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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...5/8/24

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 05/08/2024

Rock On! This Week

"I appreciate it, you stick around long enough, you develop a history," laughed piano player and Blues musician Dave Keyes when told about his impressive resume which includes names such as David Johansen, Bo Diddley, Marie Knight, Popa Chubby, Ronnie Spector, Ruth Brown, Levon Helm, Darlene Love and the list goes on and on.

Before we delve into his veritable list of "Who's Who," let's discover a bit about his history and how it has led to a long career in the music industry.

"I grew up in New York pretty much and ended up going to school up in Boston and when I got out of school, I basically went on the road, first doing Top 40 and then playing with a guy named Sleepy LaBeef, who was an old Rockabilly guy on Sun Records at the time. Then I came back to New York and started playing in the clubs and doing a lot of blues stuff, swing stuff; all kinds of music really, a lot of Country at the time too. I met and worked with Odetta from about 2000 until just about the time she passed in 2009 I think; her gig was unique, it was usually just me and her, just piano and vocal. I got the gig because a buddy of mine did her gigs and we ended up splitting them 50/50  because it was his gig and he kind of produced her last couple of records and I would do the gigs when he couldn't do them but I did European tours with her and really some other great gigs with her."

"I also did a lot of Broadway," he continued to recount, "One of the things I did was, "Smokey Joe's Cafe" which ran for about seven years on Broadway in the '90s and the last half of the run, I was one of the conductors for the show.So, the last half of the run they would bring in guest stars; we had Gladys Knight, Lou Rawls, Gloria Gaynor, Ben E. King; it was a pretty mixed bag of people They would bring them in for like two months at a time and it was a real treat to work with these people and it was a good show, it was fun to play and it was the music of Leiber and Stoller so it was a lot of Rock 'n' Roll and old R & B stuff which was cool."

Surely a man of his experience must be a multi-instrumentalist; or is he? Keyes' readily says, "No, no" but definitely loves focusing on the piano. 

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"No, I do not play any other instruments; well, not professionally," he said once again with a laugh. "I played a bunch of brass instruments in high school and elementary school too and I can play a little bit of bass but that's about it. I started taking piano lessons when I was around seven and I just enjoyed it. My mom was into music and theater, she kind of pointed me in the direction of piano and my dad enjoyed music also; not to the extent my mom did but we would go out and hear music sometimes, Jazz stuff which was more for him but piano, I just started doing it, it was something I really enjoyed, I kept at it and it has been something I really dig. Playing in bands in high school, you know, once you get the bug you can't stop and I love it, I love what I do."

Currently, Keyes is gearing up for another record but his last release, "Rhythm, Blues & Boogie" can be found on Blue Heart Records; a place he is glad to call home even though in today's music climate, the days of long term commitments from record labels are pretty much a thing of the past.

"There is this wonderful scene in Pennsylvania; Pocono Blues Society, Central Pennsylvania Blues Society; there are a lot of societies out there, kind of an outgrowth of the Pocono Blues Festival which was a huge festival for, I don't know, about 10 or 15 years which ended somewhere around 2015 or 2016. I'd go out there and I'd play and I met a whole bunch of friends out there and I met Sallie Bengston somewhere along the line. I approached Sallie, I was aware through a friend of mine, Vaneese Thomas who is a wonderful singer and who is on that label and I took a look at their roster, checked with Vaneese and she had only good things to say about Sallie and also Betsie Brown who is a wonderful promotional person and handles that for the label. So, that's how I met Sallie and that's what attracted me to putting something out on Blue Heart; labels, nobody is getting rich off this stuff and so you need somebody who will respect what you're doing and can help you and I really respect Sallie and Betsie go about what they do and it just seemed like a good fit for me. I think the economics are such, it's not like they are giving out huge advances where they can own you; if you are with a big label, they are gonna give you an advance or something and demand a certain amount of product and I think the business has changed so much with people controlling their own masters, doing their own projects; just looking at my own project, "Rhythm, Blues & Boogie," it's basically my project and I brought it to Blue Heart. So, it is not like the labels are paying a ton of money, so they don't own you so if at the end of that project, you've sold a boatload of records, maybe you don't switch around so much. You go with what the best situation is and that is constantly changing." 

