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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...2/29/24

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 02/29/2024

Rock On! This Week

"This is my first book but I'm already halfway through my next one," laughs author Katherine Yeske Taylor, "I'm a glutton for punishment I guess. I guess I didn't realize until I got into it how difficult writing a book is; writing a book is different from writing an article. This book has been two years in the making which is pretty quick as far as books go but it's a lot more and different work than writing magazine articles."

Taylor, a well-published, knowledgeable music journalist has just finished her first book titled, "She's a Badass: Women In Rock Shaping Feminism" and Tuesday March 5 at 6 p.m. she will be having a discussion and Q & A book signing at Labyrinth Books located at 122 Nassau Street in Princeton, NJ. Joining her will be fellow music journalist and author Tom Beaujor

Before we get into the nitty-gritty about the book, which exposes some of the true misogyny, discrimination and outright horrible behavior in the music industry told by the women who lived it; let's see where Taylor, a native Georgian, gets her love of music, why she chose the topic and how her own experiences have affected her and her career. 

"I've been a music critic since I was 16 years old, so more than 30 years now," she began. "I freelance and contribute quite often to "American Songwriter" and in your state, I contribute to "Aquarian Weekly" quite a bit. I've written for "Billboard" and "Spin" so, yeah, whoever will take me (laughs). I do a lot of regional outlets and places across the country; I've been lucky to get pretty steady work across a wide range of places and I feel fortunate.Over the years I've done probably thousands of interviews and as I talked to the women in this business, I started hearing the same kind of stories over and over again about certain struggles they've had getting fair treatment within the music business. A couple of years ago, I was approached by a literary agent who had been reading my work; specifically he had read an interview I had done with Donita Sparks of L7 where she talked about some of these kinds of things and he said; "Have you ever thought about writing a book?" We kind of took it from there, I wrote up a quote all about women in rock and feminism and he took it to publishers and we got this deal with Backbeat Books. What was interesting to me was that there are plenty of books about women in rock and also a lot of books about feminism but there wasn't one that I could find that specifically combined those two things. So, I thought that it was a really important thing to address in a book finally and 'm really glad that I got these 20 women to agree to talk with me and they were extremely candid. There were a few instances within this book where they said, "I've never really talked about this publicly before" and I feel really honored because I think this a really in depth way to look at a topic for the first time. I hope it does well and so far it is; I'm informed by my publisher that the first run has already sold out and we have a second printing in the works and it has only been out for a week."

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"I've always had an obsession with music; my parents listened to music a lot but I'd not say I come from an especially musical family. I'm not sure where it came from but I've always seemed to be more interested in music than most people. When I got into my teens, I tried taking guitar lessons, I took voice lessons and I really practiced a lot but it became clear that I didn't have that particular talent. No matter how much I tried, I was never going to be able to be a professional musician; it was obvious. However, growing up,every English teacher I've ever had said, "You have a gift for this, you should be a writer" and so being a music journalist seemed to combine these two things in a way that I could really excel in; a way where I couldn't excel as an actual musician. I think it helps me as a music journalist because I have a certain amount of understanding and a definite respect for the skill it does take to do what they do. I'm still in awe of anyone who can write a good song, to me it's almost like magic, I still don't understand how they do it. As many times as people have explained their songwriting process to me, I still think there is a magical quality to it and I think that helps me keep my motivation up to continue to do this. "One of my favorite outlets that I write for is "American Songwriter" and the reason I love it so much is because it's the one outlet where I'm truly allowed to ask in depth about the songwriting process; that's the whole point of that magazine. I can talk about it with people in a way that I can't for the other outlets and people love to talk about it; nobody has the same process, approach or method at all."

"I actually started off writing for my school newspaper and they wanted me to cover really boring stuff like student government meetings and I refused," she went on with a laugh."This was when Atlanta was really having a moment with its music scene; bands like The Black Crowes and Indigo Girls were really starting to take off and that's what I wanted to write about; those bands and a lot of the local artists that I thought were really great. So, I would call management companies and when they were done laughing at me because I was requesting to interview bands for my school newspaper, a lot of times they would say yes because they said that they admired that I had the guts to ask and most people are kind and they want to help. When I graduated from high school, I went to college in Athens, GA  at the University of Georgia because it has a really good journalism school but it was also a town that was also having a moment. That is when R.E.M and The B-52s and bands like that were getting really popular. So, I just had the really good luck of getting my start in a couple of places that were having a musical heyday. I feel really fortunate that I was able to be in those places at that time." 

