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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...2/2/23


By Danny Coleman

originally published: 02/02/2023

Rock On! This Week

“Rob has always done the lyrics and vocal melodies etcetera but I write pretty much all of the music with the band guys," states guitarist Chris Impellitteri of the band Impellitteri"The line-up is myself; Rob Rock is the lead singer and he's done the majority of all the records. We have James Pulli on bass who's been with us since the late 80s, early 90s; so, pretty much the same bass player and you know we're a bit like Spinal Tap when it comes to drummers. We’ve had drummers who have toured with Slayer and some other hard-core metal bands like The Hollywood Vampires so, we've been all over the place with our drummers but that's pretty much the nucleus of the band and occasionally we'll use a keyboard player at times.” 

To date, Impelletteri have sold more than two-million records worldwide as their brand of hard-core, metal and rock has resonated with fans here at home in the U.S. and literally all over the globe. Playing large festivals and arenas, sharing those stages with bands such as Black Sabbath, Journey, Iron Maiden and many more; Impellitteri long ago established themselves as a force to reckon with in the metal genre. 

"Wake The Beast: The Impellitteri Anthology" is the latest addition to the band's catalog and a while back, we caught up with Chris himself to discuss the record, the band, their struggles here in the U.S. and successes in other markets; especially in Japan.

“Yeah, I don't know if it's luck, fate or talent, I'm not sure what it is but yeah, we've been pretty successful in Japan since the time we were kids," he began. "When the band did our first record called, “IMPELLITTERI Black EP” with songs like “Lost In The Rain” and “Burning,” these are songs that our fans know very well for some reason and we just struck a chord in places like Japan. So, it's been very lucrative for us but it's also given us a country to have a career in which has been awesome.”



 
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Have a career in? Many bands struggle here in the States to breakthrough for various reasons and many find far more success in foreign lands; Chris has a "Theory" as to why their music has flourished overseas.

“It's just a theory, I can't prove it but my assumption is a couple things; one, in Japan the music has to speak for itself because remember, there's a language barrier. I’ll give you an example, in the United States, a lot of success for an artist is dependent on who you know, who represents you, how well connected are they in the industry, can they get you on major radio, can they get you on TV, can they get the media or can you convince the media to support you, because that's a big part of how you kind of build or establish artists outside of doing grassroots and doing performances; which could take years to build a band. So, in Japan the music has to speak for itself and look, in America, there are a lot of people that hate us and I know that for a fact. I've heard the friendly chatter backstage from the people in media who say there are those who would probably love to stop us but they couldn't stop us in Japan and we became huge. I mean, we go to Japan and we're competing with bands like Metallica for the cover of magazines and we've gotten the cover of magazines many times. So, it's a different world for us but to be honest, I think that's part of it but it's just that our music speaks volumes and there's no force that can stop us. We have it over in Europe too. We’ve done some big metal festivals where they had us playing a few slots below Iron Maiden. I think we were either above or around the same slot as bands like Anthrax. We're doing bigger festivals, playing in front of 20,000 to 35,000 people and the band goes over really well and those audiences are singing every word of our songs; it's pretty amazing and quite different than what we do in America. The industry has a lot to do with it but look, at the end of the day you still have to be good at your craft and be highly proficient and competent. I mean you gotta earn people's respect; right? They have to really truly enjoy your music and the industry or the good old boys club can't force that on people but they can certainly open doors and they can also influence people not to like people; if that makes sense.” 

Along those lines, the band is signed to not one but they work with three different record labels; the latest being Global Rock Records and it is they who are handling the anthology. 

“We're actually signed to JVC Victor Entertainment and they are our major label and they pretty much do Japan, all the Asian territories as well as Australia and New Zealand. We're also on a label called Frontiers and they have us, Whitesnake, I think they have Journey again and they handle the United States and all of continental Europe and South America for us. We're signed with those two labels and Global Rock really came in because we have a new manager and he really kind of initiated the concept of let's do this this anthology and he brought our attention to Global Rock Records mainly because they were really passionate about the band and without that, it would’ve taken a really interesting approach to find someone that loves our music and loves our band versus us trying to go to our existing labels or a major label to do this distribution; like a Warner Brothers. We’d probably get lost so, that's how we were kind of introduced to Global Rock and after hearing their plan and passion for the band that's how and why we brought them into the picture for the back catalog. First and foremost is to get the distribution right and get it to the masses because the reality is; our music has been only available via import or export and it's really expensive for people. So, now they'll have the ability to basically get it in any form at a very reasonable price.” 