Although he has had his share of various gigs in multiple genres, Keyes says it all comes back to the blues for him; it is the "Foundation" on which his music is built but Blues music often flies under the radar until it "Cycles" back around. So; how does he balance his respect for the Blues with those other styles in order to get the ever coveted airplay?

"I agree about the cyclical nature," he said readily. "With Stevie Ray Vaughn, that was a whole flood of new interest, when Clapton went back to doing straight blues records in '92 or '93 whenever it was, that was a whole other cycle. I think part of the difficulty is that the legendary artists are dying, so there has to be fresh blood, so to speak. What "Kingfish" is doing is massive. He gets the thing on "60 Minutes" and suddenly you have a whole new audience. You mentioned women leading the charge, there are a lot of younger players coming up now who are energizing things both male and female."

"It's a tricky balance and I'm even at a little more of a disadvantage because I'm all for 12 bar blues but I like to bring a challenge a little bit. There are other chords in the universe besides those three chords and I think a lot of stuff that gets played on the radio is guitar driven and it's a tight market in terms of what is considered the blues and what is not and I'm constantly trying to stretch that boundary. I'm constantly trying to cross the line; for me it's like a stew and the foundation of it is always the Blues. That's the tree itself and the roots are kind of what I do. I branch out, whether it's New Orleans stuff; it's more about the chord changes for me and the subject matter is another thing too. I like to write songs about stuff that is my life and that may not be the traditional blues life. I put out what I put out and we see what happens from there (laughs). I love to boogie, the title of the CD kind of says it all. That's what I do but from there I take it and try to make it different from what the next guy before me is doing." 

Pulling from his vast list of friends and musical acquaintances for recording help is an easy task for Dave and his latest record features "Bluesville" radio personality Early Times, legendary drummer Bernard Purdie and the equally well-known Doug MacLeod. 

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"I've known Early for a while and I had done a live recording at Sirius with him and his band and when I was thinking of who I'd like to put on the record, it just seemed like a natural fit, we had a great time playing together and he did a great job. I've known Purdie for about 15 years, we've done a bunch of things together and he's in a class by himself quite honestly, he's incredible. I had the opportunity to bring him in on four tracks and we had a ball. We did a gig at The Lizzie Rose Music Room along with guitarist Chris Bergson and a singer named Ellis Hooks, so it is kind of a joint sort of project we do and Bernard is special, he just kind of elevates everything so that was a no-brainer. Doug MacLeod, I've admired forever, we've become really good friends and I admire his sense of humor. I thought it would be fun to do something with him and so I called him up, I wanted to do a duet and he had the frame of a song, we kind of flushed it out and it was a hit. It is one of the most fun songs that I do in my live shows and it was just a real treat to work with him and that song is, "Invisible Man." That is basically a song about getting older and how older men look at younger women and think, "I can get that" and the women are like, "Sorry pops, you're too old" (laughs). So, it's that sense of humor that Doug is so great at and the people love the tune; in all three situations with the people I brought on board, I think they really added a lot to the project."

As the calendar turns from Spring to Summer, Keyes says he will commit to performing more and that he will be very busy as his schedule is heating up faster than Death Valley asphalt. 

"I'm gonna play more," he stated with confidence, "I was doing an off Broadway show last year about the story of Alan Freed, I was the music director and basically led the band; if it was musical in the show, I was in charge of it (laughs). It was a great experience but you get a little sidetracked. You get so involved in the thing but what a great experience and Eric Turner was fantastic, he is an amazing talent. Now I'm getting back to getting on the road and to booking more dates and things like that. I'll be going over to Europe later in the summer, I just found out I'll be playing at King Biscuit in October where I'll be backing Benny Turner. I sort of move around a lot. I work as a side man, I work solo and I work with my band. We have some other band dates coming up through the summer and I'm also gonna be recording a new record, so there are a bunch of irons in the fire there." 