It was also at this time when Taylor, either knowingly or unknowingly began the process that would result in what has now led her into becoming an author. 

"I talk about it in the introduction to this book. When I started out, I had the double whammy of being female and being 16 years old and the established male critics in Atlanta where I got my start just didn't want to let me in the club and some were pretty nasty about it. So, when I hear these stories that women tell, I can unfortunately relate on a personal level because I've experienced some of these things. I had an older man corner me at a nightclub and say, "Do you write your own articles or does the editor write them for you?" In one case, I had a guy come up to me and ask me if I was, "Only getting assignments because I had slept with the editor" and I just always felt that if I had been a teenage boy that was doing this, I really think I would've gotten a different reception. I don't think people would have responded that way, I think they would have said, "Oh what a go-getter" but because I was a young female, I just didn't get the kind of respect that I felt I deserved because I had worked really hard to show that I could do the work at the level necessary to get these kind of opportunities and it was infuriating to have it dismissed like that without even giving me a chance. Fortunately, I think that has gotten better, as I talk to young women who are just starting their journalism careers now, I don't hear stories like that nearly as often. So, I think that is one of the areas that has improved fortunately." 

With "She's a Badass: Women In Rock Shaping Feminism" now out and doing well, Taylor credits her open mind as part of the reason she is not only finding success with the book but with her career as a journalist in general.

"I listened to everything, when I took voice lessons; I really took voice lessons. I took opera for years and I obviously really loved rock. My dad was into classical music and blues music and he really exposed me to a lot. There really isn't a genre of music I dislike, I like some more than others but I think it has really served me well because as a freelancer I'm called upon to write about so many different things. One day I may be called upon to interview a leading country artist and the next day an up and coming alternative rock musician and I need to be able to knowledgeably approach both of those kinds of things and so I think it has really helped me in my career to have such a diverse background and interest in so many kinds of things."

So, stated earlier, it was a literary agent who came across her work and suggested she write the book. The book itself is not just a collection of past interviews and/or stories but is somewhat of an emotional rollercoaster as the tales from the ladies inside the covers are full of twists, turns, heartbreak and more but not all are of that variety.

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"I will point out, this isn't just some kind of male bashing book," she explained. "The women do talk about times when they were treated badly but all 20 of them made a point of mentioning instances where men helped them in significant ways. I think the message is, we don't like it when we've been treated this certain way. Some of these issues are still kind of ongoing but they are also very positive about the things that have gotten better and the men who have been very helpful to them. So, it's not a bitter book by any means, I do try to point out through their stories things that still need improvement but I think it shows over the last 50 years that a lot of progress has been made."

"These are all new interviews specifically for this book. I started by approaching women that I have interviewed in the past, it seemed like a natural place to start; to send people articles and say, hey remember when I wrote about you this time? Wanna do it again only more in depth? That's how I got about two-thirds of the people in this book. Suzi Quatro and Ann Wilson, Gina Schock of the Go-Gos, Suzanne Vega and people like that. Once they signed on, I was able to get the other third of the women in this book who I'd never talked to before because they saw the other people who had already agreed to participate. So, it kind of snowballed and that's really wonderful because it was an interesting combination of people I was already familiar with and people that I'd never met before, so it was really interesting.I was really lucky that way because when I first got the book deal there were a couple of sleepless nights where I thought; what if I can't get enough people to do this? You just don't know; Suzi Quatro and Ann Wilson were the first two people to sign on to do it and of course when those two said yes, everyone else said, well if they're doing it then I'm doing it.What I really appreciate is these women really put their money where their mouth is; they're committed to helping other women.They got their success after some significant struggles and instead of having it make them bitter, it makes them determined to turn around and help the next woman in line and I really appreciate that."