Most bands are fortunate to have one record company on board and the challenge is often staying true to who you are as an artist as many artists' development often fall victim to current sounds, trends or how the industry thinks they will benefit, also known as; what will make the most for the record companies financially.  Chris, here too has some thoughts on the process.

“So, now we have three labels that are doing our stuff and to be fair to record companies this is the reality; if you look at them as if they’re investment bankers, they underwrite and they put up the capital to make the records. When you listen to an Impellitteri record, this isn't done in our bedroom, the opening track of the anthology is a great example, we did that in a Hollywood, CA recording studio and Metallica had just finished their “Black” record and as they were loading out, we loaded in; right in the same room and the engineer who had just done the entire “Black” Metallica record did our entire record. The reason I'm telling you this is because when we're doing records, these records were not cheap to make. We're spending hundreds of hundreds of thousands of dollars to make these; right? We're trying to capture the band live, we're trying to use the best equipment, the biggest room so that we get the sound right and especially in the early days, unless you want to write your own check or unless you have family money or something; you need a major label to be able to put that money up. So, now the label is taking a risk; what if they give you $300,000 to make your first record, do videos and maybe get a head start out on the road and you bomb? That means they just lost $300,000; right? I mean, initially at least, when we had labels, that was a really important factor and now today, in this day and age, we use JVC Victor and Frontiers and they still give us recording funds so we can go into major label studios like Capitol Records or NRG where we usually track and this way, we can capture the band live versus hey, everybody's working at their house on the computer.  I mean, not that we don't do that, we do implement some of that as well but we really try to capture the band in a live atmosphere and to do it correctly you need he right equipment like vintage consoles, you need a big room, you need great mics and some of these mics; just a vocal mic can be forty-grand. I guess what I'm just trying to do is, I’m trying to be nice to the record companies in some way by saying that the capital they put up is a risk because if they fail or those bands fail or they don't sell or move product; then the label is in the red.”  

Impellitteri is just gearing up but as he and the band does so, they have decisions looming; things such as where to tour, what venues and the sizes of the rooms and they also have another record in the works. 



 
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“We’re more than a year into this record," he explains, "We started in the middle of the pandemic so we probably have another four or five months to go because we have to deliver another record by, I think the latter part or by the middle of 2023 or maybe by the early summer and then the idea is to go on tour. So, we'll definitely go to Japan, Europe, places like that and then the U.S. and as we said, that's always been a difficult market for us and I get it. I think the promoters; I think they're probably terrified because overseas like I said, we play arenas. We play very large venues and if we try to do that in the United States, I think promoters and to be fair to promoters; they may be right. We don't know if we play a 3000 or 4000 seat venue; will we pack it and sell it out or will only 300 people show up? So, we're trying to get through that challenge and we're not really sure how to do this but we do want to play the United States. We have a lot of fans around especially here in the United States that still love the band. The question is; how do we reach them and also bring our show and our production? So, it's like we have no intent; we're never going to be one of these club bands. I don't want to do that but if we can make it work, we'll come to the US and do it.”  

“In many ways I love the small venues," he continued, "I've done the big festivals and we've certainly done major stadium type shows with different bands; especially in Asia where we headline. There's a tremendous amount of people there but the reality is, it does feel a bit surreal. You have barricades and the audience is probably 20 feet from the stage. I remember playing some very big festivals; years ago, we played one where we were on the headline stage and I think there were like eight stages there and it was us, Black Sabbath and I think Dream Theater. So, we were the bands on the headline stage and I remember there were probably 30,000 people there and it was one of my first festivals. I remember thinking how it was you couldn't see anybody past, I don't know, 150 feet. All you saw were heads and then all you see is a blur. So, you don't really have a great interaction with the audience and we played great and had a great response but it felt a little sterile to me versus when you're playing a venue with like a 2000 seat or 3000 seat capacity; those are cool because you can pretty much see everybody and their faces.”  