To discover more about Dave Keyes and his current show schedule, please visit 

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. Radio Fiction Duo
Sat. (12 p.m.) Acoustic Brunch (5 p.m.) John Brennan
Sun. 12 p.m. Sunday Acoustic Brunch w/ Ant Cannuli
Mon. 5 p.m. Rob Silvers 
Tues. 7 p.m. Mike & Laura
Wed. 7 p.m. Sandy Zio
Ancient Order of Hibernians 
2419 Kuser Road Hamilton 
Fri. 8 p.m. Beetle Pie
Wed. 6:30 p.m. Yoga
Aristaeus Brewing
2475C Big Oak Road Langhorne, PA 
(215) 757-2337
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Sat. 5 p.m. Goose Creek Pioneers
Arm & Hammer Park
1 Thunder Road Trenton 
(609) 394-3300
Thurs. 6 p.m. FREE Open House 2024 Season Kickoff 
Arts Council of Princeton 
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
(609) 924-8777 
Thurs. (5:30 p.m.) ART OF: Indian Music (6 p.m.) Drypoint Intaglio Workshop
Sat. (10 a.m.) Musical Minds for Ages 9 months to 2 Years (10:30 a.m.) Musical Minds for Ages 3 to 5 Years (3 p.m.) HomeFront Sewing Space Fashion Show
Tues. 6:30 p.m. ACP BYOB: Linocut Printmaking Night
Ashlynn Distillery 
32 West Bridge Street Morrisville, PA 
Thurs. 5 p.m. Cecil & Carl
Fri. 7 p.m. Chrome Pony 
Sun. 3 p.m. Cecil & Troy Cain
Wed. 6 p.m. Cara Cartney
Bill's Olde Tavern
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton
(609) 586-0192
Fri. (7 p.m.) The Jenks (10 p.m.) DJ BayNice
Sat. 7 p.m. '80s Undercover
Mon. 7 p.m. Trivia 
Tues. 8 p.m. / Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke 
Ages 21+
Bit-hin' Kitten Brewery
58-B East Bridge Street Morrisville, PA
(267) 799-5348
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo
Blaze DoubleTree by Hilton 
4355 US Route 1 Princeton
(609) 452-2400
Tues. 7 p.m. Sip & Paint  
Blend Bar & Bistro   
911 Highway 33 Hamilton 
(609) 245-8887
Wed. 4 p.m. YMCA Guest Bartender Night FUN-draiser
Bordentown City
Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown  
Fri. 7 p.m. "Frightening Fridays!" Haunted History Tours. $20
Sat. 12 p.m. Bordentown Walking Tours. $20  
Boro Bean 
9 East Broad Street Hopewell 
(609) 466-6681 
Sat. 11 a.m. John Abbott 
Bowman's Tavern 
1600 River Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 862-2972
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Jonathan Daddis Trio
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) Bob Egan 
Sat. 7 p.m. Keith Franklin Trio
Sun. (12 p.m.) Bill Avayou (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Tues. 6 p.m. Chris Giakas
Wed. 6 p.m. Liz DuFour
Broken Goblet Brewing
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 812-5653
Thurs. 7 p.m.  Mike Estabrook
Fri. 8 p.m. Jason Ager & the Golden Eagles. $10
Sat. 8 p.m. Hole Tribute w/ "All Violet" / Weezer Tribute w/ "Say It Ain't Scorcho" Performing all of the "Blue" album. $16.30, $23.90, $27.16. doors open at 7 p.m., ages 21+
Bucks County Brewery and Hewn Spirits 
31 Appletree Lane Pipersville, PA
(215) 766-7711
Fri. 5:30 p.m. SoulShine
Sat. 5:30 p.m. Blue Harmony 
Bucks On Bridge
25 Bridge Street Lambertville
(609) 483-2615
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Poetry Night 
Tues. 5 p.m. Chess Night
Wed. 6 p.m. Trivia
Cadwalader Park (Ellarslie Museum)
299 Parkside Avenue Trenton 
(408) 335-4400 
Sat. (8 a.m.) Coffee Outside Trenton (3 p.m.)Opening Reception "Space & Clutter" Curated by Janis Purcell feat. the Art of Paul Smith, Jackie Lima, David Orban 