"It is 20 chapters and each chapter is devoted to one female artist so that she can tell her story in depth. Each chapter is about 4,000 words which is the equivalent of about two magazine cover stories; it's pretty in depth. I just let people tell me their stories because I felt like it was really important to understand their backgrounds, where they came from and how that shaped their opinions on feminism and their careers. It was really eye opening to see how people came to the conclusions they've come to and dealt with the different experiences they've had and even people who I don't really agree with their opinions on things but when I heard their stories I can understand why they felt that way. There is a significant number of women in this book that don't want to be called "Feminists" at all and that's not because they aren't on board with female equality, they just have a problem with the connotation of that word or they may have a problem with the way certain women's movements have progressed; they think it might be too strident or they may think it's male bashing. They each explained their reasons and it's interesting to hear that; meanwhile, in the next chapter, the next woman says, "I'm a dyed in the wool feminist and I will never give up that title." So, it's interesting to hear all of these different and varied takes that people have throughout this book and I hope that anyone reading it will find at least someone in it who expresses views that are similar to their own because the differences and opinions really are so varied in it."

When asked if there were any stories that were either "Gut wrenching" or of a "Feel good" nature; her response was immediate. 

"Lydia Lunch certainly had the most gut wrenching story," she said sincerely. "She was a pioneer in the punk and new wave scene in New York in the '70s and who still to this day continues to be a real trailblazer in those genres and spoken word as well. Growing up in Rochester, she was abused by her father, she was a teenage runaway who came to New York City at 16 years old, was homeless and really overcame a lot of trauma from a very difficult youth and it has made her a really tough person but also empathetic in her own way. Her chapter is very moving and sometimes a difficult read because some of the things she went through are just downright horrific." 

"Gina Schock of The Go-Go's had the best in terms of a feel good story. She is a very exuberant person and she had very glowing stories about her childhood which sounds like it was quite idyllic. She moved out to L.A. from her native Baltimore and pretty quickly met up with her bandmates who would become The Go-Go's and she had a relatively quick rise to fame which has had its ups and downs with the band but overall it has been a really great experience for her and she is just a very upbeat person; that is a feel good chapter. So, it's interesting, some of these contrasts between the women and their experiences in life and how they adapted." 

Rock On! This Week

Surely when hearing these accounts and stories and having to translate them into a book, one's own feelings or opinions must come into play; or do they? 

"I think that is where my actual formal journalism training came in. I have a journalism degree and they really hammered home that you have to be objective. Whenever somebody was expressing an opinion that was opposite of my own, I had to remind myself, my job here is not to editorialize, that is not the purpose of this book. My job is to be a conduit and tell her story, tell her truth as she sees it and step out of the way. I really tried to do that; as a human being, I'm not sure that it's possible, 100 percent to be like a robot and not let your opinions or feelings creep into things but I really made a concerted effort in this book to limit my own opinions to the introduction and let the women's shine through. Hopefully, people reading this book will not be able to tell my opinions about what they say at all." 

"I ordered this book from oldest to youngest for a purpose; it starts off with Ann Wilson and Suzi Quatro and goes down to young artists like Fefe Dobson and Sade Sanchez of L.A. Witch and I did that on purpose to show how attitudes and things have changed over the decades or experiences have changed over the decades; or not. I hope people will see that things have gotten better and it is going in the right direction but there is still work that needs to be done. I think there needs to be improvement at venues; that is one of the things I've heard over and over again; there are many condescending attitudes towards women and hopefully it too will change. I'm very gratified to see that the prevailing opinion seems to be that this is something that needs to be discussed and it's a worthy topic and that's all I can really ask for; ideally, I hope this book will spark discussion that will lead to some people realizing that things still need to change to a certain degree and that it is a topic that is far from being solved." 

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March 5 finds her and Beaujour at Labyrinth Books and it is a free event which is open to the public; so what can we expect at the event?