“We’ve done shows in those venues where we’ve played to 500 people and we’ve done shows at one point where we were shocked if there were thirty people there and we had a blast. We have a time of our life playing those shows but you know it's really about bringing us and our production. A couple of years ago we were doing a Japan tour and we went and played what would have been in your area; we played a club in New Jersey, then we played Connecticut and then we did New York City and I remember some of these places and we kind of basically booked these smaller rooms and we announced that there was going to be a rehearsal; a live rehearsal and we invited people to come on down and hang out with us. We did that and it was a lot of fun but I remember thinking, if we were really trying to do a tour doing these kinds of venues; I mean, our drums barely fit on their stages. So, never mind massive back lining; we use a lot of the amps for real so, it's like bringing our back line and all that stuff we could never fit it in there. So, it's kind of like we feel like we're gipping our audience; you know? They want to see the show; it kind of reminds me I guess of a band like KISS; that would be a great example. KISS could play in clubs but they couldn't take their show there; right? It's not that you're ripping anybody off because you're not but it's kind of like, well there's so much more to this band with that big production and it’s the same thing with bands like Queen. I know these are legendary artists, I don't mean that I’m comparing us to them, that's not what I'm doing but it’s just kind of that we want to bring that production, that show that we can bring in Japan and places in Europe; we want to also bring that to America. Not to sound full of myself, I tend to run my amps pretty much wide open so, they're very, very loud and it's hard to control that and especially if you're playing in a small club. I mean, it becomes obnoxiously loud and then you start to hurt people's ears. I remember we did a show like that in Los Angeles at a place called the Whisky a Go Go, a very famous place, everybody from Van Halen to The Doors played there. We did that show and we tried to keep it under wraps; we were going to Japan and wanted to do a rehearsal and I remember that show was funny because it was like 2:00 o'clock in the afternoon and we were coming to do sound-check and there was already a line going around the block trying to get in for a show that wouldn't start until 9:00 o'clock that night; it was pretty crazy.”  

"Wake The Beast: The Impellitteri Anthology" is available as well as discovering more about the band by visiting their website at https://impellitteri.net/band/.