Candlelight Lounge 
24 Passaic Street Trenton  
(609) 695-9612 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam. $5
Sat. 3 p.m. Glenn Williams. $20
Catch A Rising Star (Hyatt Regency Princeton) 
102 Carnagie Center Princeton
(781) 568-1471
Fri. 8 p.m. Fred Rubino $26.50, Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Fred Rubino. $26.50, Doors open at 7 p.m.
Cazz's Sports Bar 'N' Grille
1560 Haines Road Levittown, PA 
(267) 580-5469 
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paul
Chesterfield Inn
633 Chesterfield-Arneytown Road Chesterfield
(609) 298-1917
Sat. 8:45 p.m. Joey Thompson
City Streets
510 Highway 130 South East Windsor
(609) 426-9400
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. 5 p.m. Rob Silvers
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Full Grown Men
Continental Tavern
2 North Main Street Yardley, PA  
(215) 493-9191
Thurs. 6 p.m. Ladies Night w. Mentalist and Magician Matt Swanson
Fri. 8 p.m. Mark Robidoux
Sat. 8 p.m. Boondashark
Cooper's Riverview                                                                     
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
(609) 393-7300 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Lovelight
Fri. 5 p.m. Happy Hour (8 p.m.) Allman Brothers Band Tribute w/ "Hotlanta"
Sat. 7 p.m. Sometime In September  
Crossing Vineyard and Winery
1853 Wrightstown Road Washington Crossing, PA
(215) 493-6500  
Thurs. 7 p.m. Tarot Card Reading & Wine Tasting
Sat. 2:30 p.m. Bill Thomas
Sun. 2 p.m. Kat Rivers
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 Hosted by Jim Perkins
Dharma Bums 
4935 River Road New Hope, PA
(215) 663-2867
Thurs. 8 p.m. Michael Kracht 
Fri. 8 p.m. Baffle The Cat Jazz Trio
Sat. (10:30 a.m.) Meridi-Yin Yoga to the Sounds of The Grateful Dead. $20 (8 p.m.) Alembic Haze. $15 (advance)
Sun. 4 p.m. Drum Circle ($10 reccomended donation or pay what you can) 
Dockside Bensalem 
3330 Hulmeville Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 520-7184
Fri. 6 p.m. Supper with Sinatra 
Sun. 10 a.m. Mother's Day Brunch
Eddington House Bensalem
2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA 
(215) 639-1220 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Radio Revolution 
Sat. (2 p.m.) Meshed Up (8:30 p.m.) Surprise Surprise
Sun. Ryan Biedermann
Mon. 5:30 p.m. "Family Fun Night" w/ Amazing Balloon Creations by Kelsi-Joe
Wed. 7 p.m. Music Bingo
El Barrio Cantina & Tequila Bar
1470 Buck Road Southampton, PA 
(267) 685-0725 
Thurs. 8 p.m. Quizzo Hosted by DJ Jackson
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. DJ Entertainment
Fri. 9 p.m. Mike Estabrook & E-miners
Sat. 9 p.m. El Ka Bong
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia
Forsgate Country Club   
375 Forsgate Drive Monroe
(732) 521-0700 
Sun. 11 a.m. Mother's Day Brunch
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 (9:30 p.m.) Karaoke
Fri. (6 p.m.) "Happy Hour" (8 p.m.) '90s Tribute w/ "The Posers"
Sat. (12 p.m.) Music Bingo Brunch (8 p.m.) 44 Fridays
Sun. 4 p.m. Cara Cartney
Mon. 7 p.m. Tarot Card Readings
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. Chris Dole & The Breeze
Fri.  8 p.m. Brian Kmetz
Sat. 8 p.m. Joe & Jeni
Sun. 10 a.m. Mother's Day Brunch Buffet
Grover's Mill Coffee House 
Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction   
(609) 716-8771  
Thurs. 6 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Wade Prestridge
Hamilatte Cafe
1971 Route 33 Hamilton
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Acoustic Saturdays Hosted by Sheli Monacchio feat. John Ezzo
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
Sun. 10 a.m. Mother's Day at HTG
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.) A Tribute to Elton John w/ "Yellow Brick Road" $48 (11 p.m. ) DJ Dance Party 
Sat. (8:30 p.m.) Bigg Romeo (11:59 p.m.) DJ Dance Party 
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Steve
Tues. 7 p.m. Jillian Ashcroft Jazz Quartet 
Wed. 7 p.m. Jumper Duo
Hightstown Elks 
100 Hickory Corner Road East Windsor 
(609) 448-9794
Sat. 6 p.m. Dinner and a Magic Show feat. George Hann & Steve Sloan
Sun. 9 a.m. Mother's Day Breakfast
Hopewell United Methodist Church
20 Blackwell Avenue Hopewell 
(609) 466-0471
Sat. 6 p.m. Hopewell Hayride Country Music Show (Old Time Country & Bluegrass) Hosted by Mary McIntyre and Chris Turner feat. (TBA). $15 (Adults includes food)
Hopewell Valley Golf Club
114 Pennington-Hopewell Road Hopewell
(609) 737-1199
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Jack Furlong
Fri. 6:30 p.m. No Way Out 
Sun. 10 a.m. Mother's Day Brunch 
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington 
(609) 737-4465 
Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5:30 p.m.) Jon Savage
Sat. (9 a.m.) WWFM (1 p.m.) Modern Rewind (5:30 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. Robert Ruffis
Sun. (11 a.m.) Mother's Day Brunch (2:30 p.m.) "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Darla & Rich
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. 
Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Tuesday 
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic w/ Laura Fiocco
Il Portico Restorante Italiano 
273 West Route 130 South Burlington
(609) 239-1000 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Jazz Night
Fri. / Sat. 7 p.m. Live Music w/ Tony O
Irish Rover Station House 
1033 South Bellevue Avenue Langhorne, PA 
(215) 970-5412 
Sun. 10 a.m. Mother's Day Brunch
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo Night
Iron Plow Vineyards
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus 
(732) 306-9111 
Sun. 2 p.m. Ronnie Brandt
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. 9 p.m. Concourse, Cigarettes For Breakfast
Fri. 9 p.m. Uncle Blender, Subsynapse, Wafflehouse of 1000 Corpses, Hematoid, Trunk
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Bitchfork, Hauntress
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic Comedy Night 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. 5:30 p.m. Mario & Frank
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Ken Dubman (9 p.m.) DJ Dan
Sat. (10 a.m.) Brunch (5:30 p.m.) Skyline (10 p.m.) DJ Bay
Sun. (10 a.m.) "Sunday Funday Mother's Day" Brunch (11 a.m.) Ty Mares
Mon. 5:30 p.m. Storybook Party
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 
Fri. 7 p.m. Country Line Dancing. $10
Sat. "Mother's Day Weekend In The Grove" feat. (12 p.m.) Rangers Nouveau (4:30 p.m.) Shore Syde. $15 (Ages 16 and Under FREE)
Sun. "Mother's Day Weekend In The Grove" feat. (10 a.m.) Brunch (12 p.m.) Dockside. $15 (Ages 16 and Under FREE)