"Tom Beaujor is a "New York Times Best Selling" author of a book called, "Nothin' But A Good Time" and he is going to have a discussion with me about my book, women in rock and feminism in general, so it should be really interesting. He is a well known music writer and not just an author who has had a lengthy career as well so it should be a great discussion. He will ask me questions, we'll talk back and forth and do a comparison and contrast between our books. I would certainly like to open it up to questions from anyone who comes and would like to know something and then I'll be happy to individually meet with people, sign their books and answer any questions that they may have been too shy to ask in front of the group. I think it is going to be a fun time; I'm going to bring my mom, she is the original "Badass" and I dedicated this book to her. So, come out and meet me and say hello to my mom (laughs)!" 

The book can be found on all of the usual outlets, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and "Kat" can be found online and all social media platforms under  Katherine Yeske Taylor Music Journalist.   

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 Presbyterian Church
20 High Street Allentown
(609) 259-7289
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Jazz Vespers w/ Enoch Smith Jr.
Al's Airport Inn
636 Bear Tavern Road West Trenton
(609) 883-5252 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Ant Cannuli
Sat. (12 p.m.) Acoustic Brunch (5 p.m.) Jessica Stanley
Sun. 12 p.m. Sunday Acoustic Brunch w/ Jerry Monk
Mon. 5 p.m. Joe Hutchinson
Tues. 7 p.m.  Mike & Laura
Wed. 7 p.m. Mark Sacco
Ancient Order of Hibernians 
2419 Kuser Road Hamilton 
Fri. 3 p.m. Lenten Fish Fry
Aristaeus Brewing
2475C Big Oak Road Langhorne, PA 
(215) 757-2337
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Arts Council of Princeton 
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
(609) 924-8777 
Sun. 3 p.m. ART OF: "Contemplating Spirituality and Art"
Wed. 7 p.m. Jersey Art Meetup
Ashlynn Distillery 
32 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Cecil & Carl
Fri. 7 p.m. Mike Goldman
Sat. 7 p.m. Tim Schmid
Sun. 3 p.m. Cecil & Troy Cain
Wed. 6 p.m. Cara Cartney
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/ DJ Burn
Ages 21+
Bordentown City
Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
Fri. 7 p.m. "Frightening Fridays!" Haunted History Tours. $20
Sat. 12 p.m. Bordentown Walking Tours. $20  
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 
Sun. (12 p.m.) Bill Avayou Trio (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Mon. 6 p.m. Soul Custody Duo
Wed. 6 p.m. Liz DuFour
Broken Goblet Brewing
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 812-5653
Thurs. 7 p.m.  Mike Estabrook
Sat. 8 p.m. Author & Punisher w/ Morne & Glassing. $20, ages 18+ 
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
Candlelight Lounge 
24 Passaic Street Trenton  
(609) 695-9612 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam. $5
Sat. 3 p.m. Mike DeMonte. $20 
Cazz's Sports Bar 'N' Grille
1560 Haines Road Levittown, PA 
(267) 580-5469 
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paul