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


ACME Screening Room
25 South Union Street Lambertville
(609) 483-5237
Fri. 10 p.m. Midnight Society Presents: "My Bloody Valentine"   
Al's Airport Inn
636 Bear Tavern Road West Trenton
(609) 883-5252
Thurs. 5 p.m. Redbird Flying Solo
Sat. (12 p.m.) Acoustic Brunch w/ Mark Sacco (5 p.m.) John Brennan
Sun. (12 p.m.) Sunday Acoustic Brunch w/ Marc Hoffman (7:30 p.m.) DJ Bobby Jones
Mon. 5 p.m. Joe Hutchinson 
Tues. 7 p.m. Mike & Laura 
Wed. 7 p.m. Skyline
Aristaeus Brewing
2475C Big Oak Road Langhorne, PA
(215) 757-2337
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Sun. 10 a.m. “Sunday Funday Brunch” 
Arts Council of Princeton 
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
(609) 924-8777
Sat. 10 a.m. Storytime with Jeff
Mon. 6:15 p.m. Swing Dance Club Monthly Social Dance. $5 
Artworks Trenton  
19 Everett Alley Trenton 
(609) 394-9436  
Fri. 6 p.m. 2023 Season Opening Reception feat. "Context Is King" by Phillip McConnell and "Just As I Am" by Dionne Jackson. 
Ashlynn Distillery
32 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA
Thurs. 5 p.m. Open Mic Night
Bill's Olde Tavern 
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton 
(609) 586-0192 
Mon. 7 p.m. Trivia
Tues. 8 p.m. / Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ Dave Curtis
Ages 21+  
Blue Bottle Cafe
101 East Broad Street Hopewell
(609) 333-1710
Wed. 6 p.m. Brian Elliot  
Bordentown City
Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
Sun. 2 p.m. Bordentown Poetry Project (Takes place at old City Hall)  
Bowman's Tavern 
1600 River Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 862-2972 
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Fermenters
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) Bob Egan
Sat. 7 p.m. Dave Dales Trio
Sun. (12 p.m.) Larry Tamanini (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Wed. 6 p.m. Liz DuFour
Broken Goblet Brewing
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 812-5653
Thurs. 8 p.m. Mike Estabrook
Fri. 8:30 p.m. "First Friday" w/ Cara Cartney
Sat. 8:30 p.m. "First Saturday" w/ Matt Setzer & Friends
Sun. 11 a.m. Sunday Brunch  
Bucks On Bridge 
25 Bridge Street Lambertville
(609) 483-2615
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Poetry Night
Tues. 5 p.m. Chess Night  
Burlington County Prison Museum  
128 High Street Mt. Holly 
(609) 265-5476 
Sat. 7 p.m. Prison Ghost Hunt
 Ages 21+    
Cadwalader Park
299 Parkside Avenue Trenton
(408) 335-4400
Sat. 4 p.m. "Trenton Talks" Curators RoundTable  w/ C.a. Shofed, Lank, Buck Malvo, Heather Palecek, Brass Rabbit, Habiyb Shu'aib. (Takes Place at Ellarslie Museum)    
Candlelight Lounge
24 Passaic Street Trenton  
(609) 695-9612 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam. $5
Sat. 3 p.m. Audrey Welber. $20 
Catch A Rising Star (Hyatt Regency Princeton)
102 Carnagie Center Princeton
(781) 568-1471
Fri. 8 p.m. Tommy Gooch, John Kurschner. $23.69, Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Tommy Gooch, Amanda Gail. $23.69, 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
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paul 
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. Kevin Toft & The Alternators
Club Atlantis 
1858 Street Road Bensalem, PA
(215) 944-1777
Sat. 9 p.m. DJ Robbie Tronco
All Events Ages 21+ and Dress to Impress   
Clubhouse at Mountain View  (The Patio)
850 Bear Tavern Road Ewing
(609) 538-0808
Thurs. 7 p.m. Karaoke 
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Honey Spot Blvd.  
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. RG Evans w/ Mike Dancik  
Cooper's Riverview                                                                     
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
(609) 393-7300
Thurs.8 p.m. Club Night w/ DJ Desisto. Ages21+
Fri. (5 p.m.) Joe Proc's 50th Birthday Bash(8 p.m.) Kindred Spirit (9 p.m.) DJ Jazzi
Sat. 8 p.m."The Rolling Crowes" A Tribute to The Rolling Stones and The Black Crowes w/ "Remedy"  
Sun. 11 a.m. Jazz Brunch w/ Victor Tarassov 
Tues. 5 p.m. Salsa Tuesdays w/ DJ Jay Serrano
Wed. (7 p.m.) Blues Jam (8 p.m.) Disco “Hustle” Night w/ "Guest" DJs. $5  
Crossing Vineyard and Winery 
1853 Wrightstown Road Washington Crossing, PA
(215) 493-6500
Thurs. 6 p.m. Tarot Card Reading & Wine Tasting
Sat. 2 p.m. Bunny Barnes
Sun. 2 p.m. Larry Tritel  
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
Sat. 8 p.m. J'MO
Tues. 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 
Sat. 12 p.m. 2nd Annual Levittown Bar Crawl
Wed. 8 p.m. Quizzo                                                                                                                                                      
  