Library Company of Burlington
23 West Union Street Burlington
(609) 3861273
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night
Lillipies Bakery
30 North Harrison Street Princeton 
(609) 423-2100  
Sat. 10 a.m. Storytime with Jeff
Logan Inn 
10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA 
(215) 862-2300
Thurs. 6 p.m. Blue Americana
Fri. 7 p.m. Omeed Nyman Trio
Sat. 7 p.m. Kate Baker Duo
Sun. 11:30 a.m. Keith Franklin Trio
Wed. 6 p.m. Tom Reyes
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  
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 949-9570 
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night
Millhill Basement 
300 S. Broad Street Trenton 
(609) 989-1600
Fri. 9 p.m. "Punk Night" feat. Indeyevid, Nesting, Your Best Nightmare. $10, ages 21+
Music In The Square (Village Square Park)
30 Saddle Way Chesterfield
Sat. 1 p.m. "Porchfest" Takes place all around Chesterfireld feat. Dread Pilot Roberts, Chet & Ari, Chesterhood, Finster, Alpha Rabbit and at (5 p.m.) The Successful Failures (Recklesstown Way)
Music Mountain Theater
1483 Route 179 Lambertville
Fri. 8 p.m. "Tuck Everlasting"
Sat. 3 p.m./ 8 p.m. "Tuck Everlasting"
Sun. 3 p.m. "Tuck Everlasting"
Naked Brewing Company 
212 Mill Street Bristol, PA 
(267) 544-7129
Thurs.6:30 p.m. Dana Collins Project 
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
New Hope Inn & Suites (Diva Lounge)
6426 Lower York Road New Hopoe, PA
(855) 229-5934
Sat. 8 p.m. "Turning Tides and Sturdy Souls" An Evening w/ Helen O'Shea & Friends. 
New Hope Winery / Tavern 
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 794-2331 
Sat. 8 p.m. The British Invasion Years: A '60s Music Revolution
Sun. 1 p.m. Just Jeff
Newtown Athletic Club 
120 Pheasant Run Newtown, PA 
(215) 968-0600 
Sat. 10:30 a.m. Mother's Day "Barbie" Zumba
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8609 
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "Useless Knowledge Trivia 
Fri. 6 p.m. Terry and Jordan
Sat. (3 p.m.) Magic by Jared (6 p.m.) Dave Cudrak
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.) Christ Trainor (9 p.m.) Old School
Sat. 3 p.m. Cover Dawgs
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 
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Asylum Choir
Mon. 8 p.m. Trivia
Ages 21+   
O'Fowley's Tavern & Grill 
200 State Road Croydon, PA 
(215) 785-6998 
Mon. 7 p.m. Music Bingo Hosted by Best Choice Productions w/ DJ John S 
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo
Old Hights Brewing 
123 West Ward Street Hightstown 
(609) 469-5976
Fri. 6 p.m. JZ & The Glitch
Wed. 6:30 p.m. Trivia Night 
Old Town Pub
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown 
(609) 291-9232
Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia
Fri. 9 p.m. Radio Fiction
Sat. 9 p.m. Sami Eldebs
Sun. 10 a.m. Mother's Day Brunch Buffet. $42 / $15
Palmer Square 
40 Nassau Street Princeton 
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. "Shop for a Cause" Benfitting YWCA of Princeton
Sat. 12 p.m. Spring Music Series feat. Living Proof 
Pasquale's Sports Bar 
9078 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA 
(267) 202-6268 
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  
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo"