Chesterfield Inn
633 Chesterfield-Arneytown Road Chesterfield
(609) 298-1917
Sat. 9 p.m. Blackwells Mill
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. After Dark 
Continental Tavern
2 North Main Street Yardley, PA  
(215) 493-9191
Sat. 8 p.m. Acoustic Brew 
Cooper's Riverview                                                                     
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
(609) 393-7300 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Kindred Spirit 
Fri. 5 p.m. Happy Hour  (7 p.m.) Kickin' Nash / DJ John Rossi
Sat. 7 p.m. Grateful Dead Tribute w/ "Cosmic Jerry Band"  
Crossing Vineyard and Winery
1853 Wrightstown Road Washington Crossing, PA
(215) 493-6500 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia Night
Sat. 2 p.m. Meg Russell
Sun. 2 p.m. Kim & Chuck Duo
Curran’s Irish Inn
1909 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
(215) 245-1800
Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo 
Sat. 8 p.m. SoulShine
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
Thurs. 7 p.m. Open Mic w/ Jimmy Mannix
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic 
Wed. 7 p.m. Loose Bandits 
Dharma Bums 
4935 River Road New Hope, PA
(215) 663-2867
Thurs. 8 p.m. Rachel Hill
Fri. 8 p.m. Riko and Whaler Collective. $10 (advance)
Sat. 8 p.m. Boris Garcia. $15 (advance)
Sun. 6 p.m. Goldsprints. $20
Wed. 7 p.m.  DBums Hootenanny: An Open Mic of Music, Comedy & Spoken Word Hosted by Michael Henry Robert
Dockside Bensalem 
3330 Hulmeville Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 520-7184
Sat. 10 a.m. Taylor Swift Brunch  
Eddington House Bensalem
2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA 
(215) 639-1220 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Phase 3
Sat. 8:30 p.m. August
Sun. 3 p.m. Ty Kingsley 
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 p.m. Keith Ragnar Cowgill
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
Thurs. 8 p.m. Live DJ Entertainment
Tues. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia
Forsgate Country Club   
375 Forsgate Drive Monroe
(732) 521-0700 
Thurs. 6 p.m. "Learn How to Eat" Meet & Greet w/ Camilla
Fri. 6 p.m. "First Friday"
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
1031 Washington Boulevard Robbinsville 
(609) 426-9203 
Wed. 6 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Kevin McGowan and/or Gino Formaroli (Sign-ups begin at 5:30 p.m.)
Gleason's Bar
6700 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA
(215) 943-4781 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo / “Ladies Night” Hosted by Best Choice Productions 
Fri. (6 p.m.) "Happy Hour" (8 p.m.) The Hammer Ons
Sat. 8 p.m. Lexi Mangoni + Electric Beach
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. 6 p.m. LJ Hall
Sat. 8 p.m. Modern Luxe
Grover's Mill Coffee House 
Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction   
(609) 716-8771  
Thurs. 6 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Wade Prestridge
Halo Pub
4617 Nottingham Way Hamilton Square 
(609) 586-1811  
Sat. 7 p.m. Bud & Carm
Hamilatte Cafe
1971 Route 33 Hamilton
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Acoustic Saturdays Hosted by Sheli Monacchio 
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
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.) "Slippery When Wet" Bon Jovi Tribute. $25 (11 p.m. ) DJ Dance Party 
Sat. (3 p.m.) HopeWell & Lofash (8:30 p.m.0 Bigg Romeo (11:59 p.m.) DJ Dance Party 
Sun. (1 p.m.) Midnight Sun Orchestra (6:30 p.m.) JB Kline Blues band
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Steve
Tues. 7 p.m. Jillian Ashcroft Jazz Quartet 
Wed. 7 p.m. Jumper Duo
Hopewell Valley Golf Club
114 Pennington-Hopewell Road Hopewell
(609) 737-1199
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Jack Furlong
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington 
(609) 737-4465 
Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5 p.m.) Living The Dream
Sat. 5 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Midnight Masqueraders 
Sun. 2:30 p.m. Catmoondaddy
Hurricane Jacks Bar and Grill
7759 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(267) 914-4517
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Music Bingo w/ DJ John W. 
Fri. 7 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Beenice
Sat. 8 p.m. The Bridge
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 
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo Night 
Iron Plow Vineyards