Dadz Bar and Grill
744 Main Street Lumberton
(609)267-4344
Thurs. 7 p.m. Open Mic w/ Jimmy Mannix
Fri. 7 p.m. 4 Days Reign 
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. Shauny Mac
Sat. 8 p.m. Kickbax  
El Barrio Cantina & Tequila Bar
1470 Buck Road Southampton, PA
(267) 685-0725
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Two For Flinching 
First United Methodist Church
187 Stockton Street Hightstown 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Society of American magicians 181 Meeting and Workshop  
Flying Pig Tavern & Tap
167 US-Route 130 North Bordentown
(609) 899-7447
Fri. 8 p.m. Professor Butternut's Hat
Sat. 8 p.m. Joanna Caruso
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia  
Forsgate Country Club   
375 Forsgate Drive Monroe 
(732) 521-0700 
Fri. 6 p.m. "First Friday"
Sat. 12 p.m. 7th Annual Chocolate and Wine. $15 (advance/ages 21+, $7.50 ages 13-20, ages 12 and under FREE)
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
Sat. 8 p.m. Lobster Tot Martini  
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.) 
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" (9 p.m.) Never Enough
Sat. 8 p.m. Hammered
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
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Comedy On the Crick" $50. (Dinner 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m., cash bar) 
Fri. 8 p.m. EarCandy Acoustic
Sat. 9 p.m. SideArm
Sun. 2 p.m. "A Day for Hannah" Cancer Benefit feat. (2 p.m.) Joe & Krista (2:30 p.m.) Righteous Jolly (3 p.m.) Tyler Kingsley (3:30 p.m.) Joey De Noble (4 p.m.) Vince Rockey (4:30 p.m.) Michael LeCompt (5 p.m.) Zachary Drew (5:30 p.m.) Irish Joe Devlin (6 p.m.) Dave Cunningham / Go HAM (6:30 p.m.) Frank Daly / Jamison (7 p.m.) Jason Ager (7:30 p.m.) Rondie James. (ALL Donations accepted) 
Hamilton Tap & Grill
557 US Route 130 North Hamilton
(609) 905-0925
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Music Bingo w/ DJ Nebbs
Tues. 6:30 p.m. LOVE Painting Party. $45 (Includes appetizer buffet, one free drink 
Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia    
Harvest Seasonal Grill (Newtown Shopping Center)
2865 South Eagle Road Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8469
Thurs. 6 p.m. Brian Elliot  
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.) Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute w/ Southern Steel (11 p.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sat. (8:30 p.m.) Cherry Crush (11:59 p.m.) 9:30 p.m. DJ Dance Party 
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
Tues. 7 p.m. Jillian Ashcroft Jazz Quartet
Wed. 7 p.m. Jumper Duo
Holy Grounds Coffee House (Cranbury United Methodist Church)
21 Norh Main Street Cranbury
(609) 395-1737
Fri. 7 p.m. "Music on a Winter's Night" feat. Wendy Schettig. (FREE admission, light refreshments, donations accepted and appreciated) 
Hopewell United Methodist Church
20 Blackwell Avenue Hopewell
(609) 466-0471
Sat.7 p.m. Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac Tribute Benefitting The HUMC Children's Education Programs feat. members of The Beagles and The EAMC. $10 (Suggested Donation)   
Hopewell Valley Vineyards 
46 Yard Avenue Pennington 
(609) 737-4465 
Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5 p.m.) Jo Wymer
Sat.  5 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Catmoondaddy
Sun. 1:30 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. "Django & Jazz" by The Blue Jersey 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.
Fri. (6 p.m.) Happy Hour w/ Eric Regal (9 p.m.) Harley & Dan
Sat. 9 p.m. Four Right Chords
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 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. David Koster
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo Night  
Iron Plow Vineyards 
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus 
(732) 306-9111
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Carmen Marranco and Bud Belviso 
Sat. 2 p.m. Melissa Ann
Sun. 2 p.m. Spoondrift
Iron Plow Vineyards Tasting Room
61 High Street Mt. Holly
(732) 306-9111
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Josh & Sophia
John & Peter's 
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa 
(215) 862-5981
Thurs. 8 p.m. "Sam Sessions" w/ Sam Ryan and Friends
Fri. 9 p.m. Shaper, Nyxy Nyx, Hollow Howl
Sat. 9 p.m. Tone Prophets
Sun. 3 p.m. Official Chili Cook-off After Party w/ Mixxtape
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
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Kenny Dubman Duo  (10 p.m.) DJ Jimmy G
Sat. 9 p.m. Thrown Together 
Sun. 10 a.m. "Sunday Funday" Brunch
Mon. 6 p.m. "Kids Night" (Reservations Required) 
Tues. 6:30 p.m. Valentine's Day Themed Mixology Class (Reservations Required) 
Wed. 6 p.m. "Ladies Night" "Tarot & Tequila Night" $40 (Includes a Tequila Flight. Reservations Required)
Lakeside Cafe and Liquors
129 Route 31 North Pennington
(609) 621-9998
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Just Jeff
Laurita Winery 
85 Archertown Road New Egypt 
(609) 752-0200
Thurs. 6 p.m. "All You Need Is Love" Paint & Sip Hosted by Village Arts. $50 (Includes a glass of wine. SOLD OUT please check for availabilty) 
Sat. 12 p.m. "Wine and Chocolate Weekend" feat. (1 p.m.) Anker (7 p.m.) Awesome 80's Dance Party (SOLD OUT check for ticket availability)
Sun. 12 p.m. "Wine and Chocolate Weekend" feat. (1 p.m.) Rick Winow 
Magikava
87a South Main Street New Hope, PA
(215) 862-2739
Wed. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night  
McStews Irish Sports Pub 
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 949-9570 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Music Bingo
Sat. 9 p.m. Tribute Night feat. A Tribute to Primus w/ "Percolator," A Tribute to Stone Temple Pilots w/ "Purple To The Core," A Tribute to The Foo Fighters and the Music of Dave Grohl w/ "Fave Grohl" 
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night
  