Pete's Steak House 
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton
 (609) 585-8008
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Spanky's Garage
PJ's Pancake House
17 Main Street Robbinsville
(609) 772-4755
Thurs. 6 p.m. Mother's Day Melt and Pour Candlemaking
Plainsboro Preserve
80 Scotts Corner Road Plainsboro
Fri. 7 p.m. Jazz Appreciation Concert Series feat. David Sang and The Burners (Takes place at Market Square Plaza across from library)  
Princeton Country Club
1-Wheeler Way West Windsor
(609) 452-9382 
Thurs. 6 p.m. Karaoke Night w/ Live DJ
Fri. 5 p.m. Happy Hour 
Sun. 11 a.m. Jazz Brunch
Princeton University (Richardson Auditorium)
Nassau Street Princeton
Fri. 4 p.m. Westminster Choir College Chapel Service (Takes place at University Chapel)
Sat. 8 p.m. Beethoven's First Piano Concerto
Puss N Boots Tavern
942 Trenton Road Fairless Hills, PA
Fri. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Tues. 6 p.m. Candle Making & Game Night
Randy Now's Man Cave
119 West Ward Street Hightstown 
(609) 424-3766
Sat. 7 p.m. Erin Hill. $25
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 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Cara Cartney
Fri. 7 p.m. Andy Prescott
Sat. 7 p.m. Bob Egan
Sun. 11:30 a.m. Brunch w/ Neil Podgurski Duo
Rose Bank Winery 
258 Durham Road Newtown, PA  
(215) 860-5899
Sat. 2 p.m. "Tastings & Tunes in the Buckman Barn" feat. Aaron Quarterman  
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. Mother's Day Brunch feat. Music by Justin Love
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics
Russo's Pub & Italian Restaurant
1302 Monmouth Road Mount Holly
(609) 261-3277
Wed. 6 p.m. Paint Your Pet Paint & Sip
Salon 33 
794 Alexander Road Princeton 
Fri. 7 p.m. Tigertown Classic Jazz Band
Sat. 7 p.m. John Henry Goldman & JOSITOBO Quartet
Sun. 7 p.m. Don Slepian
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
School of Rock Princeton
1761 Princeton Avenue Hamilton
(609) 890-7090
Sat. 3 p.m. School of Rock Princeton w/ School of Rock Cherry Hill 
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" Concert feat. The Discoteks $12 (advance/online, $15 at door), doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Sat. "Party On The Patio" feat. (2 p.m.) Mike Brill (6:30 p.m.) Joe Rebl Band
Sun. "Party On The Patio" feat. 2 p.m. Ryan Shubert   
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. Larry Corban
South River Walk Park 
Lalor Street @ Route 29 North Trenton
Mon. 5 p.m. Sail NJ's Tall Ship Oyster Schooner AJ Meerwald
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. Acoustic BS
Starving Artist Cafe
18 Bridge Street Stockton
Fri. 6 p.m. "Locals Night" feat. Frank Pinto & Rich Ziegler
Steam Pub 
606 2nd Street Pike Southampton, PA 
Sun. 9:30 a.m. Mother's Day Brunch
1675 Spirits 
2685 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
(215) 645-1445
Fri. 6 p.m. Keep The Change
Tara's Tavern 
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown 
(609) 286-2300 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Karaoke w/ Big Daddy G
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Audio Outlaws
Tavern On The Lake 
101 Main Street Hightstown 
(609) 426-9345  
Tues. 6 p.m. Trivia 
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke
Temperance House
5 South State Street Newtown, PA 
(215) 944-8050
Thurs. 7 p.m. Steve Guyger and Filthy Rich 
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. Brian Bortnick
Sun. 1 p.m. "Weekend Music Series" feat. Chris P
TGI Fridays 
780 Route 130 South Hamilton
(609) 581-6910 
Sun. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Burn 
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. 8 p.m. Love Junk 
Sat. 11 a.m. Brunch 
Sun. 10 a.m. / 4 p.m. Mother's Day Brunch or Dinner
Tues. 7 p.m. Danny Lynch Duo
The Cool Cricket
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro
(609) 291-9110
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Free Evening Network Event
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Dave Curtis
Mon. 6:30 p.m. Trivia 
The Dubliner
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA 
(215) 693-1816
Fri. 7 p.m. Tommy Conwell
Sat. 7 p.m. Fiona Tyndall
