddington House Bensalem 2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA (215) 639-1220 Fri. 8 p.m. Casey Welborn Sat. 8 p.m. DJ entertainmentFlying Pig Tavern & Tap 167 US-Route 130 North Bordentown (609) 899-7447 Fri. 9 p.m. Thrown Together Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke Wed. 8 p.m. TriviaFriendly'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 Tues. 6:30 p.m. Trivia Night Hosted by Best Choice ProductionsHamilton Tap & Grill 557 US Route 130 North Hamilton (609) 905-0925 Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Music Bingo w/ DJ Nebbs Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia 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. 9:30 p.m. DJ Dance Party Sat. 9 p.m. New Year's Eve w/ Se7en Sun. (1 p.m.) Midnight Sun Orchestra (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 Wed. 7 p.m. Jumper DuoHooters of Princeton US Route 1 South/Mercer Mall Lawrenceville Sat. 8 p.m. New Year's Eve feat. House DJ (Includes champagne toast, giveaways) Hopewell Theater 5 South Greenwood Avenue Hopewell (609) 466-1964 Fri. 8 p.m. Matt O'Ree Band. $30 (advance) Hopewell Valley Vineyards 46 Yard Avenue Pennington (609) 737-4465 Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5 p.m.) Modern RewindHurricane 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.) Happy Hour w/ Johnny Betz (9 p.m.) Springbrooke 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 Fiacco Il Portico Restorante Italiano 273 West Route 130 South Burlington (609) 239-1000 Thurs. 7 p.m. Jazz Night Fri. / Sat. 6:30 p.m. Live Music w/ Tony O Irish Rover Station House 1033 South Bellevue Avenue Langhorne, PA (215) 970-5412 Fri. 7 p.m. EarCandy Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo Night Iron Plow Vineyards 26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus (732) 306-9111 Fri. 6:30 p.m. Carm & Bud John & Peter's 96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa (215) 862-5981 Fri. 9 p.m. A Merry PLIBmas feat. Citizen Riot, The Roaring Shell. $10, doors open at 8 p.m. Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic w/ Mike Dialto (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. 6 p.m. Wayne Bilotti Duo Sat. 9 p.m. New Year's Eve Masquerade Party w/ DJ Dan Sun. 10 a.m. New Year's Day Pajama Brunch w/ DJ Jimmy GLakeside Cafe and Liquors 129 Route 31 North Pennington (609) 621-9998 Sat. 1 p.m. Trivia Tues. 5:30 p.m. Trivia. Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn 11 Bridge Street Lambertville (609) 397-8300 Sat. 8 p.m. New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball. $225 (Per-person $430 Per-couple / Stay packages available starting at $899 per-couple. Formal attire and masks required) Laurita Winery 85 Archertown Road New Egypt (609) 752-0200 Sun. 1 p.m. First Call Logan Inn 10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA (215) 862-2300 Sat. (12 p.m.) Brunch (5 p.m.) 4 Course Prix Fixe Menu. $110 Sun. 11:30 a.m. Sunday Brunch Magikava 87a South Main Street New Hope, PA (215) 862-2739 Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Marie's Kozy Korner 111 Trenton Road Fairless Hills, PA (215) 943-3131 Sat. 8 p.m. New Year's Eve party w/ DJ Rowdy McStews Irish Sports Pub 5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA (215) 949-9570 Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Music Bingo Sat. 9 p.m. New Year's Eve w/ Last Call (FREE, includes party favors, champagne toast) Tues. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night Mill Creek Inn 1 Mill Creek Road Morrisville, PA (215) 945-0415 Sat. 4 p.m. Chris BenedettiNaked Brewing Company 212 Mill Street Bristol, PA (267) 544-7129 Thurs.6:30 p.m. Dana Collins Project Fri. 7 p.m. WURL Sun. 9 a.m. Pajama Brunch Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company 909 Ray Avenue Croydon, PA (215) 458-7081 Thurs. 7 p.m. Rachel and TyNewtown Athletic Club 120 Pheasant Run Newtown, PA (215) 968-0600 Fri. 6:30 p.m. Intention Setting Yoga WorkshopNewtown Brewing Company 103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA (215) 944-8609 Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Fri. 6 p.m. Brian LallyNick's Roast Beef 4501 Woodhaven Road West Philadelphia, PA (215) 637-5151 Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia Fri. 9 p.m. Low TotemNottingham Tavern 9 Mercer Street Hamilton Square (609) 587-6623 Thurs. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis. Sat. 9:30 p.m. New Year's Eve w/ Asylum Choir 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 Town Pub 135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown (609) 291-9232 Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia Tues. 6 p.m. Taco Tuesday Palmer Square 40 Nassau Street Princeton Thurs. 12 p.m. / 4 p.m. "Skating On The Square" $10/$12 (Includes skate rental) Fri. 12 p.m. / 4 p.m. "Skating On The Square" $10/$12 (Includes skate rental) Sat. 12 p.m.. "Skating On the Square" $10/$12 (Includes skate rental) Sun 12 p.m. / 4 p.m. "Skating On the Square" $10/$12 (Includes skate rental) Patriots Crossing 1339 River Road Titusville (609) 737-2780 Thurs. 8 p.m. Ladies Night Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo" Patriot's Theater at The War Memorial 1 Memorial Drive Trenton (609) 984-8400 Sat. 8 p.m. NYE: The Fabulous 40's and 50's w/ New Jersey Capital Philharmonic Orchestra feat. Paula Johns & Bod Gravener. (Includes champagne toast after the performance) Princeton Country Club 1-Wheeler Way West Windsor (609) 452-9382 Thurs. 6 p.m. Karaoke Night w/ Live DJ Fri. 6 p.m. Happy Hour w/ Live DJ Sat. 8 p.m. New Year's Eve Dinner w/ DJ XTRA. $65 (Advance, includes 4 course dinner, champagne toast) Sun. 11 a.m. Jazz Brunch River House at Odette’s 274 South Rive Road New Hope, PA (215) 682-2022 Thurs. 7 p.m. Gina Corso Sat. (11:30 a.m.) Brunch w/ (7:30 p.m.) New Year's Eve Party w/ 5th Avenue (Includes 3 course meal, free champagne) Sun. 11:30 a.m. New Year's Day Pajama Brunch Wed. 7 p.m. Megan Knight Second Sin Brewing Company 1500 Grundy Lane Bristol, PA (267) 812-5251 Thurs. 7 p.m. TriviaSlim's Irish Pub 2195 Galloway Road Bensalem, PA (267) 332-0047 Sat. 8 p.m. New Year's Eve w/ EarCandy Mon. 6 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Cecil 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. New Year's Eve Party w/ DJ Dana 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 Sat. 12 p.m. Bye-Bye 2022! Backstage Party with NYE Toast. (Live music, food, drinks. Must be 21+ to drink alcohol) Steam Pub 606 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA (215) 942-6468 Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Kev Sat. 10 p.m. New Year's Eve w/ DJ Ernesto of Q102. $85 (Includes premium open bar, appetizer buffet, champagne toast) 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 Tara's Tavern 1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown (609) 286-2300 Fri. 9 p.m. Dream DJ Sat. 9 p.m. New Year's Eve Bash Karaoke w/ Big Daddy GTavern On The Lake 101 Main Street Hightstown (609) 426-9345 Fri. 9 p.m. Nova Sat. 9 p.m. New Year's Eve Buffet & Party w/ Warhammer Tues. 6 p.m. Trivia Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke Temperance House 5 South State Street Newtown, PA (215) 944-8050 Sat. 6:30 p.m. / 9:15 p.m. Comedy Cabaret New Year's Eve. (2 shows) Mon. 7 p.m. Trivia w/ Righteous Jolly Tues. 7 p.m. Beginner Line Dance Lessons Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Cara Cartney TGI Fridays 3535 U.S. Route 1 North #275 Princeton (609) 520-0378 Fri. 6 p.m. Don Lee Sun. 2 p.m. Ernie White 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 Buck Hotel 1200 Buck Road Feasterville, PA (215) 396-2002 Thurs. 