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus 
(732) 306-9111 
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Michael Newsham
Sat. 2 p.m. Carie McCay
Sun. 2 p.m. Bob O & Ann
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 
Thurs. 8 p.m. Trifecta & Company
Sat. (2:30 p.m.) International Cat Rescue Day w/ Sean Faust and Eddie  Kamenitzer (9 p.m.) Crescent Moon, Ruby Dear, SicMan
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic Comedy Night w/ Mike Dialto feat. (Sign-ups start at 8 p.m.) 
Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational
All shows 21+
Killarney's Publick House
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
(609) 586-1166 
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Jameson Whisky Dinner
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Lofash (10 p.m.) DJ Dan
Sat. (10 a.m.) Brunch (10 p.m.) DJ Jimmy G
Sun. (10 a.m.) "Sunday Funday" Brunch feat. (11 a.m.) Ty Mares 
Labyrinth Books Princeton 
122 Nassau Street Princeton
(609) 497-1600 
Tues. 6 p.m. "She's A Badass: Women in Rock Shaping Feminism" w/ Author Katherine Yeske Taylor and Tom Beaujour 
La Cena Ristorante
2233 Galloway Road Bensalem, PA
(215) 639-9969
Wed. 6 p.m. Joe Plush & Friends
Laurita Winery 
85 Archertown Road New Egypt 
(609) 752-0200 
Thurs. 7 p.m. 2024 Spring Laurita Idol Tryouts
Fri. 6 p.m. Dueling Pianos (SOLD OUT please check for availability)
Sat. "Shamrock Celebration" feat. (11:30 a.m.) The Bog Boys (4 p.m.) The O'Neals
Sun. 11:30 a.m. "Shamrock Celebration" feat. (2 p.m.) The Forest Greens
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
Logan Inn 
10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA 
(215) 862-2300 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Bill Tally Trio
Fri. 5 p.m. Ed Wall
Sat. 7 p.m. Keith Franklin Quartet
Sun. 7 p.m. Scott McCallister
Wed. 5 p.m. Radam Schwartz
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  
Main Street Mt. Holly  
28 Washington Street Mt. Holly  
(609) 914-0811 
Sat. 1 p.m. St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Festival
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 949-9570 
Sat. 9 p.m. J Geils Band Tribute w/ "Bloodshot"
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night
Mercer Oaks Golf Course 
725 Village Road West West Windsor NJ 
(609) 936-1383 
Sat. 6 p.m. Ladies Night Out Benefitting UFR Education Foundation.  
Millhill Basement 
300 S. Broad Street Trenton 
(609) 989-1600
Sat. 9 p.m. Point Blank, Bride Riot, Minor Setback, Lackluster. $10, ages 21+
Wed. 9:30 p.m. Jimmy-N-Johnny, Brian Casale, Pete Vincelli, Aaron Pinto (FREE event)
Music Mountain Theater
1483 Route 179 Lambertville
Fri. 8 p.m. "Fun Home"
Sat. 3 p.m./ 8 p.m. "Fun Home"
Sun. 3 p.m. "Fun Home" 
Naked Brewing Company 
212 Mill Street Bristol, PA 
(267) 544-7129
Thurs.6:30 p.m. Dana Collins Project 
Fri.  8 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Triish
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company 
909 Ray Avenue Croydon, PA 
(215) 458-7081
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia Night 
New Egypt Flea Market Village 
933 Monmouth County Road Cream Ridge 
(609) 758-2082
Sun. 8 a.m. Flea Market 
Wed. 8 a.m. Flea Market 
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8609 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader"  Trivia 
Fri. 6 p.m. Oliver Dagum
Sat. 6 p.m. John Brennan
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. (6 p.m.) Nick McCullough (9 p.m.) Bonehead
Sat. 9 p.m. SpareParts
Sun. (4 p.m.) Nothing 2 Prove (6 p.m.) Brian Dibiagio
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
Thur. 9:30 pm. Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis 
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Nottingham Tavern
Ages 21+    
O'Connors American Bar & Grille 
1383 Monmouth Road Easthampton  
(609) 261-1555
Sat. 3 p.m. St. Patrick's Day Parade After Party
O'Fowley's Tavern & Grill 
200 State Road Croydon, PA 
(215) 785-6998 
Sat. 4 p.m. Benefit for Georgina Brodecki Reed. $25 (Includes food, soft drinks, beer, entertainment)
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
Thurs. 5 p.m. Vinyl Night / Recruitment Social
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Live Karaoke w/ Rory
Sun. 2 p.m. Bluegrass Jam
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. Who Brought The Dog Duo
Sat. 9 p.m. Frankie Palmer Duo
Sun. 10 a.m. Brunch
Tues. 6 p.m. Taco Tuesday w/ Radio Fiction   