Millhill Basement 
300 S. Broad Street Trenton 
(609) 989-1600 
Fri. 7 p.m. "First Friday"   
More Than Q
13 Klines Court Lambertville  
(609) 773-0072  
Sat. 2 p.m. Those Looks
Music Mountain Theater
1483 Route 179 Lambertville
(609)397-3337
Fri. 8 p.m. "The Secret Garden"
Sat. 3 p.m./ 8 p.m. "The Secret Garden"
Sun. 3 p.m. "The Secret Garden"
Naked Brewing Company
212 Mill Street Bristol, PA
(267) 544-7129
Sun. 11 a.m. Weekend Brunch 
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
New Egypt Elks Lodge #2457 
105 Lakewood Road New Egypt  
(609) 758-8700  
Fri. 6 p.m. Karaoke  
New Egypt Flea Market Village
933 Monmouth County Road Cream Ridge
(609) 758-2082
Sat./Sun.10 a.m. "Fire & Ice Festival" w/ DJ Lenny Lounge, Ice Sculptures by Larry & The Bikini Boys, Fire Jugglers, Food Trucks, Amazing Mutts Puppy Resue/Adoption. $5 (Kids age 10 and under FREE)   
New Hope Winery / Tavern
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA
(215) 794-2331
Sat. 1 p.m. Laurie Vosburg
Sun. 1 p.m. Sunday Jazz  
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA
(215) 944-8609
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "Seinfeld" Trivia
Fri. 6 p.m. Fly On The Wall
Sat. (3 p.m.) Magic by Jared (6 p.m.) Sarah Heine  
Nick's Roast Beef
4501 Woodhaven Road West Philadelphia, PA
(215) 637-5151
Thurs. 7 p.m.  Trivia
Fri.  9 p.m. Fish Out of Water
Sat. 9 p.m. Jumper
Sun. 4 p.m. Nothing 2 Prove
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke
Nottingham Tavern 
9 Mercer Street Hamilton Square 
(609) 587-6623 
Thurs. (7 p.m.) Danny Coleman’s Rock On Radio “Happy Hour” Hosted by Danny Coleman feat. Music by Rob Silvers (9:30 pm.)  Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis. 
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Asylum Choir
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Cover Up
Ages 21+  
O'Fowley's Tavern & Grill 
200 State Road Croydon, PA 
(215) 785-6998
Sat. 11 a.m. Special Olympics Fundraiser Hosted by Team Frozen Nuts feat. (1 p.m.) DJ Ray (2 p.m.) Dan & Liz (7 p.m.) Never Enough
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
Wed. 6:30 p.m. Trivia  
Old Town Pub 
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown 
(609) 291-9232
Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia 
Fri. 9 p.m. Marcia & Dan
Tues. 6 p.m. Taco Tuesday w/ Radio Fiction
Palmer Square
40 Nassau Street Princeton
Thurs. 4 p.m. "Skating On The Square" $10/$12 (Includes skate rental) 
Fri.  4 p.m. "Skating On The Square" $10/$12 (Includes skate rental) 
Sat. 12 p.m. / 4 p.m. "Skating On the Square" $10/$12 (Includes skate rental) 
Sun. (11 a.m.) DIY Pop-Up Project: Hand-rolled Beeswax Candles (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. 7 p.m. Of Our New Day Begun: Celebrating Black History Month  
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 
Sun. 11 a.m. Jazz Brunch
Princeton Makes 
301 North Harrison Street Princeton
Sun. 4 p.m. Second Sunday Poetry  
Princeton Public Library (Hinds Plaza)
65 Witherspoon Street Princeton  
(609) 924-9529
Sun. 3 p.m. Open Acoustic Jam Session
Wed. 7 p.m. Art Talk with Terrance Cummings  
Princeton University (Richardson Auditorium)
Nassau Street Princeton
Thurs. 12:30 p.m. Lain Quinn Organ Concert (Takes place at University Chapel) 