7 p.m. Kirko Fri. 7 p.m. Love Junk Sat. 10 p.m. New Year's Eve w/ DJ Vinny. (Cash Bar, No Cover Charge) Tues. 6 p.m. Danny Lynch Duo The Cool Cricket 216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro (609) 291-9110 Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Dave Sat. 9 p.m. A New Year’s Eve Karaoke / Dance Club Celebration w/ We R Entertainment. (Includes Hors d’oeuvres, Champagne Toast) The Dubliner 34 North Main Street New Hope, PA (215) 693-1816 Fri. 7 p.m. Andrew Koontz & Bill O'NealThe 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. Jukebox Graveyard Tues. 7:30 p.m. Music Bingo w/ Jonathan AppelThe Ivy Inn 248 Nassau Street Princeton (609) 921-8555 Fri. 9 p.m. DJ Darius the 1st 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 Night Fri. 8 p.m. Shameless Sat. 9 p.m. New Year's Eve Spectacular feat. DJ Mike Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia Night The Roost 181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge (609) 208-0050 Thurs. 6:30 p.m. DC Duo Sat. 8 p.m. New Year's Eve w/ 80s Undercover. (Includes champagne toast) Wed. 6 p.m. Joe VadalaThe Sycamore Grill 255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA (215) 908-6326 Fri. 8 p.m. SoulShine / Bill Monach duo Sat. 9 p.m. New Year's Eve w/ Danny Lynch Project (Includes champagne toast)The Tavern at Penns Park 2295 Second Street Pike Newtown, PA (267) 491-5658 Fri. 8 p.m. Jumper Sat. 7 p.m. New Year's Eve 1950s Sock-Hop or Formal Prom Themed Party feat. (9 p.m.) 5 Shades of Grey Wed. 7 p.m. 1st Wednesday Open Mic The Union Firehouse 18 Washington Street Mount Holly (609) 288-6491 Fri. 8 p.m. Pink Floyd Tribute w/ "Shine On" / Swansun. $15, Doors open at 7 p.m. The Union House 19 East Union Street Burlington (609) 531-6077 Sat. (10 a.m.) Brunch (8 p.m.) New Year's Eve DJ Party Tir Na Nog 1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton (609) 392-2554 Sat. 5 p.m. Annual Irish New Year Celebration w/ Suitors & Ring Tues. 8 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Jerry & John Monk All Shows 21+ Trenton Social 449 South Broad Street Trenton (609) 989-7777 Thurs. 5 p.m. "Happy Hour Throwback Thursday" 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 Sat. 6 p.m. Cara Cartney Vault Brewing Company 10 South Main Street Yardley, PA (267) 573-4291 Fri. 7 p.m. Tony Miceli Trio Sat. 9 p.m. Hop Drop New Year's Eve w/ Nova. $75 (Includes unlimited beer, wine and hand-passed appetizers) Village Idiot Brewing Company 42 High Street Mount Holly (609) 975-9270 Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia West Trenton Ballroom (West Trenton Firehouse) 40 West Upper Ferry Road Ewing (609) 883-0325 Fri. 6 p.m. The Nerds. $35 (advance) Wildflowers Inn 2572 Pennington Road Pennington (609) 773-2392 Thurs. 6 p.m. Rob SilversWitherspoon Grill 57 Witherspoon Street Princeton (609) 924-6011 Sat. 6:30 p.m. Keith Franklin - Franklin AlisonWorking Dog Winery 610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown (609) 371-6000 Sat. 1 p.m. Kevin McGowanWWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor Jazzon2.org Mon. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues"
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.