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. The Brooks Brothers
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo"
Patriot's Theater at The War Memorial                                                             
1 Memorial Drive Trenton 
(609) 984-8400
Sat. 7 p.m. "Giselle"
Pete's Steak House 
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton
 (609) 585-8008
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Beetle Pie
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 
Puss N Boots Tavern
942 Trenton Road Fairless Hills, PA
Fri. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
Ristorante LUCCA & Piano Lounge 
144 US Route 130 Bordentown 
(609) 262-0110
Thurs. 8 p.m. Jazz Night  
River House at Odette’s 
274 South Rive Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 682-2022 
Fri. 7 p.m. Andy Prescott
Sat. 7 p.m. Liz DuFour
Sun. 11:30 a.m. Brunch w/ Dave Dales Duo  
Rossi's Bar & Grill
2110 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
(609) 890-2004 
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Ernie White
Sat. 11 a.m. Brunch
Sun. 11 a.m. Brunch 
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics
Saint Mark United Methodist Church  
465 Paxson Avenue Hamilton Square 
(609) 587-1286
Fri. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Bill Wieszczek
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 
Fri. 6:30 p.m. "UnWINEd" w/ The Naturals
Sat. 6:30 p.m. "UnWINEd" w/ Danny Lynch Duo 
Slim's Irish Pub 
2195 Galloway Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 332-0047
Mon. 6 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Cecil 
Wed. 6 p.m. Karaoke Contest
Small World Coffee 
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
(609) 924-4377 x2 
Sat. 7 p.m. Rob Lanter
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. AJ Slick
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. Bev & Dan
Spellbound Brewing
10 Lippincott Lane #12 Mt. Holly 
(609) 832-0077 
Sat. 3 p.m. Class A Kings
Stars & Stripes Harley Davidson
600 South Flowers Mill Road Langhorne, PA 
(215) 752-9400 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Leap Year Backstage Party
Sat. 10 a.m. Biker Breakfast feat. (11 a.m.) Custom Audio Bike Build
Starving Artist Cafe
18 Bridge Street Stockton
Fri. 6 p.m. Richard Jarboe
Sun. 3 p.m. Singer Songwriter Showcase feat. Sparrow, Rich Cahill, Erica Sherger, The Taste of Vomit, Ketchel & Creeksnake, Tim Nayfield. $10
Steam Pub 
606 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA 
Sat. 10:30 p.m. Fat Mezz
Tues. 6:30 p.m. Tequilla Dinner
1867 Sanctuary
101 Scotch Road Ewing
(609) 392-6409
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Iolanthe Opera Company Presents: "Happy Birthday Frederic" $25 (Suggested donation)
Tara's Tavern 
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown 
(609) 286-2300 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Suburban Sensi
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Rave On 
Tavern On The Lake 
101 Main Street Hightstown 
(609) 426-9345  
Fri. 9 p.m. Pursuit of Happiness
Sat. 9 p.m. Barely Human
Tues. 6 p.m. Trivia 
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke 
Tessara's Restaurant
812 NJ Route 33 Hamiton
(609) 584-1700
Sat. 8 p.m. The Blue-Eyed Balladeer 
Temperance House
5 South State Street Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8050
Thurs. 7 p.m. Steve Guyger and Filthy Rich 
Mon. 7 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Neville Esquire
Tues. 7 p.m. Beginner Line Dance Lessons w/ Jeremy Line Dance. $40/4 Weeks 
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Cara Cartney 
Terhune Orchards  
330 Cold Soil Road Princeton
(609) 924-2310 
Sat. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Michael Montemurro
Sun. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Bill Flemer 
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 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. 9 p.m. The Heartbeats
Sat. (11 a.m.) Brunch (7 p.m.) Murder Mystery Dinner. $68 (Includes buffet and show, cash bar) (9 p.m.) '80s Revolution
Sun. 12:30 p.m. Wedding Open House
The Cool Cricket
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro
(609) 291-9110
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Dave Curtis
Sat. 9 p.m. Blind Lemon Pie
Mon. 6:30 p.m. Trivia 
Tues. 6:30 p.m. Paint w/ Priya "Chickadee Cherry Blossoms" $45  
The Cure Insurance Center  
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton  
(609) 656-3200  