Sat. 8 p.m. Brahms & Beethoven feat. Inon Barnatan
Tue. 7 p.m. Princeton Chapel Concert w/ Rowan University Concert Choir (FREE event, takes place at University Chapel)   
Puss N Boots Tavern
942 Tenton Road Fairless Hills, PA
(215) 295-8236
Fri. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Sat. 7 p.m. "Oldies Night" w/ DJ Jimmy Mac
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
Recklesstown Farm Distillery
2800 Route 206 North Columbus
(609) 784-8046
Sat. 7 p.m. Trivia
Revere Restaurant
802 River Road Ewing
(609) 882-6365
Thurs. 6 p.m. Bad Hombres Duo  
River House at Odette’s
274 South Rive Road New Hope, PA
(215) 682-2022
Thurs. (7 p.m.) Gina Corso (9 p.m.) Cara Cartney
Fri. (7 p.m.) Michelle Lodi Duo (9 p.m.) Jeffrey Fadden Duo
Sat. (11:30 a.m.) Brunch w/ Russell Norkevich(7 p.m.) Bob Egan (9 p.m.) Greg McGarvey
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. Lorenzo Branca
Wed. 7 p.m. Megan Knight
Rose Bank Winery 
258 Durham Road Newtown, PA  
(215) 860-5899 
Sat. 1 p.m. "Tastings & Tunes in the Buckman Barn" feat. Mike Brill    
Rossi's Bar & Grill 
2110 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton 
(609) 890-2004 
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Ernie White
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, PA
(267) 812-5251
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia  
Shady Brook Farm
931 Stony Hill Road Yardley, PA
(215) 968-1670
Thurs. Trivia 
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Winter UnWINEd Concert feat. Tim Fitzpatrick w/ Todd Fern
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Winter UnWINEd Concert feat. The E-Miners
Slim's Irish Pub
2195 Galloway Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 332-0047
Sat. 9 p.m. Midnight Sun
Mon. 6 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Cecil 
Small World Coffee 
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
(609) 924-4377 x2
Fri. 5 p.m. Princeton Makes Artist Collective Art Exhibit Closing Reception
Sat. 6 p.m. BD Lenz
South Brunswick Jazz Cafe
540 Ridge Road (Rte. 522) Monmouth Junction
Fri. 7 p.m. The Gumbo Gumbas  
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. Long Hard Ride
Sun. 9 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Cara Cartney
Mon. 9 p.m. Game Night Hosted by Kid Dalton
Tues. 7 p.m. Johnny Betz
Wed. 8 p.m. Timeless Duo
Starbucks Coffee (Trenton Community Store)
102 South Warren Street Trenton  
(609) 393-0261 
Fri. 11 a.m. "2000BLACK" Meet the Artist Raven George    
Stars & Stripes Harley Davidson
600 South Flowers Mill Road Langhorne, PA
(215) 752-9400 
Sat. 12 p.m. "Biker Bingo"   
Steam Pub
606 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA
(215) 942-6468
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Junje
Sat. 10:30 p.m. Philly Heart & Soul
1675 at The Ridges
4666 East Bristol Road Trevose, PA
(215) 876-6868
Sat. 6 p.m. Brian Elliot & Joh Bogansky  
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. 8:30 p.m. Chris from Rave On
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Amptons
Tavern On The Lake  
101 Main Street Hightstown 
(609) 426-9345  
Tues. 6 p.m. Trivia
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke 
  