Sun. 3 p.m. "Traditional Irish Session" 
The Federal Twist Vineyard 
8 Federal Twist Road Stockton
(609) 773-6066 
Fri. 4:30 p.m. "Friday Sunset Wine & Jazz" feat. James Popik and Nat Janoff w/ Chuggy Carter
Sat. 5:30 p.m. "Concert In The Vines" w/ The Sensational Soul Cruisers
Sun. 12 p.m. Mother's day w/ The Strange Brew Crew
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. Bigg Romeo
Sat. 9 p.m. SpareParts
Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo w/ Jonathan Appel
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo
The Irish Horne Bar & Restaurant
882 2nd Street Pike Richboro, PA 
(215) 942-4000 
Fri. 8 p.m. Deuce Brothers
Sat. 8 p.m. Plush Duo
The Ivy Inn
248 Nassau Street Princeton
(609) 921-8555
Thurs. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ Trey Brown
Fri. 9:30 p.m. DJ Moe Green
Sat. 9:30 p.m. DJ Darius
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv 
Wed. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ Trey Brown
The Morrisville Tavern 
376 West Trenton Avenue Morrisville, PA
(215) 295-5310
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Fri. 8 p.m. Mojo Channel
Sat. 8 p.m. Never Enough
Mon. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Tues. 7 p.m. Music Bingo
Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia Night  
The Newtown Theatre
120 North State Street Newtown, PA
(215) 968-3859
Thurs. 8 p.m. Artistry of Acoustic Guitar w/ Tim Farrell & Dirk Quinn. $34.86
Fri. 8 p.m. Sci-Fi Double Feature: "Attack of The 50 Foot Woman" and "Them" $24.39
Sat. 8 p.m. A Tribute to Green Day w/ "Nimrod" $34.86
Tues. 7:30 p.m. "My Garden of a Thousand Bees" (Documentary). $13.90
Wed. 10 a.m. "Lawrence of Arabia" $12
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. 15th Anniversary Recap Part 1
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. Kindred Spirit
Sat. 8 p.m. ArHouse
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
Wed. 6 p.m. Joe Vadala
The Sycamore Grill
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA
(215) 908-6326 
Fri. 8 p.m. Stranger Things
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Love Junk 
The Tavern at Penns Park 
2295 Second Street Pike Newtown, PA
(267) 491-5658
Fri. 8 p.m. John B. Austin Band
Wed. 7 p.m. Music Bingo w/ Jonathan Appel 2nd Wed. 
The Union Firehouse
18 Washington Street Mount Holly
(609) 288-6491
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night 
Fri. 8 p.m. Santana Tribute w/ "Shaman." Doors open at 7 p.m.
Sat. 8 p.m. Motley Crue vs. Dio. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Sun. 2 p.m. Lovelight. Doors open at 1 p.m.
The Union House 
19 East Union Street Burlington
(609) 531-6077
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Fri. 8 p.m. Nobody's Business
Sat. (10 a.m.) Brunch (8 p.m.) Sunday's Afternoon
Sun. 10 a.m. Brunch
Tindall Road Brewing Co.
102 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 526-8651 
Wed. (6 p.m.) Books & Beer (7 p.m.) Lil-Brewery Trivia
Tir Na Nog 
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton 
(609) 392-2554
Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions"
All Shows 21+ 
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
Trinity Church
33 Mercer Street Princeton
(609) 924-2277
Sat. 4 p.m. In Conversation with "Haydn" feat. Voices Chorale NJ and Berks Sinfonietta Chamber Orchestra
Vault Brewing Company
10 South Main Street Yardley, PA 
(267) 573-4291
Thurs. 6 p.m. Rachel & Ty
Fri. 7 p.m. Tom Trovas Duo
Sat. 7 p.m. Suzette Ortiz and her Latin Ensemble
Mon. 7 p.m. Chaturanga & Cheers w/ Renee Mahoney
Village Idiot Brewing Company
42 High Street Mount Holly
(609) 975-9270 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Whitehill Mansion
217 Fourth Street Fieldsboro
Sat. (10 a.m.) Paranormal Expo 2024 (8 p.m.) Investigate White Hill Mansion 
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. Ronnie Brandt
Sat. 1 p.m. Jersey Sure Cats
Sun. 1 p.m. Spoondrift
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MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor
Mon. 7 a.m./7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues"

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