Fri. 7 p.m. The Harlem Globetrotters
Sat. 12 p.m. "2 Day Pass: Jersey Eats: A Taste of New Jersey"
Sun. 12 p.m. "2 Day Pass: Jersey Eats: A Taste of New Jersey"  
The Dubliner
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA 
(215) 693-1816
Fri. 7 p.m. Andrew Koontz & Billy O'Neal
Sun. 2 p.m. David Falcone 
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. Time Peace
Sat. 9 p.m. All Lit Up
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. 8 p.m. Stranger Things
The Ivy Inn
248 Nassau Street Princeton
(609) 921-8555
Thurs.10 p.m. Karaoke w/ Trey Brown
Fri. 9:30 p.m. DJ Iron Mike
Sat. 9:30 p.m. DJ Slick
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. (7 p.m.) Bullet Tasting (8 p.m.) Boondashark
Sat. 8 p.m. The Agents, Lo-FI MILF, Underground Rats
The Newtown Theatre
120 North State Street Newtown, PA
(215) 968-3859
Thurs. 3 p.m./7:30 p.m. "Leap Year" $2.29
Fri. 8 p.m. Pearl Jam Tribute w/ "Last Exit" $45.34 (SOLD OUT please check for availability)
Sat. 3 p.m./8 p.m. "Sir Elton" A Tribute to Elton John. $45.34 (Sold OUT please check for availability) 
Sun. 3 p.m. Buster Keaton's Silent Shorts w/ Musical Accompaniment
Wed. 8 p.m. Paul Thorn and Steve Poltz. $48.49
The Penguin Rocks (24 Hour On-Demand Music/Radio) 
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. Eliot Lewis, Regina Bonelli, Kat Yeske Taylor, Leland Sklar
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. East Coast Funk
Sat. 8 p.m. Kindred Spirit
Wed. 6 p.m. Joe Vadala
The Sycamore Grill
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA
(215) 908-6326 
Fri. 8 p.m. Danny Lynch Project
Sat. 8 p.m. Brian Elliot Duo
The Tavern at Penns Park 
2295 Second Street Pike Newtown, PA
(267) 491-5658
Fri. 8 p.m. Project 22
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic 
The Union Firehouse
18 Washington Street Mount Holly
(609) 288-6491
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Wounded Souls and Logan Torwich
Fri. 8 p.m. "Radio Rewind" feat. Burning Sky / Jovi's Journey. 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. Retroglyphs
Sat. 8 p.m. Bad Neighbors 
Tir Na Nog 
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton 
(609) 392-2554
Fri. 9 p.m. Williamsboy
Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions"
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
Sat. 9 p.m. Live Music (TBA)
Mon. 6 p.m. "Monday Night Karaoke" Hosted by Sweets 
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 Band 
Sat. 7 p.m. John Sheridan Trio
Mon. 6 p.m. Quizzo
Village Idiot Brewing Company
42 High Street Mount Holly
(609) 975-9270 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Wildflowers Inn
2572 Pennington Road Pennington 
(609) 773-239
Thurs. 6 p.m. Rob Silvers
Wildflowers Too
255 Route 156 Yardville
(609) 585-5483
Wed. 7 p.m. Poker Night
Working Dog Winery
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown
(609) 371-6000
Thurs. 4:30 p.m. Kevin McGowan
Sat. 1 p.m. Vinny Rugnetta
Sun. 1 p.m. Erin McAndrew 
WWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio
MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor
Mon. 7 a.m./7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues"
Zlock Performing Arts Center
275 Swamp Road Newtown, PA
(215) 968-846 
Thurs. 12:15 p.m./7 p.m. "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader"Bayeux Tapestry, Art, Literature, Music & Architecture.

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Free Summer Event: Joshua Van Ness

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 @ 6:00pm
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West Windsor Arts Presents "Telematic Collisions," a Unique Multimedia Experience with Musician and Composer Trevor New

(PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ) -- West Windsor Arts may be best known for its art classes and exhibitions, but the arts center is also host to an increasing number of innovative performances by local and regional artists. Brooklyn-based musician, composer and recording artist Trevor New may be best known as an electro-acoustic violist who has performed throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe, but he is also the creator of "Cohere Touch," a unique technology that unites musicians and audiences from around the world with those in the room with him.

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Shea Center for Performing Arts presents Benny Benack with the Big Beat Big Band

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