TCNJ College of New Jersey
2000 Pennington Road Ewing 
(609) 771-2467
Sat. 8:30 a.m. TCNJ "Saxophone Summit 2023"    
Temperance House 
5 South State Street Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8050 
Fri. 7 p.m. Anders Hyatt
Mon. 7 p.m. Trivia w/ Righteous Jolly
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  
Terhune Orchards  
330 Cold Soil Road Princeton 
(609) 924-2310 
Sat. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Bill Flemer
Sun. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Bud Belviso   
TGI Fridays
3535 U.S. Route 1 North #275 Princeton
(609) 520-0378
Fri. 6 p.m. Matthew Cook
Sun. 1 p.m. Veronica Kole 
  
The Birdhouse Center For The Arts
7 North Main Street Lambertville 
(215) 681-4660  
Tues. 7:30 p.m. NJNO the "not just nyckelharpa orchestra" Community Orchestra  
The Buck Hotel
1200 Buck Road Feasterville, PA
(215) 396-2002
Thurs. 7 p.m. Kirko
Fri. 7 p.m. Love Junk
Sat. (11 a.m.) Brunch (9 p.m.) Bigg Romeo
Sun. 11 a.m. Brunch 
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. Unleashed
The Cure Insurance Center  
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton   
(609) 656-3200   
Sat. 8 a.m. "Aloha-Trenton" Showdown. $20
The Dubliner
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA
(215) 693-1816
Fri. 7 p.m. Popik & Stewart
Sat. 7 p.m. Ray Coleman
Sun. 2 p.m.Thomas Johnston
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. Se7en
Sat. 9 p.m. SpareParts
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Music Bingo w/ Jonathan Appel
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Chris Benedetti  
The HOB Tavern 
146 Second Street Bordentown 
(609) 291-7020 
Wed. 8 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Bill Burns-Lynch  
The Ivy Inn 
248 Nassau Street Princeton 
(609) 921-8555 
Fri. 9:30 p.m. DJ Iron Mike 
Sat. 9:30 p.m. DJ Bob E Luv
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
Sat. 8 p.m. Shameless
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
Fri. 8 p.m. Hoyer's Destroyers feat. the OTC
Wed. 6 p.m. Joe Vadala
The Sycamore Grill 
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA 
(215) 908-6326 
Fri. 8 p.m. Danny Lunch Duo
Sat. 8 p.m. SoulShine 
The Tavern at Penns Park
2295 Second Street Pike Newtown, PA
(267) 491-5658
Fri. 8 p.m. Blue Reign
Sun. 3 p.m. AudioPilot Duo
Wed. 7 p.m. Music Bingo w/ Jonathan Appel 2nd Wed
The Union Firehouse
18 Washington Street Mount Holly
(609) 288-6491
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. A Light Divided, Ashland, 4*1*3*0. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Shot Of Southern. $12, Doors open at 7 p.m.
Sat. 8 p.m. The Grouser Girls. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Sun. (1 p.m.) Michael Warren (CD Release Party). $10 (3 p.m.) School Of Rock Cherry Hill End of Season Show Presents: "The Music of Green Day." $5/$10 (6 p.m.) School Of Rock Cherry Hill Presents: "Rockin' The Movies." $5/$10
Tir Na Nog 
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton 
(609) 392-2554
Fri. 9 p.m. The Williamsboy
Sun. 3 p.m. Pro Chili Bowl Cook-Off Benefitting The Billy Briggs memorial Scholarship Foundation. $5
All Shows 21+
  
Train Wreck Distillery  
25 Madison Avenue Mount Holly  
(609) 288-6300
Sat. 7 p.m. Radio Fiction  
Trenton Free Public Library
120 Academy Street Trenton
(609) 392-7188
Fri. 5 p.m. "First Friday" 
Trenton Social  
449 South Broad Street Trenton 
(609) 989-7777
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Happy Hour Throwback Thursday"
Fri. 6 p.m. Opening Reception "Out of the Blue" feat. works by Alia Bensliman, Amanda Chesney, Heather Palecek
Sat. 9 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.) 
Triple Sun Spirits 
126 South State Street Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-3057  
Fri. 8 p.m. Center Lane or Al & Perry
Sat. 8 p.m. Nick S.  
Union Coffee
49 North Union Street Lambertville
(609) 460-4637
Fri. 5 p.m. "First Friday" Tarot Meet-Up w/ Kristina Gorman 
Vault Brewing Company
10 South Main Street Yardley, PA
(267) 573-4291
Fri. 7 p.m. Brian Elliot Trio
Sat. 7 p.m. Suzette Ortiz an Her Latin Ensemble
Vault Smoke House
19 West College Avenue Yardley, PA
(267) 907-8550
Thurs. 6 p.m. Rachel & Ty
Wilson's Pub
1870 Brownsville Road Trevose Heights, PA 
(215) 355-4739 
Fri. 8 p.m. Matt Mass
Sat. 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. Chris Giakas
WWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio
MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor
Jazzon2.org
Mon. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues"


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